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Friday, February 21
The King's Inn "Last Show at Detroit" Detroit Bar
As the days wind down for Detroit Bar, we're seeing various local acts say goodbye to the local haunt in their own special way. For the folks looking for one last plaid-wearing hoe down, the good people of King's Inn have put together two night's worth of the best Americana, blue grass, whiskey-fueled jam artists they could muster. It starts tonight with Moonsville Collective leading the pack with support from RT N the 44s, Sam Outlaw, Ted Z and the Wranglers, and These Pilgrims. Make sure to come out the next night to watch a headlining set from the avant guard cowboys of Restavrant. (Nate Jackson)
Lucinda Williams The Glass House For the better part of four decades, Lucinda Williams has been one of the best songwriters going. Over the course of ten albums, Williams has moved from earthy blues and folk to jangly country/pop. What has remained consistent is her breathtaking vocal delivery and unflinching honesty. See her at the Glass House this weekend with support from the Kenneth Brian Band. (Darryl Smyers)
Saturday, February 22 The Dickies Alex's Bar When looking back on the pioneers of punk, too often we're greeted with images of towering Mohawks and menacing sneers. Not so with the Dickies, who served up liberal helpings of campy humor with crunchy, distorted guitars and screeching vocals. Witness the über-hilarious video for the 1979 song "Banana Splits," which features singer Leonard Phillips repeating the refrain "banananana" into a peeled-banana mic. And despite some dark days (such as when drummer Jonathan Melvoin OD'd on heroin while touring with the Smashing Pumpkins), they've managed to keep their snotty sense of humor intact after all these years. (Erin DeWitt) The Blasters ($5 Show) The Observatory The fiery roots rock of Phil Alvin and comapny is always worth watching whenever the Blasters play a hometown show. And to show their appreciation to the fans, The Observatory is making this legendary band available to you for less than the price of a value meal. Really, how could you go wrong? (Nate Jackson)
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Sunday, February 23
Dom Kennedy The Observatory During the past couple years, Dom Kennedy has redefined what it means to be an independent hip-hop artist. The Leimert Park native turned down offers from several major labels, including Interscope Records, earlier this year. The decision has proven prudent. His second studio album, Get Home Safely, which featured appearances by artists including TY$ and Nipsey Hussle, has been a success. Released Oct. 15, it debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard Top 200, selling more than 10,000 copies in its first week and garnering generally positive reviews. After years of climbing the ranks of the underground, Kennedy is moving gradually into the psyche of the mainstream, but don't expect the 29-year-old to let success go to his head. That wouldn't be his style. (Daniel Kohn)