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Voices Carry: Annie Capps Shares Stories of Vulnerability and Courage on “How Can I Say This?” Album

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 1:00pm by strattonl

Chelsea singer-songwriter Annie Capps

Annie Capps' latest album How Can I Say This? serves as a love letter to her younger self. Photo by Rod Capps.

Annie Capps doesn’t hesitate to reveal her authentic self—both past and present—on her latest album, How Can I Say This?

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Understorey Time: Ann Arbor’s Jess Merritt Celebrates Her 40th Birthday and a Return to the Stage at The Ark

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 10:30am by strattonl

Jess Merritt will celebrate her 40th birthday with a show at The Ark on February 13.

Jess Merritt plans to celebrate her birthday with a new version of her band The Understorey at The Ark. Photo courtesy of Jess Merritt.

Some say reaching 40 is a milestone but that each decade lived should be celebrated.

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Friday Five: Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds, Half Blue, J. Michael & The Heavy Burden, Lonelysaki, And Spiders

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 2:00pm by christopherporter

Art for the albums and singles featured in this week's Friday Five.

Friday Five highlights music by Washtenaw County-associated artists and labels.

This week features fiddle-grunge by Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds, laidback hip-hop by Half Blue, adult rock by J. Michael & The Heavy Burden, dream-pop electronica by Lonelysaki, and lo-fi alt-country by And Spiders.

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The Ark’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival Makes Welcome Return to U-M’s Hill Auditorium

Mon, 01/30/2023 - 3:30pm by strattonl

Ani DiFranco performs at the 46th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

Ani DiFranco performs the closing set at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. Photo by Lori Stratton.

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Chicago percussionist Kahil El’Zabar brings spiritual energy to Encore Theatre’s "American Songbook" concerts

Mon, 01/30/2023 - 9:15am by christopherporter

A portrait of Kahil El'Zabar; he's wearing a grey fedora and dark sunglasses.

Chicago percussionist Kahil El'Zabar blows into Dexter, Michigan, with his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to explore the American Songbook at the Encore Theatre.

Kahil El’Zabar has a very clear memory of the greatest performance he ever attended.

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Friday Five: GVMMY, Subcortical, Sean Curtis Patrick, Same Eyes, Asilee Sound Group

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 1:45pm by christopherporter

Art for the albums and singles featured in this week's Friday Five.

Friday Five highlights music by Washtenaw County-associated artists and labels.

This week features forward-looking hip-hop by GVMMY, industrial hip-hop by Subcortical, soundscapes by Sean Curtis Patrick, synth-pop by Same Eyes, and chiptunes by Asilee Sound Group.

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Friday Five: Nadim Azzam, Jacob Sigman, Doogatron, Shannon Lee, Kuwento Mizik

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 2:00pm by christopherporter

Art for the albums and singles featured in this week's Friday Five.

Friday Five highlights music by Washtenaw County-associated artists and labels.

This week features singer-songwriter hip-hop by Nadim Azzam, R&B hip-hop via Jacob Sigman, bedroom techno from Doogatron, classic country courtesy of Shannon Lee, and a classical-plus-world-music blend by Kuwento Mizik.

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(Re)Introducing Djangophonique: Andrew Brown and Co. are putting a modern spin on a jazz tradition

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 10:30am by christopherporter

The four members of Djangophonic sitting on a couch in front of a brick wall.

Introducing rhythm guitarist Zach Croft, lead guitarist Andrew Brown, clarinetist Tyler Rindo, and upright bassist Jorian Olk-Szost, the core musicians in Djangophonique. Photo courtesy of the band.

“When I say ‘modern music,’” says Andrew Brown, “what I mean is, like, anything after 1956.”

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Friday Five: Iggy Pop, Sara Tea, Giraffe, John Beltran, DJ Emby

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 3:30pm by christopherporter

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Friday Five highlights music by Washtenaw County-associated artists and labels.

This week features rock 'n' roll by Iggy Pop, indie-tronica by Sara Tea, fusiony jazz by Giraffe, progressive techno by John Beltran, and a dance mix by DJ Emby.

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Friday Five: KUZbeats, cv313, Alex Anest's Electric Four, AGN7 Audio releases, Sebastian Wing and Gami

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 2:15pm by christopherporter

Cover art for the music releases featured in this week's Friday Five.

Friday Five highlights music by Washtenaw County-associated artists and labels.

This week features soundtrack electronica by KUZbeats, dub techno from cv313, jazz from Alex Anest, and drum 'n' bass from the AGN7 Audio label and Sebastian Wing and Gami.