A fun. night in Detroit

The puns are endless, making me wonder if artists like Live and The Band would have chosen their names in a post-Google society. If they knew and utilized what we do now, technologically, would they choose something a little further outside the Merriam Webster lines? Or would they just add some subtle formatting and punctuation to their names like current worldwide sensations (and 21st-century answer to "Who's On First"), fun.?

I recently took my 15-year-old sister, Keri, to see fun. in Detroit. It was her first concert, and we both loved it. In fact, she came into the historic Fillmore Detroit knowing just the group's two biggest hits ("We are Young" and "Some Nights"), and left saying that fun. was now her favorite band. It was a thrill for me to experience her first "post concert high" with her, one that I know so well.

After we saw fun. in Detroit, the band (not The Band) went on to win Best New Artist and Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. And when you search for "fun" on Google now, the first result is the artist. Yep, they beat Google; how fun (yeah, I totally went there). 

Check out all my photos of the concert here.

fun. Setlist The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI, USA 2013, Out in Your Town Tour

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals "beastly" in Royal Oak

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals is quite possibly the best current rock band that nine out of 10 of my friends have never heard of. Seeing them live for the second time recently, I was struck by just how fantastic this group is as well as how underrated they continue to be. Currently touring in support of their album, "The Lion The Beast The Beat" (my pick for the best new album of 2012), GPN took the stage at their recent show in Royal Oak, Michigan to the infamous sound from MGM Studios' production logo. (Rawr.)

From "roaring" to wailing to animalistic jamming, GPN dug its teeth into each song, gloriously ripping the audience's heart out and leaving it breathless yet sated.

All of my photos are here.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Setlist Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI, USA, Winter Roar Tour 2013

It also must be noted that Langhorne Slim & the Law was the opening act for the show and a perfect example of why concert goers can really benefit by showing up early. I had never heard of the group (though I recognized their song "Worries" from a Travelers Insurance commercial and would soon hear their song "The Way We Move" in a Windows 8 commercial). But I was quickly, and massively, impressed by the band's non-stop energy and brilliant intensity. I'm calling it now: they're the next big thing.