Mo Events: ROYAL, D’Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote, Rhonda Thomas + more

Mikeflo (left) and Devon Lee of ROYAL — photo by Kaya Faery Photography

Mikeflo (left) and Devon Lee of ROYAL — photo by Kaya Faery Photography

June 4: ROYAL — It seems like the momentum for ROYAL — the ATL- based supergroup made of singer Devon Lee and MC Mikeflo — has been building for forever and a day. Well, at last (almost a year after dropping their #ROYALREMIXES mixtape), the duo is keyed up to drop its first self-titled EP, pumping a sound that blends the best/grittiest/funkiest elements of rock with hip-hop — and sprinkled with copious amounts of politically and sexually charged lyrics. So, in celebration of the new record, ROYAL is jumping into the spotlight for a mega-release party on June 4; they’ll be jamming on stage with drummer and Atlanta soul architect Lil’ John Roberts, GLAMsoul singer Miranda Nicole, DJ Tonik and more. Expect to hear the assembled crew performing songs from the mixtape, the new EP and whatever the hell else they feel like. $10 (in advance). 8 p.m. Apache Café, 64 Third Avenue.

May 27: Stripped featuring India Shawn — Hometown heroine India Shawn is killing it these days. Her latest album, “Outer Limits” co-starring James Fauntleroy, is making an impact in earholes across the U.S. And, in support of the new material, she’s been performing for audiences from coast to coast. Catch her playing some of the new-new in the ATL tonight, along with opener Franc West. 8 p.m. The Music Room, 327 Edgewood Avenue SE.

May 29: Hiatus Kaiyote — OK, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been anxiously waiting for the Australian future-soul band Hiatus Kaiyote to (1) drop a new album and (2) play live in Atlanta once again. So, I hope you’re happy to know that the band’s newest collection of tunes (“Choose Your Weapon”) is out, and the posse will be taking the stage tonight — along with Decatur’s own underground superstar singer/ musician Gwen Bunn. This is gonna be dope, y’all. Be there. $20. 8 p.m. The Loft, 1373 West Peachtree St.

May 30: ROOTDOWN Music Festival — DJs Stan Zeff (of Tambor fame), Tyrone Francis (BKNY New York), Kevin Latham (Free Your Soul) and Ant B (Inthezone) combine their considerable skills for a free outdoor music throwdown. Bring your tents, picnic baskets, blankets, coolers, chairs, grills and more, and get your dance on. Free. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Adams Park, 1620 DeLowe Drive.

May 31: S.O.U.L. Sundays — Radio legend (and friend of Slo*Mo) Jamal Ahmad hosts this live, weekly extension of his beloved radio show, “The S.O.U.L. of Jazz,” featuring music by a variety of vocalists and musicians who reside in the metro area and beyond. $5-$8. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The Music Room, 327 Edgewood Avenue SE.

June 5: Rhonda Thomas — (See cover story for details.) $20. 7 p.m. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road.

June 11: Mandatory Auditory featuring Camp Lo — The 1990s-era rap dynamic duo Camp Lo is back, serving up classics (like “Luchini”) and cuts from their brand-new (and actually very fucking dope) comeback album “Ragtime Hightimes.” $20-$25. 8 p.m. Vinyl, 1373 West Peachtree Street.

June 13: Jeff Bradshaw, Robert Glasper, Syleena Johnson, Avery Sunshine, Mali Music — (For more on Jeff Bradshaw, see the Mo Sounds section.) $25-$80. 6 p.m. Mable House Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road SW, Mableton. www.

June 14: D’Angelo — Man, y’all better be going to this show. I mean, for real. $60.50-$127.50. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie Street NW.


May 27: Purity Ring — $23-$26. 8 p.m. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road.

May 29: Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics with Adron — $12. 8 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. Studio C.

May 30: Epi.phony V — $10. 6:45 p.m. Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center, 3900 Aviation Circle NW.

May 31: ATL Collective presents Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life — $12-$20. 7 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. Studio C.

June 19: Heston Unplugged — $18-$35. 8 p.m. Apache Café, 64 Third Street, NW.

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