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Moe's BBQ to host Music Feeds

March 10, 2015

Music Feeds, a battle of the bands fundraising event, will take place Wednesday from 9 p.m. through midnight at Moe’s Original BBQ. The event will feature a competition with local musicians, drink...

Grounds use procedure causes student concern

Grounds use procedure causes student concern

February 22, 2015

What started as a playful event between friends ended in police intervention when the "Harlem Shake" made its debut at The University of Alabama, leaving a legacy of frustration and uncertainty among many...

UA student competes to open for singer-songwriter

UA student competes to open for singer-songwriter

February 5, 2015

Last week, Logan Bowden, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, received the news of a lifetime: he had been selected as a finalist in a competition to open for his songwriting idol, Gregory Alan...

Harper Lee to publish 2nd book

February 4, 2015

Author Harper Lee’s name is instantly recognizable due to her one iconic novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” In the 50-plus years since the book’s 1960 publication, Lee has never published another...

Harper Lee to release 2nd book

February 3, 2015

Author Harper Lee's name is instantly recognizable due to her one iconic novel: "To Kill a Mockingbird." In the 50-plus years since the book's 1960 publication, Lee has never had another novel published...

Mulligan brothers visit Tuscaloosa for third time

Mulligan brothers visit Tuscaloosa for third time

January 28, 2015

The Mulligan Brothers, a band based in Mobile, have played in Tuscaloosa twice before, but with their sophomore album hot off the presses, vocalist and fiddle, mandolin and harmonica player Gram Rea said...

Summer music festivals release lineups, offer variety

Summer music festivals release lineups, offer variety

January 26, 2015

In the past few weeks, music festival lineup announcements have been dropping left and right. For those who plan on being in Tuscaloosa this summer, there are a variety of music festivals in the Southeast...

Apps provide methods for budgets, saving money

January 12, 2015

It’s no secret college students aren’t usually the wealthiest demographic. Combine that with the fact that many will be living completely on their own in five years or less and it becomes clear...

Student makes Vines, followed by thousands

Student makes Vines, followed by thousands

November 30, 2014

Cam Benson, owner of the Vine channel “CAM BAM,” only needs 6.4 seconds to make an impression. “Sometimes I’ll catch people taking my picture,” said Benson, a freshman majoring in telecommunication...

Late major changes cause graduation delay

November 11, 2014

Most young adults have heard the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” since the age of 4 or 5, but for many college students struggling to decide on a major, the question suddenly carries...

Students play multiple roles

Students play multiple roles

October 15, 2014

After weeks of strenuous rehearsal for the UA theatre department’s production of “Othello,” Samuel Hardy walked off stage needing rest. “That was a really intense rehearsal process, and then I...

The ultimate sport: Ultimate Frisbee popular among students

The ultimate sport: Ultimate Frisbee popular among students

September 23, 2014

On a sunny Friday afternoon on the Quad, surrounded by gameday tents, Jack Fiebig jumps to catch a Frisbee soaring through the air. Fiebig is one of the 60-plus UA students who plays pick-up Ultimate Frisbee...

DIY Tuscaloosa promotes, serves local music scene

DIY Tuscaloosa promotes, serves local music scene

September 22, 2014

Several college towns nationwide have reputations for their bustling original music scenes. Although Tuscaloosa’s music scene may lack the national recognition of these towns, it’s thriving more than...

Higher American drinking age affects night life

Higher American drinking age affects night life

August 24, 2014

Many American teens and young adults spend years anticipating their 21st birthdays, but by the time they order their first legal drinks, their peers in other parts of the world have been legally drinking...

Cash Cash to headline Greekfest

Cash Cash to headline Greekfest

August 17, 2014

Although Saturday marks Costa Greekfest’s sixth consecutive year at The University of Alabama, it will be a day of firsts for the festival. From a new lighting system to a new location to the new Greekfest...

Objectification of women in music is not new

Objectification of women in music is not new

August 17, 2014

By Francie Johnson New York Magazine’s Jody Rosen coined the term “bro country” to describe the corner of country music devoted to tailgates, trucks and dirt roads. Bro country has been the genre...

Video streaming site offers exclusive Alabama channel

July 22, 2014

University of Alabama students can now watch UA sports clips, hype videos and a variety of other Crimson Tide-themed content on streaming service WatzOn.TV.WatzOn.TV is a free video streaming platform...

Alum returns from Appalachian Trail

Alum returns from Appalachian Trail

July 22, 2014

It was a hot summer day and mosquitos were running rampant as UA alumnus William Wells hiked up a mountain on the Appalachian Trail. He had run out of food the day before, and he had already hiked 15 miles...

Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers headline at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

July 15, 2014

Classic rock icons Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers will co-headline the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Friday as part of the Coca Cola Concert Series. Peter Frampton, a British rock musician, is...

Band performs at Druid City Brewing Company

July 15, 2014

As part of its Live at the Brewery! series, local taproom Druid City Brewing Company will host a musical performance by Dead Fingers. The Birmingham, Alabama-based husband and wife duo includes Taylor...

Lift like a girl

Lift like a girl

July 8, 2014

As the Alabama summer sun blazes down, UA students Danielle Ra’ed and Alyssa West brace themselves to flip a 200-plus pound tire outside the Student Rec center. A few moments of struggling ensue before...

Seven tips can help fans of music avoid bad habits

Seven tips can help fans of music avoid bad habits

June 24, 2014

Musicians would be nowhere without their fans, but that doesn’t change the fact that some music fans are just plain annoying. As someone who has been guilty of every single thing on this list, please...

Students have mixed feelings over tattoos, stigmas

Students have mixed feelings over tattoos, stigmas

June 24, 2014

By Francie Johnson | Culture Editor To some, they’re an act of rebellion. To others, they’re a means of self-expression. Many would even consider them an art form. There are a variety of different...

Rec Center offers outdoor travels

Rec Center offers outdoor travels

June 17, 2014

For some college students, spending time in the Great Outdoors means simply lying out by the pool – but it doesn’t have to. The UA Outdoor Rec Center, established in 1999, hosts many day-long and...

Student band steps on to festival scene

Student band steps on to festival scene

June 17, 2014

Two years ago, in the middle of the wilderness in Ozark, Arkansas, a virtually unknown band stepped onto the smallest stage at Wakarusa Music Festival. That band was The Lumineers, and now, with a platinum...

Alabama band to perform at Bama

June 11, 2014

After performing at a showcase for music talent buyers in Houston,Texas, Mobile-based band The Mulligan Brothers were approached by a commander for the Navy.“How do you guys feel about playing in a war...

Organization provides hospitality experience

June 11, 2014

To encourage its members to reach outside their comfort zones and explore unfamiliar territory, UA Meeting Professionals International, a club focused on providing practical experience in the events and...

Exhibit focuses on quilt art

June 4, 2014

For many individuals, quilts are common household items used to keep warm during cold nights. But for Tuscaloosa artist Yvonne Wells, quilts are much more than just bed coverings: they’re a means of...

Can’t-miss summer shows coming to Birmingham and Tuscaloosa

June 4, 2014

I’m a live music lover year-round, but without fail, most of the concerts I attend take place in the summer and early fall. There’s just something so serene about attending a show without piles and...

Netflix offers varied movie choices for summer viewing

May 28, 2014

For some of you, summer means venturing off to exciting places and participating in a variety of new experiences. For me, it just means that I finally have time to watch all of my must-see Netflix movies...

Cavaliers join UA Jazz Ensemble for concert

May 28, 2014

Maybe it’s the bright lights, maybe it’s the feeling of all those eyes on you or maybe it’s something else entirely, but many performers will say there’s no feeling quite like being on stage. For...

Musicians struggle from streaming

April 23, 2014

Imagine you’re a musician playing in a cramped, dimly lit dive bar. Suddenly, a man walks up to you, says he’s with a major record label and offers you a record deal. Fast forward a few years, and...

DUI means more than losing one’s license

April 21, 2014

It’s a question that many students have been asked after a night of drinking, a simple question that only requires a one-word response: “Are you good to drive?” The response could mean the difference...

NPR journalist finds home in Tuscaloosa

NPR journalist finds home in Tuscaloosa

April 17, 2014

Not many people can say they’ve spent an evening with Prince in his Los Angeles mansion, written a novel with Tori Amos or eaten bacon with CeeLo Green. Then again, not many people are Ann Powers. As...

Students profit through Etsy

April 8, 2014

The “starving artist” archetype is nothing new. In fact, many of the world’s most celebrated artists fell victim to it. In his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting. When Johannes Vermeer...

Downtown Revival: City still considers entertainment districts

Downtown Revival: City still considers entertainment districts

April 2, 2014

A state law that passed in May 2012 allows cities of a certain size to create districts with relaxed open container laws, making it legal for individuals to purchase alcoholic beverages, bring them outside...

Alabama film debuts on campus

March 19, 2014

It all started as a favor for a friend. A few years ago, Boulder, Colo.-based real estate agent Greg Camalier road-tripped across the country to help Stephen Badger, his childhood friend, move to New...

