April 26, 2016

Livewire: 10 concerts you actually want to go to

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Wednesday, 4/27
Myrkur
@ Saint Andrew’s Hall
If you haven’t heard of Myrkur, don’t worry — you’re not alone. This Danish composer and black metal phenomenon has never stopped in Detroit, let alone North America, before. She has a cool Björk vibe going on, along with her lush and brutal melodies that thrash against heaviest-of-heavy sounds. Her debut album M has been heralded as a metal masterpiece by NPR; she recorded most of it in Oslo with the help of some of the greats in her field. There are haunting choirs, classical instrumental music, and a mix of Nordic folk that really sets Myrkur apart from other artists. Behemoth will be at the show, as well. 
Doors at 7:30 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; Tickets $22.
Wednesday, 4/27 Myrkur @ Saint Andrew’s Hall If you haven’t heard of Myrkur, don’t worry — you’re not alone. This Danish composer and black metal phenomenon has never stopped in Detroit, let alone North America, before. She has a cool Björk vibe going on, along with her lush and brutal melodies that thrash against heaviest-of-heavy sounds. Her debut album M has been heralded as a metal masterpiece by NPR; she recorded most of it in Oslo with the help of some of the greats in her field. There are haunting choirs, classical instrumental music, and a mix of Nordic folk that really sets Myrkur apart from other artists. Behemoth will be at the show, as well. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; Tickets $22.
Friday, 4/29
Detroit Music Awards
@ The Fillmore Detroit
Detroit’s very own music awards are coming to the Fillmore and the night’s lineup looks very promising, including all-star tributes to Glenn Frey and Marcus Belgrave. Distinguished achievement awards will be given to some of Detroit’s greatest greats, including Kid Rock, Al Abrams, and Dan Yessian. This is the DMA’s 25th anniversary, so expect some surprises and tremendous live performances. Pro tip: an award will be presented by MT staff during the ceremony. 
Doors at 6 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets start at $22.50.
Friday, 4/29 Detroit Music Awards @ The Fillmore Detroit Detroit’s very own music awards are coming to the Fillmore and the night’s lineup looks very promising, including all-star tributes to Glenn Frey and Marcus Belgrave. Distinguished achievement awards will be given to some of Detroit’s greatest greats, including Kid Rock, Al Abrams, and Dan Yessian. This is the DMA’s 25th anniversary, so expect some surprises and tremendous live performances. Pro tip: an award will be presented by MT staff during the ceremony. Doors at 6 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets start at $22.50.
Friday, 4/29
Local H
@ The Magic Bag
Celebrating an album’s birthday has been a common theme among musicians lately, and the trend has passed along to post-grunge rockers Local H. The band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second, and most popular album, As Good As Dead. The album spawned airplay-receiving songs like “Bound for the Floor” and “High-Fiving MF.” As well as a tour celebrating the album, they are re-releasing it on vinyl and will have copies for sale at the gig. The two-man band will perform a regular set filled with songs from all of their albums, and then after a brief intermission they will play As Good As Dead from front to back. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $15.
Friday, 4/29 Local H @ The Magic Bag Celebrating an album’s birthday has been a common theme among musicians lately, and the trend has passed along to post-grunge rockers Local H. The band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second, and most popular album, As Good As Dead. The album spawned airplay-receiving songs like “Bound for the Floor” and “High-Fiving MF.” As well as a tour celebrating the album, they are re-releasing it on vinyl and will have copies for sale at the gig. The two-man band will perform a regular set filled with songs from all of their albums, and then after a brief intermission they will play As Good As Dead from front to back. Doors at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $15.
Friday, 4/29
TV Girl 
@ The Majestic Theater
All the way from the West Coast comes the musical ensemble TV Girl. With a hypnotizingly mellow sound, the dudes in TV Girl aim to transport listeners to a different era with their surprisingly eclectic indie-pop songs. The Los Angeles band released their newest album, Who Really Cares, in February. If you like Beck’s 1990s output a lot, this is your new favorite band. Local favorites Moonwalks open the show, so arrive early. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; tvgirl.bandcamp.com; Tickets start at $10.
