Entries tagged with: Athens
NYC-based concert promoter Bowery Presents, who have expanded over the years to NJ, Boston, Philadelphia and across the Northeast, are getting bigger again. This press release recently went out:
Tim Sweetwood has been hired by The Bowery Presents to promote concerts in his home city, Atlanta, as well as other available opportunities throughout that region as part of the newly launched The Bowery Presents: South. Sweetwood has been the talent buyer at the Masquerade and has produced shows in and around Atlanta for the past seven years. Tim has worked with artists to grow them beyond the Masquerade, culminating in the recently completed Shaky Knees Festival. The launch of The Bowery Presents: South continues the independent promoter's commitment to embracing regional and local music industry professionals, when they expand into new markets.As mentioned above, Bowery Presents: South will start out with Tim in Atlanta with plans to promote shows "throughout that region". That would include Athens, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, and rumor is that Bowery will be doing shows at an old theater in New Orleans (The Civic Theater). Stay tuned for more details, and watch out Live Nation!
"I am thrilled to say that I am now part of The Bowery Presents," says Tim. "I think this marriage comes at the perfect time. My business and relationships have been rapidly expanding, and I believe being part of The Bowery Presents will help move everything to the next level. Regional expansion has been a goal of mine, and I am looking forward to the new relationships that will come from this move.
Look for more details soon, with shows beginning this fall.
We've been watching Jeff Mangum play Neutral Milk Hotel songs live for a bit now, which has been crazy and great enough, but now on the same date that Boards of Canada announce a new album, Neutral Milk Hotel have announced an actual reunion with an initial set of tour dates! Those dates are listed below...
photo via Stephen Cramer
A memorial service for Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss, who passed away on July 30, went down at the 40 Watt in Athens on August 4th. Friends and family, like Jeff Mangum, Julian Koster, Robert Schneider, Bryan Poole, Jason NeSmith, Derek Almstead, and Eric Harris, gathered to tell stories and perform songs in tribute to their Elephant 6 brother...
A slide show portrayed Doss with his family, friends and performing with band members and musicians. Others captured a combination of serious and funny portraits.Watch a 12 minute clip from the Georgia event, below...
"Bill was a beautiful soul who left the world in a better state than he found it," said Jason NeSmith, lead guitarist of Casper & the Cookies. "I love him like a brother."
When a stream of performers and others who were close to Doss spoke to the gathering, they emphasized laughter, family and music.
A tearful reading of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" started the line of conversations and acoustic performances.
Robert Schneider, lead vocalist and guitarist of Apples in Stereo, recounted the time he first met Doss. [redandblack]
Bill Doss in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
"Nuçi's Space is a non-profit health and music resource center in Athens, GA. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other such disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians."The cause of Bill Doss's untimely death has not been revealed, but "In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to Nuci's Space, a local musician support & resource center." That said, Athens-Clarke County coroner Sonny Wilson told an Athens paper that "No evidence of foul play or suicide is evident and Doss had no history of medical problems, Wilson said."
The note, via the band's publicist, also reads: "We ask that you please respect the privacy of the Elephant 6 family at this time. Our hearts are with them, and we will release any further details and statements as it's fit in the days to come."
A memorial is set for this Saturday, August 4 (2PM-4PM) at The Fabulous 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA.
Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control) @ P4K Fest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
We really hope this news, from Athens, Georgia's Flagpole Magazine music editor Gabe Vodicka turns out to be false. UPDATE: Chunklet and others confirm. UPDATE 2: Olivia Tremor Control writes, "We are devastated by the loss of our brother Bill Doss. We are at a loss for words." Rest in Peace Bill.
As Wikipedia points out, "Bill Doss (born September 12, 1971) is among the co-founders of The Elephant 6 Recording Company, based in Athens, Georgia, and one of the key creative forces behind The Olivia Tremor Control, one of the leaders of the collective, and later, following the band's break-up, The Sunshine Fix." Olivia Tremor Control played the Pitchfork Music Festival earlier this month. The reunited band played a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in June.