UA students cede privacy online

March 17, 2014

As the first generation to grow up with Internet access, the current college-age crop of millenials has received countless warnings about protecting themselves online. Nothing is private on the Internet,...

Music festivals rise in popularity

March 10, 2014

She stood in the middle of nowhere, with the sun beating down on her and the temperature upward of 90 degrees. It had been days since her last encounter with soap or shampoo, and surrounding her were thousands...

Yoko Ono rumors regarding The Beatles completely undeserved

March 6, 2014

About three weeks ago, I mindlessly shared a photo from Rolling Stone’s Facebook page wishing Yoko Ono a happy birthday. A few hours and more than 50 Facebook comments later, I found myself headfirst...

Thursday is the new Friday

Thursday is the new Friday

February 27, 2014

College, for many students, means freedom. Freedom from parental supervision, freedom from curfews, freedom to eat Chinese food, pizza, a burger and fries all in one meal – the list goes on and on. Perhaps...

The doctors are in: Wakarusa music festival to welcome Tuscaloosa student band The Doctors and the Lawyers

The doctors are in: Wakarusa music festival to welcome Tuscaloosa student band The Doctors and the Lawyers

February 26, 2014

The String Cheese Incident. Bassnectar. The Flaming Lips. The Doctors and The Lawyers. All four of these bands will perform at this year’s Wakarusa Music Festival, an annual four-day event held in Ozark,...

Local bands vie for a shot at Wakarusa

Local bands vie for a shot at Wakarusa

February 20, 2014

On any given night, Tuscaloosa bands The Doctors and The Lawyers and Mother Funk can be found playing for a crowd of drunk, sweaty college students at a local bar. Fast-forward to this summer, though,...

Students look to market art online

Students look to market art online

February 10, 2014

Working while in college can mean anything from interning at a relevant company to asking, “Would you like fries with that?” and everything in between. For some students, though, a day at work doesn’t...

Reframing justice: Scottsboro pardon changes future of US judiciary system

Reframing justice: Scottsboro pardon changes future of US judiciary system

February 5, 2014

“With liberty and justice for all.” Every day, most elementary and middle school children stand up and recite these words, hands over hearts. However, history has proven them to be a false promise...

Rockin' the Haus: Local artists create underground music scene

Rockin’ the Haus: Local artists create underground music scene

January 22, 2014

By day, it’s just another house. But one night a month, Baby Haus transforms from a typical residence to a music venue, where anything goes and nothing is outside the realm of possibility. Baby Haus,...

Local radio stations provide platform for area musicians

January 21, 2014

Set your radio to WVUA-FM, also known as 90.7 The Capstone, and you’ll probably hear a few familiar voices gracing the airwaves. Some local radio stations make an effort to showcase music by Tuscaloosa...

Record revival: Students contribute to increase in vinyl sales

Record revival: Students contribute to increase in vinyl sales

January 16, 2014

Once upon a time, music meant something completely different than the sounds coursing through iPhone-clad students’ earbuds or car stereos. It meant gathering around a turntable and playing a vinyl record....

Music selections for all occasions

January 15, 2014

You’re studying: It’s only our first full week back, but, of course, most of us already have some studying to do. Next time you hit the books, try listening to the “The House We Grew Up In” by...

Adron brings birdsong to Green Bar

November 21, 2013

If you pull up Adron’s music on your computer and hit “shuffle,” there’s a good chance you’ll hear birds chirping. What you might not realize, though, is that those aren’t real birds. “[Making...

Take pride in your musical tastes, ignore music snobs

November 20, 2013

The other day, as I was driving home, something pretty rare happened: A catchy acoustic song, one worthy of looking up later, played on the Top 40 radio station I was listening to. Throughout this mystery...

Campus to host avant-garde performer

November 19, 2013

When many of us look at a balloon, we see a simple party decoration, a bubble of air encased by a thin layer of latex. When experimental music composer and performer Judy Dunaway looks at a balloon, she...

Renaissance student

November 12, 2013

Armed with a cup of coffee or three, a textbook and a laptop, students at The University of Alabama are facing increasingly frenetic schedules, fighting the temptation of sleep and tackling essays and...

Rock stars such as Syd Barrett, Keith Moon known for wild pasts

November 6, 2013

Rock stars in the 1960s through the 1980s are known for their rowdy antics, but most of the stories I’ve heard seem too insane to actually be true. I decided to do some research, and it turns out, some...

