Athens Music News Roundup!

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Well guys, we’re right at the beginning of Athens Slingshot. Hope you’re all enjoying it as much as we are. If you’re having trouble deciding what to see, maybe give our post from yesterday a peek.

There will be a Rock and Roll Celebration for the late Buren Fowler at the 40 Watt on April 5th. Fowler’s tribute will include video and performance from Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. The event is free but donations will go to Fowler’s family. See the 40 Watt site for additional details.

Sprockets International Music Video Festival is still accepting music video submissions for this year’s contest. The early deadline is April 15th ($25) and the late deadline is April 30th ($35). Enter your video for a shot at winning “Best Music Video,” the “Audience Choice Award,” or the “Best Georgia Video.” More info is available at Sprockets’ official website.

Flagpole is reporting that a citywide series that celebrates the Elephant 6 Collective will be held from August to December this year. Expect art exhibits and film screenings and performances throughout the season.

Record Store Day is coming up on April 19th and will bring a very special release from R.E.M. The band is releasing a 4-LP set of its MTV Unplugged specials from 1991 and 2001, including 11 songs that never aired. A highlight of these performances is a brutal, stripped down version of “The One I Love” that will leave you feeling haunted. It’s a recommended buy if you’ve got the cash.

Also available soon from the former members of R.E.M. are Peter Buck‘s second solo album (vinyl only) and Buck and Mike Mills‘ joint effort with the Baseball Project (3/25).

If you happened to miss Flagpole’s feature on the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, you should give it a read, if only to see the giant picture of my former boss (HI PAUL!).

Lastly, we leave you with a moment of zen via a lovely video of Downtown Athens, GA.

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