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’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.