Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Hours for @TheNickRocks / Updated Schedule of Shows


 

We now open at 2PM for Happy Hour weekdays instead of 3PM.
 


Also Big News for the weekends...The Nick will open at 2PM Friday afternoon and not close until 4am Monday morning. That's right! We are now open 24hrs on the weekends! 

Here are some highlights of the great shows we have coming up at The Nick! 


A full list of shows with band information can be downloaded at this link. DOWNLOAD

9/18 Thursday: Tonight! Lydia Loveless / Gigi Scott & Trouble Town / Mandi Rae $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
9/19 Friday: I Am Spartacus / The Kinky Aphrodisiacs / Natas Kompas
9/20 Saturday: David Lareau & The Copperpots / Mammoth Indigo / Sunshine and Bullets
9/22 Monday: Leo Rondeau / Van Hollingsworth
9/23 Tuesday: Love Inks
9/24 Wednesday: Philip Allman of American Animal
9/25 Thursday: Mail the Horse
9/26 Friday: Five Eight / The Pauses / DiNOLA $6 Advanced
9/27 Saturday: Dwight Smith / LNLY WLVS / Redface
9/28 Sunday: JOE SMITH & THE GOING CONCERN *Service Industry Night!*
10/1 Wednesday: La Fin Absolute du Monde
10/2 Thursday: Kelley swindall / Jacob Thomas Jr. / Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons
10/3 Friday: Arlandrius / Stego / Cadaver Dogs
10/4 Saturday: The Woodshedders
10/5 Sunday: Just Fiends / Munook / Lockheed Martian *Service Industry Night!*
10/6 Monday: Peekaboos
10/8 Wednesday: Zach Doss
10/9 Thursday: The Vibrators / Skeptic? / Justify These Scars $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/10 Friday: Q Dot & His Posse
10/11 Saturday: Pleasant Valley / Thothamon / HOG Mountain / Toke
10/12 Sunday: Eric Sommer /Philip Allman (of American Animal) / Secondary Modern $5 21+Show *Service Industry Night!*
10/13 Monday: Little Brave / Ali Holder / Mandi Rae *Songwriter Showcase*
10/14 Tuesday: FLINTface
10/15 Wednesday: Zach Deputy $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/16 Thursday: Copious Jones
10/17 Friday: DEDSA / The Great American Breakdown / Looksy
10/18 Saturday: Dank Sinatra / Viva DeConcini / The Love Is Loud / The Roomsounds
10/22 Wednesday: Spectralux / Johnny Apollo / Opposite
10/23 Thursday: Alexandrea Lushington
10/24 Friday: Andy Spain / Bike Thief / Javier Mendoza
10/25 Saturday: THE MAIN SQUEEZE - $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show 

10/29 Wednesday: Swampcandy
10/30 Thursday: Candy Lee / Ajeva
10/31 Friday: *Halloween FireWater Revival / Brothers Rage / The New Masters of Evil / Avavago / Rise of Alaric 21+Show $6
11/01 Saturday: Ben Gaines Band / Universal
11/02 Sunday: Rae Fitzgerald *Service Industry Night

* Please Note *

9/18 Thursday: Tonight! Lydia Loveless $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
9/26 Friday: Five Eight / The Pauses / DiNOLA $6 Advanced
10/9 Thursday: The Vibrators / Skeptic? / Justify These Scars $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/15 Wednesday: Zach Deputy $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/25 Saturday: THE MAIN SQUEEZE - $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
11/5 Wednesday: The Rancho De La Lunatics- ROCK N ROLL ROAD SHOW AND TRAVELING CELEBRATION - $6 21+Show - Missi Pyle / DiNOLA / Mojave Lords
11/21 Friday: Koffin Kats - $7 Advanced
11/29 Satirday: Jucifer $10 Advanced

Monday, September 15, 2014

TOUR ALERT: Soko at Workplay - 10/10 - @SoKothecat


"Lets be honest - a lot of music sounds the same these days and
we've been waiting for something to cut through the noise. Well, the charmingly gritty Soko is sure to do that. She’s fabulously French (meaning more in the warm baguette and Bridget Bardot way then in the "ne parle anglais" sort of way), a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning actress who happens to be one hell of a looker – think Edie Sedgwick minus the vulnerability.

"You mightrecognize her from that "First Kiss" viral video as one of the 20 strangers kissing for the first time (she's the sexy and funnily shy blond girl kissing the girl).

