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PHOTOS: Glass Animals @ Avondale Brewing Company

PHOTOS: Glass Animals @ Avondale Brewing Company

One of the most hotly-anticipated shows of the year rolled into Birmingham last week as Glass Animals finally took the stage at Avondale Brewing Company on their Dreamland tour. The British quartet has seen an insane rise in fame this year with their song “Heat Waves” eclipsing one billion streams and reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Simply put, this show was one of the biggest to hit Avondale in some time, with tickets selling out almost immediately months in advance and a crowd that wrapped around the block hours before the show started.

With the crowd packed in and the stage adorned with bright neon signs and a brilliant video game display on the venue’s incredible LED screen, Dave Bayley and the band came on stage to the title track of last year’s Dreamland, ushering in listeners to their style of woozy, intoxicating indie-pop. Their set was not limited to Dreamland or their hits — they played a lot of deep cuts from 2017’s How To Be A Human Being and an electrifying take on their Denzel Curry collaboration “Tokyo Drifting” that had the crowd going nuts. Bayley was in… [read more…]


PHOTOS: Dawes @ Avondale Brewing Company

PHOTOS: Dawes @ Avondale Brewing Company

On September 8, Los Angeles-based folk-rock band Dawes came roaring through Birmingham to kick off their U.S. tour at Avondale Brewing Company. With this being their very first tour since the COVID-19 pandemic, the band was in energized form, tearing through highlights off of their entire discography including last year’s Good Luck with Whatever. One particular highlight was their performance of Passwords’s “Feed the Fire”, which turned into a nearly ten-minute-long jam session that was only the second song of the set. Lead singer Taylor Goldsmith sounded better than ever, seemingly rejuvenated after a long time off of the road. He and the band frequently mentioned how cool it was to kick the tour off in Birmingham, and the passionate crowd of fans seemingly agreed. Check out our photos of Dawes at Avondale Brewing Company below, and check out the rest of their tour dates here.

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BirmingFAM Fest Preview: The Blips

BirmingFAM Fest Preview: The Blips

This weekend, the first annual BirmingFAM Festival will go down at TrimTab Brewing Company with a incredible assortment of local bands, vendors, and fun to be had by all. Tickets can be bought here for the festival, which is happening September 11 & 12, and you can use the code MUSICBHAM to get 20% off of your purchase!

The Blips exploded onto the scene in early 2020 in a big way, forming one of Birmingham’s most impressive supergroups featuring Eric Wallace of Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Chris McCauley of Holy Youth, Wes McDonald of Vulture Whale, and the singer-songwriters Taylor Hollingsworth and Will Stewart. After taking a pandemic-fueled break, they released their self-titled album in April of 2021 that accentuates all of their individual strengths into a tight-knit rocker of an album. Ahead of their performance at the BirmingFAM Festival this weekend, I talked to Eric about the band’s formation and the power of music to create inclusivity and accessibility through The Firehouse Community Arts Center:

So, my first question is simple… [read more…]


BirmingFAM Festival Preview: Dree Leer

BirmingFAM Festival Preview: Dree Leer

This weekend, the first annual BirmingFAM Festival will go down at TrimTab Brewing Company with a incredible assortment of local bands, vendors, and fun to be had by all. Tickets can be bought here for the festival, which is happening September 11 & 12, and you can use the code MUSICBHAM to get 20% off of your purchase!

Dree Leer is the trio made up of Birmingham rock royalty Jackie Lo, Mikey D, and Mandy Graffeo. Their debut album Throw Hands was released in April of 2021 and combines everything you loved about the 90s into a compact, fierce, LP. With Jackie’s powerful lyrics exploding amidst the thunderous noise of Mikey’s drums, and the lockstep movements of Jackie’s guitar and Mandy’s bass, Throw Hands is one of the most well-crafted albums to come out of Birmingham in recent memory. I chatted with Jackie about the upcoming festival and the experience of making Throw Hands:

With your involvement in so many other areas of the Birmingham music scene, what inspired you to start Dree Leer? How did the band come together?
I found myself writing songs that didn’t fit with… [read more…]


The Brook and the Bluff

The Brook and the Bluff

We’re sitting down with Joseph, Fred, John and Alec of the Brook & The Bluff. The Nashville based Alabamians started making major headway in the streaming community upon the release of their self-titled EP, The Brook & The Bluff. Since then, the boys have been touring the country, playing festivals like Summerfest and Moon River, all while working on their first upcoming album, First Place. We were excited talk to with them about their transition to Nashville and to hear about the new album.

Tell us about the move to Nashville. Did you see it as an essential part of the band’s survival?

John: It definitely was. We started gaining some traction in Birmingham after we released our first singles in 2016 and 2017, and once we had that foundation, realized we needed a way to progress, which meant immersing ourselves in the industry.

Alec: There was a ceiling to what was available for us in Birmingham. Because of the lack of industry, the odds of finding a booking agent were really low.

Joseph: We also reached a point of comfortability and moving to… [read more…]


Richard Daniel: Hip Hop is Here

Richard Daniel: Hip Hop is Here

written by Kaydee Mulvahill

Tell us a little about how you got started in music.

When I was in middle school, I got really into Shel Silverstein books, so I started writing poetry myself. I remember writing one based off of POWER by Kanye. I showed it to my mom, and she loved it, so she took me to this poetry event on UAB’s campus, and they loved it. I kept up the writing until I met Phrasure, another artist in Birmingham, and my best friend since high school. Over time I told him I wrote poetry (and songs at this point), and eventually, he helped me record my first song.

What does Birmingham need to know about the hip hop scene?

Honestly? That it exists. There is plenty of local hip hop to see in Birmingham. The artists in it tend to be supportive of one another, so it thrives off of that alone. But I’m not sure if many others who aren’t artists themselves know just how alive it is. Before I was a part of this scene, I had no clue… [read more…]


MusicBham Premiere: Ryan Sobb — “3rd of July”

MusicBham Premiere: Ryan Sobb — "3rd of July"

Birmingham-based singer-songwriter Ryan Sobb has been a force in the city for some time now, and we’re thrilled to be able to share a new in-studio performance of his song “3rd of July.” Recorded and filmed live at Trace Horse Studio in Nashville, TN, the video features Ryan alongside Preston Cochran on bass and Chase Ballenger on drums. Check out the video embedded below, and follow Ryan at his Spotify:

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The Steel City Jug Slammers

The Steel City Jug Slammers

written by Kaydee Mulvahill and Adrian Marmelejo

The Steel City Jug Slammers might be the hardest working band I’ve met so far in Birmingham. They have been on tour for months, covering lots of ground from Alabama to Canada. They’ve also just completed recording their third full-length album, Hot Butter, which is set to release October 31. Adrian Marmolejo and I sat down with Ramblin’ Ricky Tate, Washtub Jay, G.W. Henderson, and Anthony Sutton over a beer at Brennen’s to talk about touring, the album, and what’s next for The Steel City Jug Slammers.

Curious as to what constitutes a jug band, we asked the guys to give us some insight into their genre. Ramblin’ Ricky Tate explained that during the 1920s and 1930s, bands were playing the popular music of the time. Because of financial limitations, most of the groups featured homemade instruments and, of course, a jug. The Steel City Jug Slammers pay homepage to this tradition, while also adding what they call “a little spice.” Their ensemble includes electric guitar and pedal steel. Anthony Sutton, who plays the pedal steel for the band, explained that because of these… [read more…]