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One of Atlanta’s contemporary music ensembles is inviting you out for a drink. Chamber Cartel is about to begin a six-concert series at Orpheus Brewing in Midtown. They’ll be performing works by Iannis Xenakis, John Luther Adams and other composers in a series they’re calling “Don’t Look Back: Beyond the Zero.” 

There may not be an obvious connection between contemporary classical music and craft beer, but as it turns out, both entities go way back.

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The weekend before Valentine's Day has classic rock tributes and Italian love songs and everything in-between.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at upcoming concerts.

Jeff Shipman

Valentine’s Day is next week and love songs are sure to be everywhere. But one group of Atlanta musicians is offering an alternative. The annual Bloody Valentines show is returning to the EARL and will be performing a mix of murder ballads, songs of obsession and love-gone-wrong.

The creators of the show, which has been happening annually since 2015, aim to go against the grain of typical Valentine's events.

"I've always wanted to do an evening of murder ballads," singer Aileen Loy, who will perform in the show, tells City Lights host Lois Reitzes.

Run the Jewels perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Jan. 12, 2017. (Claire Harbage/NPR)

Like any good pair of twins, Run the Jewels have a freaky sort of unspoken fraternity. When El-P and Killer Mike strode in with their usual uniforms — Mike in a gold chain as thick as a garter snake, El in a fitted Yankees cap and pair of blue-mirrored sunglasses — the two didn't have to do as much as nod to one another before upending three tracks from their latest LP, RTJ3, in strange and perfect symbiosis.

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This week's concerts have everything from indie rock darlings to the man, the meme himself. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the offerings in Atlanta's clubs and concert halls.

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In about a month, we'll learn the winner of the third annual Tiny Desk Contest, the songwriting and performance contest from the creators of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts.

Last year, the six judges received over 6,000 entries, listening for what host Bob Boilen identified as "something singular, a song and sound that felt original, and a performance that felt inspired." In the end, the judges’ decisions were unanimous: Gaelynn Lea of Duluth, Minnesota.

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This week's concert offerings feature everything from Beyoncé’s brass section to an international cultural celebration of the Nile River. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

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Not every college course features "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" on its syllabus. But one class being taught now at Armstrong State University in Savannah does.

Dr. Regina Bradley, who is assistant professor of English there, is teaching a course on Atlanta rap group Outkast. Since word of the course has spread, it has caught the attention of a number of media outlets, including The Root, Ebony Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.

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This weekend's concert calendar features a homecoming for a jewel-running rap duo and one of the Eagles at the Fox.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what's happening in Atlanta's clubs and concert halls with "Mara's Music Mix."

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When your art is rooted in your religious faith, how does your work evolve along with your beliefs?

Matthew Paul Miller could tell you.

The hip-hop and reggae singer is better known by his Hebrew name: Matisyahu.

He emerged in the mid-2000s, clad in a long beard and traditional garments, weaving themes of Orthodox Judaism into his lyrics.

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Aging punk rockers and frontmen gone solo are on the bill this weekend and contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what's going on in Atlanta's music venues with "Mara's Music Mix."

Marco Borggreve

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Kirill Gerstein into their hall this week. And among his many accomplishments, Gerstein had a rare opportunity in 2015. He was the first to record the rediscovered edition of Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto, which Tchaikovsky released in 1879 but had been lost.

After Tchaikovsky passed away, an editor made some “significant changes,” in Gerstein’s words, to the score. That resulted in a posthumous edition published in 1894, which became the most well-known version.

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Paste Magazine is growing in a multitude of directions. In December, the New York and Decatur-based company announced two important developments: a substantial expansion of coverage with seven new sections, including theater, science and wrestling; and a return to print with Paste Quarterly.

Paste Quarterly will be a large format, 12" by 12" magazine, packaged with a music sampler which will be pressed on a vinyl record. 

Matthew Paul Miller aka Matisyahu performs onstage at Park City Live Day 1 on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Park City, Utah.
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This weekend, the metro Atlanta area is playing host to a country storyteller, an Orthodox Jewish reggae artist, and much more. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at Atlanta's concert offerings with "Mara's Music Mix."

