I’m still planning my itinerary for Georgia. I know Athens is a can’t-miss and Atlanta is of course a music mecca. Please leave any comments or suggestions below.


  1. Chris
    March 20, 2006 at 9:43am
    Some suggestions, many already stated by others: The Caledonia- good place to see underground, interesting, indie, or just plain weird bands. Highly recommended. Listed in Spin or Rolling Stone last year as the cool club to go to in Athens. 40 Watt- Larger, more popular, more mainstream indie and weird bands. The difference between the Caledonia and 40 Watt (beyond space, variety, and notoriety) is that you will likely have heard of the bands playing at the 40 Watt. Georgia Theater- Like the 40 Watt in that the bands are possibly known to you, but not nec. Also, more likely to have jam bands or more mainstream like performances. Tasty World- In size, between 40 Watt and Caledonia. Often has more punk and post-punk bands. Most likely you won't have heard of the bands there. Some bands- hopeforagoldensummer, Elf Power (between mainstream and indie), Ceramic Duck (experimental noise, but still structured into songs, Squat (jazz), Of Montreal (weird pop music, don't play all that often tho)
  2. Laura
    March 20, 2006 at 1:57pm
    Here are my suggestions for when you stop in Atlanta: Smith's Old Bar - focuses on local and independent rock bands Eddie's Attic - focuses on local and independent acoustic artists Lenny's - anything and everything, but the artists are usually VERY unknown. EyeDrum - music that pushes boundaries. alot. 1150 - well known techno djs come through pretty regularly. i'm not sure how much they showcase newcomers though. Sorry i dont know much about the R&B/Rap scene here.
  3. Hunter Chorey
    March 22, 2006 at 11:45am
    Yeah, make sure to hit up Smith's Old Bar in Atlanta, as well as Eddie's Attic. Definately try to listen to Justin Rosolino while you're down there; you won't regret it. http://www.pastestore.com/artists.asp?t=artist&search=justin+rosolino&browse= - hunter
  4. Tim Westergren
    March 25, 2006 at 8:26pm
    Thanks all of you. Some great suggestions - wish I was a staying a month! Any suggestions for great indie record stores? Tim
  5. Lea
    March 27, 2006 at 11:38am
    There is a GREAT record store in Atlanta, I can't remeber the name but it is one block from the intersection on Virginia Ave. and N. Highland Ave. which is near midtown. check it out!
  6. Andrew Fischer
    March 27, 2006 at 1:34pm
    Blind Willies is a good blues club. It is on N. Highland in Atlanta. Francine Reed is a local blues singer. Variety Playhouse books acts from all over. Might be a chance to catch someone you missed at home. www.variety-playhouse.com
  7. Da
    March 27, 2006 at 2:19pm
    Bands you must see in Atlanta include the following: Heavy Mojo wwww.heavymojomusic.com Aerial 2012 www.aerial2012.com Ryan Waters www.ryanwatersmusic.com Second Shift www.secondshiftmusic.com Trances Arc www.trancesarc.com The Family Force Five www.familyforcefive.com State of Man www.stateofmanmusic.com Variac
  8. Breana
    March 28, 2006 at 10:04am
    Ahhh Athens, you can't throw a guitar pick in that town without hitting a musician. Check out SchoolKids Records and Wuxtry to buy music alongside the hipsters and the music snobs. Also, for good hip-hop, check out acts like Ishues and Herb n' Skillz for independant, politically charged rhymes that are heads above the crap you hear on the radio, Most importantly, check out The Flagpole for local music reviews and articles. Otherwise, you risk missing some real gems on your way through. If you manage to postpone your trip until June, you'll be delighted by AthFest, a local music festival.
  9. Lars
    March 28, 2006 at 11:36am
    Tim, Looking for indie record stores? Check out the following: Wuxtry (Athens) Schoolkids Records (Athens) Criminal Records (Atlanta) Decatur CD (Atlanta/Decatur) Wax N Facts (Atlanta) Most of these are also a good source for vinyl.
  10. Tim Westergren
    March 28, 2006 at 2:07pm
    Excellent. Will definitel hit some of those stores - usually I'll ask the store clerks to each pick out their 5 favorite, most obscure local acts and buy them. Great way to find the hidden gems. I'll also pick up the Flagpole - thanks, Breana.

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