When he's not charting cosmic sonic territory with Future Ape Tapes, Athens musician Donald Whitehead is laying down loose, lucid psych-rap grooves as Space Brother, which Flagpole's Gordon Lamb called "a nice counterpoint to the not entirely post-hip-hop, but definitely wide-open experimentalism of the Apes."
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Of all the bright spots on this year's 7-0 Georgia Bulldogs football team, none has been more meme-worthy than Rodrigo "Godrigo" Blankenship, the bespectacled redshirt sophomore kicker from Marietta whose unkempt-Clark-Kent appearance and swaggy demeanor have made him a fast fan favorite.
If you have a second, Athens musician Jace Bartet would like to speak with you about the life-altering power of the electric guitar.
In honor of the 25th-anniversary reissue of R.E.M.'s landmark album Automatic for the People, the 40 Watt Club will host #Automatic25, a listening and viewing party, this Saturday. We caught up with Jeff Montgomery, the proprietor of local-music respository Athensmusic.net and an organizer of Saturday's event who has helped throw a number of R.E.M. listening parties over the years.
If there were an award for hardest-working rock band in Athens, it'd surely go to Deep State. The pop-punk four-piece has seemingly remained on the road since releasing the excellent Thought Garden in April, and it's somehow found time to begin prepping another new LP, reportedly titled The Path to Fast Oblivion.
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Local indie-rock stalwarts Elf Power are riding high after releasing Twitching in Time, a career highlight, back in May. Following a summer tour with Tobin Sprout, the band is settling back in to Athens life and ushering in autumn with an animated collage video for Twitching in Time gem "Cycling Aimlessly," which we're pleased to premiere today.
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Athens psych-rock crew Dream Culture is putting the finishing touches on its long-awaited debut LP, Heat Rises, which frontman Evan Leima recorded over the course of three years at makeshift studios set up inside six different houses.
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Later this month—Sept. 22–24, to be exact—the Imagine Music Festival takes over Atlanta Motor Speedway. Featuring heavy hitters like Deadmau5, Tiesto, Big Gigantic, STS9, Datsik and others, the fest will feature a full weekend of EDM, funk, hip hop and more.
Athens rapper Malcolm Walters, aka Donny Knottsville, maintains a prolific recording schedule, having released a string of solid mixtapes over the past few years, and in July he dropped his most complex and cohesive album yet, Celestial Seasons, which you can download for free on Bandcamp.
Athens garage-punk group Kwazymoto has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on a new full-length titled Limerance Land—the successor to last year's On Mount Rennie—which it plans to release Friday, Oct. 13.
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The Wildwood Revival music festival returns this weekend to Cloverleaf Farm in Arnoldsville, just a few miles east of Athens. We've got two tickets to give away to the three-day outdoor event, which features performances from Shakey Graves, The Darnell Boys, JD McPherson, Nicole Atkins and many others.
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Local singer-songwriter Timi Conley is perhaps best known as the founder and spiritual ambassador of the annual Wild Rumpus celebration, but Athenians also know him for his tireless exploration of the funky far reaches of pop. With Kite to the Moon and, more recently, Timi & Wonderland Rangers, Conley crafts thoughtful, ecstatic music designed to make crowds move.
The brainchild of songwriter Kemp Stroble (Hot Fudge, Ya'al H'ush), Yallweh's self-titled debut is the culmination of more than two years of work. Stroble began recording the album in May 2015, and wound up playing everything on it except for drums—those came courtesy of Will Dyar—and a smattering of cello and trumpet parts, contributed by Athens expats Heather McIntosh and Charlie Estes.
In conjunction with this weekend's 35mm screenings of High Fidelity—the 2000 flick about the misanthropic owner of a struggling Chicago record store, played by John Cusack—Ciné will host a local record-label fair Saturday, July 8 from 1–7 p.m.
Several of Athens' finest indie labels will set up tables at the event for your browsing (and purchasing) pleasure, including HHBTM, Orange Twin, Marching Banana, Loud Baby Sounds, Nullzone, Fall Break, Gypsy Farm, Perfect Attendance and Plus 100. Might be a good time to pick up some of those new local records you've been meaning to buy?
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Local band Hand Sand Hands—the exploratory solo project of musician Jon Miller—has maintained a low profile since releasing the Flagpole fave Good Luck With That in 2014. Now, Miller is set to return with a full-length follow-up, Bad Mountain, out July 7 via Athens label Arrowhawk Records.
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