The great state of Michigan has its fair share of talented young bands exploring the far reaches of Americana and incorporating the sounds of bluegrass, rhythm & blues, folk and even rock n' roll. Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys are one of the darlings of the bunch. First off, it is impossible to ignore the commanding presence of Lindsay Lou's vocals. Her voice is as sweet as molasses — soft and angelic or spicy and sultry depending on the demands of the tune. Her songwriting captures the ol' timey tales of traditional bluegrass with the swing of contemporary hopefulness. And the Flatbellys are a solid complement who can finger pick, strum and bop with best of 'em. 8pm. $15. The Ark, 316 South Main St. 734-761-1818. www.theark.org
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.