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Seven live music shows you can stream at home

DJ Taradactyl
DJ Taradactyl

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The shelter-in-place blues can be a real mind and soul crusher. To fill the time, and offer the next best thing to seeing familiar faces at the club and hanging out while listening to some live music, here’s a list of streaming performances to raise your spirits until the world starts moving again. As a bonus: Some of these shows also benefit Atlanta music venues.

Every Friday night at 7 p.m., chef Brady Lowe (of Taste Network) joins DJ Lord, of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall-of-Famers Public Enemy and hardrock insurgents the Prophets of Rage, for Cafe Quarantine, streaming live from the Pantry & Provisions in downtown’s historic Healey Building. Each week, Lowe chats with fans about signature dishes and new sandwiches while uncorking premium wines. Lord blends the true school hip-hop foodie vibe with a live mix of classic funk, hip-hop, electronic music, scratches, and more. Tune in at instagram.com/djlord/ and instagram.com/thepantryatl.

My Illegal Body works in conjunction with the ACLU to serve as an empathetic resource for the sheltered-in-place masses. Each day, MIB streams three sessions: morning wellness, mid-day craft or skill, and an evening live musical performance. The current music schedule features Somalia (Friday, April 10), TAVES (Saturday, April 11), Denny Hanson (Sunday, April 12), and Adron (Tuesday, April 15). Sessions stream on Facebook at facebook.com/myillegalbody. More performances are being booked daily, so stay tuned for updates. Videos of previous performances will be posted soon as well.

Cicada Rhythm
Cicada Rhythm

Photograph by Faye Webster

The Almost Live Music Special, featuring Cicada Rhythm, Kenosha Kid, and Adron, is an ambitious reassignment after this real-world bill at Terminal West was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Rather than cut their losses, all three acts have aligned to stream a 90-minute show from their respective cities—Adron in Los Angeles, Cicada Rhythm in Atlanta, and Kenosha Kid in Athens. On Sunday, May 3, beginning at 7 p.m., each one will beam in to perform their respective blend of tropicália, Americana, and modern jazz, promising a high-quality show filled with classic cuts, newer numbers, and some prepared content as well. Each one is performing with a two-camera feed, and the viewing platform currently remains TBD. Keep an eye on the show’s Bandcamp page for up-to-the-minute details. The first 86 tickets are $10 each and include access to the whole show and a one-of-a-kind tote bag that will be mailed to your home.

Kimono My House is a series of live performances streaming from living rooms, practice spaces, closets, or wherever (mostly) Georgia-based folks are making music in isolation. The series was created by Andy Gish of the Yum Yum Tree and Kim Ware of the Good Graces. Ware played the inaugural live stream on March 13. Since then, Kimono My House has amassed more than 5,000 followers. The rules are simple: Interested musicians are scheduled to play either a 30-minute to one-hour set, or they can stage pop-up performances of just a song or two at facebook.com/groups/kimonomyhouseatl. Previous performances are featured throughout the site, and the calendar boasts upcoming performances such as Heather B Sharp’s Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath, George Kotler-Wallace, and Yoga La Tengo. New shows are added daily. From April 10-12, the Kimono My House Fest will also blast live performances from dozens of acts. Donations taken during Friday’s performances benefit 529. Saturday’s shows benefit The Earl, and Sunday benefits Eddie’s Attic.

On Saturday, April 25, DJ Taradactyl kicks out the dance party classics from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and beyond with a highly-requested streaming installment of her Saturday night HeartBeeps dance party. Dance like nobody’s watching—because they aren’t—so you can have full confidence while busting out killer moves to the tune of Janet Jackson, Devo, Prince, Joy Division, David Bowie, the White Stripes, Madonna, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for a virtual tip jar, with all proceeds being donated to the staff at MJQ. More details will be announced at facebook.com/djTaradactyl.

Sweetheart PR and Baby Robot Media teamed up to create the Nuncheon Sessions, featuring live performances by a curated lineup of indie, Americana, and acoustic artists from around the country—with a strong Southern accent, of course. The series began with performances every Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. Over time, however, the list has grown to include sometimes two sets each day. Tune in to watch on Facebook. If you’re craving more, the calendar of upcoming performances is available online here as well.

