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Detroit Free Press Rachel May column

May 9, 2013

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May 09--With guitar in hand and a throwback vocal style, singer-songwriter Blaire Alise and her band, the Bombshells, are ready to unleash their debut self-titled EP with a performance Saturday, May 11, at UHF Records in Royal Oak.

The 16-year-old sophomore at Cranbrook plays a cool brand of '50s- and '60s-inspired music with a Detroit garage edge. She's a classically trained pianist but credits her enrollment at the School of Rock, where she learned to play guitar, for inspiring her to start a band. "It really set the ball rolling," says Alise. "I took it further with songwriting."

She says she loves to listen to music from the '50s and '60s because "it's so simple -- there's an interesting art to writing such a simple song."

However, she also wants to "bring more of a contemporary Detroit garage-rock sound into it, too."

"In the past few years, I've gotten to know some people in the Detroit scene, and I've been more involved with the bands," Alise says. "That's really influenced me to make my sound more current."

The debut EP was recorded at the Tempermill Studios in Ferndale with producer and local musician Troy Gregory. A new single is in the works and is due for release this summer.

You can catch Blaire Alise & the Bombshells at 2 p.m. Saturday at UHF Records, 512 S. Washington, Royal Oak. 248-545-5955.

For more: www.blairealise.com.

Wilson stays busy: Things keep cranking for party rockers Wilson. The Detroit band, which has just completed a tour with GWAR and Warbeast, will release its debut album July 9 on Easy Killer Records.

Revolver Magazine recently premiered the first video from the new album. The band goes back on the road with former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted's group, Newsted, beginning Wednesday, May 15.

For more: www.wilsonpartyanimals.com.

For the young ones: The first Ebird & Friends Kids Show has been assembled by the folks in contemporary folk-rock group the Ragbirds, and it's set for Saturday, May 11, at the Ark.

The show will feature music selected by Ragbirds lead singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, or Ebird, who has been inspired by her pregnancy. She and her husband, Ragbirds percussionist Randall Moore, are expecting their first child.

Special musical guests include members of the MacPodz, Dick Siegel, Chris Buhalis, Jim Roll, Brant Losinski (Rootstand), Chris Good (the Funky Farmer), the Understorey, Diana Ladio (Moxie Strings) and more.

Doors at 12:30 p.m., music at 1 p.m. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1451. $10.

Wailin' for Waylon: The fourth annual Honky Tonk Throwdown happens Friday-Sunday, May 10-12, at PJ's Lager House in Detroit and it's loaded with roots-oriented music.

Kicking off Friday night will be the CD-release party for "Cannery Row," the latest from the Deadstring Brothers. Also on the bill are the Sights, Katie Grace, If Birds Could Fly, Horse Cave Trio and Captain Ivory.

Saturday's show will feature music from Ryan Dillaha, Mary Cutrufello, Fifth on the Floor, Brunswick Brawlers, Crooked Little Reasons, Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, Dock Ellis Band, John Holk, the Greaves and Miles Burning Band.

On Sunday, look for the Orbitsuns, Billy Don Burns, Deadstring Brothers with Bull Halsey, Behind the Times, Whiskey Charmers, Babe Miller & His 10-4's and Gibson Seal.

A portion of proceeds from the purchase of Shiner Beer will go to the Waylon Fund for Diabetes.

Doors at 9 p.m. PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan, Detroit. 313-961-4668. $10. Ages 21 and up.

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