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The Life Aquatic Tour

By Trévaris Hardy

Last Week, Long Beach native, Vince Staples paid a visit to the ATL at Center Stage as a part of his Life Aquatic Tour. Staples is known for collaborating with other independent California acts such as Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt and Mike G and his unique style that gives a moody and eerie feel.

To set the mood before his performance, the venue’s stage screened the film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004) but in reverse as a clever nod to his tour of the same name. Kilo Kish, a new artist to the scene who’s made guest appearances on several of Staples’ albums including ”Summertime ‘06” and “Prima Donna,” opened the show with her own original music. Reading the crowd, Kish’s artsy music and visuals were hard to digest, but overall wasn’t bad.

Staple’s set lasted about an hour and a half, and went through his repertoire of fan favorites including “Senorita”, “Bag Bak” and closed out with the song that shot Staples in to the hip-hop stratosphere and garnered 15 million views on YouTube, “Norf Norf”. Staples is anticipated to drop his latest album, “Big Fish Theory” later this year.

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The A3C Festival and Conference

By Deja Kehinde

From October 4-9, Atlanta was invaded by thousands of artists and music fans alike for the A3C Festival and Conference. The event was hosted in Atlanta’s historic Old 4th Ward, surrounded by streets and buildings named after the city’s most prominent Civil Rights leaders.

Appropriately enough, it was surely a historic weekend as festival curators hosted the likes of Rick Ross, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Master P, Too $hort, Sonny Digital, and the list goes on. I had the pleasure of working under A3C’s media team, so I caught a little bit of everything from panels featuring top music executives and photographers like Jonathan Mannion, who did Jay Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” cover to showcase for indie acts such as Rob $tone, E Chapo and KSU’s own Jaye Newton.

The indies definitely put on a show!

Concert Comments Off on Concert Review: Dear Hunter, Eisley and Gavin Castleton at the Terminal West

Concert Review: Dear Hunter, Eisley and Gavin Castleton at the Terminal West

By Scotticus

October 9 was an awaited day as Rhode Island progressive rockers, The Dear Hunter, returned to Atlanta. Originally starting as a side project, frontman Casey Crescenzo was hesitant to release his solo work thinking that no one would be into it. But his friends urged him to put it out there, and now Crescenzo is on tour for the band’s seventh album (if you count the nine EPs released as “The Color Spectrum” as one). This tour they appeared at the one and only Terminal West for a fantastic and powerful show coupled with Texas-based indie band Eisley and solo artist Gavin Castleton. The Dear Hunter’s latest (and final?) “Act V” is out now. My favorite track is “Gloria,” and if you’re interested in music with a compelling story line, I would suggest starting from “Act I.” But of course, do not give colors expressed in music a miss.

Unfortunately I arrived to the show late and missed the performance of Castleton, but I purchased one of his numerous albums as my way of compensation. It was a very diverse album, with a pop-like focus, but clearly inspired by many other sounds. His album collection is extensive so I’m sure when one dives in, it will only become more varied and peculiar. From what the album I chose played to me, he caters to music lovers of all kinds, so respect.

After a few minutes of waiting and running into my circle of concert friends, Eisley took the stage. They came out speaking softly and moving through simple, yet well-crafted songs. The two singers took the majority of the focus with beautiful harmonies and the trading of vocal lines. There was not a clear first vocalist, which was nice. As I watched them sing, I wondered if they were sisters as their voices were very similar and on a recording I would have suspected the same vocalist. It turns out that most of the band is a group of siblings. They currently have six members and use that to their advantage; their sound is full and tight, having started back in 1997. They have released four studio albums and numerous EPs. I purchased their third album, “The Valley,” and have been enjoying their soothing melodies ever since.

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Concert Review: Chance the Rapper

By Trévaris Hardy

Saturday night, the Fox Theatre witnessed the most colorful and exuberant concert from one of the most pious and entertaining up-and-coming artists: Chance the Rapper.

