Interview with Leopold and his Fiction

I had the chance to chat with Daniel James: lead singer and guitar player of Leopold and his Fiction after a show at the New Way Bar in Ferndale a short while ago. Their music is a blend of modern blues rock and soulful Motown R&B with a touch of dark Americana. Trying to pinpoint where they stake their claim and you'll find a few different cities- San Francisco, L.A., Austin and Detroit. Leave it at- they're on the road, with 200 plus shows a year.

Leopold and his Fiction play the Metro Times Blowout 17 Thursday May 1st at the New Way Bar


CV: I read you're from Michigan. Born and raised?
Daniel: Yes born in Detroit. Lived all over ferndale, southfield, royal oak, detroit, Until I was 20

CV: When and what made you move?
Daniel: 13 years ago. California.

CV: Anything to do with music?
Daniel: I wasnt playing much in a band before 22, but I moved to los angeles at 20 and as soon as i moved to SF at 22 i started Leopold and his Fiction. and i'm stubborn and excited enough to still have it as my true one and only.

CV: Also, people usually have unique reactions to someone saying they're from Detroit, any experience with that anywhere along your way?
Daniel: All the time. all the time. its immediate street cred but its laughable, because they don't know what its like. most people get their information from the televised news and Robocop. most people will never know what its like.

CV: With Leopold and His Fiction and touring, have you returned to play Michigan or Detroit since having resided here?
Daniel: In the past 12 years Leopold has played in Michigan about 6 times.

CV: Any particular bands, places or people you have fondness for here?
Daniel: The entire MOTOWN catalogue, specifically Stevie Wonder's 1968 album, "For Once In My Life". He was 18. i cant believe it. The song, "I Wanna Make Her Love Me" in my opinion is one of his best recorded performances ever. As is, "I Don't Know Why"

Iggy Pop

there a million and a half others too. i tried so hard to be inspired solely by all the places I moved to but the longer i was away from Detroit the more i realized it inside of my songwriting. There isn't a song we write nowadays that we don't ask, "What would they have done in Studio A?"

CV: What's to come from the band in the near future? Upcoming studio time or anything?
Daniel: We are wrapping up our 4th album in Austin, Texas. should be out pretty soon. Glad to be coming back to Detroit more often as we are touring 200+ dates a year.

MCB PICK OF THE WEEK: Loop with Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor - Magic Stick Detroit TONIGHT!

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor will be kicking off a spring tour at home opening for the legendary psych rockers LOOP who are touring for the first time in 24 long years!

"Formed in London in 1986, Loop were active for five years and produced three records, becoming internationally renowned for their psych-layered sounds and intensely visceral and loud live shows. They resurrected the concept of loud, discordant rock in the vein of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, and The MC5, but with an avant-garde and experimental edge more akin to Can, Faust, Neu! and the like. "

This will be the last Detroit show for SOYSSV for a long while as they start work on a new record upon returning home from tour.  Get to the show tonight to hear a few new tunes!

The Magic Stick | LOOP // The Peoples Temple // Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor
8:00 PM   |   All Ages   |   Tickets: $14 Adv./ $16 Day of

SOSSV 2014 Spring Tour:
4-23 | Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick w/ LOOP & The People’s Temple
4-24 | Grand Rapids, MI – Mulligans w/ Heaters & Matt Ten Clay and The Howlers
4-25 | Milwaukee, WI – MKE Psych Fest w/ Beast in the Field, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate & more
4-26 | Chicago, IL – Observatory Studios w/ Virginia Trance & Killer Moons
4-27 | Ft. Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail w/ Heavens Gateway Drugs
4-28 | Cincinnati, OH – Motr Pub w/ Ppeell
4-29 | St. Louis, MO – Foam w/ Troubadour Dali
4-30 | Norman, OK – Opolis w/ Depth and Current & Luna Moth
5-01 | Austin, TX – AUSTIN PSYCH FEST kick-off party 
w/ Flamin’ Groovies, The Warlocks, Asteroid #4

Spectra Spirit available now
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WIN A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS to check out the always fantastic HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS who will be in performing in HAMTRAMCK, MI at SMALL’S BAR on MONDAY, APRIL 28th in celebration of her new album: “It’s Her Fault."

Album just out March 4 on Transdreamer Records.

