The Moles at Third Man on Saturday is your can't-miss show this week

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The original Moles. Courtesy photo.
This Saturday, October 22, the Moles perform at Third Man Records Cass Corridor

Thanks to his work over the last three decades with Cardinal, Cosmos, as a solo artist, and his long-running combo the Moles, Australian psychedelic pop singer-songwriter Richard Davies has become a cult favorite for his literate and strange songs. After reviving the Moles name for an exciting new record on Fire Records, Davies has lately been visiting various cities on weekend holidays (he’s a lawyer in Fall River, Mass. these days) where local pickup bands back him up.


The “Detroit Moles” are Matt Smith (O.C., Volebeats and let’s face it, every other band in Detroit, ever), Scott Michalski (Volebeats, Godzuki), Pete Steffy (Beekeepers, Johnny Ill Band), Alex Glendening (Deadbeat Beat), and Chris McInnis (They Come In Threes). We have glimpsed the setlist, and it looks very, very good; there might be a Sweet cover, and your very favorite song (Wires,” of course) is bound to sound amazing tonight.

Oh, and get there on time because Kathy Leisen is opening up with her impossible-to-really-describe, confessional, keyboard-driven, post-pop numbers. Seriously excellent stuff.

Starts at 8 p.m.; 441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; thirdmanrecords.com; $12.

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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