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Secret Stages is Birmingham, AL’s music discovery festival. Dedicated to bringing you the best bands you haven’t heard yet, from around the region and nation. 2014’s fest will bring you over 60 bands across 2 days and 7 stages. Hover over the word Schedule below to choose from Simple, Extended, Grid and Venue views of the Sched! Tickets for Secret Stages are available HERE.
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Friday, August 1
 

5:30pm

Velouria (Birmingham, AL) — Dream Pop, Indie Rock
Velouria is a five-piece dream pop/indie rock band from Birmingham, AL. They have spent the past year and a half developing an incredibly supportive following in the Southeast with their heartfelt blend of cathartic, emotional dream pop and dynamic, powerful indie rock (sort of like if The Sundays grew up listening to Slint). You can find their debut EP “Smile Until It Hurts” on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, and www.velouriaband.com!

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Friday August 1, 2014 5:30pm - 6:15pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

6:30pm

Doc Aquatic (Asheville, NC) — Indie Rock

“…it’s music that emanated from caves — not dark, itself, but over-bright to burn against darkness. Something muscular and searing; an opal unearthed in a mine…. The haze of sleep deprivation that rings everything with a fuzzy halo. A scrape of nails and a promise of cool comfort. The welcome shine of the outside world eclipsed by the burn of sunlight onto retinas.”

— Alli Marshall, Mountain XPress

Doc Aquatic is an indie rock trio based in Asheville, NC comprised of Charles Gately (Bass/Keys) and brothers J.C. (Vocals/Guitar) and Zack Hayes (Drums). The band released their first full-length LP, ‘Tombs’, last fall and have been touring since in support of it. Each member brings their respective influences to form a sound that has been described as “rooted in the past and the present — with buoyant indie rock sensibilities working in tandem with hard driving psychedelic grooves.”

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Friday August 1, 2014 6:30pm - 7:15pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

7:00pm

Shark's Teeth (New Orleans, LA) — Electronica / Experimental / Ambient

“[Shark Tooth's] latest work Gazebo is a pristine, delicate record, held together with building ambiance and the odd guitar line. Gazebo is music for a quiet Sunday morning, or late-night reflection.”

— The Link

Looking for that special someone? Do you have unanswered big existential questions about love, the universe, or your home decor situation? Look no further!

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Friday August 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

7:30pm

SECRET SET! — Electronica / Hip-Hop
Friday August 1, 2014 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

7:30pm

Inkline (Birmingham, AL) — Hip-Hop

“His delivery and wordplay [are] sharper than ever and the introspective nature of his music reminds you of a southern Atmosphere.

— Bad Magics

Born Donald Ryan Howell in the year of 1979, Inkline started making his mark on the Birmingham, AL music scene in the mid 90′s. After playing guitar in several experimental rock bands (i.e. Valerie #4, Entropy), Inkline combined his passion for making music with his longtime love for Hip Hop. In 1998 Abstract Chemistry and Apt. B Productions were born. After releasing an EP, an album, two solo projects and playing countless shows in the Southeast the Abstract/Apt. B crew disbanded. In 2005 Inkline relocated to Denver, CO., there he linked up with longtime friend and fellow MC, Mane Rok. With Deejay Tense as their backbone, the trio formed ManeLine. The group was nominated “Best Hip Hop Group” at the Westword Music Showcase three years in a row, released two full-length albums (Till Then in ’06 and …& Sew It’s Seams in ’08) and opened up for national acts such as Dilated Peoples, Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde and Gnarls Barkley. ManeLine seemed to have “what it takes to make it” and stayed busy and focused. Unfortunate circumstances brought Inkline back to his home-state of Alabama in 2013. Since then he has released the long awaited and highly anticipated Vice Verses Vol. 1 mixtape and recorded an album, Stones Cry, set to be released July 8, 2014. The single Getting’ Out is currently in daily rotation on Vulcanite Radio.

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Friday August 1, 2014 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:30pm

Armand Margjeka (Birmingham, AL) — Indie / Folk

“From the very start, Margjeka’s bluesy vocals soar as he picks at his guitar. Instantly memorable and filled with soul and vibrant imagery…”

— FILTER Magazine

Born in Tropoia, a small town nestled in the Albanian Alps, Armand Margjeka’s musical influences were drip fed during his formative years as Western music slowly made its way into a country still reeling from the fall of the Berlin Wall. Western cinema, MTV Europe, and a fortuitous cassette tape of American pop/rock legends Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley taught Margjeka the fundamentals of rock and roll, and subsequently the English language.

The second LP from Armand Margjeka Hummingbird was conceived as An Exhibition of 10 Works representing a series of creative recording sessions with a diverse and talented core of musicians.

Hummingbird is the collective result of Margjeka’s production aesthetic complemented by three-time Grammy award winner Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Outkast, Gnarls Barkley), Chris Steffen (Stereophonics, Ben Harper) and Eric Masse (Escondido, Rayland Baxter). The album marks the continued intentional direction established by Margjeka’s debut solo album Margo Margo (2011) of creating honest art endeavors without preconceived parameters.

As a songwriter and producer, Margjeka has developed a reputation for his fascination with the process of making great records; the intentional, incidental, and accidental sounds and inspirations embedded in the act of creating and ultimately embodied by the created work.

“Some call it getting up and going to work everyday, others illustrate it as feeding the monster. I’m not advocating some cheap cop-out like ‘rejection is art’, but rejection is innate to this world of exposing fears. The voice echoing ‘this isn’t good enough’ gives meaning/direction to my search and keeps me honest,” says Margjeka.

Hummingbird releases June 10th on Birmingham’s PIPEANDGUN and Communicating Vessels and is available on Vinyl, CD, and Digital formatting.

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Friday August 1, 2014 7:30pm - 8:15pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

7:45pm

Bent Denim (New Orleans, LA) — Indie Rock

“Downtempo bedroom pop that’s gained apt comparisons to Sparklehorse and Youth Lagoon.”

— Brooklyn Vegan

Bent Denim builds beautifully fragmented narrative-driven songs by swapping tracks over email between their respective home bases of Nashville and New Orleans.



Friday August 1, 2014 7:45pm - 8:30pm
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:00pm

Body of Light (Nashville, TN) — Electronica / Experimental / Pop

“..some expertly crafted, pristinely produced pop.”

— Chris Murray, Nashville Scene

Body of Light is a lush, percussive, 6-piece pop band from Nashville, TN. Led by twins Mike & Mitch Kluge, Body of Light is touring on material from their first self-titled & self-released album as of August 2013.

Body of Light is a highly interwoven pseudo electronic act that draws influence from pop but also the avant garde. Mike and Mitch Kluge’s bass and guitar duo is backed by odd meter hip hop grooves, glitchy effects, swirling atmospheres, layered vocals, and the occasional james brown sample.

For fans of something Radiohead might do with Don Caballero, Pinback & Magma.

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Friday August 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

8:00pm

John Paul Keith (Memphis, TN) — Rock 'n' Roll

“For fans of that kind of slapback, Fender-twang pop played by other like-minded popsters from Buddy Holly to Big Star to Tom Petty, John Paul Keith will be a kind of second coming of the power pop savior.”

— Matt Collar, AllMusic

John Paul Keith, the brilliant singer-songwriter and blistering guitarist who exploded out of a self-imposed musical exile in Memphis with 2009’s critically acclaimed Spills and Thrills and 2011’s The Man That Time Forgot, returns with Memphis Circa 3AM — his most accomplished and moving collection of songs yet.

Less a tribute to the spirit, soul and sound of the city than the living, crackling embodiment of it, Memphis Circa 3AM finds Keith reaching the songwriting depths and musical heights that his previous two releases foreshadowed. Produced by the truly legendary Roland Janes — house guitarist for Sun Records in the 50s and longtime engineer and producer at Sam Phillips Recording Service — the album is a time-stopping 12-song duet between two deeply kindred artists, as Keith’s songs and Janes’ direction achieve a sonic balance that is both familiar and original. Cut live to two-inch tape — with Janes providing direction from the booth and not a computer in site — the album sounds deeply rooted and incredibly fresh at the same time.

“When you think about the sheer scope of the work Roland has done, it is intimidating,” Keith says. “So many of my favorite records he either played on or worked on in some capacity. Working in there, I had to put it out of my mind. You can’t get anything done if you think too much about it. But Roland never brings it up. He immediately makes you feel comfortable. It became clear to me in my first meeting with Roland that he had no interest in doing any sort of nostalgia project. He wants to do something new and fresh and creative. It really helped us work.”

It shows. On each song — from the raucous stop – start rave-up of “You Really Oughta Be With Me” to the sad resign of “She’s Almost You,” Keith is backed with incredible power and delicacy by his band the One Four Fives. Bassist Mark Edgar Stuart and drummer John Argroves are arguably one of the deftest rhythm sections going, and their ability to propel, ground and bolster Keith’s songs recalls nothing short of the Band. Years on the road supporting the two previous albums, criss-crossing the U.S. and Europe both alone and as backup for Jack Oblivian, has solidified Keith and the One Four Fives into an intuitive and powerful live band.

And as his band musically ups the ante, Keith meets it with his finest songs to date. There are few songwriters today that can match his ability to invest a simple turn of phrase with so many layers of meaning. From the hungover romance of “Ninety Proof Kiss” (“No one ever looked finer still wearing last-night’s eyeliner / I’m sure gonna miss that ninety-proof kiss”) to the plaintive moving-on heartbreak of “She’s Almost You” (“Why should I pine for you everyday, when she loves the words I used to say to you / they’re almost true,”) Keith’s lyrics have an amazing ability to sound effortless and impeccably crafted. On “New Year’s Eve” — a stunning blue-eyed soul ballad that matches the melancholy sweetness of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham — Keith has written a song worthy of becoming a standard. “Next thing you know, I’ll be lying about my age / I’m reading the book, but I don’t want to turn the page /Can you believe it is already New Year’s Eve?”

It is a feeling and theme Keith returns to unflinchingly throughout the album. The songs hint of time slipping away, somewhere between midnight and morning, of feeling lost and in the right place at the same time, of being heartbroken and happy, optimistic and fearful, inspired to move forward by looking back. Keith’s ability to let these contradictions stand together unresolved has created a work of great and subtle complexity.

With the seamless balance it strikes between Keith and his songs and Janes and his production, Memphis Circa 3AM is like discovering a musical Rosetta stone that decrypts the deep and mysterious codes of Memphis music to reveal the truths they hold. With Janes’ help, Keith has managed to harness the power of the city’s musical history and traditions to create a collection of songs that is truly timeless. In keeping with the album’s themes of contradiction, Keith has created a work that rightly stands in the pantheon of Memphis’ best while remaining adamantly and uniquely his own.