SMALLTOWN GEORGIA — Holly Golightly has made over 20 albums and appeared on countless more, but she never had a recording experience like the one she had making the new Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs release All Her Fault. Golightly and her partner Lawyer Dave spent nearly six months on the project. “It has never taken me that long to get through 12 tracks,” she admits. “I don’t have the patience for endlessly going over things. I want things done quickly and this was like pulling a Dave-shaped log along at times.”

A native of England, Golightly currently lives with Lawyer Dave on a rural farm outside of Athens, Georgia. The duo recorded this album in the convenience of their home studio, which they found had drawbacks too. “You have to be disciplined when you are paying for studio time, but even more so when you are recording at home,” she says. What with working on their farm, having day jobs and tending to their rescued horses, the two were challenged to find recording time.

Being a two-person band (Lawyer Dave “is” the Brokeoffs) made recording a slow process, according to Golightly. They built their tracks the DIY way, with Dave layering the instruments. For this recording, they received some great, donated equipment as well as stuff that neighbors dug out of their barns that the couple had to clean up. Then, on top of everything else, raging summer thunderstorms deluged them. “We got flooded out a few times and had the power go out.” she explains. “The studio had to be shut down for days at times, so we couldn’t do anything for fear of losing everything if we suddenly lost electricity, which we did, on and off, all summer.”

Despite all the troubles and trials getting it done, Golightly feels justifiably proud of All Her Fault, which she describes as their “most rounded and complete album.” She says that the benefit of the extra time let the pair “exhaust every avenue of potential” in their songs. “There’s nothing where Dave and I said that we could have made it better.”

Don’t expect All Her Fault, however, to sound radically different from their earlier releases. It’s still a raw, rough-hewn stew of twisted roots music forged by the duo’s distinct musical interests — she listens to late ’50s/early ’60s R&B and he loves rock ’n’ roll. “I’m not looking to achieve something that hasn’t been achieved before,” she confesses. “We just what we do. The songs are really all that changes.”

Full of colorful characters and frank commentary, the songs on All Her Fault rank among her strongest. Prime examples are the tunes that bookend the album: “SLC” and “King Lee.”  “SLC” opens the disc with a satiric look at a certain Utah city “where you ain’t gonna have a good time” due to its restrictive environment. By contrast, the closing “King Lee” celebrates personal freedom as it salutes the uninhabited lifestyle of an old man who lives near Golightly, who describes him an “entrepreneur” although she isn’t quite sure what he does.

Golightly and Lawyer Dave stock the rest of the record with a rambunctious set of home-brewed backwoods music from the eerie swamp rocker “For All That Ails You” to “Can’t Pretend” (which resembles T. Rex on a rockabilly bender), while “The Best” suggests a lullaby that just might inspire nightmares.

“The Best” also utilizes one of their recent studio additions: a piano. Piano actually figures prominently in several numbers including the disc’s central track, “Bless Your Heart.” This marvelous rant aimed at people who pretend to be who they aren’t was inspired by a Nashville star who sings about dirt roads and tractors but really is just a cowboy hat-wearing suburban kid. “It’s a glorification of living in a trailer and the locals don’t glorify it,” she states. “I have a problem with people presenting themselves as something they are not. I do enjoy straightforward honesty above all else really.”

A tune that stirs different emotions in her is “Pistol Pete,” which is based on one of their rescue horses. “I really love that song,” she says, “It makes me cry.” Horses have been an important part of Golightly’s life for even longer than music. Growing up with her grandparents on a smallholding in East Sussex, England, Golightly was an apprentice jockey and later a riding instructor throughout her involvement with U.K. garage rocker Billy Childish’s musical world. She also took in rescue horses, as and when funds allowed. She and Lawyer Dave, in fact, bought their rural Georgia farm so that hey could have enough land to continue and expand that work.

Making music and working with animals are equally important to Golightly, who has found that they aren’t as different as they might seem. “You learn skills from one that you can transfer to the other,” she explains. Balancing the two interests creates touring dilemmas that most bands don’t face. To support All Her Fault, Golightly and Lawyer Dave will only able to do a full cross-country tour — their first in a long time — due to the generosity of their local friends and neighbors, who will take care of their farm and the animals for the weeks they’ll be on the road.

Golightly acknowledges that she is privileged to be able to do what she loves to do, but she says, “I work really hard to do all of the things I want to do.” The definition of a working musician, Golightly has always had a day job and, in fact, now holds down two. “I have to make a living and feed these hungry horses.” Her music career supports itself, but it hasn’t made her rich. “I’ve never relied on making money from doing it,” she confides. “I’d have starved to death by now if I had done, but I have stuck to my guns and I do it exactly the way I want to do it.” It’s this straight-shooting attitude that she also expresses in the honesty of her music.

