Purity Ring from Edmonton is Megan and Corin's sticky, synth band that take dream pop and drop it in a shaker with rattles and pops. What pours out is emotional pop on a tight-rope that is balanced by Megan's angelic vocals. Their latest release is the Soulja Boy cover of "Grammy" and comes as a surprise as stronger hip hop vibes and rap turn playful and dangerous.
Blue Hawaii, which has nothing to do with Elvis hails, from Montreal is Ra- and AG- who put together a spacious blend of acoustics and samples into meditative songs that can also tug at the heart. Their full length "Untogether" features 11 songs that carry along a fragile path of soft melodies and Ra- flowing vocals acting as your guide.
Detroit BBQ Company was set up there. Their sauasge was greasier than I would have liked, but their coleslaw was awesome. It was the only time that I didn't think of coleslaw as just a cabbage and mayo slurry.
Bands I saw that night that I'm putting in the "whatever" category: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, 500 Club, Beekeepers, and Sponge.
It wasn't all anger though. There was also some sadness mixed with pragmatism. "Well, I do wish more Hamtramck venues were available for the Blowout. Everyone is concerned about losing the festival to Ferndale, but there used to be a lot more options available when I first started coming to the Blowout in 1995. Lots of those bars are gone.", said August Gitschlag, a bartender at Whiskey in the Jar. "Besides that, I do try my best to make sure that Whiskey is a fun and entertaining spot for the large number of first time visitors the festival brings in, so that hopefully they see Hamtramck is safe and fun, and come back again another night."
Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
Wild At Heart
It has been a rough weekend and today did not get any better. Those who have been reading my web posts have heard that I have been taking care of my mom who has been sick and she took a turn for the worst yesterday. I spent 10 hours at the hospital yesterday and left work early today to talk to a myriad of doctors. It looks like my mom has about a 5% chance of living thru the week and I have been put in a position where I get to decide whether to revive her if something happens. That is not a decision I was hoping to make today on the way to work. I am getting ready to get some sleep and hope not to receive any calls from the hospital tonight because it won't be anything good. For my friends out there, keep my family in your prayers.
For the rest of my readers, here are some concerts that should be of interest, esp that Billy Bragg show on Tuesday.
Wednesday (5/01) - Billy Bragg @ the Ark, Pierce The Veil w/All Time Low and Mayday Parade @ The Fillmore
Thursday (5/02) - Bil Bondsmen w/Frustrations @ Garden Bowl
Friday (5/03) - Joe Bonamassa @ Fox Theatre, Titus Andronicus @ Magic Stick, Average White Band @ River Raisin Center For The Arts (Monroe), Ragbirds @ Loving Touch
Saturday (5/04) - Orbitsuns @ the Ritz, Emily Rose @ Black Lotus Brewing Company, Taylor Swift @ Ford Field
Monday (5/06) - Zoe Keating @ The Ark
Their furious live energy is an experience on its own…
WHERE: Lo & Behold! Records & Books
10022 Joseph Campau St.
WHEN: Tuesday May 7th, 2013
WITH: Danny Kroha and more!
Dirty. Sweaty. Fun. Toronto-based catl. have a reputation for delivering a raw and fun-fueled night of raucous rock and roll/blues. Our main motive is to get people off their asses to enjoy a little dancin' and drink'n. So get ready, cuz' we're comin' for you Hamtramck!
Having released 3 full-length records and garnered great reviews for both their live shows and recorded material, catl. have built a local/national/international following for being a band that consistently delivers a good time. Real-life couple Jamie Fleming (catl) and Sarah Kirkpatrick began venturing into The United States throughout 2012 in support of their latest long-player, 'Soon this will all be gone'.
Totally well paced and dynamic, "Soon This Will All Be Gone" is a fun as shit revival of all the best aspects of delta blues and swampy jams.
This tour - the duo's introduction to the South - will find them crossing through Detroit before plunging deep into Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Their U.S. connection runs deep having recorded 2 records with Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders (White Stripes, The Dirtbombs) in Detroit. Catl recently opened for The Alabama Shakes, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on their latest tours. They really feel at home in America and found those great cities to be welcoming and ready to dance along to their take on rock'n rhythm and blues. Catl have taken the winter off to write a new record they hope to record in the fall of 2013.
