Athens Twilight!

If you’ve spent even 6 months in Athens, there is a 90% chance you’ve heard someone mention Twilight. For our less-educated readers, Twilight is widely considered one of the best weekends in Athens for families and college students alike. It’s a weekend for bikers, riding Friday and Saturday, where women race 40k and men race 80k throughout a course downtown. Now I know, you’re probably thinking, “Rabekah – a bunch of people in spandex biking around in a circle? Booorrriinggg!” But oh, contraire my friends. Twilight marks the miraculous weekend in Athens where open container laws disappear and bands come out in full swing to entertain the masses of people looking for some good tunes in between races. So here’s my ranking of music to check out and places to go during your full-filled weekend:

Cicada Rhythm – Ted’s Most Best Music Stage
FREE // 7pm // 4.24
Sweet folk tunes and phenomenal guitar picking lead to an amazing
performance by local favorite Cicada Rhythm. Check them out for a chill night
out with a good beer and a (hopefully) warm night.
Son and Thief – Ted’s Most Best Music Stage
FREE // 11am // 4.25
These guys are the next big Athens band – I can feel it in their cool, indie rock sound and hip, but not hipster style. They’ve got this restful vibe that makes you wanna drive in your car for a couple hours around Watkinsville and just listen.
Dana Kelson – Ted’s Most Best Music Stage
FREE // 1pm // 4.25
Dana is a newcomer to the Athens scene, but when she sings, there’s a certain
familiarity and sweetness to the voice that’s undeniable. Although she’s only
been playing around Athens for a few months, you can count on her being a
staple for a while.
Wrenn – Ted’s Most Best Music Stage
FREE // 2pm // 4.25
If you’ve been following us for a little while here at SeeingTrees, you’ll know
we’re pretty big fans of Wrenn. She’s fun, pop, and can manage to put a smile
on almost anyone’s face – check her out before watching the amateur cycling

We couldn’t do a post on the famous Twilight Criterium weekend without covering the races themselves. The Amatuer Finals starts at 6:15, with the Women’s Criterium at 7:00 and the Men’s Criterium at 8:15. There’s nothing like the adrenaline vicariously felt while watching the bikers race for the grand prize of $200,000 – and getting watching with a nice beer in hand doesn’t hurt either. Check it out and enjoy one of the best weekends in Athens!

~ Rabekah Hansen

Looks like where I wanna be. [Photo from Online Athens]

Looks like where I wanna be. [Photo from Online Athens]

It’s Festival Season Again

Summer’s almost here and there’s nothing better to do with your free time than listening to great music with a bunch of friends. Here’s a list of some of the awesome summer music festivals you should hit up before school rolls back around.

Shaky Knees:
Atlanta, GA May 8-10
Surrounded by the big city lights in Atlantic Station, Shaky Knees has to be one of the best festivals in Georgia. This year The Strokes, The Avett Brother, Wilco, and the Pixies will be headlining. And then there’ll be an eclectic mix of other artists performing too- like Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, Neutral Milk Hotel, and James Blake.

Shaky Boots:
Atlanta, GA May 16-17
If you’re more of a country music fan, than this festival is going to be your oasis. I’m pretty sure every famous country musician ever is going to be there. Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins- the list just goes on and on. So grab your cowboy boots and get yourself a ticket.

Hangout Festival:
Gulf Shores, AL May 15-17
A music festival on the beach sounds like a freakin awesome music festival to me. Plus there’s totally gunna be a lot of big-named artists there- like the Foot Fighters, Sam Smith, and Beck. But you gotta start gathering your friends for a road trip now because Gulf Shores is about a 7 hours drive from Athens.

Kingston Downs, GA May 22-24
The CounterPoint Music & Arts festival is a great place to lose yourself to in some epic electronic music. Widespread Panic, Zedd, iLoveMakonnen and Futurebirds will all be there, on top of a whole bunch of others.

Manchester, TN June 11-14
This festival is definitely a mix of the old and the new. It’s got Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Hozier, Tears for Fears, Bear’s Den and more. Then if you need a break from the music, there’ll also be comedy stages with people like Natasha Leggero, Chris Harwick, Reggie Watts, and Jeff Ross. It’ll be an absolutely huge event.

Downtown Athens, GA June 24-28
Some of the best music is right in our back yard. Purchase a wristband for 20 bucks and do the Club Crawl or just head downtown during the day and check out some of the free shows. The event schedule for the festival will be released soon so keep an eye out for it.

Eaux Claires:
Eau Claire, WI July 17- 18
Grab a tent, pack a bag, and get yourself to Wisconsin for this totally unique music festival. With musicians like Bon Iver, The National, and Sufjan Stevens, the music at this event is guaranteed to be super chill and beautiful. It’s totally worth a trip to the middle of nowhere.

Newport Folk Festival
Newport, RI July 24- 26
Folk fanatics rejoice! Newport FF has been showcasing the best in the biz for 56 years. Bob Dylan made his national debut there the second year it existed. This year’s headliners include Iron & Wine, First Aid Kit, and The Decemberists. But The Lone Bellow, Watkins Family Hour, Lord Huron, and Sturgill Simpson (among many others) will make it nearly impossible to miss this event.

