As far as Summer festies go, leave it to Metallica to play host to the grittiest line up of the summer, in no better setting than Belle Isle overlooking the ruin porn of Detroit on shore. Add the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the other headliners and you already have a full-throttle experience. Indulge your inner headbanger with the contemporary hard-rock stylings of Rise Against, Deftones, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, Japandroids, Silversun Pickups and many more. Or pull out your glow sticks for a second stage of heavy dance and dubstep artists including BASSNECTAR, Destroid, and Datsik among others and you have a musical experience that flexes its Detroit muscle. There are also plenty of other activities taking place throughout the festival. Revelers can check out 100 classic hot rods and custom bikes at the Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, catch a film handpicked by Lars Ulrich at the Hit The Lights Films tent or roll through the Metallica Museum. Festival-goers can also watch high-flying tricks all day long at the 2013 Vans Damage Inc. Stage + Vert Ramp. Expect online coverage from your fellow music nuts at the Current following the fest. For more information, activities list and hotel accommodations visit the website. $150 general admission / $750 VIP. Belle Isle, Detroit. www.orionmusicandmore.com—JG
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