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The Blind Pig • 9/26
There is most definitely something that should be said for two dudes who not only got together to produce some of the greatest hip hop/indie rock mash ups, but created a ridiculously popular and hilariously addictive website devoted to adding images of tacos to iconic album covers. Basically, they know how to take two unrelated, yet wonderful things and put them together for an unexpectedly brilliant combination. Oh, and they're live shows, just as over-the-top amazing as Album Tacos. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. Mosey on over to theblindpig.com for more info.
Magic Stick Lounge • 10/1
Formed in California just six years ago, this quintet of psychedelic rockers recently announced they'll be following up their sophomore album with a third release. Though Hung at Heart isn't due out until November, here's to hoping they'll give us a sneak peak of what's to come. And our very own Detroit lovely Jessica Hernandez will be hosting the evening, and maybe even performing a few new songs of her own. We don't recommend you miss this one. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. For more info visit majesticdetroit.com
Ben Folds Five
Fillmore • 10/2
Though the group hasn't put out an album together in almost a decade, this piano rock quintet is finally back together and on the precipice of yet another album release. The Sound of the Life of the Mind is sure to take up most of the band's set time during their stop in Detroit, but we bet some crowd persuasion could coax them into a little rendition of the ditty "Brick," which, after all, was the tune that brought them to fame in the first place. Show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $25-$45. For more info visit thefillmoredetroit.com.
Elektricity • 10/3
At 22 years old, this Russian-born electro house DJ and producer already has almost 25 singles released under his belt. He's worked and released collaborations with greats like Paul van Dyk and Nadia Ali and just last year he was nominated for Best Breakthrough DJ at the International Dance Music Awards. Though he lost out to Afrojack, his musical career hasn't suffered. He climbed 53 spots on the Top 100 DJs list in just a year, landing at number 25 in 2011. To all lovers of dance music, we suggest you hit this show. Who knows how soon 'til he's the biggest thing in EDM. Show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. For more info visit elektricitymusic.com.
Magic Bag • 10/5
The duo behind Flashclash, namely Yorg Kerasiotis and Bryce Carroll-Coe, have said their music is the embodiment of both organic sound and psycho-electro reverberations. Connected to both the past and the future, their aim is to portray a sound that reminds of a memory that's not yet been had. While that all sounds, admittedly, a bit spacey, the particular brand of audio that these two men create is an eclectic mix of electronic instrumentation and dance-y beats – and their live shows are nothing less than a fantastical representation of all that and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. Check themagicbag.com for more info.
Fox Theatre • 10/6
Whether fans of his long-running television show, his hilarious books or his side-splitting stand-up, most people find at least something funny about this comedian. We can't quite put a finger on it, but there really is something about that nasally voice that just makes everything a touch more hilarious. Specializing in observational humor, we're personal fans his anecdotes on uncomfortable personal obligations and the ridiculousness of personal relationships. Comedy Central didn't named him the 12th greatest stand-up comedian of all time for no reason, so we suggest you enjoy this comic while he's still taking time to tour. Show starts at 7 p.m., tickets are $50-$80. For more info visit olympiaentertainment.com
The Crofoot Ballroom • 10/7
Borne from nights upon nights of insomnia was the musical project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young. You've probably heard his tune "Fireflies." The bleepy, '80s influenced track hit number one on Billboard's Hot 100 in 2009 and, with the help of it's accompanying album, helped shoot this Seattle-based musician into the consciousness of not only Americans, but music lovers the world over. He recently recorded a song with Carly Rae Jepsen (of "Call Me Maybe") fame and whether or not you count his musical stylings as guilty pleasures, it looks like this indie eletro artist is here to stay. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $22/$25. Check thecrofoot.com for more info.
EMU Convocation Center • 10/11
These days it seems like everyone thinks they can be a DJ. And while many try, few stand the test of time. Tiesto is one such artist who has managed to stay on top of the game for almost two decades. Specializing in lesser-known subgenres like dupstep, he's also known for spinning the throwback styles, like house and trance, that first brought him to fame in the '90s. He's not just a fan favorite, either – DJ Mag named him as the third most popular DJ in their 2012 poll. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $30/$40. For more info visit emutix.com
Rob Zombie + Marilyn Manson
DTE • 10/12
Just in time to kick off the celebration of the Halloween season is the Twins of Evil tour, featuring the crowned sons of goth-rock. While Manson has recently released his eighth studio album, Born Villain, while Zombie is still working on a yet-to-be-named record. You cannot deny the fact that these two men know how to put on a real rock show, from elaborate costumes and make-up to abounding pyrotechnics and ridiculous on-stage antics, so suffice it to say – together – they'll be on a whole new level (especially when you consider their opener, Korn's Jonathan Davis, will be opening the show under his dubstep moniker of JDevil). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with more info at palacenet.com.
