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Hipmunk City Love: Best Music Festivals in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia is not just another city in the south where all directions involve “head down Peachtree,” but a musical hub for some of the greatest musicians today. Atlanta is the city where John Meyer, Usher, and Ludacris all got their big breaks in the industry — so it’s no wonder that Hotlanta is home to some of the most memorable music festivals in the country. Whether you happen to live in the area, or plan to fly into the city to have your mind musically blown, we have the hottest list of music festivals for you. Imagine Festival Imagine Music Festival is a two-day dance and music festival in Atlanta. Along with performances by some of the world’s top electronic musicians, DJs, and bands, you’ll find hypnotizing performances by acrobats and dancers. There are three venues around Atlanta at the Historic Fourth Ward Park, Masquerade Music Park, and Clear Creek Basin. Guests have all their senses captivated with music, dance performances, and light shows, along with much more! Choose to pay for the full weekend pass or …

an international language: music & food

“Mmmmmmm,” we both squeeled as the flavors of the chocolate candy melted in our mouths. We were in France for the afternoon Christmas shopping. And while our basic French language skills could order us lunch and ask for the bill, having deeper conversations about the different types of chocolate was quite difficult – until she handed us each a chocolate to try. And voila! Mmmm. The international sound of pleasure. Fastforward four days. Lucy and I find ourselves in a local bar in Donosti, Spain watching a band from Portland, Maine. As two of the six or seven women in the entire bar, we stand out; we’re not Basque and we’re clearly not regulars there. And we laugh and sing along to the catchy choruses of the Pop-Punk Rock n’ Roll sounds tearing up the stage, I realize that we are probably the only two who understand everything from the lyrics to the attempted stage-audience banter – which got me thinking about the international languages of music and food. It’s an incredible thing to be …

What’s the Fox Say?

Today can be categorized as both WTF Wednesday (even though it’s not Wednesday — chill out) and Music Monday as it just so happens to be the lovely continuation of Music Monday between Scotland and Spain. And with the music choice for today being rather . . . different . . . I have felt the need to share. To be honest: I don’t know if I’ve been living under a rock or if there are others out there who haven’t yet seen this fabulous video. But whatever my sad excuse for not keeping up with pop culture around the world, I was just introduced to this gem of a song called: What’s the Fox Say?! As they brothers explain in an interview on Ellen Degeneres, the song was meant to be a joke for their own talk show in Norway, but they had a good production company who owed them a favor make the video — which has turned out to be a hit. I can’t justify trying to explain in my own words what …

| like a river flows so surely to the sea |

Like the lyric says, some things are meant to be. Some songs strike a certain chord within a person – for whatever personal story hidden deep within their heart, whatever memories they make flow back, or whatever loved ones suddenly cross their mind — certain songs touch us and instantly become special. The other day I stumbled upon a cover of the Elvis song, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” and all I can say is that it left me breathless. The rendition was played on a ukulele and the voice of the artist surprised me after seeing some of his other work. But that’s the beauty of love – like the artist and his surprisingly beautiful voice – is the constant surprise of how someone can make you feel. The unknown of letting your guard down around a person and knowing they can give you the greatest happiness or sadness. That happiness and sadness overwhelmed me all at once. I thought about the happiness and sadness that love has allowed me to feel …

Music Monday | Sept 23

Music Monday made it to day two. To summarize the stories — we both needed a pick me up. I  was having a hard time figuring out the exact song I wanted to send, as it can’t just be ANY song. I started thinking. I was down to a solid three and decided, “I’ll just send them all.” I started writing … and writing … and writing. And then it hit me. They were all wrong. I instantly opened Youtube and searched for a band from Vermont I had seen live back in Portland some years ago. I remembered their lyrics to be just the message we both needed to hear: “cause life is calling but you need healing now for all good reasons change is coming well change is coming for all good reasons now but you need healing for life is calling —- so hold up your head think of brighter days who cares they don’t look at you the same way make up the time this ain’t the end you better let …

Music Monday | Sept 16

Inspired by my love of music and two friends from university, I decided to start my own Music Monday with a new friend. Our time together has been short, but it’s been filled with laughter, food, a trip to the hospital — along with the realization that we both have soft spots for competition and discovering badass music. And even though it’s an unknown amount till we’ll get to wreak havoc in Spain together (hospital trips almost a guarantee), the beauty of technology allows us to fulfill our petty competitions across country boarders.  Beers are on the line for anyone who forgets a Monday. Let the games begin. First day, all good. Posts were submitted by 00:07 San Sebastian & at 00:13 Edinburgh — I started with my submission of a classic. An all time favorite band of mine that has been by my side through thick and thin; blasting through my truck speakers, driving through back roads and city streets in various countries; and in live performances of reenactments. They are THE BAND. I thought …

a concert in heaven

It was a concert in heaven. The skies were hidden by a thick layer of clouds as the city lights flickered below contrasting the dreariness of the evening. We wandered from amusement park attractions to food stands looking for cover from the rain as it poured from above. The music sifted through the heavy fog that lay just lightly above the group of people huddled in front of the stage. The musicians protected from the rain performed with soul and energy that kept the crowds warm despite the winds.   This was Kutxa Kultural Festibal 2013 | Monte Igueldo.  

| just call the germans & tell them a lie |

The title of this post may lead you to believe I want to write about god knows what — however, this post is about music. And no, I have nothing against Germans. Being surrounded by music is something that I’ll always look for in my life. I can’t imagine my life without it. Even though I play around with the guitar a little bit, it’ll never be like hearing truly talented musicians play. I was lucky to have grown up in a home that always had music on the radio, a CD playing, or melodies pouring from my brothers bedroom from one of the few instruments he plays. Then when I went to college I surrounded myself with talented friends who could play the guitar, sing, and simply had a love of performing. And now again, my life here in San Sebastian, I have found myself in the midst of artists from around Europe. I couldn’t imagine spending my Sunday evening any other way – glasses of wine, freshly baked cookies, and good friends sitting around and making …