Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Win Tickets to See Ultimate Painting at El Club

Ultimate Painting just released their third album Dusk via Trouble In Mind Records. The London based duo, Jack Cooper and James Hoare, recently headed over the pond to tour the U.S. in support of this new release. This Saturday, December 3rd they will be making their way to the stage at El Club in Detroit. Get a feel for the new album and what you can expect at El Club by listening to their song "Bills" off the new album below.



Joining Ultimate Painting at El Club this weekend are Detroit's own Moonwalks as well as EZTV and Meshes. Tickets to see this great lineup are only $12 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win tickets, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #UltimatePainting in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

The bar will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday and the show will start at 8 p.m. As always, all ages are welcome at El Club. 


~C 

Win Tickets to See Country Music Star Josh Thompson at El Club

This Friday night El Club is going country! Show Dog Universal recording artist Josh Thompson will be hitting the stage there this Friday, December 2nd. The Wisconsin raised musician has opened for big names like Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley, so seeing him at an intimate venue like El Club will be quite the treat for fans. Check out Josh's music video for his hit song "Cold Beer With Your Name On It" below. 


If you would like to see Josh Thompson live, you can pick your tickets up for just $25 a piece here. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #country in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.  

Friday's show is set to start at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend. El Club is located in Southwest Detroit at 4114 Vernor Highway. For more info on this event, click here.


~C 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Apply to Play DET X DET 7

DET X DET is returning to Metro Detroit for the seventh time on April 22, 2017. The "small" music gathering has grown into a large, well known local festival that we have had the honor of MC-ing the last few years. Every year the lineup gets more interesting and we discover a new band or artist to fall in love with. Over the years we have seen some of Detroit's best past and present cover some of Detroit's best past and present. I always look forward to seeing the official lineup announcement because there is a mix of bands that I really love and bands that I've never heard of playing bands I really love and bands I have never heard of. Plus, proceeds form the whole event go to the School of Rock to raise funds to raise future musicians to play future DET X DET shows, so the whole event is sort of circular and fabulous at the same time.

If you are part of a really cool band and you would like to apply to cover another band you can visit the new Detroit by Detroit website and turn in an application. They are accepting apps through December 31st, so you have a second to think about it. But, once you have given it some thought, take a chance and apply. We would love to see some new bands on this year's roster, and we would love to see some of our favorite artists do some solid covers! Either way, it will be fun and some money will once again be raised for a great cause.

Good luck! We hope to be introducing your band at the April 22nd show!


~S

Win Tickets to See Twin Peaks

Chicago based rockers Twin Peaks are currently on tour in support of their latest album Down in Heaven. It's the third studio album by the band, which is a feat considering they didn't release their first full length album until 2013. To hear some of the tracks from the album click here.

If you like what you hear, head up to El Club this Thursday, December 1st to see the band play live wsg together PANGEA and Golden Daze. Tickets to attend the show are $9 in advance and $15 the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #twinpeaks.We will draw one lucky person early on Thursday and will email them details on how to claim their prize.


~S

Someone's Going to Get the Golden Ticket

Live Nation is running a very special Golden Ticket holiday giveaway! They are offering everyone the chance to win a pair of tickets to every show at Saint Andrew's and The Shelter that takes place in 2017. That's every punk, metal, EDM, disco, throwback, hip hop, jazz, country, pop, goth, and rock show that comes through the doors of one of Detroit's historic venues throughout the entire year. You can see a list of all the fun things they already have planned for 2017 here and you can enter to be the lucky golden ticket winner here.

They will be accepting entries through December 12th at 6 p.m. So make sure to tell your friends and to ensure that someone in your crew has passes to get you in to anything you want in 2017!


~S

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Win Tickets to We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists are currently out on tour in support of their 6th studio album Helter Seltzer, which was released this past April. The band recently released a music video for the track "In My Head", you can check that out below:


The band will be making a stop in Detroit to play El Club this Wednesday, November 30th. The band will be playing alongside one of our favorite Detroit duos, Tart. So it will be a solid show from start to finish. Tickets to get in are $15 in advance and $17 at the door the day of the show. All ages are welcome to attend the show and this one starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

We have one pair of tickets to give away to this show courtesy of the bad ass booking agency Party Store Productions, the brains behind the night. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #scientists. We will draw one lucky person this Wednesday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for FREE!

