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In music, we can escape the cruelties of the world or face them.

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The AfroPunk music festival draws thousands to Brooklyn every summer. The celebration of innovation in the music and fashion world began in 2005, and has morphed into an international celebration  with AfroPunk festivals in London and Paris. This year, it made its debut in Atlanta with AfroPunk's Carnival of Consciousness. On Second Thought producer Sean Powers documented the second night of the festival.

St. Beauty

The Atlanta-based duo St. Beauty performs on Friday at AfroPunk festival in Atlanta. We asked its members Alex Belle and Isis Valentino to stop by our studios for a performance, and to add a couple more tunes to our Georgia Playlist.

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The Afropunk Festival draws thousands to Brooklyn every summer. It's a celebration of innovation in the music and fashion world.  AfroPunk has expanded its presence to other international hubs around the world, and this weekend the festival makes its debut in Atlanta.  Afropunk's Carnival of Consciousness begins Friday.  Two of the headliners performing are Alex Belle and Isis Valentino of the Atlanta-based duo, St. Beauty.

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Since hip-hop first got its start in 1973, two cities were the main players in driving its style and sound.

On the East Coast there was New York, and on the West Coast there was L.A.

Atlanta is now home to many of hip-hop’s current and former stars, making it the “third coast” in A3C’s “All Three Coasts” moniker.

As the East Coast-West Coast rivalry came to a head in 1995, a duo from Atlanta named OutKast managed to win Best New Rap Group at the Source Awards.

While the New York-heavy crowd booed, Andre 3000 grabbed the award and took the audience to task. 

Thirty thousand people are expected to attend the 2016 A3C hip hop festival and conference Oct. 5-9 in Atlanta.

One of the industry's most prominent women executives is Atlanta native Shanti Das.

Das launched her career in the early 1990’s with Atlanta-based LaFace Records promoting local artists including OutKast, Goodie Mob, Usher, and TLC.

A3C: 5 Georgia Artists To Know

Oct 7, 2016
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OG Maco

OG Maco is perhaps best known for his 2014 debut single "U Guessed It" which went viral and peaked at number 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He is signed to Quality Control, which is managed by Coach K, the former manager of both Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. He was also chosen as part of XXL magazine's "2015 Freshman Class."

  

Susto is a disease of the soul that has its origin in Mexico. Think of it as a kind of soul death. Sufferers are said to be walking shells of their former selves. But the good news is it can be cured.

1. Can you guess which Atlanta artist has the most Rap Grammys? Although both Ludacris and T.I. are tied at three awards, OutKast is currently leading the pack with four. The early 2000s were big for Andre 3000 and Big Boi.

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Atlanta rappers are never hesitant to shout out their neighborhoods and favorite spots around town. Write what you know, "rep where ya stay."

A3C

Some of the biggest names hip-hop will perform at this week's A3C Festival and Conference in Atlanta.  But this event isn't just about music.  Also on the agenda: discussions about mental health and moving civil rights protests beyond social media. Two women will lead the dialogue.  Dina Marto is owner and founder of Twelve Music Studios and Ashley Reid is founder the social justice group "The People Assembly." 

Southern music is hot right now. From Americana to hip hop, there are plenty of artists seeking to hang their sound on the hook of some piece of the Southern musical tradition. Meanwhile, there are other artists who have unmistakably carved out a piece of Southern sonic soil for themselves, even if unintentionally. Athens band New Madrid could fall into this second category.

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The Grotto in Macon is one of those places that every teenager thinks is their own little secret. That is to say it isn't a secret at all, but it is very special. Built in the early 20th Century by Jesuit seminarians from the nearby St. Stanislaus College, it was the heart of a wooded getaway for the local Catholic community.

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The state of Georgia has declared 2016 the Year of Georgia Music. Each month will be a celebration of people who make the state’s soundtrack come alive. Today, we feature two Georgia songwriters. Michelle Malone was born and raised in Atlanta and comes from a family of performers. Randall Bramblett was born in Jesup, Georgia and now lives in Athens.

We speak with the pair about what inspires their work and what being a singer-songwriter means to them. 

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Thousands of people packed Piedmont Park this past weekend for a slightly-wet Music Midtown.

