Athens Intensified at Flagpole

Start with New Orleans bounce powerhouse Vockah Redu, pausing if you can to dig the Nas sample on “Fantahsea.” Move from there to cool bluesman Willis Earl Beal, and drop out further with the jagged disquiet of Brooklyn’s Guts Club. You’ve still only dipped a toe into Athens Intensified, now in its fourth year and boasting four days of music across six venues. There’s also Brooklyn-by-way-of-Athens noise droners Bambara and Nickelodeon-by-way-of-New Haven veterans Polaris (of “Pete & Pete” theme song fame). $45 gets you into everything; drop that to $25 if you don’t mind bypassing Wavves and Toro y Moi.

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