Athens Intensified Music Fest September 11, 12, 13, & 20

Muuy Biien They came from nothing and nowhere to punch Athens in the face before slowly creeping over the musical landscape like aloof, hardcore post-punk priests. Latest album is named D.Y.I. (Do Yourself In) because they, really, really care. Bandcamp   Facebook   Label  Genders (Portland, OR) Genders is a four-piece casual rock and roll band from Portland, OR. Finding a balance between shredding your clothes off and weeping softly in the corner, Genders’ performance will move you…be it physically or emotionally. Want your face melted? Want your toes tapping? Want to hold hands with your sweetie? Come to a Genders show and have the night of your life. Facebook    BandcampShantih Shantih (Atlanta, GA) Shantih Shantih is a four-piece band from Atlanta, Georgia playing fuzzed out, desert dusted rock n roll drawing from ‘60s psych and ‘80s dream pop. Anna Barattin (ex-Vermillion Sands / Trouble in Mind & Fat Possum, and now an Atlantan by way of Italy) delivers distinctive vocals and English-language lyrics in narrative vignettes that play out over threefold backing vocal harmonies and Anna Kramer’s (Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause, Ocha La Rocha) hypnotic, layered solos. Facebook   Soundcloud

The 2014 Athens Intensified will take place September 11, 12, 13, & 20 in beautiful downtown Athens, Georgia. Now in its third year, the festival is undertaking its most ambitious lineup yet. It has expanded from two nights in a single venue to four nights across two weekends in five venues. This year’s headliners are Atlanta’s forceful and poignant rapper Killer Mike (9/12), New York’s dreamy and quirky Cibo Matto (9/13) and LA’s legendary MC, DJ and producer The Egyptian Lover (9/20). Saturday afternoon (9/13), we’ll be closing down a block of downtown Athens in front of the world famous 40 Watt Club for our inaugural skateboard exhibition and competition. This portion of Athens Intensified is free to attend for everyone and is coordinated with Get Rad Skate Shop of Athens as well as other regional skate shops.

The overarching booking principle of Athens Intensified is that the organizers must be actual fans of the bands/artists presented. This keeps us rooted in what we do and rooting for the artists themselves. To this end, the undercard of Athens Intensified is filled with artists spanning the genres of EDM, garage rock, dream pop, roots country, hip-hop, punk, hardcore and more. The way we describe it is “wide in scope but narrow in focus.” That is, we are fans of a broad spectrum of sounds but quite specific in our enthusiasm. We think this year’s lineup is pretty spectacular.

Notable acts performing this year are Faster Circuits (Cloud Recordings) — the brainchild of Derek Almstead (Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System), Frost The Wave God(Orlando, FL),  Babes (New Orleans), Dola (Jacksonville, FL), What Moon Things (New Paltz, NY) and Genders (Portland, OR). Additionally, we are super proud to present Blue Blood, T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks (who will be just off a tour with Deer Tick),Mothers, Magicicada (Atlanta, GA), Shanti Shanti (Atlanta, GA), Muuy Biien, Eureka California, Tunabunny, Deep State, Bows and Arrows, The Powder Room, Shoal Creek Stranglers, WesdaRuler, Matt Hudgins and many more.

Over fifty artists will play this year’s event. Please see athensintensified.com/lineup for more information.