Be sure to pick up your very own copy of catl's latest record 'Soon this will all be gone'.
Comes complete with a CD (for the vinyl impaired), and beautiful limited edition artwork full of critically acclaimed innards.
Watch the video for 'Gold Tooth Shine' - the first single off 'Soon this will all be gone' catl.bandcamp.com
Come on Oeuvre
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Come on Oeuvre
May 3 - June 1, 2013
FREE TICKETS - Help the Ferndale Public Library's Kids Music Program at MCB PICK OF THE WEEK: Hangin with Navdo Showcase - Rustbelt Market - Friday May 3rd 2013
"Hangin' With Navdo" is what Detroit is today;
Once the band (including original drummer Jellybean Johnson and Monte Moir on keys) was warmed up, Morris entered at stage left with his requisite mirror and always affable sidekick Jerome Benton. What followed was a blur of 80s superhits in a pseudo-medley that was heavey on hooks and grooves, almost like a DJ set. Little time was wasted on stage with hits like "COOL," "Fishnet," and "777-9311."
The party was jumping until Day left the stage during a guitar solo, only to return as a disembodied voice from backstage as the band laid into the slow jam "Gigolos Get Lonely Too." Upon his return to the stage, the ladies were swooning. To pick up the pace, an assortment of ladies were invited on stage to show off their "talents" during next set of songs. Perhaps unintentionally, funny this was by far the highlight of the show. The unflappably smooth Morris and the boys know how to work a crowd and the the resulting dancing during "Ice Cream Castles" was far more entertaining than the song itself.
The set continued to play out like a greatest hits package without any filler. The shiny suits and slick choreography distracted from the fact there was really no new material during the night. There was little mention of the recently reformed Original 7ven other than a stage rap skit from "Condensate." But there's nothing wrong with that.
The 2013 tour season gets started in a big way on May 4th! Join us at Historic Fort Wayne for a day filled with thought-provoking discussion, exciting history, and the Midwest's largest organized paranormal investigation! Meet other paranormal teams and enthusiasts, learn new tricks and techniques, and explore one of the few remaining star forts in existence in the world today. Join featured speakers John Tenney (Realm of the Weird, Paranormal State: The New Class) and Todd Clements (Haunts of Mackinac, Ghost Hunters) as they share stories of their past encounters with the paranormal.
Tickets to this all-day event are only $25, and proceeds help fund ongoing maintenance and restoration projects at Historic Fort Wayne. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity - get your tickets today!
Schedule of Events
• 2:00 pm - Doors open / check in
• 2:30 pm - Opening remarks with Historic Fort Wayne Coalition President Tom Berlucchi
• 3:00 pm - John Tenney - Realm of the Weird
• 4:15 pm - Todd Clements - Haunted Mackinaw
• 5:30 pm - Chris Forsythe & Wayne Miracle - Haunted Fort Wayne
• 6:45 pm - John Tenney - Open Forum / Round Table
• 8:00 pm - Break
• 8:45 pm - Mustering (group assignments)
• 9:00 pm - 1:45 am - Investigation
• 2:00 am - Closing remarks and dismissal
In addition, guided historic tours of the fort and grounds will be held at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
The overall theme of the night must have been feedback. Every band complained of feedback, and none of them got the resolution they were hoping for.
Bands I saw that I'm putting in the "Whatever" category: Golden Torso, Twine Time, Electric Playground, Desolation Angels, Cloud Social, Greg McIntosh, Ronny Tibbs and the 305s, and Platinum Selection.
Stuff to see tonight
Loretta Lucas, 9:00-9:30, Polish National Alliance Hall. First act while no one else is playing. Hard to compete with that.
Blair Alise and the Bombshells, 9:30-10:10, New Dodge Lounge.
Craycrays, 10:20-10:50, Polish National Alliance Lounge. Killed it at the preview night.
Oscilating Fan Club, 11:00-11:40, Small's Bar. More than just the best band name ever.
