We are now five weeks deep into 2013, with a number big shows already under our belts. Soundgarden dropped by The Fillmore last night, while Underoath said their good-byes and Marilyn Manson welcomed us to The Dope Show at the same location.While The Fillmore has hosted these larger events, the focus this week is on smaller venues.
As we still stand on the outside looking in of the ever-busy summer concert season and the show announcements continue to roll in. Before artists play the large festivals or tours, they typically book a number of warm-up shows to practice new material and keep their skills sharp. This week’s slate of shows certainly seem to be the case, being held in intimate surroundings while not skimping on the quality.
Chiodos – Baby, You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek
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Tuesday, January 29th – Chiodos, Rival Summers, Rocky Love Emily, and The Most Dangerous Animal @ The Pike Room [Sold Out]
Prior to heading across the pond to play a magazine-sponsored tour, Davison natives Chiodos are playing a show in Pontiac and are bringing lots of different genre-orientated bands to the party. A duo of bands from Sterling Heights are on the bill – Rival Summers are acoustic-pop based, while Rocky Loves Emily bring a pop-punk flair. Flint’s The Most Dangerous Animal are a different beast, coming at you full force with a more classic punk sound. If you can get there early, do it.
For fans of: With this all over the place line-up, you’ll have a good time if you like We Came As Romans, Dashboard Confessional, Every Avenue, Hot Water Music, tight spaces.
If you can’t make it to the show, Chiodos will be on the Vans Warped Tour this summer.
Crackjaw – Midnight Cruiser
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Friday, February 1st – Crackjaw, Wolfshark, Meet Me At The Skyline, and Myths and Legends @ The Pike Room
Similar to the previous show at The Pike Room, this one also exclusively features Michigan talent with all four bands coming from the Metro area. Rockers Crackjaw have made a name for themselves locally, playing numerous festivals and gigs to increased fanfare. This past summer at Dirt Fest the band shared the main stage with national acts Clutch, Falling in Reverse, My Darkest Days, Hurt, and Chiodos amongst many others.
Wolfshark is an enigma that seems to have just gotten things up and running, so with them being direct support there is somebody over at The Crofoot that knows something we don’t. Meet Me At The Skyline are a young pop-punk band influenced by a number of bands I listened to when I was young and listened to pop-punk, and Myths and Legends are a young, developing metalcore band that are presumably the hardest act on the bill – pending whatever Wolfshark throws at us.
For fans of: Adelita’s Way, animal mash-ups, (A) New Found Glory, Asking Alexandria
If you can’t make it to the show, Crackjaw will probably come to you some time this summer.
Trapt – Who’s Going Home With You Tonight?
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Saturday, February 2nd – Trapt and Acidic @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
You may remember Trapt as that one band that played that one song. Yep, that’s them. Known worldwide for their hit single “Headstrong,” Trapt are back with a slightly modified sound and a new album. There’s more to Trapt than Headstrong – the band is also known for “Still Frame,” “Echo,” and “Who’s Going Home With You Tonight?.” What really interests me about this show is their new lead guitar player, whom happen to be Travis Miguel of metalcore pioneers Atreyu. As for Acidic, Trapt will be playing.
For fans of: Papa Roach, fraternities.
If you can’t make it to the show, there are a number of future shows that should interest you – stay tuned!