Fillmore • 10/13
Formerly a citizen of the Soviet Union, this angelically voiced pianist, singer, songwriter and record producer grew up listening to the classical musings of Russian bards like Vladimir Vysotsky as well bands like the Beatles, Queen and the Moody Blues. So, it's kind of no wonder why this anti-folk artist's style and renderings seem just a little off-kilter, yet still fantastically beautiful. She just released What We Saw from the Cheap Seats in April and though it's packed with as many beautiful tomes as any of her works could possibly be, let's hope she has some time to rehash at least a bit from each of her previous records as well. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25-$50. Visit livenation.com for more info.
Majestic Theatre • 10/15
The progeny of a long line of musically-inclined and incredibly successful individuals, FlyLo is no mere copycat hitching a free ride on the coattails of his songwriter grandmother, Marilyn McLeod, and uncle by marriage, saxophonist John Coltrane. Instead, this experimental electronic musician uses the R&B beats that played as the soundtrack to this youth to create a musical experience unlike any other out there. In 2011 he was honored at the Independent Music Awards for his video "MmmHmm" and has since worked with Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Erykah Badu. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. Check majesticdetroit.com for more info.
Waka Flocka Flame
Saint Andrew's Hall • 10/19
If you've ever wondered about the origins of Juaquin Malphurs' stage name, yes, it is a take on Fozzie Bear's catch phrase "Waka waka." Gucci Mane is said to have completed the moniker by adding "Flocka Flame" and the hip hop artist has been at the top of his game ever since. Having just released his second studio album, Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family, the artist now counts Drake, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., Trey Songz, Ludacris and Travis Porter as just a few heavyweights he's worked with. He'll be bringing along Wooh Da Kid and Reema Major for album-supporting tour. Show starts at 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more info check livenation.com.
EMU Pease Auditorium • 10/27
Though he got his first big break after appearing on The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot, the way to fame hasn't been all fun and games for this Alabama native. The rapper recorded a debut album in 2007 under Columbia Records that, aside from a single track, was never released to the public. And the same year, the company released him from his contract. But what may have seemed like the end was only the beginning for the artist born as Michael Atha. Considering the rapper was picked up by Eminem himself (and Em's Shady Records label), it doesn't seem like he's doing too bad. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more info visit emutix.com.
Royal Oak Music Theatre • 10/27
Having just released Sun, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is hitting the road for a 15-city tour that, to our delight, includes a stop right here in Royal Oak. Her newest album is filled with more electronic-inspired tunes that are quickly becoming some of our very favorites, and if you're as big of a fan as we are, you're probably equally as excited to hear Ms. Marshall give a live performance of "Ruin." If you're a bigger fan of her older material, never fear, we're sure she'll take a step back to perform some of her smoky-voiced classics of old. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30-$50. For more info visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.
Nightmare on Woodward
Bleu • 10/27
Brought to you by Rick Pink and hosted by Curty Curt and Pall Wall, this Halloween-inspired event will take up all three floors at 1540 Woodward Avenue. Beginning at 10 p.m. and continuing until the wee hours of the morning (4 a.m.), you'll find DJs Godfather, Juice, Don Mecca, Vyctor Ukraine and Maz taking over the main floor. If you're brave enough, descend to UnderBleu: The Haunted Home where Marcus Beier, Prgrm, the Yang Brothers and G Major will be spinning. Tickets are $15. For more info visit bleudetroit.com.
Royal Oak Music Theatre • 11/2
Having canceled several dates on their mammoth, worldwide tour earlier this summer due to mental health issues, Michael Angelakos and his band mates are once more on the road and in a much better state of mind. The gods of indie electro-pop will be checking in to Royal Oak shortly after Halloween and performing what we hope will be the entirety of their newest release, Gossamer. On their last stop in metro Detroit, the group performed a DJ set at Elektricity. And while we wholly appreciated a new perspective on their music in the form of some pretty fantastic remixes, it definitely left a hankering for a good, old-fashioned set. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25/$30. For more info visit romtlive.com.
The Crofoot Ballroom • 11/2
Recently popularized in a documentary of the same name, this singer/songwriter was thought to be dead for quite sometime. He first began making music in the '60s, where he used his Detroit-bred attitude to parlay plain and simple facts of life into his music. Though his following in South Africa resembles something like The Beatles fame during the height of their career, Rodriguez hasn't experienced much acclaim until now. Experience the man and the legacy as it still lives. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. For more info check thecrofoot.com.
The Fillmore • 11/7
This Californian is probably best known for breakbeat, dubstep remixes of songs like Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and Steve Aoki's "The Kids Will Have Their Say." He's got a certain knack for taking hit singles and tweaking them just so to deliver infectious dance tracks that find themselves catapulted to the top of favorite lists the world over. And he doesn't just remaster already hit singles, he also pens his own. He's released nine albums in the past 11 years including this year's Vava Voom. He's also known for this community involvement, he's been known to donate portions of his ticket sales to charities like Alternet, Free Press Organization and Reach Out. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $35-$50. For more info visit livenation.com.
