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.
Relatively new Athens project Blanko isn't a band in the traditional sense. Rather, it's an audio-visual outlet for the skewed musings of local songwriter and artist Larson Collier, known for playing with indie rockers Big Morgan.
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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.
Athens rapper Versatyle tha Wyldchild died in his sleep Sunday night, friends of the popular musician and activist confirmed tonight.
Versatyle (real name Anthony Bernard Little) had been in poor health for some time, but his death was unexpected, according to friends.
He was a fixture on the local hip-hop scene for many years. He was part of the socially conscious Dreaded Mindz collective and more recently had formed his own clique of younger artists, The Wild Wolf Pack. Flagpole ran a three-part series on Little's life and career in 2014.
He was also active politically, volunteering in schools, working with the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and speaking out about issues facing the African-American community. Sunday, he attended Tim Denson's Athens-Clarke County Commission District 5 campaign kickoff at Bishop Park.
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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.
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