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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

All content by Katie Huff
SENIOR COLUMN: Appreciating Tuscaloosa's creations

SENIOR COLUMN: Appreciating Tuscaloosa’s creations

May 2, 2018

I constantly have a widespread stomach-turning feeling from the inevitable fact that I will never hear every song, or even every musician. I live in non stop fear that there is a song or band that I’ll...

Review: Kevin Morby crafts immersive show at Saturn

Review: Kevin Morby crafts immersive show at Saturn

April 27, 2018

In November, Katie Crutchfield and Allison Crutchfield were given permanent residence at Birmingham’s Saturn, curator of unmatchable line-ups consisting of increasingly on-the-cusp artists unseen by...

Q&A: Forest Fire Gospel Choir talk influences, changing Nashville scene

Q&A: Forest Fire Gospel Choir talk influences, changing Nashville scene

April 12, 2018

Four hours away in Nashville, Tennessee, students at Belmont University, a liberal arts college that is home to the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, are immersed in crafting music and...

Review: Japanese Breakfast and co. bring energetic garage rock to Saturn

Review: Japanese Breakfast and co. bring energetic garage rock to Saturn

April 10, 2018

Not until the year 2022 are we promised a 50/50 gender balance at 45 music festivals. While this is a thrilling, and warranted, future promise to music consumers and makers, what’s difficult to swallow...

Green Bar an expanding niche for original music

Green Bar an expanding niche for original music

April 2, 2018

Green Bar is in the business of repurposing, changing a seemingly ordinary space into a distinctive locale. They're switching to a can-only beer list, allowing for an entirely recyclable bar service and...

Review: Hinds brings new focus to women in rock

Review: Hinds brings new focus to women in rock

March 27, 2018

In a dimly lit, low-ceilinged music venue, a densely packed, impassioned audience slung locally-sourced IPAs through the throngs of fellow active listeners and participants. The atmosphere was entangled...

Music Column: Invest in your regional venues

Music Column: Invest in your regional venues

March 21, 2018

In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Julie Byrne, the Central Park central ranger who doubles as an enchantingly ethereal folk singer-songwriter, donned a simple sequined dress and no shoes to perform a delicately...

Fusion jam band Flow Tribe to play Green Bar tonight

Fusion jam band Flow Tribe to play Green Bar tonight

March 1, 2018

UA students flocked to the streets of New Orleans following the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 1. The celebration continued following the National Championship game on Jan. 8 in Atlanta....

Music Column: Four new singles you need to hear ASAP

Music Column: Four new singles you need to hear ASAP

February 27, 2018

In a seemingly mundane world of time zones and the circumstantial references that place us in said realm of time, there is a gleaming light of pleasure for those not looped into Eastern Standard Time....

Music Column: Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby encompass Molina's musical imprint

Music Column: Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby encompass Molina’s musical imprint

February 20, 2018

Between Birmingham and Montgomery lies the Waxahatchee River. Twenty-two miles long, it constitutes the unsung border between Shelby and Chilton counties. A waterway typically provides jet-skiing and kayaking...

Music Column: Take a gander at the Phish Phanatics

Music Column: Take a gander at the Phish Phanatics

February 13, 2018

Phish “phans” have an app. It can be phound in the App Store and downloaded to your phone. Through this app, phanatics have, at their phingertips, twenty-phour minute jam sessions that drastically...

Students partner with, promote local entertainers

Students partner with, promote local entertainers

February 12, 2018

Between The Jupiter and Druid City Music Hall, The Strip continuously houses the various musical stylings of local, regional and nationally-recognized artists. From The Avett Brothers at The Jupiter in...

Music Column: Women in music fight back

Music Column: Women in music fight back

January 30, 2018

The year 2017, shockingly, lasted only 365 days. It’s difficult to understand how one year can hold such immense tragedy while simultaneously providing an outpouring of unique art that asks for change,...

Artists from the Hangout lineup to watch for at The Grammys

Artists from the Hangout lineup to watch for at The Grammys

January 26, 2018

While Hangout Music Fest always promises its patrons a sandy setting, the need for sunscreen, a laidback festival vibe and the picturesque landscape of Gulf Shores, this year also comes with the chance...

Q&A: Tuscaloosa band Seismos talk broad scope of sound and T-town scene

Q&A: Tuscaloosa band Seismos talk broad scope of sound and T-town scene

January 25, 2018

“We have to get a fan mail and start it off with ‘Hello Repeat Offenders,’” said RJ Marchand, drummer for the genre-bending, Tuscaloosa-based band Seismos.  Seismos is a quartet of musicians with...

Music Column: Bands show their brightest versatilities via covers

Music Column: Bands show their brightest versatilities via covers

January 23, 2018

This weekend, Jason Isbell did a three-night run at Alabama Theatre starting Thursday and running through Saturday. This marked the beginning of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s tour following the release...

