You might remember Local H from 1996 when they got some radio play. They're one of a few out of town acts booked for this year's Blowout. I saw them a few years ago at St. Andrew's Hall, when they opened for Electric Six. They put on a great performance, and they were the number one reason for me to show up at the preview night. They started the set with a cover of Lorde's Pretty Ruins, with the room at about half capacity.
The next three days of the Blowout are spread across Detroit, Hamtramck, and Ferndale. It's going to require some decisions that I would compare to Sophie's Choice if it wasn't ridiculously hyperbolic. For Thursday night, (well, tonight really), Hamtramck seems like an obvious choice. It will have ten participating venues, compared to six in Ferndale, and only five in Detroit. In addition to 10 venues, Hamtramck will have the Detroit Cobras playing Small's Bar at 11:30. I hope they don't disappoint me again.
Ferndale's Thursday lineup isn't devoid of choices if your friends are dragging you there. Johnny Headband, 10:15 at The Loving Touch should be a solid choice if they're back on their game again. The Ragbirds at Rustbelt Market at 11:30 should also be solid.
Detroit has the slimmest pickings, in part because the Magic Stick and Garden Bowl aren't involved for Thursday night. I really don't understand why the Metro Times wanted to include some Midtown destinations. If there are people too intimidated by Hamtramck, how are they going to handle walking from Old Miami to Jumbo's at 11PM? Also, why is Northern Lights involved? I like the place, but that's two blocks from Grand Blvd. Not even remotely walkable from the other destinations.