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.
Bedouine, the recording project of Los Angeles songwriter Azniv Korkejian, has become one of the premier artists in the folk genre. Beginning with her 2017 self-titled debut and the release of last week’s Waysides, Bedouine’s star has risen to the point where publications like THE FADER and The New York Times are proclaiming her as a “future legend” on par with greats like Nick Drake and Vashti Bunyan.Waysides is a personal look into Korkejian’s upbringing that delicately ropes you into her emotive world; her Laurel Canyon-esque sound is sure to be a lock on critics’ best-of list this year. With a trip to Birmingham on the horizon as support for My Morning Jacket this Friday, October 29 at the Alabama Theatre, we chatted with Bedouine about Waysides and how she feels like she’s evolved as a songwriter:
It’s such a pleasure to talk to you! On a personal note, I’ve been a fan of yours since high school so this is definitely surreal.
(laughs) I feel like high school for you was more recent than it was for me, so it leaves me thinking that you might’ve been… [read more…]
On October 11, Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles brought their co-headlining tour to Avondale for a field full of passionate fans ready to enjoy the music on a cool fall night. Both bands are Avondale veterans, with Mt. Joy’s last appearance taking place in May when the venue was still imposing pod seating because of the pandemic.
Trampled by Turtles’ intensity is always surprising when you hear them play. You’d think a band with no drummer and a lot of bluegrass instruments would be a calmer occasion, but they sounded like thunder as they took the crowd on a trip through their entire discography. Fans of Mt. Joy (who played last on this evening) might not have known what they were getting into — but it’s impossible to not leave a TBT show unimpressed with their musicianship and might.
Mt. Joy took the stage right at 9 P.M., and it’s hard to understand just how beloved they are in the Magic City. This band has scaled up very quickly, with their first show coming in 2018 across the street at Saturn. Now after touring the world many times over,… [read more…]
On October 4, Phoebe Bridgers brought her uber-popular Reunion Tour to Birmingham, serving as one of the smallest-capacity dates she’s played in 2021. After experiencing a monumental 2020 with the release of Punisher and her Grammy nominations, this year’s tour was the first time that listeners got to hear these powerful songs live. An opening set from local favorite Taylor Hollingsworth won the crowd over, with deep cuts from his discography and his rendition of his song “Dominoes” from Better Oblivion Community Center (the Bridgers/Conor Oberst collaboration from 2019) created an impressive opening environment for Bridgers to build off of. The setlist consisted primarily of hits from Punisher, with songs from her 2017 debut Stranger in the Alps sprinkled within. It was an intimate (but still packed — the place was sold out), stormy evening with an artist who’s quickly ascending, and hopefully she’ll return to Birmingham soon.
Check out our photo gallery of the night below, and see the rest of Phoebe’s tour dates here.