Blowin’ Up Again
It’s better. It’s bigger. It’s a lot longer.
Published: May 1, 2013
VENUE: COMO’S (UPSTAIRS)
12:50 a.m. > Phantasmagoria
The Internet calls this indie-electronica. But with bongos bumping up against synths and sequencers, it’s like some kind of outer-space tribal dance party, launched from the planet of post-techno and off into the stratosphere of hip-hop mingling, laptop-looping dance-pop.
Midnight > The Salt & the Sea
Electro-folk man Pablo Sebastian now performing under the name the Salt & the Sea, this project maintains an open, revolving door for instrumentalists, writers and composers to collaborate.
10:40 p.m. > The Audionics
By their own admission, the Audionics are influenced by odd time signatures, unconventional tunings, meaningful lyrics and unique instrumentation, which makes for a moody mix from these avant-rockers.
10 p.m. > Anastasia Gold
Blogger, rocker, ’tude-ridden muso around town, Anastasia Gold is all of those things and more. Recent shows with Amy Gore and Julian Paaige have highlighted her as one to watch.
VENUE: FERNDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
11 p.m. > Jesus Chainsaw Massacre
This incorrigibly confrontational trio is half-blog/half-band. They could be keen satirists, creatively playacting the vitriol of clichéd comment-boards through their own feedback-muddied mutations of bubblegum pop but they could also be your next worst enemy.
10 p.m. > The Bell Beat
Formerly known as Sh! The Octopus, these guys create the sort of pop that settles on your tongue like a snowflake before exploding like Pop Rocks.
9:20 p.m. > Satori Circus
Musical performance-art that dashingly trashes up the vaudevillian-aesthetic with gender-bending costumes (tu-tus and feather boas to begin with), surrealist makeup (a crooked, yet charming clownish splatter) and acrobatic antics that would do Buster Keaton proud.
VENUE: FOUND SOUND
10:40 p.m. > Matt Black and Young Heavy Souls
Black’s collective is made up of Midwest musicians, filmmakers and artists working together to do something inspired. That means that we could get literally anything from the Blowout set.
9:50 p.m. > Nightbeast
This Ypsilanti group brings groovy, glitchy dance-rock punctured with a rough-ish post-punk-sneer via synthesizers and gnarly guitars. Rapid, rigid rhythms under a vocalist’s wavy, wispy warbling, an “electro” type via that could possibly bridge Devo’s ebullience with Joy Division’s edginess.
9 p.m. > The Philter
Dark, dirty surf influenced by Joy Division as much as by Dick Dale. They refer to their music as “defined by lush swells of ambient sound and dark, melancholy lyrical content.”
VENUE: GO COMEDY!
12:40 a.m. > Skeleton Birds
Ornate, apocalyptic indie rock from Ann Arbor band appearing at Blowout for the third year in a row. They have to be good.
11:30 p.m. > Ryan Dillaha
& the Miracle Men
One of Detroit’s best kept secrets, Dillaha is a majestic songwriter who disguises epic tunes with subtle, gorgeous musicianship.
10:40 p.m. > Eleanora
A lush, female-fronted quintet that draws on folk, R&B and rock influences to create heartfelt yet raw orchestrations.
VENUE: THE LOVING TOUCH
1:10 a.m. > ERNO THE INFERNO
Like disco and classic house having a love affair with techno, this ETF also plays bass in punk band Noman, so his style and taste is nothing if not eclectic.
12:10 a.m. > Tunde Olaniran
Flint’s Olaniran describes himself as a cultural warrior with a four-octave range and a penchant for dirty synths. He precariously balances dead center on the crossroads separating R&B, pop, dance and rap; every now and again he falls off, but never gets hurt.
11:10 p.m. > Flint Eastwood
Fitful and forceful pop-rock that all but pressures you into dancing (if not rhythmically flailing), Flint Eastwood has Ennio Morricone’s mystique and cinematic swagger reimagined as vigorous rock music. Join the dance party now, ’cause the bandwagon won’t stay idling.
10:20 p.m. > James Linck
As he told us during a recent interview, former House Phone front man Linck is less concerned with compromising with band mates and focusing on his own vision nowadays. The soul still rocks, but don’t expect conventions to be adhered to.
9:40 p.m. > Passalacqua
This hip-hop duo’s been credited with re-introducing much-needed theatrical vigor into the hip-hop scene’s live shows. Confetti and cardboard masks, astronaut helmets and laser-light glasses — but with beats, rhymes and hearty charm to back it all up.
VENUE: NEW WAY BAR
11:50 p.m. > The Bobby Electric
Garage-y, hook-friendly indie alt-rock featuring Mathias from All the Wild Children. Expect noise and melody in equal measure.
10:50 p.m. > Flatfoot
These guys play rock ’n’ roll that isn’t scared of country, punk and folk. And why would they be? Those styles usually play nice.
10 p.m. > St. Zita
Take a break from the rock stuff and swoon to a Guzheng. Sublime see-saw melodies from a sweetly somber viola meander atop the chiming percussive plucks of an oblong-iron-board-looking Chinese zither laced with 20-some-odd tinny toned strings.
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