It was a hectic summer. And I wrote some more stories along the way about a college radio station takeover, a reunited rock band, a new school superintendent, a gubernatorial candidate, a group of inner-city dirt bike riders, a father-and-son rock collaboration, and a hip-hop duo's homecoming, and more.
Jason Carter's tightrope act: Jason Carter must step out of his grandfather's shadow to become Georgia's next governor. But he can't win without the former president. (Creative Loafing)
Jeff and Spencer Tweedy: Everybody Goes Home: Max Blau unravels the most harrowing period of the Wilco frontman's family history. (Consequence of Sound)
Urban dirt biking is illegal and it’s rising in popularity: Some #ATLBikeLife members say it keeps them away from drugs and gangs. Some local authorities and residents say it’s a menace. (Creative Loafing)
Outkast return to Atlanta with electric, star-studded show: Big Boi and André 3000 pay tribute to their hometown with help from 2 Chainz, Future and Bun B. (Rolling Stone)
Album 88's future is up in the air: After 43 years of student-run radio, GSU secretly decided to flip WRAS to daytime talk. What does GPB's takeover mean for WRAS 88.5 FM? (Creative Loafing)
Picking up the pieces of Atlanta Public Schools: Can new superintendent Meria Carstarphen save the troubled school system? (Creative Loafing)
The Rock*A*Teens: An Oral History: After a 12-year hiatus, the influential Cabbagetown rockers return. (Creative Loafing)
The changing face of Downtown Atlanta: It's the neighborhood's biggest year since the 1996 Olympics, but what has tourist development done for residents lately? (Creative Loafing)
Oh, and I won a few awards along the way. In April, the Atlanta Press Club gave me an award for being Atlanta's best non-daily print reporter in 2013. CL's new and culture blog, Fresh Loaf, received recognition as the best staff blog in the country among alt-weeklies. And I made a tiny contribution to CL's 100 Dishes, which came in third place at the 2014 Association of Food Journalists for "Best Food Multimedia Presentation." Hurrah!