Birmingham, Alabama’s music scene is blowing up: Homegrown bands are playing major music fests such as Banditos at this weekend’s Hangout Music Festival, while a new music venue, Iron City, is bringing bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel to the city.
To get the low-down on the top emerging talent from Birmingham, we asked one of the city’s biggest music advocates Duquette Johnston (whose new album Rabbit Runs A Destiny drops tomorrow) to rattle off some off his favorite comrades. Per Duquette’s recommendations, add these bands to your summer playlist: Sanders Bohlke, The Green Seed, Shaheed and DJ Supreme, Preston Lovinggood, Dead Fingers, and BEiTTHEMEANS.
For more of Duquette’s picks for making the most out of summer in Birmingham—including where to find the best jukebox, the secret watering hole to cool off at, and the best new restaurant in town—get our Summer In The South Birmingham guide.
And check out this video, in which Duquette talks about his new album and the importance of the Birmingham community.