WWUP 8/4/16: John Cyrus, Javelins and Crossing Water Benefit

. August 4, 2016.

Hello all, and welcome to the weekend…

I want to start off with two former Ann Arborites, a formidable production twosome who stretched past the genre boundaries of “folk” and “electronica” toward something stranger, sweeter and sublime. Nathan K. and Darin Rajabian were both active around these parts from 2008-2013, but have been bouncing around to other projects (and other parts of the country). Their latest project, John Cyrus is releasing a 2-track EP called Sing Sing on August 19.

Singer Madeline Privott is the lead vocalist for both of Sing Sing’s new songs. They’re heading back into the post-rave/pre-Britney era of 90’s club-pop, but juicing it with a bit of post-millennial IDM panache… essentially bridging the cool vibes of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” to the playful groove of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head…” Maybe throw in some flavors of Air, some Tycho and maybe even some Tennis, and you’ve got some sufficient summertime jams!

Follow John Cyrus on Facebook to hear more on August 19

Meanwhile…

A charity concert kicks off Saturday at Crossroads benefiting victims of the Flint Water Crisis. All proceeds from “Suck It Snyder” will be donated to Crossing Water, a large-scale volunteer-powered crisis management effort that deploys a “Rapid Response Service Team” for low income residents who may be getting passed over by current ongoing recovery services.

Several of the bands on the bill embody a rambunctious rock ‘n’ roll spirit, a defiant punk energy, or a bit of an underground/outsider quirk-pop edge, guaranteeing an atmosphere likely indulgent of a rebellious/people-powered/fight-the-power vibe. As you can see on Facebook, this is not just to benefit the efforts of Crossing Water, but also “to remind our neighbors that they have not been forgotten…”

Saturday
Crossroads Pub
517 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti
with: Trace The Veins, Wizard Union, Sharky & the Habit, Joseph Fox (The Devil’s Cut), Inside The Lie
$10
8pm
More info

And lastly (but not leastly…)

Ypsi heroes Congress are playing a show over in Detroit on Saturday. This evening’s programming promises lots of agit-pop, squirrely riffs, yowly-vocals, skewed-psychedelia and some disarming danceability… like Yeesh (from Chicago), for instance, and Detroit’s charismatic punk-kick rock-pop trio Javelins. Also on the lineup is Detroit experimental-punk project Vinny Moonshine. Yeesh just released new music online, while Congress and Vinny Moonshine had some stuff out over the last couple years and are building towards something new in the near future. With the recent 10-year-anniversary of their first album, however, it’s fans of Javelins who are likely the most ravenous for some new music… That, I’ve heard, is on the near-ish horizon. I mean, not too near…but near enough to get excited.

Saturday
UFO Factory
2110 Trumbull, Detroit
Javelins / Yeesh / Congress / Vinny Moonshine
$5
9 pm
More info

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