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I will not be reviewing any of the shows that I post on this website because I've never been good at analyzing beyond a simple "I like it" or "it's not my thing". All I ever really ask of music is that it brings something to the table. I'll leave the critiquing and dissection to others that are better at it than I.

Thanks always to the bands/artists for the great music and for allowing me to do this.
-Wayne

Bohemian National Home, Detroit, MI

I tell ya, the local festivals have been great this year! On top of that, every one of them that I’ve been to has gone off smoothly. This one was no exception. Big, big thanks to Tony Thrush and Co. for all their hard work putting this together and keeping it going.

If you’re not sure what the Fiberglass Freakout is all about, let me direct your attention to Jeff Milo’s Real Detroit cover article from the week of the show. And, as the article states, it was really a celebration of the bands. All of the bands put on great sets, but I have to wonder where the hell everyone went to at the end of the night. The Amino Acids put on a freakin’ amazing set to a virtually empty room. Apparently, a lot of the people had just gone outside and were hangin’ in the parking lot. Buncha damn pinks…

Really, though, every band put on great sets. The only problems stemmed from microphone issues, particularly plaguing the main stage. The Potions got the worst of it, where for most of the set the mic would just stop working. As the night went on, the problem became less and less frequent so I’m guessing it was an issue with the humidity in the room. I missed a few seconds of the beginning of Bad Faces Clan’s set while I was coming back from the restroom, but outside of that, everything was recorded.

Also represented at the show was Dearborn stalwarts Stormy Records with a fine selection of CDs and vinyl. It was tempting, but in the end I decided to blow what money I had at the band merch tables. (That is, what money I had left once I’d had my fill of Ghettoblaster.) Still, Stormy would be a fine place to stop by and pick up the new releases from The BirdDogs, The Hentchmen, The GO, The Amino Acids, The Gore Gore Girls, The Detroit Cobras and any of the many other local acts with new releases.

So thank you to all the bands and to Dave of AminO Records for letting me record and post these, as well as to Tony for putting on a great show. I know that I’m already looking forward to the 5th Fiberglass Freakout.


The Killing Floor – MySpace Page
Next Performance – August 01, 2007 – Lager House, Detroit, MI – 9:00 PM
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The Potions – MySpace Page
Next Performance – July 19, 2007 – Corktown Tavern, Detroit, MI – 9:00 PM
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Wildcatting – MySpace Page
Next Performance – July 14, 2007 – The C.A.I.D., Detroit, MI – 8:00 PM
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Bad Faces Clan – MySpace Page
Next Performance – none listed
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The Pizazz – MySpace Page
Next Performance – July 13, 2007 – Luther House, Ann Arbor, MI – 8:00 PM
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The Questions – MySpace Page
Next Performance – none listed
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Friends of Dennis Wilson – MySpace Page
Next Performance – July 20, 2007 – Corktown Tavern, Detroit, MI – 9:00 PM
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Heroes & Villains – MySpace Page
Next Performances – July 09, 2007 – The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI – 9:30 PM and July 10, 2007 – The Painted Lady, Hamtramck, MI – 9:00 PM
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The BirdDogs – MySpace Page
Next Performance – July 19, 2007 – Corktown Tavern, Detroit, MI – 9:00 PM
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The Amino Acids – MySpace Page, Official Site
Next Performance – July 13, 2007 – YARRR! PR Showcase, The Belmont, Hamtramck, MI – 9:00 PM – FREE SHOW!
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Corktown Tavern, Detroit, MI

For some reason, I don’t make it into the Corktown Tavern that often. The people there are very cool, they get good bands and the beer is cold (although it seems that every time I’m in there they’re having a problem with the Guinness taps…).

Heroes & Villains had asked that I record them again and this show was the next one I could make it to. It worked out really well for me since Root Bear, the opening band, was great! Celebrating the release of their cassette (yes, cassette) Something Romantic, Root Bear played a quick set of lo-fi punk goodness. Unfortunately, they started just as I was getting my stuff together, so I missed the first 30 seconds or so of the first song. You may recognize Keith from his previous band, Cuddleslut. Or then again, you may not. But you should.

Heroes and Villains put on another great set of their raw psyche-punk. Probably one of the more interesting bands around right now, they create a sound that is familiar yet, at the same time, hard to compare. They’re playing two shows opening for Kelly Jean Caldwellthis week – one in Ann Arbor at The Blind Pig and one in Hamtramck at The Painted Lady – so you have no excuse not to see these guys. Great band and a great group of guys.


Root Bear – MySpace
Next Performance – August 16, 2007 – Corktown Tavern, Detroit, MI – 9:00 PM
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Heroes & Villains – MySpace
Next Performances – July 09, 2007 – The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI – 9:30 PM and July 10, 2007 – The Painted Lady, Hamtramck, MI – 9:00 PM
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