• - Jared Chesnut - BlazeRadio DJ/Operations Manager

    Before we get to the "tale of the tape", perhaps its best to fill you in on what kind of showdown we've got here.

    Birmingham Big Battle is a 1v1, winner stays on competition between some of the best local artists and bands. Each week, the champion takes on a new challenger, with the winner decided via voting from our listeners on Twitter (@blazeradio, in case you were wondering). Voting runs through to the next Wednesday, where we'll announce the champ on that week's show.

  • SF Armory Boxing RingSF Armory Boxing Ring - Image courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsJared Chesnut - BlazeRadio DJ/Operations Manager

    After a battle that saw challenger Whitt make a huge comeback in the last few days, Richard Daniel stood his ground to retain the Birmingham Big Battle title for a 3rd week. Standing between Daniel and a month-long reign with the belt, however, is a man who's been all over Birmingham: Kenny Loften.
  • Tarpley art2 CYMKPhoto caption: Tarpley’s work displays the inspiration she draws from her travels and other local artists. Artwork by Reins TarpleySarah Faulkner - Student Media Creative Director

    From Cambodia to China, Reins Tarpley, a sophomore art studio major, finds inspiration in the art and architecture she sees while backpacking through Southeast and Far East Asia. Drawing on the stylistic traditions of Balinese sculptors and Japanese woodblock printers, Tarpley combines heavily inked lines with pops of vivid red to create minimalist, contemporary takes on classically Asian imagery. Her art reveals aesthetic roots not only in modern age manga and tattoo art, but also in age-old eastern design traditions.