It's unofficially CD-release weekend in Detroit. Numerous local artists are gearing up to dish out new tunes, and parties are planned at local bars to celebrate.
I'll start things off with teen rockers Shock Wave. In just a few short years, the group has managed to do what most teens only dream of, and on Friday, it celebrates the release of its self-titled debut with a headlining performance at the Emerald Theatre.
The power trio's sound falls in the hard-rock genre complete with amped-up guitars, a pounding and rock-solid rhythm section and melodic rock vocals blaring from behind the drum kit. Band members have made themselves a mainstay on the local rock circuit -- and it's not because they're a novelty. They're genuinely good.
"When I first started playing with the guys and we started playing shows, we realized we had something special," says drummer-vocalist Angelo Coppola. "We decided to make a career out of this and try as hard as we can. Try to make money, try to put something out, try to get noticed."
Along with 16-year-old Coppola, the band includes guitarist David Frankel, 15, and bassist Dylan Frankel, 17. They funded their recording using money earned doing live performances over the past year or so. "We played a lot of all-night gigs to get the money," says Coppola.
The debut disc was recorded at Loft Studios in Saline with producer Tim Patalan. It features a song cowritten by Dave Fuller of Pistol Day Parade and a guest background vocal from Taproot front man Stephen Richards.
The band is looking forward to its appearance this month at Jackson's Rockapalooza, where it will share the bill with bands like Puddle of Mudd and Saliva.
Doors for Friday's all-ages show open at 7 p.m. Opening are Panic Trigger, Dismantle and Pistol Day Parade. Emerald Theatre, 1 N. Walnut, Mt. Clemens. 586-913-1920. $10. For more: www.shockwavedetroit.com.
Other notable releases:
• Treatment Bound: "Is it Honky Punk or Punky Tonk? You decide ..." is the tagline on the group's Facebook page. The Treatment Bound sound falls in the Social Distortion and Reverend Horton Heat arenas. On Friday at Small's in Hamtramck, band members will celebrate new release "Another Round," which was recorded in a nine-hour session at Ghetto Recorders with Jim Diamond. Opening are Rickett Pass, the Boy Wonders and Jeremy Porter & the Tucos. Doors at 8 p.m. for ages 18 and older. Small's, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. 313-873-1117. $6-$10.
• Bear Lake: "Pierre on the Loose" is the new EP from indie rockers Bear Lake. A party is planned for Saturday at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. Opening the show are Lightning Love and Brae. Doors at 8 p.m. Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. 248-544-3030 $8. For more: www.bearlakemusic.net.
• Jeff Scott: The singer-songwriter's 2011 disc, "Begin Again," defined his return to the music scene after a 17-year hiatus. He'll celebrate new disc "The Long Way Home" with a party Saturday at the UDetroit Café in Detroit. Doors at 9 p.m. UDetroit Café, 1427 Randolph, Detroit. 313-962-0660. $10.
Eat to the beat: You can set your lunch to a little music in Ann Arbor with Sonic Lunch, a series of weekly outdoor concerts. The free shows kick off today with tasty blues jams from guitarist-singer Laith Al-Saadi. Music runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Liberty Plaza near the corner of Division and Liberty streets. The series continues on Thursdays through Aug. 30. (No concert July 19 during Ann Arbor's art fair.)
Season highlights include Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (June 14), Mitch Ryder (June 21), Frontier Ruckus with Chris Bathgate (July 5), Mayer Hawthorne & the County (July 26), the Macpodz with Sophistiafunk (Aug. 2) and the Ragbirds (Aug. 16).
For more: www.soniclunch.com.
Rachel May, Metromix editor, is also a member of local band the Difficulties. Send local music news to her at email@example.com