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Mark Kozelek teams up with Petra Haden and wistfully drifts through decades of memories and deep-rooted friendships on Joey Always Smiled

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Joey Always Smiled, Mark Kozelek’s spiritual follow-up to his compellingly mellow self-titled release last year, finds the singer-songwriter reminiscing about formative adolescent memories and contrasting them with his more recent activities. Like listening to a folk rock radio station, the narratives Kozelek includes on this album, announced way back in February, span the 70s, 80s, 90s and today during the collab’s hour-plus runtime, as he deciphers which people and events most shaped the journey to his present self. Continue reading Mark Kozelek teams up with Petra Haden and wistfully drifts through decades of memories and deep-rooted friendships on Joey Always Smiled

Morrissey breathes new life into 12 songs from the 60s and 70s to craft a very 2019 album

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In music and film, there’s a certain sweet spot of nostalgia for the middle of the latter half of the 20th century, probably because so many people alive today have lived through it. Hollywood often loads its period pieces of that time, like Boogie Nights, Inherent Vice or Starsky and Hutch, with classic songs like “Afternoon Delight,” “Close to You” or “Stayin’ Alive.” But on California Son, Morrissey’s new cover album of 60s and 70s songs, he digs deeper than radio hits to repurpose for his own narrative use, choosing songs that have ties to our own historical moment. Continue reading Morrissey breathes new life into 12 songs from the 60s and 70s to craft a very 2019 album

Speaking Suns, Water Witches, Weird Science to play show at The Union on Friday

Anyone who feels at home listening to loud rock music, psychedelic guitar tones and progressive riffs will also be at home if they head to The Union Bar and Grill on Friday night.

The venue, which re-opened in May, is hosting three rock bands who fuse an array of approaches, mostly coming from the indie, folk and pop side of things.

Speaking Suns, a visiting band from Yellow Springs, Ohio, labels its style as progressive pop-rock, while the two Athens-based bands on the bill, Water Witches and Weird Science, add a little more noise and psychedelia to their tunes. The show is for attendees ages 18 and up and starts at 9 p.m. with a cover charge of $5.

If You Go 

What: Speaking Suns, Water Witches and Weird Science

Where: The Union Bar and Grill

When: 9 p.m., Friday

Admission: $5 cover charge

“We actually have played (Athens) a lot,” Jacob Diebold, vocalist and guitarist for Speaking Suns, said. “Our former bass player used to live in Athens so we’ve played shows at The Union, The Skull and house shows there.”

Diebold also said “The Disenchanted” and “Judas In Bloom” are the songs that really get the crowd going at their shows.

“Those ones are really fun to play because of the energy and the recognition,” he said.

Speaking Suns is also planning a 19-track double album to be released later this year or early next year. As of now, it’s untitled, Diebold said.

Friday night will not be the first time the bands have crossed paths over the years. Water Witches and Weird Science have played shows together for some time now. Christopher Lute, the drummer of Weird Science, said one of them took place in the woods.

The atmosphere of Weird Science shows is “pretty outrageous,” Lute said. He said they had once given their frontman’s mother a guitar and she proceeded to jam on stage with them “for like 20 minutes.”

The three bands trade shows with each other between Athens and Yellow Springs, Charlie Touvell, drummer of Water Witches, said.

Touvell said Water Witches would be playing with a special local guest as well.

“We haven’t played with Weird Science in forever,” Touvell said. “It should be a loud, rockin’ show. We try to put on a lively set of psychedelic pop.”

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