2014 Metro Times Blowout schedule
Three cities, four nights, and 300 awesome bands.
Published: April 29, 2014
9 P.M.> DIZZY DEAREST
Lansing band Dizzy Dearest’s debut album, Ars Antiqua, turned a lot of people onto their melodically fascinating and extremely “now” brand of electronic alt-pop. If you aren’t hip to these guys yet (to be fair, Lansing is quite a distance when discovering new bands), then Blowout is the perfect opportunity to correct that.
11:30 P.M.> PEWTER CUB
Indie music with fantastic components — pop, rock, alternative — Pewter Cub utilizes inventive combinations of instrumental and vocal work to deliver polished and unique should-be hits.
10:15 P.M.> TRAITS
Detroit’s indie music offerings got a little richer, courtesy of Traits. Five good-looking kids took it upon themselves to write some terrific lyrics, supply some catchy vocals and keep the party going.
9 P.M.> LITTLE ANIMAL
This electro duo lays it on thick. Ethereal vocals over synthesized dance beats make for one hell of a party.
TRAFFIC JAM & SNUG
11:30 P.M.> LE VOYAGE
Easy on the ears, Le Voyage borrows elements of rock, pop and electronica to craft a soaring and floating sound.
10:15 P.M.> LIGHTS & CAVES
The Lansing four-piece that goes by the moniker Lights & Caves has a full, cohesive sound stemming from a strong group dynamic.
9 P.M.> ADULT FILM
Shoegaze music that makes all other shoegaze music sound like ’80s Euro-disco.
11:30 P.M.> HAWK & SON
Mellow, lo-fi indie pop from Flint, Hawk & Son are not afraid of chirpy melody and catchy choruses. The name might make them sound like a haulage company, but these guys are the real deal.
10:15 P.M.> LISBOA
Pop music is not dead. Fantastic, super-catchy lyrics and vocals plus compelling guitar work, courtesy of four musically compatible dudes.
9 P.M.> TEAM CABIN
“A three-piece that likes things loud, poppy, and sometimes pretty fucking fast.” We couldn’t improve on that description if we tried. If you like fucking fast pop, you’d better check them out.
11:30 P.M.> FLASHCLASH
You want a dance party? You want flashing lights, relentlessly driving beats, glitter-splashed theatricality and dizzying, tweaked techno-pop? Movement, melody and analog-synth-driven merrymaking.
10:15 P.M.> PANN REZMOR
Members of Lola Valley blend pop and rock, and have nothing at all to do with Trent Reznor.
9 P.M.> BELTERRA
Belterra, aka Kelsey Nuernberg, plays Detroit electro of the synth-pop variety. The man will pull out a guitar from time to time, adding a bit of live energy to the cool atmospherics.
11:30 P.M.> JAWS THAT BITE
Multi-genre instrumentation at its finest, Jaws That Bite is a one-man show — utilizing electronic manipulation of all sorts.
10:15 P.M.> PASTEL ARSENAL
More ethereal than chill wave, and slightly abstract in terms of instrumental hip-hop or trip-hop, Pastel Arsenal brings the creativity that puts the bounce in your step.
9 P.M.> NORTRONIKS
Electronic beatmaking aimed at sampling, quality production and absolutely zero face-melting is what Nortroniks is trying to bring to the table.
Loving Touch presented by FAYGO
11:30 P.M.> DETROIT THE ALBUM
A beautifully produced album of assorted pieces and players from various Detroit bands, this is one of the most important and exciting collaborative records to come out of the Motor City in recent years. This will be one of the buzz “bands” of the festival. Expect the unexpected.
10:15 P.M.> JOHNNY HEADBAND
Headband live shows are a blur of motion; the brothers throw their whole bodies into their playing, lunging or running in place or doing interpretive dances. The music is just as ebullient as its performers, an arresting blend of danceable sensibilities: French discothèque, British trip-hop, rhythm-revved German krautrock, and funk-tinged techno-pop.
9 P.M.> LORD SCRUMMAGE
Awkward sound effects, samples, instrumentation and a smattering of every type of vocal work imaginable, Lord Scrummage somehow manages to patch it all together better than a peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich.
NEW WAY BAR
11:30 P.M.> LEOPOLD & HIS FICTION
A band originally from Detroit but now based in San Francisco. Frontman David James (Leopold, we presume) looks like Freddie Mercury with suspenders, maybe with a dab of Ron Mael of Sparks. He has the Mercury moves down too, as well as the big choruses and dynamic verses.
10:15 P.M.> J.WALKER & THE CROSSGUARDS
The four-piece, with the guitar-shredding J. Walker firmly as the centerpiece, melds funk, blues, punk and good ol’ Detroit rock ‘n’ roll into a hard-riffin’ package.
9 P.M.> HIGH NOON GENTS
The trio of Detroit gunslingers known as High Noon Gents weaves a dusty and easy going brand of rock that sounds like it came from the great Southwest, but fits in just as nicely in the Motor City.
RUST BELT MARKET
11:30 P.M.> RAGBIRDS
This five-piece hails from Ann Arbor, and they tour extensively throughout the United States (usually tending toward the summer festival circuit). They play a dramatic blend of world music that most closely resembles folk rock. If you don’t like it, there’s something wrong with you.
10:15 P.M.> IAN LINK
Bluesy and folksy, Ian Link has been compared to Bob Dylan in the past, perhaps with less jarring vocals. Extremely enjoyable guitar-work and a very pleasant live show.
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