The Middle East are currently opening for Mumford & Sons across the country, but tonight (June 5) they headline a show at the wonderful Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, California. FYM will not recommend too many trips to Orange County, but when we do, Detroit Bar will usually be the destination. It's oddly located in the corner of a strip mall between a Mexican grocery store and a donut shop, but once you enter, you'll think you're right in the middle of Silver Lake or San Francisco. Its top notch slick atmosphere supports the excellent quality of bands that are often booked at the venue.

Before going on tour with Mumford & Sons, headliners The Middle East opened several shows for Pavement. They perform hushed yet exquisitely vibrant folk rock that sounds so very American, you'll be convinced the members of the band never left their hometown somewhere in small town Kentucky or Ohio or Tennessee before touring, and then you'll be shocked to find out they are actually from Queensland, Australia. For fans of Bon Iver and Arcade Fire.

Call them Australian Americana, if you will.

Here's the video for "Blood", one of the highlights of their album, The Recordings of the Middle East:

Tickets are $8 advance or $10 at the door.

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