Decatur’s Scofflaw Rocks Oakhurst Porchfest

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“Mister, have you seen my broken letter?” These words from Decatur garage rock act Scofflaw’s break up song, “Broken Letter Blues” could entrance even the hardest of people. Oakhurst Porchfest, held on Sunday, October 18 in Decatur was nirvana for showcasing great local musical artists. Scofflaw, my personal pick for the day’s honorable mention award, […]

Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Caught in the Crossfire of Musician Lockout

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The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra  kicked off its 41st season in August with its competitive audition process. For two weeks, more than 300 students auditioned for 120 seats in the premier youth orchestra. This year will be the first full season of the youth orchestra since the lockout of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2014. […]

Escapism, lust, and drugs?

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  Escapism, lust, and drugs: the holy trinity of Lana Del Rey’s work. But has she missed the mark with her latest release? The highly anticipated third album, “Honeymoon” dropped September 18th and Lana fanatics seem satisfied in all the right ways, except me. The first strike against the album? The cover featuring a photo […]

American Horror Story and Chill?

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Blood, gore, rape, orgies, missing children, plot holes, and an absent Jessica Lange were all surprising features greetings viewers when the FX original series “American Horror Story” returned Wednesday night at 10.  In regard to the particularly bloody premiere of  the new story “American Horror Story: Hotel,” I am intrigued, but not impressed. Fans new […]

Author Renee Ahdieh on the murderous, romantic world of “The Wrath & The Dawn”

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“The Wrath and the Dawn” is an exciting fantasy thriller (inspired by Arabian Nights stories) tells the story of the eighteen-year-old boy Caliph of Khorasan who marries a new bride each night only for her to be found dead by sunrise. Sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid hoping to avenge her best friend, one of […]

Wrecking Ball Mania: Masquerade Brings in 25 with a Ball

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The Masquerade’s billboard hung over the heads of concert goers who watched bands perform on the Purgatory stage.

You only turn 25 once. And to kick off its 25th anniversary weekend, The Masquerade held it’s first annual festival Wrecking Ball. This two day event featured 60 bands, 4 stages, and genres that ranged from punk rock to post-hardcore. While at the Wrecking Ball,  I was able to see a lot of underground bands and be […]