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25 Georgia Bands You Should Listen To Now

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13. Gurufish
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Hometown: Atlanta
Members: Jimmy St. James, Matty Haze, Steve Dixon, DeWitt Ellis, Matt West, Eugene Russell IV
Current Album:Soul Treaty
Jimmy St. James calls his band’s brand of psychedelic funk “glitter soul.” It’s an appropriate term for a band that combines the excess of glam rock and the excess of ‘70s funk into a gloriously excessive good time. Titling song titles “Get On the Funk,” Pimp St.,” “Funky Queen” and “SunshineHappyDay,” the band wears its party-band moniker proudly on its velvet sleeves. Get on with the funk.—Josh Jackson


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15. The New Sound of Numbers
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Hometown: Athens
Current Album: Invisible Magnetic (2013)
Fronted by Hannah Jones on 12-string electric guitar, the ever changing cast behind Athens’ psych-pop outfit The New Sound of Numbers makes it something of a Georgia power group. Featuring members of Pylon and The Olivia Tremor Control, the band churns out minimalist punk guitars, experimental synth textures and microtonal elements. And Invisible Magnetic, the follow-up to their 2006 debut LP Liberty Seeds, celebrates all of it—through tribal rhythms and instrumental interplay.—Brittany Joyce

16. Pinecones
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Hometown: Atlanta
Members: Bo Orr, Ben Salie, Brain Atoms, Ryan Evers
Current Album: Sings For You Now
Atlanta-based Pinecones may be slated to release their debut next week, but the band’s roots date back almost a decade. With a background in punk and hardcore music and a current penchant for more accessible, guitar-heavy jams, the band brims with good energy—and why shouldn’t they? Frontman Bo Orr, drummer Ben Salie and bassist Ryan Evers have been playing music together since their teens, and it’s obvious when you see the band’s good-time vibe during performances. Sings For You Now, their debut, is set for release on April 14 via Arrowhawk Records.—Dacey Orr

17. Powerkompany
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Hometown:Athens
Members: Marie Davon, Andrew Heaton
Current Album: I Am More Than This
Fearlessly personal synth-pop that’s equally haunting and uplifting, Powerkompany will leave you swaying on your feet in public without even realizing it. In a life before this one they were biomedical researchers in a university lab, and their attention to detail and thoroughness is present in their music. Their 2013 debut LP I Am More Than This is triumphant and sad; it’s vulnerable and powerful.—Sarah Lawrence

18. The Quiet Hounds
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Photo by Zach Arias
Hometown: Atlanta
Current Album: Weathered In The Sun
Originally playing in masks and hiding their identities, Atlanta sextet Quiet Hounds play indie rock, but that’s just the start. Their shows are “performances,” including last year’s dramatic telling of The Last Days of Snake Nation, an area of the city which saw The Free and Rowdy Party wrestling with The Moral Party for control. but the music stands on its own—epic swells of gripping melodies supported by layers of guitars and keys and gorgeous harmonies.—Josh Jackson

19. Raury
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Hometown: Stone Mountain
Current Album: Indigo Child
The next class of Atlanta hip hop is already taking over with acts like ILoveMakonnen and OG Maco exploding. Next up may be Raury, hailing from the same Atlanta suburb as Childish Gambino. The 18-year-old was chosen as one of the opening acts for Outkast’s homecoming shows at Centennial Park last year and is now signed to Columbia Records. His range sets him apart from his contemporaries—he’s already released epic hip hop tracks, acoustic ballads and R&B experiments. He’s playing around with form in fascinating ways, and he’s just getting started.—Josh Jackson