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Friday August 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

8:00pm

SECRET SET! — Rock / Blues / Roots
Friday August 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
The Parthenon - All Ages (VIP ONLY) 2210 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

8:30pm

Cameo #1 (Mic Militia) — Hip-Hop
Friday August 1, 2014 8:30pm - 8:40pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:30pm

Mechanical River (Charleston, SC) — Lo-Fi / Folk

“It’s hard to say whether he’s becoming a mad genius or a cantankerous curiosity. Either way, it’s a mesmerizing listen.”

— Charleston City Paper

Mechanical River is the moniker for Charleston, South Carolina native Joel Hamilton’s most recent musical project — a lo-fi folk masterpiece constructed with fuzzed out, crooning vocals, crunchy acoustic guitar arrangements, and drum machine percussion. In the spirit of true DIY, Hamilton plays every instrument on his debut album Astral Castle, which he recorded and produced himself. Tracks for the album were mixed at Electric Lady Studios by Ben Baptie.

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Friday August 1, 2014 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

8:30pm

Faun and a Pan Flute (Atlanta, GA) — Experimental / Post-Rock

“Freewheeling creativity lends the band’s music an air of unrestrained enthusiasm, uncoordinated precision, and untethered artistry.”

— Bobby Power

Atlanta experimental outfit Faun and a Pan Flute cares little about any one genre or category. The Atlanta-based nonet, now in it’s third year as a collective entity, has just released its self-titled debut. Composed and arranged through a year of twice-weekly rehearsals and recorded over a weekend in the intimate confines of Studilaroche in Atlanta, GA, Faun and a Pan Flute exhibits the band’s patient dedication to its craft and reveals the possibilities of its peripatetic nature. The group’s musical approach is wholly unique to this set of players: a spherical assembly line wherein each worker applies his trade and touch in an electric, swirling exchange to produce a work of honesty, beauty and discovery. In its current incarnation, the group involves Daniel Bailey (bass), Adam Babar and David Gray (guitar), Ben Shirley (cello), Peter Webb (saxophone), Julian Hinshaw (tuba/organ), Chris Childs (marimba) and John Gregg and Daniel Betts (percussion). In an interview with Creative Loafing Atlanta, Bailey once explained Faun’s ceaseless M.O. as an unavoidable circumstance — a fortunate and flourishing symptom of nine like-minded players wanting nothing other than to collaborate at constant rate. “We all play music all the time. Through eat, sleep, sex, defecation, and death there is music falling out of these people. If there is downtime, it is flooded with sound,” Bailey explained. Each member produces sound like common people sweat, bleed or breath. The four tracks of Faun and Pan Flute are a subtle mix of movements that are at times earth-movingly massive, lurching forward with every heaving breath. Other times, the group sounds as light as a whisper of death, admitting the finality to all things. Opening track “Linda” carries the entire A-side, as a gutter symphony fit for Godspeed You! Black Emperor or A Silver Mt. Zion but with the windows wide open. The group quickly plows through movement after movement of baroque bomp, schizophrenic skronk, and vaporous shrouds that would make Albert Ayler proud. The B-side’s three tracks highlight Faun’s intuitive explorations of the possibilities of their instrumentation and collective compositional voice, eschewing any narrow path and instead roaming in all directions. “John” bobs along its bucolic meander with a wayfarer’s sense of curiosity and whimsy, stopping by the houses of Yes and Zappa along the way. “Augur” climbs with an effervescent Reich-ian pulse then drops into a passage fraught with ritual thrumming and prickly melody, before releasing the listener to ponder the stars under a Mahler-ian immensity. “Dave” closes out the album, schizophrenically teleporting between different points on Faun and a Pan Flute’s journey, and illuminating cavernous spaces yet uncharted.

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Friday August 1, 2014 8:30pm - 9:15pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

8:45pm

Boog Brown (Atlanta, GA) — Hip-Hop

You may know Boog Brown from her first publicly released project, Grind Season Volume 1 (2009) produced almost exclusively by Illastrate. Or perhaps you’ve only heard Brown Study (2010), produced by Apollo Brown.

If you don’t know her at all, Welcome.

Boog Brown started rhyming, “for real”, in 2007 when she moved to Atlanta, GA from Detroit, MI where the spark began. Of course she wet her feet in the cypher first, starting with the Neva Empty Crew in college then learning from the likes of Invincible, Marvwon, Quest Mcody, Miz Korona and so on and so forth.

Boog learned about music from legends like House Shoes, Big Tone, Ta’Raach and DJ Dez and never imagined she’d be here right
now.

Since she decided to make this real, Boog worked with many of the aforementioned artist as well as Apollo Brown, yU (1978ers), 14KT, The Black Opera, Stahhr, Rita J and Georgia Anne Muldrow while gettin the stamps of approval from heavyweights like Diamond D and Large Professor.

In 2010 Brown Study came out via Mello Music Group and now, her highly anticipated follow up musical venture, titled The Late Bloom, will be apart of the Soul Spazm catalogue.

The Late Bloom is a story of transformation and acceptance of self, produced by Joe D. (Gods’illa, Dirty Water), Illastrate (Black Noise, Eddie Coleman’s F.N.T.M) and Lex Boogie from the Bronx (School of Sharks, Broady Champs). Released physically first in August 2013, Soul Spazm will release it digitally in Early October 2013.

Look for work with Batsauce (Berlin), 10th Letter (Atlanta) And More 2014.

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Friday August 1, 2014 8:45pm - 9:25pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:45pm

Ex-Cult (Memphis, TN) — Garage Punk / Garage Rock

“Ex-Cult is the Memphis band formerly known as Sex Cult who offer a fresh take on the darkened, deadpan corners of noisy 1970’s proto-pun.”

— Pitchfork

Taking cues from the psychedelic noise of the 1960’s, the art-damaged post-punk of the late 1970’s, and the aggression and immediacy of early 1980’s US Hardcore, Ex-Cult has curated a sound that audiences nationwide find accessible, yet not quite like anything else they’ve heard.

Conceived at the legendary Memphis dive, the Lamplighter, by longtime friends Michael Peery (drums) and Chris Shaw (vocals), the band played their first show three months after the first practice, immediately gaining a local fan base and grabbing the attention of the Memphis punk institution known as Goner Records.

After going through a name change (from Sex Cult to Ex-Cult) and releasing a couple of now impossible to find singles, Ex-Cult headed to San Francisco to record with producer and fan Ty Segall. The result is a post-punk juggernaut, oozing with flying saucer fuzz guitar, a pummeling rhythm section, and snarling vocals. Ex-Cult heads out on their first US tour this January supporting Ty Segall, with plans to release a handful of records in 2013 already in the works.

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Friday August 1, 2014 8:45pm - 9:30pm
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:00pm

Disfigurement (Atlanta, GA) — Death Metal

“Nothing but pure death studied from the lexicon of artists like Morbid Angel and Vader, with faster and repulsive rhythms interspersed into roiling, atmospheric grooves and a raw but precise sense of atmosphere that generates an infernal level of energy and enthusiasm that is…to be blunt…infectious.”

— Autothrall, From the Dust Returned

Formed in 2011 from the depths of Atlanta’s metal scene, Disfigurement has forged a name for themselves among true death metal fans. Performing with legendary acts such as Kreator, Nile, Deicide, Exhumed and Inquisition, as well as rising international acts such as Deathhammer, Obliteration, Miasmal and more, Disfigurement holds nothing back in their live performance. Following their 2012 single, Abyss of Hatred, their 2013 Soul Rot EP has gathered international attention and serves as a warning for the brutality that will ensue from their upcoming full-length.

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Friday August 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

9:00pm

Willie and the Giant (Nashville, TN) — Indie Rock
Imagine John Bonham with the Talking Heads or The Who playing soul covers. Throw some deep American South in there and a sprinkle of 21st century swagger and you have the burgeoning sound of Willie and the Giant. Comprised of 3 Alabamians and one Georgian who connected up in Nashville, TN the band’s Southern roots are identifiable but the sound owes just as much to British Invasion era pop. Will Stewart’s catchy, accessible tunes are framed by an unrelenting rhythm section and guitars that fluctuate between the sweet and nasty. In a short span WATG have crafted a blistering yet thoughtful live set. Their debut LP is slated for Fall 2014.

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Friday August 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

9:00pm

SECRET SET!
Friday August 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
The Parthenon - All Ages (VIP ONLY) 2210 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

9:30pm

Doc Aquatic (Asheville, NC) — Indie Rock

“…it’s music that emanated from caves — not dark, itself, but over-bright to burn against darkness. Something muscular and searing; an opal unearthed in a mine…. The haze of sleep deprivation that rings everything with a fuzzy halo. A scrape of nails and a promise of cool comfort. The welcome shine of the outside world eclipsed by the burn of sunlight onto retinas.”

— Alli Marshall, Mountain XPress

Doc Aquatic is an indie rock trio based in Asheville, NC comprised of Charles Gately (Bass/Keys) and brothers J.C. (Vocals/Guitar) and Zack Hayes (Drums). The band released their first full-length LP, ‘Tombs’, last fall and have been touring since in support of it. Each member brings their respective influences to form a sound that has been described as “rooted in the past and the present — with buoyant indie rock sensibilities working in tandem with hard driving psychedelic grooves.”

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Friday August 1, 2014 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

9:30pm

The Green Seed (Birmingham, AL) — Hip-Hop

“The Green Seed is a [four]-person hip-hop outfit roaming the streets of Birmingham, helmed by founding MC R-Tist. Their tracks are accessibly melodic and constructed with the sensibility of classic ’90s forebears like De La Soul—and, like De La, offer messages of positivity and cultural awareness with deft humor as opposed to wearisome sermonizing.”

— The Oxford American

Drapetomania (pronounced druh-pet-oh-may-nee-uh), the first official record from The Green Seed, has all the gusto and urgency of a debut.  Brimming with lyrics of fury courtesy of emcees R-Tist and C.O.M.P.L.E.T., the stabbing attacks of dynamic DJ duo FX and Jeff C, and a lush soundworld layered with rich textures and trunk-rattling beats, Drapetomania is a feast for the ears, a Loveless for heads steeped in Buhloone Mind State (and vice versa).

R-Tist has long been a fantastic producer, one who mixed MPC mastery with live instrumentation.  Still, joining forces with the production crew at Birmingham-based label Communicating Vessels — namely, producer Jeffrey Cain (Remy ZeroIsidore), engineer Kyle Ginther, and mastering guru Paul Logus — has taken his beats to dizzying new heights.  You’d be forgiven for thinking that Drapetomania wasn’t the product of the Dirty South but rather the blunted grit of J Dilla’s Detroit or the otherwordly production of Lex Records.  Drapetomania is no homage though, it’s a unique blend of heart, laughter, and guts.

Drapetomania is out July 15th on Communicating Vessels in Limited Edition Vinyl, CD, and Digital formats.

Early critiques have described the record as “intense” and “cleverly arranged”.