Mexican Knives, 1:00-1:40, Polish National Alliance Lounge. (Disclaimer: This band has played an MCB show)
OR Sunlight Ascending, 1:00-1:40, Whiskey in the Jar.
Again, I'm sorry to leave some time gaps in my recommendations.
Yngwie who? Yngwie Fucking Malmsteen, that's who. The legendary neo-classical guitarist brought his Spellbound tour to Detroit, MI where he did what he does best, captivate the audience with his incredible and divine guitar skills. Forging his skills since the age of 12 in his native Sweden, Yngwie has been influenced by such greats as Niccolò Paganini and Ritchie Blackmore, which shine through in his complex and layered masterpieces of music that he performs. Fingers flying up and down the fret at the speed of light, Yngwie conjures sounds and melodies from his guitar that would rival the sounds of an entire orchestra. Delivering songs that span his entire library of music, from the early Grammy nominated Rising Force released in 1984 to songs from his latest release Spellbound, the fabled maestro had the rapt attention of the entire hall (with several air guitarists filling in second chair) from the first moment the smoke poured on to the stage until the very end, which he finished off with fan favorites Black Star and I'll See The Light Tonight. Catch Yngwie on this tour if you can and be held Spellbound by one of the greatest guitarists of our time.
Remaining Spellbound Tour Dates:
Apr 26 The Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada
Apr 27 The Webster Main Room Hartford, CT
Apr 28 Carnegie Library Music Hall Munhall, PA
Apr 29 Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
Apr 30 Irving Plaza powered by Klipsch New York, NY
May 03 Tom Lee Park Memphis, TN
May 04 House of Blues Chicago Chicago, IL
May 07 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
May 09 House of Blues Anaheim Anaheim, CA
May 10 House of Blues Sunset Strip West Hollywood, CA
May 12 Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
May 13 The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
May 14 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
May 16 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
May 17 Backstage Live San Antonio, TX
May 18 Concert Pub North Houston, TX
May 21 Pops Sauget, IL
May 23 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA
May 24 Plaza 'LIVE' Orlando, FL
May 25 Grand Central Miami, FL
May 26 The Orpheum Tampa, FL
Official Yngwie Malmsteen website:
If you are feeling blownout by your weekend then take Monday off and head on over Majestic to check out Colleen Green and win a free cd simply by emailing the MCB
better yet - buy one at the show and keep new music touring though Dietroit!
Recently named the "Ultimate DIY Punk Rocker" by BUST Magazine, tireless pop-punkette Colleen Green embarks on a massive nationwide tour tonight, kicking off in San Diego. For this tour, Colleen will be accompanied by a live backing band, and together they'll cruise through the Southwest, South, Southeast, East Coast, Midwest, Canada, and Northwest before finally winding down back on the West Coast. See below for the full spread of dates. Colleen's new full-length album Sock it to Me is in stores now, and has been hooking ears and turning heads all across the critical landscape.
04.27.13 - Ottawa, ON - Pressed
04.28.13 - Toronto, ON - The Shop at Parts and Labour
04.29.13 - Detroit, MI - The Garden Bowl
04.30.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
05.01.13 - Lexington, KY - Al's Sidecar
05.02.13 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop $
05.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Permanent Records FREE all-ages in-store, 6pm
05.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle $
05.04.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Hotel Foster $
05.05.13 - Duluth, MN - TBA
05.06.13 - Minneapolis, MN - KUOM in-studio, 6pm CST
05.06.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Memory Lanes
05.07.13 - Omaha, NE - The Middle House
05.09.13 - Denver, CO - GLOB
05.10.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Haus
05.11.13 - Boise, ID - Chamber of Death
05.12.13 - Moscow, ID - Matt's Basement
05.13.13 - Seattle, WA - Heartland !
05.14.13 - Seattle, WA - KEXP in-studio, noon PST
05.14.13 - Vancouver, BC - TBA
05.15.13 - Portland, OR - Jackpot on Hawthorne FREE all-ages in-store, 6pm
05.15.13 - Portland, OR - Crayon Coffin !