"The video shot her song "We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow" to no. 1 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart. It's off of her debut I Thought I Was An Alien (praised by Stereogum, Vogue, etc.), which drew on the loss of close family members, including her father, at a young age. Her forthcoming second full-length, My Dreams Dictate My Reality - produced by the super cool Ross Robinson (The Cure, At The Drive-In) - will be a much ballsier affair. It's coming out in Winter 2015.
 
"She has toured with Ariel Pink and that gang of lo-fi hell raisers, Daniel Johnston and that lovely trouble-maker Pete Doherty, among others. Soko has also worked with Cornershop and has collaborated with Spike Jonze on some videos and at least one short film."

TOUR ALERT: Mammoth Indigo play @TheNickRocks - 9/20 at 10pm - @MammothIndigo

Virginia-based indie-rock band Mammoth Indigo will be playing The Nick on Saturday, September 20th, 2014


The band recently released their debut self-titled album Mammoth Indigo in late 2013 to an amazing response, which resulted in a headline gig at the prestigious VA venue The National. Since then, the band has been on a mini nationwide tour where they played the Sundown Festival, IMR Music Festival, and many other notable venues all around the US.


Influenced by bands such as Local Natives and Manchester Orchestra, the band has developed their standalone sound and songwriting by fusing elements of dream-folk, indie-rock and alternative pop.

https://www.facebook.com/MammothIndigoVA


SEE VIDEO FOR INSTRUCTIONS: @thePauses Coming to @TheNickRocks 9/26 w/ @FiveEightAthens

 

"We're taking our audience-controlled Video Keyboard on the road this fall. Come out and play the Interact-O-Vision along with us as we try to match your super rad on-the-fly edits with our own live music playing. What the hell are we talking about?"
See video below: 



Interact-O-Vision: A How-To-Guide for the Participating Enthusiast from The Pauses on Vimeo.

http://www.thepauses.com/ 

Friday, September 12, 2014

TOUR ALERT: @FlowTribe Performs - @Zydecobham - Sat 10/4





Zydeco- 2001 15th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

When: Saturday, October 4th

Time: 9:30pm

Tix: $8

Ages: 18+

Website: http://www.flowtribe.com

Bio:

Flow Tribe's New EP Moves Feet And Cracks Backs In The Big Easy

Alligator White Shows Full Spread of New Orleans' Band Funky, Rhythmic Sound

New Orleans, LA: "Back cracking music." That's how the New Orleans natives in Flow Tribe describe their sound. It's a groove-based gumbo, a mixture of classic Louisiana traditions (funk, jazz, electric blues) and modern-day influences (rock, hip-hop). It's music that moves. Music that hits you in the heart and the feet. Music that sounds as celebratory as the Big Easy itself.

More than anything, though, it's music that gets you dancing.

"It's a genre of movement and rhythm," says John Michael Early, one of six childhood friends who formed the band while attending high school in the Crescent City. "We're rooted in funk. We move a lot onstage, and we want the audience to move, too. You won't hear us do a lot of ballads. We're not gonna cry with you, but if you are crying, we'll help you forget whatever's troubling you."

Flow Tribe's latest release, Alligator White, is the crystallization of a sound that's been brewing since those early days. The hooks are bigger. The production is crisper. The results are an EP that bounces between funk, rock and Latin music. There's no better representation of Flow Tribe's wide-ranging capabilities… apart from the band's live show, of course.

Alligator White
https://soundcloud.com/flowtribe/sets/flow-tribe-alligator-white2/s-YiZ27

For more information on Flow Tribe:

www.flowtribe.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flow-Tribe/5971308937

https://www.youtube.com/user/flowtribe

View the video for the song “Hungry For You” here:

http://youtu.be/xF0A2ZhjhEQ

 

Flow Tribe 2014 Tour:

9/5- Tipitina’s (record release concert)- New Orleans LA
9/12- Martin’s- Jackson MS
9/13- Proud Larry’s- Oxford MS
9/18- City Bar- Lafayette LA
9/20- Watershed Music Fest- Destin FL
9/26- Bule Nile, New Orleans LA
9/27- Bayou Fest- Houma LA
10/3- Bourbon St Bar- Auburn AL
10/4- Zydeco- Birmingham AL
10/11- Great Good Festival- Pensacola FL
10/16- Green Parrot- Key West FL
10/24- Chelsea’s Cafe- Baton Rouge LA
10/30- Funky Blues Shack- Destin FL
11/1- Voodoo Music Fest- New Orleans LA