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Friday August 1, 2014 9:30pm - 10:20pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

9:40pm

Skoolie Escobar (Birmingham, AL) — Hip-Hop

Skoolie Escobar, Theodore Montez Ware, was born on the westside of Birmingham, AL.  Coming from a family of three children, Skoolie was always known to test the waters and push limits. This inquisitive nature cultivated his strong creative drive and culminated in his east coast flow with distinctive southern tones.  This innovative 24 year old artist has the lyrical maturity of a rapper twice his years in the game and delivers striking wordplay that transcends regions.  His originality entices even the most unschooled ear and evokes more than simple thought.  He pulls emotive concepts from his audiences, which is reminiscent of his idols Biggie Smalls and A Tribe Called Quest.

At 10 years old, Skoolie knew he wanted to be a rapper.  Although his parents didn’t agree, with the support of his Grandmother he kept the dream of lyrically-living in his heart.  After her passing, he knew he had to fulfill the dream in her honor.  He performed his first show in 2005 in Birmingham, AL as part of a duo team, and continued with various talent shows around the city.  His junior year in high school, he quit the basketball team to pursue rapping, winning freestyle battles from Huntsville, AL to the 2008 BET Black College Tour freestyle battle.  His clever use of metaphors and masterful level of “word-wise-genius” leads him to overshadow the competition, demonstrated by his undefeated title at a local Club Onyx, dubbed “The House that Skoolie Built.”  He gives a lot of credit for this success to T. Rose, noting that “She didn’t think I could rap at first, but I owe so much to her because she gave me a chance, and I handed them all of their ‘aces” back to them, from AL to the NY rappers that would fly in”.  Diverse enough to rap with a live band and skilled enough to dominate a cypher, this hot young artist provokes the soul of hip hop, the beat-boxes of the past to the evolution of its future.

In 2010 Skoolie left college at Alabama A&M to devote his energies to the studio and produced two mix-tapes, gaining the attention of American Idol Ruben Studdard, the two began to collaborate on music and during this time he toured with artists such as Mike Jones.

Skoolie started his own label in 2011, Wise Up Music Group.  Since its inception, he has worked with artists such as Yella WolfRockoKirko Bang, Tyga, Future and Cash Out.  Known as the “Beat-Killer”, Skoolie creates his own take on popular beats and “kills” them.  His music claims influences from Kanye West, Drake and J. Cole channeling their slick delivery and formidable wordplay.  Skoolie sets himself apart by applying to these his unique content–his own struggle as an emcee three years deep in the game.

This father of one possesses the grit for success; his home is the studio; the booth is his sanctuary, and his objective is simple: to excel at rap and at being truly humanitarian.  He says there are more to his desires than just being an artist; he wants to touch the world, through humanitarian efforts and through his artistry.  The one thing Skoolie wants the world to know is, don’t be afraid to DREAM BIG!  He also wants people to know that having confidence in your dream is not arrogance, terms he says people often confuse.  He quips, “I’m not arrogant, I just believe I will succeed in what I do”.  He has a story to tell and won’t stop until the world has heard it.  With constant club bookings, dominating open mic appearances, and local radio play in his portfolio, it is only a matter of time until Skoolie Escobar is a household name.

When asked why his stage name is “Skoolie Escobar,” while his music is refreshingly creative and doesn’t speak of drug dealing, he simply answers “Cause ‘I’ am Dope – Driven On Pure Excellence. But you can call me Skoolie Escobar, the Coolest Nerd Neva Seen”…yet.

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Friday August 1, 2014 9:40pm - 10:20pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:45pm

Miss Jackson (Centralia, PA) — Indie Rock

“It would appear this band does, indeed, exist.”

— Parabola

Miss Jackson is a band that exists.

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Friday August 1, 2014 9:45pm - 10:30pm
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00pm

Promised Land Sound (Nashville, TN) — Country / Americana / Rock

“With their catchy guitar riffs, bracing 4/4 beats and ragged-but-right harmonies, they are like a Flying Burrito Brothers meets The Stooges.”

— American Songwriter

There was a time, just yesterday in cosmic terms but increasingly difficult for the young’uns to remember, when Chuck Berry provided the essential template for rock and roll bands. These days those bedrock r&b foundations may feel remote, or even archeological, but Nashville country-rock combo Promised Land Sound (formerly Promised Land) chose to begin at the beginning, unselfconsciously; they named themselves after an immortal road-dogging Berry jam and proceeded from there. For such a young band—belying their seasoned and subtle musicianship, they’re astonishingly all around or well under the quarter-century mark—they’re remarkably attuned to historical precedents, working the same red dirt/swamp boogie and country-fried choogle as the Flying Burritos, Jim Ford, Gene Clark, Jesse Ed Davis, Link Wray, the Band, CCR, Dennis Linde, Johnny Darrell, the Stones, et al. And yet their tweaking of tradition never registers as revivalist or dilettantish, but rather intelligently informed, refreshingly sincere, and reflectively rooted in the highest calibers of Southern vernacular songcraft. The woodshedding and session-vet vibes are palpable, the live show compellingly unhinged and propulsive, all close harmonies, high-Stax changes, and “whoa, did he just do that?” guitar breaks, punctuated by moments of Velvets-style thud.

Promised Land Sound emerged from the fertile Nashville garage scene—members have played with PUJOL, Denney and the Jets, and members of JEFF The Brotherhood and Those Darlins, among others—but they have quickly evolved to deploy a more varied country and soul palette than most of their brethren and sistren. In short order, they’ve managed to attract the admiration of esteemed folks like fellow Nashvillain Jack White, who released a live 7” of theirs on his Third Man Records. Bassist and singer Joey Scala and his younger brother Evan (drums) originally hail from Roanoke, Virginia but moved to Tennessee in 2000. In another exploration of a venerable American tradition, Joey spent some time hitchhiking around after high school, eventually meeting Nashville lifer and guitar prodigy Sean Thompson and playing in a succession of local bands together before beginning to write in earnest as a team. Keyboard player and pianist Ricardo Alessio tells us he was raised by an insular homeschooling family in Southeast Michigan and classically trained. Luke Schneider sometimes guests on pedal steel. Our slack-jawed reaction upon first hearing Promised Land Sound live at the Stone Fox in Nashville abides: These dudes can play.

Paradise of Bachelors is delighted to release Promised Land Sound’s first full-length album, which is currently in the works, co-produced by Jem Cohen (the Ettes and the Parting Gifts), Andrija Tokic (known for his work with Alabama Shakes), and Nashville guitar wizard (and Hiss Golden Messenger band member) William Tyler, who also guests on the record. Stay tuned for more details, and keep on chooglin’.

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Friday August 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

10:00pm

Marshall Ruffin (Atlanta, GA) — Rock / Blues / Roots

“Marshall Ruffin is evidently some genetic experiment gone right, an amalgam of David Bromberg, Tom Waits and Leon Redbone.”

— Curtis Lynch, Playgrounds Magazine

MARSHALL RUFFIN … soulful blues meets stimulating grunge

Marshall’s sophomore album, Morning Glory, was nominated for the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards Best Blues Album. Described as soulful blues meets stimulating grunge, the roots-rock and blues singer-songwriter-guitarist grew up in typical Americana, where science was at the fabric of his family. After finding a guitar in his attic at age thirteen, Marshall taught himself to play. Just several years later, he majored in jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music. It was while in Boston, Ruffin recognized and tapped into his songwriting skills and vocal gifts. Within a year after graduation, Marshall moved to Columbus GA for some Ma Rainey and Precious Bryant education, opened for dozens of regional and national artists, and signed with Jammates Records.

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Friday August 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

10:00pm

SECRET SET! — Rock 'n' Roll
Friday August 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
The Parthenon - All Ages (VIP ONLY) 2210 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm

Cameo #2 (Slanguage) — Hip-Hop
Friday August 1, 2014 10:30pm - 10:40pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm

Rrest (Atlanta, GA) — Indie / Lo-Fi

“A trail of ghostly melodies and somber hooks that linger long in your ear.”

— Latest Disgrace

Rrest is equal parts dream-pop and heartland rock, ethereal guitar layers and a lo-fi style that lend itself to memories of scratchy 45′s. Sometimes referred to as ‘gloom-pop’, Rrest creates music that leaves the listener floating in an atmospheric fog of droning organs and fluttering guitar noise; reverberated psychedelia and narcotic vocals. Weary and mysterious in equal measure, full of blessed broken guitars and a vibey carousel of gutter-cheap electronics, the duo’s new full-length debut is a feast of dreamy dope-smug shoegaze ballads and droning, acoustic-anchored gloom pop. Rrest is Wes Ables, Andy Teems, Chandler Galloway, James Minderhout, and James Taylor Jr.

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Friday August 1, 2014 10:30pm - 11:15pm
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

10:45pm

Gross Ghost (Chapel Hill, NC) — Indie Rock

“Gross Ghost’s Brer Rabbit was an album that successfully presented white-out fuzz in recognizable shapes, delivering dream pop with a rock muscle behind it. Public Housing both clarifies those layers and distorts them further.”

— Matthew Fiander, Pop Matters

Originally a duo built around Mike Dillon and Tre Acklen’s predilection for atonal noise and charred pop, North Carolina’s Gross Ghost have turned into a wholly different creature in the 6 years of their existence. Allowing more melodic tendencies to shine through, while rounding out the band with a rhythm section (consisting of longtime member Chris Riddle and new addition Ellis Anderson) has allowed the band to stretch and explore the concept of what rock music means to them. Currently recording new material, the band is pleased to play Secret Stages, as this will mark their first time in Alabama.



Friday August 1, 2014 10:45pm - 11:30pm
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:45pm

Task1ne (Sacramento, CA) — Hip-Hop

“Task1ne is big. Hold on. Slow down. That’s not a fat joke. OK, maybe a little bit, but that’s not where this story is headed. It’s about his big personality. He’s lively. When one looks at him, one might think, “Somebody put this man on a stage!”

— Josh Fernandez, Sacramento News & Review

Fresh off of his acceptance into Team Back Pack, Sacramento emcee and sammie award winner (Sacramento Area Music Awards), Task1ne has showed no signs of slowing down. The emcee that calls the capital of California his home has made his name know across the nation, not only with his music, but his presence and live performance. There is no mistaking a Task1ne performance, the energy and skill he puts into a set rivals most legendary artists. Voted best emcee in Sacramento 3 times in a row (2012, 2013, 2014) his flow and skill are one of a kind. When you are watching a Task1ne performance, you pay attention. Having traveled across the nation on multiple tours over the last few years, Task1ne has made his mark on multiple cities across the United States, and it’s very clear that he is not going to stop anytime soon.

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Friday August 1, 2014 10:45pm - 11:30pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:00pm

SECRET SET! — Indie / Southern Rock
Friday August 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

11:00pm

Doc Dailey Music (Muscle Shoals, AL) — Americana / Folk-Rock / Southern-Pop

“Dailey’s songs echo the gritty South from which they come, one full of love and heartache, success and uncertainty, winners and losers.”

