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Published: April 24, 2013
VENUE: NEW DODGE LOUNGE … RRRAPPERS SHOWCASE
12:40 a.m. > DJ NOTHING ELEGANT, DJ SKOTARCZYK AND DJ MEL WONDER
Nothing Elegant is a monthly party at the Old Miami, where DJ’s Lady Fantastic and Amy Dreamcatcher spin dance and hip-hop ditties. They’ll be doing the same thing for us at Blowout. The real deal, Mel Wonder has been spinning rap in the city for some time now, and she does it with style and panache.
Midnight > CLEAR SOUL FORCES
When a local rap group is getting thumbs up from the Slum Village crew, it has to be doing something right. In this case it would be working hard, and producing bumping beats and quality rhymes.
11:20 p.m. > COLD MEN YOUNG
Quite possibly the smartest hip-hop band in Detroit right now, these guys are tight, sharp, witty and thought-provoking; a heady brew.
10:40 p.m. > DETROIT CYDI
C.an Y.ou D.ig I.t? Groovy East-coast rap revivalists warp their samples with Nintendo-tinged synth effects, not to mention charm with satirical, post-modern snark. These three vocalists trade bars about binary code, interspersed with earnest admissions and commentaries on their day-to-day experiences.
10:10 p.m. > DOC WAFFLES
Bookish in every sense of the word, this smoothly sly, yet unkempt rapper spends his days reading iconic Edwardian-era literary aesthetes to bolster his erudite vocabulary. Sweet samples and booming beats solidify the symposium; keep your dictionaries handy if some of it goes over your head.
9:40 p.m. > DOSS THE ARTIST
Doss the Artist describes himself as a “constant soldier” and a “sometime poet.” He also says he will be king, but we’ll ignore that bit. What he is, is a damn fine rapper and that’s enough for us. Hell … he samples the Peanuts theme on the track “Bless.” What more do you want?
VENUE: PAYCHECK’S LOUNGE
1 a.m. > DON DUPRIE & THE INSIDE
Doop has evolved his sound to the point where it is tough to find a more talented lyricist and songwriter (in the purist sense) here, in the city. Let’s not call him “outlaw country” anymore — his music defies genres.
12:10 a.m. > D’ORCHESTRA
Jesse Shepherd Bates dreams up a new band-type-thingie every six months, or so it seems — so, you probably haven’t heard his take on baroque-pop yet. We’re not sure what to expect either, but if you’re seeking something acoustic/orchestral, with a shade of indie-rock, then check it out — before it becomes something else entirely.
11:20 p.m. > RONNY TIBBS
AND THE 305s
This Satin Peach shaves off the fuzz. If names like Brendan Benson or Kurt Vile entice your ears, then listen up. Tibbs kick-starts a slightly psyche-tinged, pop-rock sound for a sublime road trip.
10:20 p.m. > TBA
9:30 p.m. > NAM KOOK
& THE TYPHOON
Somewhat ballad, somewhat blues, somewhat alt-rock: Nam et al., is a bit of Brit-pop and it’s a slice of space-rock. It seems to have all its windows open, really; hear what filters through.
VENUE: WHISKEY IN THE JAR
12:30 a.m. > PINK LIGHTNING
You’re going to dance with Pink Lightning and all five of them are likely going to step on your toes. They’ll take your hand and dip you, straightening their tuxedo bowtie, hair messed-up and faces still dripping with the champagne their last dance partners splashed in their faces. And they will bring their funky bass, disco-punk drums, wailing guitars, wheezing organs and yowling vocals — and they’ll get down tonight.
11:30 p.m. > THE PLATINUM
A space-pop, four-piece featuring former members of blues rockers the Crooks.
10:30 p.m. > ALL THE WILD CHILDREN
Former members of Sharky & the Habit reconvene and continue to make all manner of filthy noises through an amplifier.
VENUE: PAINTED LADY LOUNGE
1 a.m. > DISINFORMANTS
Rock music with its teeth bared and claws drawn. Their jumping-off point, influentially, was the Jesus Lizard, if that tells you anything. Your fight or flight instincts could be tested when they start shredding — either instilled to rush the stage, head banging, shoulders jostling or panicked evasion to seek cover.
Midnight > PRETTY GHOULS
The trashiest of garage punk bands, fronted by a black, female Iggy-phile who likes to rub her vagina on things in public.
11 p.m. > FAKE SURFERS
MT’s first write up on this band included the words: “fierce,” “denting,” “somersaulting” and “napalm.” Most of their teeth-bared punk jams get in and out in less than two minutes — any longer locked in their quake-jams could be harmful.
10 p.m. > The Sound Logic
There are only two people in the Sound Logic, not a novelty in this town anymore, and yet still surprising how much noise they can make with their sonically invigorating take on blues-punk.
VENUE: BAKER STREETCAR BAR
1 a.m. > ELECTRIC CORPSE
The spirit of Joy Division and the Cure is alive and well in these gloomy, beautiful souls. Dark, poetic, melodic and very pretty.
11:50 p.m. > THE VONNEGUTS
The Vonneguts say their music can seem overbearing at first, “but as you listen more intentionally, you find that the musicians are excavating sound, seamlessly stroking the canvass of your Friday evening.” Nice.
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