A musical road: Muscle Shoals' rich heritage in music makes its way to Tuscaloosa

A musical road: Muscle Shoals’ rich heritage in music makes its way to Tuscaloosa

November 4, 2013

We’ve played it in our cars driving through campus. We’ve sung it with crowds of 100,000-plus Alabama fans in Bryant-Denny Stadium. We’ve adopted it as our unofficial anthem, chanting “Roll Tide...

Belle Adair band to return, play at Green Bar Friday

October 30, 2013

Based in Muscle Shoals, Ala., the band Belle Adair is no stranger to Tuscaloosa – it’s played in town several times before. For fans who missed the band’s past shows, Belle Adair will be back once...

Nashville-based band uses popular influences for indie sound

October 24, 2013

The first time indie-rock band The Young International was supposed to perform in Tuscaloosa, the group was forced to cancel last minute due to rain. The kicker? It was an indoor show. “We showed up...

Residents, students find shared ground

October 22, 2013

For many students, Tuscaloosa is home away from home. In fact, it is a $1.6 billion home, or at least that is what the Center for Business and Economic Research estimates The University of Alabama community...

Jupiter to host rapper Yelawolf

October 10, 2013

He’s been rapping about the Crimson Tide for years, but Alabama native Yelawolf has never played an official concert in Tuscaloosa until now. Michael Wayne Atha, better known by his stage name Yelawolf,...

Widespread Panic to return to amphitheater

October 3, 2013

Two musically inclined University of Georgia students met in their dorm nearly 30 years ago and started writing songs together. Eventually joined by two other musicians, they thought up a band name and...

Golightly brings heart to songwriting

Golightly brings heart to songwriting

September 30, 2013

American poet John Godfrey Saxe wrote “The Head and the Heart” in the mid-1800s, describing the constant internal battle of logic versus passion. Almost two centuries later, Wright Gatewood and Lena...

Band Cody Canada & The Departed to play Jupiter

September 23, 2013

Cody Canada, lead singer of Oklahoma-based red dirt band Cody Canada & The Departed, said the best approach to songwriting is to just sit back and let it happen. “It’s kind of the same with everything...

Band Cody Canada & The Departed to play Jupiter

September 23, 2013

Cody Canada, lead singer of Oklahoma-based red dirt band Cody Canada & The Departed, said the best approach to songwriting is to just sit back and let it happen. “It’s kind of the same with everything...

Be polite and put your phones away

September 19, 2013

It’s 8 o’clock at night. You’re surrounded by what seems like a million people, a million pairs of eyes all staring at one thing: the stage. You’ve been waiting months for this concert, but these...

Be polite and put your phones away

September 19, 2013

It’s 8 o’clock at night. You’re surrounded by what seems like a million people, a million pairs of eyes all staring at one thing: the stage. You’ve been waiting months for this concert, but these...

Judy Collins to play Bama Theatre

Judy Collins to play Bama Theatre

September 3, 2013

From the coffeehouses of the age-defining 1960s folk revival to sold-out arenas, and everything in between, folk icon Judy Collins has seen it all – almost. This Saturday, she’ll see the Bama Theatre...

Wiz rolls up on Greekfest

August 21, 2013

For the past four years, University of Alabama students have been “partying with a purpose” at Costa Greekfest, an annual benefit concert organized by Greek Affairs and the Interfraternity Council....

Video games inspire 3rd installment of KadeshFlow’s ‘NerdCrunk’

April 24, 2013

Some of today’s popular rap music centers around controversial topics including sex and drugs, but Ryan Davis writes about a different subject: video games. “That’s actually hilarious, because people...

The Bear and Callooh! Callay! to perform at Bama Theatre

April 17, 2013

Muscle Shoals-based band The Bear strives to blend elements of country, folk and indie-pop to create a sound that transcends these typical genre descriptions and fits into all of them, and yet none of...

Book Arts student displays work in Ferg

April 15, 2013

Artists find inspiration from a variety of sources. For Suzanne Sawyer, a soon-to-be graduate of The University of Alabama’s Book Arts Program, inspiration can strike simply from walking through campus....

Local Catch prides itself on fresh seafood

March 20, 2013

Local Catch, a new restaurant in downtown Tuscaloosa, is aiming to bring the taste and quality of fine seafood restaurants to Tuscaloosa but with a casual environment and lighter price tag. “I’ve...

Explore more options in the mobile music marketplace than Spotify, iTunes

March 14, 2013

Technology is a wonderful thing, especially for music lovers. If you’re as attached to your smartphone and your music as I am, here are some great apps you definitely don’t want to miss out on. SongKick...

