Dead Fingers Archive
Introducing MUSIC MONDAY, MusicBham’s weekly feature for Magic City Weekend. Every Monday we highlight the week’s shows performing in Birmingham! Check out our video and artist’s Spotify playlist below, and as always, don’t forget to follow us @MusicBham and @MagicCityWeekend on FaceBook and Instagram! In this edition, we preview the show’s for May 7 – 14.
Los Angeles based singer songwriter Phoebe Bridgers has been described as Elliott Smith meets Gillian Welch. Her unique voice has been featured on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth, Sons of Anarchy and an IPhone commercial. Pasadena Weekly says, “Bridgers has made a name for herself in that scene in relatively short time thanks largely to the quicksilver beauty of her voice; sweetly vulnerable, it also has a tensile strength that beguiles listeners.”
Bridgers has played her own brand of alternative folk all over Los Angeles, including the Troubadour, the El Rey, the Roxy, Genghis Cohen, Hotel Café, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, the Claremont Folk Festival and the Grand Ole Echo. According to LA-Underground, “Phoebe Bridgers’ “Waiting Room” was the heartbreaker tune of the year. It’s brilliant. She’s something special.” Music blog American Pancake says, “Phoebe’s tender performance mildly freaks you out and breaks your heart at the same time…utterly beautiful.”
Since graduating from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2013, Phoebe has performed and recorded both in Los Angeles and Nashville. She has collaborated with friends and mentors including Terra Naomi, Rob Waller, Noah Gunderson and Chad Gilbert. Her latest project is a 7” limited release of…[read more…]
On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn’t his ability to copy – it’s his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby “Blue” Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.
His latest record, Daytime Turned To Nighttime, released in September 2015. It was recorded in his adopted community of E. Nasheville, TN and features contributions from long-time collaborator and producer Joe McMahan (Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Bryan Owings(Tony Joe White, Solomon Burke), among others. For Daytime Sweany took a fairly different approach than his usual raw, intense blues sound, opting for more subtle textures and playing. Seminal 70s records by Bill Withers, Bobbie Gentry and Bobby Charles & The Band provide the sonic blueprint, while Sweany wraps his trademark baritone and impeccable acoustic slide work around songs of longing, redemption and growing up.
Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.
On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic ’50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn’t his ability to copy–it’s his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby “Blue” Bland, Doug Sahm, and Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.
This week’s featured video, “Working For You” appeared on 2014’s, Close to the Floor. Patrick Sweany has 6 critically acclaimed records to date, two of which were produced by long-time collaborator Dan Auerbach. His latest album, Daytime Turned to Nighttime was recorded in his adopted community of E. Nashville, TN and features contributions from long-time collaborator and producer Joe McMahan (Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Bryan Owings (Tony Joe White, Solomon Burke), among others. For Daytime, Sweany took a fairly different approach than his usual raw, intense blues sound, opting for more subtle textures and playing. Seminal 70s records by…[read more…]
Since 2012′s eponymous debut on Big Legal Mess Records, Dead Fingers have had some time to take a step back and take stock of all of the dynamic changes their lives have undergone over the past few years. Having taken a much needed moment to adjust to the new realities of being first time parents, Kate and Taylor have added a whole new perspective to their road weary travelogues and broke beat folk/country/blues hybrid, that speaks as much to their growing maturity as artists as it does to their innate ability to put their lives squarely in the fabric of their songs. Having fostered their songwriting skills through years of hard won apprenticeships in late night bars and dingy rock clubs, sweating out 12-bar guitar runs and sweet harmonies over air thick with second-hand smoke and tired hangers-on waiting for the sun to rise, there’s little that has missed these two as they made their way through the ranks of indie-rock reality checks both with each other and on their own.
From Taylor’s earliest days as a lo-fi axe slinger shredding J. Mascis-by way of-Johnny Thunders riffage on You…[read more…]
The Mother Plug Music show of the week is Mother Falcon! Mother Falcon, along with local acts Dead Fingers and Helen of Coi will open up Birmingham’s newest music venue, the Saturn this Friday, May 1 at 8:00 pm.
Mother Falcon is an Austin, TX based ensemble featuring as many as 17 musicians at one time, resembling more of a chamber orchestra, but with the sentiments of indie-pop sounds. Mother Plug Music recommends downloading their 2013 album, You Knew. Or get plugged into one of our favorites with this cover of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android.”[read more…]
Birmingham’s newest music venue, Saturn, complete with full-service coffee shop and bar, Satellite, opened it’s doors on Friday, May 1. Saturn and Satellite are directly across the street from Avondale Brewing. It is owned by Alabama native and local musician Brian Teasley who has partnered with the world famous Bowery Presents.
The venue aims to become an integral part of the community and the already-thriving Birmingham music scene by featuring both nationally recognized and local acts. The Satellite, located in the corner space next door, has partnered with Portland, Oregon’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters and local bakers, Baking Bandits, to serve fresh-brewed coffee and fresh-baked pastries daily starting at 7 am. Satellite will also serve a variety of local and nationally emerging craft beers and modern spins on classic cocktails. Saturn will also offer a full service bar open to event patrons during live shows.
The Saturn is also home to what they call the Living Venue Audio Project, “a multi-sensory reactive sound medium where various devices installed in the venue (stimulated by sound, light, motion, weather, water flow, street activity, etc.) trigger random ambient sounds, in order…[read more…]