I’m still planning my itinerary for Georgia. I know Athens is a can’t-miss and Atlanta is of course a music mecca. Please leave any comments or suggestions below.

Pandora

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  1. three great indy record stores in atlanta:
    ella guru

    http://www.ellaguru.com/

    love the name? owner don even named his daughter ella.

    http://homepage.mac.com/pgrueber/DecaturCD.htm

    hep but nice
    Wax N Facts
    432 Moreland Ave NE
    Atlanta, GA 30307-1423 View Map
    (404) 525-2275
    in lovely little 5 points
    home of Danny Beard’s DB Records
    original home of the B52’s, Pylon, Love Tractor and Guadalcanal Diary.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DB_Records

  2. hi there,
    you’ve already got like a kazillion recommendations on the hotness in atl. however….it just wouldn’t be right if you didn’t check out some of the spots that breed artists like india.arie, van hunt, dionne farris, and all those vibes; spots that give you the whole neosoul (ugh, i hate that label), electronica, downtempo, hip hop, punk and all that other genre-defying audio.
    For that vibe, you wanna, at the very least, hit up the following:
    http://www.apachecafe.info (live music spot/club)
    http://www.earwaxrecords.com (THE mom & pop recastoh, quest from the roots makes it a point to come whenever they’re in town.
    http://www.mjqatlanta.com (live music spot/club)
    http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net(live music spot/club)
    http://www.eastsidelounge.net (live music spot/club)
    that’s my 10 cents. whatever you do….dude, have a good time. one.

  3. A good place for folk/country and indie country (?) is a restaurant called “Swallow in the Hollow”. They’ve had some big name songwriters come in and perform their own songs and also are the venue for the Georgia Songwriter’s Association. The restaurant is in downtown Roswell, about 20 miles north of Atlanta. Great “que” too.

  4. Wasup,
    I am feeling pandora and loving the idea of ya’ll coming down to atlanta to get some new hot music. Without a doubt, like some other people said, check out moods music and definantly cop some DJ Jamad afromentals. But on the dirty south music side i haven’t really heard any interest in that, but our hip-hop scene is HUGE! First, listen to the atlanta/metro radio stations like V103-103.3 and Hot107.9. Uhm, also, for the hottest ne hip-hop and R&B, listen to Dj Drama, and Dj Dramatic.

  5. Tim,
    The gay boyz in Atlanta love you, too! We find some GREAT remixes on your site. Check out while you’re in town: CLUBS – Jungle and WetBar, MUSIC – ED’S Gourmet Records and Brushstrokes. ;-)

  6. Hi,
    I do not live in the US, I live in India where you seem to be getting pretty popular as well.
    Why dont you have a genre of Indian music – which could be ‘film’ or non-film such as classical, pop etc.
    Cheers
    PV

  7. While Atlanta and Athens are all well and good don’t forget the root towns (towns where it all started) like Macon the home of The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, which features both unknown artist as well as very popular in their Live @ Five shows (I saw Chick Willis there once. There is also The Big House where the Allman Brothers Band lived now a house/museum sort of the mecca for all jam/southern bands and H&H resturant this is where the cook for the Allman Brothers Band still works (as far as I know) that went with them on all tours and cooked for them.
    So come down further south to get that ABB soul food and of course you know there are only two types of music The Allman Brother Band…and then everything else!
    Seth

  8. Hi,
    I’d suggest the following in Athens:
    283 Bar at 283 Broad Street(my sister-in-law owns it). Ask for Lori or my brother Dan, they may be there. Tell them you wrote some amazing software that earned you a PBR on me (Tim).
    Dynamite Clothing for gifts and funky clothes after a coffee at the ERC (both next door to 283)
    Lunch at 5 Star Day on Broad up the block from 283
    Walk through Cobbham Historic District and gawk at the amazing houses (10 minutes from downtown walk, south of Prince ave).
    Walk through Boulevard Historic District and stop at Rooster’s BBQ on Boulevard for some lunch (10 minutes walk from downtown, north of Prince ave).
    Drive out to the Broad River with some friends and dogs and swim.
    Go to the Grit for some vegetarian food that is deliciouly laden with butter and bad-for-you stuff.
    It’s hard to get a flavor for Athens without some time spent on a porch wasting time. Hopefully your hosts will be able to help you out.
    Go see some music at Caledonia (in the old 40 Watt location).

  9. You’ve gotten a lot of suggestions for the trendy stuff in Athens (and a lot of it is good), but for something different check out Mark Maxwell’s music. You can probably get his CD’s at Wuxtry or the other local shops, and he has a website at FIRSTTUNE.COM. He’s a classical/jazz guitarist whose range spans “From Be-bop to Bach” to quote a headline on a local news story about his music.