Wed 04/23/14 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Thu 04/24/14 Cincinnati, OH Northside Tavern
Fri 04/25/14 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sat 04/26/14 Kalamazoo, MI 411 Pub
Sun 04/27/14 Chicago, IL Wire
Mon 04/28/14 Detroit, MI Small's
Tue 04/29/14 Iowa City, IA Trumpet Blossom
Wed 04/30/14 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Thu 05/01/14 St. Louis, MO Firebird
Fri 05/02/14 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Mon 05/05/14 Denver, CO High Dive
Tue 05/06/14 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Wed 05/07/14 Boise, ID Neurolux
Thu 05/08/14 Seattle, WA Highline
Fri 05/09/14 Portland, OR TBA
Sat 05/10/14 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl
Tue 05/13/14 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
Wed 05/14/14 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place
Thu 05/15/14 Long Beach, CA Alex's Bar
Fri 05/16/14 Los Angeles, CA Satellite
Sat 05/17/14 San Diego, CA Casbah
Thu 05/22/14    Houston, TX    Rudyard's  
Fri 05/23/14    Austin, TX    Mohawk   
Sat 05/24/14    Dallas, TX    Three Links     


Pinball At The Zoo! April 24th, 25th and 26th!

Rediscover Pinball @ The 15th. Annual "Pinball at the 'Zoo". It will be held at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday April 24th. Friday April 25 th. & Saturday April 26th. 2014. It will feature a Multiple Pinball Tournaments and Vending Booths with Parts and Machines for Sale. All games will be set on free play. Auction will be held on Saturday the 26th at 3:00 PM. Spread the Word - Pinball at the 'Zoo Flyer Thursday 2 pm to 10 pm --------- Friday 1 pm to 10 pm Saturday 9am to 6 pm

Ann Arbor Pinball Museum Showcase 5/16 - 5/18

The Ann Arbor Pinball Museum VFW in Green Oaks Township, Michigan will have their first pinball showcase festival Friday May 16th to Sunday May 18th, 2014. The museum has 200 machines on site ranging from 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are on free play, so one entrance ticket allows almost unlimited play for the day. The VFW pinball museum is a 6600 square foot single floor building with plenty of parking on our rural 10 acre site. There’s something for every pinball fan here.

Show Preview: Graveyard and Bombus @ The Shelter 04/27/2014

Last year MOTORCITYBLOG hung out with Graveyard and The Shrine at The Shelter for a kick ass rocking time that ended up with a bowling session at Garden Bowl. This Sunday, Graveyard returns with the "in your face, no excuses rock and roll, drink some freaking beer and party your asses off with us" band,  Bombus

The story of BOMBUS begins in Gothenburg, Sweden where a bunch of friends who shared the same obsession for heavy music got together with a rough idea. They had the vision to play their own unique kind of "no bullshit metal and hard rock served with a slice of punk rock energy."

With their first U.S. Tour kicking off tonight in Portland, the band has delivered us a killer new video for their song "Let Her Die" from their debut album THE POET AND THE PARROT (2013 Century Media). 

34th Annual Ann Arbor Bike Show This Sunday

Whether you have a classic bike to show, or you are looking for one to purchase, check out The Ann Arbor Classic Bike Show this weekend. On Sunday, April 27th, 2014, this annual bicycle show and swap event will take place at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. This is the longest-running and largest show of it’s kind in the U.S.; last year, over 8,000 antique and vintage bikes were on site for the show, and nearly every major bicycle manufacturer was represented.

A tradition at the Ann Arbor Classic Bike Show is the contest for “Best of” bicycle, there are eleven categories in all, and entries are judged by show attendees. Last year there were approximately seventy-five entries in categories such as (but not limited to): Best Unrestored, Best Motorized, Best Early Classic, and Best BMX Old School. Awards are presented for each category, and there are also cash awards for Classic Bike of the Year in two categories, Best Restored, and Best Preserved. Cash awards will also be presented to runners-up.

Visitors to this year’s Bike Show should be sure to check out the “Old School Mini Bike Show & Swap Meet” (click for link to downloadable file), hosted by Frank Mathison, which features classic scooters & minibikes.  There is also an opportunity for show attendees to buy and sell bicycles in the Bike Corral for a small fee, details may be found on the show website.

