Birmingham Weekly Top Ten: September 6-12

vulture whale
Birmingham Top Things to Do July 19th through July 25
via J.H. Daniel

Like running?  Pets?  Vinyl?  Visual arts?  Music?  You’ll love Birmingham this week (and every week, but especially this week)!  As always, I link band names to places you can listen to their music, so be sure you won’t get written up if you’re reading this at work.  

Pooches on the Patio
pooches on the patio
Who doesn’t like dogs? People with allergies, that’s who. People with allergies should probably stay away for this night

 

  • September 6 @ 5:30PM
  • Vino
  • Almost-normal business

Vino will celebrate their sixth anniversary this week, and donate proceeds from the night to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.  With pet-themed drinks, a prize drawing, and goody bags, the night promises a lot of fun.  Bring someone!  Read more

Happy 40th Charlemagne!

 

  • September 7 @ 6PM
  • Trim Tab Brewery
  • Free!

Birmingham record store Charlemagne Records celebrates four decades of selling vinyl this Thursday!  Join the crew, plus local musicians, at Trim Tab.  There’ll be a pop-up shop, vendors, and giveaways, too.  Here’s to another (at least) 40 years of selling vinyl in Birmingham!  Read more

Alabama Summer Skies: Cassini Grand Finale
Cassini
Cool video, you should watch it

 

  • September 7 @ 8PM
  • Samford University Planetarium
  • Free!

The Cassini mission, like all things, must come to an end.  The two-ton craft will plunge into, and burn up in, Saturn’ atmosphere on September 15th.  NASA’s promotional video mentions getting “closer to Saturn than ever before,” which might be the understatement of the year.  Discuss the mission and reminisce about what we learned through the 20-year launch-to-fall journey.  Read more

The Mammoths, Pierce Edens, Truett
Most 70’s Moustache of the New Millenium award?

 

  • September 7 @ 10PM
  • The Nick
  • $7

Slow, relaxed, floating bluegrass makes for fascinating listening – I forgot I had other music available when I got into Pierce Edens’ music.  Then there’s Truett.  Truett is not slow, Truett’s songs pump energy out.  I don’t know how these bands do in concert, but from what I’ve seen they’re definitely worth checking out!  Read more

Vulture Whale 10th Anniversary Party and concert
vulture whale
Vulture Whale – via their website, vulturewhale.com

 

  • September 8 @ 1PM (Seasick), 9PM (Nick)
  • Seasick Records, The Nick
  • Free (Seasick), $8 (Nick)

A Birmingham funk-rock staple celebrates its 10th year of making music!   From their first album’s “nearly perfect southern indie rock” to last year’s Aluminium and its “false Euro bravado,” Vulture Whale is just fun.  Come to Seasick Records at 1PM for a free concert and a re-issue of their first album.  Then, come to the Nick and hear them along with Riverbend and Bohannons.  Read more

Birmingham Artwalk
birmingham art walk
Be there.

 

  • September 8 @ 5PM
  • Downtown Birmingham Loft neighborhood
  • Free!

Discover local artists (more than 100!) within Birmingham.  Thanks to the amazing volunteers at Artwalk, a whole neighborhood turns into an art gallery and an outdoor festival.  If your walls look a little bare, or if you want to see who’s up and coming, or if you’re just interested in art of any kind, you can’t miss Artwalk.  Read more

Noojin and White Race to the Courthouse
race to the courthouse
via ymcabham.org/race

 

  • September 9 @ 8AM
  • Downtown YMCA
  • $20

Sure, you could probably run a 5K on your own.  But during the Race to the Courthouse, the streets are clear and you’re timed using tracking chips.  Find out how fast you can run!  All proceeds will support the YMCA’s need-based program assistance, which allow kids to have structured fun regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.  Read more

Future Islands

future islands

 

  • September 10 @ 8PM
  • Iron City
  • $23

Future Islands doesn’t feel like “pop,” they just use too many actual instruments.  But their Facebook page assures me that they play pop music.  Labels aside, their music seems pretty cool, check it out.  Read more

Honey and Pop, The Ransom Band, Bunko Squad, The Lennon Jones Band

 

  • September 10 @ 8PM
  • The Nick
  • $8

INTERPOL deep cover Bunko Squad headlines along with other regional (and some Birmingham!) acts this week, also at the Nick.  It’s kind of amazing how many great acts the Nick pulls in.  Unfortunately, as far as I (or anyone managing the event) have been able to find, no footage of Honey and Pop playing exists, live or otherwise.  Read more

Death of Kings, The New Masters of Evil, Kamikaze Zombie
new masters of evil
I love covering metal bands, they give me an excuse to find the most ridiculous images! – via metal-archives.com

 

  • September 10 @ 8PM
  • Syndicate Lounge
  • IDK, it’s not listed, but expect cover?

I’m still listening to the last groups The News Masters of Evil played with, and still waiting for them to record!  Headbanging always has a place in Birmingham, and here’s a great group of acts to headbang with.  Two of them hail directly from the Magic City!  Read more

Author: James Ozment

I'm a Birmingham native who loves music, cycling, reading, and tech. Find me on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College, in Avondale, or hanging out with my cat