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 

Get Small! Athens Venues You Need To Taste

When you think of the Athens music scene, legendary venues like the Georgia Theatre and the 40 Watt come to mind just behind REM. The two venues are always great places to catch a show—and both have had smashing seasons—but spend the night in one of Athens smaller venues and you’re sure to find a favorite new artist.

Flicker Theatre and Bar

263 W Washington Street
Part bar, part lounge Flicker features live acts, poetry readings, local art shows, and more.

Caledonia Lounge
256 W Clayton Street
Caledonia is the place for hard rocking local acts and late night shows. Take a break between sets on their outdoor patio.

Live Wire
227 W Dougherty Street
Live Wire is the new and improved New Earth: new stage production equipment and software, a Midas digital mixing console, a broadcast ready video system, and a 3D video mapping projection system round out the venue’s three stages.


237 Prince Ave
Cafe by day, venue by night. Take a trip to the Bottleworks where you can catch a show while enjoying the Shot’s full menu in addition to the coffee and booze.

Lumpkin Street Station
175 N Lumpkin Street
Housed at the Green Room’s old address, Lumpkin Street Station is Athens newest venue. Enjoy the full bar and vibes.

~ Jenna Hegarty

New Album from Sufjan Stevens

sufjan-stevens-carrieSufjan Steven’s new album can be described in two words: hauntingly beautiful. “Carrie & Lowell,” named after Sufjan stepfather and late mother, feels like a personal diary filled with deep collections of yearning and despair. With nothing but an acoustic guitar and his soft voice, Sufjan wrestles with his past and present demons as he touches on topics of loneliness, hatred, suicide and death. “Carrie & Lowell” intertwines dark lyrics with light melodies, submerging listeners into the very depth of Sufjan’s childhood memories. And yet, while a lingering pain is definitely felt in every word he breathes, there is also a mellifluous eloquence to the album. Each song seems to be crafted in perfect detail, from the notes of the guitar to the lyrics that Sufjan sings. The song “No Shade in the Shadow of The Cross” proves that even the saddest of stories can sound like perfection and “John My Beloved” is one of the strongest portrayals of failed intimacy that I’ve ever heard. While the new album might not be as loud or dynamic as some of Sufjan’s previous works, with its heart wrenching back-story and depth, “Carrie & Lowell” might just be the best thing Sufjan’s come out with in a long time. Experience the emotional roller coaster that he’s created and buy the album!!

~ Morgan Hughley


April in Athens

Can you believe it’s already April?? As I wrap up my final school year, I can already feel the hot sun beating down and hear the sweet tunes coming from the car on long road trips to the beach. So as the semester draws to a close, here’s my list of things not to miss out on this April.

AthFest 2015 Compilation CD Release Party
$5 // 4/18 @ 9 // Georgia Theatre
We’ve chatted a bit about the ATHFEST compilation CD and how cool it is to see AthFest Educates and UGA’s MBUS program partner up to make a killer album featuring some of Athens brightest stars. But the cool thing about this release party is the 5 bands for $5 bucks deal going on – Tedo Stone, Dana Swimmer, New Wives, Uncle Dad, and Saturn Valley will all be rocking out at this release party from 9pm till 1am. The best part? A part of all proceeds are going to AthFest Educates to support music and arts education in the Athens-Clarke County Youth programs.

Sam Burchfield with WrennPop and Grant Cowan
$7-$10 // 4/11 @ 9 // 40 Watt
If you’ve followed our interviews at all, you’ll know we love Wrenn and Grant a whole lot. Which is why we’re pumped they get to open up for Athens’ favorite singer-songwriter Sam Burchfield. Burchfield’s currently working on his first album, and has got a voice that doesn’t quit. His passion and love for all things music is obvious in every performance and he’s built quite a following here in Athens. Check him out on the 11th and catch some of his sweet, soul-soothing music.

Athens Farmers Market
FREE // Saturdays in April-November from 8am-12pm // Bishop Park
I genuinely believe food tastes better when it’s goes from the farm to your plate in a matter of days. Even if you’re not into the organic, gluten-free fad sweeping the Athens hipster population, check out the market for really good food and have fun shopping local at the same time. The Farmers Market in Athens happens every Saturday from 8am-noon AND NOW every Wednesday from 4pm-7pm at Creature Comforts.

$19 // 4/14 @ 8:30 // Buckhead Theatre
There’s something about OK Go makes me feel like I’m in high school again, blasting Here It Goes Again in my Toyota Highlander while cruising with my friends down 141 on a Friday night. They’re quirky, fun, and full of energy, with songs that make you get up and dance without hesitation, and videos that make you attempt dumb stunts with treadmills at 2am, resulting in almost broken limbs (sorry Mom!) If you want to relive sweet memories of high school and dance like no one’s watching, check them out when they swing into Atlanta later this month.

Athens Twilight Criterium
FREE // 4/24-4/25 // Downtown Athens
If you’ve lived in Athens for any amount of time and haven’t heard of Twilight, then who have you been hanging out with?! Twilight is hosted by the Orthopedic Clinic annually and is one of the coolest times to visit the Classic City. With bike races happening downtown for 2 full days, you can catch some fun events just hanging out on Clayton street, or head down to Ted’s Most Best to check out their music events happening this year. Everyone from Cicada Rhythm to WrennPop will be bringing their A-Game to the famous Athens affair, so grab a beer, check it out, and then watch some great music.

Darnell Boys Record Release Show with Blair Crimmins and the Hookers and Cicada Rhythm
$5-$7 // 4/10 @ 9 // Caledonia Lounge
All you have to say is Darnell Boys and you’ve immediately got my attention. These guys have a blues-y, bluegrass sound with just a touch of badass-ness that simultaneously will peak your interest and makes them distinct. And with their new record coming out, you know that they’re bringing it all to the Lounge to kick off the album with a bang. Check them out on the 10th this month at the Lounge.

~ Rabekah Hansen