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michigandaily.com I Thursday, January 22, 2009

weekend
essentials
Jan 22. to Jan. 25
MUSIC
Animal Collective's
latest release is equal
parts Pet Sounds,
trance, ambient, tribal
and indie. Blissful and
effervescent, Mer-
riweather Post Pavilion
is the group's most
magnetic disc to date.
Believe the hype,
because it's all true;
this is the first must-
own album of the year.
ON STAGE
"(Re)creating Gil-
gamesh" is the product
of a diverse, eclectic
team of artists re-imag-
ining the ancient epic
poem of Gilgamesh.
The performance uses
both music and visual
art in astonishingly
inventive ways, combin-
ing improvisation and
a wealth of media to
create a fresh vision of
a mythical mainstay.
Performances are Fri-
day and Saturday at 7
p.m. and 9 p.m. at the
Biomedical Science
Research Building. $30

een a sticker or a shirt asking you
to "support local music," you might recognize the-
sense of pride found in small musical circles. You '
might nod or offer a smile and go about your way, or
you might just roll your eyes and switch to the next
song on your iPod.prs
nut it's hard not to at least notice the strong pres-
ence of local music in Ann Arbor. It's impossible to
walk to class and not seea poster taped to the side of a
building, rounder or coffee shop bulletin board-adver-
tising alocal concert. Though the occasional marquee
act may stop by Hill Auditorium or Iht erformances
ater, Ann Arbor natives dominate mos pe
around town. of Ann
Everyone starts somewhere, and many of nn
Arbor's local musicians got their start at the Universi-
ty of Michigan. High school friendships, music school
tpojects nd en JDate profiles can lay the fouda-
tion for lasting musical collaborations that extend far
beyond the Diag. Rescheduled midterms, cut classes
and weekends spent invans are a common occurrence.
Practice spacescanarange fom ooinArbor houses.ic
school to cramped basements o Ann

Sometimes, the bands don't have any room to
practice.
"When you're playing enough shows strung togeth-
er, they become your practice," explained My Da
Disco'sTylerDuncan one of theband's twokeyboard
ists.
Currently on tour in Colorado and gradually snak-
ing its way back to Ann Arbor with stops in Kansas
and IowaMy Dear Disco is merely one of the many
popular local bands for University students. The band,
currently made u ofsevengrautso h nvr
sity's Schoolafeoushasgone throughseveral lineup
changes over the years.
"The band was first called Toolbox," Duncan
recalled. "But our first gig as My Dear Disco was at
.the Blind Pig."
Ah, the Blind Pig. Planted snugly above the 8 Ball
Saloon on the corner of Washington and First Avenue,
the Pig is a relatively modest venue,but its importance
to the local music of Ann Arbor runs deep. Whether
it's housing a familiar crowd of locals and students
stoppiongbyto see their favorite Ann Arbor act or just
s g See ANN ARBOR BANDS, Page 4B

MOVIES
Have you ever seen
the movie "Airplane!,"
Joey? Have you ever
seen a grown man
naked? The State The-
ater will be hosting a
midnight screening
of one of the funni-
est movies of all time
this Saturday, and we
promise you'll laugh
yourself silly even if
you're not fluent in Jive.
CONCERT
Tonight, The Killers are
coming to town. Well,
actually they'll be play-
ing at the EMU Convo-
cation Center starting
at 7:30 p.m., but close
enough. Frontman
Brandon Flowers and
company will most like-
ly be showcasing songs
from their recently
released album Day
& Age and hopefully
a few older favorites.
While sold out, there
are still multiple web-
sites offering tickets for
a wide range of prices.

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