This Week

TONIGHT
New Earth
8 p.m.
Project Safe Benefit
Gro/Conscious
Carl Lindberg

WEDNESDAY
Green Room
8:30 p.m. $3
Erin Lovett
Bloom
Walker Howle

THURSDAY
Flicker Theatre
9 p.m. $5
Little Gold
Shehehe
The Atom Age
Tongues

FRIDAY
The World Famous
9 p.m.
Muuy Bien
Odonis Odonis
Vincas
Gorgeous

SATURDAY
40 Watt
9 p.m. $16
The Whigs
Uncle Dad
Programs

SUNDAY
Hendershot’s
8 p.m.
Scab Queen
Royal Futility
Entropicodone

MONDAY
Georgia Theatre Rooftop
7 p.m.
Mary Sigalas
The Hobohemians

Why You Should Go to Industry Mixers

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The one piece of advice people love to hammer home whether you’re looking for a job, a partner, or an investor is NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. It seems a little, well, not artistic, doesn’t it? Artists don’t really like to dip their hands into the business end of the music business pool but there’s a reason why that irksome b-word is attached to our beloved music: you won’t get far without it.

Now, I understand how frustrating mixers can get. Most of them in Georgia take place in the Atlanta-Metro area and cost money that you probably don’t have. But fear not! oh brave souls of Athens; we have our own industry parties that will help you out a ton without breaking your budget.

This week, the 40 Watt is holding a “VIP Music Industry Mixer” on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thrown by the Atlanta chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammys!), it’s a chance to learn about the Grammys, their outreach programs, and membership benefits. RSVP at 40wattrsvp@gmail.com before you go.

When you get there, make sure to have your demo cds, your business cards, and your “elevator speech” down pat. If you’re honestly worried about that last part, run it by some friends. Get used to introducing yourself in a non-cringeworthy way. People at these things know they’re for making connections! They want to meet you! You’ll never know who you’ll meet.

If you’re busy this Wednesday, you’ve got another chance for schmoozing at the UGA MAY DAY Festival and Music Business Expo at the Melting Point on April 27th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Publicists, musicians, artists, lawyers, publishers… Pretty much everyone will be represented. I especially like this kind of festival because you can poke around displays that interest you and get to know the people at the booths.

So there you go, you’ve got two great opportunities to get to know some people who could help move your career in Athens along. Happy mixing!

First Look: Sam Sniper’s “Nothing is Wrong”

Purple is a lovely color for you, Sam Sniper
Purple is a lovely color for you, Sam Sniper

We are unabashed fans of Sam Sniper.  So I was so happy to get an email from S.S. and see a show on the Georgia Theatre roof  on April 22 on the schedule. But best was the video attached: a trippy, raw-rocking number called “Nothing is Wrong” complete with Claymation. I’m always impressed by animated videos because of the sheer volume of work it takes to make it look good. Naturally, I had to ask Andrew Klein to talk a bit about how this video was made.

“I made the video in three days with my cannon SLR camera. I shot it at 12 frames per second and it took me about 2,577 shots to complete. I did it out of my house here in Athens in a spare bedroom. It was the first time I have worked with clay and I think I will be doing a lot more of it. I like starting without any idea of what I will create and as I start molding the clay I try to find familiar shapes and images and then hone in on trying to make the image that caught my eye slightly more realistic. Then I quickly push away from the image and try to mold it into a new thing. So it has a kind of surreal feel to it.”

Take a look at the awesome for yourself! And make sure to check out Sam Sniper’s site for future gigs and fun things.

Athfest Warm Up

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Yes, it’s really getting towards that time of year when Athfest takes over the hearts and minds of the people. Before the hubbub completely overwhelms us, I thought we’d take a look at some basics that we already know.

1. Headliners!

We’ve already gotten wind that Kishi Bashi, Reptar, and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are headlining the outdoor stages. Futurebirds will be the featured artist at the 40 Watt. Other than that, we can only guess.

