Timothy Monger State Park and The Bell Beat (formerly Sh! The Octopus) to the First Stop Friday club. You may recognize Timothy as one of the guys from Great Lakes Myth Society. This is his poppier solo project that has developed into a full band. Expect great storytelling and beautiful music played by some of the best Ann Arbor/Ypsi has to offer.
The Bell Beat play folk-tinged pop with layered background vocals and driving guitar. Randy Bishop's lyrics will have you thinking long after you've moved on to the next venue.
I think anyone here for one band would enjoy the other, so plan on staying a couple hours. Let me know if you're coming on Facebook.
Now, last week at The Ferndale Public Library was a first. The first time a music-only event happened in our gorgeous new building. The boringly-named Multipurpose Room inexplicably has great acoustics, so both the quieter, string-based Forget and the darker, heavier Pewter Cub sounded equally amazing. Pewter Cub opened with their heavier take on shoegaze, with Regan's great moody voice. Forget was a surprise, because they're always a surprise. Their lineup rotates and this time it was a strange long stringed instrument, drums, slide guitar, viola, violin and bass. Their improvised set consisted of two wandering "songs" that were rhythmic, chill, yet attention keeping.