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Art of Cool

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Photo by Jade Wilson

AOCRadio focuses on jazz, soul, and "mature hip-hop" and is available as an online stream or an app. Read more

News

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photo by Jade Wilson

Where Friday night (with Ari Lennox and Jill Scott) was full of attendees trying to catch the feels, Saturday night was packed full of people ready to party and catch a buzz to bring back hip-hop’s first golden age. Read more

Festivals

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photo by Jade Wilson

Art of Cool brings a special vibe to Durham that no other local festival does. It’s just North Carolina folks coming together to enjoy some soulful Black music—and this year’s first night carried on that tradition very well. Read more

Festivals

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You don’t need us to tell you about Run-DMC, Whodini, Jill Scott, 9th Wonder, and Marcus Anderson—but here’s a few great Art of Cool sets that might fly under your radar. Read more

Festivals

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Photo by Jade Wilson

Get to know Sulaiman and Lesleigh Mausi, who are bringing Run-DMC, Jill Scott, Ari Lennox, Big Daddy Kane, and more big names (but not much jazz) to downtown Durham this weekend. Read more

Features

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Photo by Chris Charles

“Golden Belt is not just music focused—there is a holistic approach to visual art, family fun, film, and health initiatives,” Mitchell says. Read more

Features

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Photo by Caitlin Penna

The best worst festival, the worst best festival, and other split hairs about our music-fest landscape. Read more

, News

Whatever you’re into, we’ve got a festival celebrating it Read more

, Finder

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It could only happen in one place. Read more

Festivals

On Friday and Saturday, The Art of Cool Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass take over Durham and Raleigh. Read more

Festivals

He's one of the most criminally underrated emcees in modern hip-hop. Read more

Festivals

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Photo by Alex Boerner

The two events align this weekend to celebrate a legacy and encourage a brighter future. Read more

Festivals

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Photo by David Shay Photography

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