~S

It's Time for the 11th Annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Detroit oldest indie craft fair will be returning to the city for the 11th year in a row. The Detroit Urban Craft Fair will take over The Detroit Masonic Temple for three days to help you knock out some serious holiday shopping. This craft fair is hard to get into and thousands of vendors apply to be one of the hundred people who gets to showcase their DIY wares to the over 10,000 people that will come through the fair's doors. It is my favorite place to to try to knock out all of my holiday shopping every year. There is always something new and unique and it's easy to find something special for everyone on my list.

This year's fair kicks off Friday December 2nd at 6 p.m. Opening night is $10 a person and a portion of the proceeds are donated to Living Arts, a nonprofit that offers art education to youth in Southwest Detroit. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is only a $1 a person for people 12 and up. Delectabowl will be serving up food throughout the weekend and DJ Dave Lawson will be spinning some jamz for you to enjoy while you shop. The fair is open from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. The first 50 shoppers on Saturday will receive a free tote bag with goodies. So if your going on Saturday try to make it out there early!


~S

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Win Tickets to Party at New Dodge Lounge Saturday Night

If you have $8 you're looking to spend, the New Dodge has a great show for you this weekend! This Saturday, November 26th head there to catch those want-to-be Yoopers in Remnose along with Old Empire, The End Electric and The Village Bicycle from Cleveland. This is a great lineup and a great way to top off your holiday weekend!

Doors for Saturday's show are set to open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. and 21+ are welcome to attend. As we mentioned, admission is only $8, but if you don't have $8 to spend, you're in luck. We are also giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #NewDodge in the subject line. We will draw 2 lucky winners on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Good luck!


~C


Catch Cabin 7 at The Sanctuary this Weekend

If you're feeling "horny" make sure you head to The Sanctuary this Saturday night. Ferndale based ska band Cabin 7 will be hitting the stage there along with some other bands with horns. The lineup for the night includes Cabin 7, The Butts, The Sailor Kicks and Grey Matter.

Appropriately named, Cabin 7 is a ska/punk band made up of 7 guys. The band includes brothers Gavin and Ross Langley (Guitarists), Sean Moorey (Bass/Vocals), Chris Pecorelli (Drums). Galen Downing (Trombone), Ryan Cogswell (Saxaphone), and Leonardo Sweeney (Trumpet). They've been playing shows since about 2014 and recently released a new single. Check it out below.


Admission to Saturday's show is only $7 and all ages are welcome to attend. We are also getting one person into this show with a friend for free! If you would like to enter to win, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #7 in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

The Sanctuary is located at 1501 E. Outer Drive in Detroit. For more info on this show, click here.


~C 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Win Tickets to See Animals As Leaders at The Crofoot this Saturday

Prog metal rockers Animals As Leaders are currently on tour in support of their latest album The Madness of Many. The band set out to make America shred again and gave us so many time signature changes on this album that your mind might explode. In fact, if you catch them playing live at The Crofoot this Saturday, November 26th your head might actually explode. It is intense to watch three people produce songs like this:


The boys will be playing alongside Intervals and Plini in the ballroom. Tickets to get in the door are $20 in advance and $24 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets here. Or, you can email hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #crofoot to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show. We highly recommended checking this band out live and in person, their live show is something to be seen and not just heard!


~S

24 Hour Giveaway: All Good Records Family Affair

This Wednesday, November 23rd All Good Records is hosting the next edition of Family Affair at El Club in Detroit. The Detroit based record label features artists like GRiZSunSquabiRuss LiquidThe Geek x VRVMuzzy BearrManic FocusThe Floozies and Freddy Todd. Every Family Affair gathering is different, you never know who will take the stage and perform, but you know that you will have a great time watching.

It's $20 to get in the door and 21 and over are welcome to attend.  You can purchase your advance tickets here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions, one of the hippest booking companies in town. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #elclub. We will draw one lucky winner in the morning and they will get into one of the coolest parties is town on the biggest bar night of the year for FREE.


~S

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Next Stop: Zander Michigan 48018

This Saturday Zander Michigan wants to take you into a whole new world. He has created his own slice of heaven called Zander Michigan 48018 and he wants to share it with you! You see, you cannot find 48018 on any map, you can only get there by heading out to a show and seeing Zander perform live.

