Preview: Akron/ Family

I don’t know this band all that well. Was introduced to them back in high school, around 2007.

their sound can be a bit hard on the ears…. but ya know, it’s that time of year.


Ty Segall: Enduring Neck Pain, Crowd Surfing and Epic Mosh Pits

\"Thank God For the Sinners\" -Ty Segall

Ty Segal
Described to me by a friend as “the hardest working musician right now,” Ty Segall has come out with 3 albums in the last year and tours continuously, spreading his skills and sound around the country.

I personally hadn’t had much exposure to him before his show at The Blind Pig on the night of Thursday February 6th 2013. The evening was relatively cold and The Pig was PACKED. My friends and I arrived around 10:30, doors opened at 9:00pm.
We Heard:
Ex-Cults; fun, indi, energetic (female bassist)

K-Holes; who are very punk/ grunge/ sca sounding, attractive musicians

And finally TySegall:

The Mosh-Pit started during the K-Holes. The energy people were throwing about was quite contagious. No injuries occurred and we all created a nice dynamic with the bands, showing our appreciation through sweat and perhaps some blood and tears. There was a good amount of crowd surfing and a couple essential articles of clothing were lost in the fray.
Over the course of the night each band provided their own level of excitement. Although many of us were antsy to hear Ty, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the opening acts and was nicely oiled up for Ty’s smack-down blowout performance when the time came.
Although it was an enjoyable evening all in all, I found it difficult to appreciate the quality of Ty’s musical skills due to the level of physical disruption going on around me. I look forward to experiencing his music more in other contexts and will be physically preparing for his next tour through Ann Arbor.

Preview: Matthew Dear – Concert for the Masses, or the Minimum.

The Blind Pig has done it again! We are so lucky to have this incredible concert venue in the heart of Ann Arbor.

Matthew Dear:
Wednesday November 7th 9pm 18+
$12 in advance $14 at the door

Matthew Dear might not be for everyone. Their earlier sound can be more “obscure” and ethereal than his most recent album “Beams.” Some of their music is danceable and some of it begs for a smokey room, a strong drink and a fuzzy brain. Depending on your mood.

I was first introduced to this artist earlier this fall by a friend on the West Coast. The composition and creativity of sound is what drew him to this group. They are from Michigan (a graduate of u-mich in fact) which I was also unaware of when first introduced to their music.

Although not everyone is going to like Matthew Dear’s particular creative style, check out some of their stuff and stretch the boundaries of your music experience!

REVIEW: El Ten Eleven

El Ten Eleven is an amazing band. If you have never heard them please do so immediately!
Kristian Dunn is probably the most incredible guitarist I’ve ever seen perform live. His skill with rhythm and melody are unparalleled from anything I’ve experienced before. He loops live, playing with tempo, melody, harmony, key signature you name it. Knowing what little I do about loop pedals I can imagine this is a very difficult process that requires a great deal of attentiveness and command over this particular approach. Dunn is also a rather likable fellow. He interacts well with a crowed and seemed pleasantly surprised at the enthusiastic reception they received at The Blind Pig.
Tim Fogarty, the drummer, has mastered his instrument to an expert level. I appreciated the way he and Dunn interacted musically, combining their rhythmic patterns and respective melodies. They are a seamless team of highly skilled, innovative artists.

The entr’acte for the evening was Beacon (Thomas Mullarney III (vocals) and Jacob Gossett), hailing from Brooklyn NY. (, They mix samples with haunting, high falsetto vocals from Mullarney (reminiscent of Michael Jackson, with a lack of pop, not to mention his curtain of black hair!). This duo was a great set up for El Ten Eleven. Different enough to keep things interesting but not so different that the collaboration felt disjointed.

The size of the venue was very conducive to this kind of show. Some people wanted to hang out on the fringes and bobble head, others, myself included, were in the thick of things, full body jamming to the beats of these two excellent bands.

Please take a moment to check out their music and broaden your horizons. Also, be sure to take advantage of all the amazing music that comes through this lovely college town of ours! It really is a treat!

Preview: El Ten Eleven: Post Rockin, Double Necking

This LA duo, El Ten Eleven, is coming to The Blind Pig on Saturday October 20th 9pm. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 18+
Their sound is entirely musical, no vocals. Very rhythmic, using drums, keyboard, fretless, double necked bass and loop pedal in innovative ways to create a physically and mentally captivating sound. They are beautiful to watch and amazing to listen to. I highly recommend checking this group out after the Michigan State game on Saturday!

The Blind Pig Calendar:

El Ten Eleven – KEXP