Afropunk’s Carnival of Consciousness returns to Atlanta this weekend, packed to the brim with iconic artists and those that will be. The Georgia music scene is already all abuzz, hyped for the massive energy Afropunk always brings.

Here are some of the artists WUOG’s media correspondent is most looking forward to seeing this year!

Day 1

Benjamin Booker

Definitely a man out of time, Benjamin Booker’s bluesy sound and churning guitar place him, sound-wise, more among the ranks of Jimi Hendrix and the guitar maestros of the ‘70s. He flies between a country lean, to a grunge vibe, to a jazzy tone almost effortlessly, going wherever the guitar’s instrumental history seems to take him. Benjamin Booker is definitely a recent favorite of mine, but a favorite nonetheless. His live show is one I’m hoping will be a highlight of the weekend. -Kiara Halls

Day 2

Noname

Noname is hands down one of the best female artists out there. Period. From her features on Chance the Rapper tracks, to her earth-shattering debut Telefone, Noname has been a favorite of mine since “Gypsy” was still her last name. A soulful, vulnerable act with just enough hip-hop, jazz, and R&B to make her indescribable, Noname is a definite can’t-miss. -KH

The Internet

One of the biggest acts to grace the stage at this year’s festival, I only recently—like, very recently—got into The Internet’s music. And, I have to say, I’m glad I did. Their catchy, dreamy brand of modern jazz, full of stories of loves held and lost, consistently fills me with a peace I can hardly understand. A six-man band, hearing them live for the first time should prove interesting, as their recorded sound is notably electric. I look forward to whatever surprises they might have in store but experiencing their cool sound firsthand is treat enough. -KH

The TxLips Band

With a grand total of five songs on Spotify, The Txlips (pronounced “Tulips”) Band is the very definition of “emerging artists.” Their sound is grungy and full of edge—a full on punk act, something of a rarity in the Black community, music-wise. Afropunk was created to showcase artists like The Txlips Band: young and brash and working in the margins, but still having a community at this festival, among others like them.

Side note: their official promo photo on Afropunk.com shows them on the balcony of Bizarro-Wuxtry Comics downtown, which is how they caught my eye. -KH

The 1865

If a group like The Txlips Band is rare in Black music, then The 1865 might as well be a unicorn. The prog-rock group named after the year the Civil War ended and the New Jim Crow began has no presence on Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, or social media. The only way I could ever find to listen to their music was from video taken at AF Punk Brooklyn last year. Having said that, their intricate guitar-work and message-laden lyricism sounded great even on those cell phone videos, so I’m excited to hear what they sound like in person. -KH