Amy Ray (L) and Emily Saliers and the Indigo Girls perform at Magnolia Fest at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak Florida on Saturday. October 18, 2014.
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How will you begin 2017? Contributor Mara Davis suggests opening with a song. Mara and host emeritus Steve Goss have a concert calendar for all your New Year's weekend plans. It's "Mara's Music Mix."

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This holiday weekend, Atlanta is playing host to tribute acts, homegrown hip hop and much more. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming Atlanta concerts with Mara's Music Mix.

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This weekend, Atlanta has concerts for those getting into the holiday spirit and for those who are not. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming shows.

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It takes a very talented musician to make a diminutive instrument like the mandolin into a big deal. Avi Avital is one such musician.

He is the rock star of classical mandolin. In fact, he is the first mandolinist to have been nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist." 

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This weekend, the Brian Setzer Orchestra brings some rockabilly swing to get you into the holiday spirit, and Music Midtown hit Nathaniel Rateliff returns to Atlanta.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some upcoming concerts with "Mara's Music Mix."

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The Rolling Stones have just released their latest album, "Blue and Lonesome."

This is the first album in the group's five-decade-plus career that does not contain original material.

All of the songs are blues covers from legends like Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf.

The Stones have covered a number of groups over the years, especially before Mick Jagger and Keith Richards became a prolific songwriting team.

Here are the 10 best Rolling Stones songs that did not come from the Glimmer Twins.

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Perhaps omelets and sausage links go well with Puccini, or hash browns and pancakes should also be paired with Gershwin.

City Winery, a relatively new venue to Atlanta, pairs dinner and music. But once a month, it presents specialty brunches.

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Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Sufjan Stevens, the list could go on. At some point during their careers, established music artists record a Christmas album.

Zac Brown Band founding member John Driskell Hopkins has added his voice to the Christmas canon. Last year, he teamed up with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra for “In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays.”

This weekend, a pair of R&B greats hit the arena, and Christmas music "steamrolls" into the city. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some upcoming concerts in Mara's Music Mix.

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While you may be chowing down on turkey, retail stores everywhere have already signaled the coming of a larger holiday season. And December welcomes plenty of concerts, plays and celebrations of the winter holidays.

This weekend, Spivey Hall hosts two Christmas-themed shows with two critically acclaimed acapella groups.

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Leonard Cohen died on Nov. 7, and it didn't take long for a group of Atlanta musicians to organize a memorial show.

Jeffrey Butzer is no stranger to paying tribute. He's behind the annual Charlie Brown Christmas show at the EARL and has actually put together tributes to Leonard Cohen before, one as recently as September. But Saturday's show at the Star Bar will definitely have a different mood to it. They're calling it "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye" after a song off Cohen's 1967 debut album.

Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez, and Matt Patton with Drive-By Truckers perform at the Candler Park Music and Food Festival on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Atlanta.
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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a soul revival act at the Fox and some politically charged Americana. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for their weekly look at the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Margo Price has had the kind of year that musicians dream about.

The singer-songwriter rose from relative obscurity in the Nashville music scene on the strength of hard-luck songs about alcohol and loss, and made appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "A Prairie Home Companion" along the way.

"I definitely had faith in the songs," Price told music contributor Mara Davis while in town for a recent show at Terminal West, "but I don't know that I projected that it would go this far."

Patti Austin Brings Lifelong Love Of Jazz To Atlanta

Nov 15, 2016
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Patti Austin made her Apollo Theater debut at the age of 4 on a dare.

“We went to see the Apollo to see Dinah Washington,” said Austin, who often met renowned musicians growing up through her musical father, a professional trombone player. With some precociousness, Austin ended up on stage. “Dinah dared me to sang, I sang, and I finished singing and ran off the stage. The audience liked it, and I liked that they liked it, and I ran into the arms of a guy who was on one knee in the wing.”

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Punk rock and dance pop are dominating this weekend's concert calendar. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to lay out "Mara's Music Mix."

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Leonard Cohen, the gravelly-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter of "Hallelujah," ''Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," has died at age 82.

Cohen's management said in a statement Thursday that he has passed away, and a memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. No further details on his death were given.

Cohen, also renowned as a poet, novelist and aspiring Zen monk, blended folk music with a darker, sexual edge that won him fans around the world and among fellow musicians like Bob Dylan and R.E.M.