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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.

Fri, May 4, 2012 7:21 pm

Seth Riddlebarger and Tim Peacock are no strangers to the Athens music scene. Having played in a myriad of musical acts over the past decade, the pair recently joined forces under the name Hex Net.

"Hex Net is basically made up of Tim and I, and a few other rotating characters," said Riddlebarger, who serves as the band’s front man and guitarist.

Thu, May 17, 2012 11:19 am

When it was announced earlier this week that Washington, D.C., hardcore legends Bad Brains had canceled their Nelsonville Music Festival appearance, one could almost hear the groans of disappointment from area music fans.

Fortunately, Stuart’s Opera House found another legendary group to fill their shoes.

It was announced today that Dayton, Ohio's Guided by Voices (GBV) will join the 2012 schedule, closing out the Friday night lineup.