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Sarah and the Safe Word: “Sick on Seventh Street”

Sarah and the Safe Word describes its sound as “cabaret rock,” mixing in elements of early jazz, Broadway show tunes and garage rock. All six band members — including a violinist and violist — identify as queer. “We’re about sexual liberation and pushing boundaries,” lead singer Sarah Rose told ArtsATL last year. “Our band marries the spirit of cabaret in the ‘30s with the spirit and those of modern-day punk rock. . . . I have a love of dark imagery and campy stuff.” Those influences can be heard in full on their engaging new song, “Sick on Seventh Street,” which is a perfect Sunday morning song to listen to while you nurse a Bloody Mary. 


The Indigo Girls: Living room concert

The Indigo Girls are one of the most prolific groups to livestream during the Covid-19 pandemic, and this May 7 performance is a great way to spend an hour or so on a long holiday weekend. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have a new album out, Look Long (see our Q&A with the duo), and this living room concert spotlights everything that made us fall in love with their sound: soaring and perfectly blended harmonies over resonating acoustic guitars. It’s hard to believe that its been 35 years since the Indigo Girls were holding court at the Little Five Points Pub. “We never had any aspirations of becoming famous,” Emily Saliers told ArtsATL a couple of years ago. “Looking back, it’s unbelievable what we’ve done.” Listening to shows like this, it becomes much less unbelievable. 


Lyle Lovett and Francine Reed: “Here I Am” and “She’s Hot To Go”

Francine Reed may be Atlanta’s favorite singer. Whether it’s blues, jazz or a slow torch song, Reed wraps her voice around the melody and puts it into a warm embrace. Reed met Lyle Lovett in Phoenix before she moved to Atlanta in the early 1990s, and she became an essential member of his Large Band in 1984. Here is a vintage clip of Lovett and Reed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1989 that features Reed wailing the blues behind Lovett on his classic “Here I Am” and scat singing on the jazzy “She’s Hot to Go.”


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