  10. Okay, we’ve given out a lot of recommendations for Georgia here. Now, let’s see some of us offer room and board for the fine folks from PANDORA

  11. If you have time, I recommend for anyone to check out Nuci’s Space in Athens. It’s a sweet place if you’re away from your musical comforts of home. They have cheap jam spaces with more equipment than you’d think. The downtown scene in Athens is great in the summer… No Students! Well… there’s some, but it’s not as big a drunken-orgy as usual. Stick to the outskirts of downtown. Every bar in the middle of downtown is exactly the same as the next. It get boring and repetative VERY FAST. 40 Watt, Georgia Theatre, Caledonia, and even DT’s Downunder is good on occasion. Hope this helps.
    Cheers

  12. So many music places and not many food places mentioned for Athens. You can’t go to Athens with out eating some FANTASTIC southern food. Get the cheese fries when you’re at the Blind Pig. Five Star Day Cafe is a must for lunch or Sunday Brunch. The Last Resort has the best Salmon and Grits ever! The Varsity for a Chili Cheese-dog with slaw and fried peach pie. Ride by and check out the ‘tree that owns itself” http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/tour/tour10.htmIt's a great weekend to be in Athens. Finals are just now over the students will be partying like it’s 1999. ENJOY!!

  13. The new contemporary classic music made in the world by brazilian composer. please, listen to my music named: “picture of death?.” it is like a movie (film) soundtrack. 08. Pictures of Death?!
    ……a. Dead?!
    ……b. Gravitating
    ……c. Valley of the Souls
    ……d. Encounter with the Creator
    ……e. Return

    http://www.robsound.mus.br/en/discography04.htm

    lullaby and other music cd
    by robson dos santos, brazilian contemporary classic music composer.
    robson dos santos brazilian contemporary classic music composer. http://www.robsound.mus.br

  14. also look at the schedule at
    chipsbarandgrill.com
    he frequently gets in national blues talent and keeps a schedule online…about 35 minutes ne of atlanta

  15. oye pandora – como estas? just curious – did we blow off atlanta for nashville and points north (chicago)?? see ya in the funny papers…..

  16. Frankly, I’m blown away that no one has mentioned PGroove yet. PGroove = Perpetual Groove. These guys have some amazing originals and do righteous covers every now and again. They just moved from Savannah to Athens, but play in Atlanta regularly as well. Check them out at pgroove.com. For a good taste, check out their song “Three Weeks”.

  17. http://stickfiguredistro.com/

    It’s a mailorder place, but he keeps hours out of the warehouse, which is just barely on the wrong side of I-20. (You’ll probably have to email him for directions.)
    I picked up a CD in the place at random (you don’t listen to anything there, you either know what you’re getting or you take your chances) and as I was checking out, Gavin (the proprietor) looked at me knowingly and said, “oh, Uruguayan death metal.” Which is exactly what it was, turns out.
    Also tons of zines and videos. The website gives you a feel for the inventory. Actually shopping there is quite the experience, however.
    Also, visit the record store by the 40-Watt in Athens, which is called Low Yo Yo Stuff. (Yup, like the Captain Beefheart song.) It’s nice to find a record store that’s open at 2 in the morning.

  18. I’ve got to second and third the suggestions for Augusta. Soul Bar, Sector — all of those places are pretty cool, and First Friday is a good idea for a stop. (The town’s pretty nice in early summer, too.)
    Happy trails.

  19. Too bad your not in town this weekend one of the great musical events of the year is happening this weekend: Bubbapalooza at The Star Bar in Little five points. Three days of low rent rock at its best! Regardless check out the Star Bar when your in town, its a great venue. Also dont miss The Earl,in East Atlanta. They dont play much but there is a great local band called Luigi that is always a lot of fun.

  20. No music comments, but a website comment: streaming lyrics for the current song playing (if possible) would be really cool!

  21. The Vinyl and the Loft (they’re next door) are two great venues. Then, of course, there’s the 40 Watt in Athens and Eddie’s Attic and the Earl in Atlanta. Decatur is a great place for music (that’s where Eddie’s Attic is) and you can stop by Java Monkey for poetry slams.
    If they’re playing, don’t miss YOU.

  22. If you wanna see some up-and-coming city sites, you gotta check out Atlantic Station. Yeah, everybody talks about it but it really is a cool place.
    During the summer, a local radio station is sponsoring weekly, free, acoustic concerts in the park. I forget which one at the moment, but I doubt I’m the only one that knows about it.
    The concerts are every sunday, but throughout the week the parks are where all the action goes down during the day.

  23. A really great Athens band worth seeing is Venice is Sinking. Also, the Whigs. And in Atlanta, best clubs for indie rock are the Earl, Drunken Unicorn, 10 High and Smith’s Olde Bar, except Smith’s tends to do jam bands and southern rock – the songwriter nights sometimes have some intersesting artists who jump on stage on non-weekend nights.

  24. Why there isn’t any music by “Dancing Fantasy” on Pandora? “Dancing Fantasy” have awesome music! Can they be added? They are very well known with over 15 CD’s to claim.
    By the way, please do not add R&B to this wonderful web-site of beautiful “Jazz” there is a time and place for everything. I love R&B and I am a beautiful black vixen, but I love the Jazz that Pandora plays.
    Thanks

  25. There are too many blogs to check if this suggestion has already been made, but Earthlink Live venue (now renamed Center Stage) in midtown Atlanta caters to many different genres of artists, small and large. I recently saw Second Shift, aparently an Athens based band and they were fierce. Great energy and the singer has a curiously quirky stage presence. Defintiely look into both.