— This is American Music

Doc Dailey has been writing and performing original music around the country for the last decade. Hailing from Muscle Shoals, AL, his sound has been described as Americana, Folk-Rock, Alt-Country, and Southern Pop. Doc often performs solo, but on occasion he is backed by his full band, Magnolia Devil.

His music has consistently been a favorite of bloggers and reviewers and has been given airtime on college radio, public radio, by Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2), and several other stations in the UK and Germany, as well a being in regular rotation on Sirius/XM.

Dailey has self-released 3 recordings under his own imprint, Southern Discipline, with all tracking being completed in and around the Muscle Shoals area of North Alabama in such legendary settings as FAME Studios and Wishbone Sound. His two latest releases were co-produced and recorded by Ben Tanner of Single Lock Records and Alabama Shakes.

Doc Dailey has performed alongside headliners such as The Civil Wars, Dylan Leblanc, Patterson Hood, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and has toured across the U.S. with acts such as Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Maria Taylor, and the mighty Alabama Shakes.

After taking some time off in 2013, Doc is putting the finishing touches on material for a new album and ready to hit the road in the second half of 2014.

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Friday August 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

11:30pm

KYLE (Birmingham, AL) — Indie Rock
KYLE is an up and coming sensation that is eager to rock your face off. It consists of David Smith (vocals, guitar), Ben Giles (guitar), Matt Perkins (bass guitar), and Brandon Lett (drums, backup vocals). KYLE rose from the ashes of a previous band that relocated to Birmingham from Boaz, called The Great Pyrenes. They met their newest member Brandon in the ‘ham, and got right to playing shows at places like the Springstreet Firehouse, The Forge, and other house parties. They enjoy playing fuzzy Indie rock and are constantly inspired by their close friend Kyle. Other inspirations range from Weezer to Deer Hunter and Girls (the band).


Friday August 1, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday August 2, 2014 12:15am
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

11:35pm

Cameo #3 (TBA) — Hip-Hop
Friday August 1, 2014 11:35pm - 11:45pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:45pm

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children (Atlanta, GA) — Indie Rock / Shoegaze

“…(SATMC) ensemble crafts hazy, haunting tunes that frequently creep past the eight-minute mark, richly-layered meditations that float in the cold zone between forlornness and a vaster cosmic awe….wade through shimmering quietude—and frequently build into a cyclical, ritualistic roar that comes across like a Southern Sigur Rós.”

— Jason Heller, The Onion A.V. Club

Forged in late summer nights surrounding a dying bonfire at Camp 1538, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children began as Jason Elliott’s acoustic rambling. SATMC has since grown to include keyboardist Chris Case (Samadha, Adron, Little Tybee), drummer Bryan Fielden (San Agustin, Oryx and Crake), guitarist Andrew Burnes (San Agustin), bassist Joe McNeill and the newest addition of guitarist Ryan Odom (Iron Jayne, Damon Moon). The band will be releasing a new album entitled So Happy, It’s Sad March 4, 2014.

SATMC, or Spirits as both are commonly used abbreviations, first released We Are Here to Save YOU! with current members Elliott, Case, and McNeil alongside former members Darrin Harrison and Craig Henderson, guitar and drums respectively. Recorded in 2010 with Ed Rawls at The Living Room and mixed by Jason McCullough, it – complete with its salvaging title – was released in 2011. Afterwards, SATMC membership went through changes including a brief materialization made up of only Elliott’s vocals and guitar alongside Case’s keys. This span of controlled burning provided renewed vision and purpose for the project and (insert Phoenix rising from ashes reference here) the current lineup emerged.

Moving from a tumultuous place to a strangely peaceful one, the band ventured forth releasing LOOK!, a single that debuted and embodied this new “spirit”. Recorded by Ryan Peoples (Oryx and Crake), mixed by Jonathan Rhum and mastered by Joel Hatstat, LOOK! was released in 2012 as a split 7” with Atlanta’s Order of the Owl. Continuing to build their Atlanta tribe, SATMC honed their sound and received praise from Creative Loafing Music Editor Chad Radford, who wrote of the band as “[creating] a sparse, ghostly, art-folk din that moves from a 4 a.m. whisper of distant, lonely strumming and moaning to a roar of tape hiss.”

So Happy, It’s Sad was recorded at Benjamin Price’s Studilaroche, where Ben engineered and produced the collection, boasts a new and boldly refined, yet deeply primal and organic sound from the group. Additional players joined the fold, helping round out this special place in time: Mel Parsonz of Royal Thunder contributed her powerful vocals while Matt Jarrard, Ryan Gregory, Taylor Mummford, Benjamin Price and Johnny Rhum beautifully complimented with strings, brass, percussion, and additional electronics.

The band has recently road tested the new songs on a 7week National tour.

They released, with the support of Atlanta’s Fallen Arrows, the single Song Bird’s Grave on a limited-edition 7” with the B side featuring a remix by Magicicada. Envisioned as an opening act for the main attraction, SATMC deeply anticipates sharing the entirety of So Happy, It’s Sad as a complete work with the world. In Elliott’s words, “This record is quite the celebration of the bitter/sweet experiences that we all face throughout our lives…somewhat of a letter from us to you. I would hope that you can take the wonderfully awful elements in your life and make them into pretty ones!”

Coming into light on the other side, So Happy, It’s Sad bears the weight of life in all of its trials, tribulations, and wonder, but undeniably imbues a feeling of completeness and unity. Evolving from crackling static into sonorous melody and back again, SATMC has a melodic sensibility woven into the chaotic fabric of their haunting arrangements. Unapologetically unexpected and comfortingly familiar, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children’s tangibly ambient appeal continues to provide the soundtrack to lost summers, new loves, and the hopeful yearning of beginning again.

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Friday August 1, 2014 11:45pm - Saturday August 2, 2014 12:30am
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:00am

Native Lights (Tulsa, OK) — Alternative Rock / Shoegaze

“Native Lights has created their own vast, cinematic brand of shoegaze-bent dream pop.”

— Joshua Boydston, Oklahoma Gazette

Native Lights is a band from Tulsa, OK formed out of a love of heavy rhythms and lush, dissonant, cinematic guitars.

Members Johnathon Ford(Bass), Nathan Price(Drums), Bryce Chambers(Guitar/Vocals) and Phillip Philips (Guitar) influences for Native Lights are Slowdive, Dif Juz, Codeine, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus Lizard, etc…

The bands first 7″ single was released on Hard Work Records and was followed by a national tour.

Native Lights debut full length album was recorded in an abandoned cattle auction house during a frigid Oklahoma winter.

The album was mixed in Louisville KY at La La Land Studios with Kevin Ratterman (Young Widows, My Morning Jacket, Maserati).

This debut album will be released in 2014.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

12:00am

Moodie Black (Minneapolis, MN) — Hip-Hop

“Moodie Black’s new record Nausea (out on Fake Four, Inc.) is blizzasterous! All the bombasticness of Death Grips with all the megaphoned blisterFuck of nobody else on the planet! The record is driven and hard and grimy and noisy and perfect!”

— Brandon Backhaus, SYFFAL

Moodie Black has seemingly appeared out of thin air, rising from disintegrated dusting’s of a newly popular genre- noise rap – with a recent featured article in international French publication New Noise, a Death Grips remix, and collaborations with emcee Dalek, Moodie Black has stirred some curiosity.

Shaped and formed in the deserts of Arizona, Moodie Black pulled themselves from the dust, undaunted by criticism for their abrasive sound and controversial stage shows since 2004. Regarded as a legitimate pioneer of mood in a very small class of noise rap (Death Grips, BLACKIE, Dalek), the band’s unorthodox approach to production, mixing, and live performance has begun to be recognized by the human masses. Outfitted with disembodied baby heads tethered to gold chains, Moodie Black is visceral, melodic, and of course devastatingly moody. The duo- fronted by menacing figure “K.” (Chris Martinez) and backed by guitarist Sean Lindahl- have audiences anticipating Moodie Black’s upcoming album, N A U S E A , the follow up to the critically acclaimed Sana Sana, and the first major release for the band.

Moodie Black have much to be thankful for in 2013 with two back-to-back national tours from January to April, a debut record for Fake Four, and a European tour in summer of 2013.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:00am

Future Elevators (Birmingham, AL) — Indie Rock
Future Elevators is a melody driven project based on positivity and a conversion of energy. Fresh and Classic at the same time, this music is infectious and will stick to your brain. The work horse of this baby, Michael Shackelford, is dedicated to finding golden tones providing a pleasurable listen for the audience by way of crafting brilliant songs comprised of a combination of straight forward lyrics as well as deeply cryptic clues that take one down the rabbit hole filling your mind pallet with ear candy along the way. Give it a listen and let the music take you on a ride. Genres may include…Underground Rock, Driving Music, Soundtrack Music, Seed tones, Craft Love, Mood Waves, Baby Making music for all ages. Mind openers. Every song sounds different and somehow unified by the tones and vocal intent. This is really for everyone. Enjoy.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

12:45am

Scalici-Alley Project (Birmingham, AL) — Rock / World Beat / Electronica

“Scalici favors a blend of technology (including samples and programmed beats) and “real instruments.” But like a lot of music that is broadly, loosely defined as electronica, Scalici’s material doesn’t necessarily favor a traditional verse/chorus/verse/chorus format; a Juka Tribe offering could easily consist of a rhythmic groove, beat or theme united with scattered samples, which is characteristic of a lot of electronica.”

— Alex Henderson, iTunes Review

Like all good bands, the John Scalici and Rob Alley project was born in a basement. That basement is where Birmingham, Alabama musician John Scalici would hold tuesday night jam sessions with select local percussionists and other instrumentalists. The goal? To have the freedom to create anything at anytime. That goal created an eclectic mix that was part drum jam, part song writing, and part sampling and looping of melodic elements.

The first incarnation of the evolving project led to shows with other eclectic bands such as Red Baraat, Toubab Krewe, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a slot at Paralounge, Florida’s massively attended drum and tribal gathering.

Scalici spent hours, days, weeks, recording, blending, and tweaking rhythms, vocal samples including old bluesmen he’d crossed paths with during his stint in Memphis, into a multicultural, danceable, southern stew with a world infused twist.

Enter Rob Alley, trumpet player. Ironically, Alley had contacted Scalici for advice on creating a different project at the time, when the invitation was given for Alley to come sit in at show. Now, the band consists of only Alley and Scalici, with special guest djembe player/percussionists when space allows.

The Scalici/Alley Project draws inspiration and influence from jazz, rock, African, and Middle Eastern music, punctuated by frequent collaboration with theTribal Fusion Bellydance troupe Erynias Tribe. Their message stems organically from their personal musical experiences and the inherent artistic majesty of their influences, which range from world music masters like Cyro Baptista, Mickey Hart and Fela Kuti. Scalici and Alley continue to take their music upward just as these music masters–The goal? To have the freedom to create anything at anytime.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 12:45am - 1:30am
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00am

All Them Witches (Nashville, TN) — Stoner Rock / Psychedelic Rock / Garage Rock

“If these guys went down to meet the devil at the crossroads, they wouldn’t make the standard deal—they’d sell their spleens for some kind bud, an unpublished Manly Wade Wellman story, and the secret of Jon Lord’s organ sound.”

