Gettin’ Down with the Clowns: Detroit’s Insane Clown Posse, Faygo and the ShockFest ‘spectacle as resistance’

Detroit’s Insane Clown Posse rolled into Grand Rapids to launch its 33-date ShockFest tour at the Orbit Room. The duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope shared the stage with openers Mushroomhead, Da Mafia 6ix, Big Hoodoo and Jelly Roll. But, in true ICP form, the show unfolded like an extended family affair for ICP’s notorious fans, the Juggalos. It was a night of Faygo-flinging frenzy and an authentic expression of working-class catharsis. Read more at Local Spins…

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X gives Grand Rapids that pure punk experience

There may be no punk band that captures the true weird spirit of America better than X.

Their music evokes this nation’s vast spaces, weird politics, dark mystery and relentless energy.

Playing to a packed house at Grand Rapids’ The Pyramid Scheme Monday night, X plowed through a 24-song set drawn almost entirely from the group’s first three nearly flawless LPs — 1980’s “Los Angeles,” 1981’s “Wild Gift” and 1982’s “Under the Big Black Sun.”

Read more at Local Spins.

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Getting it all wrong about Jack White in Detroit

Regarding Jack White’s concert at the Fox Theatre in Detroit this week, there is little doubt that it was a powerful, transcendent show. I’ve rarely seen anything like it.

And the critical reception of Detroit media was pretty unanimously in accord. In the words of the assembled media, the show was triumphant and masterful. White was in control of the band and the crowd as he played a searing and explosive show.

But if you turned to the blogosphere, you’d think White threw some sort of Ray LaMontagnesqe tantrum, storming offstage because he thought the crowd was a bunch of lames, pledging never to come back to the Fox Theatre.

Folks, that didn’t happen … Read more at Local Spins.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band displays Southern, cosmic soul music at Meijer Gardens

As the Tedeschi Trucks Band neared the end of a hard-charging set at Meijer Gardens Thursday night, the group performed the towering, spiritual-tinged title track from last year’s LP “Made Up Mind.”

And, over the course of a nearly two-hour show, Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, led an 11-piece band that transported a capacity crowd to that elevated plane along with them.

Read more at MLive.

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Listen to Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s current favorite songs, via their Spotify playlist

Derek Trucks called life on the road with the Tedeschi Trucks Band “a rolling musical lesson.”

“Somebody always grabs the stereo and plugs in their iPod or phone and DJs,” he said. “Sometimes everybody’s just quietly listening, sometimes it’s just background music to the party, but there’s always some amazing music.”

Read more at MLive.

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