Chicago, IL July 31- August 2
Lollapalooza is the perfect way to end the summer. But I hope you already have your ticket for this one because they’re already sold-out, although for good reason. Artists like Paul McCartney, Metallica, The Weekend, Florence + the Machine, and atl-J are going to be there. It’s gonna be one of the biggest festivals of the year.

~ Morgan Hughley

Earth Day + Sustainability = SXSM

sxsmCelebrate Earth Day with UGArden Club at SXSM, or South by South Milledge, an eco focused music festival. This event aims to get people to visit UGArden to learn about sustainability while having a blast. Wieuca, New Nature, Zale, and The Ecotones will all be playing, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Plenty of UGA student organizations, including UGA Students for Environmental Action, Bag the Bag UGA, The Campus Kitchen at UGA, Real Food UGA, and Let Us Compost will be on hand to provide information. There will also be plenty of delicious food made donated by local Athens restaurants! Don’t forget to bring your own plates, cups, and utensils to make this event zero waste.

It all starts at 5:30! Find the UGArden at 2500 Milledge Avenue, Athens GA 30602.

~ Jenna Hegarty


foxygen1LA duo Sam France and Jonathan Rado are Foxygen. Midway through 2011, France and Rado handed a copy of Take the Kids Off Broadway to visionary producer Richard Swift after he performed in a Lower East Side club.

Foxygen left unsure that Swift would listen. He did. Eight months later, Foxygen went for a week-long recording session at Swift’s National Freedom studio, producing the breakthrough, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic a coasting distillation of California psychedelia.

2013 was a major year for 21st Century, but the trappings of success meant a delay on new recordings. At the end of the year, the two found solace in their new studio, Dream Star. Writing together gave new life to their friendship and they reformed as punk band Star Power. The resulting …And Star Power, which the band calls “a cinematic, auditory adventure for the speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees, and misfits…the radio station you can only hear if you believe.”

Doors at 9 @ The 40Watt TONIGHT

~ Jenna Hegarty

Throwback Thursday 90’s Edition

A good throwback playlist can solve all of your problems. Wanna forget about the homework in your backpack? TLC has the power to make it happen. Need something to pump up your pregame before going out? Britney Spears totally has your back. I swear 90s music must have some kind of magical power that transforms any night into a freaking awesome night. So in honor of it being Thursday, here’s a Spotify playlist of my 50 favorite throwback songs. But you gotta be prepared to sing your butt off! Here’s just a sample of the wonder you’ll experience with this playlist:

1. No Scrubs– TLC

2. I Wanna Dance With Somebody– Whitney Houston

3. What’s My Age Again?– Blink 182

4. Real Slim Shady– Eminem

5. 1985– Bowling For Soup

6. Lucky– Britney Spears

7. Bills, Bills, Bills– Destiny’s Child

8. The Middle– Jimmy Eat World

9. What I Got– Sublime

10. The Freshmen– The Verve Pipe

~ Morgan Hughley

Pledge 2 Learn

pledgeInteractive fan experience is what PledgeMusic is after. The company takes a new look at artist contributions not completely unlike Indigogo and Kickstarter (aren’t we all tired of hearing those words?). But, the key factor that separates them from the competition is how they encourage all artists with successful campaigns to donate some of their project money to a local charity. The fans give to the artist- keep passing it on. There’s a good lesson!

Tomorrow night (Thursday 4/16) inside Caldwell Hall room 204 on UGA’s campus, PledgeMusic A&R reps are hosting a panel to discuss “Maximizing Fan Engagement”. Staying true to the Athens scene, the panel features the head honchos of the Iron Factory, Bulldog 93.3, and our dear friend Emily McBride at Vinyl Mag. Two local artists will make an appearance, but I guess you’ll just have to stop by to find out who! And the whole thing will be moderated by the Music Business Program’s (and Chase Street Transduction’s) fearless leader, David Barbe. Everyone will unpack how they engage fans through their various platforms. If you’re at all interested in the music industry or entertainment in general, you should think about canceling your plans tomorrow… And, it all starts at 6!

~ Elizabeth Barrett

Show Preview: Sam Burchfield

Athens own multi-genre soulful singer-songwriter Sam Burchfield headlines the 40 Watt with his full band this Saturday. He’s got quite the following here in town. Maybe you caught him opening for St. Paul earlier this year? His every performance brims with energy, passion, and creativity.where to run

Burchfield himself says:
“This show is gonna be pretty epic. I’m excited to return to Athens after the last show with St. Paul & The Broken Bones and really just share an awesome night of music with some great artists! The whole band is making it out to this one…I think a lot of folks who know me in Athens haven’t really experienced that yet, so I’m ready to give it all we got and get some people moving and grooving. Plus it’s pretty cool that we get to show a sneak preview of season 5 of Game of Thrones at the show. See ya there!”

What’s more? SeeingTrees favorites WrennPop and Grant Cowan join him on stage. See ya there, indeed. Get your tickets before they’re gone. In the mean time, check out his debut EP Where to Run and stay tuned for his first album!

~ Jenna Hegarty