Audiophiles do not pass up the chance to experience a band in the midst of their budding prime. After 2005's critical breakthrough Z and 2008's powerhouse album Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket has further established themselves as one of the defining bands of the decade with their new album Circuital. MMJ has crafted or perhaps simply evolved an alt-country-rock sound into a musical kaleidoscope that is as eclectic as their hometown of Louisville, KY. Behind the epic lungs of lead man Jim James (aka Yim Yames when he feels like it) be prepared to get awestruck with tunes that fuse folk sensibility, hymn-like grace and well-placed detonations of raw rock power. MMJ is known for momentous live shows. Coming off thier monster set at Bonnaroo in early June (I was there—still geeked!) they are riding a roller-coaster of both popularity and musical ascendancy. Some key tracks from the new album are "Holdin' On To Black Metal" which is as heavy an ode to black metal you will hear from what sounds like a dark New Orleans Jazz band. "Outta My System" will help justify your eight straight nights of summer binge partying and "First Light" is a track your classic rock parents will jam to. 7pm. $40.50-$51.20. 3554 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills. 248-377-0100. www.palacenet.com
I have a soft spot in my heart for midnight movies. The best times I’ve had at the movies are going with friends, or even alone, and meeting new devotees of a midnight movie. You can check out these cult classics through the end of summer only at The State.
Evan Haywood brings his “psychedelic folk fables” to the Electric Eye Cafe this Monday. Haywood is an Ann Arbor-based songwriter and sound-conjurer, currently nearing completion of his second solo album, Perfumed Gardens. We’ll have an interview with Haywood posted next week, discussing his approach to reinventing the realms of folk music, as well as the launch
Boom for real was a catchphrase Basquiat said when something really wowed him. It’s impossible to believe that anyone seeing this film won’t walk away feeling inspired; the film is a boom, for real.