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20 March 2018

Georgia's Getting a Bigger Aquarium for a Bigger Fish...Sharks!

The largest aquarium in the United States is getting bigger.

Georgia Aquarium revealed expansion plans today for a new gallery featuring sharks --one of the most misunderstood species in the ocean-- to open in late fall of 2020. The project, Expansion 2020, is a major addition to the Western hemisphere’s largest aquarium featuring a shark habitat and redesigned entry.

(Sharks are coming to the Georgia Aquarium in 2020. Image courtesy Georgia Aquarium)
“We have always done things big, and 12 years after our opening we are still holding true to that,” said Joseph Handy, president and chief operating officer of Georgia Aquarium. “This new expansion will enhance our guests’ experience as soon as they enter the Aquarium and will spotlight an all-new gallery with awe-inspiring species of sharks. We can safely say, Georgia, you’re going to need a bigger aquarium!”

The saltwater gallery will feature stunning floor to ceiling acrylic windows to give guests an up-close and personal view of these majestic animals. Potential shark species under consideration include hammerheads, sand tiger sharks, and sandbar sharks.

19 March 2018

Shinedown & Godsmack Get Ready to Rock Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheatre This Summer

(Godsmack and Shinedown perform at Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheatre, August 16. Image courtesy LiveNation Entertainment.)
Summer is still a few months away, but it's already guaranteed to be a hot one for rock fans.

Godsmack and Shinedown are touring together for six weeks, including a stop in Atlanta on August 16. The tour comes as the multi-platinum groups prepare to release new albums later this spring.

Godsmack drops "When Legends Rise" on April 27 via BMG. "Attention Attention" by Shinedown comes out May 4 on Atlantic Records.

"Devil" and "Bulletproof", the lead singles from both respective albums, are already racking up the views on YouTube. Godsmack vocalist Sully Erna describes both "Bulletproof" and the entire new album as evolving while maintaining the sound fans know and love.

"I wanted to stretch my wings out even further to use all the experiences I've had with writing different types of music over the years and applying that to find a way to introduce a newer, fresher, more mature sound, but still maintaining the power of Godsmack," Erna said.

"We really believe this could be a great moment in our band's career and we plan on running on the road until at least fall of 2019."

Looking ahead to the summer tour, Shinedown lead singer Brent Smith said, "We are creating a show for the fans that is powerful, passionate and sonicly inspiring. The audience has given us a platform to be ourselves, and create something spectacular.

"Shinedown and Godsmack will most certainly not let them down."

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, March 23 at

14 March 2018

Seven Lions Announces Return to 2018 Imagine Music Festival

The first artist of Imagine Music Festival 2018 is revealed, and it's a familiar face.

Seven Lions let news slip that he's heading back to Atlanta Motor Speedway, this September, for Imagine's fifth anniversary.

Imagine organizers have not officially announced their lineup, but they say it's their biggest yet.

"Iris Presents founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand. “If there is one word that can describe Imagine, it’s magic," said Imagine co-founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand. "With our fan’s help, we look forward to creating even more in 2018."

Seven Lions is a mainstay at Imagine, appearing at three of the last five events. He'll take the stage this year armed with music just released on his new label Ophelia Records.

The single, “Calling You Home,” features echoing vocals, wonky bass drops and twinkle chimes. Joseph Lyncheski, better known as Direct, and Anjunabeats OG Oliver Smith have already remixed the track, adding a new take to Seven Lions' new art.

"Calling You Home" (Oliver Smith remix) by Seven Lions

"Calling You Home" and its remixes are currently available on Spotify.

Imagine Music Festival tickets are available now starting at $150 for a 3-day pass and $202 with camping. Payment plans are also available with monthly payments as low as $31.67. Visit for more details.

12 March 2018

For #MusicMonday, "Ride Or Die" (feat. Foster The People) by The Knocks

". . . I know we're getting older, but that don't mean it's over. . ."

This is a new #MusicMonday.

Electronic duo The Knocks released a new single last week, and it's quite good.

Driven by a bouncy bassline, lush, steady rhythms and the duo’s prodigious production skills, "Ride or Die" is made exponentially better by Mark Foster of indie-pop band "Foster the People."

Give it a listen . . .

"Ride or Die" (feat. Foster the People) by The Knocks

Korean Pop Sensation CIFIKA Sets Date for Atlanta Invasion

Korean pop sensation CIFIKA looks to make musical magic in Atlanta later this month.

(CIFIKA heads to Atlanta for a performance at the Drunken Unicorn, March 31. Image courtesy CIFIKA)
The singer, songwriter and producer from Seoul brings a solid underground following from her homeland. She hopes she can re-create that success overseas, as she tours America for the first time. Her journey to Atlanta and more than 20 other cities is the biggest United States tour by any Korean artist ever.

"I know it will be a challenge to tour 20 different cities," CIFIKA says. "But after this, I'm going to be a lot stronger and will have tons of new ideas to make my next album.”

Billboard magazine calls CIFIKA an "alluring-yet-mysterious pop siren."

"Prism", the artist's newly-released EP, looks to illuminate CIFIKA and her talents.

"Pieta" by CIFIKA

"This EP and tour is called 'Prism' because I wanted to be transparent about who I am. Prisms showcase the many different colors of the single light that we see and I wanted that to be the medium for people when they hear my music,” CIFIKA said.

"Prism" runs the entire gamut of CIFIKA's emotions and experiences.

Her single, "Pieta", sounds upbeat, but CIFIKA says she wrote the song during the "saddest season of my life." "Good Luck from Her" is a slower track. Still, it reflects the imagination and hope CIFIKA aims for in the world. In short, this EP explores CIFIKA's dreams and frustrations as a bicultural artist.

“I wanted to emphasize my uniqueness of lyrics, such as rhymes that combine Korean and English, repeating phrases on each song," she says. "I also wanted to showcase how my vocal range and sound have changed dramatically from my previous releases.

"I felt much more freedom making this EP than ever before."

CIFIKA is scheduled to perform at the Drunken Unicorn, March 31. Tickets are available here

02 March 2018

OPINION: Clayton County is Biggest Winner in Delta-NRA Spat

Clayton County schools superintendent Morcease Beasley is probably the luckiest S.O.B. in Georgia politics right now.

He opposed the Delta tax break because it would rob his school district of much needed tax dollars to educate students in the majority-black area.

WAGA-TV reported, February 13, that Clayton County school officials said the Delta tax break would "create a $20 million hole in their budget and deprive students of critical resources."

Democrat and Republican lawmakers were willing to ignore Beasley's concerns because Delta is Delta.

Delta has experienced, high-paid lobbyists and can dole out campaign contributions to all 236 state legislators. Clayton County has a bunch of black students who can walk out of class in protest.

It wasn't much of a contest. Then Delta decided to end its discount for NRA members, and Beasley's luck changed.

Republicans walked away from the tax break to prove their NRA bona fides, and Democrats supported the tax break to prove they weren't Republicans.

The biggest beneficiary of that rigamarole was, you guessed it, Clayton County.

No big tax break for Delta means no big loss of tax dollars for Clayton County schools.

That makes Clayton County and their superintendent of schools, Morcease Beasley, the big winner in all this mess.