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
Nevertheless Film Festival opens in mid July in Ann Arbor, and Current sat down with festival founder Meredith Finch to talk about what makes this film festival unique. The festival’s name is inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted,” spoken by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when justifying his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren
“A vision of Now” is part of a line from the Go-Go’s song “Vision of Nowness”, featured in their new jukebox musical, Head Over Heels.
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, a semiannual event starting Sunday, June 9, is the perfect time to try something new (or settle into your stand-by favorites with deep discounts).
Master printmaker and experimental artist Takeshi Takahara is a restless spirit. Rather than working comfortably within established print traditions, he prefers to skate near the edge of the unknown.