Admission is $4.00, children 10 and under are free. Admission cost includes a prize ticket, prizes are awarded every ½ hour. A minimum of four collector bikes are slated as prizes. Must attend and be present to win.
Show located @ the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds (click for link to google map).


Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog

Wild At Heart

I was just surfing around the web and found out one of my college buddies, Chris Vaccaro, who teaches English language and literature in Vermont and has written about Tolkein and medieval literature is coming out with a book of poems about Montreal's sauna culture called "Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Beards". It might seem like an odd mix, but we were good friends at Hartwick College and took many English classes together. He was also the first openly gay person I knew which was an unique experience. I spent hours wondering if I would treat him differently knowing he was now out of the closet and when it came right down to it, I didn't have any chance in our relationship when I finally saw him for the first time after hearing the news. I even earned extra credit for my Sociology class by hooking him up as a guest speaker talking about coming out in college. I read a few of his poems which while good are not really my thing but would like to promote this link to an interview with him and some samples of his poetry: http://www.theurbanbear.com/read/shift-focus.

The Detroit Jazz Festival announced its 2014 Artist in Residence, Joshua Redman (who has toured with Pat Metheny and Clark Terry) and world-class group of headlining acts for the 35th annual Labor Day Weekend performances. The Festival will stay true to its roots of delivering a diverse lineup, featuring up-and-coming acts as well as jazz legends, from both Detroit and around the world. This year will see some great talents such as Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Belgrave, Diane Schurr, Chritian McBride Trio, Stanley Clarke, Esperanza Spalding, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more to be seen at http://detroitjazzfest.com/2014lineup.html. It looks to be a great line up!

The animated film "Ernest and Celestine" is currently set to open on April 25th at the Main Art Theatre so check back for a movie review later in the week. Of course, the Main Art Theatre also shows some cool Midnight Madness Movies and they just released a partial list which looks like this:

May 30-31 - ROBOCOP (1987) - Digital restoration of the original film!
June 6-7 - EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP - Featuring renowned graffiti artist Bansky, whose Packard Plant piece is at the center of a local controversy.
June 13-14 - PRINCESS MONONOKE - an excellent animated film from the group who did last year's "The Wind Rises"
June 27-28 - GOOD FELLAS
July 11-12 - ERASERHEAD - David Lynch at his weirdest!

The series of new and classic cult films runs Fridays and Saturdays at midnight through Halloween. Tickets may be purchased at the door at Landmark's Main Art Theatre, located at 118 North Main St in Royal Oak or online at www.LandmarkTheatres.com/tickets/. Additional films will be announced at a later date.

I'll leave you with a few recommended concerts for the week:

Wednesday (4/23) - Ingrid Michaelson @ Royal Oak Music Theatre, Sunshine of Your Sunshine Vapor opens for Loop @ Magic Stick

Thursday (4/24) - Creepshow @ Smalls, Black Lips @ Magic Stick

Saturday (4/26) - Sam Roberts Band @ The Fillmore

Show Review: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Tunde Olaniran, ROMT, April 19

Our homeboys made good, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., came to town last Saturday and played to a packed Royal Oak Music Theatre crowd of fervent fans. 89X made the affordable for everyone by making the ticket price $ .89, basically guaranteeing a sellout. However, judging from the enthusiasm of the fans I have a feeling this show would have sold out at regular prices.

Opening the show was local electro hip hop artist, Tunde Olaniran. A Tunde Olaniran performance is always a phenomenal  experience and tonight was certainly no exception. With his dancers beside him and a parade of local guests, Tunde pulled out all the stops to make the show a celebration. Passalacqua joined him onstage and traded raps with Tunde while James Linck strolled on for their anthem “The Internet.” After his set I overheard several people who were unfamiliar with Tunde exclaiming it was one the best opening acts they’ve ever seen.

Since the early days of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. I have told people it’s a group combined of the two best local songwriters I know and I consider Dan Zott and Josh Epstein the modern equivalent to Simon & Garfunkel.  Tonight’s show proved I’m not being flippant with my praise. DEJJ are the only band I know that can have 2 leads share the stage equally with each song being a perfect blend and tradeoff of  their unique vocals and talents. The night featured several songs from their latest album, “The Speed of Things” and also went into their early material with “Simple Girls.”  They wrapped up the set with their rousing version Gil Scott-Heron’s “We Almost Lost Detroit,”  then, came back for an encore which featured Tunde joining them for a song and their single “If You Didn’t See Me..” which had Dan jumping offstage and onto the arms of their supporting fans.