The folk artist will be making a rare appearance with a full band at The Loving Touch this Saturday November 26th to release his latest full length album. He has invited The Gasoline Gypsies, The Messenger Birds and Anthony Retka's Big Parade to open the show and he has asked Hip In Detroit to host the show. This will be the first time that you can buy a copy of the new album and he will be selling special shirts to commemorate the night. It will be a night to remember and it's definitely not something you want to miss!

Zander is the kind of guy that always tries to include everyone, so he has invited Cave Radio to broadcast live from the event. So, if for some reason you can't make it out this Saturday, tune into Cave Radio, close your eyes, and transport your self to 48018 with the rest of us.
We had a chance to catch up with Zander himself before the show. Check out our interview with the man in the hat, then head up to The Loving Touch this Saturday, November 26th at 8 p.m. to celebrate with us. Tickets to get in are $10 and they can be purchased here. See you Saturday! 


~S

Win Tickets to the Valley Hush Record Release Party this Friday

Valley Hush is one of the first bands to release an album that was conceived and recorded within the walls of Detroit's own Assemble Sound. Their latest self titled full length is composed of eleven wonderful tracks that take you on a journey into the minds of Alex Kaye and Lianna Vanicelli, two of Detroit's most talented residents. If you haven't heard the album yet, you must check it out and fall in love with it like we did after the listening party we attended at Assemble Sound last month. The music moves you both mentally and physically and believe me when I say it will make you want to dance. So far everything that has come out of the church has been gold and this latest album glitters.
The duo will be hosting an official album release party at El Club this Friday, November 25th. They have invited James Linck and Humons to perform live sets to open the night and Nothing Elegant to DJ. New Belgium is the drink sponsor for the event and Blumz by JRDesign will be transforming the stage over to create a magical experience for everyone that attends. You can purchase tickets at the door or you can enter to win a pair of tickets from Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win a pair please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #hush. We will be drawing one lucky person who will be able to bring a friend and dance the night away!



~S

Friday, November 18, 2016

Win Tickets to See True Widow at El Club

True Widow is wrapping up their fall tour, but first they are making a stop in Detroit this weekend. The band recently released a new album, Avvolgere, on Relapse Records. The album is available on Vinyl, CD and as a digital download. You can get your copy here. The band also recently released a new music video for the song "F.W.T.S: L.T.M." off this album. Give it a play below.


True Widow will be playing in Detroit this Sunday, November 20th at El Club. Joining them on the bill are Mary Lattimore and Sweat. Tickets for this show are only $12 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #TrueWidow in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

The show is set to start at 8 p.m. on Sunday and all ages are welcome.


~C

Detroit Gets Lit for the Holidays

It may not feel like it, but Christmas is almost here! Tonight, downtown Detroit will be full of Christmas cheer. This Friday night the 13th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Campus Martius, right in the heart of Downtown Detroit. The event will feature ice skating, horse drawn carriage rides, free hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls, Santa, and live music, including a performance by Aaron Neville! Check out the full schedule of events below:
The fun is all set to start at 5 p.m. and ice skating and some events will go until Midnight. Campus Martius park is located at 800 Wodward Ave. in Detroit. For more info on this event and the park head to CampusMartiusPark.org.


~C

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Win Tickets to an Awesome Show at PJ's Lager House this Saturday

This Saturday $5 will get you in to see 4 great bands at PJ's Lager House. The always amazing trio Bronze Mambas will be hitting the stage along with Cabin 7, Blakdog and Electric Honey. This show definitely has something for everyone, with psych rock, indie rock, and even some ska!

Although $5 is a low low price for this great of a rock show, we are helping some of you out and getting you in for free. We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter for a chance to get into this show with a friend for free, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #lagerhouse in the subject line. We will draw 2 lucky winners on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prizes.

Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. for this show and 18+ are welcome to attend.


~C

Win Tickets to See Awesome Jarvis & The Whales

Well, you may remember that Awesome Jarvis & The Whales called it quits a couple of years ago. Since then, they have reunited for two special shows, but this Friday the band is coming back for good! Awesome Jarvis & The Whales has decided that they're not quitters! They are coming back, writing new music, and releasing a new album in 2017.

The are kicking off this revival with a great show at New Way Bar on Friday night. Joining them for the evening are The Idiot Kids and Drunk Dom. Admission to see this awesome lineup is only $5 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m.