Column: Why Tuscaloosa needs a brick and mortar bagel shop

Column: Why Tuscaloosa needs a brick and mortar bagel shop

January 19, 2018

Going to the dentist as a child would incite a strongest sense of panic in my bones. I feared everything, from the smell of the waiting room and the receptionist’s alarmingly too-cheery demeanor, to...

Music Column: Thundercat, taste and defending your musical preferences

Music Column: Thundercat, taste and defending your musical preferences

January 16, 2018

Thundercat, or Stephen Bruner in less funkified terms, is a bass guitarist that can undeniably envoke feelings of sly coolness on any listener. Listening to his new album “Drunk” feels almost deliriously...

Here are all the 2018 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater shows announced so far

Here are all the 2018 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater shows announced so far

January 11, 2018

Despite the recent frigid weather and ice skating rink still occupying Tuscaloosa Amphitheater’s pit seating, the venue has released a lineup for its upcoming Coca-Cola Concert Series starting in March....

Music Column: The year's best albums, as reviewed via haikus

Music Column: The year’s best albums, as reviewed via haikus

December 5, 2017

This is an arbitrary list. Every list like this is. These opinions are formed from a wide range of conflicting, correlated experiences and opinions that have formed my personal preferences and opinions....

Music Column: Genres often a barrier to musical exploration

Music Column: Genres often a barrier to musical exploration

November 28, 2017

I share a dark past with the year 2010: this is the time when I listened to, and pretended to enjoy, the music of Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, but not ironically. In order to comfort my shame surrounding...

Music Column: In the marriage of funk and jazz, Vulfpeck are savvy orchestrators

Music Column: In the marriage of funk and jazz, Vulfpeck are savvy orchestrators

November 14, 2017

My infatuation with drummers stems from an incredible, almost unreasonable, overindulgence of the movie “Whiplash.” Andrew Neiman, Whiplash’s main character, is an underappreciated jazz drummer under...

Music Column: The forgotten art of album listening

Music Column: The forgotten art of album listening

November 7, 2017

This summer, I listened to “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” on vinyl for the first time.  On Fridays, each intern was given the stomach-turning, impossible task of selecting a record from the label...

Athens band to share their country psychedelic sounds with Alabama tonight

Athens band to share their country psychedelic sounds with Alabama tonight

November 2, 2017

On Thursday night, a mere two days following Halloween, Saturn, a favorite Birmingham music venue, will be full to the brim of concert-goers donning their All Hallow’s Eve best if Futurebirds get their...

Music Column: Finally, a Halloween playlist free of

Music Column: Finally, a Halloween playlist free of “Thriller”

October 31, 2017

In 2016, just a year ago, an album was released that will forever alter my view of themed Halloween music. Made famous by infomercials circulating through what could only be described as children’s television...

Music Column: You don't know LCD Soundsystem until it's right in front of your face

Music Column: You don’t know LCD Soundsystem until it’s right in front of your face

October 24, 2017

Here marks the beginning of another consistent trite Brooklyn-indie-rock music scene saga. This results in an end of close examination of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy and the band’s fans. This brief...

Student musician a key player in burgeoning campus band scene

Student musician a key player in burgeoning campus band scene

October 19, 2017

The blue, three-way divided plate rests against the checkered tablecloth with mashed potatoes, fried okra, buttermilk chicken and, hopefully, a square of cornbread. While pleasantries bounce around the...

Music Column: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile converse, share mutual affection in new record

Music Column: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile converse, share mutual affection in new record

October 17, 2017

Clashing and thrashing through an indispensable relationship that seems essential and almost too obvious, if only because of similarly scruffy hair, Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett make music about making...

Music Column: Male superiority in music dialogue should be combatted

Music Column: Male superiority in music dialogue should be combatted

October 10, 2017

In 30 minutes and ten tracks, Whitney’s two frontmen, Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek, take the listener through a brutal, bitter winter, made more depressing by two devastating break-ups. They shut themselves...

Music Column: Sharing music should be intimate

Music Column: Sharing music should be intimate

October 3, 2017

Finding personal interactions can become pretty fruitless in most cases. The ability to say we are connected to others because of our phones is redundant and seems to be a substitute for connection. To...

Music Column: Digging deep into the black hole of genres

Music Column: Digging deep into the black hole of genres

September 19, 2017

The endless void of music and genres is immense and feels like a black hole. I’ll never know it all. I don’t think it would be possible to make even a microscopic dent. This year, I’ve listened to...

Music Column: Recent releases to please your ears

Music Column: Recent releases to please your ears

September 12, 2017

In the past few weeks, my Release Radar playlist on Spotify has been full of depressing remixes to Haim songs or tracks that came out three weeks ago that I've already delved into. Things have changed...

