Longtime Detroit music journalist Jeff Milo’s byline appears in publications locally and globally. He’s been plugging ears into the Detroit scene for years with his prolific Deep Cutz blog and his new YouTube series, The Milo Show. Each week, Milo gives us a rundown of can’t-miss shows in and around the Detroit area.
Friday, August 2nd
Charivari Detroit, named in reference to a Middle Ages noise-making tradition used to mock or shame people, is a free electronic music festival showcasing the best of Detroit DJs.
This fest is hosted in Detroit’s green oasis West Riverfront Park, and it celebrates a lot of local talent in the realms of house, techno, disco, trance and beyond. They are also featuring live art, yoga and a broad selection of food.
DJs include Rebecca Goldberg, Stacey Hale, Tony Nova, DJKage, DJ Beige and many more.
Here’s a mix by DJ Stacey Hotwax Hale, titled “Something On Your Mind.”
Alluvial Fans new debut album “Lag Air,” will have an album release party this Friday at PJ’s Lager House.
Alluvial Fans are Gilad Garrot, Ollie Elkus and Drew Bartosik. I anticipate a nuanced mix of genres, from rock, to indie-pop, to slower, jazzier inflections. In fact, Bartosik studied jazz and music tech at Wayne State University, so you can anticipate a considerably more substantive indie-rock groove. “Lag Air” is a self produced album and they intend to follow it up with another one soon. Warren Dunes is touring in from Seattle to join this party at PJs Lager House, along with local bands Asklepius and Bad Fashion.
This song is called “Head of Jets,” by Alluvial Fans.
Saturday, Aug. 3rd
Kimball are a band beyond their years. These 20-something’s came out of Royal Oak and have been performing around the metro area for a handful of years. See them at the Loving Touch with Legume, Chuck and the HandGrenades.
Minihorse are an Ypsilanti rock group, where the band’s singer and guitarist, Ben Collins, runs his home studio. I call them a rock group, but their signature is all in the vibe, texture and dynamics of their arrangements. Minihorse’s new album “Living Room Art,” is now out on Park The Van Records. Hydropark, an Ann Arbor band, is joining, along with two Detroit indie-rock gems, Don’t and Zilched.
Here’s Minihorse with a new single, “King of the Concrete.”