by Jeff Milo
For the folk-singers or for the rappers... For the psychedelic twangers or for the breakbeat rhymers...
For the acoustic plucked balladeers and/or the turntable-(er, CD-J)-taut thesaurus leafing EmCees...
There's A FOLK FEST ...and A RAP SHOW - Both on Saturday night.
Said Folk-Fest is fostered by Blaring Division and it sounds like it'll be a delightful way to usher in spring. Thaw thyself with the forcefully-cooed radiance of Jennie Knaggs vocals atop Nick Shillace's doseying banjo twangs -with Lac La Belle. They'll be headed to Spain next month, so this will be a rare chance for SE Michigan to hear their hay-flecked, toe-tapping serenades.
Reel into that anthemic vibe with the rich honky-tonk-toned bleat of Ryan Dilliaha's brand of rousing, brass-embossed bluegrass-rock! The Ferndale-area singer/songwriter just streamed some live sessions (with GBS) in mid-Winter, if you'd like a sampling...
take a listen (below) to an album that I remember loving...but haven't returned to in a while, perhaps out of fear.
This curious cad, suited up in a kaleidoscopic faux-tuxedo t-shirt, with slicked hair and convincing, well-timed winks of the eye dropped throughout his charming patter of sophisticated-sounding ruminations. One: Josh Malerman. Lyrically losing his mind (or happily stealing your own sanity and hiding it somewhere in the crevices of this album, not unlike an Easter Basket you're anxious to procure).
Malerman is otherwise known as the lead singer of The High Strung and recently-signed author with a potential movie deal on the horizon for a staggering work of supernatural/surrealist post-apocalyptic suspense...wherein the world is brought to its knees by, what else: madness! Will his live recitals of Preposterous induce a similar madness?
Perhaps the folk stylings of opening acts from Emily Rose and Jibs Brown will keep things grounded. Folk in Ferndale - Start gearing up for Blowout.
A FOLK FEST - March 30th at One Eyed Betty's - presented by Blaring Division
Downtown at Northend Studios on Saturday, March 30th:
Rappers Doss The Artist and Selfsays join hip-hop outfits Detroit CYDI and The Anonymous to set the table for a very balanced breakfast-esque sampling from Detroit's contemporary hip-hop kitchen.
CYDI's three Emcee-musketeers are Nintendo-knicking rap-reelers meticulously balancing the snarky and the sultry with soberer reflections on the day to day's of working-class song-makers.
Doss The Artist brings more of an aggressive, swaggering tilt to his raps, showing (as in the stream below) to amped-up instrumental soundscapes, rock-ready guitar riffs over busting beats and spitting synths. (He's also got a jam about the Princess from Mario Bros.)
The Anonymous is a Woodbridge-area rap duo currently working on the follow-up to their fine debut Why Am I Grinding My Teeth? They keep getting held-up though, likely due to their compulsive work habits ("Before I Do My Thing...") that seem to invite arrested development.
SelfSays, a Lansing-reared rapper who cut his teeth out in Ann Arbor, up in Flint and down in Detroit, has been garnering some attention from across the pond (having toured Europe with Shigeto last year). His next release, Sleeves -is set (hopefully) for a mid-late summer release. Sample some sounds via his April E.P.