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While his former band, Vulture Whale, was known for its furiously melodic guitar attack, Wes McDonald’s Terry Ohms projects allows him to fully explore and indulge his sonically diverse ideas. From the piano chords that drench the first half of leadoff track “Mind Blow” to the jittery dance feel of “We Love You” to the voicemail introduction of “Opportunity”, Terryfirma is an album with a little something for everyone.
We spoke with McDonald about the new album, his role in Cornelius Chapel R...
If you recently spotted a Hawaiian shirt-clad John Travolta or a car-chasing Aaron Eckhart downtown, you probably can't wait to see these scenes of the Magic City play out on the silver screen. While the increasing number of movies being filmed in Birmingham as of late can be considered a result of the city's revitalization over the past few years, the interest in film can be traced back to the early days of Sidewalk Film Festival.
In 1998, three Birmingham-based filmmakers (Wayne and Kelly F...
Three years after 2015's Kintsugi, Seattle's Death Cab for Cutie are releasing their first album as a quintet, Thank You for Today.
And spit out better words than you’
But you didn’t
Man you’re kidding yourself if you think
The world revolves around you”
So sings Melbourne, Australia’s Courtney Barnett on “Nameless Faceless,” a song addressed to internet trolls and the first single released from her much-anticipated second LP, Tell Me How You Really Feel. This song is just the beginning as Barnett does not hold back in rest of the follow-up to 2016’s critically lauded Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
Home concerts give music lovers an up-close view of favorite artists or a chance to discover new ones.
Photography by Eric Dejuan
The prospect of entering the house of a person you do not know to spend a few hours with 20 to 40 strangers watching a musician seems, on the surface, nerve wracking and slightly unthinkable. But in its usual magical way, Birmingham makes this situation work.
Granted, these types of performances have been around for decades and the term for them varies depending on...
“Time is a strange thing,” Brian Fallon said to me when I phoned him on the afternoon of January 31st as we both wondered how February was a mere 12 hours away.
“It seems like the older I get, time moves faster and faster. When I was a kid, it would just drag forever. But now it’s this ever-present ticking clock. Whenever you’re home, you’re always counting down to what’s next. ‘I’ve only got three weeks. I’ve only got two days.'”
Though his latest music output has slowed down just a tad from...
Interview with Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes for Performer Magazine
Formed during the late 90s in San Francisco and naming themselves after Marlon Brando‘s motorcycle club in The Wild One, the now LA-based trio, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, has put out seven albums of blistering garage rock that overpower the listener on both record and at the live show. Titles such as Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, Howl and Take Them On, On Your Own only hint at the visceral energy packed in the songs.
Though their latest album, Wrong Creatures, is coming five years after 2013’s S...
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Unconventional rhythms, melodies, and instrumentations drape themselves across the tracks of the self-titled full-length debut by Loma, a recent signing by Sub Pop that consists of Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater and Cross Record's Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski. After touring throughout America and Europe, the two groups decided to join forces to see what songs they could create together.
The dark pop orchestration ...
Since the mid-1990s, Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) has crafted wildly inventive and stylized orchestral indie rock that blends the philosophical and the heartbreak without ever sounding overly calculating or sentimental. Aside from his records with his main outlet Eels, Everett has composed music for films such as Yes Man, played Brian in the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix series Love, written an autobiography (2007's Things the Grandchildren Should Know...
“I wanted to start writing stories that were impactful and meaningful, but take time to unravel and understand. I wanted to be inspired by the things I hadn’t been inspired by before. Not just breakup songs, but songs that people can relate to on a larger level.”