TOUR ALERT: @DavidRMayfield Parade - @BottletreeCafe - October 10

Who: David Mayfield Parade

Where: The BottleTree ~ Birmingham, AL

When: October 10

Time: 9pm

Ages: 21+

Tix: $10

Website: http://thedavidmayfieldparade.com


Bio: Compass Records Group is pleased to announce the addition of David Mayfield to the roster. Mayfield's new album, Strangers, is slated for an early September release. The new album is a bold affair that reaches into the avant-garde while still giving a nod to Mayfield's musical roots. Mayfield's goal was to record a timeless album – avoiding anything overtly modern without going retro. Mayfield says that a series of life changes inspired the songs on the project. "The underlying tone of struggle and trying to gain ground gave a sincerity to the music that makes me feel like I have finally found my voice. My friends say I sound more like myself than ever before." Mayfield will be showcasing tracks from the new album while on tour this summer with Parade bandmates Jason Edwards (drums) and Jenn Star-Symch (fiddle, synth), and also with John Warren Watson (bass, vocals).



David Mayfield may be one of the quirkiest performers on the roots/Americana scene. He came up on the bluegrass circuit, winning contests on mandolin and guitar, playing bass with his family bluegrass band and even doing a stint living in Bill Monroe's old bus, Bluegrass Breakdown. Mayfield's writing is equally inspired by Doyle Lawson, Randy Newman and Simon & Garfunkel. He oozes personality on stage and his boundless energy and sense of humor make him a natural frontman. Since forming his own band The David Mayfield Parade in 2011, he has been touring almost non-stop including many appearances with The Avett Brothers (both with The Parade and sitting in with The Avetts), Mumford & Sons, Willie Nelson, The Barenaked Ladies as well as with his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield (including an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman). Mayfield is also a GRAMMY-nominated producer and mix engineer (he produced 4 albums last year and already has 3 under his belt in 2014).

TOUR ALERT: New Orleans Suspects @Zydecobham - Friday, September 19th- @nolasuspects

Louisiana Red Hot Records is proud to announce the release of Ouroboros, the new studio effort from the NOLA supergroup, NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS, on October 14, 2014.

New Orleans Suspects will perform at Zydeco in Birmingham on Friday, September 19th. CBDB is also on the bill. Doors open at 9:30 P.M. Tickets are $10.00. 


 This event is open to patrons 18 and older. For more information: http://www.zydecobirmingham.com/ or call 205-933-1032.

New Orleans Suspects formed in summer of 2011 and is comprised of some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans including: Reggie Scanlan on bass (The Radiators, Professor Longhair Band); “Mean” Willie Green on drums (Neville Bros.); Jeff Watkins on saxophone (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band); Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (Dirty Dozen Brass Band); and CR Gruver on keyboards and vocals (Polytoxic, Outformation).



Known for their blazing performances, the band’s live set combines original songs with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks as well as favorites from Radiators, Neville Brothers and the Dirty Dozen repertoire. San Diego Union Tribune called them “a rollicking blend of funk, jazz, blues, rock and vintage N’awlins R&B, designed to fill dance floors with gyrating celebrants.”



Ouroboros is the band’s third release and the follow up to their 2012 live CD, Caught Live At The Maple Leaf. Featuring 10 original songs, Ouroboros defines the band’s sound, which is one that puts their own twist on the traditions of New Orleans music--fever-inducing funk, irresistible R&B rhythms, Longhair rhumbas, dancing-in-the-street second lines, jazzy soul-drenched horns, mind-melting swamp hoodoo, and feet-don’t-fail-me-now Carnivale music-- that takes the listener on a wild ride through the city’s musical history in a brand new vehicle. The title of the recording was carefully chosen by the band. The Ouroboros is a powerful symbol--an ancient circular icon of a serpent eating its own tail--that symbolizes cyclicality and things that begin anew as soon as they end. This idea perfectly describes New Orleans Suspects, a band that represents a second chance, or rebirth, for its veteran members.



Ouroboros was primarily recorded and mixed by Jeff Watkins and Grammy Award® winner Jake Eckert at Rhythm Shack Studio in New Orleans. It was mastered by Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood. Special guest players include: Col. Bruce Hampton, Ian Smith, Michael Skinkus, Tanya Shylock, River Eckert and Jasa Gruver.

Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana Red Hot Records has released over 200 albums of the hottest Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Zydeco, Cajun and Rock, and is a leader among Southern independent labels in marketing and worldwide distribution via Entertainment One, the world’s #1 independent distributor for music and video. Owner Harris Rea has helped launch such artists as Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Hunter Hayes, Master P, Honey Island Swamp Band, Cowboy Mouth, Better Than Ezra, Cyril Neville and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. His family also owns and operates the famed Peaches Records in the French Quarter. Founded in 1975 by Mr. Rea, it is one of the largest and oldest remaining indie music retailers in the U.S.