Tuk Smith is Atlanta rock ‘n’ roll’s saving grace. As the singer and guitar player for a long line of glam-clad power pop and punk acts including the Heart Attacks, Biters, and the Restless Hearts, Smith knows the healing power of anthemic choruses and snarling hooks—even when (especially when) he’s singing to an iPad in his bedroom. Every Thursday at 7 p.m., Smith hosts Live From Tuk’s House, a 35 to 45-minute set of star-spangled acoustic renditions of songs from throughout his career. Tuk shouts out and engages in banter with the friends and fans who tune in, and he’ll pull out a few David Bowie and KISS covers from time to time as well. Tune in on Facebook.

Our favorite Atlanta albums of the 2010s

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Killer Mike Run the Jewels Best Atlanta albums of decade
Killer Mike during Run the Jewels’ 2015 Coachella performance.

Photograph by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Last year, in our May 2018 issue, we took a stand and declared what Atlantans have known for years—our city is America’s music capital. If you want to see our full list of reasons why, you can check that out here. But as such, we knew we couldn’t let the decade end without looking back on the music that made it great. We asked three Atlanta music journalists—Bottom of the Map cohost Christina Lee, former Creative Loafing music editor Chad Radford, and Clark Atlanta University instructor Christopher Daniel—to pick their favorite album of the year and tell us why.

2010

Lee: (tie) Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
A boisterous counterpoint to anyone who would dare suggest one member of OutKast is more vital than the other.

and Waka Flocka Flame, Flockaveli
This album is the link between the kinetic crunk of Pastor Troy and Lil Jon and the punk irreverence of South Florida’s SoundCloud rap.

Deerhunter
Bradford Cox of Deerhunter performs during day three of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in 2010

Photograph by Karl Walter/Getty Images

Radford: Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
The gorgeous atmosphere of “Desire Lines,” the frail imagery and distortion of “Coronado,” and the lurching melody of “Revival” proves that Deerhunter outgrew its indie art-punk status and evolved into a world-class songwriting entity.

Daniel: B.O.B., B.O.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
The singer, rapper, songwriter, and musician fresh outta Decatur uses his chart-topping, major label debut to magnificently spit flows, rock out (“Magic”), and make crossover pop (“Nothing on You,” “Airplanes”).

2011

The-Dream
The-Dream performs in 2013

Photograph by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Lee: The-Dream, Terius Nash: 1977
Instead of writing another “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” which he coproduced for Beyoncé in 2008, the Bankhead lothario proved his versatility with stormy R&B embittered by heartbreak.

Radford: Adron, Organismo
Adron’s fairytale voice, bird-like whistle, and nylon-stringed guitar melodies in songs such as “Pyramids,” “A Wizened Sage,” and “Jorgonian of the Midnight Sun” wafted over the mean streets of Atlanta like sweet manna from heaven.

Daniel: Killer Mike, PL3DGE
Killer Mike uses the final chapter of a trilogy to preach his street gospel and socially conscious perspectives over some hard beats and soul samples.

2012

Lee: Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music
No longer just the fiery rookie from OutKast’s “The Whole World,” here Killer Mike finds renewed purpose in adulthood as the rap firebrand we know today.

Radford: 4th Ward AfroKlezmer Orchestra, Abdul the Rabbi
The blast of Afrocentric beats and Klezmer melodies brought to life in “Yeminite Tanz,” “Toco Hills Kiddush Club,” and the album’s title track challenge perceptions of what free jazz is—and what it can be.

Big Boi
Big Boi at a birthday celebration for T.I. in 2012

Photograph by Craig Bromley/Getty Images for GREY GOOSE

Daniel: Big Boi, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
This sophomore effort cranks out intergalactic funk and Southern-fried, trunk-rattling bangers. “In the A,” featuring T.I. and Ludacris, could be the city’s official song.

2013

Ciara
Ciara performs during the BET Awards in 2013

Photograph by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET

Lee: Ciara, Ciara
“Body Party” alone—with its Ghosttown DJs sample—may be the sleekest distillation of Ciara’s local rap heritage and dancefloor charms yet.

Radford: Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels
The unlikely pairing of New York rapper El-P and Dungeon Family foot soldier Killer Mike kicked off an ongoing legacy of wry, aggressive, and straight-up cocky hip-hop that exists outside mainstream trends.

Daniel: 2 Chainz, B.O.A.T.S. II: #METIME
One of rap’s wittiest, hardest-working talents kept the motivation from a number one debut album (2012’s Based on a T.R.U. Story), a Grammy nod, and a platinum plaque by delivering a sequel filled with anthemic heaters (“Feds Watching,” “Where U Been?” “Used 2,” “Extra”).

