Looking for an excuse to go to Alabama? Eager to one-up your friends when they brag about an upcoming band whose music they “totally knew when no one else did?” Secret Stages is the festival for you!
Featuring a lineup that boasts over 60 of the Southeast’s hidden musical treasures from across the spectrum (catch a death metal show and stick around for the following Americana group!), the aptly named Secret Stages festival takes place this weekend across 7 stages tucked throughout Birmingham. The event is a pleasant escape from the present-day festival clutter, occupying the unique position of “music discovery” festival; each act is essentially equally obscure – 8 point font on the Bonnaroo lineup-type bands – but that’s what makes the festival such a great opportunity for both artists and fans.
Part of the allure of Secret Stages is the chance to experience intimate sets from bands that could explode overnight. In the past, the festival has showcased now-major acts like St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Shovels & Rope. Who will be the breakout stars of this year’s lineup? That’s part of the secret, of course!
Check out the sampler to see what you dig, and head over to the schedule to plan your weekend! Don’t forget to pick up your tickets online or at Vulcan Vape store locations.
If your summertime blues need a supplement, indie rockers Emily & the Complexes have just what you’re looking for. A smooth collision between blues and 90s alt rock, aptly titled “Jersey City Blues” is the most recent song premiere from Dirty Southern Love, the band’s forthcoming endeavor.
Driven by drums and distinctively southern guitar riffs, the song features no startlingly dynamic changes in melody, tempo, or tone, but this pleasant predictability even further helps the song achieve its purpose. The blasé lyrics mirror the sound, with frontman Tyler Verhagen’s croons effortlessly elevating the song from indifferent to outright lackadaisical. “Jersey City Blues” is a charming ode to lethargic discontent that, while not curing your blues, will at least leave you satisfied that you’re not the only bummed out person desperate for a better place.
Head to American Songwriter to listen for yourself and pick up Dirty Southern Love, out August 19th digitally and on 7” vinyl.