05.16.13 - Eugene, OR - TBA
05.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Amnesia
05.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - TBA
^ - w/ Widowspeak
% - w/ Cheap Curls
# - w/ Natural Child, Nightmare Boyzzz
! - w/ White Fang
$ - w/ JAILL
[Innerground,Integral, CIA, Creative Source, Liquid V, Horizons, Intrigue, Peer Pressure, Westbay International, Spearhead, Nu Directions, Rubik, Driven AM]
Ever since climbing onto the soulful drum and bass vibe 9 years ago, Random Movement, aka Mike Richards' production skills and DJ technique have pushed him to the forefront of state-side drum & bass—drawing in an audience both older and younger. His unique sound has been spread worldwide, with performances at major clubs and festivals across 4 continents.
With the release this year of his album Lucky Guess, (out now on Innerground) and many collaborations with Mixmaster Doc, Marky & S.P.Y, Redeyes, Flaco and Ben Soundscape (of the Insiders), his tracks have turned many heads to his unique skillset in songwriting and production. R_m's soulful, smooth, deep and jazzy vibes have landed releases on Innerground, Liquid V, CIA, Integral, Bassbin, Creative Source, Spearhead, (and new collabs forthcoming with Ben Soundscape of Intrigue), Horizons, Westbay International and more.
Between tours, production, a weekly live radio show on Bassdrive.com, and a monthly podcast, things are continuing to be very productive for this very prolific producer. His uplifting DnB style and great personality are not something to be missed live.
What I would like to see tomorrow
Hunters, 9:00-9:30, Polish National Alliance Lounge. A New York band making the Blowout one their tour stops.
All The Wild Children, 10:30-11:10 Whiskey in the Jar.
Bleached 12:20-12:50 Polish National Alliance Lounge. Another New York band on tour.
Meatmen, 1:00-1:40, Polish National Alliance Hall. At first you'll think you're watching an angry uncle being backed by a crew of nephews, but you'll enjoy it. I promise.
I realize there a few big time gaps in between some of those recommendations. I'm at a loss to find something during those times, and I'll be just as aimless as you will.
EDITOR's PERSONAL PICKS:
Snakewing and Terrible Twos @ Polish National Alliance Lounge
Electric Corpse @ Bakers Streetcar Bar
Doc Waffles and DJ Mel Wonder at New Dodge Lounge
Six and the Sevens and Caveman Woodman at Polish Village Cafe
Tickets: $10 . Advance tickets available.
Age: 18 + Welcome
Time: Doors at 8pm.
WSG: The Steepwater Band & Chicago and local country singwriting starlet Katie Grace
Magic Bag 22920 Woodward Ave Ferndale, MI 48220
The 4th release from the self proclaimed ugliest band in the world is styled as a band branded pinball machine in its double disc packaging, unfolding top to bottom rather than right to left.
The live recording was taken from a Cadieux Cafe show in Detroit, aimed and successful at capturing true Muggs style rock showcasing. Selections from the previous 3 studio albums plus Muggs favorites including The Beatles, a few tunes by Rory Gallagher and 'How do you sleep?' by John Lennon.
Listening to the almost 2 hours of songs, cheers and elated hosting, the recording drops you directly in the best seat in the house. It's warm, loud and heavy.
There were lines at some stores that started hours before the businesses opened, which at first seemed crazy to me. Once I drove around to a few stores and talked with a few people who "celebrate the holiday", it became apparent that a lot of people have the same sentimental value over vinyl. Not everyone has some "way back in the day story" and, frankly, it's not necessary.
In fact, it was exciting to come across the random fellow vinyl fan who "just started collecting for fun", as most of us know...that's how it starts.
As for what everyone was buying, it seemed picture disk and rare or out of print records were the big ticket items. In my opinion, the crowd was split in two: people wanted new and old vinyl. The classics as well as some "newer" releases.
I was able to pick up a no-name rocksteady 7", a Beres Hammond 7", and two Fabulous Counts 7"s.
At Street Corner, my father surprised me with a 7" by one of my favorite black poets, Gil Scot-Heron. After sitting down with this serious haul, I made the decision to seriously invest in just 7" records for the time being.