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Flint Eastwood at the Fisher Building, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Flint Eastwood's reputation for originality -- and invention -- is well-earned.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jax Anderson, one of the principles behind the Assemble Sound collective in Detroit's Corktown, is releasing her third EP, "Broke Royalty," and offering another shift in sound. This time out she's exploring a moody, textured urban pop blend with songs contemporary pop/R&B stars like Rihanna would kill for. The melodies are sturdy, cushioned by rich, vibey atmopsherics.

To celebrate the EP's release, meanwhile, Anderson and company are playing in the lobby of the Fisher Building -- and we would caution against asking where the dancing cats are...

A recent trip to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she played multiple shows nearly ever day, Anderson got some perspective about where she fits in the larger musical world these days. "South By Southwest is a weird place to discover that, because it's so industry-centered," she says. "I will say that I didn't realize so much of the industry knew who...Flint Eastwood was. That as an eye-opening moment, 'cause being in Detroit you can feel like you're on an island. I don't know if what I'm doing is reaching the coasts, reaching Europe or all those different places. But most of our showcases were packed with people who were interested in what I'm doing, which was encouraging."

Anderson's decision to record EPs rather than longer albums at this point is solely a creative decision, she says. "I never want to release a record for the sake of releasing a full record," she explains. "I think eventually I'll have something I want to say that can cover 12 songs, but I feel like right now I can say waht I want to say in six or seven songs. I like the idea of giving peopel enough to chew on where they can really dive into all these songsa nd fully understand them rather than have a record where they just listen to the first half and then lose their attention. I like the idea of being short and sweet."

"Broke Royalty," according to Anderson, is "my statement about where I am in life," and the sonic approach represents her own diverse musical tastes. "I've always been a big fan of just good songwriting," she says. "I'll spend a week listening to hip-hop or Rihanna or listen to country music for a week. I'm just drawn to really well-written, good, timeless songs. That gives us the freedom to create any grenre we want to create. We don't let anything hold us back."

So what IS Broke Royalty? "It's centered around the idea of not letting hardship or lack of means dictate where you go in life or what you accomplishing," Anderson explains. "Losing my mom" -- the inspiration for 2015's "Small Victories" -- was a huge, huge drawback for me, but it allowed me to have a lot of open conversations with people at shows. I realized everyone is a little broken. Nobody's perfect. Everyone has the idea royalty is supposed to be pristinea nd polished and perfect. That's not reality. Everyone has issues they're dealing with, but they don't have to define you."

Anderson is happy to be stepping out to bring a concert into the lobby of the Fisher Building, amidst tony shops and near the entrance of the Fisher Theatre. "Any time I do somethign in Detroit, beccuse it's my home town, I want to do something really crazy," she explains. "I wanted to have the release show in a space that feels extremely regal but isn't so out of touch that people couldn't come. I remember being a kid and my parents would save up for months to go to the Fisher (Theatre). I saw 'Fiddler On The Roof' and 'The Nutcracker' there as a kid; It was the only time we really dressed up and saved for something. So to walk through that lobby again as an artist and adult and play that space is going to be extremely crazy."

Flint Eastwood, Tunde Olaniran, SYBLYNG and Michigander

8 p.m. Friday, April 14.

The Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

Visit thecrofoot.com for more details.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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