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
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
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.
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
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