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Matthew Mayfield

Matthew Mayfield
Matthew Mayfield w/ The Black Cadillacs
Matthew Mayfield. Birmingham native, Matthew Mayfield, started his musical journey in 1992 when he fell in love with Guns N’ Roses. It was at 9 years old that he decided that he was going to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band.Matthew Mayfield has a series of critically acclaimed releases to his credit, including his latest, Irons In The Fire (2013). Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, The Weeks), it was hailed by AbsolutePunk.net as “a fantastic showcase of Mayfield’s talents and a great step forward.” In addition to four new songs, the EP contains remastered versions of “Fire Escape” and “Tonight,” which Mayfield penned with The Civil Wars’ John Paul White for 2011’s Now You’re Free.

His previous band, Moses Mayfield, signed with Epic Records in 2005. After they disbanded in 2007, Mayfield launched a solo career without the support of label. Since then he’s self-released seven EPs and three full-length albums, offering fans a consistent stream of new music. His debut solo effort, The Fire EP (2008), included “First In Line,” appearing on the 100th episode of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” The next project, Five Chances Remain Hers (2009),…

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Show of the Week – Matthew Mayfield

Show of the Week - Matthew Mayfield

Matthew Mayfield plays Iron City, Friday, May 29 at 7PM.

Matthew Mayfield has never been one to shy away from a challenge. He’s quite the unpredictable artist and has been consistently releasing material ranging from haunting acoustic ballads to gritty, southern rock’n’roll since 2008. The Birmingham-based songsmith describes his sound as “a bipolar musical disorder,” which seems to fuel his fire for the creative process.
His latest LP, entitled Wild Eyes, is a vast departure from his last full-length album (2012’s A Banquet For Ghosts), but still maintains Mayfield’s signature sound as well as an evident passion for his craft. “I knew I wanted to explore some new places in terms of the sonics,” he says, “but I wasn’t quite sure how to get there. There’s never a map when I get in the studio. It’s gotta feel a little reckless to keep me excited.” Most of the tracks on the album were produced by Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Dashboard Confessional) in a small studio in the heart of Los Angeles’ Koreatown. “Being in LA and working with Bill was exactly what I needed. As soon as…

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102.5 The Bull presents: Kristian Bush

102.5 The Bull presents: Kristian Bush

Kristian Bush has a voice.

And after more than a dozen years as the creative yet largely silent force behind Sugarland — the Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning group he formed in Atlanta in 2003 — the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter is ready for you to hear it.

On his debut solo album Southern Gravity (out April 7 via Streamsound Records), that voice is undeniable.

Southern Gravity is a joyous and inspirational album, yet it was born out of tumultuous, even tragic, change. As such, it is a purging of all that Kristian has weathered since 2011 — the year that the stage rigging collapsed during a storm prior to Sugarland’s show at the Indiana State Fair. That horrific accident was the first of many challenges, both public and personal, for the heart-on-his-sleeve artist.

Over its dozen tracks, however, Southern Gravity became Kristian’s musical assurance that everything was going to be okay.

“These songs are like post-it notes that you might put around your house as inspirational reminders,” says Kristian. “I listen to them for that reason sometimes — to remind myself that no matter how hard it gets, you can make things out of the pieces that are smashed.”

It’s testament to Kristian’s gift for writing perfect country-pop hooks that Southern Gravity turned…

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Show of the Week – Kristian Bush

Show of the Week - Kristian Bush

Presented by 102.5 The Bull, Kristian Bushthe creative force behind Grammy, CMA and AMA winning group, Sugarland, plays Tin Roof on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30PM for FREE!

Kristian Bush has a voice.

And after more than a dozen years as the creative yet largely silent force behind Sugarland — the Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning group he formed in Atlanta in 2003 — the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter is ready for you to hear it.

On his debut solo album Southern Gravity (out April 7 via Streamsound Records), that voice is undeniable.

Southern Gravity is a joyous and inspirational album, yet it was born out of tumultuous, even tragic, change. As such, it is a purging of all that Kristian has weathered since 2011 — the year that the stage rigging collapsed during a storm prior to Sugarland’s show at the Indiana State Fair. That horrific accident was the first of many challenges, both public and personal, for the heart-on-his-sleeve artist.

Over its dozen tracks, however, Southern Gravity became Kristian’s musical assurance that everything was going to be okay.

“These songs are like post-it notes that you might put around your house as inspirational reminders,” says Kristian. “I listen to them for that reason…

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Show of the Week – Built to Spill

Show of the Week - Built to Spill

If you have any familiarity with the indie rock movement before grunge took over in the early to mid 90s, then you should be familiar with the band featured in this edition of our “Show of the Week.” A fairly late bloomer to the indie rock scene, Boise’s BUILT TO SPILL was formed in 1992. However, they are considered peers among pioneers Sonic Youth, Pixies and Pavement. They can be seen this Friday, May 8th, at the Saturn, Birmingham. Sharing the stage is Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Clarke and the Himselfs. Doors open at 7:00 and tickets are $25.

MPM recommends plugging into this incredible, extended version of Broken Chairs, recorded in 2012 live from the Stage on 6th in Austin, TX.

Built to Spill is touring in support of their 8th studio album, Untethered Moon (Warner Bros., 2015).  This is their official video for “Living Zoo” off the album.

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Mother Falcon to play Saturn

Mother Falcon to play Saturn

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.”

Doors open at 8:00 pm and the show starts at 9:00. Birmingham’s own Dead Fingers and Helen of Coi will open for Mother Falcon. For more information and tickets visit, Saturn Birmingham.

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