Saturn Birmingham Archive

Welcome to Monotonia – Lillie Mae

Welcome to Monotonia - Lillie Mae
photo: Leah Grace Englehart

In this episode of Welcome to Monotonia, MusicBham’s Lizzie Thrasher talks to Lillie Mae. You can see her perform live tomorrow, September 27 at Saturn in Birmingham and on September 28 at the Dothan Opera House in Dothan, AL. 

Music video for Lillie Mae’s new single “Over The Hill and Through The Woods” directed by Elise Tyler, from the upcoming album FOREVER AND THEN SOME out April 14th on Third Man Records.

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SUSTO Smokes Out Saturn this 4/20

SUSTO Smokes Out Saturn this 4/20

Psychedelic Panic Attack Invades Birmingham

& I’m Brewing Ayahuasca Today

By Andy Harris

If you’re looking for a new favorite band, one that should have a Budweiser sponsorship but doesn’t, one that spent most of this spring opening for The Lumineers, and one that is fronted by a psychedelic atheist, then look no further than SUSTO.

“We are looking forward to getting back to Saturn,” says Justin Osborne, songwriter and frontman of SUSTO. “It’s one of our favorite places to play. And we’re playing on a national holiday (4/20), so it’s gonna be a lot of fun for all who are celebrating.”

The band has a lot of reasons to celebrate. SUSTO’s sophomore album, & I’m Fine Today, has been released in the US and Canada via Caroline Records. They’ve been touring the entire country in 2017, and have begun a headline tour of their own after wrapping up a short run with The Lumineers.

“We’ve been touring with The Lumineers, which is a pretty big opportunity,” says Osborn. “We’re playing everywhere we’ve ever played and then some.”

Part of the “then some” includes large arenas…

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Doug Gillard, Part II

Doug Gillard, Part II

It Has To Be GBV…

… and Doug ‘Doug-gle Duty’ Gillard Will Tell You Why

Part Two of our Doug ‘Bulldog Skin’ Gillard interview. For part one, click here.


By Andy Harris

AH: Me and a few friends caught GBV (Guided By Voices) in Nashville back in April, before you re-joined the lineup. I think the hardcore fans are happy to see you back in the band.

DG: Hehe.

AH: People drop in and out of the lineup on a pretty routine basis. How did you find yourself back in the fold this time?

DG: There was a vacancy that had just happened. It was unexpected. They needed someone to fill in for a show in Cincinnati and I had actually just seen them a couple days before that in Connecticut. I’ve been friends with everyone in the band for the whole time and I catch them when I can. So they asked me and I said “Sure.” I wasn’t doing anything that Friday night in Cincinnati and I could fill in. It was actually the night before the show that they found out.  I didn’t have much time to get ready but I said, “Sure, I’ll do the…

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Interview – Doug Gillard, Part I

Interview - Doug Gillard, Part I

He’s In Two Bands, He’s Popular

Doug Gillard, modern guitar legend, to play Saturn twice this fall.



By Andy Harris

lsjiduYou don’t have to look or listen too hard to find the sound of this man’s guitar. Perhaps you’ve heard it on an episode of Scrubs. Or maybe you’ve heard it on video games such as NCAA Football 06. Certainly you’ve heard it on quite a few recordings from Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, Death of Samantha, numerous Robert Pollard side projects, and even on his solo albums where he plays under the name Doug Gillard. That’s right. His name is Doug Gillard and he is a modern guitar legend.

Gillard currently plays lead in two bands, Nada Surf and Guided By Voices (GBV from now on), that will be appearing at Saturn in October and November. New releases are out by both bands, with more on the way soon. We skyped in with Doug on a beautiful Monday afternoon. Here’s part one of our interview. Part two will come out leading up to the GBV show:

Doug Gillard: Hello?

Andy Harris: Hey Doug. It’s Andy.

DG: Hey, how’s it going Andy?

AH: Alright, man. How about yourself?

DG: Good.

