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.
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…]
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.
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…]