Through the Sparks Returns to Birmingham

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Birmingham band Through the Sparks describes their sound as “basement-baroque, mid-fi psychedelia”, but they’re quick to note that “basement” doesn’t mean “apartment laptop homemade.” Through the Sparks has been recording music and releasing EPs and LPs since 2003. Their latest, Alimalibu, is now out and WBHM music producer Amber Ritchie invited the guys into the studio to give us a sample.

Through the Sparks plays The Bottletree Cafe tonight at 9 p.m.

 

 

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