Thursdays - The Pherotones
at Last Word Bar, 9:30 PM
Sundays - Brennan Andes and Friends, at the Ann Arbor Distilling Co., 5:30 PM
6/12 - Rhyta Musik Balkan Dance Party - Blind Pig, 7:30 PM
6/17 - The Macpodz at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, 8:15 PM
6/22 - The Macpodz with Soul Patch, Union Street Station, Traverse City, 10 PM
6/23 - The Macpodz at Cornerfest, Corner Brewery, Ypsilanti, with Stormy Chromer and Chirp
6/28 - The Pherotones at the West Michigan Jazz and Wine Festival, the Book Nook, Montague MI, 7PM
Darrin James - Strange Storm
Ranging from singer-songwriter lyric poetry to aggressive odd meter funk, this offering from Darrin James is a response to the many and varied ills which plague modern life. With special guest features from Detroit's Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis and a powerful horn section of Dan Bennett, Tim Haldeman and Ross Huff.
Released by Ravine Records
The Continuing Adventures of the Butterfly Kid
An incredible collection of talent has come together to support Jim's artistry and craftsmanship. My french horn debut is on the song "10 feet tall." Click the album cover to stream or purchase.
The Macpodz - Underwater Encounter
In this fifth release by the collaborative ensemble, the core of rock n roll, funk and jazz compositions are augmented by spoken word and found sound. Underwater Encounter explores ideas of modern transportation and communication, inquires about our evolving relationship to places and spaces, and invites introspection while the good china rattles off the shelves. These songs came together as the band searched for its identity during a period of uncertainty and change.
May Erlewine - the Little Things
In this EP, May addresses the need to process grief that often arises during the holiday season, such as coping with the loss of a loved one, the pressure to conform with consumerism, and managing intense family dynamics. Community is necessary, dancing is necessary. These songs are sad and funky.
Released by Earthwork Music
John Latini - The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good
My favorite tune on this record is "My Town's Got a River and a Train." This gravel-voiced Ypsilanti southpaw takes us through many interpretations of the blues: poignant, sentimental, humorous, despairing, and funky, with whip smart lyrics and arrangements that in their originality pay homage to the great tradition of the music.
Released by Smokin' Sleddog Records
Friends with the Weather - Self Titled Debut
Seth Hendricks and Chris Good have been writing songs together for 16 years. This new project brings together a phenomenal cast who light up these inspirational lyrics through a three-movement arc, "the Light Awakes," "From the Darkness," and "Over the Horizon."
Released by Earthwork Music