Athens Music News Roundup


WOW. Talk about a big news week. We’ve got a ton of stuff to catch up on so let’s get to it.

First up, Athfest has announced its headlining acts for this year. As expected, we’re gonna be seeing Reptar, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, and Kishi Bashi on the main stage outside and Futurebirds onstage at the 40 Watt. So yeah, no big surprises there. Discounted wristbands are on sale now at the official Athfest website.

Speaking of Athfest, the organization has just named a new director.

The Jason Miller directed of Montreal documentary has gotten a new name. The Kickstarter funded flick, “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” is expected to come out in summer of this year. You can preorder the download now at

R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe will be headed back to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th to welcome Nirvana into the latest class of inductees. If you’re interested in watching the ceremony, HBO will air an edited version later on in May.

The disintegration of Downtown Athens continues this week with announcements coming from both 8e‘s and Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother that they are closing up shop for good. Mark Gavron at Junkman’s cites wanting to retire for his upcoming closing in August. 8e’s owner Mark Bell says that his bar has pretty much run its course.

You’re gonna want to grab the New West/Normaltown Records 2014 Sampler. It features tracks from New Madrid, The Whigs, White Violet, and many other familiar faces. 

So that’s the news this week. We’ll leave you with this looping image of Bill Berry because we can.

BONUS Bill Berry GIF

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