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Phish performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Sunday, June 10, 2012.
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This weekend brings surfer-songwriters, country rebels and the quintessential jam band to Atlanta. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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On its website,the members of cordis describes the band's sound as if Igor Stravinsky and Sigur Ros started a band together. Each group member is classically trained, but they are able to meld that method of musicality with rock sensibilities.

“Classical music is a very disciplined thing. When we were in school, it was hours and hours of practicing,” said Richard Grimes, founder of the group. “Rock has more of an emotional immediacy.”

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Music contributor Mara Davis attends dozens of shows every year and she is always consuming new music, looking for the next big thing. So when she told "City Lights" that Gaby Moreno's recent performance in Atlanta had her in tears, we knew there was something special about this artist.

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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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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.

The Walking Guys


Bands hit the road every day of every year, but not like this.

The Walking Guys are living up to their name.

The four singer-songwriters started their first tour in Portland, Maine, in June. Over the past few months, they’ve walked cross-country from show to show.

“We planned it really well, and we mapped it out and we built in extra, kind of like rest days in cities, so those are kind of our buffer days,” says guitarist Christopher Kessenich.

The band is enjoying this jaunt, but it will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As a musician, Kristin Hersh says Angier's "rhythm and melody...captures both sides of our brain at the same time."
Lena Moses-Schmitt

Great science writing is more than a dry explanation of the natural world around us.

It brings that world to life, using the literary tools that make readers care about the subject. Natalie Angier is widely credited with bringing a kind of poetry to her science writing — and, if Kristin Hersh is to be believed, a kind of music.

In this installment of Page-Turners, singer-songwriter Hersh explains why she loves Natalie Angier’s book “The Beauty of the Beastly.”

Smith's Olde Bar is best known for its live music space on the top floor, but it also houses a bar and restaurant.
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Smith's Olde Bar will remain open in Atlanta's Morningside neighborhood at least through the end of the year according to Dan Nolen, the operator of the longtime night spot.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Nolen says he has worked out a deal with his landlord for an extension of the lease. In April, the club got an eviction notice, as the property that houses Smith’s and other businesses is now for sale.

Smith's has been hosting live music at the Piedmont Avenue location for more than 20 years. Nolen says he hopes to work out a long-term lease with the new owner.

The Masquerade on North Ave., formerly the Excelsior Mill, is slated for redevelopment.
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In the last week of July, within days of each other, news broke that two of Atlanta's long-standing music venues could be closing for good: The Masquerade on North Avenue, which occupies the 100-year-old DuPre Excelsior Mill, and Smith's Olde Bar on Piedmont Avenue.

Weird Al Yankovic sings the Saga Begins at the HMV Forum London.
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Looking ahead at some of this weekend’s concerts, we have a country-rock triumvirate, vintage garage rockers and a truly weird concert hitting Chastain.

WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

Butch Walker arrives at the 5th Annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards held at Mack Sennett Studios on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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Looking ahead at this weekend’s concert calendar, country music shakes up Kennesaw, homegrown punk invades Atlanta and a trio performs a modern interpretation of Chopin.

Contributor Mara Davis joins Steve Goss for this week’s rocking Music Mix.

Bob Dylan performs at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Friday April 24.
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Looking ahead at this weekend’s concert calendar, we’ve got rockabilly at the Star Bar, indie rock royalty at the Fox, and the seemingly immortal Bob Dylan in Atlanta. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

Rhiannon Giddens playing in the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to Americana historian Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a low country boil and blues fest and 500 of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time.

WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

Sam Smith
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The artist behind Mara's pick for Song of the Year comes to the Fox, and a genuine Concrete Blonde hits the Attic. WABE's Steve Goss talks to Atlanta radio veteran Mara Davis about her picks for upcoming concerts.