10 concerts in metro Detroit this week (Jan. 7-9)
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Thursday, 1/7 Miscellaneous Crates @ Donovans Pub Julian Kendalls We Cant Be Friends: Miscellaneous Crates 003 is a continuation of a night the talented DJ started in the summer. Its still heavily focused around dance music, but its a chance for Kendall and his crew to go all over the map and play a lot of stuff they dont normally get to play out. There is more of a focus on slow pressure dance tracks, hard-to-find 80s boogie-funk records, cosmic disco, early house and techno, plus some newer records. Check this night out if you want to hear expressive and emotionally charged music that doesnt fit within the confines of the mainstream club.
Starts at 10 p.m.; 3003 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; no cover.
Thursday, 1/7 Felt @ Temple Bar Ten years ago a group of friends would gather in a kitchen around records and turntables, playing and dreaming of a time when they would be able to share these songs and feelings with an open audience. This group slowly spread across the country. And now, they continue to expand their musical boundaries with a monthly party at the Temple Bar, with an all-vinyl party of underground dance music brought to you by B Hill and C. Bass. Starts at 10 p.m.; 2906 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-832-2822; $2 before midnight, $3 after.
Thursday, 1/7 Mike Agent X Clark, Sex Tape @ Grasshopper ArtBeat is an event started by Marissa Guzman, described as a platform that empowers artists by giving them an opportunity to sell their art or perform their music while encouraging them to keep creating. Its always free, always fun, and featured artists this week include Joseph Phillips-Maitre, Vincenzo Colonna, Doug Berger, and Diego Artega. Live sounds provided by Mike Agent S Clark, Sex Tape, and HAL. Doors at 9 p.m.; 22757 Woodward Ave, Ferndale; 248-298-0330; thegrasshopperunderground.com; free.
Friday, 1/8 The Understorey @ The Ark As the Understorey, Ann Arbor husband-and-wife duo Jess and Matt McCumons perform a mainstream-style lo-fi brand of folk thats influenced by everything from gospel to jazz. Jess may be a classically trained vocalist, but her soulful singing style melds easily with the folksy sounds of Matt on guitar, often backed by a full band (and even backup singers). That sound is captured on 2013s Tending Embers, and theyve been heard on stages at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and Hollerfest, as well as the stage at the Ark, which finds them performing again this week, with Misty Lyn opening. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800; theark.org; admission is $15.
Friday, 1/8 The Seatbelts @ PJs Lager House Its a rockin bit of Detroit punk history at PJs with the Seatbelts topping the bill. Theyre a reunited punk band from the 1970s whose first single was produced by none other than Ron Asheton. They broke up in the 1980s, but a new version of the band formed in 2010, with original members Greg Upshur (vocals), Skid Marx (bass), and Tony Bojanic (drums) alongside new members Derek Murtagh and John Whalen. How many bands release that first LP about 30 years after the initial single? Its worth the wait for power pop stompers like I Want to Marry Patti Smith. Theyll appear with a Detroit punk supergroup called the Britemores. Starts at 8 p.m.; 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668; pjslagerhouse.com; $6 at door.
Friday, 1/8 Saturday, 1/9 Anti-Freeze Blues Festival @ The Magic Bag The Detroit Blues Society brings metro Detroit fans of the blues the biggest 12-bar event of the winter season: the 22nd annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival in Ferndale. The two-day event features nationally recognized blues acts, as well as some of our leading local lights, such as RJ Spanglers NOLA Band and Thornetta Davis, or the Kenny Parker Band featuring Jim McCarty. The big names will be Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater on Friday and Muddy Waters band alum Bob Margolin on Saturday. Doors at 7 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; detroitbluessociety.org; themagicbag.com; $20 in advance.
Saturday, 1/9 Duane the Brand New Dog @ Marble Bar Since he first appeared on local stages in 2010, Duane Gholston has kept his fans guessing. Though hes been called the love child of Grace Jones and David Bowie, Gholston disavowed the comparison, pursuing his own personal vision with his lo-fi synth and glam alias. After releasing a 7-inch on Jack Whites Third Man Records in 2012, Gholston got sidetracked by recording company executives who didnt understand his DIY charm. It took a year or two, but the teenage weirdo retooled his stage persona and has reappeared as Duane the Brand New Dog. What changed? Gholston is a little older and wiser, but hes still a force onstage, an impetuous mix of musician and performance artist who can surprise even the most jaded concertgoers. Ex American and ASBO Action Squad open. Show at 9 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; $5, 18 and older only.
Saturday, 1/9 Kansas Bible Company @ The Majestic Kansas Bible Company is a psychedelic rock n roll band with brass. KBC expertly combines propulsive horn lines, heavy guitar, and poppy melodies in a genre-bending mix that produces sounds that are both new and familiar, and super original. The seven piece resides in Nashville. Their upcoming record Paper Moon is their boldest project yet. Be sure to check them out.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; majesticdetroit.com; $7.
Saturday, 1/9 Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne @ Saint Andrews Hall The All-Time High Tour is only the second headlining tour for California boy Jon Pardi, who shares the bill with the Maryland-born Brothers Osborne, which just goes to show you how country isnt just a Southern thing anymore. Pardi is still charting where his second album will go, but his choice to tap old pals John and T.J. for this tour suggests it will include songs that mean something, since the Osbornes told Rolling Stone this year that country fans are sick of the BS and welcome the impending transformation the Osbornes and other like artists represent. Show at 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; Tickets $62 and up.
Saturday, 1/9 Get Money Cru @ UFO Factory The Get Money Cru hosts a special EP release party, with Clyde Moop, Count Mack, Sheefy McFly, Cade Skylar, and Crate Digga. Each attendee will be given a copy of the Get $ EP with entry. This just might be the best evening of funky underground hip-hop and electrified R&B all month.
Doors at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; $7.