This month in music: 2/17

. February 1, 2017.
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Wood-paneled sounds

The Chicago-born band Twin Peaks began as a collaboration between friends in high school, recording their first album, Sunken, in singer/guitarist Cadien Lake James’ basement. A veritable mixture of easy-going garage rock with indie and pop influences, their latest album, Down in Heaven, ventures further into the psychedelic and more relaxed, earthy and sentimental realm. They’ve garnered an expansive fan base in the Midwest and beyond with their raw and old school sounds.—JB

Saturday, February 18. $15. 9pm. The Blind Pig, 208 1st St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.com.

Desmond Jones w/ The North 41 & Pajamas

Desmond Jones, the funky, five-piece rock band from Grand Rapids will be at the Pig on Friday, February 24. The group brings high-energy improvisation to the table, making each song unique from show to show. Chicago band, The North 41, will join them along with local jammers, Pajamas. Pajamas has been in the spotlight recently after their lead guitar player, Nick Orr, went viral for his euphoric reaction to a Phish performance that was caught on tape. This show is sure to bring the best of funk, jazz and rock together for a night of jam band greatness.—SJ

Friday, February 24. $10 adv./ $12 day of. 9pm. The Blind Pig, 208 1st St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.com.

The Head, The Heart and The Hill

Some combination of indie, folk and rock, The Head and the Heart, is performing again after a hiatus following the lead singer’s struggles with addiction. During their separation, the Seattle based band spread out across the country to pursue other interests. Jonathan Russell found himself working with a charitable program in Haiti and $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Artists for Peace and Justice, a program that serves communities in Haiti with education and healthcare. They reunited and and wrote their newest album Signs of Light. They are opened by special guest Whitney.—JB

Tuesday, February 28. $30-40, 7pm. Hill Auditorium, 825 N University Ave. 734-647-3327. ums.org/venue/hill-auditorium.

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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

Grove Studios Grand Opening

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.

Audiotree Music Festival (Kalamazoo) – Sept 22/23

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

saajtak featured among a genre defying lineup at blind pig – sept 13

  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