Joe Louis • 11/8
There is none more famous in the world than Madonna and though she's plunged her hands into everything the entertainment world has to offer from music to fashion to acting to writing and directing, this creatively-inclined lady's strengths clearly lie in stage performance. Though she knows how to push buttons, mostly within the Catholic Church, she's never once ceased to amaze us with her live shows. At 54, she doesn't seem to be slowing down, considering this is just one stop on her 2012 World Tour. She's sure to perform plenty off her newest and 12th studio album, MDNA, as well as many of her classic tracks. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $48. For more info visit olympiaentertainment.com.
Machine Shop • 11/9
A big supporter of the Juggalos, this comedic actor and stand up comic performed at their Gathering just last year and expressed great respect for not only their fan culture but the independent musical success of Insane Clown Posse. Though he caught some flack from his fans for that performance, he doesn't seem to have lost any popularity over it. In fact, Posehn has a resume so packed with film and television appearances, it could span pages. Known for his affinity for metal, he's been a regular on The Sarah Silverman Program and Late Night with Conan O'Brien and was a writer and performer for HBO's Mr. Show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. Get more info at themachineshop.info.
Blondies • 11/11
Choosing a name that refers to the act of killing a god is usually a pretty good indication that a band either fears no evil or fully embraces the dark side. And you wouldn't be wrong to assume that about this heavy metal band. Together since '87, their records Deicide and Legion were the second and third best-selling death metal albums of the SoundScan era and the group continues to make music to this day. Their most recent release, To Hell With God, features songs like "Servant of the Enemy" and "How Can You Call Yourself a God," and continues in the anti-Christian stance the band's taken since the beginning. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more info visit ticketmaster.com
Ritz • 11/11
Hailing from Ohio, this post-hardcore get up first stepped onto the scene over 11 years ago. With seven records under their belt, they haven't had the easiest ascent to the top. In 2007, their guitarist and backup vocalist Casey Calvert died of accidental overdose, but that tragic experience only seems to have strengthened the group. Since then they've managed to continue in their music making, despite ever-changing musical tastes and the decline of pop-punk from the forefront of the public consciousness (don't let this scare you off, these guys are a fantastic life performance). In fact, their newest single "New Winter" was their first to be featured on MTV in five years. Doors open at 3 p.m. and tickets are $10/$15.
St. Andrew's Hall • 11/13
Perhaps most popularly known as one half of the Dresden Dolls, Palmer's brand of dark cabaret-style alternative rock is as delightful as it is disturbing. Though she only delved into solo work about four years ago, she already has three studio albums under her belt, the first of which was produced by Ben Folds and the most recent of which was released just last Tuesday. Expect plenty of new songs, but don't forget to beg for a performance of "Missed Me." Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more info visit livenation.com.
Redford Theatre • 11/5
Active since '89, this indie synth pop outfit certainly hasn't lost traction, and is most definitely the main vehicle for the musical musings of founder and leader Stephin Merritt. What began as a solo project quickly expanded into a group of five musicians working the piano, cello, flute, banjo, guitar, melodica, autoharp and ukulele to meld a sound that's rare, even in the expansive sphere of music today (talk about a filled-out sound, right?). The group just released their 11th album this year, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, but plan to hear plenty of your old favorites as well as plenty of new additions. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20-$40. For more info check thecrofoot.com.
Magic Bag • 11/16
Is there anyone else out there who grew up thinking this stand-up comedian's first name was Polly? Well, that anecdote aside, though he's reaching half century status, this comic is still as funny as when he was staring in movies like Encino Man, Son in Law and In the Army Now. In town for two shows in one night, he might have reverted back to stand up for the time being, but this funny man still makes the occasional movie as well. In 2003 he produced, wrote, directed and starred in Pauly Shore is Dead, a mockumentary about his life. More recently he played the lead in Adopted, which is where he claims Sacha Baron Cohen stole the idea for Bruno. Let's hope Mr. Shore has a joke about that. Doors open at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and tickets are $25. For more info visit themagicbag.com.
Palace • 11/21
Whether you're ready or willing to admit that you're a belieber, the 18-year-old musical prodigy known as The Biebs is coming to Auburn Hills this November along with a throng of screaming, fainting teenage girls who've set their vicious sights on marrying this young man. Though his locks no longer resemble those donned by Ellen DeGeneres, this multi-talented singer-songwriter, actor, guitarist, soothsayer, pianist and teen idol seems to have retained much of his talent, deflating rumors that his hair processed magical qualities. Catch him performing all his hits including the latest "All Long As You Love Me." Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $40-$90. Check palacenet.com for more info.
MotorCity Casino Hotel Sound Board • 11/29
Popularly known as the Queen of Funk, this 10-time Grammy Award winning songstress and her powerhouse vocal chords will be taking over Detroit by way of the Sound Board come the end of November. Though she first entered the spotlight as the frontwoman of Rufus, it's been obvious from the beginning that Ms. Khan needs a stage to herself. Here's to hoping for a rendition of "Tell Me Something Good." Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $50-$80. Get more info at ticketmaster.com