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The Annex 11/13/09

Happy belated Friday the 13th everyone! I hope you all stepped on 6 cracks, walked under 12 ladders, and spent your day walking in circles around black cats while saying Macbeth on stage. While you were making a fool of yourself, I was at the Apathetic Critic CD release party at the Annex in Brighton, MI. If your bad luck left you alive, read on to hear about the show!

First up was Ports of Aidia (myspace.com/portsofaidia). I was unaware going into the show, but apparently Ports of Aidia’s singer quit sometime between now and the last time I saw them. The band still played the show in spite of the loss however and did pretty damn well, all things considered. There was a notable drop in energy from there normal show, but splitting the songs up the way they did was actually pretty effective. The bass player is also a very good screamer, which helped. I talked to the band and they are looking for a new singer soon, wish them the best of luck with that. A very strong set from some great guys, I hope all works out for them.

By some cosmic chain of cataclysmic events, I haven’t seen Jeff Pianki (myspace.com/jeffpiankimusic) … still. I went and got food during his set. I am a failure.

Third was Good Weather for Airstrikes (myspace.com/gwfaband). They play a very cool brand of post rock influenced indie rock that sounds a bit like a blend of Explosions in the Sky and Death Cab for Cutie. Today was another great set for them and being on a big stage like the Annex was very good for them. The sound was much better than what they were used to and it helped. I did feel like they got off time a few times, but it was still very impressive. They are very passionate about their music and that really came out in their last song as guitarists Joe Hillier and James Radick both went nuts at the end of their last song. They always are a solid show, definitely check them out.

Next was Tiger! Tiger! (myspace.com/tigertiger). I recently had a conversation about how it is hard to come up with bands for Tiger! Tiger! to open for. They play such a unique sound that is so broadly influenced that I find it hard to fit them to a bill really well. In no way is this an insult though. They are another band who is quickly maturing and it’s great to see. They played mostly new songs tonight and the new songwriting is so impressively more dynamic and deep than their previousEP. I can’t wait to hear the new stuff. They played a solid set, even though both the guitarist and bassist broke a string. It did seem that bassist Nick Weigand was a little out of it tonight though; his energy was just a little low. Still, great set from a great band.

And finally, Apathetic Critic (myspace.com/apatheticcritic). I don’t even know where to begin, this was easily one of the most impressive performances I’ve seen in a long time, bar none. The band brought guitarist Avery Black’s brother onstage as a second drummer/percussionist and played their new album from front to back. And blew everyone away. The started their set by playing the first three songs in rapid succession and then slowed the throttle down to give people a chance to breathe. Those that knew the words were singing along at the top of their lungs and moving and having a great time. But when the band got to the last couple of songs, they really showed just how far they’ve come as musicians.

Before they played Vernon, Apathetic Critic announced that this would be Jeremy, the bassist’s last show. AC has been a big part of the Livingston County scene for a long time, so all were sad to see he was going. The song was very emotional for everyone, especially best friends Avery and Jeremy who came together to sing parts of the song. After that, Avery said that he was dedicating their next song to a friend of his who recently passed away. He was a Brighton High School student and good friend of many in attendance. The song was very emotional and had everyone in tears as Avery quietly played guitar and sang alone. It was an incredibly moving experience and the whole room was very connected to what was going on. They finished their set with two much more upbeat songs and left the song to resounding applause. They were asked to do an encore and played the fan favorite You Don’t Stop and invited the audience on stage to help them sing the song. The tears were all smiles at this point as everyone sang and danced in absolute bliss.

I can’t even begin to do this night justice. Shows like this are why I started this site. All the bands were friends, all the fans were friends, and during Apathetic Critic’s set, we were one big community. It was the tightest I’d seen our scene in a long long time and it was a truly magical experience. There is nothing like that feeling and it only comes around every once in a while. Thanks to Apathetic Critic for playing an incredible set and writing one of the most incredible records I’ve heard in a long time. They’re keeping this scene alive and deserve all the praise in the world. They are definitely one of the best bands in Michigan right now, and I reiterate that they are only 16 years old.

There are a few photos up on Flickr with more to come soon. Please check out all the bands listed above. And have a great day!

-Matt

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Still Alive
November 12, 2009, 11:01 pm
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Hey guys,

Just letting you know that we’re still alive over here at Save Our Scene. It’s been really busy for us and we’re trying our best to get some new content out. We really appreciate those of you who have been keeping up with us and visiting the site regularly. Please continue to do so, I promise there is more fun stuff to come!

-Matt



RCAH Theater 11/7/09
November 9, 2009, 11:43 am
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This weekend I checked out my first ever hip hop show, something I thought was pretty cool. I really had no idea what to expect, as I’ve never even really listened to much hip hop music, but I had a lot of fun and was really really impressed.

There were just two acts tonight. First was DJ Virus, a turntabilist from Ann Arbor. His set was very cool and very interesting. The stuff he played was mostly pretty chill, but he did some really cool trick mixing and scratching. He made a few mistakes, but he was also super impressive at moments. It was altogether really cool, I’d definitely check him out again.

And then there was Rebel Diaz (rebeldiaz.com). To be quite frank, this was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Rebel Diaz is a trio of indigenous artists that play extremely politically motivated music. The members of Rebel Diaz are revolutionaries to the truest extent of the word. They have a clear and distinct message and use their music as a weapon to get that message across. They perform to inspire change and I can really get behind that. I’m glad that music like this exists and that there are people out there trying to get this message out and do something positive with their music. There set was altogether very tight and they never missed a beat. The crowd was small, but they effectively worked the whole audience and made sure that everyone was involved and having a good time. There was a lot of crowd participation and they were often right up in people’s faces. They had problems with one of their mics cutting out, but they handled it very well and continued to play an awesome set.

Like I said, this was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. Rebel Diaz has opened up for some incredible bands like Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Dead Prez. Their music is incredible and motivated by powerful motives. Please please please check them out, they deserve all the credit and respect in the world.

I was dead center for most of the set so I got some pretty cool photos too. As always, check those out on my Flickr.

–Matt



Save Our Scene
October 28, 2009, 2:33 pm
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Hello Blogosphere. You’ve managed to stumble across my corner of the internet. And you’re probably wondering, what the hell is this thing?

Save Our Scene is born out of a passion I’ve carried for years and that many people share. That passion is music. Growing up in Michigan, I’ve spent much of my time and money going to shows and spending money on the bands and music that I love. I’ve had opportunities to see some of the greatest artists up close and personal before they become major label artists. And I want to share that with other people.

With a camera and this keyboard, I want to give you a look into the world I see. I want to show you some of the bands that I’ve had the privilege and hopefully encourage you to check them out for yourselves. A lot of these people are friends of mine and they pour their heart into their music so I want to help them as well. I want to bring you the consumer and they the artist together in hopes of building up the Michigan music scene into a community.

As you can see, I’m just getting started, but I’m going to be checking some shows out this weekend. I’ll have some pictures and thoughts to share afterwords. So not much to see now, but stick around till this weekend and beyond. I promise, this will get cooler.

-Matt