Music

Every year, the online magazine The Bitter Southerner picks its favorite Southern albums of the year. We listened to some of the featured tracks with Chuck Reece, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and co-founder. He recently compiled his list for the magazine.

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Odds are good you have never heard of Emmett Miller. Not too long ago, neither had Ben Arthur.

A New Era Of Jazz Under Kamasi Washington

Dec 6, 2017
Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington is one of most active and innovative jazz musicians alive today. The saxophonist/composer has performed with and recorded for a diverse group of artists--including Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Flying Lotus, and Kendrick Lamar.

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"Happy birthday!" to one of Georgia’s most iconic musicians. Little Richard was born in Macon on December 5, 1932. He grew up singing gospel in the Pentecostal church. His big break came in September of 1955, when he recorded “Tutti Fruitti.” His style influenced countless musicians, including Kate Pierson of the B-52s. She recently nominated “Tutti Fruitti” for our Georgia Playlist. We’ll hear why it tops her list of essential Georgia listening.

Georgia Playlist: Lingua Franca

Dec 1, 2017
Lingua Franca

We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. Mariah Parker, better known by her moniker Lingua Franca, is an Athens-based hip hop artist. She’s performs at The Bakery in Atlanta this Saturday, at The World Famous in Athens next Tuesday, and at Fresh Produce Records in Macon next Wednesday. Parker brings us tunes by Of Montreal and Andre 3000.

Author Angie Thomas: TLC Saved My Life

Nov 29, 2017
Anissa Hidouk

Angie Thomas, author of the bestselling Young Adult book, "The Hate U Give," grew up a TLC fanatic. But after dealing with serious bullying, she used TLC’s music — specifically the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes's words — to support her.

 

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We were joined by singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, who is a member of TLC. She grew up in Atlanta, and has a new memoir out. T-Boz shared her experience living with an incurable disease, and she talked about why it is important for her to remain authentic as her career evolves.

We added two more songs to our Georgia Playlist, courtesy of Atlanta violinist Ken Ford. There’s an electricity present whenever he starts playing. Ford has performed with the likes of Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Cee Lo Green, and many others. He gave us a glimpse of his taste in Georgia music with songs by India.Arie and OutKast. 

Ken Ford has two shows Friday, November 24 at Atlanta’s Center Stage at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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. 

R.E.M.

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." 

Keeping The Legacy Of Athens Music Alive

Nov 8, 2017

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. 

Georgia Playlist: Philip Frobos of Omni

Oct 17, 2017

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

Georgia Playlist: Gresham Cash Of Oak House

Oct 11, 2017
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.

 

Georgia Playlist: Evan Leima Of Dream Culture

Sep 29, 2017
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.

 

 

How To Diversify The Reach Of Classical Music

Sep 27, 2017
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.

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