Friday, November 14, 2008

Upcoming Shows: Marnie Stern, Brightblack Morning Light, Djin Aquarian

Rounding up future tours stopping through our humble scrape of chilled urban disrepair...

Brightblack Morning Light Nov. 21 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick w/Fursaxa

…at the modest glitz of the Magic Stick, we have Brightblack Morning Light - often tagged 'freak-folk,' (at some points willingly embraced with eponymous festivals with like-genre-allies Devendra Banhart) this northern California duo (Naybob Shineywater and Rachael Hughes) is a total woozy cerebral stretch…long lingering lulling grooves, soft-to-booming earthy hybrid of jazz freeform and folky inflections.

Their latest, Motion to Rejoin, was recently released on Matador (review here)

Playing with Fursaxa.
November 18 Brooklyn, NY South Paw w/ Fursaxa, Zomes
November 20 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern w/ Fursaxa
November 21 Detroit, MI Magic Stick w/ Fursaxa
November 22 Chicago, IL The Hideout - Block Party

Brightblack Morning Light - "Hologram Buffalo"

Djin Aquarian Nov. 23 - Detroit, MI - The Bohemian

At the Bohemain, (not as glitzy, but with a more gritty, worn, spilled-out charm) over around Corktown, Djin Aquarian, innovative singer/songwriter and space-gospel cult hero from the band YaHoWa 13 (fronted by Father Yod of the Source Family back in 1969) will be performing a solo performance that features some of his new tunes as well as older songs featured on the Drag City release Children of the Sixth Root Race: Songs from the Source. (This is a collection of fuzzy rehearsal tapes featuring the underground soul/r&b/folk group Spirit of 76.) Strange and intricate tale behind not just these recordings, but much of Djin's songwriting career. "Go to Google" as the new religion would suggest…

Children of the Sixth Root Race - "Godmen"

Marnie Stern Nov. 24 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room

Then, up at the Pike Room in Pontiac (certainly the glitziest, if by only being the newest of venues in metro Detroit), we have the absolutely electrifying, unique and spazzy noise-folk of Marnie Stern. Her latest, the lyrical, 30+word-title: "This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That" was released last month to expectedly wow-ed reviews, hailing her fiery style, as a song-constructor, as a guitarist and as a vocalist; exuberant, engaging, bent-and-broke-apart-and-slammed-back-together…very fast!

(You can read an interview here, about how she almost became a journalist,

Marnie Stern - "Ruler"

(*w/ Gang Gang Dance)
23- Nov Columbus, OH - The Summit
24-Nov Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
25-Nov Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
26-Nov Washington, DC - DC9

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