Real Estate photos by Caroline Marchildon
The Shins at LPR last month (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, The Shins (who are part of the just-announced Lollapalooza lineup) are heading out on tour in support of their recently released LP, Port of Morrow. That tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 for three shows. The openers for those shows have been announced and it's St. Lucia on 4/29, Chairlift on 4/30, and Real Estate on 5/1. The show with St. Lucia is sold out but tickets for the other two shows are available. We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the 4/30 show with Chairlift. Details on how to enter to win tix are with all tour dates below.
Meanwhile, Chairlift has other dates coming up including a headlining show at Webster Hall on May 8. Tickets for that show are still on sale. Like The Shins, Chairlift are also playing Lollapalooza this year.
Real Estate @ the 40 Watt in Athens, GA - April 7, 2012
Real Estate, who played the 40 Watt in Athens on Saturday and are in Austin tonight, have other upcoming dates too, including a tour with Twerps and two other dates with The Shins in Boston and Philly.
All tour dates, contest details and more pictures from Real Estate's Georgia show, below....
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Masters of the Hemisphere - Eggshell (MP3)
Masters of the Hemisphere
After a nearly ten-year absence, Athens, GA indie pop quartet Masters of the Hempisphere are back with a new album, Maybe These Are the Breaks, that's out October 4 on Kindercore/Magic Marker. We're pleased to premiere the album's lead track, "Eggshell," which you can download at the top of this post. The band will be touring soon too, stopping in NYC for CMJ: October 21 at The Rock Shop and October 22 at Bruar Falls. All tour dates at the bottom of this post.
Masters of the Hemisphere formed in 1996, releasing three albums and a handful of singles and EPs before calling it quits in 2002. All four members have kept busy and worked with each other since. Main man Sean Rawls plays in Je Suis France along with Master drummer Jeff Griggs (who was also in The Mendoza Line) as well as forming indie reggae conglomerate Still Flyin' which also includes fellow Master Bren Mead. Adrian Finch is in Atlanta band Night Moves Gold. Original, short-lived MOTH drummer Ryan Lewis continues to run Kindercore Records who released all of MotH's original records.
All four main members all back for Maybe These are the Breaks which might just be the best thing Masters of the Hemisphere have released. "Eggshell" is typical of the tunefull, ridiculously catchy pop contained within it.
Meanwhile, Modern Country is reissuing Masters of the Hemisphere's catalog -- all of it, including the new album -- as a box set of cassettes. Only 100 are being made.
Meanwhile meanwhile... Rawls and Mead's Still Flyin' are still flying, and will be in NYC at the Start of next month: they play Glasslands on Oct. 7 (with Dinosaur Feathers, Crush and The Gytters) and Cake Shop on Oct. 8 (with German Measles, Bright Lights and Love Connection).
All tour dates for Masters of the Hemisphere and Still Flyin' are below.
photos by Ryan Myers
The Glands @ Georgia Theatre
The Glands are a band whose musical output, which is almost entirely great, suffers only from an infrequency of output.The reunited Athens band also played another Athens show at the end of 2010, but now their plan to bring the reunion on the road has been revealed. Tickets are on sale for a show on November 5th at Maxwell's in Hoboken.
Since 1998, they have released just two albums, Double Thriller and 2000's eponymous LP. Shows are sporadic. But try as they may to avoid the adoration, they can't. Monday night's [August 1st] show was sold out and the crowd appeared, for the most part, to be there to see this band.
Sonically, the mix was a kind of reflection of the band itself, with head singer/songwriter Ross Shapiro low, at times his guitar parts almost buried. But even as he switched through instruments and worked through songs, he remained watchful over the other members, nodding like a conductor, while the lead guitar, bass and drums all stabbed, bopped, and churned along at more reasonable levels.
This story of The Glands is constantly rehashed, because, at least from the outside, it appears to not move forward very much. They are a watched pot. But, really, whatever. The Glands move at their own speed, and if they want to release one classic album every ten years, fine. Great. Ross Shapiro, a Terrence Malick for Indie rock. -[Creative Loafing]
More pictures from the Georgia Theatre below...
