Where should you be in Athens this weekend?

Oh, I’ll tell ya.

Our weekend starts early with Thursdays pick- Kansas Bible Company @ Nowhere Bar (10PM)

Friday begins the fourth annual Dog Daze Fest @ The 40Watt. For a mere $5 you are treated to the listening pleasures of: Dana Swimmer, Wood Fangs, and Cottonmouth among others. Flagpole Mag has a free download of the festival compilation here.

And Saturday is easy- Georgia Theatre. Flagpole Magazine’s 2014 Music Awards upstart winner (and personal favorite) Family & Friends accompanied two equally noteworthy folk-inspired acts Matrimony and Cereus Bright make for a fantastic night of music. Look out for my interview with Cereus Bright later this week! Buy tickets here.

Workout Wednesday Week 3

Hello all you spirited people rocking out to these playlists. This week’s jams have certainly kicked it up a notch in power. We’re thrown in a catapult and then launched by Style of Eye’s remix of “I Don’t Care”. You thought it was a good workout song before… well, I hope you’re ready to drink about 6 times more water. Other highlights include “Feel So Real” and the 90’s hit “Groove Is In The Heart”. As always, this playlist was made by Punk Rocky‘s very own Mo.

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Happy exercising! (I know… that’s funny… )

Workout Wednesday Week 2

This week’s playlist from my Punk Rocky friend, Mo is significantly more pop-y than last week. My absolute favorite is “Beta Radio” from Ra Ra Riot. This song is not only incredibly catchy (beware, it’ll be stuck in your head for a while), but it’s also a great pace keeper. Well… all of them are!


Just to recap- I am training for a half marathon, hence the title of this post. I hope the music of this series inspires you to get out there and do something. Walking burns calories too, you know!

Workout Wednesday Week 1

Quite an alliteration, am I right?

Here’s the thing- every October for one Sunday morning, Athens every moderately serious runner within a 200 mile radius comes together and burns thousands of calories. How you ask? By running the annual AthHalf (half marathon)! And, this year I will be joining those crazy people. Before you tune out here, I would like to point out that I’ve never run more than 3 miles at a time. I was the one on the cross-country team in high school that faked injuries to get out of practice. Needless to say, I will need all the encouragement I can get. A good deal of motivation comes from the music I listen to while actually running. I’m about to start a 12-week training plan, and don’t want to lose stamina by listening to the same music every week. I’ve asked my friend Mo Wilson of Punk Rocky blog to create a new playlist of workout jams for each of the 12 weeks of my training! Hence, “Workout Wednesday Week 1″.

BUT, this is not just music for runners planning to run a half marathon (which is 13.1 miles by the way). Use this music while you run one mile, or walk a mile… maybe while you lift weights. Use it to motivate yourself to walk to check the mail. Open your eyes to the possibilities of being active. It’ll change your life!

This week’s playlist includes tunes that either have some variation of ‘run’ in the title, or in the lyrics. Perfect start. Thanks, Mo! Be sure to check out Punk Rocky!!!

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Jordan Ruiz

My first thought upon the break of opening chords of Jordan Ruiz’s “Mountains” was how striking the essence of the piece resembled John Mayer’s Born & Raised phase, but I don’t at all think he realizes this. The ebb and flow of the song is like hiking up a mountain you’ve never conquered before. You have to take breaks more often than usual because it requires more from you than usual. But, you know you’ll make it to the top. And at the top of that mountain is the highest production quality I think I’ve ever heard from an unsigned artist. It was kind of hard to listen to ‘The Matador’ because I was convinced if I looked behind me, I’d see a chorus of ten people singing the “Oh’s” right inside my house. I like that a lot. Speaking of gang vocals… those in addition to the tradeoff between acoustic and electric guitar, Jordan’s soothing voice, and very polished instrumentation give this record such a full sound. Mountain is an experience collection. As soon as you begin to listen, it drapes the walls and surrounds you. Jordan loves interlacing a bunch of acoustic instruments, and loves space. It comes out as a balance between intimacy and depth. And this is not Ruiz’s last record by any means. This Los Angeles native has been playing and writing since before most of us came to the realization that high school is a real thing. I can’t wait to see what strums up next.

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Strange Desire delivers on the promise of Bleachers’ first single


Check out Punk Rocky from my blogger (and real-life) friend, Mo! Jams all day.

Originally posted on Punk Rocky:


Feel good vibes are a staple of rock sing-a-longs: Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, We are the champions by Queen, We are Young by Fun.  Now we have a new offering from Bleachers, the new project of Fun guitarist and Steel Train front man Jack Antonoff. Their debut album Strange Desire is filled with the same anthemic choruses that helped Fun skyrocket to chart success, but grounds the sentimental aspects in more experimental noise and electronic textures.

Back when I was in the midst of freaking out over my comprehensive exams, I fell in love with their single “I wanna get better.”  The song had the perfect balance of pop songwriting and trappings of the noisy indie world Antonoff occupied before Fun made it big.  The rest of the songs follow suit, occupying the 80s fantasy-land of John Hues movies. “You’re Still a Mystery” is the triumphant prom scene, “Shadow”…

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My first impression of Beau Williams is pretty much summed up in a series of hospitable remarks. It was a house show and right before Crusade played, he praised the other two musicians like only a true fan could. When that’s the first thing you hear out of a musician’s mouth a musician, you can only assume his or her music is equally honest. His latest single, “I’m a Bruiser” (available to stream from SoundCloud) verifies this. The tone of the song invites you to lean in and listen, as if Beau himself were confiding in only you. Lately, I personally have been drawn to what I call ‘hollow’ songs. These are tunes that come from a place of immense hurt, but listening to them ends up being a cathartic experience. I think it’s because in those two or three minutes, maybe more, the singer is the only person in the world who understands exactly what you’re dealing with. And with influences like Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, and Wilco, Crusade has indeed acquainted itself with this trait. The natural human emotions aren’t the only fuel for original songs. Beau once wrote about a friend’s her grandfather who used to make moonshine. His specialty was Watermelon Wine. He heard those words and said, “I could totally make a song about that.” He’s currently working on an EP entitled Are We Not There. If “I’m a Bruiser” is the typical sound of songs on the album, then please Beau, set up a pre-order system. You can see Crusade if you’re a Nashville local- for example, August 9th at Ugly Mug coffee shop.

Favorite line from “I’m a Bruiser”:

“I’ll love you from Egypt to the Natchez Trace”
Maybe it’s because I actually know where Natchez Trace is… maybe it’s not.


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