Music Features

Catching up with Theo Katzman

Empathic Beings Transmitting Feeling

Electric Six Dare Not Stop

  Some people like to find happy mediums, but Electric Six seem to have found a hurried medium. Just like sharks risking demise upon their deceleration, the long-running disco-rock ensemble can’t stop. Won’t stop! …Or, will they? Maybe? Well, they sorta did… In fact, last autumn, their usual European tour was postponed when the band’s

Threads All Arts Festival

There’s no need for genius to go unappreciated. There’s a way to avoid someone being “ahead of their time.” The opportunity to appreciate artists IN their time, in the here and now, can be utilized with an amount of curiosity and follow-through–that is, to follow, or encounter, or discover, if you will, the local arts scene. Threads wants to

Mercury Salad Sandwich – Playing Riverside Arts Center This Friday

Mercury Salad Sandwich are an Ypsi-based quartet that charmingly refresh expectations of acoustic folk music, adding a bit of jangle and soul to their resplendently melodic arrangements. They released their debut album, Volume 1, last October, a collection of cool tunes that demonstrates a sharp sensibility for fusing dynamic riffs of rock and funk, spooling and

Interview With Little Traps About Harmony, Storytelling & More

  Just as I was becoming self-conscious of over-using my references to an abstract sub-genre like “neo-folk,” lo & behold, Little Traps comes along and smacks some sense into me. I say smack, but really the Ann Arbor trio’s knack for melody and an exuberant playing style supremely sweetened the encounter and bent my ear

Michigan Music Mix for Valentine’s Day!

Love is bliss. Love is pain. Love is catharsis and it’s messy and it’s marvelous. Love is the greatest and worst thing, ever. Love has inspired more songs than anything else in the history of humans making music to express their feelings. Whether you have it in abundance or if its just freshly fallen apart,

Musician Seth Bernard Launches Clean Water Campaign

  Singer/songwriter Seth Bernard is as well known for his music as he is for his community advocacy. The Earthwork Music founder recently released his third album in almost as many years, Eggtones for Fun, a break of brief levity spiced with a blend of sweet folk songs, strummy waltzes and some headier/heavier rock dirges,

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Spreads Message of Hope

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM) creates a transformative experience with uplifting vocal music. The heavenly harmonies of this South African mbube acapella ensemble come to The Ark this month, part of an extensive world tour in support of their two recent albums.