Music

If you’re looking for Tool, you won’t find it here.

As with “Mer de Noms” and “Thirteenth Step,” released in 2000 and 2003, “Eat the Elephant” is A Perfect Circle. This is Billy Howerdel’s band and the former guitar tech for Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) plays the majority of the instruments. The music isn’t going to have that kick-you-in-the-balls edge when released April 20 via BMG Music.

The music of Macon based band Mani exists at a nexus of styles.

The vocals are pushed deep into the mix of their first real release, icanthearwhattheyresayingbutithinkigetit, the better to focus on their mix of world music, math rock, noise and psychedelia.

Guitarist Zach Farr said the project started with his composing and recording on his own until a live band, featuring drummer Steve Ledbetter, started to jel sometime around 2013.

 

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Today, officials at the state capitol will honor the life of Civil Rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez, who was born on March 31st.

Chavez dedicated his life to improving conditions for hundreds of thousands of farm-workers, who suffered under poor working conditions and low wages.

As the co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association, Chavez was a fierce advocate for agricultural reform.

 

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Jeff Roffman

You’ll usually find Alcides Rodriguez in the woodwind section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This weekend, though, he’s putting down his clarinet and picking up percussion – as the soloist in Ricardo Lorenz’s Concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Orchestra. Does the idea of a maracas concerto sound preposterous? GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw asked Alcides Rodriguez how a pair of shakers can hold the audience’s interest for a quarter hour.

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On the tricky technique

Frank Ockenfels

Los Angeles musician Phoebe Bridgers is only 23 years old. But she’s already toured and collaborated with artists like Ryan Adams and Julien Baker. She has a NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and was also featured in an Apple iPhone commercial in 2014.

Snarky Puppy

There’s one thing you notice when you see Snarky Puppy. The Brooklyn by way of the Texas band is huge! They have 20-plus rotating musicians, most of whom fill the stage at a live show. The jazz-fusion group will likely crowd the Variety Playhouse stage in Atlanta, where they play two sold out shows this week. Producer Trevor Young caught up with Snarky Puppy’s Mike League and Marcelo Woloski last month.

 

Today’s music minute honors the woman who inspired one of the most powerful protest-anthems of the Civil Rights movement, "We Shall Overcome"

The song is based off of lyrics written by composer Louise Shropshire, who was born in 1913.

Her original song, ‘If My Jesus Wills’, was adapted by folk singer Pete Seeger in the 1940’s.  

Neighbor Lady

We add two more tunes to our ever-growing Georgia Playlist. Merideth Hanscom plays with the Athens-based group Neighbor Lady. They perform at 529 Bar in Atlanta tonight [Jan. 31]. Hanscom brings us tracks by Deerhunter and Omni.

Tim Wilkerson

Mozart’s Magic Flute is a great first opera for children. In additional to magical instruments, it’s got a prince on a rescue mission, a funny but lonely birdcatcher, a high-strung Queen of the Night, wild animals and trials by water and fire.

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