Friday, 4/29 TV Girl @ The Majestic Theater All the way from the West Coast comes the musical ensemble TV Girl. With a hypnotizingly mellow sound, the dudes in TV Girl aim to transport listeners to a different era with their surprisingly eclectic indie-pop songs. The Los Angeles band released their newest album, Who Really Cares, in February. If you like Beck’s 1990s output a lot, this is your new favorite band. Local favorites Moonwalks open the show, so arrive early. Doors at 8 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; tvgirl.bandcamp.com; Tickets start at $10.
Saturday, 4/30
Omar S
@ TV Lounge
Local DJ and producer Omar S is planning a huge record release party that will be held at one of our favorite venues for dance music, the TV Lounge. The record is called The Best, so it’s up to you to show up and let him know if you agree with that title, or not. Omar S has been busy touring and traveling the world and his hometown stop in Detroit will be one for the books. The record will of course be available for purchase at the show. 
Doors at 9 p.m.; 2548 Grand River Ave., Detroit; tickets are $15.
Saturday, 4/30 Omar S @ TV Lounge Local DJ and producer Omar S is planning a huge record release party that will be held at one of our favorite venues for dance music, the TV Lounge. The record is called The Best, so it’s up to you to show up and let him know if you agree with that title, or not. Omar S has been busy touring and traveling the world and his hometown stop in Detroit will be one for the books. The record will of course be available for purchase at the show. Doors at 9 p.m.; 2548 Grand River Ave., Detroit; tickets are $15.
Saturday, 4/30
Jayme Orr 
@ D.I.M.E.
Detroit native Jayme Orr has made her mark as an emerging artist this year. Her single “Love Is a War” quickly gained media attention after premiering on WDET. Orr’s single has since been featured on Today and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In celebration of the release of her debut EP Healed, Orr is playing this awesome release party at the Underground in the D.I.M.E. complex. Orr will also be meeting fans and signing CDs in front of the Verizon store in Twelve Oaks Mall from noon to 2 p.m. Healed will be instantly available for digital purchase, as well as a physical CD EP at the release party.
Show starts at 8 p.m.; 1265 Griswold St., Detroit; Tickets $10.
Saturday, 4/30 Jayme Orr @ D.I.M.E. Detroit native Jayme Orr has made her mark as an emerging artist this year. Her single “Love Is a War” quickly gained media attention after premiering on WDET. Orr’s single has since been featured on Today and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In celebration of the release of her debut EP Healed, Orr is playing this awesome release party at the Underground in the D.I.M.E. complex. Orr will also be meeting fans and signing CDs in front of the Verizon store in Twelve Oaks Mall from noon to 2 p.m. Healed will be instantly available for digital purchase, as well as a physical CD EP at the release party. Show starts at 8 p.m.; 1265 Griswold St., Detroit; Tickets $10.
Saturday, 4/30
Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap
@ UFO Factory
These are seriously the most fun events, so if you’re a stick-in-the-mud sourpuss, you might consider staying home this evening (or just getting over yourself already). People will seriously be cutting the rug and doing the shrug — as well as the watusi, the shimmy, and the boomerang — at New York Night Train’s deservedly world-famous expert soul 45 DJ Jonathan Toubin and his Soul Clap party. Tonight features a dance-off competition with a $100 cash prize. Guest selector this evening will be Marianna Vermiglio, while among the superstar judges for the dance competition we have Joe Casey, David Buick, and Sara Aldridge. Dress sharp and show up early, this might very well sell out.
Doors at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; ufofactory.com; $10.
