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2019 Wrap-Up: Top Live Shows of 2019

2019 was a solid year for live music in Metro Detroit. Not only did Mo Pop Festival have arguably the best line-up they’ve had since moving to West Riverfront Park, but it seemed like every week there was something to see at a venue within a 50 mile radius. This year I saw big arena […]

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2017 Wrap-Up: Top Live Shows of 2017

Completing graduate school in May 2017 was exciting for many reasons, but an increase in time away from the home office was one of the top. That additional freedom allowed me to get out and see more live music than I’ve witnessed in at least 4 years. Below is a list of my favorite live […]

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LIVE REVIEW: MO POP Festival Highlights – Sterling Heights, MI – 7/12/14

The second edition of Mo Pop Festival went off without a hitch last Saturday and brought together a laundry list of indie pop/folk bands on an ideal sunny day. Fans could legitimately see 14 bands across two stages in one day, not to mention gorge on craft beer, Detroit’s finest food trucks, vaudeville performances and […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Lake Street Dive at Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI – 7/2/13

Musicians often exceed their recorded self’s in person, but revelers at the Magic Bag witnessed a young band transform into soon-to-be touring stars on Wednesday evening. Lake Street Dive commanded the cozy Ferndale stage in front of a sold out crowd with instrumental precision and likability of a band on the rise. The warm room […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Arcade Fire – Palace of Auburn Hills – 3/10/14

I had some reservations about finally witnessing my first live performance of Arcade Fire in an arena/stadium setting. Would I be able to see without paying a hefty premium for near-stage seats? Would the band’s performance feel disconnected compared to my normal show preference (theater venues)? Is the Palace too big for Arcade Fire? It […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Jessie Ware – Saint Andrew’s Hall – Detroit – 11/8/13

U.K. songstress Jessie Ware gave an expert lesson in enchanting vocals and crowd interaction on Friday night at Saint Andrew’s Hall. With only one album’s worth of material available, Ware made the most of an engaging set and showed future promise on her first Detroit appearance. Tracks from Devotion like “Night Light” and “Swan Song” […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Pretty Lights – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI – 11/7/13

Having only witnessed part of a Pretty Lights performance at a Hangout Music Fest after party, I knew I had to see more. While I’m sure there was much more going on behind the blinding glow of the stage, Derek Smith seemed to glide from deck to deck with an entire tent full of revelers […]