Thursday, June 28, 2012

Today's Hard on BFP Music: Dirty South Deathfest II

Check the event here! 


The second installment of the DSDF will be held at Easy Street in Birmingham, AL featuring 2 days of non stop Metal Madness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ticket prices are $10 for under 21 and $8 for 21 and over.
Friday July 6th-
Doors @ 7pm
Devour by Infection 8-8:30
Gorephanage 8:45-9:15
Gorgy 9:30-10
Neldoreth 10:15-11
Vulkodlak 11:15-11:45
Ardurous 12-1

Saturday July 7th-
Doors @ 6pm
The Maple Key 7-7:30
Thothamon 7:45-8:15
Self Inflicted 8:30-9
Last Transgression 9:15-9:45
Ultimo Hombre 10-10:45
Order of the Owl 11-11:45
D.A.M.N 12-1

Also Undertaking FX will be making they're second appearance as well supplying you with their own handmade Occult jewelry and other Lovecraftian obsessions.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Mastersons (June 21st)

Husband and wife, singing and playing together.And they’re each deft instrumentalists, and they’ve spent years playing in others’ bands before coming together as a unit. They’re bound by music and an uncommon depth of companionship, they’re good enough to make Steve Earle swoon, and all of that sounds quite nice.

Until 16 and a half seconds into track one, when Eleanor Whitmore begins singing, “The twitch in my left eye came back today.”

“Yeah, we’re not exactly gazing lovingly at each other while we’re playing these songs,” says guitarist Chris Masterson. “Sometimes the ‘couple’ thing can seem a bit schmaltzy. We’re more a band than a duo, and we’re not going to be George and Tammy. We might not even be John and Exene.” That’s not to say that these folks don’t love each other, or that they aren’t of a piece. It’s just that listening to The Mastersons - either live or on their immediately engaging, musically expansive debut album, Birds Fly South (due out April 10 on New West Records) - isn’t akin to eavesdropping on two soulmates’ impossibly intimate conversation. This is more fun than that, with bright melodies that lead to dark lyrics, inventive harmonies and enough sparkle and twang to fashion a Porter Wagoner suit.

Together, Whitmore (who plays guitar, violin, mandolin and most anything else with strings) and Masterson arrive at a singular blend that Emmylou Harris speaks of as “the third voice,” one distinct from its individual elements. “Eleanor on her own has a beautiful voice, far better than mine,” Masterson says. “But when we come together, something bigger happens.” That “something bigger” is captured in full on Birds Fly South, an album with soul and groove and teeth and not an ounce of schmaltz. Like the Jayhawks or Buddy & Julie Miller, it exists in an expansive territory that encompasses rock, pop, blues and country, but this is not an “If you like x, then you’ll like y” kind of record. It’s an unexpected and
frequently astonishing melding of sensibilities, from two unique yet perfectly-matched artists.

Both the Denton, Texas-born Whitmore and Houston-reared Masterson have been musicians for as long as they can recall. Whitmore’s parents were both musicians, her mother an opera singer and her dad a folksinger who piloted Delta airplanes for a living. She began playing fiddle at age four, and she and sister Bonnie (now a touring songwriter) played in the family band as kids, and she studied fiddle with Texas swing master Johnny Gimble. Masterson was playing searing blues in Houston clubs at age 13, and he spent his adolescence as a disciple of blues greats Big Walter Price and TBone Walker.

“We were both doomed from the start,” Whitmore laughs. “Actually, we were lucky. It’s rare to have supportive parents that believed and expected we would play music and be successful. Most people that have a passion for music aren’t that fortunate.”

Whitmore and Masterson apprenticed for years with other musicians, she with Regina Spektor, Susan Gibson, Kelly Willis, Diana Ross, Will Hoge and others, he in the bands of Jack Ingram, Son Volt, Bobby Bare Jr. and more. They met in 2005 and each released solo debuts (hers was 2008’s Airplanes and his was an EP called The Late Great Chris Masterson), but found themselves compelled to write and sing together.

“It all started coming together organically,” Whitmore says. “And the songs started to sound like a band, not like a song swap.” To capture that sound, The Mastersons headed from their Brooklyn home back down to Texas, where they worked with a core group of close friends (Grammy-winning engineer Steve Chrisensen, bass man George Reiff and drummer Falcon Valdez) to co-produce Birds Fly South. To capture the harmonies, Whitmore and Masterson sang together, into one microphone. That didn’t mean the proceedings were free from arguments or eyetwitching.

“It’s weird working with someone you love,” Masterson says. “The highs are higher, and the lows are lower. The way Eleanor and I treat each other, you’d never treat someone else on a session or gig. There’s a candor there that’s insane sometimes, and we both believe in what we’re doing so much and neither is willing to back down.”