This post by Mikel OD of MPAD Media, see more photos here

Fuzz Fest 2014: 3 Days of Gritty Rock and Distortion

“ ‘Fuzz can describe a lot of music: Punk, metal, psych—they all put fuzz to good use,’ says Bad Indians singer/guitarist Jules Nehring -- via Jeff Milo, ecurrent.com

Ypsilanti, MI -- April 2014 is the final curtain call for Woodruff’s, and for 3 days -- April 10, 11, and 12th -- feedback fanatics felt the buzz of Fuzz Fest, a celebration of Washtenaw-area drone, psychedelic, nu-gaze, lo-fi, metal, and garage music. An impressive lineup of 33 bands, with a  psychedelic lightshow by Overhead Army, Fuzz Fest organizer Chris Taylor (guitar/vocals, Blue Snaggletooth) created a perfect realm of hard-pounding, eardrum-popping, gritty rock. The show was perfectly paced, with only a short delay between each band’s set -- Woodruff’s provided two stage areas for performances. Each band that played Fuzz Fest threw a unique punch to the lineup, with heavy-hitters The Ruiners, The Muggs, Blue Snaggletooth, and Van Houten.

Haunted Leather at Fuzz Fest 

Saturday night started out with Hydropark, followed by All The Wild Children, a bluesy-punk foursome from Highland, MI.  Haunted Leather (Grand Rapids, MI) brought a shoegaze-y, Brian Jonestown Massacre-like sound. Joseph Conrad, revoltoftheapes.com, referred to Haunted Leather as “slow-motion mystery”, which is spot-on. DRI-influenced Lord Centipede (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti) sped up the pace with their brand of thrash at breakneck speed, followed by stoner rockers, Lava Moth.

Lizerrd, a Punk/Noise-Rock group out of Ypsilanti, began their musical career as a The Jesus Lizard tribute band. These guys stayed true to their origin, and brought it hard. Lead singer Anthony Gentile’s David Yow-inspired performance thoroughly entertained, he was superb at engaging the audience. Fuzz Fest closed with The Amino Acids, reverb specialists from outer space.

Now that Fuzz Fest 2014 is a distorted, fantastic memory, some questions remain: with the closing of Woodruff’s at the end of April, will there be a Fuzz Fest 2015? Can the Fuzz momentum roll into a new venue? This writer is hopeful.

Lyla Foy at the Ark in Ann Arbor tonight and we have her new CD for you

Email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for Lyla Foy's Mirrors The Sky

Check out this video

Check out the video for Feather Tongue

Tickets: http://www.theark.org
Tour Dates

Apr. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**

Apr. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall**

Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**

Apr. 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ark**

Apr. 22 - Columbus, OH - Basement**

Apr. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Winery

Apr. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC**

Apr. 25 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939**

Apr. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy**

May 01 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City Festival @ Tea Leaf Shop

May 03 - Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds Festival @ Leeds College of Music

May 04 - Killkenny, IE- Killkenny Roots Festival @ Cleeres

May 05 - Killkenny, IE - Killkenny Roots Festival @ Pumphouse

May 09 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival @ Unitarian Church

May 25 - Brussells, BE - Botanique Grand Salon / Nuits Botanique*

May 28 - Paris, FR - Cafe de la Danse*

May 29 - Luzern, CH - Schuur

Jun. 01 - Koln, DE - Studio 672*

Jun. 02 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub*

Jun. 03 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet*

Jun. 05 - London, UK - Koko*

Jun. 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret

Jun. 27 - Norje, SE - Bravalla Festival

Jul. 27 - North Yorkshire, UK - Deer Shed Festival

Aug. 01 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival (Sub Pop Stage)

Aug. 29 - Cambridge, UK - Lodestar Festival

Aug. 30-31 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival

* w/ Sharon Van Etten

** w/ Wake Owls


Sam Roberts Band at The Fillmore 4.26 and MCB has your tickets and your vinyl

89X & The River present The Sound of Spring starring Sam Roberts Band wsg July Talk Saturday 4.26

Email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for your shot at free tickets and a vinyl copy of a Sam Roberts Band record

Check out the new video for Human Heat


The Fillmore Detroit
2115 Woodward (Next To the Fox), Detroit, MI 48201
Tickets: $15.00 - $47.00
Ticket Link

