Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan brought his I Was / I Am tour to a sold-out Saturn last Friday. The singer has achieved a pretty impressive leveling-up over the past few years, with this tour, in particular, bringing him to larger rooms like NYC’s Webster Hall and Higher Ground in his home state of Vermont. The show at Saturn was a passionate event, with the devoted fans taking in Noah’s diaristic songs for his first time in Alabama. Check out our photos of Noah and support Blake Rose below.
Atlanta rock titans Manchester Orchestra brought their Million Masks of God Tour to the Alabama Theatre last Thursday, punctuating a stunning ascent to the top for one of the best live bands working today. Birmingham has always been somewhat connected to MO, partially due to their location in Atlanta, and I think they’re one of a few bands that have literally played every room in the city. Their set at the Alabama Theatre was a perfect fit for the old-school theatre; with an impressive backlit lighting rig that mimicked the Million Masks of God album art, the band began with MMOG opener “Inaudible”, which moved from a soft beginning to a mighty roar. They didn’t spend a ton of time talking to the audience, instead showing off their might through a sixteen-song set that touched most of the high points of their discography. A beautiful highlight was mid-set when they revisited A Black Mile to the Surface‘s hit “The Gold”, leading the entire room to sing along with the chorus at a volume that shook the building. From there, they dove into the incredible run of “The Alien” into “The Sunshine” off of that same record, deftly… [read more…]
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: