Music

Takénobu

Atlanta cellist Nick Ogawa, better known as "Takénobu," takes the cello beyond the orchestra. His latest album, “Reversal,” uses loops and percussive sounds to create thick soundscapes. We catch up with Takénobu ahead of a performance at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur this Sunday, November 19. 

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R.E.M.’s hit record “Automatic for the People” was released 25 years ago. In 1992, the album hit #2 on the Billboard 200 charts, and became certified 4x platinum in the United States. The record is getting an anniversary re-release, out tomorrow, November 10. We talk with Athens’ own Mike Mills, R.E.M.’s bass player.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.'s iconic album, "Automatic for the People." We asked R.E.M mega-fan and Athens-based music reviewer Jordan Stepp to share an appreciation of the album. She talked about two of her favorite tracks: "Drive" and "Sweetness Follows." 

The Athens music scene is legendary and always booming. Since it became famous for launching bands like R.E.M., the B-52s, and countless others, it has only grown in the number of bands, talent, and musical quality. Some Athenians are documenting the music and history of that town's scene. 

We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. Philip Frobos is the bassist and vocalist for the Atlanta band OMNI. They released their second album, “Multi-Task,” last month. Frobos brings us tunes by Love Tractor and Current Rage.

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Fans at the first big concert at Atlanta's gleaming new sports arena say a screeching sound made it impossible to hear country music star Garth Brooks' lyrics — even though they knew all the words to his songs.

Some fans left Thursday night's show early, WSB-TV reported . Others are asking for refunds.

Stadium officials are looking into sound quality in sections of the upper concourse, Mercedes-Benz Stadium said in a statement late Thursday. A breaker that powered speakers was tripped for "a small amount of time," it said.

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Musical acts from all over the world come to Atlanta this weekend for the Afropunk music festival. One group performing is Georgia’s own Algiers. Their latest album is called “The Underside of Power.” We talked with lead singer, Franklin James Fisher.

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After four decades playing music for Middle Georgia, the Macon Symphony Orchestra is bringing down the curtain for good. It gives its final performance Saturday, a program called "A Fond Farewell."

Bob Veto, board chair of the Macon Symphony, joins Sarah Zaslaw to explain the decision to close up shop and the impulse behind the sendoff concert.

Interview Highlights

On the Macon Symphony’s special financial circumstances

Jake Gee

We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. Gresham Cash is the guitarist and front man for the Georgia band Oak House. Cash brings us tunes by Deerhunter and the Allman Brothers.

Oak House performs at the Earl in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10 p.m. 

Chalane Bauzo

One of the performers at this weekend's Afropunk music festival in Atanta is Atlanta-based DJ Chalane Bauzo, who goes by Anónima. We asked her to add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. For this, we have people in Georgia's music industry pick their two favorite songs written or performed by another Georgian. DJ Anónima chose works by Matt Martians and Abra.

 

Dream Culture

We add two more tunes to our ever-growing Georgia Playlist. Evan Leima is the frontman and guitarist for Athens-based Dream Culture. Leima brings us tracks by Washed Out and Warehouse.

 

 

The Atlanta Music Project

American orchestras have a diversity problem. People of color make up only about four percent of the musicians in U.S. symphonies. The Atlanta Music Project is looking to change that. They provide free instruments and lessons to underserved kids in southwest Atlanta, in the hopes of getting them interested in classical music careers.

Rounder Records

Before Gregg Allman passed away this summer, he recorded an album packed with new material. The posthumously released “Southern Blood” came out earlier this month. The heart-shattering album reflects on Allman's life as his terminal illness overtook him. We listen to the record and talk with Allman's longtime friend Chank Middleton and Allman's guitarist and band leader Scott Sharrard.

Dixieland jazz may not be your thing. Atlanta native Blair Crimmins is on a musical quest to change that and to revive the sounds of old America in a fresh new way.

Accompanied by his seven-piece band, affectionately called The Hookers, Blair Crimmins produces both classic tunes and original pieces that hark back to the 1920s New Orleans music and dance scene.

Blair Crimmins & The Hookers dropped their fourth studio album, "You Gotta Sell Something!," earlier this year. The ambitious record is a tour de force of quick bebop, jazzy horns, and even banjo shredding.

Photos From Music Midtown '17: Sunday

Sep 18, 2017
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Music Midtown is a wrap! Headliners included Haim, Mumford & Sons, and Young The Giant. See the last day of bands in the slideshow above.

