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Timeflies is having fun with new album, show

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Hitting the road this fall is a little different than it's been in the past for Timeflies.

The EDM/hip-hop duo of Tufts University classmates Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick acknowledge they put a little more thought into crafting the shows on their it's current tour, supporting their sophomore album "After Hours." "We've actually spent a lot of time rehearsing and re-worked the show, kind of changed our approach about how we want to do this," says Shapiro, 26.

Resnick, 25, adds that, "Before we just decided 'Let's pick our favorite songs, stick 'em in an order we feel good about and go out and play them. Now we've added a full-time lighting guy, a sound guy, production. So this tour we wanted to attack it from the ground up as opposed to playing songs in some random order. Now we want to take people through more of a journey through our music and make it more an experience, more of a performance."

That, of course, dovetails with the growth between "After Hours," Timeflies' national label debut which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, and its buzz-making predecessor, "The Scotch Tape," which was recorded in a poolhouse belonging to Shapiro's stepfather. As Resnick notes, "You really hear a difference in the quality of the mixing and mastering the production side in general. When you listen to our older stuff, it's not upsetting but you still say, 'Wow, I can't believe we put this stuff out without mixing it better and taking more time.

"And in terms of our writing, there's just been a lot of growth. I get nostalgic when I listen to the old stuff; I think we both do, and the fans do, too. But the difference in the excitement of the crowd as we got into the later is pretty apparent, and that's pretty exciting for us to see."

Among those helping Timeflies on "After Hours" was Birmingham Groves High School graduate Mike Posner, who teamed with the duo on the track "Amy." "He's a great writer and really interesting to write with," says Shapiro. "He calls it a blessing and a curse; he doesn't stop going, melody-wise. We'll be finishing the song, and he's like, 'What about this?' He just keeps going.

"And on the lyric side he draws from so much. He sees the world in different ways, with a lot of positivity and meditation and all that stuff. He brought a really nice vibe to what we were doing."

Timeflies, Kap Slap and Down With Webster

Friday, Oct. 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $35 at the door

Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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