Scrappy Ohio-based indie rockers Cloud Nothings play the Georgia Theatre Friday on the strength of a stellar new record, Here and Nowhere Else. (Guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker opens.) We've got a pair of tickets to give away. To win, tell us in the comments after the jump why YOU deserve to go for free. We'll choose a winner Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Local power-punk outfit Shehehe has undergone a lineup shift since its debut, New American Jet Rock, was released in 2012. The additions of guitarist Adam Hebert and bassist Derek Wiggs have proven powerful ones: The band has only grown tighter and more furious in its rock and roll mission, and it plans to enter the studio soon to record the follow-up to the aforementioned album, which mixed low-budget arena-aping sensibilities with proto-punk passion.
Today, we've got an exclusive look at the new video for "Ghost Of," a New American Jet Rocktrack centered lyrically on ghouls and goblins and everything in between. Appropriately, the clip offers a B-movie-esque take on the song's sordid subject matter.
Watch the video after the jump.
Local psych-pop crew k i d s, the brainchild of songwriter K. Jared Collins, has been largely inactive for the past several months, but as it turns out, Collins and his rotating supporting cast have just been busy prepping a brand-new album—the looooong-awaited follow-up to last year's live LP are US—appropriately titled Take Forever. Peep the flowery cover art above. The record will be out digitally May 15, but the band is taking pre-orders now via Bandcamp.
The cassette version of Take Forever costs $7; the vinyl version will run ya $17. Collins aims to have the album pressed to white vinyl and ready to ship out in June.
Both pre-orders come with an immediate download of the song "were Next Door /III/," which you can stream after the jump. The tune hints at a scuzzy new direction for the once-R&B-inflected groove-pop crew.
Photo Credit: Yannick Grandmont
Punk-leaning Godspeed You! Black Emperor offshoot Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra plays the 40 Watt Club Tuesday, Apr. 15, and we've got a pair of tickets to give away. To win, tell us in the comments after the jump why YOU deserve to go for free. We'll choose a winner at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The local experimental scene has experienced a dramatic rebirth over the past year or two—this feature from last April provided a general overview of said rebirth. Since that article's publication, Athens' underground has continued to explode, new noise, drone and otherwise uncategorizable acts popping up like shapeshifting flowers throughout the local music landscape.
Two ongoing concert series have emerged of late, both designed to showcase Athens' experimental underground. At Hendershot's, a series of Sunday night shows has featured acts like Motion Sickness of Time Travel and Angel Brown (the next, slated for Apr. 20, features Scab Queen, Royal Futility and Entropidone; looking ahead, noise legendsPedestrian Deposit will perform May 23). Meanwhile, each Monday in April The World Famous is hosting a similarly themed evening of music, curated by Madeline Hassett of Tonda.
Tonight (Apr. 14), the latter series continues with sets from anti-pop warriors Future Ape Tapes, the garage-leaning Strays and drone project Aprotag. Doors are at 9 p.m., and admission costs $3. Check the Facebook event page for more info.
From Paul Reavis of The Dictatortots comes the very sad news that local musician Brian Crane has passed away. Crane, who played in The Sugar Daddies and North Hollywood Model Search, was also known for his offstage work, as tour manager for groups like Flat Duo Jets and The Cramps.
Two friends reportedly discovered Crane's body in his apartment earlier today. Flagpole is inquiring further into the circumstances surrounding Crane's passing and we will update this post as news becomes available.
Photo Credit: Anton Corbijn
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happened last night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where acts like Hall & Oates, Kiss, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and Peter Gabriel were bestowed with the designation (see the full list of this year's inductees here). But the biggest moment(s) of the night came when grunge pioneers Nirvana were honored, 20 years after Kurt Cobain's death.
R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe was on hand to introduce the group, saying, "Nirvana were artists in every sense of the word. Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened."
"They were singular and loud and melodic and deeply original," he continued. "And that voice. That voice. Kurt, we miss you. I miss you. This is not just pop music. This is something much greater than that."
Watch the video after the jump.
In February, we gave you the first taste of Throwing Rocks, the new album from grunge-rockers Sam Sniper. Now, the group has released a video for "Nothing is Wrong," the album's second single. It's an upbeat and melodic jam, very much in line with the band's stated '90s rock steez.
Check it after the jump.
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