Judah & the Lion take Druid City tonight

Judah & the Lion take Druid City tonight

September 6, 2017

The four-piece Nashville band Judah & The Lion takes the stage at Druid City Music Hall tonight with a unique alternative, folk rock sound. Touring their new album, “Folk Hop N’ Roll,” the band provides...

Music Column: Lorde's

Music Column: Lorde’s “Melodrama” isn’t worth the hype

September 5, 2017

The most controversial opinion that I find true is that Lorde’s “Melodrama” is devastatingly awful and that Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now” is brilliant. Both albums consumed music news this...

Music Column: A stellar back-to-school playlist

Music Column: A stellar back-to-school playlist

August 29, 2017

Syllabus week is over. The joy of walking to class and seeing familiar faces will soon diminish. Earbuds will run rampant and angsty music will be in full force as we fill our days with trips to the Gorgas...

The top four albums of the summer

The top four albums of the summer

July 25, 2017

Music has had a pretty good summer in my opinion; actually it’s been incredible. I’m utterly impressed by the truly unique and inventive albums that have finally become available during these last...

Music Column: Closing time

Music Column: Closing time

April 28, 2017

Six words have been floating across the Quad for the past month: “What are you doing this summer?” Some confidently tell their class acquaintances that they have accepted an internship with one of...

A passion for jamming: How three college bands were born in Tuscaloosa

A passion for jamming: How three college bands were born in Tuscaloosa

April 24, 2017

Throughout four years of college, 
students are expected to memorize various formulas in order to excel in 
understanding certain topics. While these formulas lead to success in the academic realm...

The only playlist you'll need for A-Day

The only playlist you'll need for A-Day

April 21, 2017

This Saturday, the Crimson Tide will be playing the Crimson Tide, a spring semester tradition entitled A-Day. No spring semester is complete without the brief glance into the excitement and joy felt by...

Music Column: Most recent memorable SNL musical guests

Music Column: Most recent memorable SNL musical guests

April 18, 2017

On Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m. eastern time, the Studio 8H stage in Rockefeller Center is transformed from a Grand Central Station terminal to a different performance venue depending on the performer....

King's German Legion a three-piece power trio in Tuscaloosa to perform at Oz Music

King's German Legion a three-piece power trio in Tuscaloosa to perform at Oz Music

April 17, 2017

Standing a few rows back at Alcove, you may catch brief glances of the three-piece rock band performing eye level with the audience. The band members are dressed in Napoleonic-era garb, with white shirts...

Music Column: Standout tracks for the week

Music Column: Standout tracks for the week

April 11, 2017

On Jan. 1, I created a playlist. It’s the fruition of a wild idea: to place all the music that I listen to and enjoy throughout 2017 in one place. In the past, I created playlists with specific sounds,...

T-Town trivia nights: Seven places to play trivia in Tuscaloosa

T-Town trivia nights: Seven places to play trivia in Tuscaloosa

April 10, 2017

Finding entertainment in Tuscaloosa is not a difficult task, but finding entertainment that increases intellectual prowess is a more difficult search. Luckily, a variety of restaurants, bars and breweries...

Music Column: My Morning Jacket's resurgence with Jim James at the head

Music Column: My Morning Jacket's resurgence with Jim James at the head

April 4, 2017

Very rarely do people go through the same music interests at the same time. My friends and I will typically discuss music with each other and introduce new artists, but recently I have noticed a trend...

Music Column: My Morning Jacket's resurgence with Jim James at the head

Music Column: My Morning Jacket's resurgence with Jim James at the head

April 4, 2017

Very rarely do people go through the same music interests at the same time. My friends and I will typically discuss music with each other and introduce new artists, but recently I have noticed a trend...

Q&A with Chris Hornbrook: drummer talks style, influences

Q&A with Chris Hornbrook: drummer talks style, influences

April 3, 2017

Chris Hornbrook marches to the beat of many drums. The spectrum of genres in his musical repertoire varies from punk to electronic. Hornbrook plays with Big Black Delta and Senses Fail, but he continues...

The seasoned Chris Robinson Brotherhood takes Druid City Music Hall tonight

The seasoned Chris Robinson Brotherhood takes Druid City Music Hall tonight

March 28, 2017

When five musicians with over 100 years of experience in the music industry through various projects, solo careers and involvement in other bands come together, one wouldn't assume a specific group of...

Weekend Band Scene: March 24-26

Weekend Band Scene: March 24-26

March 24, 2017

While the weather improves and the end of the semester feels imminent, Tuscaloosa’s live music scene also begins to pick up. Venues, like Green Bar, have back-to-back nights of good music. Make sure...

