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Looking to widen your musical horizons? Funk You

Michelle Meredith

November 7, 2012

Funk You is a conglomerate monster of raw psychedelic energy and flowing rhythm. The progressive funk fusion act was formed by Gavin Hamilton and guitarist Evan Miller. Both from Augusta, Ga. the two friends built a solid foundation for the group that would later welcome drummer Thomas Reid, bassist...

The Givers deliver energized performance at Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville

Michelle Meredith

October 24, 2012

The Deep Roots Festival was a panoply of entertainment for the throngs of tipsy college students, classic car enthusiasts and candy-faced kids who packed downtown Milledgeville on Saturday, Oct. 20. Residents who don’t just go to the festival for the live music could head to the grounds at 10 a.m....

Mumford and Sons make music a religious experience in “Babel”

Michelle Meredith

October 10, 2012

In their second album, “Babel”, Mumford and Sons’ subtle infusion of raw, country bluegrass and traditional British melodies and their well-researched, literary and spiritual lyrics take this style of bluegrass folk music to a higher level. Marcus Mumford’s vocals, backed by Ted Dwayne’s punctuating...

‘Can’t debut twice’: the xx’s ‘Coexist’

Michelle Meredith

September 26, 2012

Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft of the xx, an electronic London pop group, give vocal purpose and depth to Jamie Smith’s crisp electronic drum beats and rippling guitar melodies. Their sound is solemnly playful as the two exchange lyrics, taking conversational turns and talking over one another as...

The Brothers are back: New music from Avetts

The Brothers are back: New music from Avetts

Michelle Meredith

September 12, 2012

The punk-infused bluegrass group from Concord, N.C. is Southern simplicity and frenetic energy all shaken up in a Mason jar. The Avett Brothers’ sixth studio album, “The Carpenter”, illustrates how these musical qualities have developed with the band’s lyrical dedication to progress, hard work...

Get acquainted with the Water Liars

Michelle Meredith

September 12, 2012

Last Wednesday, Macon’s Hummingbird Stage and Taproom received a humble portion of bluesy, southern authenticity from Water Liars’ frontman Justin Kinkel-Schuster. Called “Pete” by most people, Kinkel-Schuster and his feather-adorned guitar took the stage with an open and welcoming presence....

‘Raw folk rock’: My Morning Jacket

Michelle Meredith

August 29, 2012

Even before My Morning Jacket took the stage at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta last Friday, lead singer Jim James reinforced the mission of real, raw folk rock. James made an appearance while Band of Horses carried the crowd through the opening act, adding saxophone to the band’s mellow...

Bearstock 2012 draws packed audiences

Bearstock 2012 draws packed audiences

Michelle Meredith

April 25, 2012

Last Saturday, Mercer’s Quadworks organization hosted its fifth annual free Bearstock music festival at Tatnall Square Park across from Mercer’s campus. The show featured 14 bands on two stages, beginning at 1 p.m. and closing the festival with  headliners Yellowcard and Far East Movement at a...

Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, hosting book drive to fund family literacy programs

Michelle Meredith

March 28, 2012

The Mercer English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, will host a book drive on campus lasting until the end of the semester to fund family literacy programs across the nation. The initiative is headed by Amanda Rountree, a junior at Mercer University and member of Sigma Tau Delta since last year. Rountree...

A kids book fit for everyone

Michelle Meredith

March 28, 2012

Sometimes we need to be reminded that, yes, profundity can be endlessly procured from simple things, but sometimes things are profound because they are so, so simple. Sharon Creech’s “novel” collection of poetry is one of these blessed reminders, appropriately brought to us from the mouth of a...

NewTown Macon launches its new campaign to improve the city

Michelle Meredith

March 28, 2012

NewTown Macon continues to refine and finalize plans for the redevelopment of downtown Macon as it launches into its 2012 campaign.  One of the project’s primary focuses this year will be responding to the increase in downtown occupancy rates, which will continue NewTown’s campaign from 2007 to...

'Tree of Codes' reinvents the novel

The unusual construction of Tree of Codes.

Michelle Meredith

March 14, 2012

Thanks to its ingenuity and irrepressible complexity, I have no idea how to identify best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer’s most recent project. For the sake of clarity, I suppose we can call it a book. But many would justifiably argue that Tree of Codes is much more than a book, or not a book at all, and I would agree. The young author has been impressing readers for years n...

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