Thursday, September 22, 2011

Brian McCollum's big gigs: Motion City Soundtrack, Chromeo

From left, Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson bring their Musical Ride Tour to Pontiac on Monday.
From left, Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson bring their Musical Ride Tour to Pontiac on Monday. / Jiro Schneider


Motion City Soundtrack

The Minneapolis quintet serves up a treat for the diehard fans with this two-night stand, which will feature performances of the band's four albums in their entirety -- two each night. Detroit is the tour's final night for MCS, which is literally an indie rock band at the moment. Now out of its Columbia Records deal, the band will be shopping its new record to labels for an early 2012 release. 7 p.m., St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. 313-961-6358. $25. Story, Page 10.

Jackson Browne

It's just Browne, a guitar and a prodigious repertoire of smart, sensitive songs from a four-decade hall of fame career. His Solo Acoustic Tour brought him to Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor for a pair of concerts in April; this time it's East Lansing in a show that will back such causes as Don't Waste Michigan and the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes. 8 p.m., Wharton Center, Michigan State University campus, East Lansing. 517-353-1982. $27-$77. (Browne will also play Interlochen on Friday: 7:30 p.m., Interlochen Center for the Arts. 800-681-5920. $33.50-$50.50.)

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound

Hosts CeCe Winans and Donald Lawrence are joined by judge Marvin Sapp as this nine-city contest rolls on, with gospel choirs competing for the national crown. The Michigan groups Family of Faith Community Choir, Apostolic Church Sanctuary Choir and Wings of Love Voices of Praise are among those vying for the regional win and a spot in the L.A. finals, to be scheduled for a date in November. 7:30 p.m. Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center, Detroit. 313-396-7000. $10, $15.


The boy-band-all-grown-up steers its Musical Ride Tour to Pontiac, giving fans the chance to shape the night's set. One of these albums will be played in its entirety: "Middle of Nowhere," "This Time Around" or "Underneath." You can cast your vote at Singer-songwriter Meiko opens. 7 p.m., the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. 248-858-9333. $30.


Lush electrofunk grooves and a dose of '80s escapism from a smart Montreal duo that's as apt to cite French lit as Hall & Oates. Opening is Mayer Hawthorne, the Ann Arbor native who has earned his stripes summoning the sounds of vintage soul, performing with his band the County. 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre, 4120 Woodward, Detroit. 313-833-9700. $25.


The original Fuel was a staple of rock radio for a decade, churning out full-throated post-grunge fare such as "Shimmer" and "Innocent." Vocalist Brett Scallions has toured with assorted names and players since the band fractured five years ago, reemerging under the Fuel banner last year. 7 p.m., Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut, Mt. Clemens. 586-913-1920. $15.

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