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Wed, Jun 13, 2012 10:36 am

When Kurt Vile and the Violators took the main stage at the Nelsonville Music festival last night, they easily could have been mistaken for a group of shaggy high schoolers.

With his shoulder-length locks and Joey Ramone-style hair shield, Vile greeted the audience before plowing into an original that sounded a little like J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and a lot like early Meat Puppets.

Mon, May 21, 2012 7:52 pm

There’s something fitting about a little Americana to kick off the start of a music festival tucked in the rolling hills of Appalachia.

Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons did just that when they opened the Porch Stage performances for the slowly filling-in crowd at Hocking College's Robbins Crossing.

Perley and her Moons have a highly stylized and nostalgic sound, paying homage to The Flying Burrito Brothers, Wanda Jackson and mid-2000s alt-country all at once.

Fri, May 18, 2012 12:32 pm

The Nelsonville Music Festival organizers figured at least a few people would show up for the kickoff night on Thursday, May 17.

The audience numbers were in the hundreds as locals and earlybird campers flocked to the Porch Stage and No-Fi Cabin areas to hear a handful of Athens bands.

"I didn't know if we'd have three or 300 people," said Stuart's Opera House Executive Director Tim Peacock. "We're thrilled with tonight's turnout."

Thu, May 17, 2012 10:45 am

Horse Feathers is one of those bands that is essentially the project of one man. In this case, it's Justin Ringle. 

A native of Idaho, the singer/songwriter moved to Portland, Ore., in 2004 and started collaborating with muti-instrumentalist Peter Broderick. The two released Horse Feathers' debut album, Words are Dead, in 2006.

Since Broderick's departure a few years back, Horse Feathers now features a rotating roster of musicians backing up Ringle, with the exception of violinist and string arranger Nathan Crockett who has been a collaborator for four years. 

Wed, May 16, 2012 3:12 pm

Ohio University's Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium will be filled with the sounds of horns, bass, piano and drums--lots of drums-- during the OU Spring Jazz Concert on Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to performances by the Ohio University Jazz Ensembles I & II and the Jazz Percussion Ensemble, noted percussionist and composer Roland Vazquez will be featured. This is Vazquez’s second visit to Ohio University as a guest of the jazz program.

Thu, May 17, 2012 11:18 am

There are few artists more underappreciated--or as downright bizarre--than reggae/dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry.

With his combination of strange lyrics and solid rhythms, Perry is still in demand, working with such diverse artists as Keith Richards, The Beastie Boys, George Clinton and Andrew W.K.

Recently, he was chosen to perform at the 2011 All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, curated by the band Animal Collective.

Fri, May 11, 2012 1:51 pm

It's far too easy for young people in Athens to slap on blinders when it comes to acknowledging the poverty that edges into Ohio University’s campus.

However, thanks to a group of particularly ambitious area artists and musicians, a very special event will be taking place this weekend to spread awareness about the local food movement and developing sustainable farming in Appalachian Ohio.

Tue, May 8, 2012 11:55 am

Big things are happening for Mind Fish, one of the most distinct indie-pop acts to spring from Athens' pool of ever-changing indie-pop acts.

Within weeks, the band will say goodbye to Athens and front man Dean Tartaglia will hit the road with Detroit-area retro-rockers The Sights, opening for actor Jack Black's comedy band Tenacious D.

The band’s Athens residency will come to a close on Wednesday, May 16 with a gig at The Union.