The show opened with selections from Francis and the Lights, a solo act known for contributing the opening chorus on “Summer Friends” and the track from “Coloring Book,” Chance’s latest album. After the first act, the stage curtains opened to reveal Chance who’s accompanied by life-sized puppets that appear in between songs with dialogue as a part of the story line being told throughout the show.

The first of these is Carlos the Lion, a character that serves as a mentor to Chance, telling him “don’t forget the message!” During “Same Drugs,” a song that’s ironically not about drugs, Chance serenades the audience with a piano melody accompanied by Lady, another puppet, who sings the female vocals of the song–but Chance’s performance doesn’t stop at the Sesame Street-esque puppet shows. The 2014 XXL Freshman shook the foundation of the Fox with crowd favorites like “Favorite Song” and “Ultralight Beam,” spraying fans with confetti and fog cannons (Can’t have a show without fog cannons!). The rapper concluded his set with “Blessings,” a down-tempo, religious song that was appropriate for a concert that can only be described in one word: Magnificent.

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Music Midtown

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By Trévaris Hardy

This past weekend, the ATL became home to the biggest names in music from pop sensations DNCE to modern legend Beck to allegedly retired hip-hop icon Lil’ Wayne. These artists and more were part of the city’s most lit weekend to ever hit the streets: this year’s Music Midtown!

On September 17 in Piedmont Park, a beautiful attraction for local families and tourists alike flourished with great music and inebriated fans—the perfect formula for a musical festival. The beginning of the festival introduced an upcoming singer who’s often known for her cover of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” Zella Day, who delivered a hypnotic performance on the Electric Ballroom stage that kept the crowd entranced. Later in the afternoon on the same stage, DNCE, the band spawned from the former Jonas Brother, Joe Jonas, doused the crowd with their white hot foam to their not yet released single, “Naked.” Yep. It’s called “Naked.” Starting immediately after on the adjacent Honda stage, Logic got the crowd turned up and prefaced his set proclaiming that “I stand for one thing, and one thing only: peace, love, and happiness.” The night winded down with Beck on the Roxy stage rocking out to hits like “Loser” whilst on the Honda stage, the Lil’ Wayne and 2 Chainz collective, Collegrove, gave Atlanta a taste of their self-titled album earlier this year. The night ended with Twenty One Pilots, who closed out their set saying “if [Atlanta] will have us, we would love to be your festival band.” Definitely foreshadowing an appearance at the 2017 Music Midtown.

Day two opened with Daya on the Roxy stage, an artist renowned for her vocals on the Chainsmokers’ track, “Don’t let me down.” The same stage was later turned into a dollhouse (literally) when a large building block was rolled out to reveal Melanie Martinez. Martinez and her crew dressed up and disguised the stage to coincide with the toddler theme of her latest album, “Cry Baby.” After a short rain intermission, everyone gathered around GROUPLOVE and got tongue tied when they played songs from their album only released a week earlier, “Big Mess.” That night also saw the likes of indie band The Lumineers on the Electric Ballroom stage as thousands of voices amidst the chaotic waves of fans chanted along to their hit, “Ophelia.” Hungry for more, fans quickly moved to the Honda stage for Alabama Shakes, a band with one of the most impressive lead vocalists, Brittany Howard. Howard’s vocals mixed the band’s melodic instrumentals and shook the stage as they performed the fan favorite, “Sound and Color.” The festival ended with sets from both EDM artist, Deadmau5, and Las Vegas rock band The Killers on two separate stages to conclude the epic festival.

Music Midtown brought an eclectic mix of artists and a certain liveliness to Atlanta that’s never been seen before. Hopefully the 2017 Music Midtown will be just as lit! For more festival news and chances to win tickets, stay tuned to ksuradio.com.

All photos courtesy of Perry Julien, Chris McKay, Naomi Smith and CatMax Photography.