The lineup this year catered to a much younger demographic and saw throngs of youthful, smiling faces ready to support their favorite artists.

 

We went to the festival and talked to some of the more unique attendees.

 

 

 

Music Midtown: Sunday

Sep 18, 2016
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Welcome to Sunday at Music Midtown! It is rainy and potentially disastrous for that reason, but there's a whole lot of good music to hear today. Here's what we hace for you: 

*Coverage of Sunday was stifled by weather concerns which caused a mass evacuation in the late afternoon*

 

 

Music Midtown: Saturday

Sep 17, 2016
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Another year, another music festival. Events like these become more and more popular as festivals like Shaky Knees and OneMusicFest continue to grow every year. GPB is on the ground this weekend at Music Midtown, the longest running and arguably most successful music festival in Atlanta. Here's what we saw and what we thought of them:

New Voices Join Music Midtown

Sep 16, 2016

Music Midtown returns this weekend for its sixth year at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. The two-day festival has changed a lot since it was founded in 1994 by veteran music promoters Alex Cooley and Peter Conlon. This year’s lineup features a noticeably younger cast of artists, including DeadMau5, Kesha, and Atlanta-born soul singer Leon Bridges. We speak with Music Midtown co-founder Peter Conlon, who also serves as president of Live Nation Atlanta (which produces the festival), about the future direction of the festival. 

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One of the groups performing at the Music Midtown festival is The Coathangers, a staple in Atlanta’s punk rock scene. We asked Meredith Franco and Julia Kugel, two of the band’s members, to add two songs to our Georgia Playlist. They chose works by Black Lips and Subsonics

Over 100,000 concertgoers are expected to visit Piedmont Park for Music Midtown this weekend to hear headliners like The Killers, Beck and Deadmau5.

After years of expensive high-profile superstars like Drake, Elton John, and John Mayer, this year's festival has cut a day of performances and features a roster filled with lesser-known performers.

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In the first of the Living Room Concert Series shows from the Field Note Stenographers, singer-songwriters Aaron Irons and Justin Cutway. Aaron Irons held down the Macon music scene back in the 1990s with his band the Liabilities. He doesn't play out much these days, which is what makes this set special. Justin Cutway is super literate, witty and blessed with a good voice and serious guitar chops. Enjoy them here and look ahead to the next show on September 29 with Caleb Caudle and Justin Osborne of the band SUSTO.   

Mercer University

World-renowned violinist Robert McDuffie has opened a music conservatory at Mercer University in Macon. It not only focuses on musical talent, but also offers a broad-based education and teaches students how to survive financially as working musicians. He talks about the McDuffie Center for Strings and why some consider it to be the “Juilliard of the South.” 

Otis Redding's Soulful Legacy

Sep 13, 2016
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If Aretha Franklin is the “Queen of Soul,” Otis Redding was the king. He died in 1967 at the young age of 26, but not before recording some of the most powerful soul records that still resonate with contemporary listeners. Last weekend, Macon hosted a festival in honor of the fallen soul-singer, including musical performances from his two sons. Author Mark Ribowsky examines Redding’s legacy from his upbringing in Georgia to his untimely death.

We speak with Mark Ribowsky, author of "Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul."

If Aretha Franklin is the “Queen of Soul,” Otis Redding was the king. He died in 1967 at the young age of 26, but not before recording some of the most powerful soul records that still resonate with contemporary listeners. Last weekend, Macon hosted a festival in honor of the fallen soul-singer, including musical performances from his two sons. Author Mark Ribowsky examines Redding’s legacy from his upbringing in Georgia to his untimely death. He talks about his book, “Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul.”

Gregg Allman

We  revisit our conversation with singer/songwriter Gregg Allman about how he got his start singing with The Allman Brothers Band and what Macon means to him today. He also reveals the origins of the song “Melissa,” and he takes a stand for artists who struggle to make a living in the modern-day music industry.

In this episode of Just Off The Radar, hear some of Kishi Bashi's new album Sonderlust, due out September 16, plus tracks from Joanna Gruesome, tacocat and more.  

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We catch up with singer/songwriter and former Georgia resident Matthew Sweet as he prepares to release his next studio album “Tomorrow Forever”

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