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If you missed AfroPunk Atlanta 2018, we feel sorry for you

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Two jam-packed days of unapologetic blackness and unlimited cultural narratives, AfroPunk Atlanta 2018 left its footprints on the city’s southern streets.

With the boatload of music festivals happening each year, it becomes difficult to stand out among the pack. As for AfroPunk, that’s never been an issue and we can officially see why. It’s not often you get the chance to parlay around in what we consider to be a real-life Wakanda wonderland.

“For the culture,” as they say, and indeed it was. Dozens of free-spirited festival-goers garmented themselves in Afrocentric hairstyles, dashikis and pendants to celebrate the “The Carnival of Consciousness,” and check out this year’s unrivaled roster of acts, including N.E.R.D, The Internet, Kaytranada, Pusha-T, and so many more.

Check out some of the concert highlights below:

 

 

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Matt Simons smolders with moving ‘Last to Know’ performance in Los Angeles

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Moments before pop-rock guitarist Chris Ayer graced the stage at Hotel Café in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, fans anxiously waited for what they anticipated would be an unforgettable evening.

“When you need somebody, so much, so much” Ayer sang as he opened the show, performing his hit single “Need Somebody.” With guitar in hand, Ayer’s soulful vocals filled the room, captivating the hearts of concert-goers to no return. In between the overflow of tear-jerking ballads, the Virginia artist provided a bit of comedic relief by making jokes. Ayer’s whimsical charm certainly made a splash.

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Following a brief intermission, show headliner Matt Simons entered center-stage and wasted no time hitting angelic piano notes opposite his long-time drummer Rodney who echoed the magical melodies. Simons’ live set was moving and gave a rare and intimate glimpse into his musical realm.

He went on to exclusively debut an unreleased song titled “Last to Know,” adapted from Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and closed out the show –belting out the maudlin lyrics “Please don’t let me be the last to know,” as the audience soaked up the new record.

From romance to breakups to same-sex love, Simons’ songs transported the audience through every single phase of the relationship in the most personal and authentic way.

Matt Simons and Chris Ayer take on San Francisco tonight at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. To buy tickets, click here.

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Save the best for last: ‘Aubrey & the Three Amigos’ tour concludes in Atlanta

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For three sold-out days of pandemonium, State Farm Arena served as the home to Drake and Migos as they closed out the critically acclaimed Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour in the Southern hip-hop capital, Atlanta, Nov. 16-18.

The Canadian artist and rap trio made sure every penny ATLiens spent to check out the must-attend show was worth it, and from the sound of thousands uncontrollably roaring in unison, no refund was necessary.

NDLYSS was on-hand to witness the buzz-worthy production on the second-to-last night, and to say we’re satisfied is an understatement.

Aubrey Graham proved why he belongs in the conversation with the goats, and Migos isn’t trailing too far behind. In a genre blemished by ho-hum performances, The energy and live-sets were a breath of fresh air, and let’s not consign to oblivion without noting how flawless the discography translated through the massive speakers.

As you can imagine the setlist’s were heavy with cuts from Drizzy’s latest chart-topping album “Scorpion,” and Migos’ “Culture II,” but nostalgia amped the crowd as both acts performed coveted throwback anthems like, “Versace,” “The Motto,” “Headlines,” and more.

You better believe the day-one fans shifted into a wild frenzy from “0 to 100, real quick, causing Drake to blurt out, “This might be my favorite stop on tour.” And, of course, home cooking was the perfect recipe for Migos to “Pipe it up” in their old stomping grounds.

In typical fashion, Drake introduced his fans to an upcoming artist. This one goes by Roy Woods and is the newest talent added to the OVO Sound roster. The 22-year-old singer from Brampton, Canada came in off the strength of his most recent album, “Say Less,” ironically, leaving fans speechless over his Weeknd-like vocals. Although, the 6 God’s signee showed why he’s 2019’s one to watch.

If you missed out on one of the most talked about trek’s of the year, don’t fall into a sunken place just yet. During the tour stop in Edmonton, Canada, Drake teased that a new album is coming and is headed back to the studio so he can come kick it with his fans around the states once more.

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Walk Off the Earth has proven to be the kings and queen of music covers

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Canadian musical quintet Walk of the Earth hit the stage in front of a jam-packed show at Tabernacle in Atlanta on Sunday along with opening act Tessa Violet.

The unconventional 5-piece performed over fifteen covers with an original spin so unforgettable you would have forgotten the songs were birthed by other artists. From performing Pharrell’s infectious hit “Happy” to Adele’s “Hello,” the group showed it’s multi-dimensional components rivaled by none.

Check out a photo selection from the show.

 

 

 

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