Mr. Rea comments, “Funkier than the Radiators, more rockin’ than the Neville Brothers, jazzier than James Brown - no band expresses the irresistible rhythms of the New Orleans songbook better than the Suspects.”

TOUR ALERT: @RoscoBandana - @BottletreeCafe - October 8



Who: Rosco Bandana


Where: The BottleTree ~ Birmingham, AL

When: October 8

Time: 9pm

Tix: $8/$10

Ages: 21+

Website: http://www.roscobandana.com/

Bio Info:

The Mississippi septet Rosco Bandana are the product of teenage rebellion and its consequences; of lost love, false starts and, above all, lasting friendship. They're what happens when a group of kids take a chance on a long shot and – against all odds – it pays off. There's also a Blur cover thrown in for good measure.

The group began – spiritually, if not specifically – when principle songwriter Jason Sanford, at that time acting in open and active defiance to his strict Christian upbringing, wandered into a tobacco store in a Gulfport mall to buy smokes and struck up a conversation with the kid working behind the counter. "He was like this real cool, hip, indie sorta character," Sanford explains, "and he ended up turning me on to people like Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Iron and Wine, Neutral Milk Hotel. That's kind of how it all started." His parents were wary of encouraging their son's budding interest. "They wanted to keep me in this tiny bubble," Sanford explains.

Sanford would stay up late at night, teaching himself how to play the guitar his father had given him. He certainly had plenty to write about. Just a few months earlier, Sanford's relationship with Emily Sholes had come to an end, and the heartbreak of that separation powered most of his early songs. At the same time, a childhood friend of Sanford's, Barry Pribyl Jr., had just moved back to Mississippi from Michigan, and his mother suggested he get in touch with his old friend soon after their return.

"At the time, I was into metal," Pribyl says. "So I went to this open mic night, and Jason was playing this honky-tonk stuff. I remember thinking, 'What the hell is this?'"

But the best friendships are built on compromise and the more Pribyl and Sanford started playing together, the more a specific sound started to emerge – one that blended a ragged bar-rock attitude of bands like Uncle Tupelo with a few mild nods toward the iconoclastic end of contemporary country, like Jamey Johnson. Their core in place, Pribyl and Sanford soon began looking to expand their lineup. "Jason started an open mic night at a wine bar," Pribyl said. "From there, we'd invite 10 or 15 people to come with us out to this abandoned house and we'd just jam. We sort of hand-picked the band from there." In the kind of romantic twist all great rock stories require, one of them was Jason's old flame Emily Sholes. Another was Jennifer Flint, whose fiery vocals serve as a scorching counterbalance to Sanford's down-home croon. "I first met Jason in 2006," says Flint. "He was in one of his first bands, and I honestly just fell in love with the way he wrote." Local attention inspired the band to enroll in a Battle of the Bands contest sponsored by Hard Rock, which they handily won, and they soon flew out to Los Angeles to work on their debut with acclaimed producer Greg Collins (U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt) at The Nook Studio.

The results are spellbinding. They turn Blur's "Tender" into a rousing, gospel-informed hymn, and work similar magic on their own compositions: "Time to Begin," the first song Sanford, Pribyl and Flint wrote together, hip-swivels like something off Exile on Main Street; the trembling, minor-key vocal melody of "El Luna" recalls both Elliott Smith and Abbey Road-era Beatles and "Woe is Me" is a rollicking country stomp in the vein of Steve Earle. "I was trying to write a real Depression Era-style country song," Sanford explains, "and so I tried to put myself in the mindset of what people back then were going through." Though it began as an attempt to channel the loose rootsiness of Old Crow Medicine Show, the result is a barnburner – a big, raucous number with a booming backbeat and deep-fried electric guitar. Whether loud and rowdy or quiet and contemplative, Rosco Bandana balance both extremes perfectly.

"It might sound cliché," Pribyl says, "but we're just these humble, good ol', down-to-earth Mississippi people. And when we play live, you can just see in our faces the joy of music."

"I want people to feel like they know us," says Flint. "I want them to feel like they can relate."

"I hope people get something honest out of our music," says Sanford. "I hope they're able to feel something, and to empathize with it when they hear the lyrics." He pauses, becoming momentarily philosophical. "You know, life and death is in the power of the tongue. And I want to put out music that's going to heal people."

