Ask anybody how they listen to music, and the majority of their answers will probably be Spotify, Apple Music, or some other online streaming service. Thirty years ago, if you wanted to listen to a specific song on demand, you would have to go to a record store and buy a copy of the album or wait for it to be played on the radio. Since then, the way we consume music has constantly evolved. In the early 2000s, digital music downloads were invented, and streaming services like YouTube, Pandora, and Soundcloud followed soon after. Some record stores survived, as a lot of people still wanted to buy physical copies of albums. Mixtapes, however, found themselves in a perilous situation. They didn’t find their home online immediately like mainstream album releases did, but the advent of streaming services meant that many did not want to buy mixtapes from the corner, or wait for them in the mail. Mixtapes eventually found their home on digital platforms, but for a while, their future was unclear. DJs who made a living making and selling these tapes had to find a way to adapt, or risk being lost to obscurity.

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One of the most common things I’ve heard people miss most from pre-quarantine is concerts. Who doesn’t love the rush of seeing your favorite artist performing? How can a concert happen in the middle of a pandemic that spreads by people being too close to each other for too long? From October 23-25th, Atlanta is hosting one of few real concert events since the pandemic began. 

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It has been proven time and time again that nothing quite brings the world together like music. Whether it is the widespread meme appeal of bhangra hit “Tunak Tunak Tun,” or the inexplicable K-pop phenomenon, music has the power to link cultures from across the globe. One group attempting to harness this power is Major Lazer, a Jamaican-American trio that brings a Caribbean sound to mainstream pop and electronic dance music.

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“We don't give a shit what anyone outside the band, our close family and friends, and our team think." These are the sentiments of James McGovern, the frontman of Irish rock group The Murder Capital, and his bandmates. The Murder Capital quintet is a rock band that is doing its best in changing the narrative of what listeners think about rock and punk rock bands. However, like many others before them, they don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about what anyone outside of their family and close friends thinks. Especially when it comes to what their music represents.

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