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Davey Pierce

AthFest Artist Spotlight: Davey Pierce

Davey Pierce – known for his involvement in both of Montreal and Yip Deceiver- steps out on his own this AthFest, co-headlining at The World Famous with JLP. After playing with of Montreal for some time, Pierce and some fellow members of the band decided to branch out in a decidedly more dance-oriented direction with Yip Deceiver. Their 2013 debut, Medallius, was described deliciously by Under the Radar Mag as “sweaty, bleep-bloopy digital pop, like Hall & Oates making hot, sweet love to a Nintendo Game Boy.” As Davey himself put it: “We pride ourselves on our grooves”. For him, it’s all about crossing sounds and influences to make the music he wants to dance to; what comes out of this desire is infectious and new.

Check out Yip Deceiver’s striking video for “Presets”:

Davey Pierce hits AthFest 2015 at The World Famous on Friday, June 26th!

The Whigs (photo by Joshua Black Wilkins)

AthFest Artist Spotlight: The Whigs

Every music festival needs its share of good old fashioned rock bands, and The Whigs are here to help fill that quota for AthFest. The local trio has been spreading their garage rock revival through five studio albums, tours with The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and Drive-By Truckers, and a notable roster of late night TV appearances. Impressively, Rolling Stone called them one of the 10 Artists to Watch shortly after the group released their debut album, Give Em All a Big Fat Lip, in 2005. Their latest release, the multi-dimensional Modern Creation , was termed “catchy” and “addictive” by Blurt Magazine just this past year. These seasoned vets will be bringing their hook and drum driven sound back to Athens for another round with its hometown crowd, sharing a AthFest headlining bill with New Madrid, another group of hometown boys.

Before his retirement, The Whigs played on The Late Show with David Letterman four times(!), most recently this past May. Check out their performance of “Hit Me” from the show (guest starring Dave’s clear desire to check out Athens. Hey Dave, celebrate retirement at AthFest!) here:

Head down to the Pulaski Street stage on Friday, June 26th to catch The Whigs at AthFest!

VIDEO: Watch The Deslondes perform "The Real Deal"

Off their forthcoming self-titled LP from New West Records, watch The Deslondes perform their track “The Real Deal” in band member Sam Doores’s backyard. The rustic, woodsy barn setting is the perfect backdrop for their brand of country-soul. Check it out!

Float Over Technicolor Landscapes in Giant Sand's New Video for "Transponder"

Giant Sand’s drudgy brand of alt-country can be difficult to classify. It would only make sense then that a video for its music would be equally as hard to pin down – a bright collage in motion depicting one’s journey around a world made of vintage magazine clippings. And though the two don’t sound like they would work together, they somehow mesh well and the result is nothing short of beautiful.

Lilly Hiatt's "Get This Right"

East Nashville based Lilly Hiatt releases her cheerful video for “Get This Right”. Hiatt’s light-hearted personality and raw talent shine through in what is a must-add to your spring playlist.


Ponderosa premiers video for "Navajo"

Fresh off of their performance at the New West Records showcase in NYC for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, Here is Ponderosa’s brand new video for the single “Navajo”! The track is from their amazing 2012 release, Pool Party!

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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