Blowin’ Up Again
It’s better. It’s bigger. It’s a lot longer.
Published: May 1, 2013
VENUE: ONE-EYED BETTY’S
12:50 a.m. > Bill Grogan’s Goat
Celtic rock, but not Celtic punk. Forget the Dropkick Murphys, these guys take a progressive rock approach to such classics as “Danny Boy,” as well as their originals. Still joy-filled and stomp-heavy though.
An indie-post-punk, pop-punk group from the burbs. The Modest Mouse and Pixies influences are overt, but these guys have melded a space pop sound of their own.
11:10 p.m. > S.U.B.
New band featuring Brian, the doorman at the WAB. So expect to get asked for your ID and patted down during the set.
10:20 p.m. > JGraves
JGraves says that he has “developed a sound that is often referred to as urban folk, indie rock and funk.” All of which means that he has an alt-edge to his singer-songwriter style.
VENUE: THE RUST BELT MARKET
1 a.m. > The Prime Ministers
Influenced by Duran Duran, the Cure and Cheap Trick, the Prime Ministers are not at all afraid of the word “pop,” though they certainly add the power. Hooky-as-fuck melodies are the order of the day.
12:10 a.m. > The Cold Wave
Radiohead meets Pedro the Lion, and all of the band members sit down to have a philosophical discussion. Then they engage in a gang-bang. That’s exactly what the Cold Wave sounds like.
11:20 p.m. > Big Mess
The sound of the mythic and haunted beauty of both Detroit and the woods of Michigan, Big Mess is fronted by Scott Allen, once of Thunderbirds are Now!
10:30 p.m. > The Counter Elites
Rapid-fire, politically charged, hook-heavy punk rock in the style of Black Flag and the Minutemen with a dash of Dead Kennedys and 7 Seconds.
9:50 p.m. > Carjack.
The beauty of Carjack. is that you really have no idea what to expect. OK, the electro-tunes will be both astounding and dumbfounding, but fuck knows what he’ll play and the manner of the performance. It’s more fun that way anyway.
VENUE: SAKANA SUSHI LOUNGE
1 a.m. > Julian Paaige
Detroit’s very own punk rock poet laureate, Paaige looks both damaged and in control when he’s on stage, and he has the raw charisma to enthrall.
12:10 a.m. > At Willoughby
These dudes describe their sound as, “poppy, acoustic, folky, country, melodic and usually clean,” and it’s the “usually clean” that has us fascinated. Usually? What are they the rest of the time?
11:20 p.m. > Greater Alexander
A local singer-songwriter who cites Carjack and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. as influences, as well as Cat Stevens and Nick Drake. That’s got to be interesting.
10:30 p.m. > Steve Mullan
Mullan plays a Wurlitzer. When was the last time you saw one of those? That’s how we roll with the Blowout.
9:50 p.m. > Robin Parrent
“I come not to tickle your ears but to pour lead into them,” says Parrent. He’s a bit odd like that, and his arty rock is equally as off-the-wall.
VENUE: WOODWARD AVENUE BREWERS (THE WAB)
1 a.m. > The Rushmores
Led by a brooding crooner, the band sounds rooted in Americana, but has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, with a bit of jangle for those steady melodic plateaus.
12:10 a.m. > Old Empire
The men of Old Empire say they play “blue-eyed soul and bleary-eyed power-pop.” That’s a lot of attention being paid to the eyes, but these guys please the ears too.
11:20 p.m. > Duende
As much of a rough ’n’ tumble psyche-blues trip as they are an uptown art-punk-ish paisley boogie, this band always puts on a good show. Stately and skuzzy altogether, this quartet prides itself on chameleonic rock capabilities.
10:30 p.m. > Cicarelli
These post-rockists are reaping more ambient and experimental grooves, with detached and cerebral pieces often stirring into riff-heavy jams, with spazzed drums and willowy slide-guitars adding particular punch.
Friday, May 3, 2013
VENUE: COMO’S (UPSTAIRS)
1 a.m. > The Hounds Below
Forget the Von Bondies — that band has gone. Long live the Hounds Below, with its huge indie rock anthems, with in-built atmosphere and moody vibe.
Midnight > Deastro
This trio is led by Randy Chabot, who started this group as a solo project several years ago, subsequently kicking off a local renaissance in computer-tweaked post-techno dance-pop. They’re like Exhibit A for those curious about this town’s underground electro-scene.
11:10 p.m. > Palaces
Behold the power of the pedal; trippy fuzz and surfy reverb adorn this minimalist guitar-drum duo’s darkly psychedelic nocturnes.
10:20 p.m. > Superbomb
The songs are serious but the stage presence is light-hearted, which makes sense when you consider that their influences include Sonic Youth, Local H and My Bloody Valentine.
VENUE: FERNDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
11 p.m. > Pupils
Murky grooves and startling scat-shouted vocals crash into bristling guitar freakouts and fervent drums accommodating some strange sandwiching of punk and funk; OK, a really freaky funk.
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