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Ruby the Rabbitfoot

AthFest Artist Spotlight: Ruby The Rabbitfoot

Another local favorite playing AthFest this year is Ruby the Rabbitfoot, whose keen and dreamy voice propelled her sophomore album New As Dew on Normaltown Records to great reviews, including a seven on PopMatters and was termed the “perfect soundtrack for spring” by Flagpole'. Ruby is known for mixing her light and flowing sound with cutting, impressive lyrics. She’s threaded with her influences, from Southern flora and fauna to Fiona Apple. She has transformed from a college student dipping her toes in the water to a full-fledged artist. Her tracks are deeply personal storytelling pieces. Don’t let the muted quality to the music fool you, Ruby the Rabbitfoot has come into her own confidence and folk-tinged flair.

Recently, Ruby performed a divinely intimate set for Sofar Sounds Dallas, where her gentle tones and softly strummed guitar melded with the low-key intimacy of the venue. Check out her performance of “Misery” here:

Don’t miss Ruby the Rabbitfoot playing Little King’s Shuffle Club on Saturday, June 27th during AthFest 2015!

New Madrid

AthFest Artist Spotlight: New Madrid

Summer has hit Athens, which means the city is gearing up for AthFest 2015, the annual music and arts festival that takes over downtown for three of the best days of the year.

Filling a primetime spot on the main outdoor stage is local favorite New Madrid with their inimitable new hybrid form of Southern psych-influenced rock. These guys are major road warriors, touring with a unwavering stamina and putting on seasoned stage shows all over the country.

The band is no stranger to the studio either with two studio releases, 2012’s Yardboat and 2014’s Sunswimmer, released on Normaltown Records. Sunswimmer was heralded throughout the blogosphere, receiving seven stars from PopMatters. Still, live shows play a huge part in the band’s recorded music. According to guitarist/vocalist Phil McGill, “The songs [on Sunswimmer] were heavily informed by the live setting, and were written while steadily running around the south playing shows in a variety of spaces.”

Most recently, New Madrid released the strikingly visual video for “Forest Gum”, created with visual artist and fellow Athenian, Michael Siporin Levine. Paste premiered the video last February, which the band says is about “letting the subconscious do the work.” Check the video out below:

Mark your calendars for AthFest – New Madrid plays the Pulaski Street stage on Friday, June 26th!

Theme Announced For Normaltown Records Presents Team Clermont Summer Showcase! + Prom!

We’re excited to announce that this year’s prom theme is “Back To The Future”. Time to track down a DeLorean you can rent for the evening to transport your date, and start planning which era or character you’ll channel with your outfit. We invite you to dress as a character from any era the films visit, meaning 1885, 1955, 1985 or 2015!

It’s all part of the return of the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom presented by Normaltown Records, as the Athens, GA firm celebrates 15 years of excellence in music publicity and radio promotion.

The long weekend also consists of two nights of showcases, all of which are open to the public. Over three nights, Thursday through Sunday, July 26, 27 & 28, two showcases will be held at the Georgia Theatre, headlined by critically acclaimed national act Bear In Heaven (Brooklyn, NY) psych-pop pioneers The Olivia Tremor Control (Athens, GA)

The third night (Saturday July 28) will be our prom held at The Melting Point. A favorite for out-of-towners and locals alike, the Prom takes the attendees back to the times of cover bands, questionable outfits, photo booths and punch bowls, without all of the awkwardness of being a teenager. Get ready to dance, as Yacht Rock Revue performs a set of 80s cover songs they call “Reagan Rock Prom!”

Also scheduled to perform: Dent May, Crooked Fingers, Pattern Is Movement, Wild Moccasins, Astronautalis, and more!

Normaltown Records to present Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom + Wild Moccasins To Perfom Friday!

We are pleased to announce that Normaltown Records will be presenting the weekend festivities. Normaltown Records is an imprint label of New West Records, co-founded in 2012 by George Fontaine, Sr. and George Fontaine, Jr. Normaltown focuses on developing emerging artists, providing full label services out of their Athens, GA headquarters. The initial label roster is Daniel Romano, Kalen Nash, Lilly Hiatt, Ronnie Fauss and White Violet.

We are happy to see them join our official partners* MailChimp, Jittery Joe’s, The Branded Butcher,* and Merge Records!

We are also excited to announce that Houston TX’s Wild Moccasins are joining our line up, courtesy of New West Records! Athenians might remember Wild Moccasins from their amazing opening set for Kishi Bashi/of Montreal earlier this year.

Wild Moccasins join our Friday lineup which includes Bear In Heaven and Pattern Is Movement!

Check out more info about Normaltown Records here!

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