//Playing Atlanta

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

PLAYING ATLANTA: Death Mama Resurrect Rock with High Strangeness

If there's anything Atlanta has in spades, it's killer rock bands. But not just your good ol' Southern Rock bands: pop-rock, metal, psychedelic... you name it, you can find it, played with soul on a dark stage in a sweaty, crowded room. Blues rock quartet Death Mama is one of the newest - and loudest - [...]

By |2019-08-17T17:15:57-04:00August 19th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: The “Strange Motion” of Swallowed Sun

You know that feeling you get when you hear a band for the first time and think, "Hmm, they remind me of...someone?" Most of the time - for me, at least - I may never figure out who this brand new find reminds me of, but they have a hint of familiarity and, most likely, a [...]

By |2019-08-13T15:47:38-04:00August 12th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Julie Slonecki Finds The Perfect “Recipe”

You know you've struck gold when a song is as thought-provoking as it is catchy, wrapping a universal millenial lament in twinkling synth and a beat that'll have you reaching for your dancing shoes. Witty, wry, and sharp, Atlanta singer-songwriter Julie Slonecki does just that, sharing one of my favorite songs of the summer, "88," [...]

By |2019-08-08T04:07:52-04:00August 5th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Holy Beach Turn Up The Volume with Debut Record

When Atlanta's heavy experimental metal-rock sextet, Holy Beach, hits you, you know it. Beyond the sheer wall of sound that attacks with a visceral physicality, Holy Beach display an uncanny ability to harness lightning in a bottle. Far from a timid debut, the sextet - formed in early 2019 by lead vocalist and guitarist John [...]

By |2019-07-30T11:32:01-04:00July 29th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Sarah and the Safe Word Reinvent Cabaret with Red Hot & Holy

Ever wonder what the music at Jay Gatsby's funeral would've sounded like? I have to admit, I hadn't either, until I saw a one-liner in the bio of Atlanta sextet, Sarah and the Safe Word that simply said, "Jay Gatsby died, we played the funeral." Theatrical and vividly operatic in theme, Sarah and the Safe [...]

By |2019-07-16T20:42:43-04:00July 15th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Half Hot Go All The Way with Debut LP ‘Whiskey Tango’

Flair, hair, and all things rock 'n roll. It's a simple statement, impactful and to the point... and it describes Half Hot perfectly. The Atlanta-based rock quartet - made up of Andrew "Goose" Hughes on guitar and vocals, Tyler Messer on guitar and backing vocals, drummer and percussionist Jacob Hicks, and Casey Reid on the [...]

By |2019-07-09T09:09:37-04:00July 8th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Pip the Pansy and the Art of Reinvention

The first time I ever had the chance to see Pip the Pansy perform, she was known by another name and draped in flowers: her body, her microphone stand, her keyboard. She was a character from a Greek myth that had traveled through the ages to grace us with her song, and she captivated the [...]

By |2019-07-02T02:48:47-04:00July 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: password:password Discuss New Singles and Dream Pop Vibes

We've really got it all here in Atlanta: rock 'n roll, pop, R&B, soul, and - with the resurgence of the indie scene - some of the best shoegaze-y dream pop a music lover could want. Atlanta-based, Georgia Tech-born quintet password:password is at the helm of the movement. Fronted by lead singer Claire Lacombe and [...]

By |2019-06-18T18:52:51-04:00June 17th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Seersha Returns With New Single, “Lecture Me”

It's been almost two years since Atlanta's chill electropop artist Seersha - aka Kara Revnes - shared any music with the world, but at long last, she's back with her latest single, "Lecture Me." The singer, songwriter, and producer's seemingly effort ability to create ambient soundscapes that are equally driving and oh-so-chill is unrivaled, but [...]

By |2019-06-18T18:55:36-04:00June 10th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Victoria Blade Talks Lo-Fi Love Songs and the Long Road Home

For singer-songwriter, actress, and filmmaker Victoria Blade, home is less of a place than a state of mind. Michigan-born, Blade has since called Detroit, Chicago, Brooklyn, and - finally - Atlanta home. Before you start calculating how much time and energy it would take to simply move from city to city, let me add another [...]

By |2019-06-03T09:45:14-04:00June 3rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

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