  26. I’d like to reiterate the suggestion of Hope for Agoldensummer. They are a fabulously talented group. Also, check out The Ginger Envelope (soooo good!) and the Modern Skirts in Athens, GA.

  27. not sure if you’ve been through georgia…but a few bands that we love dearly…zac brown band (!!!), sonia leigh (!!!), tim brantley, sam thacker are all fantastic bands! hope you like~~
    modern skirts are good too~
    ps. thanks for this site…its about freakin time!

  28. 2 Atlanta groups that are no longer playing but were popular are-
    The Reasons
    Rich Millett (www.richmillett.com)
    If you need recordings I can hook you up (I was the bassist in both bands and can probably get you legal use – pending your request).

  29. Hey Tim – just wondering if your Athens visit is ever going to be blogified. WUOG could use some of that reflected Pandora glory! I actually do a music-related talk show now (Liner Notes), and if you’d ever have a chance to do another interview over the phone since we couldn’t record the last one, that’d be great.
    -Max

  30. i recently join the network. the problem that i am having is (full force(the artist)and the song is all in my mind) They played the hold song once and i tried to repeat it to listen again.NOT, is was just samples.My question is how do you continue to play that one song for old memory sakes.Please help in detail,so i can learn the correct way to enter in the computer for my listen pleasures. thanks,
    Arthur(ATL)

  31. 1. your hot
    2. your a realy good singer
    3. my favorite song of yours is All I want for Christmas is a real good tan
    4. could you play it on the radio once in a while

  32. Comments here are terrific. I grew up in Atlanta and was a Georgia State DJ. An eatery NOT to be missed EVER is Taco Mac. Est. around late 1970’s in Little Five Points. There are two now (I believe), but the one in Little Five Points is the original. They serve buffalo wings with the original recipe (THE original – before anyone knew what buffalo wings were outside of Buffalo, NY) and more kinds of beer (about 250 last time I visited) than any eatery in the Southeast. Didn’t read all the posts, or know whether you’re done with Atlanta, but don’t forget this place. Mellow Mushroom is an old time fav, btw. I lived right around the corner in Buckhead. O the memories! ;-)

  33. You guys I love you radio station. I actually work at the radio station for the University of Georgia. Our philospohy at the radio station is to play music that is not mainstream to get the population interested in local artist or ones not mainstream. I actually get alot of my material from this radiostation to play on air. If you ever need to know about local artist in athens, Wuog athens at the University of Georgia is the place to go. Our number is 706-542-4567. I am sort of new to the scene because im just a sophmore from metro atlanta, but some of my favorite places in athens are transmed, 40 watt, and tasty world. Oh and check out some of the hip hop artist in athens like cat.

  34. HELLO, YOU FINE DJ’S FROM PANDORA. GLAD YOU STOPPED BY THE BEST PIZZA HOUSE, CLOSE TO ME IN BUCKHEAD ON PEACHTREE RD. REALLY WOULD LIKE TO BEEN THERE WITH THE GANG. KEEP ON PLAYING THAT FUNKY MUSIC WHITE BOY+THE BROTHER’S+GAL’S. I THINK, MAGGIE OUT OF CALIFORNIA USA WAS THE FIRST DJ@PANDORA TO LET ME KNOW THAT THIS WEBSITE IS FOR REAL AND ALL EAR’S. THANK’S SO MUCH TO THE BEST LIVE FEED MUSIC FROM MY OLD DAY’S.

  35. Ok….so here’s my take on things….Eddie’s Attic is a MUST visit venue in Decatur….Ask for Eddie….no joke. Also, check out Nathan Beaver a great local guy with great acoustic talent and AMAZING voice!!….DO IT!

  36. I just got the message that Pandora is coming to Atlanta. I would love to find someone coming from or through the Historic Roswell area that I can carpool with that night.
    Thanks in advance.

  37. Check out Leah DeVon. You can find her music at Itunes,Amazon,cdbaby, target. Shes all over the internet. She has a sound that is all her own. I heard her live at Cafe 290 a few weeks ago.She did her thing! I discovered her on myspace.

  38. I saw Leah DeVon perform at the Jubilee CityFest. She was really fantastic! I went to see Franky Beverly & Maze. She was one of the opening acts. She was really beautiful and CLASSY:)

  39. tim,
    you should definitely check us out at the University of Georgia Music Business Program in Athens, GA. Hope you will come speak to our class about your company. Also don’t leave out the Melting Point in Athens, GA. One of the best live sounds ever and a great “listening” room!
    Bruce Burch
    Administrative Director
    UGA Music Business Program

  40. I love using my own favorite gospel songs, however there is a new group from Atlanta, GA – Destiny this is the name of their group as well as their current cd – my favorite song is clay – please add this cd to the gospel options as well, you will enjoy it.

  41. Leah DeVon is a fantastic singer. I purchased her album off of iTunes.I found her on myspace. I am a music producer. She is definitely a breath of fresh air.

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