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Man Or Astro-Man?

Man Or Astro-Man?
Some years ago, a young collective of extraterrestrials arrived on this planet and happened upon a small college town in Alabama. Home to both otherworldly jazz guru Sun Ra and rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, it is clear that Alabama is a direct linkage to outer space. In order to integrate into human society, these aliens would disguise themselves as a rock band, the perfect vehicle in which to traverse the globe and further their research. They would soon be known to the people of Earth as Man or Astro-Man?.
Unearthing thrift store records by the likes of Link Wray, The Ventures, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, The Marketts & The Safaris – Man or Astro-Man? began to formulate their own blend of the retro-futuristic inspired by their offbeat musical discoveries. Innovative stage sets and designs by Kraftwerk, The Spotniks, The Residents, Devo, Sun Ra, and The B-52s also had an impact on the emerging ensemble.
Man or Astro-Man? began playing countless shows in the Southeast with bands like Southern Culture on the Skids, The Woggles, Hillbilly Frankenstein, The Subsonics, and The Flat Duo Jets. The group soon caught the attention of Estrus Records’ owner Dave Crider…

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Saturn & Satellite to Open Friday

Saturn & Satellite to Open Friday

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…

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