20. Ruby the Rabbit Foot
Hometown: Athens
Members: Ruby Kendrick, Mckendrick Bearden, Jeremy Wheatley, Frank Keith IV
Current Album: New As Dew
Ruby the Rabbit Foot might call Athens home base, but these songs are rooted in the swamplands of her South Georgia upbringing. The video for “Misery” opens with a pile of burning Barbie dolls with music that recalls the folkie indie rock of Rilo Kiley—bubbly hooks with playfully dark lyrics. It’s Bohemian beach music, where the beach meets mangrove forest, filled with Ruby Kendrick’s mesmerizing, impish glee. And it’s really something special.—Josh Jackson

21. Seven Handle Circus
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Hometown: Atlanta
Members: Shawn Spencer, Colin Vinson, Steve Bledsoe, Richard Burroughs, Jeff Harrison, Troy Harris
Current Album:And We Danced
Seven Handle Circus will tell you they’re not a bluegrass band—after all, the beat is set by drummer Jeff Harrison. But while they’re no traditionalists, they use all the string instruments you’d find in a Kentucky holler: banjo, stand-up bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin and fiddle. And the high harmonies give a lonesome vibe to songs like “Heartbroke.” Still, their classical training and teenage love for punk makes for something altogether different, especially when they’re covering Daft Punk.—Josh Jackson

22. The Shadowboxers
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Hometown: Atlanta/Nashville
Members: Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins, Scott Schwartz
Current Album: Red Room
Yes, the band just moved to Nashville, but after spending their first seven years as a band in the ATL, we’ll still claim them. The Shadowboxers’ soulful acoustic songs have made them a staple among the Eddie’s Attic crowd, giving the coffeehouse genre a needed R&B boost (they do a fantastic cover of Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids”). We expect big things from them in Music City—at least big enough to make it worth leaving Taqueria del Sol behind. At any rate, they’ll be back May 8 to play The Loft.—Josh Jackson

23. Triathalon
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Hometown: Savannah
Members: Adam Intrator, Hunter Jayne, Chad Chilton, Alex Previty
Current Album: Lo-Tide
Savannah is quietly making a name for its post-rock music scene, but one of our favorite bands from the coastal town is the shoegazy rock band Triathalon, a quartet who’s been playing together since 2011. Surf-punk meets The Smiths on their full-length debut Lo-Tide, released last year on Broken Circles Records. They’re currently on the last leg of a nationwide tour, but will be returning to Savannah soon to record a follow-up tentatively due out this year.—Josh Jackson

24. Twin Studies
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Photo by Moriah Freed
Hometown: Atlanta
Members: Jay Stanley, Jacob Armando, Aubry Meers, Jesse Kray
Current Album: Precious Places
Twin Studies makes ethereal, pleasant dream pop and while the band has only one EP out to date, the release already showcases the Atlanta act’s potential. As shoegaze and dream pop surges in popularity, Twin Studies may prove to be Atlanta’s prime example of the genre. Aubrey Meers’s light voice fits the band’s style perfectly, making for some beautiful tunes with just the right amount of dreamy atmosphere.—Joe Youorski

25. Warehouse
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Hometown:Athens
Members: Doug Bleichner, Alex Bailey, Elaine Edenfield, Josh Hughes, Ben Jackson
Current Album: Tesseract
15 years ago there was a band called Life Without Buildings. They were awesome, although they weren’t from Georgia. Today there is a band that is from Georgia called Warehouse who reminds me of Life Without Buildings. Warehouse is also awesome. Both play guitar-heavy melodic rock, with busy basslines underneath relatively clean two-guitar riffs and drums that are dancey without slipping into disco-punk schtick. The vocals seal the comparisons, though—just as Sue Tompkins rhythmically spoke fractured poetry all over Life Without Buildings’ sole album, Elaine Edenfield growls throughout Warehouse’s first album Tesseract in a talk-sing style that’s at turns guttural and fragile. If Tompkins sounded like Björk crossed with Mark E. Smith, Edenfield is more like Henry Rollins and Kate Bush struggling for control of the same vocal chords. Her vocals are beautiful and brutal, and a tense contrast to the band’s music.—Garrett Martin

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