Sloss Festival Archive

Welcome to Monotonia – K. Flay

Welcome to Monotonia - K. Flay
photo: Leah Grace Englehart

This week on Welcome to Monotonia, MusicBham features K. Flay. Shot from this year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival, K. Flay talks about what she reads and listens to and how it influences her writing process. 

Get K.Flay’s new album, ‘Every Where Is Some Where,’ out now: http://smarturl.it/EWISW
Get the Crush Me EP, out now: iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CrushMeKFlay
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/CrushMe.sp
Music video by K.Flay performing Blood In The Cut….

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Welcome to Monotonia – Sunseeker

Welcome to Monotonia - Sunseeker

MusicBham’s very own Channing Estell was lucky enough to catch up with Sun Seeker, a crowd-favorite at this year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival, and they are this week’s feature interview from Welcome to Monotonia. Sun Seeker’s Ep, Biddeford, is “Cosmic American Music” produced by Third Man Records. They return to Birmingham on Wednesday, September 13 to play Syndicate Lounge.

Birmingham Alabama is bursting at the seams with incredible talent, from an amazing visual arts community to some of the best music in the Southeastern region.  We have all the talent but not a whole lot of resources to find out about it.
Welcome to Monotonia is a Birmingham web series designed to expose the pure raw talent of  both the local and traveling artist and musicians who perform in our city!
Directed & Edited by: Daniel Isaiah Hargett
Produced by: Greg Henderson
Executive Producer: Josh Matthews & Music Bham
Audio Engineer: Daniel Brian Rhodes
Featuring: Channing Estell, Lizzie Thrasher & Sun Seeker
Consulting Producer: Marsha Oglesby
Intern: Sophie Crowe
Special Thanks to: Betsy Kiser & Red Mountain Entertainment, Good Grit Magazine & Third Man Records

 

Also featured here is their latest video for “Won’t Keep Me Up…

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
Stage: Blast
Date: Sunday, July 16
When: 7:45PM – 8:45P
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats practically explodes with deep, primal and ecstatic soulfulness. This stunning work isn’t just soul stirring, it’s also soul baring, and the combination is absolutely devastating to behold. You don’t just listen to this record—you experience it. So it’s entirely fitting that the self-titled album will bear the iconic logo of Stax Records, because at certain moments Rateliff seems to be channeling soul greats like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. But as this gifted multi-instrumentalist honors the legacy of the legendary Memphis label, he’s also setting out into audacious new territory.

Those who were beguiled by In Memory of Loss, Rateliff’s folky, bittersweet 2010 Rounder album, will be in for an initial shock when they spin Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. But when you delve beneath the rawboned surface of the new album’s wall-rattling presentation, with its deep-gut grooves, snaky guitars, churning Hammond and irresistible horns, you’ll find that same sensitive, introspective dude, who bravely tells it like it is, breaking through his reticence to expose often harsh truths about the life he’s lived, the people he’s hurt and…

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Vulture Whale

Vulture Whale
Stage: Seasick
Date: Sunday, July 16
When: 4:15PM – 4:45PM
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Out of the indie punk bomb shelters of Birmingham, AL beheld the inevitable union of local heroes The Ohms and Verbena. Purveyors of hero status records that just about every Southeastern kid worth his snot in rocknroll would give a nod to as an influence in one way or another. Originally coined as Wes McDonald and The Fizz, the quartet featured Verbena’s drummer and later guitarist, Lester Nuby III, the formidable backline of Keelan Parrish on the low end with Jake Waitzman keeping time behind the drumkit, with front man Wes McDonald aka Terry Ohms of The Ohms holding court lyrically and playing rhythm and lead guitar. They were simply too well-versed to not be tagged as a cohesive unit, a dream of a vulture eating a whale by Nuby birthed a new creative vehicle and a band was formed.Vulture Whale’s 2007 freshmen self-titled effort, released on Nuby’s Ol’ Elegante stamp, was a nearly perfect southern indie rock record — tapping the same vein as remarkable debut records by McDonald’s Ohms and Nuby’s Verbena in 2000 and 1997, respectively. McDonald’s vocal stylings straddle the gap between The Jam’s Paul Weller and Philadelphia’s G.Love, a…

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Ruston Kelly

Ruston Kelly
Stage: Shed
Date: Saturday, July 15
When: 1:45PM – 2:30PM
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Ruston Kelly is a hot Nashville songwriter, who as it turns out, may be an even hotter artist. In the past 2 years, he has amassed an impressive catalog of cuts including tracks for Kenny Chesney, Josh Abbott Band, and Tim McGraw’s track “Nashville Without You.” Sure, Ruston can write a “country” song, however, he has also created a personal sound which embodies indie, folk and rock – that when paired with his raw and honest lyrics makes for something different altogether. A captivating performer, his knack for storytelling along with his melodic vocal control seems to leave audiences in awe. He’s shared this gift on tour with artists including Robert Earl Keen, The Oh Hellos, and The Lumineers, and at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Wakarusa.

Ruston recently released his first EP entitled “Halloween,” featuring the single ‘Black Magic,’ produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis).

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Sloss Music and Arts Festival

Sloss Music and Arts Festival

Sloss Music and Arts Festival featuring:

Modest Mouse – Avett Brothers

Sturgill Simpson – Band of Horses – Primus – St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Cage the Elephant

Young the Giant – Lord Huron – Tyler, the Creator – Purity Ring – First Aid Kit – Manchester Orchestra – Big Gigantic – The New Pornographers – Robert Delong – Noah Gunderson – Cathedrals – Milo Greene – Paul Thorn – Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas – Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – Grifters – Kaleo – Blank Range – More TBA

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Guide to Sloss Fest, 2015

SlossFest

Modest Mouse may have just produced the best album of their career, quite possibly the best album of 2015, with A Stranger to Ourselves. The Avett Brothers need no introduction. They didn’t have to travel the world to garner the attention of music’s most legendary singers and songwriters, but to see them live it’s clear how passionate and dedicated they are to their fans. These two headliners alone make Sloss Music and Arts Festival the biggest concert ticket Birmingham has seen yet. But what about the rest of the line-up? These two headliners alone make Sloss Music and Arts Festival the biggest concert ticket Birmingham has seen yet. But what about the rest of the line-up?

The music enthusiast already plugged-in knows that these headliners are just the icing on the cake and the rest of the featured artists are well worth the price of admission. But for those of you who are not as plugged in, well allow us here at Mother Plug Music to do our job. This is everything you need to know…

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