Hannibal Buress 3/15 • Magic Bag
An up-and-coming comedian, Hannibal Buress has definitely paid his dues, and we are glad he is getting the recognition he deserves. He spent several years writing for Saturday Night Live and is a writer for the hit show 30 Rock, and we're ecstatic to hear he's just signed a deal with Fox to develop a TV show with Jonah Hill. And if you've ever seen his standup, you know why he is becoming such a big deal. He's inappropriate, insults the audience, and does everything you'd expect from a comedian, but does so in an absurd but tasteful way that is refreshing to everyone who is tired of having to endure comedians that are crude just for the sake of being crude (which has become increasingly popular in recent years). Tickets are $15, doors at 8:00 p.m. More info at themagicbag.com.
Kissy Sell Out 3/16 • Bleu
It still remains a mystery to me how this guy has time to perfect his art the way he's managed. Not only is he a DJ/producer, he is also a graphic designer and has been shockingly successful as both. The English musician was noticed several years ago when he shocked audiences with his energetic shows and eccentric, offbeat style. It's not simply about mixing and producing great music to him (though he isn't lacking in that department); it's about entertaining and putting on a captivating show. This is why Kissy Sell Out has been referred to as one of the most exciting and charismatic DJs of our time and it's why his name stands out among the thousands of artists in his genre. His most recent album, Wild Romance, received audience praise and critical acclaim, and it solidified his position as a respected electronic musician. Dabura and Mike Ill will be opening the 18+ show with doors at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 (free before 11 p.m. with your RSVP if you're 21+). More info at bleudetroit.com.
Joachim Garraud 3/16 • Elektricity
If you're into house music, you've doubtless heard of French producer/DJ Joachim Garraud. Not only is he known for his awesome original productions, it has also been said that he is the man responsible for David Guetta's past success. And he's recently teamed up with fellow French producer Alesia to compose his latest album, Hillside West, which drops later this month. In honor of the upcoming album, he will be performing at Elektricity 3/16.
smoking popes 3/16 • Blind Pig If Frank Sinatra had had the inclination to throw on a leather jacket, strap on a guitar and croon tunes about what he did and did not want to do, he'd probably sound something like the Smoking Popes. The Chicago group combines Ramones-influenced pop-punk with crooner-style vocals. Add in a rabid fan base and you've got yourself one hell of a Friday night! Doors at 9 p.m., tickets are $10. More info at blindpigmusic.com.
The Quiet Man 3/16-3/17 • Redford Theatre
John Wayne and John Ford left behind the wild, wild West for the arguably wilder world of romantic comedy with this 1952 film. The duo, famous for Western classics like The Searchers, took on this story about an Irish-born American (Wayne) who returns home and falls in love (with the fantastic Maureen O'Hara). Complications ensue as Irish locals try to get in the way of the ensuing wedding. With famously gorgeous location shots of the Irish countryside, this classic makes a perfect St. Patty's weekend watch. More info at redfordtheatre.com.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 3/17 • DFT
Recently, it seems impossible to find a genuinely scary horror film. We keep seeing the same formulas over and over again, and are dying for some bone-chilling entertainment. So this St. Patrick's Day, horror fans are in luck–the Detroit Film Theatre will be screening the German silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. A hauntingly beautiful piece of expressionist cinema and one of the first horror films ever made, the film influenced directors like Fritz Lang and David Cronenberg.
Megafaun 3/20 • Pike Room
The famously shocking folk-rock trio showed a different side on their latest album, Megafaun. It was as though the band had grown and completely revamped and polished its sound, leaving out the structural warping and risky timing that was present in its earlier work. In fact, members of the band have been developing this sound for a while–since the early 2000s, when they played with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. The new album has received audience praise and awesome reviews since its release this past fall, and now Megafaun is taking its tour to the Pike Room with William Tyler. Tickets are $10. More info at thecrofoot.com.