My gut is telling me that we’ll see lots of familiar faces around, probably the folks that released an album this year like Don Chambers, The Warm Fuzzies, A. Armada, and more.

2. The ATHFEST COMPILATION!

Released on vinyl for the first time via Ghostmeat, the compilation this year is a bit smaller than most. We’ve got ten songs from the likes of Drive-By Truckers, Elf Power, Ruby the Rabbitfoot… all good artists. But I’d be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t voice my concern that the compilation this year is playing incredibly safe.

Yes, you need big names to sell records and there’s limited space this go round but this group of artists hardly represents all that Athens has to offer.  At least put someone who isn’t rock/pop on here… Grumbling aside, you can get it June 17th.

3. FLAGPOLE’S ATHENS MUSIC AWARDS!

We got word yesterday via Twitter that the nominating committee had begun meeting. They decide what categories and artists are included in the awards for the year. If you don’t think that the categories are that big of a deal, try this on for size. Say you’re a pop/punk band. You’re the type that could go either way. So your band is placed in the Pop Rock category that also includes, say, the late Modern Skirts. Your chances are slim. If you’re in the Punk category, you may have a better shot. Most likely, you’ll be tossed into “Rock” and good luck to you.

Around this time, I like to remind bands that if they are nominated and really want the award, MOBILIZE YOUR FANBASE EARLY AND OFTEN. Name recognition is huge but you can totally counteract that if you beg and plead for people to vote. Just a tip.

So, yeah, Athfest is creeping closer. Get your sunscreen ready.

This Week

PREACH
PREACH

Man, we’ve got the discount shows going on for you this week! Everything here is either super cheap or free so NO EXCUSES! Go see a show!

TONIGHT
Little Kings
10 p.m. $5
Cine Benefit/Rolling Stones Tribute
Dave Marr
Patterson Hood
Don Chambers
T. Hardy Morris
and more!

WEDNESDAY
Go Bar
10 p.m.
DJ Taint
Cottonmouth
Bad Nudes
Shepherds
Ritvals

THURSDAY
Flicker Theatre
9 p.m.
Little Gold
Little Brothers
Taylor Chmura

FRIDAY
New Earth
9:30 p.m.
No Sleep
United States of Atlanta
Wise Up Rise Up

SATURDAY
Georgia Bar
10:30 p.m.
Carla Lefever and the Rays

SUNDAY
The World Famous
8:00 p.m.
Black Girls

MONDAY
Georgia Theatre Rooftop
8 p.m. FREE
Ken Will Morton
Monkeygrass Jug Band

RANT: The “Melting Pot”

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Normaltown Flyers + Pete Buck

That thudding sound you’re hearing is my head violently slamming against my desk for the fifth or sixth time today. Why am I so hellbent on hurting myself, you ask? Because promoters. Specifically, promoters who can’t be bothered to do the job they get paid to do.

Look, I’ve been on both sides of the coin. I’ve done the whole “send email out to random blogsite that won’t even read it” and the whole “ignore emails coming from giant PR machines that don’t seem to get that I don’t cover NYC or Seattle.” I know how tough it is to enter in a ton of data and get everything right. Sometimes a showtime is listed wrong. Maybe you mix up openers or something. BUT FOR GOD’S SAKE YOU SHOULD KNOW THE NAME OF THE VENUE!

MELTING. POINT. Not “Pot,” not “Smelting Point” (wtf?!) or any other bizarre combination of words that still doesn’t come close to “Melting Point.” HOLY COW, PEOPLE GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.

I understand getting it wrong once. It happens. Sometimes you don’t have time to look up every venue or maybe you just don’t care. But when I constantly get emails from PR companies about MULTIPLE ACTS coming through Athens to the “Melting Pot,” I WILL LOSE MY MIND. You’d think that after going through the venue someone would go, “Oh, hey. It was called the Melting Point, btw.”

ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH *rage*

So yeah, that’s my rant for the day. I’ll let my Spirit Animal Nic Cage demonstrate my feelings right now.

Spirit Animal Nic Cage
Spirit Animal Nic Cage
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