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Here's a handful of bands appearing Hamtramck's Labor Day Festival.

click to enlarge Dennis Coffey: Have wah-wah, will travel.
  • Dennis Coffey: Have wah-wah, will travel.

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The Kickstand Band

At 5 p.m. Sept. 1, South Stage

Spritely indie-pop trio with a debut album due out soon. 


Melvin Davis & the United Sounds

At 8 p.m. Sept. 1, South Stage

Detroit's self-proclaimed soul ambassador, Davis is smoother than mom's pudding. 


The Sugarcoats

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, North Stage

Joey Mazzola's power-pop garage monster band will bring tunes galore. 


Phantasmagoria

At 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, North Stage

Nothing to do with the Annihilator tune of the same name, these guys play experimental pop, and do so with aplomb. 


Michael Hurtt & his Haunted Hearts

At 5 p.m. Sept. 2, South Stage

Hurtt loves old rockabilly, and the likes of Jack Scott and Eddie Cochran can be heard in the scratchy, gloriously fuzzy 45s that his band puts out. 


Revoir

At 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2, North Stage

Awesome electro-pop project featuring Jason Revoir. His Jesus Chainsaw Massacre cover will hopefully get an airing. 


Deadbeat Beat

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, North Stage 

Former members of the Decks get a little grittier while retaining the surf-rock sprit.


Outrageous Cherry

At 6 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage 

Matt Smith will blast through a set of power-pop brilliance, then piss off to see the other bands. Pat his back when you see him in the crowd.


Deastro

At 7 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage 

Atmospheric electro-shoegaze dude Deastro will likely bring the somber to the festival, in a good way. Sway along, congregation.


Dennis Coffey

At 9 p.m. Sept. 3, South Stage

Motown session maestro Coffey has an arsenal of tunes that better-known legends would envy. And he's a killer guitarist. 


Kielbasa Kings

At 3 and 4 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage 

Polka madness but then, to be fair, this is Hamtramck. Just dance, dammit.


Terrible Twos

At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage

Nothing ambient about these guys — expect noisy punk rock from one of the bands that does it best. 


Destroy This Place

At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage 

Post-hardcore dudes who have some of the catchiest melodies you'll hear all weekend, all buried under a ton of barbed wire.


Pewter Cub

At 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3, North Stage

Don't talk, just watch and listen. Pewter Cub's lush indie pop is beautiful. Ssshhh! Listen.


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