Weekend Music Guide: First Friday Costume Party, Failed Flowers, and Stef Chura

. October 5, 2017.
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Running down three exceptional shows going on around Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti this weekend…

1.) Costume Party during First Friday at Tap Room

I don’t know about you, but Halloween’s basically my own personal Christmas. So I’m quite enthused that the Tap Room is getting into the ghoul game early with this weekend’s Costume Party during First Fridays. Fangs ‘n’ Twang push the boundaries of Americana, Gruesome Twosome push the boundaries of retro-garage kickers and Mercury Salad Sandwich push the boundaries between folk, jazz, and funk… All three outfits are high energy and present some sufficiently danceable ditties. I know it’s late notice, but maybe you still have time to throw together a costume? Might I recommend a Bride of Frankenstein? Or maybe the original, iconoclastic “Monster”? Here’s Fangs ‘n’ Twang!

First Fridays happen every month in downtown Ypsilanti, a community-bolstering art-walk-structured night for everyone to encounter all forms of art, be it rock music, visual art exhibitions, or just fun dance parties.

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2.) Mistki @ the Blind Pig 

If you’re reading this, I hope you already have a ticket to go see Mitski by now. I know I have it listed under the auspice of “a show you MUST see…,” but it’s likely lots of you won’t be able to get into this sold-out show at the Blind Pig. Nevertheless, if Mitski isn’t on your radar yet, check out the swooning post-grunge tides of her evocative ballad from 2015, “American Girl…”

Another reason I’m mentioning a show that’s already sold-out? Because I want to make sure Stef Chura is also on your radar. The Detroit-based singer/guitarist has had a whirlwind year, joining several tours with high-tier players in the national indie-rock and attracting lots of buzz for her debut solo album, Messes, (which she recorded with Fred Thomas). Take a listen…

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3.) Failed Flowers and Human Skull at Elks Lodge

Step right up if you like guitar-heavy-indie-pop… Slick riffs. Sweet melodies. The members of Failed Flowers each come from bands taking distinct diversions off the overly-tried-and-true indie-rock path and bring their sensibilities for something like a new-wave jangle-pop to create a gliding, giddy surf-boogie with some poetic melancholoy and dry wit woven into the lyrics.

Human Skull bring a similarly swift-strummed energy but tend to be augmented with substantial storms of distortion, making it more of a punk-flavor. Touring in from Chicago is the band Ethers (which features members from bands like Heavy Times, Radar Eyes, and Magic Milk), and then, coming in to Ann Arbor from Detroit is the charmng country-stylings of Loose Koozies.
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Laith Al-Saadi & Friends – Annual Birthday Bash

It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO

Grove Studios Grand Opening

If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.

Audiotree Music Festival (Kalamazoo) – Sept 22/23

The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or

saajtak featured among a genre defying lineup at blind pig – sept 13

  Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak