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Despite being born and raised in Macon, Andy has spent the better part of the past five years resisting Georgia’s (sometimes oppressively) warm embrace, first studying English and Communication Studies at Furman University in Greenville, SC, then teaching five year olds how to fall down a mountain in Dillon, CO.

After these two relatively brief interludes, however, he’s now ready to open his arms to the subtle details and local flare of his home state, having since moved to Atlanta to study Graphic Design and Illustration at the Portfolio Center. Although today he’s more likely to attend a noise rock or hip hop show, the first flames of Andy’s fervor for the harmonic and melodious were likely tended by a chance encounter on his ninth birthday, when he received a celebratory peck on the cheek from country music songstress Reba McEntire.

In terms of taste, he feels a certain romanticism for the early 90s – harboring enduring affections for the musical stylings of Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Blind Melon, At the Drive-In, and the like – but is reminded on the daily how much great and joyful noise is still being produced.

If forced to draft a list of artists he would go gay for, there’d be a throwdown for the top spot between Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, and if stranded on a deserted island, he’d probably kill himself with a copy of Grace by Jeff Buckley.

Andy Stewart's Latest Contributions

Woods @ Variety Playhouse 09/26/12

Woods are “a band that not only can write and record a catchy song, but that can inject it with vitality and excitement in a live setting.” – Andy Stewart

MUSIC MIDTOWN 2012: A Retrospective

This year’s Music Midtown expanded to two days and packed in 15 acts. TBI Writer Andy Stewart looks back at the festival’s most memorable performances.

Show Review: Cass McCombs – Live @ The Earl 01/19/12

“McCombs seemed totally unafraid to let his sense of play shine through” – Andy Stewart

Show Review & Photos: HOLY SONS @ Variety Playhouse (10/02/11)

“Although this is Amos’s first tour in his twenty years as HOLY SONS, his band played with a precision and dexterity that suggested they’d been performing alongside him since his earliest sessions.”

Cymbals Eat Guitars perform at The Earl in Atlanta, GA on March 11, 2010.

Show Review & Interview: Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Live @ The Earl 09/27/11 Traditionally, a relationship has existed between the processes of writing and recording songs in a studio, and then touring and playing those songs live, that was, in a word, synergistic. More often than not, bands, at one point in time, gained recognition and record contracts through the […]

Show Review & Photos: Wye Oak @ The Tabernacle (09/29/2011)

Wye Oak’s songs are at their best live when the band uses their talents to stir up a tempest, whether slowly rolling and rumbling like thunder or striking like lightning, but either way maintaining the beauty and grace that’s in the eye of their storm.

Show Review: Neon Indian @ The Masquerade (09/19/11)

“Palomo has adeptly and commendably moved his songs out of a lonely studio and into packed music venues, all the while maintaining what made his music engaging in the first.” – Andy Stewart

Spotlight On: Young the Giant

The SoCal indie quintet talks about their rocket-ride to stardom, what inspires them, and their new music video series of impromptu performances.

MUSIC MIDTOWN 2011: A Retrospective

Coldplay, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, and Manchester Orchestra headlined Atlanta’s favorite music festival’s comeback after a six-year hiatus.