• Kid Ink to headline 2016 Welcome Back Concert

    williammathieuphoto kidink 9 1The hip-hop artist Kid Ink. Photo courtesy of Caleb RottonSarah Faulkner - Editor in Chief

    Hip-hop artist Kid Ink, known for songs like “Be Real” and “Body Language,” will be performing at UAB on Aug. 28. The artist follows fellow rapper B.o.B., who played on the Campus on the Green during 2015’s Welcome Week, as this year’s headliner for the annual Welcome Back concert.
  • Secret Stages 2016 Preview

    Secret StagesImage courtesy of Travis MorganJared Chesnut - BlazeRadio Operations Manager
    The summer festival season continues in Alabama, and this time it's one of Birmingham's biggest secrets being let loose... 

    On Friday and Saturday Aug. 5-6 Birmingham's Loft District is going to be occupied by Secret Stages. For the last five years, Secret Stages has been a bastion for local music, underground artists with cult followings, and exciting acts on the cusp of breaking big, with the likes of Mega Ran, Dawes, Shaheed and Supreme and Skoolie Escobar participating in past editions. For 2016, the lineup is proving to be equally diverse, with a broad range of genres represented from neo-soul to hip hop to dream pop all the way around to jazz. Birmingham's music scene is going to be represented in a big way at the festival, with hometown heroes such as Wray, No Suh Foster, Vulture Whale and Love Moor representing for the home team, plying their trades in various venues in the neighborhood such as Rogue Tavern, Das Haus and Matthew's Bar and Grill.
  • Secret Stages 2016 Recap

    IMG 3017Secret Stages 2016 Backdrop. Photo by Baili Grace BighamJared Chesnut - BlazeRadio Operations Manager

    At some point on the arduous trek back to campus from the grounds of Secret Stages on Day 1, a weariness set upon me. Perhaps due to the lack of sleep, or possibly the detour to the Waffle House at 3am, my body just could not be willed to move any further; its limit had been reached.
    However, in a classic example of mind over matter, memories of the energy on display and the broad range of emotions and elation in the hours previous seemed to spark a brief rekindling of my spirit, which saw me off to my destination. If going to a music festival inspires me to write something so cheesy and melodramatic, that's usually a pretty good sign.

    Secret Stages 2016 is now in the books. With 80 bands and artists on hand to perform and many other activities of interest going on, it would be a herculean effort to catch everything. That said, we've got the low down on some of the coolest people and things from the weekend.
  • This year in Birmingham

    Mumford and Sons playing a show in London. (Photo from the band's Instagram).Mumford and Sons playing a show in London. (Photo from the band's Instagram).Anna Sims - Digital Copy Editor

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    Iron City:

    Located on 22nd Street South and only about four blocks north of campus, Iron City is an intimate music venue. This venue houses a general admission floor experience, balcony seating and a full bar. According to their Facebook page, the event center’s standing capacity is 1300, which does not include the balcony seating. Iron City is new on Birmingham’s venue scene, having opened in 2013.