AH: Cool. Well thanks for taking my…

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Adia Victoria/ Phillip the Human

A Saturn Nights Showcase: This show is FREE to attend!


Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues.
Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, “I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable.” Adia Victoria is a truth teller. She admits, “I don’t necessarily paint myself in a flattering light. This isn’t the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I’m just ugly. There’s a brat in some of these songs, selfish, nave, vengeful, but there’s also a tender eye that just wants the listener to feel seen and understood.”

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Hayes Carll


I’m a singer-songwriter.
I think “Lovers and Leavers” comes closer to reflecting that than any other record I’ve made.
I didn’t worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio.
I just took some much needed deep breaths and let them out on tape.

It’s been a while since my last album by some measurements of time. Not “history of the universe time”, or “getting a bill through congress time”, but in the lives of dogs and recording artists, five years and fifty-three days is only a little less than an eternity.
I went through a divorce. I fell in love.
Changes were made, realizations were realized, and life was lived.

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Katie Crutchfield’s southern roots are undeniable. The name of her solo musical project Waxahatchee comes from a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going. Since leaving home, Crutchfield has drifted between New York and Philadelphia but chose to return to Alabama to write her first two albums: American Weekend, her debut filled with powerful lo-fi acoustic tracks full of lament, and Cerulean Salt, a more developed and solid narrative about growing up. Both are representations of a youthful struggle with unresolved issues and unrequited feelings.

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St. Lucia/ KiND


St. Lucia is BACK with an infectious new single “Dancing On Glass” and a brand new album Matter. And with those comes a series of North American dates, following up on the band’s sold out fall 2014 headline tour.
St. Lucia’s 2013 debut LP When The Night earned raves everywhere from Entertainment Weekly (“an absolute smash”) to Elle (“we have an obsession for this group”) to Billboard (“essential listening”). The last two years have also seen the band touring with the likes of Ellie Goulding, Empire Of The Sun, Charli XCX, Foster The People, performed at Coachella and Lollapalooza, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Night With Seth Meyers.


KiND is a synthesis of organic member interplay and electronic live-production.
Members, Gabrahm Vitek, Scott Shirock, Anthony Jorissen, and Kevin Buster, float from sample based workstations to live instruments to provide their modern new wave hook and texture.
KiND released their debut LP, ‘Eunoia’, in 2015 and shared the stage with acts including; St. Lucia, Mute Math, Twin Shadow, and Jack Garret.
2016 began with the release of the ‘Eunoia Remixes’ EP. The band toured the American West and made live appearances at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.
KiND is currently working on…

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Lucius is a triple-threat of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks, and dance-inducing percussion. Pair those traits with the band’s irresistible live show and it’s easy to see why NPR Music calls Lucius “a fabulous band playing such infectious pop songs.” Charismatic co-founders and lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing in unison uniquely delivering songs with stories told from the same perspective. Multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish, and Dan Molad round out the quintet.

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Built to Spill/ Lenguas Largas/ Whispering Wires

Built to Spill/ Lenguas Largas/ Whispering Wires

Built to Spill

Twenty years on from first signing to Warner Bros. Records, Built To Spill is set to return in 2015 with its eighth studio album, Untethered Moon. That’s now two complete decades that one of America’s leading “indie rock” bands has happily made its home on a major label, and in the process redefined that clumsy descriptor of independence by operating wholly and consistently under its own steam, taking the proper time to craft timeless songs and playing endless, epic shows to a growing grip of fans each year. Under the command of its constant leader, Doug Martsch, as well as a new rhythm section, Built To Spill’s creative process continues to ebb, flow and evolve in its own orbit, reemerging on record for the first time since 2009’s There Is No Enemy with ten new songs that fit at once into the band’s resonant catalog while infusing fresh energy into that signature sound.

Lenguas Largas

RIYL: The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, 13th Floor Elevators, Love and Wire
“Dreamy Garage-pop from Tucson, AZ. The more I listen to this, the more I like it. Lenguas Largas has created and original, exciting sound” – Maximum Rock & Roll
“These guys are so fresh…

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