Bear Lake Record Release Party • Magic Bag • 6/9
Having been compared to the likes of Radiohead, Bear Lake fits in nicely with the atmospheric indie-rock genre that is still quickly gaining momentum. This Michigan-based band has been featured on network television shows such as Bones, One Tree Hill and Melrose Place. They will be releasing their newest album, Pierre on the Loose, at the Magic Bag on Saturday. Expect their poppy hooks to create a light throwback moodiness that's sure to grab on to your old high-school memories of getting high. Doors at 8 p.m., more info at themagicbag.com.
Super Geek League • Hastings St. Ballroom & Tangent Gallery • 6/9
Imagine walking into a punk-metal concert that's just as much a circus (plus the perspective you'd have while on some choice psychedelic drugs). That trippy outcome is the result of a Super Geek League performance. The League is a sci-fi punk-metal band at its core, with theatrics that resemble what would happen if the devil dominated Cirque du Soleil and then made out with an experimental rock band while copping a feel on the Insane Clown Posse. It's your basic black light, freakish monsters, devilish dancing spirits, death howls and punk band all in one. They have created a whole new genre of music and performance – domination rock – and they will take over your soul and sell it to the devil on Saturday. Doors at 8 p.m. with devilish doings at 9 p.m.; more info at supergeekleague.com.
Bikini Fest 2012 • The Beach Grill • 6/9
Head out to the waterfront to check out Michigan's largest bikini competition this Saturday night. Sounds like a hell of a plan, doesn't it? The Beach Grill and Craig Jelinek are presenting you lucky folks with the second annual bikini contest at the Beach Grill – complete with live DJs, dancing and drink specials. Sounds like a perfect summer party! With over $1500 in cash prizes (including sexiest bikini), is there really any other place you'd rather be? More info at beachgrillrestaurantandresort.com.
Nas • Chene Park • 6/9
With seven consecutive platinum albums, Nas is ready to take on a rare performance in Detroit. Setting him apart from other musicians of his genre is his story-telling lyrical style. He does not just drop heavy rhyme bombs, but rather smoothly beats biographies, autobiographies, advice, life lessons and allegorical tales into his hip-hop. His conversational rap personifies what his life has been made of, from life on the streets to his daughter. Head over to Chene Park on Saturday and let his seductive voice hook you with his sound and rhythm. Starts at 8 p.m., tickets at ticketmaster.com.
Poisoned Apples • Funhouse Gallery • 6/9-6/23
In a twisted (and some not as twisted) take on the beloved Disney story – with more inspiration from the original Grimm tale – of Snow White, check out the amazing works of Adam Owen Layne, DVS, Bridgett Davenport, Larry "Sinister" Stephens, Void Pop and many more (more than 80 artists in total) at Detroit's Funhouse Gallery. The 75th anniversary of the Disney animated classic is fittingly reimagined, Detroit-style, in this one-of-a-kind show. Check funhousedetroit.com for more info.
Radiohead • Palace of Auburn Hills • 6/11
Like cold white fingers that grasp your pale skin, Radiohead's experimental electro-rock sound chillingly spirals around your spine. Their flickering hums and murmurs hypnotically enchant listeners with a delicious funeral-like mindset. Even with a seeping darkness, their sound is still one of raptness and anxious energy. Shift into their mindset on Monday, when they make a stop at the Palace. Doors at 7:30 p.m., for more info, go to palacenet.com.
Richard Lloyd • Small's • 6/12
The singer-songwriter from Pittsburgh might be best known for his time spent with Television, but he's been doing solo work (and putting in time as a session musician for some pretty big names) since the band broke up in the late '70s. With a new release on the horizon and a back catalog of tons of tunes, Lloyd is bringing his magnificent abilities to an intimate venue – one that suits his skillset perfectly. Small's is located at 10339 Conant in Hamtramck. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door). More info at smallsbardetroit.com.