Author: Stephen Centanni

Paul Thorn’s ‘Hammer & Nail’ revival

The Southern Rambler is getting ready for its next “Ramblin’ Night” event at The Steeple in downtown Mobile. These musical events are dedicated to giving back to the Azalea City, on a variety of levels. For this installment, The Southern Rambler will be raising funds for a public art project by local artist Chris Cumbie. He will used reclaimed steel to forge a heart that will serve as a “love letter to the people who are bringing back Mobile.” Phil & Foster, Eric Erdman and The Mulligan Brothers will be lending their musical talents. Click here to donate to...

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Birds of a feather

Band: Birdtalker Date: Friday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: $10, available at Callaghan’s or call 251-433-9374 The marriage of Zack and Dani Green was the spark that brought Birdtalker to life. Not long after their wedding, the Greens found themselves in the midst of a creative epiphany. Song after song began to flow from their artistic collaboration. As time passed, the Greens brought other musicians into the fold, and the group evolved into Birdtalker. Since then, the band has toured nationally to spread their fascinating modern folk sounds. The group...

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To infinity and beyond

Band: Interstellar Boys Date: Thursday, Oct. 12, with doors at 7 p.m. Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com Tickets: $15 in advance/$50 VIP; available at venue, its website, Mellow Mushroom (WeMo/midtown) or 866-777-8932 Although many spreadheads were disappointed when drummer/founding member Todd Nance left Widespread Panic, Nance continues to build upon his musical legacy with his latest project, Interstellar Boys. Formerly Todd Nance & Friends, Interstellar Boys is a collaborative effort featuring Nance with Jerry Joseph (vocals/guitar), Daniel Hutchens (vocals/guitar), Sam Holt (guitar/vocals), John Neff (pedal steel) and Jon Mills (bass). Nance says his time with Interstellar Boys...

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Doomed theme park inspires Banditos’ psychedelia

Band: Banditos, T. Hardy Morris, The Hallers Date: Friday, Oct.13, with doors at 9 p.m. Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 day of show; available at venue and through Ticketfly Banditos used their Azalea City debut at SouthSounds to win over crowds with their electrifying mix of roots rock and soul. Since then, the band has maintained a relentless nationwide tour schedule and picked up a spot on Bloodshot Records’ roster. Eventually they took a break to compile tracks for their sophomore effort, “Visionland.” Inspired by the doomed theme park near Birmingham,...

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Listen up

Band: An Intimate Evening with Molly Thomas and Rick Hirsch Date: Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., www.thelisteningroommobile.com Tickets: $20 artist donation at the door The Listening Room of Mobile provides more than just a musical performance. Each show is a chance for the audience to have intimate experiences with a variety of notable artists. This lineup will feature a collaboration between vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Molly Thomas and guitarist Rick Hirsch. This is not the first time the public has witnessed this pooling of local talent. In recent months, Hirsch and Thomas...

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Here and now

Band: Devon Gilfillian Date: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: $10, available at Callaghan’s Nashville’s Devon Gilfillian will be giving the Azalea City a case of the blues. Originally from just outside Philadelphia, Gilfillian picked up the guitar at 14. As he explored his new passion, Gilfillian drew inspiration from artists ranging from Ray Charles to Jimi Hendrix. During his college years, this guitarist joined the ranks of a local cover band and used his time onstage as a workshop for his own sound. As the band rolled through songs...

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Can’t keep good bands down

Band: Black Titan, Les Turdz, King Chiefs Date: Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 p.m. Venue: The Blind Mule, 57 N Claiborne St., www.theblindmule.net Tickets: $5 (21+), $10 (18+); available at the door The old saying “it’s hard to keep a good man down” goes for bands as well, as The Blind Mule will demonstrate with the resurrection of two great Gulf Coast bands, Nappie Award winner Black Titan and Les Turdz. Black Titan uses a dense mix of stoner and sludge metal to gather its dedicated fan base. With its updated lineup, this gargantuan example of local metal is ready...

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TenSixtyFive returns Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 with Cage the Elephant, Blackberry Smoke, Muscadine Bloodline and more

Beneath the layers of Cage the Elephant Band: Cage the Elephant Date: Saturday, Sept. 30, 8:30 p.m. Venue: Jake Peavy Foundation Stage In 2008, Cage the Elephant used the progressive blues rock single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” to catapult from Bowling Green, Kentucky, into the international rock scene. The light-speed wave of notoriety this single brought the band could have easily burned them out, but Cage the Elephant remained on scene and built an ever-growing catalog broadening the band’s talent and creativity. Cage the Elephant’s sound has changed greatly since “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” first...

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