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Seattle Met Premiered Fox and the Law's "The Trouble With the Gods."

Need a jolt of adrenaline to get through the middle of the week? Look no further than “The Trouble With the Gods,” the new single from Seattle’s own Fox and the Law. The track captures the band’s gritty blend of garage rock and howling psychedelia.

(READ THE REST AND LISTEN TO THE TRACK OVER AT SEATTLE MET! )

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AthFest Artist Spotlight: Mind Brains

Athenian super group, Mind Brains, pairs experimental electronic synths and ethereal vocals to produce leisurely hypnotic tunes. Featuring former members of Elephant 6 bands including Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, of Montreal, and Dark Meat, Mind Brains experiments with home–recording and scrapped electronics like toy drum machines and old electric harps alongside woozy vocals and deep lyricism. Flagpole Magazine praises them saying, “The scope of rich ideas finds balance in the most unlikely places because these five musicians know each others’ strengths, weaknesses and where Mind Brain’s thoughts are heading next—without even thinking about it”. Stereoembers describes their music as, “no less than the Residents at an afternoon tea party where Syd Barrett turns out to be the Mad Hatter”. Their music is innovative and excitingly off-kilter, and their live shows reflect that exploration. Even though they only have one release, these talented musicians are not new to the game.

Check out their video for “Strange Remember”!

Be sure to buy your tickets to see Mind Brains on Saturday at the 40 Watt!

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AthFest Artist Spotlight: Music Band

Leaving upstate New York and moving to Nashville on a whim, Music Band has established themselves in the music scene with their gritty rock and roll and high energy shows. They have 4 releases under their belt, including a Live at Wembley album. Their most recent album, Can I Live, has southern twang that even locals can appreciate. Even with one of the hardest names to search on the internet, Music Band has received positive reviews from Impose Magazine and Noisey for their lo-fi tunes. Impose Magazine writes that their song, “Take It Back”, “rocks the garages of Southern roots to the amped up Sunset Blvd strips of the unsung 60s” and “Promise of Gold”, “is presented in Music Band fashion that builds a song narrative shape with a style that transforms into sped up sections of electric guitar alterations”. After touring with Diarrhea Planet and Futurebirds, Music Band has created its own distinct lo-fi rock n roll sound.

Here’s a video from a performance in Nashville.

Check them out at the Georgia Theater Rooftop at 10:30pm Friday!

Cinemechanica

AthFest Artist Spotlight: Cinemechanica

Cinemechanica isn’t new to all this. With releases dating back to 2004, the group has been around longer than some AthFest artists have been playing music in general. As you’d expect with this information presented, these guys are one of Athens’ most defined and confident acts – an intelligent blend of post-hardcore and math-rock elements with a sprinkle of shred mixed in. They’re the kind of band that you could listen to over and over again, focusing on either the entire pallet or its many intricate components in isolation – a characteristic that’s equal parts impressive and enjoyable.

Check out this performance from a couple of months ago to get an idea of what that sounds like:

They’ve been promising a new album since early last year, which has been completed but awaits a proper way of releasing it. The new record will be a follow up to 2006’s The Martial Arts. Considering it’s taken three years of writing and and a year of planning for its release, calling the upcoming album anything short of eagerly anticipated would be an offensive understatement.

Cinemechanica takes the stage at Caledonia on Saturday, June 27 as a part of AthFest. Be there at 1am to see why they’ve lasted for over ten years.

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Athfest Artist Spotlight: Oak House

Oak House melds guitar twang, woozy vocals, and strings into a psych-tinged testament to southern indie rock on their 2014 debut album Plastique Cash. Playing at Little Kings Shuffle Club on Saturday of Athfest, Gresham Cash, Connor Sabula, and Wes Gregory produce heavy instrumentation that manages to sound laid back and nostalgic. Oak House is an Athens favorite, playing venues all around town, and their name, as a testament to their college life in Athens, is derived from lead singer, Gresham Cash’s house on Oak Street. Despite their following in the South, the group recently returned from a tour around New York City and New Jersey. Flagpole calls Plastique Cash a, “a dynamic statement,” while The Broad Collective wrote that, at their live performances, “Seeing Gresham Cash on stage is an experience of witnessing a true performer. He reels in the audience with his stage presence, shakes the house down, and then takes songs up to a more fluid dynamic with his Thom Yorke-honed pipes.” Their live performance are full of energy and shirtless moments (The Queue questioned Cash about it, and he replied that it’s a feeling of, “I’m about to have a heart attack or I’m taking my shirt off”). Oak house is a vibrant addition to the Athens music scene, and their live performances are a must-see.

Check out their video for “Little Queen” below!

Oak House is part of the Saturday lineup, playing Little Kings Shuffle Club at 1:00am!

Wanda

AthFest Artist Spotlight: WANDA

They’ve only been playing shows for a couple of months, but WANDA has already defined itself as one of Athens’ most fun acts to see live. Anchoring their sound in surf guitar, upbeat drums and lush female harmonies, the group gives off the aura of a beach-side dance party that could only exist in a daydream. The latter detail comes from front woman Avery Draut’s decision to incorporate drum machines, synths and plunderphonic textures – a large factor in WANDA’s refreshing approach to surf-pop.

The only recorded material they’ve got is a demo on their Bandcamp. And while it does the new group’s sound justice, it doesn’t capture the bright energy that Draut and crew bring to the stage. With choreographed dancing and streamers abundant, the musicians performing seem to be having just as much fun as the crowd they inevitably entice to groove. It’s nothing short of a musical ray of sunshine.

Rumor has it there is a recent addition of John Fernandez to the mix, so these gals and guys will undoubtedly be making some serious moves in the near future. Currently, however, things are still being developed and there’s much to come from this new act, but the confident birth of it all is well worth seeing.

WANDA hits the stage at Little Kings Shuffle Club on Saturday, June 27 as a part of AthFest. Be there at 11pm to catch the magic.

Double Ferrari

AthFest Artist Spotlight: Double Ferrari

There’s guitar driven rock & roll, and then there’s what Double Ferrari puts on stage. Their style is no-holds-barred shredding, all-encompassing and in your face. AthFest represents a big milestone for the group: the band’s one year anniversary, which will be celebrated with its hometown crowd. The past twelve months have been wildly productive for the group who’ve played shows all over Athens as well as MAGFest in Maryland. They’ve hit the ground running in terms of style, taking the term “face-melting” and multiplying it by ten. The band’s double guitars duel and duet, intertwining driving riffs with hard strummed chords that are to ignite the crowd during their late-night set at Caledonia this weekend.

Check out the band performing “Nuke The Whale” at Caledonia Lounge last year & get a sense of the fire behind this band:

Double Ferrari will be tearing up AthFest 2015 at Caledonia Lounge on June 26th.

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