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Joey Hebdo of The Muswell Villebillies speaks on the unique legacy of The Kinks with WOUB Culture a few days ahead of Jan. 7 Athens show
WOUB Digital · Joey Hebdo of The Muswell Villebillies talks about The Kinks with WOUB Culture The Kinks are, technically, a “British Invasion” band. That is — if one is coming from a perspective of respect for the kinds of categorizations granted by the U.S. Billboard charts – which the Kinks and the legions of… Read More
Last night The Union announced that it would be postponing the shows they had planned for the weekend (The Wingnuts, The Infinite Improbability Drive Tomorrow Daily, and Boy Jorts) and rescheduling them as soon as possible. In the meantime the downstairs bar will maintain their typical business hours. This is all in response to Governor… Read More
On Friday, December 13, The Messthetics, an explosive avant-jazz trio with none other than Brendan Canty and Joe Lally of Fugazi serving as their rhythm section, will perform at The Union. LUNG and Thee Thees will open the show, and doors open at 9 p.m. A few days before the bands performance, WOUB spoke with… Read More
Benefest, an annual fundraiser supporting local non-profits The Gathering Place and Stuart’s Opera House Afterschool Music Program, returns to The Union this December. WLCI and the Hocking College Music Management program works with The Gathering Place and Stuart’s Opera House Afterschool Music Program to present Benefest, a benefit concert held annually at The Union. This… Read More
When Eric Goulden (known primarily as Wreckless Eric) answers my phone call on a Wednesday afternoon, he answers the phone as though I’m a fellow human being, which is a strikingly rarer occurrence for a journalist than one might think. “You’re coming in quite clear!” he says. “I’m just trying to do some nightmarish crap…… Read More
As Saharan rock grows in popularity, innovative Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar continues to create unique music that is finding a large, enthusiastic global audience. On Tuesday, October 1, Mdou Moctar will perform at The Union. Athens’ Water Witches will open the show. WOUB conducted a brief email interview with Moctar, which you can find below. … Read More
The annual Athens Community Arts and Music Festival will be a celebration of the arts on West Union Street between Congress and Court Streets in Athens, OH! The ACAMF features live music from Athens and beyond. It also features artists selling their various works, poetry, dance, improv, theater, film, non-profit arts organizations with arts activities,… Read More
Blackoutfest XXIII (The Wedding Edition) will take place Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27 at The Union. WOUB’s Emily Votaw spoke to Taung Child and The Wastemen about performing at the event in the interviews embedded above. Check out the schedule for the event, below. THURSDAY (6 p.m.) DANA (Columbus) Absolutely Not (Chicago) Taung… Read More
On Saturday, June 15, The Union will host a celebration of the life of Ivan Faske, the legendary owner of the beloved Athens ’70s-’80s bar and nightlife venue Swanky’s. Faske passed September 16, 2018 after a three-year-long struggle with cancer. The event will feature performances by The Wingnuts, Hotcakes, The Come On, Come Ons, Mimi… Read More
Black Belt Eagle Scout is the musical project of Katherine Paul, a Portland-based multi-instrumentalist. On Monday, April 22, WCLI and Blackout Booking will present Black Belt Eagle Scout at The Union, joined by opening acts Sweat Workers and Burger Big. “Having this identity—radical indigenous queer feminist—keeps me going. My music and my identity come from… Read More
Tobin Sprout performed at The Union on Friday, March 15, 2019. WOUB’s Emily Votaw was there to capture the performance, and her photos are below.
Tobin Sprout, one of Ohio’s great rock ‘n’ roll heroes, studied art right here at Ohio University in the late ’70s. He even recalls trudging up Jeff Hill in the wintertime! Sprout might be known best as the secondary major songwriter for indie rock gods Guided By Voices, serving as both a foil for frontman… Read More
Counterfeit Madison, Sweat Workers, and The Crooked Spines graced the stage of The Union on Saturday, February 2 in a lineup presented by Blackout Booking and WLCI Radio. WOUB’s Baxter Turain was there to capture the action, check out their photos below.
WLCI Hocking College Radio and Blackout Booking have assembled an eclectic lineup for their first major show of the spring 2019 semester on Saturday, January 19 at The Union. Headliners Mourning [A] BLKstar hail from Cleveland, and will bring with them the breath-taking, hyper-emotive, genre-defying music from their most recent release, The Garner Poems. Athens’… Read More
On October 26, 2018, Cleveland’s Mourning [A] BLKstar released The Garner Poems, a sonically dense, gorgeously realized concoction that poetically reckons with a wealth of societal evils all while experimenting with a wide range of soundscapes. The work takes its name from the memory of Eric Garner, a black man who was brutally murdered by… Read More
Hocking College Radio (WLCI) and Blackout Booking have teamed up once again to present three days of rock ‘n’ roll and goodwill, an endeavor known as Benefest. The event will take place at The Union and Casa Cantina, kicking off on Thursday, November 29 at Casa Cantina. The event is organized by Hocking College students… Read More
Ohio University’s student-run radio station, ACRN, will host its first ever Battle of the Bands competition on Friday, November 16 bringing a diverse range of musical acts on stage at The Union. Seven local bands, with musical styles ranging from rap to funk, will take the stage for 15-minute sets Friday night, including Infinite Improbability… Read More
This past weekend marked the seventh year of Falloutfest at The Union, featuring the likes of Diet Cig, Guerilla Toss, Mourning [A] Blkstar, DANA, The Molice, Lung, and many more. Check out the photos of the event taken by WOUB’s photographers above.
Music acts from around the region will meet at The Union Bar this weekend for the seventh year of Falloutfest, an event that showcases underground bands and solo artists. Falloutfest has something for almost any taste, as the three-night showcase involves bands with extremely varied styles and sounds. Musical genres range from soul to dancecore… Read More
On Friday, September 14, NYC-based art rockers Guerilla Toss released their third effort on James Murphy’s DFA Records, Twisted Crystal. The album feels like a nine-track journey, a sort of kaleidoscopic traipse around a colorful, undulating abyss of sound. From New Age themes delivered with all the tuneful hallmark constraint of kosmische Musik, such as “Walls… Read More
On Saturday, September 1, power pop legend Dwight Twilley performed at The Union, and WOUB’s Charles Hatcher was there to capture the action. Check out his photos of the show below.
The one and only Dwight Twilley will perform at The Union on Saturday, September 1. The show will include performances by Shilpa Ray, Mobile Home, and the Blam Blams. Tickets are available now. Sometime in 1967, Twilley and his longtime musical partner Phil Seymour met at a screening of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night,… Read More
Scott Winland of Blackout Booking and The Union and Kelly Lawrence of ARTS/West are doing what they can to make Athens an “arts destination.” The duo are two of the people behind the first ever Athens Community Art and Music Festival, which is slated to take place in uptown Athens August 17-18. For over 20… Read More
Blackoutfest XXII took place July 26-28 at The Union, and WOUB’s Jordan Kelley was on the scene to document the action. Take a look at his photos from the event below.
Kicking off Thursday, July 26, Blackoutfest XXII, The Union’s annual birthday party celebration will bring a number of nationally recognized rock acts into Athens for three nights of diverse rock ‘n’ roll fun. “(Blackoutfest) started simply as a birthday party show for a few union employees who had April birthdays and played in bands. Those… Read More