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AudioTree Presents Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions wsg Young Ritual

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
20 Front Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362 United States




A fast-rising name in the Grand Rapids music scene, Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions have been toting their rambling Americana-rock all around the state and the country. Fresh off a jaunt down to Austin for SXSW, the group released its third studio album, “Bottled Up Like a Neon Light.” As with projects before, the LP is full of passionate narratives that are sparked by Dropper’s weathered voice and contemplative poetry. From opener “Hey Maria,” the vivid storytelling begins, stitched together with electric guitar, pianos, bass and drums. A couple tracks later, “Ain’t Dead Yet” provides a runaway rock ’n’ roll number with screaming organ and raucous drums behind Dropper’s scrambling, wild vocal performance. One of the album’s standout songs arrives with “All Things Sing,” a tender track with a delicate melody, dancing electric piano, and lush backing vocals. Ramping things up, “American Jesus,” is a driving, Springsteen-esque tune, fit for windows down and burning down the interstate, before the album closer, “Nothing Left,” brings things back down. Like a rock ’n’ roll lullaby, the track is a slow-burn sentiment of life’s wear and tear. Perhaps the best track on the album, Dropper’s emotions are sincerely felt through every line, and the band is relaxed and grooving gently. Overall, “Bottled Up Like a Neon Light” does a wonderful job of establishing Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions’ sound and character. It’s a satisfying collection of songs that paint a broad sonic picture. Each song, instrument and note is doing just enough work to complement those surrounding it. – Ricky Olmos
It might be the most aptly named album I’ve heard. Jack Droppers’ earnest approach to “I Just Wanna Play Rock & Roll With My Friends” makes the album a joy to listen to. There’s an undeniable Springsteen influence throughout the album, on anthemic tracks such as “While We’re Still Young” and “Pigeon Hill.” But energetic performances and a DIY sensibility put Droppers and company in a class of their own. Just hear the dynamic range on “Tiny Paper Cups,” which shifts between loud garage rock choruses and melodic verses backed by a soft organ. And with contemplative and evocative lyrics about adventure, protest and growing up, each song is a story. At the top of the album, Droppers kindly introduces himself, and what follows certainly are his best intentions. – Devin Anderson




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Twitter – @jdroppersmusic



Date: February 21
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $13


Venue Name: 20 Front Street
Address: 20 Front Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362 United States

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Organizer Name: 20 Front Street


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