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(Sandy) Alex G - El Club 11/10 Review

In Detroit’s historic Mexico Town, mere minutes from the “Bridge to Canada”, I attended (Sandy) Alex G’s concert at “El Club”. The crowd consisted mainly of aging, millennial hipster couples and edgy, “indie” Detroit-area high schoolers, leaving me in the minority. Nevertheless, I could not contain my excitement having been a fan of Alex G for so long. 

 

Doors opened at seven, and the first opening act, Indigo De Souza, came on at eight. I had never heard of Indigo De Souza, but I was soon blown away by their performance. After an incredible 30-40 minute set, driven by Indigo’s beautiful and raspy vocals, and her band’s punk/indie pop accompaniment, the set I was surprised to enjoy so much ended. 

 

After a short break, the second opener, Tomberlin, took the stage. Her songwriting and vocals were beautiful and somber. She herself introduced her set by saying, “I’m Tomberlin, and I’m here to play some sad bangers”. Much quieter than the previous set, the voices coming from the bar were jarringly obvious, which Tomberlin took great offense to. I personally enjoyed her set less, only due to it not necessarily being my primary taste in music, but it was definitely a touching performance. After another short break, (Sandy) Alex G and his band took the stage. 

Alex began the set with electric performances of the three singles of his new album, House of Sugar: “Gretal”, “Southern Sky”, and “Hope”. The energy in the crowd was unbelievable, screaming lyrics, moshing to songs that, in my humble opinion, are not mosh songs. Regardless, I was having an amazing time. Alex continued without pause, beginning his next song the second his previous song had finished. Within the first portion of his set, Alex played 10/13 of the tracks off House of Sugar, alongside tracks from Rocket, Trick, Beach Music, DSU, and RACE. Every single song sounded perfect, and was performed with such passion and talent. A diverse mix of tracks, Alex G regularly took, and shot down, audience requests (I screamed Serpent is Lord roughly nine times without success). Sandy took his first encore after a chilling rendition of “Sugar House”. Emerging minutes later Alex covered Los Lonely Boys’ “Heaven” in chaotic fashion, and  proceeded to ask for audience requests. He took the request for “Adam” and in between the first and second chorus he briefly covered Blink-182’s “What’s my Age Again?”, for about a minute and then finished the second half of “Adam”. Following the absolutely psychotic rendition of “Icehead”, which sounds nothing like the recorded version, Tomberlin came on stage once again. Together they delivered gorgeous renditions of “Brite Boy” and “Change”.I genuinely believe this was a perfect concert, well worth my money and commute to the Canadian Border. The complete setlist can be found here.

 

-- By Andrew Villeneuve

 

Brexit Clown: Pride & Prejudice v. Sense & Sensibility

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 2:00pm
Non-Free
theater
Other

This is no TED talk. Join ‘Mind the Gap’ in this show outlining the factors leading up to the Brexit vote. The effects from the pending Brexit, and the possible future of England are explored through comedy, live music, and audio/visuals interwoven with commentary. More info: mindthegaplux.com/BrexitClown

Tyler, The Creator Makes Big Splash

On the evening Saturday September 7th at twilight, there were exactly two types of people in Cass Corridor: those who were attending the Jonas Brothers concert, and those who were attending the Tyler, The Creator concert. Despite our unwavering passion for Kevin Jonas in 2008, we are adults now. We put on our hippest clothes and headed to the world’s largest Masonic Temple where it just so happens that Tyler, the Creator was also playing. While few showed up for Tyler’s first opener, GoldLink, those who were seemed invested in his performance. Between him and the second opener, Jaden Smith, GoldLink was the more talented performer. While there is more to be said of GoldLink’s talent, we have much to say about Jaden Smith. Our excitement to see Smith rooted in childhood nostalgia, soon wore off after his set began. To be fair, we had not listened to much of his music since 2012. Nearly every one of his songs were indistinguishable from each other with the exception of “Summertime in Paris” off his most recent album, Erys. The song is catchy, light-hearted, and fun: a necessary break from the monotony. All in all, Smith’s performance was tolerable with the exception of the poorly executed ballad about the struggles of growing up in Calabasas, California. Jaden Smith played the guitar like he watched three Youtube guitar tutorials before the show and felt he was ready to play in front of a crowd of 4,000. 