Saturday, 4/30 Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap @ UFO Factory These are seriously the most fun events, so if you’re a stick-in-the-mud sourpuss, you might consider staying home this evening (or just getting over yourself already). People will seriously be cutting the rug and doing the shrug — as well as the watusi, the shimmy, and the boomerang — at New York Night Train’s deservedly world-famous expert soul 45 DJ Jonathan Toubin and his Soul Clap party. Tonight features a dance-off competition with a $100 cash prize. Guest selector this evening will be Marianna Vermiglio, while among the superstar judges for the dance competition we have Joe Casey, David Buick, and Sara Aldridge. Dress sharp and show up early, this might very well sell out. Doors at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; ufofactory.com; $10.
Sunday,  5/1
Primal Fear 
@ Token Lounge
Big-time heavy metal artists Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner formed metal band Primal Fear in 1997. Since then, the band has ended contracts with their original labels, beginning a new deal with Frontier Records in 2007. Under Frontier, Primal Fear has released 10 studio albums. Their most recent album, Rule Breaker, was released in January. The band shows no sign of slowing down — this is actually their biggest world tour yet.
Doors at 6 p.m.; 28949 Joy Rd., Westland; Tickets start at $25.
Sunday, 5/1 Primal Fear @ Token Lounge Big-time heavy metal artists Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner formed metal band Primal Fear in 1997. Since then, the band has ended contracts with their original labels, beginning a new deal with Frontier Records in 2007. Under Frontier, Primal Fear has released 10 studio albums. Their most recent album, Rule Breaker, was released in January. The band shows no sign of slowing down — this is actually their biggest world tour yet. Doors at 6 p.m.; 28949 Joy Rd., Westland; Tickets start at $25.
Wednesday, 5/4
Brass Bed 
@ Kelly’s Bar
Fresh off the release of their latest album In the Yellow Leaf, Louisiana-based Brass Bed is playing a few shows around the U.S. Few meaning only three stops — one of them right here in Hamtramck. In the Yellow Leaf (an idiomatic term for aging) has been called “invigorating” by the folks at NPR and “muscular” and “Krautrock” by The Guardian. With a sound that’s a mix of psychedelic rock and more than a hint of country, Brass Bed is an indie act that’s on the rise. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 2403 Holbrook St., Hamtramck; brassbedisbrassbed.com; Tickets are $5.
Wednesday, 5/4 Brass Bed @ Kelly’s Bar Fresh off the release of their latest album In the Yellow Leaf, Louisiana-based Brass Bed is playing a few shows around the U.S. Few meaning only three stops — one of them right here in Hamtramck. In the Yellow Leaf (an idiomatic term for aging) has been called “invigorating” by the folks at NPR and “muscular” and “Krautrock” by The Guardian. With a sound that’s a mix of psychedelic rock and more than a hint of country, Brass Bed is an indie act that’s on the rise. Doors at 8 p.m.; 2403 Holbrook St., Hamtramck; brassbedisbrassbed.com; Tickets are $5.
Wednesday, 5/4
Animal Collective
@ Royal Oak Music Theatre
The experimental pop band crosses over in so many genres that every music fan can find something they like in Animal Collective. They write catchy hooks with fun melodies, but their sound borders on the lines of psychedelic and alternative. The band just released their 11th studio album called Painting With. Often compared to the Beach Boys, the band even recorded some of the album in the same studio that the Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds. They deepened their sound too by adding a brass section to strengthen the record as a whole. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; Tickets $25-$40.
Wednesday, 5/4 Animal Collective @ Royal Oak Music Theatre The experimental pop band crosses over in so many genres that every music fan can find something they like in Animal Collective. They write catchy hooks with fun melodies, but their sound borders on the lines of psychedelic and alternative. The band just released their 11th studio album called Painting With. Often compared to the Beach Boys, the band even recorded some of the album in the same studio that the Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds. They deepened their sound too by adding a brass section to strengthen the record as a whole. Doors at 8 p.m.; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; Tickets $25-$40.