Photos From Music Midtown '17: Saturday

Sep 17, 2017
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The annual Music Midtown festival returns to Piedmont Park in Atlanta this weekend. Saturday was packed with big names like Bruno Mars, Blink 182, and Weezer. Our photographers didn't miss out on a minute of it. Check out our photo recap in the slideshow above.

Jason Thrasher

Among the legendary music acts to come out of Athens in the ‘70s and '80s was the band Pylon. The group had been a local mainstay until 2009, when guitarist Randall Bewley passed away. But singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay recently revived the band into the newly formed Pylon Reenactment Society. They have a new EP, called “Part Time Punks Session,” coming out this fall.

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Today's Music Minute highlights a middle Georgia blues legend who inspired a number of influential artists over the years.

You’re listening to "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell, who was born in Thomson, Georgia in 1898.

Saturday will be the 58th anniversary of his death in 1959.

Music for American films is produced almost entirely in New York or Los Angeles. But as the film industry booms in Georgia, the demand for locally sourced musicians is growing. The newly formed Peach State Orchestra looks to meet that demand by becoming the first premiere movie scoring orchestra in Georgia. We talk with founder and conductor Phillip Allen.

Macon Road To Bear Country Music Star's Name

Aug 11, 2017
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One of country music’s biggest stars now has a street named after him in Macon.  

 

Jason Aldean returned to his hometown to accept the honor after he raised $500,000 for the children's hospital at Navicent Health.

 

The Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year says growing up in Macon had an impact on his music career.

 

Bob Gruen

We add a couple more tunes to the Georgia Playlist, our essential list of songs that best represent Georgia. Today we feature Athens-band Shehehe, who release a new album, called “Endless Summer,” this weekend [August 12]. Drummer and singer Jason Fusco brings us his picks for the Georgia Playlist, including tunes by The Glands and Illegal Drugs.

Shehehe performs at the 40 Watt in Athens this Saturday at 9 p.m.

David McClister

Country artist Lucinda Williams first achieved commercial breakthrough with her 1998 album, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” She’s won three Grammy Awards, and was named one of the greatest country artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine this year. Now, she’s on tour promoting her 12th studio album, “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” which reflects on her time living in Georgia. 

A Nashville great at the Cox Capitol Theatre, experimental pop at the Fresh Produce Music Hall a

Courtesy of Wayne Kramer

Wayne Kramer co-founded the Detroit band Motor City Five back in 1967. The group, better known as MC5, ultimately disbanded in 1973. But Wayne continued playing and has remained a politically vocal artist. He’ll be in Georgia this weekend performing at CBGB Athens, a benefit for homeless veterans in the state. All proceeds from that show will also go to homeless veterans.

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Today’s Music Minute features singer Edward Patten, who was born on this day in Atlanta in 1939.

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You’re listening to "Chicken Fried," the first number #1 radio single by country music star Zac Brown.

 

 

Brown was born in Atlanta on this day in 1978.

The prolific musician and his band have racked up many awards since their start in 2002.

But off-stage, one of Brown’s passion projects is a camp for children to overcome academic, social and emotional obstacles: Southern Ground Camp in Peachtree City.

 

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We hope you heard our broadcast from the Historic Douglass Theatre. We celebrated Macon’s musical talent with a live audience. Our opening act was the current generation of that talent – teens who completed this year’s Otis Music Camp for young musicians. Listen to the highlights on this post, or see the whole performance here

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Today’s Music Minute recognizes a rapper who created one of the biggest viral sensations of all time.

On this day in 1990, DeAndre Cortez Way, better known as Soulja Boy, was born.

 

The Atlanta based rapper is best known for his 2007 hit "Crank That Soulja Boy,” which has nearly 300 million views on YouTube .

The smash hit single even earned the rapper a Grammy nomination in 2008.

Despite his early success, Soulja Boy hasn’t been able to find a hit that equaled his first big breakthrough.

Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra has been going strong since 2004, having performed at big festivals like Shaky Knees, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. But the band reached a new peak in fame after scoring the 2016 cult film “Swiss Army Man” with Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. 

Jason Thrasher

All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at Bragg Jam in Macon this weekend, July 28-29. The series is produced by GPB’s Trevor Young. Today’s picks come from Vanessa Briscoe Hay, former frontwoman for the legendary Athens band Pylon.

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