Bloc Party: Royal Oak Music Theatre • 9/19
This quartet of British blokes recently released their fourth studio album, which they called Four. Clever, eh? Anyway, though they've enjoyed critical success since their first album, they haven't yet hit airwaves in a big way, which means you may not have heard of them yet. Originally inspired by such greats as Radiohead, U2 and Depeche Mode, the band certainly still incorporates those influences into their style, but there's been quite a bit of growth since their first album release in 2004. With the incorporation of more strings as well as electronic influences, they're becoming more and more a group of unorthodox musicians. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., for more info visit royaloakmusictheatre.com
Antibalas: Majestic Theatre • 9/14
Incorporating jazz, afrobeat, funk, dub and improvised music as well as traditional Cuban and West African drumming, this 12-member band is modeled after Fela Kuti's Africa 70 and Eddie Palmieri's Harlem River Drive Orchestra. If all that means very little to you, basically this is a really big jam band with a lot of different influences and a ton of horns. Dynamic as performers, the group also arranged and performed in Fela!, an off-Broadway musical centered around the life of Fela Kuti in 2008. The following year, they opened the musical on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Also featured at this particular performance will be Lee Fields and the Expressions as well as Will Sessions. Show starts at 8 p.m., more info at majesticdetroit.com
Gotye: Fox Theatre • 9/18
Creator and singer of one of this summer's biggest hits, "Somebody That I Used to Know," Australian crooner Gotye will be making a stop in the Motor City this Tuesday, performing that ubiquitous single along with the rest of his Making Mirrors album. You might not know this about the wide-mouthed man, but his real name is Wouter. And before he you could hear him on every radio station in America, he was quite the underground indie artist in his native land. In fact, his second album, Like Drawing Blood, was certified Platinum before it even hit Top 40 airplay. Now known the world over, perhaps he'll play some of his original tunes in addition to all the those gems on his newest album. Show starts at 7 p.m., for more info visit olympiaentertainment.com
The Ruiners: PJ's Lager House • 9/15
Head down to one of Detroit's oldest neighborhoods – Corktown – on Saturday and check out some amazing live music at the Lager. The Ruiners, the essence of pure Motor City rock n' roll brought to you courtesy of Detroit's very own Funky D Records, are having their record release show (featuring openers Gorevette and Awesome Jarvis & The Whales) all for the cool price of only $5. And if you didn't know, that's one killer lineup! Doors at 9 p.m., more info at pjslagerhouse.com.
Anniversary Party Pulse Lounge • 9/14
Everyone knows that the Pulse Lounge is one of Detroit's best hotspots – whether you're an EDM fan or just someone looking for a young, sophisticated and upbeat crowd. Well, if you fit into any of these categories, you'll want to head over to Monroe Street and Randolph to help celebrate Pulse's anniversary in style this Friday. More info at pulsedetroit.com or by calling 313.420.0313.
Alley Patio Opening: Grasshopper Underground • 9/15
As if the party isn't always bumpin' at Grasshopper – now you've got an additional alley patio to party on too! Showcasing some of the best music in metro Detroit, they're giving you more square footage to dance, drink and generally enjoy yourself on. And on this very special occasion, check out Dabura and Sonny Fodera while you're there! More info at thegrasshopperunderground.com or by calling 248.298.0330.
Volume saturdays: V Nightclub • 9/15
You already know V is the place to be on a Saturday night – so how about also checking out Skam Artist Tony Arzadon while you're there? The electronic DJ also happens to be a resident at X/S Vegas, Playhouse Hollywood and more! Check him out on his return to Motown – plus V residents DJ Captn20 and DJ Whip! Doors are at 10 p.m. for this 21+ event with more info available at vnightclub.com.