Lean Green Music Machine: A look at Green Bar's history, influences on T-Town scene

Lean Green Music Machine: A look at Green Bar's history, influences on T-Town scene

March 23, 2017

Any given weekend night, Thursdays included, the all-too-familiar chorus of ‘Wagon Wheel” echoes through Tuscaloosa's downtown bars. A cover band strums away as a most-likely-intoxicated audience...

Music Column: Interview with Athens band Futurebirds

Music Column: Interview with Athens band Futurebirds

March 21, 2017

There’s this band from Athens, Georgia, (I know what you’re thinking – of course they’re from Athens) with the ability to combine a broad array of genres into a unique southern psychedelic rock...

Music Column: Music changes rapidly, and that's OK

Music Column: Music changes rapidly, and that's OK

March 7, 2017

There are 37,665 students at The University of Alabama. When I walk the Quad, a favorite pastime of mine, I encounter my fellow students, but I will never have the opportunity to know them all. They may...

Weekend Band Scene: March 3-5

Weekend Band Scene: March 3-5

March 3, 2017

Just like any other weekend, Tuscaloosa’s music scene will be in full-swing with a wide variety of live music options.VCTRE w/ Illvis at Green Bar: On Friday night, UA student Aaron Pugh, will take...

Music Column: John Mayer's

Music Column: John Mayer's “Wave Two”

February 28, 2017

If you happen to look at my previous columns, you might notice a single strand found throughout: John Mayer. I know that liking Mayer and his music is fairly commonplace these days, but since this is an...

Music Column: The best covers of Bob Dylan's

Music Column: The best covers of Bob Dylan's “All Along the Watchtower,” ranked

February 21, 2017

Every wildly successful rock band, or musician, with the capable skills must cover one specific song to receive utmost respect. This song has been covered by many of your favorite bands. My personal opinion...

Whitney's

Whitney's “Light Upon the Lake” is one of 2016's top albums

February 16, 2017

The name “Whitney” typically makes a list of popular girl names, but in 2016, this name was seen on another type of list: Best Albums of 2016. The alternative band from Chicago is the union of talented...

Music Column: Not to be dramatic, but Bon Iver has another band you've never heard of

Music Column: Not to be dramatic, but Bon Iver has another band you've never heard of

February 14, 2017

Bon Iver’s newest album, “22, A Million,” was released after a five-year hiatus for the band following the release of the self-titled “Bon Iver.” Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, however, did not take...

Music Column: Tame Impala's essential tracks

Music Column: Tame Impala's essential tracks

November 1, 2016

On July 29, 2016, John Mayer posted an Instagram of an album cover. The caption read, “This is the best record of the past two or three years. Proven many times over in my head. Think Radiohead 1996....

Music Column: Bruno Mars is a timeless entertainer

Music Column: Bruno Mars is a timeless entertainer

October 25, 2016

It’s the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show. Coldplay has just performed their fan favorites including “Paradise” and “Viva La Vida.” Then, a recognizable beat begins to play and the all too familiar...

Music Column: Frank Ocean and Chance The Rapper are reinventing rap

Music Column: Frank Ocean and Chance The Rapper are reinventing rap

October 18, 2016

The year 2016 has been a great year for rap. It’s only October, and we have new albums from Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Drake and Schoolboy Q. We've seen the rap industry...

Music Column: Seven songs for your road trip playlist

Music Column: Seven songs for your road trip playlist

October 12, 2016

Driving to and from Tuscaloosa is one of my favorite things to do, despite how long it takes. The drive to Atlanta should only take three hours, but since I do not drive on the interstate, it takes me...

Music Column: J. Cole's live album tells his story

Music Column: J. Cole's live album tells his story

October 4, 2016

One of the best attributes that an artist or band can have is the ability to perform better live. It's different for each band. Some incorporate more instrumental parts to show off their ridiculous skill;...

Music Column: Four new singles you need to hear

Music Column: Four new singles you need to hear

September 27, 2016

September has been a month of exciting music releases. New singles have increased enthusiasm for upcoming albums, and it’s interesting to see how artists are releasing music. This year, we have seen...

Music Column: An Ode to John Mayer's Continuum

Music Column: An Ode to John Mayer's Continuum

September 20, 2016

One week ago, John Mayer’s album, “Continuum,” turned 10 years old. While this may seem like a trivial tidbit of information, I would like to make the argument that this album has not aged. Ten years...

Music Column: 5 under appreciated Kings of Leon songs

Music Column: 5 under appreciated Kings of Leon songs

September 13, 2016

Kings of Leon’s newest album, “Walls,” will be released on Oct. 10. Last Friday, Sept. 8, they released the first single off the album, “Waste A Moment.” Being the fan that I am, I patiently...

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