Truman Release Party
Truman have always had vision. Not “a” vision. I mean, like, motivational vision. And I’m also not explicitly implying that you, yourself, may perceive your own visions whilst listening to the Ypsi-quartet’s latest songs, because that would suggest that this is trippy and/or “druggy” music that you can vibe-out to, and I wouldn’t want to give the wrong impression.
But, Truman are, at the same time, definitely trippy; Just in a unique way. But I was trying to explain their vision. You can surmise these skyward aspirations by looking at their compiled artwork, be it fliers or album covers, typically featuring dreamlike expanses of cosmic-seeming realms with azure-shaded night skies. Don’t call it space-rock. Don’t call it prog. Whatever you do, don’t expect just plain old indie-rock. Truman’s prevailing attribute is their propulsive rhythms, their dizzying guitar flourishes and the dynamics both in the almost-fragile/heavy-hearted vocals and their tension-twinging transitions through the song’s bridge, bringing a strongly cinematic impact to that closing chorus.
I like what I hear from the lead single, “Running Circles Around You,” (streaming above) off of the forthcoming album, Slow Burn. They’ve always entered or blown by certain rock genres as if they’re merely rest stops along a fast freeway. Their vision is ever-forward; sonic horizon-chasers. You can hear/see more from Truman this Friday night.
First Friday Gala/Fundraiser
Bona Sera is hosting a Spring Awakening Gala to raise funds for First Fridays Ypsilanti, a phenomenal local art-happening forged by participating venues enthusiastically fostering a welcoming environment for folks visiting the downtown and thereby stoke support for local talent and businesses. This Gala will be a review of last year’s notable events and significant community connections, as well as a preview of plans coming down the line for FFY in 2016.
This Friday will be a semi-formal event (dress nicely, all) for adults only, (parents will need to get a sitter). There will be lots of fun activities and delicious food, including live painting by Dora Diaspora and Drift Wood, Bri Howard and SHADIA, along with face and body art by Angel Star Style. Matthew Altruda and Nicole Myint will be DJ-ing before and after the live performance by Rollie Tussing. CLICK HERE for tickets.
First Friday Gala/Fundraiser
(200 W Michigan, Ypsilanti)
7pm – 10 pm
Hamtramck Music Festival
Several sensational bands and performers from Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor are dotting the vast lineup of this weekend’s Hamtramck Music Festival. This three day, city-spanning super-music-series features all Michigan bands performing at staggered time-slots across 25 unique venues in Hamtramck, raising funds for music education nonprofit Ben’s Encore. Click here to see if some of your favorite locals are on the lineup.
Also, don’t forget to vote.