December 1, 2018 | doors at 7:30pm
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Motherfucker | Magnapop | The Rock*A*Teens

8:30 The Rock*A*Teens
9:15 Magnapop
10:00 Motherfucker
11:00 Elf Power
12:00 Black To Comm

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Henry Owings is turning 50. Big effin’ whoop-dee-doo!
In an attempt to REALLY REALLY have a great party, Henry is digging back into his 30 years of being in the music biz and having nothing but his friends perform in a multitude of cities, at a multitude of venues and, yes, even a show at his old stomping grounds Whirlyball Atlanta.
There’s bands that haven’t performed in the South for 20 years, there’s a band that hasn’t played for 30 years, new bands, old bands. And yes, there will still be some suprises.
It is a birthday after all.
Wristbands will be available on a first come first served basis.
Any profits will go to the Innovation Law Lab!
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Elf Power
Elf Power's ninth album, "In A Cave," blasts them past the familiar territories of their previous records and lands them on exciting new terrain. Granted, the Elves' sound is still founded on the bedrock attributes that make them memorable: leader Andrew Rieger's otherworldly lyrical stances, their easy way with melody, and an overall eclectic approach towards making music. "In A Cave" finds Elf Power filtering their powerful live sound through varied, experimental recording processes and approaches; the new album plays like a spirited, exploratory series of treatments on the tried-and-true Elf Power sound.
Bassist Derek Almstead's production is lean and muscular beneath a warm sonic layer; he opens ample windows for the band's creativity to run free. Drummer/multi-instrumentalist Eric Harris returns to the fold for this record, and his rhythmic interaction with Almstead provides the supportive spine for each tune; the two bury a chugging Krautrock underpinning in the sing-song pop of "Paralyzed" and provide the swaggering marching fuzz-boogie of "Spiral Stairs." Harris' homemade "tape-organ" – a Thriftstore Mellotron, of sorts -- assumes a starring role on several songs, enveloping the driving jams and harmonically-dense balladry in a loopy, warbly aura. Rieger's twelve-string and the command of Jimmy Hughes' lead guitar form a subtle yet important cohesion. The melody that comes courtesy of Heather McIntosh's virtuoso cello flirts with Laura Carter's accordion and Moog Synthesizer to make "In A Cave" one of the most psychedelic Elf Power records in years. Droned-out, interstitial songs like "Window to Mars" and the Eno-esque "Heads of Dust, Hearts of Lust" lend a sense of wholeness to this diverse album, and glue the longer tracks together perfectly.

One of the founding bands of the legendary Athens, Georgia Elephant 6 collective (the band features alumni of Olivia Tremor Control, Of Montreal, and Neutral Milk Hotel), Elf Power has been performing and recording since 1994. They've toured with such notables as Wilco, Guided by Voices, R.E.M., Flaming Lips and Neutral Milk Hotel (with whom they shared a member in Laura Carter). In addition to keeping themselves busy with steady touring, Elf Power have recently lent their musical prowess to folk rock legend Vic Chesnutt, backing him on his new album due out in the fall.

Members of Elf Power also own and operate Orange Twin Records, an independent record label focused squarely on the local community; besides earlier Elf Power albums, Orange Twin has also released records by Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gerbils, Madeline and many other stalwarts of the vibrant Athens scene. A percentage of proceeds generated by the label helps fund The Orange Twin Conservation Community, which owns 155 acres of beautiful land on the outskirts of Athens and has initiated the development of a highly progressive, self-sustainable and ecologically-minded cluster village and nature preserve.

This sort of thoughtful, perpetual motion through the years has sharpened the band's instincts powerfully and all-inclusively, and the results are joyously evident here; with "In a Cave," Elf Power finds a perfect synthesis of their solid, instinctual ensemble playing and open-hearted experimentation, and the result is one of the best, most assured records to come soaring out of Athens in a long, long time.
The only introduction Motherfucker (Athens, GA) and their album Confetti need is the kind that includes access to your stereo and roughly half an hour of your time. Forget the headphones. Don't bother to roll the windows down. Leave the doors wide open.

They formed initially as a scheme to play a local festival with the concept of an unknown and outrageously confident band that would only play once. So, claiming the wildly abrasive name, Erika Rickson (drums), Erica Strout (guitar), and Mandy Branch (bass) quickly assembled a set of what they called “punch-in-the-air” rock. Then, after that initial audience was fully whelmed and subsequent bookings came at a ridiculously frenzied pace, they went whole hog into owning it fully. And good thing for us they did because it's a damn rare thing these days for a band to have a name on the outside of a record that equals the shock and awe of what's inside.

Although Confetti certainly has that new record smell to it, it's still a slippery thing. Try to pin it to a hardcore tradition and you'll fail instantly. Neither is it nailed to the surly Chicago school of 1990s rock to which the band has been compared so many times. What's ultimately distilled here is the work of three individuals who have sweated through multiple bands over the last 15 years until they finally got fed up to the point of blast time.
Magnapop are a four-piece pop-core band from Atlanta, GA. Singer Linda Hopper and Guitarist Ruthie Morris have been playing together for years. After a self imposed hiatus, and the addition of Scott Rowe on bass and Chad Williams on drums, the band is back, revitalized and ready to rock with a new album, "Chase Park".
The Rock*A*Teens
The Rock*A*Teens were nothing short of a force of nature. Roaring out of Cabbagetown, GA, they blended a unique mixture of dark, swampy rock influences into a thick primordial stew that defies categorization ... Pop? Blues? Jazz? Rockabilly? Garage? Theirs was music of passion and lust, love and heartbreak, hope and despair, triumph and failure, heat and humidity. Less -

Distortion pedals buzz with washes of reverb, organ whines and piano rolls, drums pound with tribal intensity, and the vocals wail and ache and rejoice, wrapping around themselves in a feverish embrace. A cool wash of emotion and grit. A cleansing of your tired and battered soul.

“In that they were ‘arguably’ the best American rock ’n roll band of the ’90s, it is safe to say that the Rock*A*Teens were also the most underrated American rock ’n roll band of the ’90s.” —Dan Bejar, Destroyer