Overshadowed by the South’s rap capital, roughly 60 miles east of Atlanta, the artists of the Athens hip hop scene often struggle to let their voices be heard. For many, it’s a daily battle of lyric and beat. Quite often, local hip hop takes a backseat to the mainstream artists who stroll through town, leaving each Athens rapper grabbing for scraps, trying to find their musical seat.
For act one of a three-part series showcasing local artist Anthony Little, aka Versatyle tha Wildchyld, Flagpole dropped by the home studio of Athens sound engineer and music producer Joel Hatstat, as the two joined forces to create some new tracks. Versatyle sheds light on the origin of his song “Grinding and Shining,” as well as his newest single, “When I Write.”
More work than play when recording, Little says, “When I’m in the studio—that’s my money.”
Watch the clip below:
Photo Credit: Nathan Baerreis
Honeychild is gearing up to release Surrender, the pop follow-up to the tropical American Beach (Flagpole review). An Indiegogo campaign has been in the works for a while, and though the group has thus far raised less than half of the desired $8,000, there's still another week-plus for folks to donate.
And the band is making it easy to do so: At Honeychild's show Saturday, Oct. 18 atHendershot's—where they'll play the new record in its entirety—frontlady SJ Ursrey tellsFlagpole she will have a laptop set up where folks can pre-order the album through the Indiegogo page.
Below, watch the recently released, Shannon Moncrief-directed video for "Make Out," a tune from Surrender.
This just in from the good folks at the Classic Center:
The Martina McBride performance originally scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014 has been postponed and been rescheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2015. The Classic Center, on behalf of the concert promoter and Martina McBride’s management team, sincerely thank you for your understanding in this matter. The performance will go on fully as planned on the new date and all tickets already purchased will be fully honored and valid at that time. Existing ticket holders who have conflicts with the new performance date should contact the Box Office during normal operating hours by Nov. 7 for resolution. Remaining available tickets for the concert will continue to be on-sale for the January performance.
Last February, we hipped you to an in-progress documentary called Musickland, centered on rocker-turned-hog-farmer Adam Musick, the former frontman of Athens rock band Southern Bitch. Now, Flagpole is thrilled to premiere the finished project, courtesy of student filmmakers Cameron Bargerstock and Jacob Rosdail.
The 34-minute film is an incisive portrait of a very particular internal battle. It captures Adam Musick and his wife and former bandmate Wendy as they live, work and contemplate the series of events that led them from the 40 Watt stage to a farm in rural Virginia. It also documents Adam's slow but steady—and still ongoing—return to music.
Stream Musickland below:
We're almost a month and a half into the Georgia football season, and for fans, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic. Despite a crushing week-two loss to South Carolina, the Dawgs are in the driver's seat in the SEC East; CMR and company might very well find themselves back in the Georgia Dome come December.
There's perhaps no UGA football tradition more indelible than the ill-considered and/or blatantly cash-grabby fan-made fight song, and so, nearing the season's midpoint, we thought it would be a good time to round up the best and worst—and bworst—tribute jams of the year so far.
Chief Scout, the pet project of Athens-based songwriter and guitarist Trey Rosenkampff, has been steadily gathering buzz, earning high marks from in-the-know locals for its scrappy guitar pyrotechnics and energetic live shows.
A two-song single is scheduled for release Oct. 28, with a five-song EP to follow next year. To tease the new material last month, Rosenkampff offered a stream of "Run Away From Home," the single's high-octane A-side with an impossibly catchy chorus.
Now there's a flame-filled video, directed by Andrew Schwab, to accompany the tune. Check it out below:
Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones
WHO: Mokah and Knowa Johnson
WHAT THEY DO: Athens Hip Hop Awards co-founders; hosts, Athens Hip Hop Industry Night and Open Mic at Max, first Saturdays starting Nov. 1
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