JUNE: The DKs @ St Andy's

True story: This morning while toasting a bagel in the lovely office kitchen/public space, I was absently humming "Kill the Poor" by the Dead Kennedys. (For reasons soon to be revealed, but not at that point understood, I've been on a DKs binge for the past week.) Absent the lyrics, the tune to "Kill the Poor" is pretty peppy and upbeat, a signature move of the DKs: satirize modern horror and the public's reaction thereto simultaneously, with catchy hooks and outrageous lyrics. When a new coworker entered the room (actually, I'm the new coworker), my brain did a screeching halt as it recognized the possibility of someone asking me what's that happy tune I'm humming and the amount of context it would take for the answer to not sound insane.

Fast forward to a couple of hours later, and this stunner comes across my desk. Did my psychic brain look into the future and send back a message in the form of jaunty humming? Maybe. But I prefer to think that it was my thinking about the DKs that manifested the tour into reality.

(Please note: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine are also touring separately this June.)

East Bay Ray, D.H. Peligro, Klaus Flouride, and Skip McSkipster
Tues. June, 24th, 2014

FREE: Giant Outdoor Dance Party!


"Dance Your Classes Off!"


Ann Arbor, MI. A free dance event is open to the public featuring a DJ set by Scout, live dancing by K-Motion, and laser art by Mike Gould from Illuminatus. This outdoor, end of semester, "Dance Your Classes Off" party is the culmination of U-Monument 2014 – an event dedicated to the study and celebration of the facade of Angell Hall, one of architect Albert Kahn's most well-known U-M buildings.

On April 22 from 9pm-10:30pm, the lasers will be fired up, the music will be pumping, and the dance action in front of Angell Hall will sizzle and light up the night!

What: Giant outdoor Dance Party

Where: Front lawn of Angell Hall (435 S. State Street, Ann Arbor)

When: Tuesday, April 22nd, 9:00pm-10:30pm.

Who: Context For Classics is throwing this party which is open to the public.

Why? For Fun!

Cost: Free!

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REVIEW: Tycho live at Crofoot Pontiac by Romy Saraquse

4/11/14 – What a night for the 3 piece band, Tycho, in Detroit.

For the first time in 3 years the band sold out the Crofoot in Pontiac.
Gems opened up and were amazing. What a big sound for a 2 piece band!
People of all ages came to pack the place and by the looks of it, the
whole crowd was bobbing and dancing in sync all night. Tycho's Scott
Hansen put on quite a show with his lights and artwork, all
self-designed. The band clearly is stacked with talent.

The Crofoot continues to be a preferred venue for Tycho and their
last show there was the inspiration for the new album Awake. Awake is
an amazing album. I love how they have brought more guitar to the
forefront. Hopefully Tycho continues to push out their great music and
we in Detroit continue to inspire them to not only create great music,
but to come back every year.

Thanks to MCB for the tickets and cheers to a band that continues to
amaze me year after year!

Words by Romy Saraquse

Photos by KP


Record Store Day 2014 - Milwaukee, WI

This year’s Record Store Day did not really excite me.  There wasn’t much on the list of releases that I just had to have.  Every year there is less I want and prices are higher.  I have a hard time paying $12 for a 7 inch single.  The one record I really wanted was Devo’s “Live at Max’s Kansas City.  It was sold out at the four stores I went to and is currently going for over $60 on ebay.  I started the day by waiting in line at the Exclusive Company at 6am.  They opened at 7am, and by 6am I was already about number 100 in line.  Exclusive Company has about 7 or 8 stores in Wisconsin, so they have buying power.  But by the time I made it into the store, it was pretty wiped out, only buying two items on my list.  I then went to Rush-Mor, a great local independent store.  There I picked up Devo (the picture disc), John Spencer 12-inch, and local punk legends Suburban Mutilation.  A trip to the east side Exclusive Company was a waste of time, so I finished my day at Acme Records in Bayview.  Acme, like Rush-Mor is a small vinyl heavy record store.  At Acme I watched Blessed Feathers play a great folksy pop set and bought even more records (this time non-RSD releases).  The highlight of this year’s Record Store Day was the re-issue release of Milwaukee’s Die Kreuzen’s first record, the “Cows and Beer” 7-inch ep.  Original copies are going for over $200 so it is nice to have a worthy remastered high quality substitute.  Original members Dan Kubinski and Keith Brammer were at Rush-Mor signing copies for appreciative fans .  It is great to see the record stores packed and selling lots of records.  Hopefully the new customers will keep coming back.