— Chicago Reader

Nashville-based ALL THEM WITCHES impress in both their cohesiveness of sound and their obvious drive toward an individual approach. Their blend of blues rocking grooves and heavy psych-derived jamming comes through clearly, and has wasted no time in getting to the public’s ears thanks to two stunning albums.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

1:00am

Open Cypher — Hip-Hop
Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00am

2:00am

Light Night Party with DJ Shake
Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00am - 3:00am
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206
 
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2:00pm

Dommel Mosel (Birmingham, AL) — Garage Rock
Dommel Mosel is the songwriting outlet for Adam Measel. It began as a solo project, but with the addition of John Paul Foster (drums) and Travis Swinford (bass) Dommel Mosel developed a garage rock sound. 

Dommel Mosel is currently working on finishing their first album "Crybaby".

Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

3:00pm

Brothers (Athens' GA) — Dream-Pop

“This new five-song release reveals Brothers to have fully grasped the rhythmic dream-pop the band’s earlier recordings only hinted at. It’s a throat-grabber from the start…”

— Gordon Lamb, Flagpole Magazine

Formed in 2011 by Ryan Gray Moore and Michael Gonzalez, Brothers’ debut EP, Street Names EP, was recorded at Chase Park Transduction and released in the summer of 2013.

Brothers is currently teamed up with Jessie Mangum of The Glow Studio with new recordings on the way.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

4:00pm

CYNE (Gainesville, FL) — Hip-Hop

“Every night I light approximately four candles, turn on “Illmatic” backwards, and make a sacrifice (ranging from a pair of Adidas without the laces to a New Era hat) to the hip-hop gods hoping that all my devotion will bring about the two things I want most in hip-hop: Jay Electronica’s album and something new from CYNE…….The level of depth, passion, originality, and soul in their music is astounding……Come March, we are all in for a treat.”

— Refined Hype

CYNE are more than one emcee, more than two producers, more than their decade-spanning discography, and, with the announcement of their new album, All My Angles Are Right, more than just hip-hop. Cise Star is a conscience for your headphones. Speck and Enoch dig deep so you don’t have to. CYNE rise above their sphere, merging the personal and the political with genre-busting production and silver-tongued rhymes that capture cross-millennia truths. Their beats have been used by Joey Bada$$, they’ve been remixed by Four Tet, they’ve collaborated with To Rococo Rot, Daedelus, and Nujabes, and, since 2008, they’ve been on Hometapes alongside Bear In Heaven, Megafaun, Matthew E. White, and Medicine-founder Brad Laner. CYNE lights up their full spectrum with All My Angles Are Right, their fifth album.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

5:15pm

Baghouse (Athens, GA) — Experimental / Post-Rock / Ambient

“Athens, Georgia-based Baghouse performs a dreamy mix of jungle, techstep and ambient drum’n'bass excursions, linked together through intermittent downtempo, trip-hop and free-jazz transitional elements.”

— the Knitting Factory

Baghouse folds space.

Baghouse is at it again, reforming the line up of robison/rieter/mcleod, they have collectively absorbed the last decade, and channeled it back out as…something weirder and more aggressive than before.

Early on, Baghouse could be seen collaborating with turntablist DJ Crush, and opening for like minded national acts including Galactic in Birmingham, AL, Tim Reynolds in Tuscaloosa, AL, and Drums n Tuba in Athens, GA.

That was then. This is now…

Baghouse explores the territory between ambient post rock jazz and full on doomprovisation.

A document of recent sounds 3.16.13 has been recorded in Athens, GA and is available digitally via the Bandcamp link below. More recordings will be released in 2014.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 5:15pm - 6:00pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

6:15pm

Adia Victoria (Nashville, TN) — Indie / Blues

“It’s oozing bluesy glory; raspy and opinionated; aggressive and sexy, wagging dirty vamps and licks in the faces of anyone that might come its way, spitting lyrics like “you ask me a question, I tell you a lie” with no apologies. When she sings, it’s a like a woman both possessed and in full control, eagerly embracing the grasp the music takes on her – and on us. I mean, those eyes…”

— Lockeland Springsteen

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Saturday August 2, 2014 6:15pm - 7:00pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

7:15pm

Brothers (Athens' GA) — Dream-Pop

“This new five-song release reveals Brothers to have fully grasped the rhythmic dream-pop the band’s earlier recordings only hinted at. It’s a throat-grabber from the start…”

— Gordon Lamb, Flagpole Magazine

Formed in 2011 by Ryan Gray Moore and Michael Gonzalez, Brothers’ debut EP, Street Names EP, was recorded at Chase Park Transduction and released in the summer of 2013.

Brothers is currently teamed up with Jessie Mangum of The Glow Studio with new recordings on the way.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 7:15pm - 8:00pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

7:15pm

path Working (Birmingham, AL) — Folk-Fusion
path Working is a folk-fusion group currently operating out of Birmingham, Alabama. The band consists of Jonathan Boyd (former frontman of The Photonicas) leading vocals and guitar, David Lambert (Blaze of Fire) on keyboard, and brothers Andrew and Stephen Malinoski (both of John Little & the Lion Hearts) on bass guitar and drums/percussion, respectively. With influences stemming from jazz and progressive rock, path Working deliver their own unique blend of moody grooves, powerful flourishes, and full-blooded harmonies.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 7:15pm - 8:00pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

7:30pm

D1n.Only (Orlando, FL) — Hip-Hop

“Instead of an over accentuated sense of bravado or glorifying violence, D1n.ONLY raps honestly, passionately about staying true to yourself and rising above the overarching influence of the streets. Unless I’m missing something, it really seems to be an affirmation that being cool is all about being you, not trying to run in line with what someone else thinks is cool and right.”

— Quinn S., Mixtape Muse

Many hip hop purists tend to view today’s generation of rappers as a lazy lot, only concerned of dollars signs. Some apples must fall far from the tree as D1n.ONLY speaks with wisdom,
”I ONLY speak what i know, but i speak to the people,” says D1n.ONLY, born in 1992, coming from Altamonte springs, a small city inside Orlando FL. He relates to and re-visions his past in every bar when he rhymes. After a short stint playing football in Newport News D1nOnly returned back to Central Florida to concentrate on music and still continue to pursue his education while following his dreams. His music is a dose of reality and a reflection of ones self. With 2 mixtapes under his belt, “after recently dropping motives” he continues to witness life everyday and take every day as a lesson, as he grinds his way up the ladder of success. Humble in real life, while animalistic on the mic, D1n.ONLY delivers lines that hip hop purists and young teens can both relate to.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 7:30pm - 8:10pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:30pm

Gold Plated Gold (Chattanooga, TN) — Garage Rock / Stoner Rock / Pop-Punk

“Too punk for pop, too pop for punk, it’s like the man said. Gold Plated Gold is just good, honest rock and roll.”

— Marc Michael, The Pulse

GPG has been kicking for a little over three years playing constantly and have shared the stage with the likes of Surfer Blood, Peelander Z, Leogun, Diarrhea Planet, Crass Mammoth, Wild Cub, Perfect Pussy, Audacity, and many more amazing groups from around the world. We make sure that we have everyone at our show is screaming, dancing, sweating, singing, cursing, and eating hot dogs.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

7:45pm

Glories (Birmingham, AL) — Post-Rock

“I have a place reserved for “Mother Reverb” on my shortlist of favorite post rock releases at the end of the year. I have found myself going back to it often. And, if you are a fan of the EITS brand of post rock, you really should not miss this. I am not sure anyone is executing that model any better right now than Glories.”

— Stationary Travels

Glories, a post-rock collective of musicians based in Birmingham, AL, began composing music in the fall of 2011. Through creativity and a strong emphasis place on composition, Glories creates sweeping sounds and melodic themes that conjure an emotional response from the listener.

Disillusioned with the standard “rock band” and inspired by their post-rock forefathers, Glories forges ahead on their own path. After self-recording and releasing their first EP online, the band knew their songs needed a bigger sound and a proper release to capture their complete vision.

Their first full-length release, Mother Reverb (2013), was recorded at Ol Elegante Studio in Homewood, AL. Les Nuby (Verbena, Vulture Whale), and Brad Lightfoot (audio engineer for Bottletree Cafe, David Bazan, and Matt & Kim), assisted in the engineering and mixing of the record. Mother Reverb proved to be a successful freshman release that offered a glimpse of what is to be expected as the band pushes forward with is next release scheduled for the summer of 2014.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 7:45pm - 8:30pm
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:00pm

Passing Parade (Jackson, MS) — Lo-Fi / Indie-Rock

“A fuzzy new band.”

— Jackson Free Press

Started in 2006 as a side project of Cody Cox and Josh Taylor for songs outside of the styles of previous bands, Passing Parade self released one lo-fi album in 2007. After shelving the project for a number of years to pursue other endeavors, Taylor and Cox added long-time pal Jarad Wilson on drums and headed down the buzzy, rock n roll path. They recorded a 3-song EP early on with this lineup, but Taylor decided to leave the band and the album was not released. Adam Barkley has since joined in Taylor’s stead and the band continues to move forward, sometimes diagonally, but always joyously. They are currently working on a full length album with Tony Abercrombie at Bear Cave Studios.



Saturday August 2, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

8:15pm

The Memphis Dawls (Memphis, TN) — Americana / Country / Folk

“The Dawls opened for Jack White when he stopped by Memphis this March, and he liked them so much he invited them to tour with him on a few other dates afterward. Can’t blame him for being entranced, though; the Dawls’ romantic harmonies and gothic storytelling tend to get under your skin.”

— Lane Billings, Paste Magazine

The Memphis Dawls are known as the crowning jewel of the Memphis folk scene. The core group is made up of three veteran musicians who have played with several successful local bands. Brought together by their similar tastes in melody and style, and maybe a slight nod from fate, Holly Cole (guitars, vocals) Jana Misener (cello, vocals), and Krista Wroten (viola, mandolin, accordion, vocals) deliver hauntingly romantic and lyrical folk music with a modern flare.

The themes of the band’s music tend to lean toward the power of love and heartache, just like their musical mentors: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Their harmonies and music push folk, country and rock through the filter of southern hymns. Religious only in the context of their dedication to their respective crafts, they deliver a unique and hypnotizing sound that jumps from genre to genre. The Dawls are not afraid to be inventive, exploring soundscapes ranging from complex vocal harmonies similar to bands like Fleet Foxes to the more complex string arrangements of The Decemberists.

The threesome originally began playing together in high school, but The Dawls didn’t make their debut professionally until 2010. After high school, Wroten, Cole, and Misener all sought musical careers — but they went in three different directions. Cole travelled west to Los Angeles, Wroten went to Boston, and Misener left for Chicago. As time would pass, each would work their way back to Memphis.