With the album complete, Whitmore and Masterson headed back to New York, and in May of 2011 they joined Earle’s group, The Dukes and Duchesses. Each night on the world tour, Earle moved aside to let his spotlight shine on The Mastersons, whose efforts were met with reviews like “scintillating” (London’s The Telegraph). Whitmore and Masterson remain integral players in Earle’s band. “Playing with Steve has been so great for us,” Masterson says. “We’ve both learned so much from working with other people. We’ve learned to have something succinct to say onstage and learned a whole lot about work ethic. And we’ve learned to handle so many, many different scenarios.”

The release of Birds Fly South should provide for some more of those scenarios, though The Mastersons aren’t making any predictions.

“I’m not in the outcomes business,” says Masterson. He and Whitmore are more concerned with the action than the consequence, more about the offering than the reception.

 Workplay Theatre  June 21st

The Sights (June 24th)

Detroit-based rock band The Sights: Upcoming Birmingham show on Sun. June 24th. The Sights are hitting the road in support of their forthcoming full-length album Left Over Right (out June 19th through HRM) and they'll be performing in some of the nation's finest venues this June & July as part of their highly-anticipated tour with Tenacious D.

 Detroit's masters of heavy soul, The Sights, are a five-piece rock 'n' roll band renowned for both their incendiary live shows and acclaimed song-writing. Think Big Star & Badfinger fronted by Steve Marriott and you'll get a pretty good idea of what makes these guys tick. Hailed by critics and fans alike, they continue to build on an incredible 14-year legacy of uncanny blues-rock meets power pop.

The Sights combine the unobtrusive honesty of The Band with countless slivers of influence from their own personal record collections: Ike and Tina, Solomon Burke, The Everly Brothers, Bob Seger, Tim Hardin and all manner of raucous, infectious songwriting. Starting in the summer of 1998, famed typhoon of energy Eddie Baranek (guitar/vocals) fronted evolving line-ups through 2000’s Are You Green?, 2002’s Got What We Want and 2005’s self-titled The Sights – all recorded at Jim Diamond’s (White Stripes, Electric Six, Dirtbombs) Ghetto Recorders in Detroit.

2010’s Most of What Follows Is True was an overwhelming critical success, placing in the top fifteen percent of The Village Voice's 2010 Pazz and Jop listing and garnering press accolades from around the globe. With that record, The Sights achieved an unprecedented level of song and studio craftsmanship. In an era of soulless keyboards, drum machines and Autotune, Eddie & Co. responded with thrillingly catchy songs. No gimmicks, no studio trickery – just inspired rock 'n' roll from the heart.

2012 is shaping up to be The Sights' best year yet. They've already supplied the music for two Chevrolet ads, and this summer will bring a new single ("Eso No Está Bien Pequeña/Like Two Little Kids") as well as the release of their seventh effort, Left Over Right. On it, Baranek is joined by Jarrod Champion (keyboards/vocals), Dean Tartaglia (saxophone/vocals), Kyle Schanta(bass) and Skip Denomme (drums) where they deliver not only their most soulful album to date, but do it with all of the intensity that has fueled their previous recordings and live shows for well over a decade. If you love – really love – passionate songs that fire your imagination and move your ass, then you're gonna really love The Sights.

The Sights have shared the stage with some of the best in the business: Robert Plant, Tenacious D, The White Stripes, The Dirtbombs, Sloan, The Datsuns, The Donnas, The Bravery, The Kills, along with many others. Their precocious ability to blend frenetic garage rock with '60s pop and create something equally classic and catchy has garnered consistently rave reviews from both sides of the Atlantic. NME wrote “[The Sights are] a revelation - a treasure trove of sparky and wildly immediate songwriting" and Rolling Stone commented “at last - a new Detroit-garage band that comes in colors."

Raucous? Infectious? That pretty well sums up The Sights' live shows as well. It’s a rocket-ride that has been experienced by countless audiences throughout North America and Europe, and will surely win over thousands more this summer when they hit the road with Tenacious D as part of their highly anticipated Rize of the Fenix tour!

 Sun. June 24 THE SIGHTS w/ Thomas Wynn & The Believers 10pm at The Nick, 2514 10th Avenue South,  Birmingham, AL (205) 252-3831 $6 (Service Industry Night! 1/2 off ticket price if SIN)

The Deadstring Brother! (July 2nd)

The Deadstring Brother!
(Kurt Marschke – Solo Music Show)
At The Nick on Monday, July 2nd
"Sexy, low-slung and soulful, balancing barroom sneer with near-blistering emotional heat in a way that evokes the best of the brothers Allman and Flying Burrito." New Orleans Gambit Weekly

The most recent Bloodshot release, Sao Paulo, came out last year.
Anything past press-wise, photo-wise or whatever you'd want to check out is here

For the dates listed below, Deadstring Brothers lead man Kurt Marschke will be performing solo. The live act will showcase Marschke's rarely shown multi-instrumentalism and give an intimate look of DSB songs throughout their four-record catalog, including the most recent Sao Paulo. Utilizing his tools of the trade, the DSB front man brings a wall of sound to the rock and an artisans touch to the ballads in his repertoire. From sparse songwriter fare to a full rock combo fronted by a single soulful singer, the solo show represents the full spectrum.