Just Another Motorcityblog Band Interview with Lost Boys

(subtitle: soon to be Prude Boys on May 9, 2014)

It's record store day and what a better way to start it out than with the first of an ongoing series of interviews with local and national upcoming bands, DJs and artists. It's Just Another Motorcityblog Band Interview with local fun girls and boy trio, Lost Boys. The interview will give you the lowdown on the band but let I can tell you firsthand, after seeing them play, Lost Boys make mighty fine boisterous raw punk and pop. You catch them at the MetroTimes Blowout playing Friday, May 2nd, at Northern Lights Lounge. It will be their last night as Lost Boys because they've found themselves and discovered they are really Prude Boys.

MCB:Who is in the band?
Sadie Sam, the drummer
Quennton Thornbury, guitar & vocals
Caroline Myrick, bass & vocals

MCB: When did you form and why?
LB: We formed in the Spring of 2013, playing music in our buddy's attic to deal with being broke and bored. After playing and realizing we could all write songs together, and were addicted to playing, we got a name and a Facebook.

MCB: Describe your sound in ten words or less and what band would not offend you to be compared to?
LB: We are: garage-punk-pop-surfy-noisy-rock n' roll kids. We've been compared to The Pixies and we thought that was right nice.

MCB: What’s your latest release and how can people get it?
LB: Our latest release is a one-take live demo we recorded in our practice garage. It's aptly named "Lost Boys Demo 2014" and is available at lostboysmichigan.bandcamp.com. Our first EP is also there. It's more polished.

MCB: Favorite local venue and why?
LB: We adore Woodruff's of Ypsilanti. We've played there 6 million times because we love the people who work there, the people who come there, and the cheap drinks. It's like a second home, next to our garage.

MCB: What’s one another local band you think people should see?
LB: One? We could hardly pick one, so how about two. del Brutto & Double Weirdo. They are raucous, rowdy, crazy dudes and their shows are not to be missed. They're also our best friends.

MCB: What do you like most and least about Detroit?
LB: Most of all, we love the music here. The scene is diverse and weird and people are pretty damn nice, which is refreshing. We do not so much like the unpredictable and incomplete public transportation system. Bikes work though.

MCB: Where’s the best place on the internet for people to go hear more from you?
LB: Lostboysmichigan.bandcamp.com is the place to go. It has all of our links, plugs, gadgets, trinkets, knick knacks and more. We also have a few videos up on youtube if you search hard enough, like our first music video for "Care Package".

MCB: What makes being in a band worth it for you?
LB: The money, cars, clothes, and women. But actually, it's because we love playing shows. There's such an exciting energy that comes from playing live. It's exhilarating. It's incredible playing for a crowd. Also, we love the chance shows give us to hear what other bands are doing. We're planning a short tour down south in May and it'll basically be a vacation where we get to have a good time playing shows with different bands every night. We couldn't think of anything better.

MCB: You will know the band is successful when…..
LB: When we're not eating Jet's pizza every day. But we'd probably do that anyway.

MCB: Most embarrassing moment so far….
LB: We genuinely have no shame, but there have been a few shows where maybe we played a little too late in the night, if you catch my drift, and we weren't exactly "on point" or "coherent". I'm sure people have been embarrassed for us.

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Interview and pics by Mikel O.D. of MPAD Media


Weekend Flyer Dump

::Matt Jones & The Reconstruction:: ::Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful:: ::Loose Teeth::

3 Great Bands, One of Woodruff's Final Nights

Woodruff’s as we know it, one of Ypsilant’s coolest music venues, will be closing at the end of April. The remaining nights that Woodruff’s will be open will feature optimum entertainment, but be sure to check out the lineup this Friday, April 18th. With a triple bill of local favorites, Matt Jones & the Reconstruction, Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, Loose Teeth, Friday’s show will be one to remember, for sure.
With Woodruff's closing, it’s a bit of a sad time for local musicians and music lovers, as the night spot has not been in service for long, it’s current incarnation began in 2009. In it’s short life, it’s become a favorite spot for local bands starting out, and national acts as well. Get yourself to Woodruff’s this weekend, you will not be disappointed.

You will find Woodruff's at 36 E Cross St in the Depot Town area of Ypsilanti. More info is available here: www.woodruffsbar.com