Hipster training continues
Submitted by murph on 23 June 2007 - 2:44pm. michigan | music | ypsilanti
Last night, at long last, I finally saw Great Lakes Myth Society at the Elbow Room, and they were every bit as amazing as Dale has assured me they would be. Fan for life: check. (Not that there was any doubt - a highly talented folk/rock group signing about Michigan? Yeah, sign me up.)
I was also pretty happy with one of their openers, Minor Planets, who present a pretty enjoyable power pop. They need to brush up on their showmanship to truly support a group like GLMS, though. I know the whole shoegazing thing is hip, and half the point of indie rock is that it's safe for geeky introverts (like myself) to get up on stage and play their piece without ever looking at the audience, but, really, kids: you're good at what you do - feel free to get a little more attitude about it.
(Speaking of geeky introverts, Cara and I are apparently awkward enough in the average venue to be the topic of conversation. A guy approached and said, "Sorry, but my friend and I were wondering - is this your first date?" We displayed wedding rings: "Awesome, I was right!" Wait, what? You had a bet on whether we were on our first date versus married?)
There was plenty else going on last night that we didn't make it to - I don't think it's possible to be bored in this town - but we walked through the aftermath of the Ypsi Arbor Lindy Exchange's descent on the Crossroads summer music festival; the swing dancers were apparently enough to bump estimates of the crowd up to a good 500 people. (And if a lone swing dance organizing dervish like Amanda can activate Michigan Ave. like that, just imagine what, say, a minor league baseball team could do. We've committed to buy Liberators season tickets as soon as they exist.)