Vive la France: A Day in the Life of Phoenix

Vive la France: A Day in the Life of Phoenix

By Eileen Tilson After hearing “Listzomania,” from French band Phoenix’s latest album Wolfgang Amadeus, in the new Cadillac commercial, it is not hard not to realize that this band is poised to be a worldwide success.  Selling out shows across the country, Phoenix-mania has already taken hold on America. I followed Phoenix around Atlanta for […]

Live Review: The Minus 5, The Baseball Project, & The Steve Wynn IV @ The 40 Watt, Athens, September 28

Live Review: The Minus 5, The Baseball Project, & The Steve Wynn IV @ The 40 Watt, Athens, September 28

By Scott Roberts; photos by Sue Volkert Steve Wynn may be the luckiest man alive. His former band The Dream Syndicate created one of the most enduring and beloved albums of the 1980s, 1982’s The Days of Wine and Roses, and Wynn used that as a springboard to a steady, respectable solo career that began […]

Live Review: The Constellations, Soulphonics & Ruby Velle @ The EARL, September 10

Live Review: The Constellations, Soulphonics & Ruby Velle @ The EARL, September 10

By Sam Parvin With The Constellations’ recent signing to Virgin Records, I anticipated a rather rowdy show at The EARL on Thursday night, and, girl, was I right! There was not one disengaged body in the bar – the performers would not stand for such allowances. Peaking around the corner through the back door to […]

Live Review: The Brunettes, Throw Me The Statue, Nurses @ The Drunken Unicorn, September 7

Live Review: The Brunettes, Throw Me The Statue, Nurses @ The Drunken Unicorn, September 7

By Julia Reidy I’ve come to really dig the homemade decorations bands have taken to draping across their equipment for the sake of… what, beauty? Hipster kitsch? Either way, it’s pretty charming. (I mean, have you ever seen These Are Powers live?) For Portland,Ore.’s Nurses (pictured above), the knitted doilies tied to their tables and […]

Live Review: The Fiery Furnaces @ Variety Playhouse, August 21

Live Review: The Fiery Furnaces @ Variety Playhouse, August 21

By Ben Grad Noted experimental rockers The Fiery Furnaces played the Variety Playhouse last week with the most basic of basic set-ups: drums and bass, while Mathew Friedberger lead with guitar and Eleanor Friedberger covered most of the vocal duties. Keyboard and organ were noticeably absent on stage; and considering how much I'm Going Away […]

Live Review: Drive-By Truckers @ Capital Theatre, August 20th

Live Review: Drive-By Truckers @ Capital Theatre, August 20th

Review and photos by Micah Mclain The Drive-By Truckers brought the rock show to the Capital Theatre in Macon Thursday night. Opener Tift Merritt played a great set, although her acoustic-leaning alt-country tunes struggled to find the volume necessary to drown out the loud, rowdy (and borderline rude) crowd that DBT shows have become known […]

Live Review: The Whigs and Vulture Whale @ The Hummingbird, July 31

Live Review: The Whigs and Vulture Whale @ The Hummingbird, July 31

By Micah Mclain During a break from their increasingly regular opening slot for Kings of Leon, The Whigs stopped by The Hummingbird in Macon for the type of intimate performance that is quickly becoming a rarity for the Athens' band. They brought the uniquely named Vulture Whale along to open the show. The Birmingham, Ala.-based […]

Live Review: Dirty Projectors, Atlas Sound @ The EARL, July 17

Live Review: Dirty Projectors, Atlas Sound @ The EARL, July 17

By Julia Reidy Dirty Projectors arrived late, during Atlas Sound’s set on The EARL’s welcoming stage. They’d driven straight to Atlanta from Louisiana, they told us, and more than one band member was sick. In a gesture of goodwill, the audience agreed to put out cigarettes for their benefit. Fortunately, the smokes were the only […]

Live Review: Dreams So Real at AthFest, June 28

Live Review: Dreams So Real at AthFest, June 28

By Scott Roberts; photo by Sue Volkert During the initial heyday of Athens music back in the early to middle 1980s, most of that city’s bands were purveying either a sort of quirky, danceable artsiness (Pylon, Love Tractor, Method Actors) or a folk-fueled, Southern jangle-pop (REM, Buzz of Delight, Art in the Dark). One band, […]

Live Review: X at Variety Playhouse, June 13

Live Review: X at Variety Playhouse, June 13

By Scott Roberts; photos By Sue Volkert Any trepidation I had about seeing a legendary L.A. punk rock band whose members are in their mid-50s (at least!) playing 30-year-old songs was joyfully and powerfully obliterated approximately 10 seconds into the opening song of their set at Variety Playhouse on Saturday, June 13. All four original […]

Live Review: The National @ The Tabernacle, May 27

Live Review: The National @ The Tabernacle, May 27

By Julia Reidy It began with "Runaway." The nine-member incarnation of The National, complete with three horn players and a keyboardist, began the set with a new, mesmerizing, post–Boxer song. Poignant and compelling even on the first go-around, everyone listened with rapt attention. Then, like one communal exhale, guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner launched into […]

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