The Downs on Southern Manners, Laughing Through the Pain, and Their New Americana Sound

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Atlanta-born musician Jenn Downs is a thoughtful storyteller with a punk rock sensibility, who breaks your heart and makes you laugh in equal measure. Along with her band mate and partner Koby Downs, they are a bold duo, making acoustic Americana indie rock that borrows from the best of that genre and bleeds raw, original folk … [Read more…]

The Hate Experienced, The Expectant Hope

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There is not anything necessarily everyday about racism, unless you happened to be black or brown. The network MSNBC months ago aired “Everyday Racism” a town hall that included segments from African Americans voicing their truths and experiences with racism, bigotry, and hate. The emotional toll of racism and acts of bias pulsed through the … [Read more…]

Who’s Playing Manifest III? GeeXella

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In its third year, Manifest is once again offering a bold and diverse lineup of bands and artists, highlighting the many  femme, trans, and non-binary folks making music today, yet underrepresented in most music festivals. It is anti-corporate, features 25 bands, and runs for two days starting tonight in Chapel Hill. As a proud media sponsor for Manifest III, Unsweetened … [Read more…]