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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

Wildcatting – 2008-08-08

August 27th, 2008

The Pike Room, Pontiac, MI

Wildcatting has been known as a powerhouse live act ever since they started performing four years ago. Their sets tend to charge at you full throttle with little time for a breather, propelled along by the rhythm section of bassist Nick Jones and drummer Brandon Moss (ex-Bear vs. Shark). The angular guitars of Ben Audette and Scotty Iulianelli weave back and forth through the beat from syncopation to ambient texturalization, often taking songs through long, noisy build-ups that crash back to the original beat (sometimes multiple times in the course of the same song).

This show they were opening for the last performance of Detroit’s Ancourage at the Pike Room, probably the best sounding small-venue in the area. Most of the songs they played this night did not appear on last year’s How to Survive a Sneak Attack, so here’s a bit of a sneak preview of their upcoming second album. The set finished with a blistering 9-minute long version of the fan-favourite ‘Lipping’. Not only did they put on a great set, but after they finished they went and talked to Ann Arbor’s Aleph-1 in the Crofoot Ballroom and scheduled another set later that night. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang around for that one but I’m sure they killed once again.

In a not-to-be-missed performance, Wildcatting will be performing at the wonderful Park Bar on November 1st as part of a 40th Anniversary celebration of MC5’s seminal album Kick Out the Jams. Now get this – John Sinclair will be singing and reading poetry with the Detroit supergroup Pinkeye, Wildcatting is performing the entire Kick Out the Jams album and DUENDE! are releasing a CD. It promises to be one of those nights that people keep talking about for months after, so don’t miss out!


Wildcatting – MySpace Page
Next show: September 05, 2008 – The Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, MI – 9:00 PM
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Listen to “Muskratting” from this show.

Where the Heather Don’t Grow CD Release Party – The Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, MI

I love seeing these guys, but sobriety never really seems to be an option at their shows.

Black Jake and The Carnies’ first album, Where the Heather Don’t Grow, had been brewing for a long time before being released upon the world this past spring. The release party was appropriately festive, complete with games and prizes. The band refers to their sound as “Crabgrass”, a unique blend of bluegrass, punk and americana that draws in fans from all across the spectrum – from skeptical hipsters to leather-clad bikers, middle-aged parents to teenage punks. This set here features five songs that didn’t appear on the new CD and their cover of Lita Ford’s 1988 hit ‘Kiss Me Deadly’.

Black Jake and The Carnies features Black Jake on banjo and vocals, Gus Wallace on fiddle, Zach Pollock playing mandolin, Joe Cooter on acoustic bass, B.P. Weatherwax on electric guitar Billy “The Kingpin” LaLonde beatin’ the skins & scrapin’ the washboard and Caleb Lee Johnson handling the various percussive and traditional Appalachian instruments as well as backing vocals. Besides the upcoming shows, listen for them tomorrow night on WCBN Ann Arbor’s Local Music Show (88.3 FM between 9PM and midnight) and September 12th on WDET’s Detroit Today (101.9 FM between 10AM and Noon – expect them to be on starting around 11:30).


Black Jake & The Carnies – Official Site, MySpace Page
Next show: August 23, 2008 – The Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, MI – 9:00 PM
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Listen to “Happy Easter to Ya” from this show.

Cuckold – 2007-09-14

August 5th, 2008

The Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, MI

Cuckold was a Detroit (well, North Corktown) band that played dirty, drunken rock and roll with a splash of swamp water, served up with a sneer that’d make Johnny Rotten cross the street. Guitar and vocals were handled by Mike Walker (Gravitar,Detroit City Council, Bogue), drums by Jake Wilson (Mule) and bass by Andrew Wainio. They released one digital single on the local Beehive Recording label, but split up this past spring when Mike moved to the Pacific Northwest.


Cuckold – MySpace Page
Next show: None
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Listen to “Snow Cow” from this show.

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