Upon returning to Memphis, Cole began playing the solo circuit, and was asked to join local collective Makeshift Music. The established alternative label, known for releasing music from popular Memphis bands like Lucero, Snowglobe, The Coach and Four and Two Way Radio, released her first solo effort Fearless and Free back in 2006. Cole put together a full band before releasing her next effort, called Holly and the Heathens. The group featured some of Memphis’ finest talent, including Greg Faison (Jump Jack Jake, Tiger High), Brandon Robertson (Snowglobe) and Jake Vest (Third Man, Tiger High, Bullet Proof Vests).

The act would also bring her in back to working with Wroten, who would play countrified violin with the Heathens project. The result would be a less folksy, more boozy, honky tonk sounding album that was well received by critics.

During this time, Misener was playing cello for road warriors Giant Bear as well as playing with The Sultana. When Cole began toying with more romantic arrangements of some of her songs, she called upon Wroten and Misener to add strings to her music and the Memphis Dawls were born.

Although all three ladies have busied themselves with various artistic endeavors, Wroten touring with Amy Lavere, Misener continuing to play with The Sultana, and Cole finishing up a BA in Sculpture at The University of Memphis, The Dawls would be the main focus for the trio much of 2011. In that year, a fated call from engineer Matt Brown would get them in the studio to record their first release. Their debut was a 4 song EP with spacious arrangements and passionate lyricism. Noted for its scope in atmosphere, emotion, and sense of texture, the Dawls’ initial release is an involving experience worth diving into. Over the past year, the Dawls have focused and sharpened their sound, poised for national exposure.



Saturday August 2, 2014 8:15pm - 9:00pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

8:15pm

Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy (Athens, GA) — Americana

“The approach is reminiscent of mid-’70s West Coast country rock with a dash of her home state of Alabama’s Muscle Shoals grease and funk.”

— American Songwriter

Shonna Tucker grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, listening to the same salty-sweet mix of soul and country that made up the Arthur Alexander and James Carr singles recorded there decades before. She played bass in the Shoals scene from her high-school years until starting an eight-year stint as bassist and singer for the Drive-By Truckers. During Tucker and bandmate John Neff’s time with the band, they released critically acclaimed albums like “Go Go Boots”, which rose to #35 on the Billboard charts and garnered significant praise. They both played on Betty Lavette’s “The Scene of the Crime” which was nominated for a Grammy, followed by “Potato Hole” with Booker T. Jones, which won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental album at the 52nd awards show. The band made appearances on both David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon’s late night shows, and toured with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The music she makes today in Athens, Georgia, flows from the same vein as the music she grew up with: songs that haunt and float like Dolly Parton’s “Down from Dover” and ones that pulse and move like Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” rockers that are right at home on the stage of the 40 Watt downtown and folk songs that are at home among the donkeys and hens on her farm outside town.

Shonna’s band, Eye Candy, includes four of the most prolific players in the Athens music scene: John Neff on guitar and pedal steel, Bo Bedingfield on guitar, Neil Golden on keyboards, and Clay Leverett on drums. For nearly twenty years, John has been one of the town’s most sought-after collaborators in the studio and on the road. Bo is singer/songwriter and leader of the Wydelles, and has backed up several other local songwriters on drums and guitar. Clay led the Athens rock band Lona for eight years before starting honky-tonk band the Chasers, and has played drums and toured with Bright Eyes and Now It’s Overhead. Neil, former member of the Glands and Elf Power, also writes and sings for Golden Brown.

Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy’s debut album, “A Tell All”, was recorded by Kyle Spence (Harvey Milk). It features ten songs about love and jealously, nights spent on the road and nights spent in the kitchen, the things men do to women and women do for men. “All these songs came fast, in a few months time,” explains Tucker, ‘There was no theme or plan at all. Inspiration came from what was happening around me and that was a lot of different things. The first single, ‘Since Jimmy Came’ is about a very young and single mom who thought she had found true love until she had her son. The realization of priorities. Nature at it’s finest.”

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Saturday August 2, 2014 8:15pm - 9:00pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

8:20pm

Skipp Coon (Jackson, MS) — Hip-Hop

Skipp Coon is a husband, father, son, visual and performing artist. His world is colored brightly, in shades of red, black and green. Skipp is a native of Jafrica (aka Jackson). He is a by-product of growing up in Mississippi, a state with rich history, deep pain and great potential.

Skipp has been learning and working to improve his community for the past 10 years and doesn’t foresee himself doing anything else. As an artist, with his trademark black empowerment lyrics, the hip hop artist has performed nationally and internationally and has cultivated a loyal fan base. He takes the passion of his work in his community into classrooms, meetings with parents or council members, and to the stage.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 8:20pm - 9:00pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:30pm

CYNE (Gainesville, FL) — Hip-Hop

“Every night I light approximately four candles, turn on “Illmatic” backwards, and make a sacrifice (ranging from a pair of Adidas without the laces to a New Era hat) to the hip-hop gods hoping that all my devotion will bring about the two things I want most in hip-hop: Jay Electronica’s album and something new from CYNE…….The level of depth, passion, originality, and soul in their music is astounding……Come March, we are all in for a treat.”

— Refined Hype

CYNE are more than one emcee, more than two producers, more than their decade-spanning discography, and, with the announcement of their new album, All My Angles Are Right, more than just hip-hop. Cise Star is a conscience for your headphones. Speck and Enoch dig deep so you don’t have to. CYNE rise above their sphere, merging the personal and the political with genre-busting production and silver-tongued rhymes that capture cross-millennia truths. Their beats have been used by Joey Bada$$, they’ve been remixed by Four Tet, they’ve collaborated with To Rococo Rot, Daedelus, and Nujabes, and, since 2008, they’ve been on Hometapes alongside Bear In Heaven, Megafaun, Matthew E. White, and Medicine-founder Brad Laner. CYNE lights up their full spectrum with All My Angles Are Right, their fifth album.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

8:30pm

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Saturday August 2, 2014 8:30pm - 9:15pm
The Parthenon - All Ages (VIP ONLY) 2210 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

8:45pm

Brian Olive (Cincinnatti, OH) — Garage Rock / Psychedelic Rock

Think high cooing vocals and airy harmonies above bluesy, gum-smacking grooves that simmer and shimmer, augmented on phenomenal cuts like “Back Sliding Soul” by arrangements full of ear candy — underwater boogie piano, rump-rocking percussion, shrapnel blasts of rubbery guitar and greasy sax and Esquivel-like electro-doinkage (wait, is that really a bagpipe?).

— Patrick Rodgers, Nashville Scene

Brian Olive already had an impressive career working with some of the more notable figures on the Midwest garage rock and punk blues scene before he reinvented himself with his first solo album in 2009. An Indiana native, Olive got his start in music when he was in high school, playing guitar in a band called Us and Them that would evolve into the celebrated garage rock combo the Greenhornes. Olive appeared on the group’s first two albums, 1999′s Gun for You and 2000′s The Greenhornes, but parted ways with the band to focus his energies on another project, the Soledad Brothers, formed by two fellow Ohioans, Johnny Wirick (aka Johnny Walker) and Ben Smith (aka Ben Swank). Olive relocated to Detroit with the band and, like his new bandmates, adopted a stage name, Oliver Henry, the Soledad Brothers struck up a friendship with Jack White, whose group the White Stripes were just starting to earn some local buzz, and White produced the band’s self-titled debut album (with his partner Meg White helping out on percussion). “Henry Oliver” played keyboards, guitar, sax, and flute with the band, but after recording the Soledad Brothers’ second album, Steal Your Soul and Dare Your Spirit to Move, he parted ways with the band and left the Midwest looking for a new musical direction. Reclaiming the name Brian Olive, he decided he wanted to form a band where he would call the shots, and relocated to Cincinnati, where he helped set up a recording studio in the former vault of a pawnshop and began working up material with a handful of like-minded musicians. The sessions evolved into Olive’s self-titled debut album, released in June 2009, which found him exploring blues, R&B, jazz, garage rock, and psychedelia with equal degrees of skill and eclecticism. The sophomore release Two of Everything followed in 2011, with Olive and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys sharing production duties. Olive is now producing artists such as Electric Citizen and Daniel Wayne, as well as releasing his own solo albums. His “Move” EP is due out Summer 2014.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 8:45pm - 9:30pm
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:00pm

While The Ship Sinks (Florence, AL) — Instrumental / Surf-Polka
While the Ship Sinks are a 6-piece instrumental group who play an experimental style of music which draws inspiration from latin, european folk, rock, and funk. Begun in Florence AL in 2013.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

9:10pm

Urbandy (Birmingham, AL) — Hip-Hop / Electronica

“As one of the leading minds behind Birmingham-based hip-hop and electronic label Step Pepper, this 32-year-old techno-savvy musician isn’t letting that past lay heavy on the heart of the innovation he’s actively bringing to the local music scene.”

— WELD Birmingham

Urbandy is an electronic musician and the founder and creative director of Step Pepper Records, a Birmingham-based experimental music label. Urbandy’s music is an instrumental blend of hip hop beats, broken melodies, electronic textures and lo-fi sampling. His solo live show consists of lively beat sessions, ambient segues and projected visuals. He released a self-titled debut LP on Step Pepper in 2011, followed by the companion EP Urbandy II the following year. For Step Pepper, Urbandy oversees the label’s creative and musical direction, and acts as executive producer on many Step Pepper releases. He also curates an ongoing mixtape series highlighting label talent alongside familiar names and influences.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 9:10pm - 9:55pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:15pm

Captain Green (Baton Rouge, LA) — Funk / Jazz

“Within the show, it’s easy to unconsciously get swept into a crowd-spanning groove to the band’s fusion blend of jazz, soul and funk – a mesmerizing infectious wave you can’t see coming. Dancers have been known to randomly pop out of the crowds, twirling hula-hoops or lights.”

— Jake Clapp, DIG Magazine

Captain Green is an up-and-coming touring ensemble that’s sweeping the gulf south.

Born in the muddy waters of south Louisiana, the boys from Captain Green are cookin up a sonic gumbo good enough to slap yo’ mama. Intergalactic space funk is the name of Captain Green’s game, taking electric jazz and smashing it face first into the dirtiest funk New Orleans has to offer. Think Frank Zappa meets Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Or Miles Davis meets Galactic.

These boys are on fire, get em now before everyone knows what’s up.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 9:15pm - 10:00pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

9:15pm

Pujol (Nashville, TN) — Indie Rock / Southern Rock

“It’s an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll jammy jam made by a dude who knows that pop music should kick your teeth in and be out the door in three minutes or less.”

— Vice 2014

A kludge is:
“A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.”
“An ill assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole.”
“A crock that works.”