While having to endure a less-than-satisfactory 45 minute set from Mr. Smith, we now know that it was just 45 minutes before our minds were blown. The show began with Tyler, in full IGOR attire, motionless, surrounded by the synth-y bass of “IGOR’S THEME.” Once the still and silent Tyler built up enough anticipation from the crowd, he broke out into “I THINK”. He followed with an instrumental version of “EARFQUAKE”, where the crowd filled in the lyrics alongside Tyler’s piano. Both Tyler and Smith asserted that Detroit was the best crowd on their tour so far. It should be noted that there have only been five shows so far. During the hour-long performance, Tyler played a set roughly equal in new music and old. We, along with the crowd, were pleasantly surprised by his inclusion of songs from Flower Boy and Goblin. He covered many fan-favorites such as “911/Mr. Lonely” and “She,” notably two of his most energetic performances. His electric stage presence never faltered and held the attention and enthusiasm of even casual fans. Tyler’s performance that night was near flawless with the exception of one tasteless comment at the beginning of the show. He joked that he was surprised that so many showed up to the show as he thought the city of Detroit was “just crackheads and empty buildings.” Regardless of this ignorant remark, we can confidently say this was a show we will never forget. 

 

Nevertheless Film Festival 2019 - July 11-14 at The Michigan Theater!

A new film festival is coming to Ann Arbor to elevate the work of female-identifying filmakers! Among the films are two documentaries with musical subjects which we think our listeners will enjoy:

Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl is a high-energy, female-centered rock odyssey revealing the treacherous line that today‚ artists must walk to survive while making art on their own terms in the digital economy. And it asks the audience: how much longer will the true artists survive? Whether you're familiar with Nash or not, you'll be a fan by the end of this thrilling documentary. Screening July 13 at 6:30pm.

Pipe Dreams is a music competition like you've never seen before -- move over piano and vocal competitions, this is all about... pipe organs! Follow five young organists as they compete in Canada’s International Organ Competition. The screening on July 12 at 8:30pm will be the film's U.S. premiere, and director Stacey Tenenbaum will be in person for a Q&A!

Tickets and more information can be found at neverthelessfilmfestival.com.

Dexter Community Players Presents Gypsy

Touted as one of the greatest musicals of all time, this show features a lush score by Jule Styne, the inventive lyrics of a young Stephen Sondheim, with the funny- and ultimately heartbreaking- book by Arthur Laurents. DCP’s production is directed by Connor Rhodes and assisted by Keshia Oliver, with musical direction by Brian Rose and choreography by Matilda Seagraves.

 

Gypsy tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, entitled Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. The memoir and the musical focus on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” 

Gypsy  features songs that have become standards of the musical theatre canon, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”.

 

Performances run July 12-14, 19 & 20 at Copeland Auditorium located at 7714 Ann Arbor Street in Dexter, MI. Tickets can be purchased through the link at dexterplayers.com and at the door.

 

Dexter Community Players has been successfully producing theater since 1981 and has brought more than 50 productions to the Dexter community since. DCP is strictly a volunteer organization; it is a non-profit, community-based theater group that

strives to present an authentic theater experience to actors, production staff, members, and audiences. Our membership hosts a wide variety of ages, skills sets, levels of experience, and areas of interest. While our talented cast is highlighted on stage, our entire membership includes those interested in building, painting, sewing, advertising, and much more. For further information visit http://dextercommunityplayers.com/.

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Michigan Jazz Festival turns 25! - Sunday, July 21, 2019

Held on the grounds of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, the very best jazz musicians in Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan converge for this legendary one-day event to showcase their wares, and prove once again why they collectively are some of the very best performers in the world!

The legislators of the State of Michigan and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have authored a declaration celebrating the history of Michigan Jazz, to be presented at the festival! MC's will inclue WCBN's very own Michael G. and The Original Zoltan!

A complete lineup of scheduld performers on each individual stage is listed at the newly-updated michiganjazzfestival.org. Call 734-462-4403 for more information!

8 Ball Short Attention Span Theater Film Festival

A night showcasing Michigan short subject movies, video mixtapes, animation, and experimental works from across the state!
This will be a great opportunity to have a fun night that focuses on up-and-coming filmmakers, who could very well be making the next generation of weird and wild cult classics we'll all know and love!

June 11, 7pm at 8 Ball Saloon (the downstairs of The Blind Pig; 21+), no cover!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2316322681970794/

WhateverFest at The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard

WhateverFest Detroit is an annual local music festival that features some of the best up and coming talent in the Detroit Music Scene along with some amazing talent from outside the city. This year the festival will once again be a completely outdoor festival. From 12-10pm on June 1st, there will be vendors and live artists throughout the day as well as food trucks and a bar on site to keep those tummies from rumbling.

Come out to see numerous exciting acts including WCBN's Gilad Granot and his band Alluvial Fans!

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