Eyes Up with Nix the Scientist, plus more music news and gossip
FOR KIDS: New West Records will host New West Fest, presented by Phil Hughes Honda, at Southern Brewing Co. Saturday, June 11 from 1 to 10 p.m. This event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens. Featured artists are Kalen and Aslyn, cicada rhythm, Emilie Nenni, The pink stones, haunted shed, Parker Gispert, T. Hardy Morris and New Madrid. Doors open at noon, and this event is for all ages. Tickets are $10 in advance for those under 21 (free for children 12 and under), $20 in advance if you’re over 21, and $25 at the door. For $100 you can get a VIP ticket which includes “exclusive access to the VIP tent with a dedicated bar, tables with stunning views of the stage, free bites throughout the event at local restaurants and beer tickets for the bar in the VIP tent”. For more information, please visit facebook.com/newwestrecords, and for tickets, please visit sobrewco.com.
FIVE ALIVE!: the cradle of heavy metal in Athens, shadebeast, turns five this month, and they’re blowing it all up with a two-night fling at the Flicker Theater and Bar. This will happen on Friday June 10 and Saturday June 11. The Friday night schedule is Somnuri, canopy and Dead Vibes Set. On Saturday, the program includes Mount Luna, dead hand and Shell. Each night will start at 9 p.m. A two-day pass will cost you $20, and if you want to pay at the door, each night is $12. For advance tickets, please visit shadebeast.com/collections/tickets, and for more information, simply browse this site or visit facebook.com/shadebeastpresents. Shadebeast deserves near-endless praise for not only being a source of inspiration and a welcoming community, but also one of the most enduring and positive catalysts for the metal scene in town.
SPF 100: The activity train for the goth/death rockers of Athens Tears for the dying just won’t slow down. The band is currently featured on two new compilations that have been released to celebrate World Goth Day. The first is named Altar of Shadows and comes courtesy of Oakland, CA label Psychic Eye Records, and the second is Digging up volume II from Carrboro, NC’s Broken Sound Tapes. The band soon embark on a short tour with New Orleans bands Death Church and Come to Ruin which kicks off, fittingly, in New Orleans on June 30th. From there, the group travels through Atlanta (Highlander, July 1), then back to Athens (Flicker, July 2), then Birmingham, AL (Firehouse, July 3). Tears For the Dying’s new single, “KMS”, was released last week. Follow all things Tears via facebook.com/TearsForTheDying and tearsforthedying.bandcamp.com.
LAMB LIES ON BROAD STREET: Atlanta-Athens Group Nix the Scientist just released a new single called “Eyes Up”. Describing itself as a “prog power trio”, this track in particular confirms this statement. It is very theatrical in the manner of the beginnings of Genesis. Although I could do without the intermittent voice of heavy metal, you could say that this is where the “power” lies. Find it on Spotify along with the band’s other work, and learn more at nixthescientist.com. The group will then play locally on July 2 at the Ciné.
GO AND TAKE TIME: OK punters, you get this information a full week in advance so you can make your plans now. Rabbit Hole Studios is hosting a massive full event that happens to fall on Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21. It’s called Bunneroo, which organizers say is a “bunny-themed Bonnaroo spin-off.” They are still accepting vendor/booth applications at rabbitholestudios.org/festivals. Both days will cost you $15 in advance or $10 at the door each day. The absolutely huge lineup is as follows (unfortunately no, I don’t have a lineup schedule, but each day starts at 1pm): Cath & Embreis, Iris, Babies on Babies, Lea Lea, Julia Nyunt, The Landtrust Jamfam (ATL), Radha Rose, MYNAWA, Athens Middle East Orchestra, Cardynalflies, Climbing Cedars, The Almighty Strange Ducks, Hidden Hare Jam Band, Allen, Julianne Merrit, Meta Forest, John Fernandes, Grandfather, Ricky B, Official LB, Dexter, DK, Dexx, Afro Kenobi, Frank the Eagle, Squeeze the Squid, Phases of Alexandria, White Rabbit Collective, Ostrich, MedX and Jiig. Phew! Follow both at rabbitholestudios.org and facebook.com/whiterabbitproductionsllc for ongoing information.
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