If you'd rather save that $5 for a drink, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show! We are giving away two pairs of tickets to this show, so two people can get in the door with a friend for free. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #awesome in the subject line. We will draw 2 lucky winners on Friday morning and will email the winners details on how to claim their prizes.

Good luck!

~ C

Win Tickets to See The Goddamn Gallows at The Loving Touch

This Friday night The Goddamn Gallows will be making their way back to Michigan to play at The Loving Touch. This is one of the last date on their fall tour with Gallows Bound. Over the year's this band has become known not only for their "gutterbilly" sound, but also for putting on one hell of a show. Check out this video of them playing live in Nashville below.


If you would like to see The Goddamn Gallows live this Friday night, you can pick up your ticket for just $13 here. Also on the bill for the evening are their tour mates Gallows Bound and Detroit's own Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana. Doors for this show are set to open at 8 p.m. 

Thanks to the always amazing Black Iris Booking we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win these tickets, send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #gallows in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get to attend this show with a friend for free! 


~C

Emarosa Hits the Stage at The Loving Touch this Weekend

There aren't many bands that can survive a vocalist change and even of they survive the change, there are very few who are ever considered as good as they were before the change. But, Emarosa are one of the first bands to prove that idea wrong. In 2014 they invited former Detroit local Bradly Walden on board to sing for the band after a negative break up with their former vocalist. Since then, they have recorded two albums the second of which is an album called 131, an album that many people are calling the band's best work yet.

The boys will be performing their newest tunes live when Bradley returns to Detroit to play The Loving Touch with the band this Sunday, November 20th. They will be playing alongside Anarbor, Cold Collective, LILAC • LUNGS, and Shapes & Colors. Tickets to attend the show are $25 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of the bad ass booking boys over at Fusion Shows. To enter to win a pair of passes to Sunday's show, email your full name into hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #emarosa. We will draw one lucky person on Sunday morning and they will get a pair of passes to get in with a friend for free.


~S

JMSN has Back to Back Detroit Performances this Friday

JMSN is out touring in celebration of his latest album It Is released this past May on White Room Records. The Detroit born artist currently resides in LA, so it's exciting when he comes back home to
perform. This visit he will be playing two very special shows in Detroit. First, he will be playing a special short acoustic set at 1301 Broadway during the Detroit Tree Lighting. This short set is free to watch and all ages are welcome to come out.
Then, he will be performing a full live set alongside Headphone ActivistCrate Digga, and Grant Jackson at The Magic Stick later that night.
Tickets to get into the Magic Stick to see the show are $10, you can purchase an advance ticket to the show here. You can also email hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject #JMSN to enter to win a pair of passes to get into the show for free. The Magic Stick has always been and will always been one of the best venues in the City of Detroit, so it's great to catch a lineup like this on that stage. Doors for this Friday's show will open at 9:30 p.m. and 18+ are welcome to come out and play.


~S

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Win Tickets to See Trap Them at El Club

Just over a month ago, Trap Them released a new album entitled Crown Feral. Now the band is on tour in support of this album. They are currently making their way up the East Coast and into the Midwest, and they are making a stop in Detroit this Wednesday, November 16th.

Trap them will be hitting the stage at El Club this week along with their tour mates Yautja and Detroit's own Dead Church and Sunlight's Bane. Tickets for this show are only $10 in advance, you can pick yours up here. The day of the show, the price will go up to $15. So, either buy your tickets in advance or enter to win a pair from us!

Thanks to our friends at Black Iris Booking we are giving away one pair of tickets to one lucky winner. If you would like to enter these tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #TrapThem in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and the show will open at 8 p.m. As always, all ages are welcome at El Club.


~C

Win Tickets to See Purling Hiss

Life has been a little too crazy lately. Sometimes, the best way to let loose and forget about shit is to throw yourself into some live music. What better music to throw yourself into than some noise rock?


Purling Hiss is playing El Club this Saturday alongside K9 Sniffies and The Sueves. Everyone can relate to shitty pop, but only some of us understand the true beauty of music that makes you feel a little uncomfortable. Saturday is a chance to step outside of your comfort zone and do something different for once.

