A couple of months ago I stumbled into a show and fell head over heels in love with Michigander. The rawness of his set and the pure passion that radiated from him made me an instant fan so I am super excited that he will be coming back to the cities with a performance at The Icehouse on Saturday, April 21st.
Michigander, aka Jason Singer, is an indie rock act originally formed in Kalamazoo that has been gaining a lot of momentum since the release of his debut single “Nineties.” The song has been featured on official Spotify playlists including Indie All Stars, Viral Hits, and Indie 2017, accumulating nearly a million plays since its release in 2016. Although live shows and recordings consist of a full band, Michigander at its core is a solo project that has been built by Jason Singer since 2014. In April 2017, Michigander released a new single titled “Fears” and in September of the same year released a second single titled “Stolen.” Michigander’s music has been featured on NPR, Paste, NME, Huffington Post, and DIY. Michigander has also recorded sessions with Audiotree, Daytrotter, and SoFar.
In the past few years, Michigander has shared bills with acts such as Ra Ra Riot, Tokyo Police Club, Twin Peaks, and Boy & Bear. He has also played festivals alongside alt-J, Solange, Foster The People, Run The Jewels, and Two Door Cinema Club. On top of that Michigander has toured all over the country (including a trip to SXSW) and has become a staple in the midwest music scene. Michigander’s debut EP, titled “Midland” will be released on March 16th.
Kicking off the night will be local Lydia Liza. Your Friend, Lydia Liza is the new outfit of her own, on which she is joined by her friends. Members include Jessica Anderson of Enemy Planes on drums, Jimmy Osterholt of Savage Moods, Jillian Rae and Gospel Machine on bass, and Kelly Blau of Rachel Hanson and various jazz groups on electric guitar, and Evan Slack, who produces under the name SLACK also on electric guitar. The new group aims to write and record new original material together.
Tickets are still available here but keep in mind this is a very intimate venue so I wouldn’t be surprised if this show sells out.