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This coming week, Atlanta is playing host to Athens indie-rock, Celtic punk rock veterans and a pair of Australia's loudest exports.

As we head into the weekend, we're going to take a look at some of the upcoming concerts around town with contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss.

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Before taking to the stage Thursday night in Atlanta, musician CeeLo Green stopped by the WABE and the "Closer Look" studio to talk about his southwest Atlanta hometown roots, his new video game, "CeeLo's Joyride," and the way he has handled his career and controversy over the years.

He also spoke with host Rose Scott about his nonprofit, the GreenHouse Foundation, which has partnered with multiple Atlanta-area schools ─ including Green's own elementary school ─ to educate, inspire and empower children to adopt a sustainable, green lifestyle.

TomorrowWorld Cancels 2016 Music Festival

Mar 2, 2016
More than 160,000 people are expected to attend TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The event gets underway Friday.
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TomorrowWorld announced Wednesday that its 2016 festival would not be happening.

Last year, some attendees described the electronic dance festival as "chaotic," according to a report by WABE. The complaints rolled in after a weekend of heavy rain left some people stranded outside the festival without transportation. 

While TomorrowWorld representatives posted a farewell video to the festival website, they promised this wouldn't be goodbye forever. 

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This weekend and beyond, Atlanta is playing host to singer-songwriters, neo-soul singers, R&B greats and many more.

Contributor Mara Davis joined host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at some of the upcoming concerts around town.

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Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" ranks among the most riotous of comic operas, a genre that reminds die-hard opera fans and newcomers alike that not all operatic stories involve untimely deaths and forbidden passions. That does not mean that a lighthearted work, like "The Pirates of Penzance," is lightweight material.


Death, taxes and a summer tour from the Dave Matthews Band.

"DMB" is celebrating its 25th anniversary by hitting the road once again.

This jaunt starts on May 11 in Wichita, Kan. and ends with Labor Day weekend at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash.

The group is coming to with a show at Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheater on Saturday, May 28.

The Dave Matthews Band has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

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Lady Gaga meets The Beatles meets Adele. That describes Wrenn's eclectic sound. She's out with a new EP called "Apathy and Good Books."  

The up-and-coming Athens, Georgia, musician stopped by the "Closer Look" studio with guitarist Chris Padgett to talk about her musical influences, the origins of her stage name and the nickname she's given her fans:

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The metro area is full-to-bursting this weekend with big shows, and WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss join forces to help guide you through their picks for Mara's Music Mix.

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Reed Ferguson calls her music "Neoteric Rock."

The 19-year-old Atlanta native just released an original five-song EP called "Magic Eye."

"I tend to really work hard on lyrics.  Every time I sit down to write a song, I swear to Bob Dylan that this will not be some crappy, cheesy pop song.  This will mean something to people," said Ferguson.

Ferguson says her influences include Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. 

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Here in the South, some states are recognized for their musical heritage more than others. Jazz quickly follows any mention of New Orleans, Louisiana. When you think of country music, Nashville, Tennessee comes to mind. 

How about Georgia? It turns out Georgia's music heritage is pretty hard to define in one word, or even one place. That's partly because the state's done little to claim its stake in music history, and largely because Georgia's musical offerings are incredibly diverse. 

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Last winter, pianist Hélène Grimaud had a rather unconventional recital.

In collaboration with artist Douglas Gordon, she performed at New York City's Park Avenue Armory, while it was flooded with water.

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This weekend in Atlanta concerts, we have the offspring of The Dead, a reunited 90s R&B act and The Boss himself.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming shows around town.

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Atlanta's independent music scene is busy, and you can find evidence of that in Immersive Atlanta.

The website -- which covers the local and regional music scene -- has assembled a list of seventeen new record releases out this month by groups from around Atlanta and Athens.

Myke Johns sat down with Guillermo Castro, Immersive's managing editor, to talk about some of the highlights:

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This week, Atlanta clubs and concert halls play host to some famed singer-songwriters, a couple of '80s throwbacks and Carrie Bradshaw's favorite salsa band. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the upcoming concert calendar.

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On the southern coast of Iceland, there's a beach called Reynisfjara. Mangled pillars of rock weather continuous crashes of frigid ocean water. Black sand shores give way to strange basalt cliffs. It's the kind of place that leaves an impression.

