//Playing Atlanta

Every other Thursday, we explore the music scene in Atlanta, Georgia.

PLAYING ATLANTA: The Pinx Reinvent Rock ‘n’ Roll with Music Video for “Mercy!”

Photo by Chris McKay The Pinx rock. That is all. Okay, that's not all, but the Atlanta-based rock quartet truly does rock...and roll, and boogie-woogie, and power-pop all night long. Drawing on influences as varied as Duane Allman, MC5's Fred "Sonic" Smith, and the lush Stax catalog, as well as rock standards (if you can [...]

By |2019-11-13T08:33:00-05:00November 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Shepherds Explore Toxic Nostalgia with “Your Imagined Past” Video

For Atlanta sextet Shepherds, "genre" is a worn name tag hanging on by its last thread as theme and experimentation take prominence, rapidly setting the art-rock group apart in an ever-changing Atlanta market. Since the release of their 2011 debut EP, Holy Stain, the band has been in a state of constant flux as they navigated rapid [...]

By |2019-11-04T16:43:46-05:00November 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Sam Burchfield Reminisces on His Folk Roots with “Colorado”

Photo Credit: Jordana Dale Photography Autumn is officially underway here in Atlanta, bringing in cooler weather, colorful leaves, and the perfect Appalachian folk-inspired songs to hum while drinking coffee on a crisp morning, thanks to singer-songwriter Sam Burchfield and his latest single, "Colorado." The wanderlust-inspiring track, set to a delicate backdrop of plucked acoustic [...]

By |2019-10-14T16:05:25-05:00October 14th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Cicada Rhythm Brings It Back Home with “Cecilia”

I'm a nostalgic person. I love anything that reminds me of the classic rock, country, and introspective singer-songwriters, like Joni Mitchell or Simon & Garfunkel, I listened to growing up. Having wiled away many a day to the sound of harmony-laden songs playing through a radio, the overwhelming feeling of delight and pure bliss that [...]

By |2019-10-08T10:04:42-05:00October 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Lesibu Grand Discuss Debut LP The Legend of Miranda

Photo Credit: Luke Usry Playing Atlanta readers, you're in for something special this week! Atlanta indie-rock group Lesibu Grand is officially the first fresh find of the fall, and I have a feeling you'll be just as excited about them as I am. Founded by lead singer Tyler-Simone Molton and bassist John Renaud [...]

By |2019-10-01T15:54:20-05:00September 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Moriah Piacente Curates the Wild & Weird with Major Mars

Picture Credit: Alex Seibert For Moriah Piacente, Athens-and-Atlanta-based artist, vintage fashion curator, and lover of all things weird, wacky, and wonderful, the lines between visual art and music are nonexistent. Blending the enigmatic charisma of Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka with the delicate, ethereal creativity of David Bowie, Piacente exists in a glittering, psychedelic, [...]

By |2019-09-24T13:38:57-05:00September 23rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Going Behind the Lens with Alexandra Scuffle

When one considers the music industry, generally the first thought is of the musicians themselves: a sweat-soaked Mick Jagger convulsing across the stage; Freddie Mercury, fist raised high before the crowd at Live Aid; a hazy image of Joni Mitchell, all blonde hair and sharply intuitive eyes nearly hidden behind an acoustic guitar. The music [...]

By |2019-09-16T18:06:55-05:00September 16th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Sexbruise? Parties Like It’s 1983

Fluorescent colors and shoulder pads? Check. DJ Khaled screaming his own name at the beginning of the first track? Check. The greatest music video of our generation? Well, if you ask Sexbruise?, the answer is a resounding yes.  Sexbruise? hardly needs an introduction, but if you're not yet familiar with the internationally famous eletronica-erotica-EDM quartet who is [...]

By |2019-09-16T17:44:01-05:00September 9th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Michael Forde Takes On Inner Chaos with Moments Under Water

Soulful and introspective, Atlanta musician Michael Forde has an uncanny way of blending the intricacies of jazz with easy rhythms and lyricism that is not only deeply personal but effortlessly relatable. With the release of his debut solo EP, Moments Under Water, and his latest single, "The Breath In My Beat," Forde's songwriting is put on full [...]

By |2019-09-05T14:00:11-05:00September 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Victoria Blade Shares Music Video for “Moving Song”

Atlanta-via-Brooklyn's singer-songwriter Victoria Blade is one of my favorite discoveries of the year. Blending classically trained vocals with a carefree, indie-pop vibe, sweet melodies, and lyricism that makes her songs feel more like a journal entry than a track meant to be shared with the world, Blade has an effortless way of captivating her audience, [...]

By |2019-08-26T18:31:01-05:00August 26th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

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