Detroit’s Battlecross had a big 2013. Not only did the Metal Blade Records guys release their latest album, “War of Will,” this year, but the band played Metallica’s Orion Music + More festival in Detroit and appeared on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
I was at Orion and interviewed the guys, who were super-nice and grateful for all their success. I also caught Battlecross’ set at Mayhem, which was strong and a great representation of Michigan music.
I'm hoping to scoop a few sets up this year, including U2's "Ordinary Love" 10-inch vinyl. The Record Store Day exclusive, out on Interscope Records, features two brand new tracks from U2. Side A offers "Ordinary Love," a song written for the upcoming "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" film soundtrack, and side B is a new recording of "Breathe," the "Mandela Version."
Check this Friday’s What’s On Local Music Beat column for more on Friday’s releases, and for the full list, head to the Record Store Day website.
New Jersey pop-rockers Saves the Day are out on an acoustic tour this December, and they’re bringing Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Rival Schools, Gorilla Biscuits) and Jon Simmons (Balance and Composure) along with them. It’ll be a different take on the band’s usually plugged-in, amped-up live shows and show a side of Saves the Day we haven’t seen yet.
Fusion Shows is bringing the tour Dec. 14 to the Loft. It’s one of only nine shows on the tour, so Michigan is one of the lucky few states to have the guys come perform. Walter Schreifels and Jon Simmons will open.
The release, out on Lansing record label Silver Maple Kill Records, features six pummeling new tracks.
This will likely be the band’s last show of 2013, to boot, so that’s even more incentive to make it out.
For more on the band, visit the band's Bandcamp page.
Show details: Croatone, Hordes and Wormfoot, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, $8.
Red Tail Ring serves up a mix of blissful, original compositions and interpretations of traditional ballads and dance songs from the southeast mountains.
The Kalamazoo-bsaed duo Red Tail Ring is set to rock Thursday, Nov. 21, at the East Lansing Pump House at 368 Orchard Steet. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 suggested donation (children are free).
Fitz & the Tantrums have neo-soul, alternative vibe that's making them one of the hottest bands of 2013. It's the kind of music that makes you want to dance. In fact, if you aren't moving a bit while listening to the band's current single, "Out of My League," then you're not doing it right.
Fitz & the Tantrums have been selling out clubs across North America, and they make a stop Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Fillmore in Detroit. Capital Cities and Beat Club open.Want to go to the show? Simply enter for tickets to the concert below! Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) in the email. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
Deadline to enter is 5:01 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 13. Good luck!
For more on the show, go here.