For Atlanta Symphony Orchestra double bassist and composer Michael Kurth, that impression was distinctly sinister.  

"It feels like ... a Bond villain would have his lair there," Kurth said.

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Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at 74.

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to half of a legendary folk duo, all of a Grammy-winning hip-hop duo and a bona fide country superstar. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the upcoming concert calendar:

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Spivey Hall welcomes back one of their own this Saturday. But this is not a homecoming decades in the making.

A recent Curtis Institute of Music graduate, Bryan Anderson spent his formative years singing in the Spivey Hall Children's Choir. Tomorrow's recital, however, will not showcase Anderson's vocal talents. He will instead sit at the hall's grand organ and perform works of William Bolcom, Maurice Duruflé, Antonio Vivaldi and others.

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This weekend in Atlanta concerts, a classic rocker tries something new, an innovative guitarist amps up the visuals and a hometown metal act hits the EARL.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for their weekly concert calendar.

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Robert Shaw called it "physical and intellectual agony." Donald Runnicles said it's "excruciatingly difficult." These two distinguished conductors are not  talking about a climb to the peak of Mount Everest; they're describing the "Everest" of Beethoven's compositions — the "Missa Solemnis."

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Gigantic space operas, frozen Cold War thrillers, claustraphobic westerns are just among a few of the options that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be choosing from this year in the genre-rich category of Best Original Score.

Film music commentator Dr. Scott Stewart just got back from the red carpet world of the West Coast, and came back buzzing about the range of options that could win the gold statue next month.

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“We'll walk hand in hand some day ... We are not afraid today ... We shall overcome some day ...”

Those words rang out during the civil rights movement, sung by folk legends like Joan Baez and by groups of protesters.

In 1999, Dr. Uzee Brown composed a full-orchestra arrangement of the "We Shall Overcome," which has been played across the country.

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Glenn Frey, one of the original members and guitarist of The Eagles, is dead.

The musician, who was 67 years old when he died, met drummer Don Henley, guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner as members of the backing band of Linda Rondstadt in 1970. They formed the Eagles a year later.

Frey wrote and co-wrote many of the band's best songs, and sang lead vocals on songs including "Take It Easy," "Tequilla Sunrise" and "New Kid in Town."

You can read the whole statement from the band and Frey's family below.

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David Bowie's last album, "Blackstar," debuted No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the first chart-topper for the late musician.

Since it was released two days before Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10, "Blackstar" has sold 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. It's the best sales week for Bowie since Nielsen began electronically tracking music purchases in 1991.

Bowie dislodged the previous No. 1, Adele's "25," which slipped to No. 2 after seven weeks on top.

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This week, Atlanta plays host to some hometown hip-hop, genre-defying electronic artists and the "Material Girl" herself.

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

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David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades with hits like "Fame," ''Heroes" and "Let's Dance," died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died "peacefully" and was surrounded by family. The singer had battled cancer for 18 months.

"While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief," the statement read. No more details were provided.

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The stars will align personally and professionally for singer Charles Kelley in February: He is expecting his first child and releasing his first solo record apart from the country vocal group Lady Antebellum.

After years of trying to conceive, Kelley and his wife Cassie found out last year they would be parents just as the Georgia native started working on a different sound separate from his bandmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood. The album, "The Driver," is due out Feb. 5; their baby, a boy, is due the same month.


This week, Atlanta plays host to an Americana success story, a super-hip local music festival and a tribute to a man who changed the Atlanta music scene forever.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the upcoming concert calendar.

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Former New York Philharmonic principal conductor Pierre Boulez, who moved between conducting, composition and teaching over a long career that made him one of the leading figures in modern classical music, has died at age 90.

A spokesman for the Paris Philharmonic, Hamid Si Amer, confirmed that Boulez had died in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Boulez led the New York Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra during the 1970s.

Born in Montbrison, France, Boulez initially studied mathematics as a youth before switching to music and studying at the Paris Conservatory.

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Organizers of Atlanta's Sweetwater 420 Festival have added several bands to the lineup for the April 22-24 event at Centennial Olympic Park downtown.

The Roots; Dawes; Robert Randolph; Michael Franti & Spearhead; and Lucero are among several newly announced artists, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Organizers previously announced several headliners for the festival, including Kid Rock; Ludacris; and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.