Tickets to get into the show are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. You can purchase your pre-sale tickets here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions by emailing your full name into hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #hiss. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will email them details on how to claim their prize. Don't forget, El Club is always all ages and doors for this one open at 8 p.m. If you show up hungry, grab a pizza while you're there, they are pretty good! 


~S

Monday, November 14, 2016

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas Kick Off the Holiday Season with Back to Back Shows at El Club

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are what we in the music business call "road warriors". They spend most of the year traveling around the world playing live shows and large festivals. Then, once a year they triumphantly return to Detroit to play a homecoming show, sometime during the holiday season. This year the band is right in the middle of writing and recording their next full length album which will be out next year. But, they will taking a break to play back to back shows at El Club, Detroit's newest rock club located right in the heart of none other than Mexican Town Detroit, a place where Jessica herself has some pretty deep roots.

We reached out to Jessica and met her on a beautiful fall day to talk to her about her career, the shows, and the band's upcoming album. Check out what the recently married feisty little feminist had to say and then come out to see her perform live this Thursday and Friday at El Club. She has promised us that both nights she will be playing completely different sets, so if you love her as much as we do, there really is no reason not to come out for both shows. Empty House will be opening the show on Thursday night and The Messenger Birds will open on Friday.


Tickets to get into each of the shows are $15 and they can be purchased in advance here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Black Iris Booking. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to Thursday or Friday night, please email hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #thursday or #friday. We will draw one lucky winner each day and will email that person details on how to claim their prize.


~S

24 Hour Giveaway: Metro Station at The Pike Room

Get ready to "shake it" this Tuesday night when Metro Station hits the stage at The Pike Room in Pontiac. The band, now turned duo, is best known for their hit "Shake It". The album featuring that song was released back in '07 and the band released their latest album Savior last year. We guarantee that both albums will get you dancin'. Check out the title track off Savior below, and then give "Shake It" a listen, just because.



Tickets to Tuesday's show are only $17 and can be purchased in advance here. The day of the show they will go up to $20. Thanks to our friends at The Crofoot we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win these tickets, please send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Metro Station in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner tomorrow morning and will email them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Palaye Royale and The Strive will open the show. All ages are welcome to attend this show. The Pike Room is located above The Crofoot in Pontiac at 1 S. Saginaw Street.


~C

Get Hip with the Handgrenades on Our Podcast this Sunday

Flier created by the uber talented Monster Free Design
A few months ago M-1 Studios gave hipindetroit.com the opportunity to start a monthly podcast where can talk about all the people, places, and things we love. This Sunday, November 20th we have invited our friends the Handgrenades into the studio to chat about their latest album Tunnels, their album release party, and their upcoming tour. We will go live with the boys this Sunday at 6 p.m. 

If you would like to listen live, log onto PodcastDetroit.com. The show will run from 6 p.m. - 7:30. If you miss you the live broadcast follow us on Facebook, we will share the links to the show as soon as they are posted! 


~S

Friday, November 11, 2016

Head to Cellarmen's for a Great Show and Great Cause this Saturday

This Saturday night head to Cellarmen's for a great cause. A couple in our music community needs some help and a bunch of great bands and great people are coming together to provide support. Janel Boyink has been battling cancer for months now. She's kicking its ass, but as if cancer isn't already tough enough, a lot of bills come along with it. So, six awesome bands are coming together at Cellarmen's to raise money to help Janel and her husband Scott out.

The lineup for Saturday night includes The Amino Acids, Bill BondsmenThe Jollys, Tribes CollideUnidentified Drunken Injury and Steve Harvey Oswald. They are asking for a $10 suggested donation at the door, which will get you into the show and will also get you a raffle ticket. There are a ton of awesome prizes that will be raffled off at Midnight, and of course Scott will have Hype Ignition there slinging shirts all night.

Cellarmen's is already an awesome place with amazing beers! Add in a great show for a great cause, and this seems like a no brainer! Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Saturday with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. For more info on this show, click here.

