ATHFEST Club Crawl featuring Bully (Main Stage)

Bully (Main Stage)

In rock – as in life – change is unavoidable, often painful, but ultimately necessary, and Alicia Bognanno and her band Bully have dealt with a lot of it since their debut record Feels Like hit in 2015. Now with a new label and another couple years worth of life experience, the 12 new songs on Losing feel like perfect anthems for a generation still learning to harness the power of resistance. With a vocal style that is as pretty as it is powerful, and emotionally resonant lyrics, Alicia channels the loss of innocence and reveals a raw honesty in songs that are distinctly hers.

I love Bully the way I love Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr and the Breeders. Their sound takes me back to the stripped down and thoughtfully engineered songs that haunt me long after they’re gone and never get old. Another good reason to be with Sub Pop, who have always been associated with music that is built to last.

I feel like all my best work has been born of heartbreak and upheaval; maybe most musicians feel that way. “The title of the record – Losing – kind of says it all,” Alicia says. “After being on the road so long and coming back to Nashville we all had a lot of changes going on in our personal lives that we were trying to deal with / adjust to and that was really the motivation for this one.”

“Feel the Same” is about being stuck in the claustrophobia of a manic state of mind. It’s Alicia’s favorite song to scream. “Seeing It,” she says, is about the unique anxiety and vigilance about personal safety that comes with being a woman: “Such a blurring place to be / stuck in your own body.” Lately Alicia has been lending her voice as an advocate for gun control, women’s rights and speaking out in support of animal rights. In some ways my generation were in a bubble in the 90s; I never gave any thought to what Bill Clinton was up to, for instance – but in 2017, Losing sounds like a personal and necessary call to arms to me; we need rock n roll now more than ever.

Bobby's Shorts (Main Stage)

Bobby's Shorts is a Grateful Dead tribute band featuring Athens, GA's hottest peppers. they bring the same rawness to the Dead's music that Bob Weir's short-shorts brought to the band in the depths of the 1980's. but don't worry, we don't play Space.

David Barbe & Inward Dream Ebb (Main Stage)

Easter Island (Main Stage)

Formed by brothers Ethan and Asher Payne in 2010, Easter Island creates panoramic, post-rock inspired dream pop. Behind the wall of towering drums, glassy guitars, and the forceful tide of synthesizers, hide soft-spoken melodies, tender harmonies, and understated musings on the subtle, yet visceral moments in life.

Often compared to sonic pioneers of the 90s and 00s, Explosions In Sky, My Bloody Valentine, Pedro The Lion, and Sigur Rós, Easter Island makes no compromise to explore unknown sonic territory, embodying the “feeling that you’d stumbled onto something great...knowing that you had a potential game changer in your hands” (Pop Matters).

In 2011, Easter Island’s “Proud” from the debut EP, Better Things, was featured on ABC’s Off The Map. Their debut LP, Frightened, was released July 2012.

Booty Boyz (Rooftop)

Xanny P is a white suburban culture vulture with no cheese, no hoes, and no swag. With no proof of any parental guidance, local farmers claim that Xanny was raised by horses. After his reign as 3-time Equestrian State Champion, Xanny’s career came to an abrupt halt as he was rushed to the hospital for an alleged overdose. Medical records show no trace of Xanax or any other substances in his system; however, Xanny P claims that Xanax changed his life (hence the name). Xanny P’s music sounds like being alone with Stormy Daniels in a bouncy house. His signature sound is often attributed to Baby God, his resident producer. Baby God is a powerhouse hip hop composer with an impressive catalogue of intensely moving work. Baby God and Xanny P have a mysterious relationship, reminiscent of a mother/son dynamic at times. Baby God claims he created Xanny P using one of his own ribs, although Xanny P recalls nothing from his childhood. The two perform wildly eccentric live shows, which some have described as a similar experience to “taking acid at your grandma’s funeral” or, “getting a tattoo on the inside of your body”. If you’re a fan of Amanda Bynes, Ron Artest, or any of the cast or crew of Ancient Aliens, you’ll be sure to enjoy Athens most popular rapper: Xanny P.

The High Divers (Rooftop)

“We all moved to Charleston (SC) on the same day, and there was nothing else in our minds but forming a kick ass touring rock band”, says frontman, Luke Mitchell. With some extensive tours under their belts, as well as some opening slots for notable acts such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Delta Spirit, Shovels & Rope and Drivin N Cryin; The High Divers are steadily becoming exactly what they’d envisioned since day one.

After a horrific crash in June—in which a semi truck hit and flipped their tour van, injuring all band members and crew—caused an unexpected delay, Charleston's The High Divers will at long last release Chicora, their follow-up to 2015's Riverlust, on March 2, 2018 via True Blue Records.

Chicora takes its name from the Charleston neighborhood the band calls home, and it's fitting, given they did all the recording in their living room. And although the album was already finished before the van accident, it also serves as a reminder of the community that rallied around the band in its time of need.

The band played over 50 shows just a month after their crash, and The High Divers will be hitting the road again in January, with an extra taste of home with them this time around: they'll be joined by Mitchell's sister and her band, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin' Stones, on the aptly named Sibling Rivalry Tour. Chicora will be released on March 2, 2018 on True Blue Records.

Los Coast (Rooftop)

Los Coast is the brainchild of Trey Privott and John Courtney and is completed by Megan Hartman on bass, Damien Llanes on drumkit, and Nat Wright on keys. Together, their music is a punchy, psych-tinged, lyrical variety of rock and soul.

Los coast formed like Voltron, and Trey happened to be the heart. He is Los Coast’s “Stax-worthy” vocal feature. To put it simply, “there’s something about Trey’s voice that resonates with you.” He was introduced first to jazz—by his uncle Hiram Bullock—but trey’s musical enthusiasm embraces gospel, punk rock, folk, and hip-hop, among other genres, and his eclectic songwriting style reflects his catholic musical interests. John is a multi-instrumentalist primarily featured as lead guitar.

John’s style is rooted in experimental rock and modal jazz and heavily influenced by an appreciation of music theory developed studying mood, texture, and composition at Berklee College of Music.

Los Coast has released two singles (which may be downloaded at loscoast.com) and plans to release its debut album very soon!

Parker Gispert (Rooftop)

Parker Gispert is the singer, guitarist, and lyricist for Athens, Georgia rock trio The Whigs. Now in Nashville, Tennessee, his unique solo shows blend performance with relevant storytelling and are quickly becoming a live music experience not to be missed.

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