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This Week and Beyond at PJ's Lager House

PJ's Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave
, MI

M-F 11am - Midnight
Sat + Sun 10:30am - Midnight
Sat + Sun BRUNCH 10:30 - 3pm
Sunday Dinner 6pm - Midnight

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All shows 21+ unless otherwise noted.
Sat May 18
Future Slang, Justin Walker and the Crossguards, Benedict Arnold & the Traitorstba, Cosmic Light Shapes $5

 Future Slang formed as Kyle McBee, Dmitry Shteynvil, and Stephen Cooper-McCann in 2011, with Nick Thornton stepping in as Stephen's replacement in 2012 after a series of shows performed with Cosmic Light Shapes' Eugene Strobe helping out on bass.

J. Walker & the Crossguards
Known to many locals as "Justin Audio" (in tribute to his former group, Velvet Audio, RIP), J. Walker now fronts a new conglomerate of Detroit's best. Somewhere between the comparably riffed and rigid curbs of Bo Diddley and Gang of Four, stands our Crossguard, J. Walker. He’s the next up to bat for the Beehive collective, having his sensibilities for gnarly soul, fuzzed-out funk and shimmied-punk bolstered by the brass and bass of a cool, cookin’ Beehive-built band.

Mon May 20
Tyvek, Eat Skull, Roach Clip $6

Tyvek -- Named after a popular brand of synthetic home-siding, Detroit lo-fi garage rockers Tyvek started gaining recognition in 2008 alongside fellow noise poppers Vivian Girls, Times New Viking, and Eat Skull. After recording a multitude of singles and 7"s for the labels X, What's Your Rupture?, M'Lady's Records, S-S, and Sub Pop, the band took a year to record its first full-length, which was scheduled for release on Siltbreeze in the spring of 2009. The album's release date was postponed for undisclosed reasons and the band underwent a name change (likely pressured by the threat of copyright infringement from Dupont), switching to TVK and Tijvek before settling on Tyvek. The band ramped up in 2010, releasing the demo LP Skyin and its first album for In the Red, Nothing Fits. In 2012 the band followed up with another monument to lo-fi, On Triple Beams.

Eat Skull -- In the context of Led Zeppelin’s discography, III is the “soft” record. Before then, Zeppelin was known as a bunch of knuckle-dragging lemon-squeezers who distorted the blues with consciousness-shifting levels of pure volume. But on III, they embraced acoustic instrumentation and more thoughtful songwriting. This bugged old fans, but it made the band more palatable for everybody else. Portland noise-poppers Eat Skull exist in a stranger, less shlong-y dimension than the mighty Zep, but its latest record III similarly departs from the cacophony that precedes it. The disembodied, screechy detritus floating amidst the sneakily catchy songs on the first two Eat Skull records has been pushed down low into a foreboding hum on III-- or removed altogether. It hardly seems accurate to describe III as noise-pop at all-- it’s just a straight-up pop record, and a very good one at that.
The easy-listening aspects of III are sure to disappoint those who love Eat Skull for its in-the-red side. Thankfully, the group hasn’t lost all of its weirdness. With III, Eat Skull is willing to be loved-- and be loveable, too.

Roachclip - This fantastic teen/garage group from one of our current favourite labels with connections to The Bibs et al: Roachclip play an amazing devolved version of USA garage with the kinda songs that would combine the optimism of the first Modern Lovers or the Hackamore Brick LPs but with an extremely crude no-technique appeal that could be Index covering The Velvet Underground’s “Black Angel’s Death Song” for K Records. The addition of organ gives them a cool, moody Rising Storm appeal while the levels of no count look to UK rubes like Desperate Bicycles but the kinda collapsing universe these guys specialise in might be better understood as a basement American take on the post Shaggs/Jandek pop music of Mad Nanna. VT