There is an immutable elegance lying at the heart of every one of life’s struggles. The tension that binds the spaces between hope for retribution and total breakdown is rich fodder for Omaha, NE songwriter Simon Joyner. With his latest album, Grass, Branch & Bone, Joyner summons his most compelling stories via the derelict Midwestern landscape and the characters he finds there, lost in moments of hopeless abandon and glowing nostalgia.
The sad news rolled in on social media yesterday that Curtis Vorda, an Athens musician known for his free spirit, virtuosic singing talent and work with bands like psych supergroup Dark Meatand prog-tinged rockers American Mannequins, passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm.
Riot Fest Chicago happened last weekend, and Flagpole contributor Mike White was there to capture the craziness of a lineup that included UK megastar Morrissey, indie rock legends Sleater-Kinney, punk favorites Descendents and many others. Check out his photos below:
This Wednesday, Athens residents will have the opportunity to experience some of the best music Cuba has to offer.
The recent lifting of the U.S. travel ban has ushered in a new era in American-Cuban relations. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are celebrating this development by touring the U.S. and Canada for the first time.
Photo Credit: Lisa King
Even before the storied gothic post-punk outfit Bauhaus called it quits in 1983, singer and bass player David J Haskins’ solo aspirations were already brewing. The same year that Bauhaus’ four members parted ways, Haskins—known as David J—released his debut solo album, Etiquette of Violence.
Red Bull’s Sound Select monthly music showcase comes to Athens this week with a killer lineup of rising hip hop stars.
The event is being headlined by D.R.A.M., a Virginia-based rapper who recently attained superstar status with this year’s biggest hip hop crossover hit, “Broccoli.”
Photo Credit: Paul DeMerritt
A fundamental tension has defined the history of the Beach Boys. On one hand, there's the Beach Boys that have dominated the radio for the past 50 years—the band that honed a formula for accessible, sun-obsessed anthems behind hits such as “Kokomo.” And then there’s the Beach Boys with Brian Wilson at the reigns, where psychedelia, pop expertise and vivid harmonies play in unison.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Ayres
Riedl's new duties include handling all production aspects of the electronic and experimental-music event, which was formerly held in Asheville but moved to Durham last year.
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