~C

Echo Fest 2016 Takes Over the Magic Stick this Weekend

This Saturday night Echo Fest will once again bring together some of the best psych rock, experimental and stoner rock bands around. This time around the fest put on by Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor will be bigger and better than before. They're moving venues, making the newly re-opened Magic Stick their new home, and they have packed the lineup with some amazing acts. This year the bill includes Nik Turner's Hawkwind, 3FT, Mountains and Rainbows, Outrageous Cherry, Holy Wave, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, HederslebenThe Deadly Vipers, Rogue Satellites, UUBBUURRUU, , Nest Egg and Wolf Eyes. If that's not a stacked enough lineup for you, you can head out on Friday night for the pre-party at the Garden Bowl which will feature Dead Leaf Echo, Warhorses and Diagonal


Before the big show this weekend, we wanted to catch up with the guys in Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor. Check out what they had to say in this interview below and get the inside scoop on this year's Echo Fest. 

HID- How did you guys come up with Echo Fest? Why did you decide to start putting on this annual event?
Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor- "The original idea around the first Echo Fest was to bring together a handful of like-minded bands in the city. There were not that many "like-minded" bands around at that time and we werent really collaborating with each other. Echo Fest was a great excuse to get all those bands together in one room. As Sisters started touring more we saw strong scenes with Austin sort of being the gathering point of psychedelic rock movement which all sort of started around Austin Psych Fest. We imagined Echo Fest to a be a gathering point for the beginning of a more organized scene in the Midwest. It has taken seven years but now we have bands traveling from as far as Germany, France, Montreal, Austin, and all over the Midwest to play Echo fest. Echo Fest isn't just a place to see great music it is also a place for bands to meet each other and setup future gigs."

HID- Tell us about the bands. How did you choose who was going to be on this year's lineup?SYSV- "Every year has been great but this is our strongest lineup to date. Got word that Nik Turner's Hawkwind was going to be touring so we sent him an offer and sort of built the festival lineup from there. The rest of this year's lineup is a mixture of Echo Fest Veterans and first timers. We really wanted to keep everything fresh while also reminding people what bands have stuck with us to make Echo Fest fun every year."

HID- Who are you looking forward to seeing the most at this year's fest?
SYSV- "Obviously, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Wolfeyes, and Timmy's Organism are going to be great. I think people will be blown away by Nest Egg from Ashville NC. We toured together at the beginning of the year and they slayed every night. Plus they have never played in Detroit before so everyone is in for a treat."

HID- This year you guys are putting this show on at The Magic Stick. Why did you decide to move there from The Loving Touch?
SYSV- "Got word of the Magic Stick re-opening and the timing was perfect. The loving touch has been great but we were looking to expand and the Magic Stick presented us with the perfect opportunity. We were really struggling with how to grow the festival while keeping it at the Loving Touch considering we were already pushing their available capacity. We just wouldn't have been able to keep the festival cheap if we kept it at the Loving Touch. The Magic Stick has been awesome to work with and have bent over backward to ensure that it will be a fantastic night."

HID- You mentioned that this show will feature fuzzed out guitars and "so much delay that time travel might just be possible". Do you think time travel actually is possible? Have you ever traveled through time?
SYSV- "Time travel is possible, even in the science fiction sense of the word. This is of course ignoring the rather pedantic discussion of aging that is the common snark given for such a question. It is very possible to speed up and slow down the forward movement of time with the manipulation of gravity. This concept is refereed to as Gravitational time dilation, which was originally predicted in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.

Can we create so much sonic delay that we actually hinder or boost gravitational waves?"

HID- Last year you had a crazy 3D show that added to the whole experience. Will there be anything like that this year? Will attendees get any sort of souvenir this time around since they got 3D glasses last year?
SYSV- "Back to rock n roll. Wayne Woodward will be performing live projections and curating lighting for the evening. Armageddon Beach Party will setting up shop to sell their tripped out artwork along with live painting. It's going to be a really fun night, but our main goal was to put the focus on how damn good all these bands are."

HID- Alright, so here's your last chance to convince people. Give us 3 reasons everyone should head to Echo Fest this weekend!

15 incredible bands for 20 bucks
Nik Turner's Hawkwind
Fuck the government.

HID- Anything else you would like our readers to know?
SYSV- "Sisters have been working on a new record which we will start recording at the end of 2016. We will debuting a few new songs at Echo Fest this year. We are really excited and we honestly believe that this some of the best stuff we have ever written."


Tickets for Echo Fest are $20 in advance and can be purchased here. You can also pick tickets up in person at UHF in Royal Oak or at The Garden Bowl. Why not go to the FREE Pre-Party Friday night and pick your tickets up while you're there? Doors for Echo Fest are set to open at 5 p.m. on Saturday with bands starting at 6 p.m. For more info on this event and to stay in the loop the day of the show, make sure you give Echo Fest a like on Facebook here.


