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.
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.
EVERY LINE AND EVERY WORD, A CONVERSATION WITH CITIZEN COPE
BY BRENT THOMPSON
PHOTO BY ALEX ELENA
In a recording career spanning more than 25 years, CITIZEN COPE (born Clarence Greenwood) has blended soul, folk and rock into a unique style of his own. Along the way, his songs have been recorded by a diverse list of artists including Santana, Dido, Brett Dennen, and Richie Havens. In March, Cope released Heroin and Helicopters , his first release since 2012. The album’s title alludes to advice he received from Carlos Santana that heroin and helicopters are two things that don’t mix well with musicians. On WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, Citizen Cope will perform at IRON CITY in a show presented by Birmingham Mountain Radio. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his Los Angeles home.
Thanks for your time. With several albums in your catalog, how are you comprising setlists for the current tour?
What’s weird about my audience is it’s not a passive audience. They listen to all the records, so I usually end up playing a long time…. [read more…]
Preston Lovinggood’sage and appearance belie the fact that he is a such a seasoned music veteran. The singer/songwriter – and former frontman of Wild Sweet Orange – has been a staple on the Birmingham music scene (and beyond) for over a decade. On May 17, Lovinggood released Consequences, an 11-track collection that continues to mine a unique folk/pop blend that has become his trademark. On Saturday, June 22, Lovinggood will perform at WorkPlay in a show presented by Code-R Productions. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his Birmingham home.
Preston, thanks for your time. We are excited about the release of Consequences.
You saying that right then almost was like the first time I realized it was actually happening because I’ve had the record for so long and everybody on the team has talked about it so much. So, to hear somebody say it objectively that’s not part of the team is like, “Oh my gosh, it really is coming out.” I got nervous!