In February of 2013, Daniel Pujol set out to write and record the follow-up to his debut album, 2012′s UNITED STATES OF BEING. Pujol and producer Doni Shroader set up shop in Mt. Juliet, TN at The Place: a suicide-prevention center for teens located in a strip mall. They used largely borrowed and donated gear, recording every day from 5pm until 6am, all the while breaking down and setting up the temporary studio every day between office hours. Mixing took place during the building of Battletapes, a two car garage that was in the midst of being converted into an acoustically treated, professional grade tracking room; building permit, construction workers, and all. Following four months of vampiric living and working around conflicting schedules/eccentricities (the band, the engineers, the sun), Daniel, Doni, and Battletapes had finished the album they had been working towards. Recording and mixing happened in a “non-location” where things were being built or set up, in order to work on the album, working around the obstacles the location presented.

In short: Puj kludged KLUDGE.

KLUDGE idiosyncratically captures life as it exists in our weird almost future world of flying robots, cancer from food, cell phone wire taps, metadata, $7.25ish minimum wage and $15.50 an hour endless choice buffets. Yet, the album possesses that inherent sense of timelessness that exists in all great music. Thanks to its combination of addictively fetching rock ‘n’ roll and Daniel Pujol’s lyrical brilliance. The end result is more Malkmus than MacGyver, and proves yet again that Daniel Pujol is, first and foremost, a songwriter.

Examining well-worn subjects like love, death, authenticity, identity, alienation and society, Pujol applies a filter completely his own and brings these ideas to a place they’ve never existed before. His words examine the world with his signature brand of skepticism, humor, idealism, and an unmistakable earnestness and sincerity. Lead single “Circles” perfectly illustrates this with lines like “Show me that your sacred heart’s the human kindness kind / Show me more than 3D printers drawing skulls and knives / Show me more than kleptocratic demagogue control / Show me that you ain’t a lizard, show you’ve got a soul.”

PUJOL delivers a sophomore record that pushes the intellectual boundaries of songwriting, while at the same time creating a superb, audacious punk rock record filled with moments of delicate beauty. To do just one of these things is rare, but to do all of that is a true feat… or just a crock that works.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 9:15pm - 10:20pm
MIller Lite Stage - All Ages Morris Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets

9:30pm

The Debauchees (Louisville, KY) — Garage Rock / Indie Rock

“These Marquee Moon-faced kids played an insanely tight set of weird post-punk to a non-official pre-CMJ CMJ party last Monday night. It might have been the best set I saw all weekend, all awkward smiles and true humility and X’s on the hands of this Louisville trio—they were all too young to crack beers in celebration of their jam. They sounded kind of like Wire but with an updated edge. The fact these kids apparently only listen to The Strokes makes them even more amazing: They don’t even know how good they are. Look forward to their SonaBlast! debut.”

— Doppelgang Media

The Debauchees are seemingly old souls with a youthful sneer. At just 20, the three members of The Debauchees have crafted a full-length that feels vintage and modern, classic and new. Their debut, Big Machines and Peculiar Beings, evokes the minimalist yet intricate post-punk approach of Wire, Talking Heads, and Young Marble Giants with distinct vocals that evoke an emotive Nico. And like many of their punk predecessors, this thunderous trio comes from a fine lineage of artists who formed a band before learning their instruments – to prodigious results. Vocalist Sydney Chadwick says “we all learned how to play in an unconventional way so our playing styles became personal and rule-defying.”

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Saturday August 2, 2014 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

9:30pm

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Saturday August 2, 2014 9:30pm - 10:15pm
The Parthenon - All Ages (VIP ONLY) 2210 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

9:40pm

Mad Nomad (Little Rock, AR) — Rock

“Rock ’n’ roll with a lot of punk passion. [...] Hard-charging anthems constructed with down-stroking guitar riffs and the kind of drumming that punishes the snare and the high-hat. Music in your face, punishing even, but still melodic. Verses that punch and choruses that ring out.”

— Shea Stewart, Sync Weekly

Mad Nomad is a four-piece rock-n-roll band out of Little Rock, AR. A group of high school friends brought together in their late 20s to early 30s by their love of music, passion for a good party, and the dire need to have the stories of their lives be heard. Debut album, “Black Out” released May 2013.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 9:40pm - 10:20pm
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

9:45pm

SECRET SET! — Folk / Country / Americana
Saturday August 2, 2014 9:45pm - 10:30pm
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:55pm

Cameo #1 (Slanguage) - Hip-Hop
Saturday August 2, 2014 9:55pm - 10:15pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:15pm

Morgan Pennington and the Echo (Oxford, MS) — Indie-Folk / Electronica

“Her music is solid when it’s just her and her guitar, but it comes into full color when her band is with her. Pennington is excited about her success in music so far. She’s also starting a band with Black Wings Studio owner, Winn McElroy.”

— Sheena Barnett, The Oxford Citizen

In 2013, Morgan Pennington teamed up with owner and producer, Winn McElroy of Black Wings Studio, to record her first EP, Wolves. Morgan went into the studio thinking she would come out with an indie folk acoustic album. Winn McElroy, however, saw the potential for something different and helped develop a completely new and exciting sound. Their work on the EP went from a normal studio project to a full on collaboration. They have been working together ever since. Together, under the name Morgan Pennington and the Echo, they have written numerous songs and had their debut live performance at Oxford Mississippi’s 2014 Double Decker Festival.

They since have been playing shows and trying to get their name out there.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 10:15pm - 11:00pm
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

10:25pm

Playdough (Dallas, TX) — Hip-Hop

“It quickly becomes clear that, despite his solid rhymes and firm presence, there is a connection between Playdough and the children’s toy of the same name: He’s a playful dude with a versatile style.”

— CMJ

The MC known as Playdough is a rare story in Texas hip-hop. While much of the state is populated by artists who are content to achieve regional fame, and boast about it as if they have taken over the world – this is Texas after all, where everything is “bigger” – Playdough remains humble though his career has literally taken him all over the world. He recently hit number 2 on the CMJ hip-hop charts as well as cracking the Top 200.

Nothing about this MC is typical. His name refers to the playtime cornerstone of everyone’s youth, the colorful clay modeling compound known as Play-Doh. But he’s no toy, and he’s definitely not here to be shaped by anyone’s hand, but his own.

His real name is Doug, and that played a role in his choice of moniker, but there’s a deeper meaning behind the name. “I try to change my style up and do something unique for each song,” Playdough explains, “shaping a melody, cadence and rhyme scheme.” Much like a sculptor might do when approaching a new piece. One listen to any of Playdough’s releases and you’ll see that he puts the art before anything.

Life on the road has taken Playdough all over the United States, the UK, Sweden, Holland, Australia and much of Europe. He’s performed with artists like Method Man & Redman, Evidence, Stalley, Brother Ali, Mr. Dibbs, Atmosphere, KRS-One, Tanya Morgan, Mutemath, MURS, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Linkin Park, Pigeon John, Blu and countless others.

Playdough came up as a battle MC, known for surprising crowds with his deft wit and complex off top freestyles. He’s the top Dallas freestyle rap champion of Monday Night Fights for two years running and has won five times on 97.9 The Beat’s Freestyle Fridays. He’s also won the Skribble Jam TX Battle and most recently was asked to participate in the prestigious invitation-only Red Bull Emcee competition.

Not content with the life of being merely a successful battle rapper, Playdough auditioned for a show on MTV called The Cut.  Playdough competed against talented artists like Anastasia, and Big Al from the Good Life. He made it to the finals of this celebrity judged talent competition, a precursor to shows like American Idol, impressing the likes of Montell Jordan, Dru Hill, KRS One and Treach, and was soon offered a record deal with the Seattle based label Tooth & Nail Records.  This led him to his life on the road as a successful touring artist.

His life on the road, and his positive, intelligent rhymes led him to release his second album Don’t Drink The Water on Chicago-based, Sony distributed, 7spin Records, which again was a label known more for rock than rap. This turned out to be a step in the right direction for Playdough as he got to tour with a lot of bands – namely Mutemath, P.O.D. and Switchfoot — and play in many different circumstances.

“I like being the only rapper out on a tour with a lot of rock guys,” Playdough says excitedly. “A lot of the time people come up to me and tell me that this was their first hip-hop show, or that they don’t really listen to hip-hop but they really like me and plan to check more of it out.”

But it was his first indie release, Hotdoggin on his own Writer Dye Wrecords that really started getting this diverse and highly motivated MC his just due. The album touches on all sorts of styles, and features Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, Mr. Dibbs vs The Black Keys and lots more. The singles, and compelling videos for “Ya Heard (with Mr Dibbs and The Black Keys)” and “No Angel” have been featured on some of the biggest music blogs as well as being listed as best hip-hop act by the Dallas Observer in 2011 and nominated for best rap/hip-hop act for the Dallas Observer Music Awards in 2012.  His “No Angel” video was added to regular rotation on MTVU, and AllHipHop.com listed him as “Top 50 Underground Artists” for the last 2 years. It’s a real culmination of everything Playdough has learned on his path to becoming such a highly respected MC.

With all of these accomplishments under his belt, you’d think that by now you’d know more about the MC known as Playdough. But instead of composing Texas-sized stories about himself, he’s been putting in the work, achieving success, and moving on to the next mission. Most recently Playdough and his DJ (Sean Patrick) signed with Man Bites Dog Records (Roc Marciano) and are set to release their album “Gold Tips” this spring.

With no plans to stop anytime soon, you are sure to see this legendary MC in a city near you very soon.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 10:25pm - 11:10pm
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm

Feral Child (Birmingham, AL) — Indie Rock

“Dressed to the 9’s in Hawaiian shirts while veiled in the sputtering smoke of a fog machine, Feral Child delivered some serious 60’s head-boppin’ power pop/rock, pushing their songs a little harder and turning each into a loud barroom rocker. Satisfyingly high-pitched and scratchy vocals backed by honkytonk keyboards carry the band from brawlers into slow burners, which still always end up building into driving and up tempo finishes. Besides doing the service of setting the festivities off to a worthy start, how can a band with guitarist that plays a baby blue guitar with matching chord not put a smile on your face?”

— DIY Birmingham

Feral Child’s music is comprised of songs Jon made up on his parents piano over the years and fleshed out with the rest of the band in 2013.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm

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Saturday August 2, 2014 10:30pm - 11:15pm
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm

SECRET SET! — Americana / Country / Folk
Saturday August 2, 2014 10:30pm - 11:15pm
The Parthenon - All Ages (VIP ONLY) 2210 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

10:45pm

Keeps (Nashville, TN) — Psychedelic Rock / Indie Rock

“Each performance is an epic journey into [their] hearts and minds… Everything adds up to create an experience so gripping you can’t help but be moved.”

