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PHOTOS: black midi @ Saturn

PHOTOS: black midi @ Saturn

On Monday night, the revered London experimental rock trio black midi returned to Birmingham for a sold-out show at Saturn, marking a massive summer for the group following the release of this year’s Hellfire. There’s not much that can be said about black midi that hasn’t already been said; their effortless blending of genre is already mesmerizing on record, but watching it live is an outright intense experience that feels like an all-out assault of the senses. The band hardly brings the recognizable tracks of their discography to life — rather, their 80-minute set was a journey with callbacks and references to everything they’ve ever done with hardly any breaks, winking nods to the city of Birmingham (Alabama AND England), and mosh pits upon mosh pits that would open and close based on the band’s whims. It’s an immensely entertaining show, and their Birmingham set felt like they were reaching the peak of their powers: Saturn will be much too small for them soon.

Support came from Black Country, New Road, the orchestral-pop group that released the riveting Ants From Up There earlier… [read more…]


PHOTOS: The Band Camino @ ABC

PHOTOS: The Band Camino @ ABC

On a stormy Easter Sunday, Nashville’s The Band Camino made a stop in Birmingham on their The Tour Camino with opening acts Flor and Hastings. The band’s relationship with Birmingham is well-known, and even they acknowledged how special the Magic City was by noting that both of their previous headlining tours (including their first-ever) had kicked off in Birmingham. The band’s high-energy alt-rock was a massive hit with the sold-out crowd, with hits like “2/14” and “I Think I Like You” prompting mass sing-alongs from the crowd. Unfortunately, after a day-long battle with the weather, the storms prevailed and the band was forced to cut their set short — even so, what we got from the talented group was worth the price of admission, and we can only hope that they return soon for a full show.

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