Earning comparisons to the Stones circa Exile on Main Street, Deadstring Brothers are Detroit incarnate. A little rough and tumble, they're roots rock drawing from Muscle Shoals, Soul, and Blues in one fell swoop. The songs are great for cruising around in your Ford, Chevy, or whatever you're driving these days. They rock, pretty much.

Sao Paulo, garnered a ton of praise and coverage, with Maverick (UK) calling it "Real whiskey soaked rocking country/blues music." And "…heart-wrenching, bulldozing, guitar laden, in-your-face country-rock." The Chicago Reader said the album was filled with "flinty, soulful performances that bring infectious vitality to bluesy rockers and boozy honky-tonk."  And the Nashville Scene stated "On their newest, Sao Paulo, specifically "Houston" and "The River Song," singer-guitarist Kurt Marschke spurs the band to an uncanny approximation of the Stones in their raunchy '70s prime, while expanding their sound to encompass space-transmission blues and woozy, heartsick country balladry. Recommended to anyone who's ever worn out a cassette copy of Let It Bleed." Sao Paulo’s predecessor, Silver Mountain, was named one of the best Records of 2007 by American Songwriter.
Monday, July 2nd at The Nick
2514 10th Ave. South – Birmingham, AL
Ticket Cost: $5
Showtime: 10pm
Ages 21+

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes (June 20th)

Touring on their most recent album, Civilized ManNashville's Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, are coming to Birmingham June 20th to play WorkPlay.  This release is their first full-length studio album. It was recorded and co-produced by Mark Nevers (Andrew Bird, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lambchop).  The single "Shoe Fits" was #7 on Amazon's Top 100 Songs of 2011 and the album was on their Top 100 Albums of 2011.  Daniel also recently finished appearing on NBC in season 3 of The Sing Off as a member of Nashville group, The Collective. Joining them will be Nashville's own Jeremy Lister, of The Sing-Off season 2's Street Corner Symphony.

Birmingham Girls Choir: auditions for 2012-13

The Birmingham Girls Choir is now scheduling auditions for the 2012-13 season. BGC welcomes girls, grades 1-12, to sing in our graded program. Prelude, grades 1-2, Intermezzo, grades 3,4,5 and Una Voce, grades 6 - 12.
Please contact for information or to schedule an audition.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Leeds Arts Council's 2012 Free Concerts in the Park

The second in the Leeds Arts Council's 2012 Free Concerts in the Park series will feature the "Buicks" on Saturday, June 9, at 7:00 PM in the Amphitheatre at Leeds Memorial Park on Highway 119. As always, you are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chairs along with a picnic supper, and enjoy the music under the stars.

The Buicks have been playing fairs, festivals, clubs and weddings all over the southeast for over 30 years. We have shared the stage with some well known musicians, including the late, great Willie Dixon, who was a blues pioneer, who wrote many of the well known blues standards. We play blues, soul, oldies and classic rock. Although all members of the band are skilled musicians, our drummer, Lewis Ross, was a founding member of "Wet Willie," a southern rock band that played in the 70’s, and he was also closely tied to The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Wet Willie was from Mobile but moved to Macon, Georgia in the early 70’s to help form the hub of Southern Rock music. Lewis did the first 8 albums with Wet Willie and is now a member of the Alabama and Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Last year the Buicks did a benefit at Workplay, along with Leeds native Todd Simpson(of Mojo Child), and raised a good chunk of money for tornado relief, while playing to a full house. They are currently booked through the end of this year, including a weekend in Destin in June and a HUGE CONCERT IN THE PARK IN LA(Leeds, Alabama), on Saturday, June 9!

72nd and Central's Suther Marks Tour: Homecoming

Chapman Suther, a Birmingham-raised musician, graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in 2007. Since then, he has not relented in his pursuit of a music career. In his early and mid-teens, Suther played both in a band and as a solo artist in Birmingham, at venues such as Marty's Bar in Southside, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and at the original Moonlight Music Cafe, which is now "Music on the Mountain." In 2007, Suther moved to the Knoxville TN area to attend college. After graduating, and spending 4 years as a solo artist in Knoxville's tough music scene, Suther moved to Greenville SC. After a year as a solo artist in the Greenville music scene, Suther finally connected with like-minded musicians to re-incarnate his band, 72nd and Central. Suther most recently performed in Birmingham in October of 2011 at The Rare Martini as a solo acoustic act. In June, Suther makes his full-band return to the town in which he grew up.

After only 5 months of playing together, 72nd and Central has become the self-dubbed "fastest growing band in Greenville." Suther describes the sound of 72nd and Central as a mix between Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon, and the Foo Fighters. They mark their first tour of the Southeast this June, highlighted by a June 23rd appearance at the Nick. "We really just want to play live," Suther says. "That's why we are doing this tour while we are still a 'baby-band,'" he points out, smiling.

The June 23rd show at the Nick will feature 72nd and Central, as well as Jerry on the Moon, from Rome, Georgia. More bands are TBA. Doors open at 7:30pm , show begins at 9:30pm.