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Athens musicians benefit from WUOG’s playlist

Turn on WUOG 90.5 and you’ll hear music that commercial radio would never touch—jangly poppy music, hardcore metal music, folksy bluesy music, music with weird lyrics, music with screaming—followed by a youthful voice announcing what local band was just played: Allison …

Venice is Sinking

www.veniceissinking.net Wistful anthems infused with soaring string arrangements and haunting coed vocals. Subjects covered include watersheds, trains, Le Courboisier, moving out, moving on and dead pets. Venice is Sinking includes Jeremy Sellers (bass, vocals), Lucas Jensen (drums), James Sewell (keyboards, trumpet, vocals), Karolyn Troupe (viola, …

Tim Conley

www.rowyourboatrecords.com Timi Conley was born in August 1967—the Summer of Love—and had a happy childhood except for the time when he was stung by a bee at the age of 5 and almost died. Ten years later he formed his first …

The Agenda

www.myspace.com/theagendanorthamerica The firecracker assault of four angry young men raised on garage and punk, hellbent on bringing the party and making all the young girls swoon! It’s rock ’n’ roll, not rocket science! Tracing their debut to an infamously raucous Athens …

Sursievision

www.myspace.com/sursievision Sursievision entertain their audiences with a dynamic, energetic, soul-shaking sound. Described as “Athens’ next break-out band” (Rock 100.7 FM), sursievision plans to be just that. Emotive vocals, atmospheric keys, funky bass, tribal drumming, and a tight horn section all complement …

Modern Skirts

www.modernskirts.com Modern Skirts began inauspiciously enough as a small, jellylike melodic piano-pop quartet in 2005. Within a few months, the band became the toast of the town, picking up local accolades such as “Album of the Year” for their debut “Catalogue …

Maps and Transit

http://mapsandtransit.com Kyle Dawkins and Julie Phillips create minimal, multilayered soundscapes featuring elements of primitive electronica, tribal Southern psychedelia and ambient rock. Dawkins has released two solo recordings under his own name, “Conasauga” (2002) and “Walls Became the World” (2004), and is …

Spring Tigers

www.myspace.com/springtigers “You’re no longer welcome here!” Just like that, Kris Barratt (lead vocals, guitar and the soapbox) was a man without a home, or so we assume (“I can’t tell you why, but I can’t go back, I’ll be kneecapped”). We …

Kite to the Moon

www.kitetothemoon.com Kite to the Moon was formed in 2007 in Athens, Ga., playing their first gig at the Athens Human Rights Festival on May 5th of that year, making the band a Taurus, astrologically speaking. The band is made up of …

JazzChronic

http://jazzchronic.com JazzChronic plays original funk infused music that is reminiscent of ’70s funk organ and horn bands with a 21st century twist. Every member in this dynamic group works together as a team in composing original music that jams from funk, …

Hope for Agoldensummer

www.hopeforagoldensummer.com Hope For Agoldensummer is a family band living and working in Athens. A junkyard orchestra. An anarchist soul choir. For nearly eight years, this band has traveled the U.S. creating rusty, gutter-angel melodies with a slide guitar, banjo, jangly percussion, …

Half Dozen Brass Band

www.myspace.com/halfdozenbrassband A handful of Athens’ most in-demand horn players have come together to form the Half Dozen Brass Band, an ensemble that brings its own unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and Dixieland to the Classic City. As the only New …

Five Eight

www.myspace.com/fiveeight During the past 20 years, they’ve endured things that would destroy most bands—major label deals gone south, a manager’s death, divorce, drugs, depression, band member departures and more—but Five Eight has always managed to survive. Their seventh album, due in …

The Orkids

The Orkids are an electro-rock band out of Athens founded in late 2008 by guitarist Adam Monica and singer Sandra Gallardo. The group recently transformed from a studio project between Adam and Sandra to a five-piece rock outfit comprised of veteran …

DJ Triz

www.myspace.com/djtriz DJ Triz describes his music as electro-breakbeat-turntablism. He studied classical voice in college at Colorado State University and draws influences from a wide variety of places, often approaching songwriting using some of those classical techniques. “I try and use a …

Curley Maple

http://curleymaple.net The renowned and creative playing of ace fiddler David Blackmon is the driving force, complemented by the tight harmony singing of Noel Blackmon and Christian Lopez and their guitars, mandolins, and bouzouki, and upright bassist Chris Enghauser’s prodigious skills and …

The Bearfoot Hookers

www.thebearfoothookers.com The Bearfoot Hookers are a fiercely independent, honest and scrappy band that blends traditional country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll into a mixture they call “beer drinkin’ gospel.” It’s edgy like Johnny Cash, groovy like the Stones, witty like Todd …

Allison Weiss

www.allisonw.com UGA student Allison Weiss started playing guitar at age 15 to impress a boy in her creative writing class. She decided to become a punk rock star, learned a few power chords, and he asked her out. One month later …

John Bell

Widespread Panic’s John Bell performs during a three-night run at the Classic Center in April 2000. Photo by Kim Bancroft “The band house…that’s where the earliest memories came from and where daydreaming and living in the moment didn’t necessarily cancel …

George Fontaine

George Fontaine (BBA ’76) helped to re-launch the Georgia Theatre as a music venue in the late ’70s. Photo by Rick O’Quinn “I was trying to graduate, working on getting married, investigating the viability of college kids opening the Georgia …

Vanessa Briscoe Hay

Vanessa Briscoe Hay at Pylon’s last show, Halloween 2008 in Atlanta. Photo by Rhonda Fleming “In the early part of 2004, I received a phone call from Pylon guitarist Randy Bewley. He wanted to get the band back together. The …

Wilmot Green

Wilmot Greene, owner of the Georgia Theatre, speaks to students in UGA’s music business program in December. Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker “It was during the 2004 AthFest music festival that I ran into William ‘Duck’ Anderson outside the Georgia …