~C  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Attention Detroit! Red Bull House of Art Opening This Friday!

I really look forward to Red Bull House of Art gallery openings. There is always something cool to check out, lots of fun people to talk to, and something good to drink. This Friday the house will be opening its latest gallery featuring three different resident artists that have spent the last few months curating a show for all of us to enjoy. This opening will feature work from Beau Stanton, Lala Abaddon and Coby Kennedy. The Gallery opening runs from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. this Friday and The Red Bull House of Art is located at 1551 Winder Street.


~SR

Win Tickets to See Uniform at El Club

This Sunday Uniform will be making a stop in Detroit to play at El Club in Southwest. The Brooklyn based duo recently released a new album Ghosthouse on Sacred Bones Records. Now they are out on tour in support of that album and making their way up the East Coast, with a couple of Mid-West stops too. Give the new album a listen for yourself below.


If you like what you hear, make sure that you make your way to El Club this Sunday, November 13th where Uniform will be playing alongside HSY from Toronto, Detroit's own Marital Vows and the Something Cold DJs. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance here or $12 at the door. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win, please send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #uniform in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. 

Doors are set to open early at 5 p.m. on Sunday with the show kicking off at 8. As always, all ages are welcome at El Club.


~C 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Win Tickets to See Shady Groves & Friends at PJ's Lager House

This Saturday head to PJ's Lager House for an awesome show featuring bands from both near and far. The lineup for the evening includes Detroit's own Shady Groves and Mango Lane as well as Dear Tracks from Grand Rapids and Hypoluxo from Brooklyn. Shady Groves recently released their debut album Bitzer that you can listen to here, you can bet they will be playing some of these new songs at the show. Hypoluxo also just released a new album that you can listen to here. And we highly suggest that you check out Mango Lane's new song "Elaborate" below.


Admission to this awesome show is only $5 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. We are also giving away a couple of pairs of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #shady in the subject line. We will draw 2 lucky winners on Saturday morning and they will each get a chance to attend the show with a friend for free! 


~C


Win Tickets to See Balance & Composure at St. Andrew's Hall

This Friday, November 11th Balance & Composure will be making their way to Detroit. The band recently released a new album entitled Light We Made on Vagrant Records. It has been almost 3 years since the band released a new album, this being their third studio release. You can pick it up on vinyl or CD here or get a feel for the album by checking out the music video for "Postcard" below.


Balance & Composure will be hitting the stage at St. Andrew's Hall this Friday night. Joining them for the evening are Foxing and Mercury Girls. Tickets for the show are only $15 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to our friends at Live Nation Detroit we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, please send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with B&C in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will email them details on how to claim their prize. 

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open early, at 6 p.m. 


~C

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Little Chat with Dalek ( + Giveaway)

This November hip hop artist Dalek is out on tour with heavy metal band Candiria. It's an interesting lineup that only Black Iris Booking could bring to town. The boys will be playing the newly reclaimed Magic Stick this Thursday, November 10th.

We had a chance to ask Dalek a few questions get to know the man behind the microphone a little better. Give the man's music a listen here and check out what he has to say. If you like what you hear, come out and see him him perform alongside Candria this Thursday.

HID- Do you have a ritual before you hit the stage? If so what is it?
Dalek- "We speak to the bartender and walk to the stage holding beers and/or whiskey, and waters."

HID- Favorite holiday and why?
D- "Groundhog's Day, because Bill Murray."

HID- Drink of choice?
D- "Non alcoholic: Seltzer or Cafe con Leche
Alcoholic: Oban whiskey, or Old English 800 in a glass bottle, fuck the plastic."

HID- Favorite place to visit in the US?
D- "New Orleans"

HID- Do you write your verse or your beats first? Why?
D- "Lately we write the music first. Generally speaking, it's the music which inspires the feel of the song and sparks the lyrics."

HID- Go to fast food stop n the road?
D- "We don't really fuck with fast food honestly. We tend to seek out local spots for food. Life is too short to eat wack shit. We definitely grab some Lafayette Coneys every time we are in Detroit."

