Athens Intensified 2015: Oct 7-10

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Athens Intensified, the music festival curated by longtime Athenian and Flagpole columnist Gordon Lamb, is slated to kick off later this evening. Now in its fourth year, the festival serves as a cross-section of local and nationally touring talent, all hand-picked by Lamb. While this year’s headliners include standouts like Toro y Moi, Wavves, and Willis Earl Beal, we at The Blue Indian are particularly excited about the stellar assortment of Georgia musicians gracing the festival’s multiple downtown clubs and stages, including the slowcore inspired alt-rock of Athens/Atlanta band Grand Vapids, the chilled out electronic productions of Dillon McCabe’s Stay At Home Dad, and New Wives’ brand of self-described “doom pop”. Below, we’ve picked out the festival’s Georgia natives by night and venue.

Two tiers of tickets are available for Athens Intensified: access to all shows is priced at $50, and access to all shows except tonight’s Toro y Moi performance and Friday’s Wavves show costs $25. Pricing for individual shows can be found on the Athens Intensified website.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records Showcase at The Caledonia Lounge

Marshmallow Coast —Laid back psych-pop from Elephant 6 associate and singer-songwriter Andy Gonzales.

Fake Flowers – Lush pop music with vocal harmonies drawing influence from shoegaze, post-punk and emo.

Hunger Anthem – Fuzzy, lo-fi indie rock recalling college radio’s heyday.

New Wives – Doom pop trio sharing members with The Blue Indian’s October Band of the Month, Mothers.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Caledonia Lounge

DJ Yung Yang

Louie Larceny –Athens MC with a new full-length expected for release this Fall.

The Electric Sons – Atlanta electro-pop outfit in the same vein as Passion Pit and Foster the People.

Go Bar

Dream Culture – Blissed out progressive psych-rock for fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala.

Flicker Theatre & Bar

Juan de Fuca – Athenian Jack Cherry’s bedroom recording project. His latest release, Cavern Of, is equal parts folk and ambient experimentation centered on the passing of a close friend.

Sea Ghost – Charming, downhearted indie-pop.

Meth Wax – Lo-fi garage punk led by singer/guitarist Daniel Tanghal.

Friday, October 9

The Caledonia Lounge

Bataille – Thick walls of noise-punk heavily akin to Swans.

Vincas – Dense psychedelic punk trio from Athens.

Flicker Theatre & Bar

Nicholas Mallis and The Borealis – Pop songsmith combining elements of surf and spaghetti-western.

Oak House – A moody, atmospheric amalgamation of psych-rock and folk.

Houston in the Blind – Reverb-heavy, psych-infused rock featuring members of Dead Confederate, Ponderosa, and Snowden.

Go Bar

Stay At Home Dad – Producer Dillon McCabe makes chilled out, beat-focused electronic music.

Futo – Patrick Brick’s bedroom pop project crosses dreamy electronics with singer/songwriter acoustics.

Astroshaman – Athens vaporwave purveyor

The World Famous

Sleeping Red Giants – New project from King of Prussia singer-songwriter Brandon Hanick.

Saturday, October 10

40 Watt Club

Eureka California – Fuzzy garage-punk duo from Athens

Grand Vapids – Athens/Atlanta alt-rockers combining elements of shoegaze and slowcore.

The Caledonia Lounge

Javon Womack – Producer and musician with contemporary pop and R&B leanings.

Go Bar

Salsa Chest – Off-kilter synth-pop duo featuring Reptar’s William Kennedy.

Richard Gumby – Detroit transplant Scott Crossman makes experimental psych-pop jams.

Small Science – Songwriter Maria Kindt dabbles in an array of modern and classical styles, fusing elements of folk and pop.

The World Famous

Haints – Energetic power-pop from the former Spring Tigers member.