2014

Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels performs at Coachella in 2015

Photograph by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Lee: Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
The installation in this vigilante crossover where Killer Mike and El-P realize the full extent of their powers.

Radford: Faun and a Pan Flute, Faun and a Pan Flute
Faun and a Pan Flute’s self-titled LP captures pure innocence and stunning innovation, as nine players wield cellos, tubas, marimbas, and more, channeling outsider grit and beauty into jazz, math rock, and modern composition

Daniel: YG, My Krazy Life
The West Coast rapper behind “Who Do You Love” and “Left, Right” might’ve pledged allegiance to Compton, but his platinum-certified debut album got a heavy cosign from Atlanta rapper Jeezy, who signed YG to his CTE World imprint, and a dope album release party held at Patchwerk Studios in Home Park, where the bulk of the album was recorded.

2015

Future
Future performs in 2015

Photograph by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for AWXII

Lee: Future, DS2
With his first No. 1 album, his grip on the mainstream grew even tighter for how he presented fear and loathing in Actavis.

Radford: Red Sea, Yardsticks For Human Civilization
Red Sea brought a young and stylish new perspective to the tired tropes of shoegazing indie rock, steeped in rich guitar noise and melodic interplay that was complex beyond the group’s youthful innocence.

Daniel: Future, DS2
Call it self-indulgent if you want, but with this album, Future booked trap music on a first-class magic carpet ride through a psychedelic mystery tour, all while making superproducer Metro Boomin a highly sought-after console wizard.

2016

What happened to 21 Savage?
21 Savage at a New York event in November 2018

Photograph by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Lee: 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, Savage Mode 
Stickup rap out of Atlanta never sounded this chillingly austere before 21 Savage refined his harrowing anti-hero persona.

Radford: Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel, 10
10 is the culmination of a decade spent sculpting a hauntingly beautiful and truly new form of sonic expression. This is by no means experimental music; these guys know exactly what they’re doing.

Daniel: Young Thug, Jeffery
What other zany rapper do you know who can break the internet with a mixtape by wearing a ruffled dress on the cover, name each track after a pop cultural figure, and release an infectious calypso-themed bonus track pleading to “Pick Up the Phone”?

2017

Vox Migos Flow
Migos performs at the 2017 BET Awards.

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Lee: Migos, Culture
Once this family act fully figured out how trap tropes could be their playground, this album’s title rang true.

Radford: OMNI: Multi-Task
The album is filled with subtle, understated songs such as “Equestrian,” “Choke,” and “Calling Direct,” each one spiraling into classic post-punk and new wave atmosphere, and propelled by an avant-garde groove and swing.

Daniel: Cyhi the Prynce, No Dope on Sundays
Despite 2 Chainz’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music turning its rose-colored cover art into both a tourist attraction and national landmark, the lyrically astute Stone Mountain native and underappreciated member of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint reminds listeners that concept albums can still matter in an era of playlists.

2018

Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe performs in 2018

Photograph by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Lee: Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer
Her most affecting album may soon become our generation’s Born in the U.S.A., by way of Prince’s sprawling influence.

Radford: Flamingo Shadow: Earth Music
Madeline Adams Matysiak’s sweet voice over irresistible Caribbean and post-punk rhythms in “All Way Down,” “Black Cloud,” and “Taxi,” are reminders to celebrate youth and freedom before the technology we all depend on enslaves us all.

Daniel: Lil Baby & Gunna, Drip Harder
It doesn’t get any better than best friends both becoming two of music’s most buzzworthy artists with one of the year’s biggest hit records (“Drip Too Hard”).

2019

Lee: Yung Baby Tate, GIRLS 
In a year where early 2000s nostalgia became unmistakably cool, this Decatur native sounded right on time as she picked up where TLC’s rap-R&B left off.

Radford: The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Pyramids
Russell Gunn and a laundry list of Atlanta’s most accomplished players present a love letter to the pharaohs with a cosmic fortitude that defies jazz standards and reveals wholly new dimensions in music.

Lil Nas X performing with Billy Ray Cyrus and Cardi B.

Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Daniel: Lil Nas X, 7
This EP lasts just 18 minutes, but the history-making, breakthrough megastar behind the country trap-flavored “Old Town Road” refuses to let that hit define him, bringing along Cardi B., Travis Barker, Ryan Tedder, and Billy Ray Cyrus to round out an impressive set.

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