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Athens Intensified at Delusions of Adequacy

The 2014 Athens Intensified will take place September 11, 12, 13, & 20 in beautiful downtown Athens, Georgia. Now in its third year, the festival is undertaking its most ambitious lineup yet. It has expanded from two nights in a single venue to four nights across two weekends in five venues. This year’s headliners are Atlanta’s forceful and poignant rapper Killer Mike (9/12), New York’s dreamy and quirky Cibo Matto (9/13) and LA’s legendary MC, DJ and producer The Egyptian Lover (9/20). Saturday afternoon (9/13), we’ll be closing down a block of downtown Athens in front of the world famous 40 Watt Club for our inaugural skateboard exhibition and competition. This portion of Athens Intensified is free to attend for everyone and is coordinated with Get Rad Skate Shop of Athens as well as other regional skate shops.

The overarching booking principle of Athens Intensified is that the organizers must be actual fans of the bands/artists presented. This keeps us rooted in what we do and rooting for the artists themselves. To this end, the undercard of Athens Intensified is filled with artists spanning the genres of EDM, garage rock, dream pop, roots country, hip-hop, punk, hardcore and more. The way we describe it is “wide in scope but narrow in focus.” That is, we are fans of a broad spectrum of sounds but quite specific in our enthusiasm. We think this year’s lineup is pretty spectacular.

Notable acts performing this year are Faster Circuits (Cloud Recordings) — the brainchild of Derek Almstead (Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System), Frost The Wave God(Orlando, FL),  Babes (New Orleans), Dola (Jacksonville, FL), What Moon Things (New Paltz, NY) and Genders(Portland, OR). Additionally, we are super proud to present Blue Blood, T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks (who will be just off a tour with Deer Tick),MothersMagicicada (Atlanta, GA), Shanti Shanti (Atlanta, GA), Muuy BiienEureka CaliforniaTunabunnyDeep State,Bows and ArrowsThe Powder RoomShoal Creek Stranglers, WesdaRulerMatt Hudgins and many more.

Over fifty artists will play this year’s event. Please see athensintensified.com/lineup for more information.

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Watoo Watoo Interview at DOA

Salut Michaël!  I’ve been spinning your lovely recent album, Un Si Longue Attente, and for some reason the phrase “jolie-pop” springs to my mind… Since you and Pascale are both natives of France, maybe you understand what I mean by that terminology.  Your music is pleasing and inviting, despite the occasional bleak lyrics. Do you think the “jolie-pop” description fits your sound?

Serge Gainsbourg used to say that most of his lyrics were about love, & that they were all dark & negative. Morrissey said that music must talk about your life, & I like the fact that the Buzzcocks songs are very fast & “happy sounding”, while the lyrics are quite dark, too. I guess that this had an influence on me (& I haven’t mentioned Felt yet!).  I like the paradox of pretty tunes mixed with gloomy lyrics.  “Jolie-pop” is an expression never used in France, though, but why not!

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