Flagpole Music Awards: Upstart of the Year

(Graphic/Ziona Kocher)
Athens is a wellspring of talent, you know that already, but every year there are a handful of new acts that pop up that Flagpole deems worthy enough to highlight as an Upstart. Even fewer get to be nominated for Upstart of the Year. The following nominees are acts that you should keep your eye on as they get started on their musical careers. Give your favorite an extra bragging point by voting for them by Friday.

THE BURNING ANGELS
“Heartache and happiness.” Apt way to describe this Americana leaning act with a jazz twist.

EFREN
A little bit folky and a lot of heart. Echoes of Dylan and Wilco.

GEISTERKATZEN
CATS! KEYBOARDS! Experimental group with WUOG lineage.

THE GOLD PARTY
Pretty boys in tight pants playing hook after danceable hook with unusually deep content.

NUCLEAR SPRING
Poppy fuzz-box guitar, pounding drums, and distorted vocals

THE ORKIDS
Pure radio-friendly powerpop with a stylish image to match.

A POSTWAR DRAMA
Psychobilly? Yes please. Full of energy and a throwback to old Athens fun.

REPTAR
Ultra-hyped dance outfit that puts on one hell of a wild show.

WEREWOLVES
Another Wyatt act featuring more hooks and pop than you can shake a soda at.

YAAL HUSH
Hard psych supergroup featuring many men from broken bands

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