Concert to feature unconventional musicians

March 7, 2013

From Wagner with the tuba to Beethoven with the piano to Jimi Hendrix with the electric guitar, musicians have been using technology to push boundaries and redefine music for as long as it has existed....

Tuscaloosa natives band together to form southern rock duo

February 26, 2013

Tuscaloosa band Shod Shirby has a typical five-part lineup, comprised of a vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer and pianist. What’s not so typical is that all five of these positions are fulfilled...

Soul band strives for authenticity

February 14, 2013

There are many things Paul Janeway, vocalist of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, is not. He’s not an accountant, although his in-progress accounting degree and suit-and-bow tie stage outfit might lead...

Red Bull hosts collegiate DJ contest at Rounders

February 7, 2013

On one night, five local disc jockeys will have 15 minutes each to show Tuscaloosa what they’ve got. Red Bull Thre3style University is the collegiate division of Red Bull Thre3style, an international...

Downright to play at Green Bar Friday

Downright to play at Green Bar Friday

January 31, 2013

If Matthew DeVine of funk rock band Downright has learned anything about the music industry, it’s that the true measure of success is not preceded by a dollar sign. “The reward is in the work itself,”...

Green Bar hosts Athens-based band Dank Sintra

January 24, 2013

They may be University of Georgia graduates, but the members of Athens, Ga. based jam band Dank Sinatra will be saying, “Roll Dank Roll” when they perform at the Green Bar this Friday. Dank Sinatra...

Atlanta-based punk rock band to play at Egan’s

January 17, 2013

Dom DiCecco, guitarist and vocalist of Atlanta-based punk rock band Seagulls, has been playing through the pain of a fractured finger ever since a week before the band’s first show. But in the words...

Locals, legends among top album releases of 2012

January 10, 2013

Without a doubt, 2012 has been an amazing year in music. Although we’re over a week into 2013 and there are enough “Best Albums of 2012” countdowns floating around to make your head spin, and I figured...

Swamp Cabbage to perform at local Acoustic Night

November 29, 2012

Both culturally and geographically, Tuscaloosa is far from the wetlands of southeast Florida. But Walter Parks, vocalist and guitarist of Swamp Cabbage, plans on musically transporting his audience straight...

'No-Shave November' benefits charities worldwide

‘No-Shave November’ benefits charities worldwide

November 27, 2012

Some men may participate in "No-Shave November," but some make the choice to grow facial hair for a cause. They are the men of Movember. During the month of November, a popular tradition mandates all...

Walk Off The Earth blazing a trail through music industry

November 8, 2012

These days, I’ve heard the term “indie” being tossed around in the music industry as professionals and fans alike nonchalantly slap the label onto any band or artist without a major record deal....

Gary Clark Jr.’s 1st major label release mixes genres into cohesive album

November 7, 2012

In 2012, he played more major North American music festivals than any other artist in existence. He’s performed on stage with legends such as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger. He’s...

Exotic food trip looks to expose students to new tastes

October 24, 2012

Chinese spring rolls, Israeli salad, Persian ghorme sabzi and Swahili pilau will be some of the many foods served at the Critical Languages Center’s Exotic Food Tasting Trip this Thursday, Oct. 25. The...

Digitalized music weakens bond between sounds, listeners

October 10, 2012

As technology advances and music becomes increasingly digitalized, the bond between music and listener grows weaker and weaker. Once upon a time, people used to listen to music. By listen, I mean really...

HCA organizes movie club

September 24, 2012

For students wishing to dig a little deeper into the world of cinema, a new student organization, The Movie Appreciation Club, might be the place to go. MAC is organized by the Honors College Assembly...

Colorado bands brings folk music to Birmingham

September 13, 2012

The Lumineers, a Denver-based folk rock band, will be performing at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham on Thursday while on tour with Old Crow Medicine show. Band members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites,...

Avett Brothers’ new album explores concept of death, tragedy

September 12, 2012

As a Dallas native, maybe I’m a little biased, but from the moment I heard the opening line, “I ain’t from Texas, but I made my way from Dallas” off of the Avett Brothers’ newest album, “The...

Student band work to produce their own music style

September 10, 2012

It’s 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night, and while campus has become quiet the sound of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” blares from the basement of the Sigma Nu fraternity house. The Doctors and the...

Jack White’s new album unusually truthful

June 6, 2012

Jack White is no stranger to lying. In early interviews with The White Stripes, the eccentric blues-rock band made up of White and ex-wife Meg White, he repeatedly insisted that the two bandmates were...

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