@TheNickBham - Press Release 9/11/14


**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
September 11, 2014
Here are some highlights of the great shows we have coming up at The Nick!
A full list of shows with band information can be downloaded at this link. DOWNLOAD


9/12 Friday: Codey Bearden Band / Economy Cartel / Happy Lemmy
9/13 Saturday: Backup Planet
9/15 Monday: Peasants
9/17 Wednesday: Philip Allman of American Animal
9/18 Thursday: Lydia Loveless / Gigi Scott & Trouble Town / Mandi Rae $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show Download Press Photo
9/19 Friday: Natas Kompas / I Am Spartacus
9/20 Saturday: David Lareau & The Copperpots / Mammoth Indigo / Sunshine and Bullets
9/23 Tuesday: Love Inks
9/24 Wednesday: Philip Allman of American Animal
9/25 Thursday: Mail the Horse
9/26 Friday: Five Eight / The Pauses / DiNOLA $6 Advanced
9/27 Saturday: Dwight Smith / LNLY WLVS / Nathan Peek Band
9/28 Sunday: JOE SMITH & THE GOING CONCERN *Service Industry Night!*
10/1 Wednesday: La Fin Absolute du Monde
10/2 Thursday: Kelley swindall / Jacob Thomas Jr. / Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons
10/3 Friday: Arlandrius
10/4 Saturday: The Woodshedders
10/5 Sunday: Just Fiends / Munook / Lockheed Martian *Service Industry Night!*
10/8 Wednesday: Zach Doss
10/9 Thursday: The Vibrators / Skeptic? / Justify These Scars $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/10 Friday: Q Dot & His Posse
10/11 Saturday: Pleasant Valley / Thothamon / HOG Mountain / Toke
10/12 Sunday: Eric Sommer /Philip Allman (of American Animal) / Secondary Modern $5 21+Show *Service Industry Night!*
10/13 Monday: Little Brave / Ali Holder / Mandi Rae *Songwriter Showcase*
10/14 Tuesday: FLINTface
10/15 Wednesday: Zach Deputy $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/16 Thursday: Copious Jones
10/17 Friday: DEDSA / The Great American Breakdown / Looksy
10/18 Saturday: Dank Sinatra / Viva DeConcini / The Love Is Loud / The Roomsounds
10/22 Wednesday: Spectralux / Johnny Apollo
10/23 Thursday: Alexandrea Lushington
10/24 Friday: Andy Spain / Bike Thief / Javier Mendoza
10/25 Saturday: THE MAIN SQUEEZE - $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/31 Saturday: *Halloween FireWater Revival / Brothers Rage / The New Masters of Evil / Avavago / Rise of Alaric 21+Show $6

* Please Note *

9/18 Thursday: Lydia Loveless $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
9/26 Friday: Five Eight / The Pauses / DiNOLA $6 Advanced
10/9 Thursday: The Vibrators / Skeptic? / Justify These Scars $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/15 Wednesday: Zach Deputy $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
10/25 Saturday: THE MAIN SQUEEZE - $8 Advanced $10 Day of Show
11/5 Wednesday: The Rancho De La Lunatics- ROCK N ROLL ROAD SHOW AND TRAVELING CELEBRATION - $6 21+Show - Missi Pyle / DiNOLA / Mojave Lords
11/21 Friday: Koffin Kats - $7 Advanced
11/29 Satirday: Jucifer $10 Advanced

If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to ask! Roberta Caldwell on behalf of:
The Nick
www.thenickrocks.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Serve Yourselves, Homies!

Hey, I just wanted to remind you that you can use our Facebook page to promote any of your music related news or events. This is a great way to work your promotion around some of the new social media limitations.  If you post directly to our page, as a content creator, it goes out throughout our network and can be seen by all of our followers. This is available for all music news or information in our area (anywhere in Alabama, with an emphasis on Birmingham). 

 
Just let me know if you want to be added as a content creator on the BFP Music page and start posting your shows, news releases, etc today. It is a good, completely free way to help spread the word.
Follow us on Twitter @Freepressmusic and include your email address in a response to be added as a content creator. music@birminghamfreepress.com


You may also be added as an author on our blog if you really want to step up your promotion. It automatically shares with thousands of people for each post. Each share helps keep readership up, and keeps the blog up to date. So we encourage posts whenever you want. See Here- http://birminghammusicnews.blogspot.com/


All we ask is that posts pertain to music or musicians in our area. And all the other hoopla like a modicum of decency, blah, blah blah. No hate speech, no non-music posts, etc. Any genre, any size venue, any music stuff is cool. It's all very easy to do. And you can ask any one of our admins if you need assistance.
Check it out here- https://www.facebook.com/freepressmusic 


-Lee