We’re not going to say that nature heals because that’s quite a stretch these days, especially when it comes to life after love or, like, life after 2020. However, the return of one of the city’s most outrageously crowded music festivals is a big deal.
The Hamtramck music festival is back. Like, actually back and, for its eighth orbit around the sun, it’s stronger than ever. The massive festival takes place over three nights at 15 venues in a city hailed as “The Two Square Mile World”, aka Hamtown, aka Hamtramck. As usual, the music lineup is, uh, well, let’s just say it’s a lot. As in 150 representations a lot. And, listen, as much as we’d love to imbibe each band, that’s not humanly possible – at least not yet. (Yeah, science!) But what you can do is watch these 10 Acts That Will Make You Really Happy You Left Home.
Emma Guzman has been described by Metro timetable (hey, that’s us!) as a “songwriting prodigy” when she was just 14, topping our list of artists to watch in 2015. Florence Welch fans , Townes Van Zandt and Lucy Dacus might find themselves crying while listening to this Tidal-boosted singer-songwriter, who has just released a new single. “I’ll always be on the run,” Guzman sings on “Clean,” a song that explores forgiveness, loss and self-esteem. “But someday I will find my peace and I will let fate decide / there will be laughter in the wind and daisies on your grave.” Could you, uh, pass us a handkerchief?
9:30 p.m. at the Polish Village Cafe, 2990 Yemans Ave.
Detroit punk rock stalwarts Detroit 442 rock things – very high – Detroit 442. Named after “an old Blondie song, a car engine, a football roster, and the number of fires during. The 1967 Rebellion â, Detroit 442 was formed in 2006 with leader Lacy Shelton at the helm. Since their formation, they’ve released dance songs, Stooges covers, and even a holiday song called “Cops (The Christmas Version)”, which looks like this: “Fuck you fucking cops.” The Crazy Five has also just released his latest album, The spineless worms and maggots ramping from the shit of America’s conscience, because of course they did.
11:30 p.m. at the Painted Lady Lounge, 2930 Jacob St.
After a year like 2020, we all crave a little spiritual intervention. Look no further than guitarist, composer and founder of the Divine Providence collective in Detroit, LuFuki, who indulges in what he calls Afro-Spirit-Jazz to “unite and heal hearts.” New to the scene, LuFuki released their debut album, Inner Horizons, in 2019 and earlier this year released Elephants and Mountains, an EP to benefit DREAM of Detroit, which aims to end housing insecurity. .
12:30 a.m. at PLAV # 10, 11824 avenue Joseph Campau.
If you thought that the Hamtramck Music Fest was dedicated, for example, to rock music, think again. Just look at the electronic duo Ke thu. Composed of Tim Barrett and Steven Savropoulos, Ke thu produces tracks that range from classic club and techno to ethereal, ambient and atmospheric, as evidenced by their 2021 release, Shared Boundaries, or as we like to call it, “music to make out to but only if you are vaccinated, but especially the makeup part “, because yes … it’s that cold.
5:00 p.m. at the Detroit Zen Center (exterior), 3030 Casmere St.
If John Frusciante, Devendra Banhart, and Lie: The Love Terror Cult by Charles Manson had a sonic baby, it would likely be Jeremy Waun from Detroit. Or at least the current version of Jeremy Waun, who for the past decade has ditched his heavy metal CV (Child Bite, Reverend) to delve into the acoustic-dom singer-songwriter and who was hailed in 2015 by Metro Times (namedrop!) As “a singer-songwriter for people who hate singer-songwriters”. Wow, we never say “singer-songwriter” again, but if our description confused you, check out Waun’s 2021 Whole World Blues record.
8:15 p.m. at Baker Streetcar Bar, 9187 Joseph Campau Ave.
Since 2020, Tim Jones, who plays sullen chamber pop as Alice Dreamt, has released four albums, like on four fucking albums, including his latest EP, Shades of Puyi. Jones says her goal is to make music that “sounds quaint and cute” before “completely maiming them with some really fucked up vocals.” Cared for! What is perhaps most impressive is that each song sounds like at least 25 people are involved in its production when in fact it’s all about Jones, a laptop and thrills. shimmering, depressive and frightening.
9:30 p.m. at Moose Lodge, 9421 Conant St.
The Acid Queen at 313 is in the building. Rebecca Goldberg grew up on the Detroit subway listening to Phil Collins and Madonna, but changed forever when she discovered the royalty of Detroit’s house Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale. Goldberg made his way to the techno totem pole, leaving in its wake a sensual deep house, heavy with rhythms.
10 p.m. at The High Dive, 11474 Joseph Campau Ave.
Do you like the Black Keys? Neither do we, but we love Detroit’s psych-rock stoner duo Ladyship Warship, which infuses moody, buzzing tunes with elements of blues, grain and yardbirds. Brought to you by the folks who gave us warhorses (or at least half the heavy space rock quartet), Kristin Lyn and Eric “EZ” Myers’ mind-blowing adventure as Ladyship warship is exactly what the doctor ordered – and by doctor we mean ourselves. We are the doctors now.
11 p.m. at PLAV # 10, 11824 avenue Joseph Campau.
“Get up! Get up! You can sleep when you’re dead,” demands Helen Lambrix, Annie Covington and Luckey June, who do dirty, gritty, stormy, wizarding rock ‘n’ roll like anti-grrrl Detroit riot inspired macho trio. Yes, they do struggle, but what separates Macho from the pack is the ability to merge traditional punk with brilliant vocals, noticeable hooks, and a Stoogesque cadence that sets us up for, well, struggling.
3 p.m. at Film Lab, 3105 Holbrook St. (exterior)
You know what, good readers? We are ready to feel good. That’s why we’re rounding off this roundup with the sound styles of a certain Jacob Sigman, the independent R&B from Detroit whose latest super-refined EP Why Do I Die In My Dreams recalls the catchy well-being of paired JR JR. with, you know, a very real, very palpable, and totally inescapable existential terror.
4:45 p.m. at the Detroit Zen Center (exterior), 3030 Casmere St.
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