HID- What are you most looking forward to on the UK tour?
D- "All of it really, the U.K. Has always treated us well, but this time around I guess playing Glasgow and Dublin because we haven't been to Scotland or Ireland in a minute."

HID- Give us one good reason that we need to see you perform live?
D- "Because if you don't, I will find you."

Tickets to get into the show are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Black Iris Booking. To enter to win a pair of tickets to the show please email hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #dalek. We will draw one lucky winner this Thursday and we will email that winner details on how to claim their prize. 



~S

Win Tickets to See Jeff Rosenstock

This Thursday, November10th Party Store Productions is bringing punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock to the stage at El Club. The musical vet started his career with the The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, was part of the collective Bomb the Music Industry! and played with the indie rock band Kudrow before kicking off his solo career in 2012. This past October he released his latest album Worry and he is currently on tour in support of the album. He will be playing alongside Hard Girls and Katie Ellen this Thursday and tickets to get into the show are $13-$15 in advance. They can be purchased here.

We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of PSP. If you would like to enter to win a pair of passes to attend the show with a friend, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #jeff. We will draw one lucky person the morning of the show and we will email them details on how to claim their tickets!



~S

Win Tickets to See His Name Is Alive at El Club

This Friday, November 11th His Name is Alive will release their latest album. The Michigan based artists will be celebrating the release of their latest album Patterns of Light at El Club this Friday. You can pre-order the new music and check out a few tracks here.
The band has also invited Paint Thinner to come out and open the show. If you would like to attend, advance tickets are $8 and are available here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #alive. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday and they will get into the show with a friend for free!

~S

Monday, November 7, 2016

Haute To Death Releasing New Book Featuring Nine Years Of Detroit Nightlife

Haute to Death recently celebrated their 9th birthday. Over the last decade Ash and Jon have been been creating one of a kind nights and Jon has been capturing them on film. They have in essence been influencing and documenting the last 10 years of fashion and night life in Detroit and they are ready to share what they have created with the world.

 The duo has taken those photos and turned them into a new 44 page book called Anthem: Haute to Death. They will be releasing the book at the Smplfd Flagship Store this Friday, November 11th. Pre-sale copies are already up for sale for $25 on their website, you can order your advance copy here. Or, you can come out this Friday to enjoy some beer, snacks and music while picking up a copy of the new book!


~S

Everything You Need to Know to Vote This Tuesday

This Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day. Our country will be visiting the polls to vote for a variety of positions, including who will become the next President of the United States of America. So, here is everything you need to know to fulfill your civic duty this Tuesday.

First of all, you must be registered to vote this Tuesday, to make sure that you are eligible to vote. Verify your status here. Once you have verified that you can vote you need to find out where you have to go to vote, to find out where to vote click here. Once you have established where to go, you need to figure out what time you will be going. The polls will officially be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. tomorrow. Set your alarm to wake up early or make sure that you can leave work a little early to ensure that you have enough time to cast your vote. Michigan is one of the only states in the country that does not have early voting (do not confuse this with absentee voting which we do have), so the lines can be long at certain times in different areas.
Once you have figured out when and where to vote, you need to make sure you know what you are voting for. You can view your local ballot here. Once you find out what is on the ballot make sure you do a little research and figure out who you want to vote for and takes some notes so you can get in and out quickly tomorrow. This is not a test! You are allowed to bring a cheat sheet in with you, and we highly suggest that you do. There are a lot of names on that ballot and it might be difficult to keep them all straight once that pen is finally in your hand.

Finally, if you are asked to show ID at your polling place, you need to be aware of your rights. All first time voters or voters who registered by mail are subject to being ID-ed at the polls. If you fit in this category you may hear something like this when you get to the polls, "Our records show that you are subject to the new federal identification requirement. The requirement applies to any voter who 1) registered to vote by mail and 2) has never voted in Michigan. To meet the requirement, you must show a copy of any current and valid photo identification or a copy of a paycheck, government check, utility bill, bank statement or a government document which lists your name and address".  If you are unable to provide this information , "you can receive and vote a “provisional” ballot. As an alternative, you can leave and come back with one of the required identification documents. If you leave and come back with one of the required identification documents, you will be permitted to vote under regular procedure".  If anyone tell you otherwise, they are wrong, it is very important to know your rights!

Do your research, know your rights, and get out and vote tomorrow!

~S
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