— Planet Rad

Keeps is psychedelic dream rock band from Nashville, TN originally formed by Gusti Escalante and Robbie Jackson. Though they started writing songs with just a floor tom and guitar, the project continually expanded bringing in different friends to help fill out their sound. With a sound rooted in 60’s folk and a myriad of psychedelic and shoegaze bands, they hope to create a unique, memorable sound and live performance. With an ever-expanding audience, Keeps has recently made their way from local Nashville venues to festivals and shows spanning across state lines.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 10:45pm - 11:30pm
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:15pm

Baghouse (Athens, GA) — Experimental / Post-Rock / Ambient

“Athens, Georgia-based Baghouse performs a dreamy mix of jungle, techstep and ambient drum’n'bass excursions, linked together through intermittent downtempo, trip-hop and free-jazz transitional elements.”

— the Knitting Factory

Baghouse folds space.

Baghouse is at it again, reforming the line up of robison/rieter/mcleod, they have collectively absorbed the last decade, and channeled it back out as…something weirder and more aggressive than before.

Early on, Baghouse could be seen collaborating with turntablist DJ Crush, and opening for like minded national acts including Galactic in Birmingham, AL, Tim Reynolds in Tuscaloosa, AL, and Drums n Tuba in Athens, GA.

That was then. This is now…

Baghouse explores the territory between ambient post rock jazz and full on doomprovisation.

A document of recent sounds 3.16.13 has been recorded in Athens, GA and is available digitally via the Bandcamp link below. More recordings will be released in 2014.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 11:15pm - Sunday August 3, 2014 12:00am
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

11:20pm

Tanya Morgan (Brooklyn, NY) — Hip-Hop

“Liberated rather than limited by tradition, Brooklynati breathes new life into sturdy hip-hop tropes with lived-in chemistry, disarming sweetness, and impossibly lush, hyper-soulful, 9th Wonderful production. If Tanya Morgan isn’t the nicest, most likeable crew in hip-hop, it’s right up there…With Brooklynati, Tanya Morgan comes of age. It’s gone from paying homage to the albums and groups that inspired it to putting out a classic of its own.”

— The Onion

Tanya Morgan is a rap group. More than that, they’re a great rap group as evidenced by the acclaim they’ve received from the likes of Billboard, Vibe, SPIN, XXL Magazine, XLR8R, Los Angeles Times, The Onion, NY Magazine and a bevy of other press outlets who have praised the group throughout the duration of their career. “Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul — soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package,” says SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron.

Hailing from both Brooklyn and Cincinnati, Tanya Morgan formed on the message boards of Hailing from both Brooklyn and Cincinnati, Okayplayer.com in 2003 when Donwill, Ilyas and Von Pea were all solo artists trading demos and beat tapes. The three MCs decided to collaborate for a one-off project and settled on the name Tanya Morgan – an inside joke to trick hip-hop crate-diggers and sample-searchers into thinking the record was an old-school soul singer. After their debut album,Moonlighting, was endorsed by the likes of ?uestlove in 2006 and was received enthusiastically by fans, Tanya Morgan decided to keep working together and keep the name. In the wake of Moonlighting’s critical success, the group released its follow-up, 2009’s Brooklynati which saw the group reach more fans and beguile more journalists as it was widely regarded as one of the year’s best hip hop releases.

Since Brooklynati, the group has reformed with Ilyas moving on to focus on his solo material and video production while Von Pea and Donwill continue to tour as Tanya Morgan, supporting the group’s classic material, solo releases (Donwill’s Don Cusack In High Fidelity, Von Pea’s Pea’s Gotta Have It) and 2011’s You & What Army. The future holds more solo releases such as Von Pea’s Duly Noted as well as a collaborative album with producer 6th Sense entitled Rubber Souls.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 11:20pm - Sunday August 3, 2014 12:05am
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

11:30pm

SEA FIX (Birmingham, AL) — Dream-Pop / Psychedelic Rock

“Sea Fix is a sonic tidal wave.”

— Magic City Bands

SEA FIX was born out of a recording experiment at Hidden Window in the burgeoning Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, AL. When Chris Rowell ( of Warm in the Wake, King Lear Jet) and Chris Hoke (of The Sudden Rays, 3D5SPD) met to work on separate music and film projects, they eventually began recording together and teamed up with Bret Estep (drums) and Tony Oliver (keys). The band released a 7″ single “Favors” in the summer of 2013, as well as a video produced by Atlanta-based production group NATION OF for the song “Top Five Fears”. A forthcoming SEA FIX debut LP will be released in the fall of 2014.

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Saturday August 2, 2014 11:30pm - Sunday August 3, 2014 12:15am
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

11:45pm

Spacewolf (Jackson, MS) — Post-Grunge / Garage Rock

While Spacewolf is heavy, they’re not oppressive, and they manage to be metal but not morbid and radio-catchy without being dumb.

— Hymnal

Shortly after the disbanding of Jackson indie rock outfit Roosevelt Noise, singer/guitarist Drew McKercher and bassist Don Hawkins joined with former Tuff Luvs and Redneck Trucker punk/metal drummer Murph Caciedo to form Spacewolf.

Though aware of each other’s presence in the Jackson music scene, none of the members knew how the trio would flesh out (if at all). But after one short getting-to-know-you session, they decided there was something not to be ignored in the room’s chemistry.

Hawkins (bass) and Caciedo (drums) deliver structurally intense arrangements under McKercher’s angular guitars, frantic leads and intrinsic vocals (which are delivered through a homemade microphone constructed from a beer can and an antique NYC payphone receiver).

The trio has released 2 full length albums, Spacewolf (2011) and II (2013).

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Saturday August 2, 2014 11:45pm - Sunday August 3, 2014 12:30am
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:15am

SECRET SET! — Dream-Pop / Shoegaze
Sunday August 3, 2014 12:15am - 1:00am
M-Lounge - 21+ 2209 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206

12:15am

Pigeon John (Los Angeles, CA) — Hip-Hop

“Over the course of the past 16 years, John has been making a name for himself amongst the hip hop underground as a part of various groups and projects, but now, six full length albums into his solo career, he’s proven himself an innovative artist and remarkable solo performer.”

— It’s All Dead

Pigeon John hails from sunny Southern California, Inglewood to be exact. It’s easy to assume his signature blend of wit, charisma and undeniable stage presence is a fortunate gift (and it is), but let’s be real. Everyone starts somewhere. Pigeon John cut his teeth in the early 90s at the legendary Good Life Cafe, spitting rhymes on the same stage with then fledgling, now established artists like Freestyle Fellowship, Kurupt, The Pharcyde and Jurassic 5. Good Life open-mic nights became PJ’s ritual. It was the perfect environment to hone his performance and delivery skills amongst discerning peers.

Time at the Good Life gave way to time spent at local venues and in the studio with friends like Brainwash Projects and LA Symphony. His appearances on the underground classics, The Rise and Fall of Brainwash Project and Composition 1 from Brainwash Projects and LA Symphony, respectively, put him on the radar as one to watch.

In 2002, Pigeon John released his solo debut Pigeon John Is Clueless, selling over 11,000 copies with no distribution. He followed up with Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister and Pigeon John Sings The Blues. The albums garnered significant praise landing him features in Spin’s “Next Big Things” issue, URB’s “Next 100″ and Mic Check in The Source. PJ’s infectious tunes have been used by XBOX for the games “Project Gotham” and “NBA Inside Drive 2002,” as well as the major motion picture “Get Over It.” John has also performed and appeared in print and television ads for both Levi’s and Nestle Crunch.

Touring the nation 8 times over, Pigeon John has earned his veteran status, using a clever balance of self-deprecating humor and confidence to rock any crowd, any stage. His boundless energy seduces crowds making ladies swoon and fellas embrace their geek appeal.

Enamored by PJ’s infectious energy and raw talent exhibited on the Cali Comm tour, Lyrics Born brought Pigeon John into the Quannum fold in 2005. His Quannum Projects debut Pigeon John And The Summertime Pool Party (his best album yet!) hits stores September 12, 2006.

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Sunday August 3, 2014 12:15am - 1:00am
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:30am

Looksy (Tuscaloosa, AL) — Indie Rock

“The band’s style is their own, though. Heavy garage guitars are balanced with distant vocals, tempered drums, and catchy songwriting. Their set is engaging and dynamic, as songs like “Common” may snap from sleazy riffs in the verse to chiming, dreamlike interludes, to heavy chords in the chorus.”

— Magic City Bands

Since their formation in late 2011, the bluesy rock outfit Looksy has made themselves a staple in the Tuscaloosa, AL music scene. After releasing a handful of songs in 2012, the band’s first official EP “Deeper Into the Woods” was released in the summer of 2013, showcasing the band’s unique rock and roll sound with 5 diverse tunes. The band has had the pleasure of playing shows all over the southeast and appear in festivals such as the 2013 Secret Stages festival in Birmingham, AL. With the future in mind, the band has been hard at work perfecting old favorites and writing new songs in preparation to record and release a full-length album, currently aimed for a Fall 2014 release. Looksy is a band who always aim to keep things loud and vibrant, with melodies and rhythms that are may take you by surprise.

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Sunday August 3, 2014 12:30am - 1:15am
Pale Eddie's Pour House - 21+ 2308 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

12:45am

Urbandy (Birmingham, AL) — Hip-Hop / Electronica

“As one of the leading minds behind Birmingham-based hip-hop and electronic label Step Pepper, this 32-year-old techno-savvy musician isn’t letting that past lay heavy on the heart of the innovation he’s actively bringing to the local music scene.”

— WELD Birmingham

Urbandy is an electronic musician and the founder and creative director of Step Pepper Records, a Birmingham-based experimental music label. Urbandy’s music is an instrumental blend of hip hop beats, broken melodies, electronic textures and lo-fi sampling. His solo live show consists of lively beat sessions, ambient segues and projected visuals. He released a self-titled debut LP on Step Pepper in 2011, followed by the companion EP Urbandy II the following year. For Step Pepper, Urbandy oversees the label’s creative and musical direction, and acts as executive producer on many Step Pepper releases. He also curates an ongoing mixtape series highlighting label talent alongside familiar names and influences.

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Sunday August 3, 2014 12:45am - 1:30am
Das Haus - 18+/21+ (after 10pm) 2318 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

1:00am

Open Cypher — Hip-Hop
Sunday August 3, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Matthew's Bar and Grill - 21+ 2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203
 
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11:20pm

T0W3RS (Raleigh, NC) — Indie Rock

“Their scatter-shot approach to indie rock — showcased on this year’s If All We Have Is Time – proves them equally adept at macabre noise epics, brittle ballads and nervy pop-rock jams.”

— Shuffle Magazine

“Whether instigating scavenger hunts or playing shows as a karaoke version of his own band, Derek Torres has always been creative when it comes to the experimental indie pop of T0W3RS. The template has shifted from rock to pop and, in the last year, from a full band to a solo project… His new “Silk Hope” grows from a disco shrug to a classic rock cruiser. There’s no question the band’s a moving target, but thus far it’s been an entertaining one.” – INDY Weekly

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Sunday August 3, 2014 11:20pm - Monday August 4, 2014 12:00am
Harold and Mod - All Ages 2323 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203