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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #20: Young Valley

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #20: Young Valley

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

When it is said of a band to “put on your dancing shoes and say you’re prayers,” I’m probably going to be interested. And I’m pretty dang interested in Young ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #19: Wolfpack ATL

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #19: Wolfpack ATL

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Of all the bands on the Secret Stages roster this year, Wolfpack ATL is probably one of the most fun. With a bevy of brass, this sizable outfit is full-on, improvisational ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #18: Tristen

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #18: Tristen

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Nashville songbird Tristen has a voice to launch a flotilla. Her halcyon voice delivers as if bathed in a golden glow, though her lyrics aren’t exactly what you’d call sweetness ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #17: Timber

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #17: Timber

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Birmingham/Nashville duo Timber makes the kind of idyllic, nuanced dream folk that can utterly captivate. These two talented musicians happened into their working relationship, and to me they sound as though ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #16: Swarming Branch

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #16: Swarming Branch

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

If it’s off kilter, quirky vintage pop you’re looking for, look no further than Swarming Branch. Their far out, glammed-up folk is more than a little on the theatrical side, and ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #15: Snakes

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #15: Snakes

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

A little bit Ennio Morricone and a little bit drawling twang, Baltimore’s Snakes is more than a little bit interesting. With windswept, sunbleached wails and plenty of emotional highs and ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #14: Snail Mail

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #14: Snail Mail

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

It pretty much floors me how good Lindsey Jordan (AKA Snail Mail) is. Still in her teens, this tenderfoot’s music doesn’t read like a novice one bit. Jordan’s moody ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #13: Small Batch

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #13: Small Batch

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

With nods to traditional bluegrass/country and as listenable as the day is long, Lexington’s Small Batch makes a mean, masterful sort of “clusterfolk.” Their songs are unapologetic, impatient, raw, and ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #12: River Kittens

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #12: River Kittens

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Feisty as all get out, the River Kittens of St. Louis and their self-proclaimed “raunch folk”/”smartass bluegrass” are tough to resist. The three core ladies harmonize, sass, and coo their ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #11: Omni

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #11: Omni

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Basically, I’m in love with Omni. These Atlanta dudes make a dazzling, dizzying noise, with skittering guitars cavorting all over creation. These lo-fi jitters are sure to hit the ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #10: Nossiens

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #10: Nossiens

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Southern Mississippi is a swampy, spooky kind of place, so it follows that music from that area might just feel that way. Take for example the heady post punk machinations ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #9: Molly Parden

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #9: Molly Parden

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

In a music city like Nashville, a lot of people have great voices. But Molly Parden has more than just a great voice. Her voice, warm and winsome and a ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #8: Lowland Hum

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #8: Lowland Hum

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Delicate, deliberate, and just lovely. That’s Lowland Hum. This Charlottesville duo is married not just in music but in life, and their intimacy and knowledge of one another’s every ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #7: Jabee

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #7: Jabee

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

When Chuck D says your music “has the potential to change the world,” it’s no small thing. It may even be tough to live up to that level of expectation. ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #6: Della Ray

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #6: Della Ray

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

As y’all know, I’ve got a soft spot for Tuscaloosa. Della Ray came about in Tuscaloosa, and as I listen to them I can picture certain things about that city ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #5: Dasher

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #5: Dasher

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference. For Dasher’s Kylee Kimbrough, moving from Atlanta to the greater Bloomington area was difficult but necessary. Her firebrand outfit Dasher ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #4: Caleb Elliott

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #4: Caleb Elliott

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Caleb Elliott is a Louisiana boy recording music in the legendary Muscle Shoals area of Alabama. His aim is true, his vibe a kind of vintage swamp pop. Elliott’s is ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #3: Blunt Bangs

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #3: Blunt Bangs

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

Blunt Bangs happened with Reggie from Florida outfit Black Kids hitched a ride to Athens and got together with some dudes to make some killer fuzzy power pop. This jangle’s ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #2: Anwar Sadat

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #2: Anwar Sadat

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

With a maelstrom of ferocious, excoriating fury, Anwar Sadat is more than likely one of the loudest bands to invade Birmingham this year. The Louisville paint peelers keep it nice ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #1: Adam Torres

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2017 #1: Adam Torres

Alabama in August is a pretty hot place, and it’s not just because of the heat (and the humidity). Secret Stages has been keeping things hot in Birmingham for years, staying true to their mission of showcasing musical talent from across the South (and beyond). This year is no different. If you’re free August 4-5, you might just take a jaunt down to Bham to check out this Dixie dandy.

First up, the dreamy vocals of Austin’s Adam Torres. With falsetto flourishes hither and yon, Torres and his voice carry transformative properties, along with dreams of soft midnight skies ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #20: Sydney Eloise & The Palms

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #20: Sydney Eloise & The Palms

It’s sweltering out there, which can only mean it’s getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama’s awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won’t be there, dangit, but here’s who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

“I could be any color you choose,” croons Sydney Eloise with her candied girl group-ready voice, and you’re left with no choice but to believe ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #19: Men’s Renewal

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #19: Men's Renewal

It’s sweltering out there, which can only mean it’s getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama’s awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won’t be there, dangit, but here’s who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

You might not associate the state of Alabama with experimental ambient soundscapes, but Men’s Renewal is looking to change that. Shapeshifting and liquid, nothing stands ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #18: Sun Seeker

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #18: Sun Seeker

It’s sweltering out there, which can only mean it’s getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama’s awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won’t be there, dangit, but here’s who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

Ah, the beauty of folk tears. Not the tears of folk lords and ladies, mind you. Folk tears as in the self-identified genre of Nashville’s ...

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #18: Sun Seeker

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Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #18: Sun Seeker

It’s sweltering out there, which can only mean it’s getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama’s awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won’t be there, dangit, but here’s who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

Ah, the beauty of folk tears. Not the tears of folk lords and ladies, mind you. Folk tears as in the self-identified genre of Nashville’s ...

Read full article >>

Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #18: Sun Seeker

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #18: Sun Seeker

It’s sweltering out there, which can only mean it’s getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama’s awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won’t be there, dangit, but here’s who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

Ah, the beauty of folk tears. Not the tears of folk lords and ladies, mind you. Folk tears as in the self-identified genre of Nashville’s ...

Read full article >>