Athens, Georgia music fans have reason to rejoice. After a fire gutted the historic Georgia Theatre in 2009, the music venue has been rebuilt and will open its doors again with an August 1st concert by legendary Athens band The Glands (they put out Patterson Hood's fourth favorite album of all time). The official celebration continues for two weeks with Chuck Leavell, RJD2, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Reptar, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and more. Check the theater's site for more info.
If you happen to live in Georgia, catch a documentary on the rebirth on TV tonight (7/26)
In related, but sad news, Athens record store Schoolkids, which happens to be owned by Ross Shapiro of the Glands, is closing (Hopefully that will leave him more time to focus on making new music!). Some Glands videos below.
by Bill Pearis
Sheffield, UK's jangly pop trio Standard Fare are heading to Athens Popfest (Aug 10 - 14) and are making the most of their trip with an East Coast tour of the States. They'll play Bruar Falls on August 5 and Mondo! at Don Hill's on August 6. Standard Fare's The Noyelle Beat (out now in America on Bar/None) is one of the best indiepop records of the year (along with Allo Darlin's debut). Cute, romantic, but with some muscle in there too. You can download a couple tracks from it above. You should also watch the new video for their great single "Philadelphia" at the bottom of this post.
Maybe you saw them back in March? They are fun (and funny) live too. Don't miss 'em.
Athens Popfest, which took last year off, is back with a strong line-up that, along with Standard Fare, includes The Wedding Present, Mission of Burma, BOAT, Apples in Stereo, Rose Melberg, Dream Diary, Gold-Bears, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, and about 30 more.
All Standard Fare dates below...
"We have lost one of our great ones." -Michael Stipe, Dec 25, 2009
Vic Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 - December 25, 2009) was a singer-songwriter living in Athens, Georgia. He had been writing songs since he was five years old. Injured in a car accident in 1983, the paraplegic artist's first big breakthrough to commercial success came with the release of the tribute album Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation.Patti Smith, Jeff Mangum, and Kristin Hersh have also made public statements since it was confirmed that Vic Chesnutt passed away on Christmas day.
Around 1985, Chesnutt moved to Athens and joined the band, The La-Di-Da's. After leaving that group he began performing solo on a regular basis at the 40 Watt Club; it was there that he was spotted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.; Stipe produced Chesnutt's first two albums, Little (1990) and West of Rome (1991). [Wikipedia]
R.E.M. covered Vic's song "Sponge" for the above-mentioned Sweet Relief CD. Audio of that song, along with video of Vic and Elf Power covering "Everybody Hurts" at the REM tribute at Carnegie Hall, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Aquarium Drunkard: You're living in Brooklyn, which is not exactly known for its country music. Were you worried about the way that the [Willie Nelson cover record] would be received in New York?If you missed Phosphorescent's 'Celebrate Brooklyn' set in Prospect Park on Saturday night (they opened for Dr. Dog), here are some pictures, and info on a second chance to see them... tonight (6/30) (they are the secret guest) in Brooklyn. Everything you need to know, below...
Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent): No. I knew it was a good record and the way that those kinds of things go, I think that Phosphorescent has rarely been considered "hip" or something like that, so it never really concerned me. (laughs)
AD: How do you like the music scene up there compared to Athens?
MH: I really do like it up here. To be honest, scenes and those things have never really meant that much to me. It's always been about doing whatever needs to be done in terms of the music. Brooklyn has a really supportive music scene and there are lots of great bands up here, so I'm sure that that stuff has an effect on all of this, but it's not really a comparable thing, you know?
sad news from Athens, Georgia...
It is with great emotion that we sadly report the Georgia Theatre burned down this morning. There are a lot more questions than answers right now and we will do our best to keep the public informed as we learn more.
We appreciate all of the support that the great folks of Athens have provided and the additional messages received from wonderful patrons from around the world.
The Georgia Theatre Staff