Thursday, March 30, 2017

Calling All Record Collectors!

If you're a fan of  vinyl you need to make your way to Livonia this weekend! This Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the MotorCity Music Convention will be holding a record show. The event will take place at the Livonia Elks Club and will give the attendees the opportunity to buy, sell and trade albums. In addition to that there will be CDs for sale and everything that a fan of music would love.

Admission to the event is only $3. If you want to set up shop at the event, tables are available for $35 each. Just email The last time around this record show featured over 50 vendors, so hopefully this time around the turnout will be just as awesome.

The Elks Club is located at 31117 Plymouth Rd. in Livonia. For more information on this event or to find out how you can reserve a table, click here.


~C

Win Tickets to See Saba at El Club

Chicago's own Saba has been making quite a name for himself in the hip-hop world. His debut studio album, Bucket List Project, hit the scene at #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop & Rap Chart when it was released back in October. Now Saba is on tour in support of this awesome album. Give it a listen for yourself below.


Saba will be making his way to Detroit this weekend to play at El Club in Southwest Detroit this Sunday, April 2nd. Joining him for the evening are Sylvan Lacue and Benjamin Earl Turner. Tickets for this show are only $13 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions and El Club we are also giving away one pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #saba in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will email them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Sunday and all ages are welcome. For more info on this event, click here.


~C

Win Tickets to See Bleep Bloop at El Club

This Saturday night React Detroit is bringing Outerspace Bass artist Bleep Bloop to Detroit! The show will be taking place at El Club and will also feature X&G. This is the last stop on Bleep Bloop's spring tour before hitting up the festival scene, playing some pretty big events including Coachella. Give Bleep Bloop's music a listen here.

Tickets for Saturday's show are $15 in advance or $17 the night of the show. Thanks to El Club and Party Store Productions we are also giving away one pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your first and last name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #bleepbloop in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into El Club that night with a friend for free!

16+ are welcome to attend this event and the party is set to start at 9:30 p.m.


~C

Win Tickets to See Minus the Bear at St. Andrew's Hall

Just a few weeks ago indie rock legends Minus the Bear released their latest album, Voids. This was the first new release from the band in almost five years. They commented on that note on social media by saying:
"The process of making VOIDS was multi-faceted and resulted in a whole reexamination of ourselves, both personally and professionally. What we managed to create is represented in these ten songs and encompasses an overall sense of purpose again that has firmly distilled our collective desire to keep going. We hope it was worth the wait."
You can pick the new album up here, through the band's bandcamp page, and on most other music platforms. You can also check out the song "Invisible" off Voids below.


Now Minus the Bear is out on tour in support of this new album and they're making their way to Detroit this weekend! They will be hitting the stage at St. Andrew's Hall this Sunday night, April 2nd. Joining them for the evening are Beach Slang and Bayonne. Tickets for this show are $23.50 and are going quickly! You can be purchased in advance here.

Thanks to our friends at St. Andrew's Hall and 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, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #minusthebear in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner this Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this one and all ages are welcome.


~C

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Win Tickets to See Mom Barley, George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus and More at El Club!

This Friday night George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus will be hitting the stage at El Club along with a great lineup of bands! The list includes The Ferdy Mayne, The Bardobees and Mom Barley, who are releasing their latest EP that night. The new album is called Into The Dark, you can check out the title track below. 


We had a chance to chat with Mom Barley's bassist, Sean Cecil before the release show. See what he had to say about the band, the show and the new album. Then, read ahead to find out how you can win a pair of tickets to Friday night's show!

HID- Starting off, describe Mom Barley in one sentence or less.
Sean Cecil- "Mom Barley is folk rock band that has touches of psychedelic, progressive and soul, with a lot of jam and vocal harmonies."

HID- Who came up with your band name?
SC- "Steve our drummer came up with the name. I believe Matt and him were hanging out and partaking in a friendly green substance induced conversation about what to call the band. "Mom Barley" rolled off Steve's tongue and they both agreed to stick with it... I was not there for this! but it was a three piece at the time and majority rules haha, but after awhile it grew on me and that's just who we are now. It had nothing to do with a play on words of the late and great Bob Marley, which we hear alllllll the time. Not much of a story, just one of those names that happen without a reason or much real thought. Very riveting stuff, right?"

HID- Tell us about the new album Into The Dark. Where did you record it? 
SC- "Into The Dark is our sophomore album. It's much heavier hitting and more mature than our previous album "Proverbial Thorn". While it still has a folk over tone in some songs we've moved into more of twangy rock outfit. The theme of Into The Dark kinda represents moving forward into a future of complete uncertainty, but hoping for the best. We recorded with a fella that goes by the name Roscoe and wishes to remain anonymous for his own reasons, but I can tell you that he also recorded Thornetta Davis and The Koffin Kats to name a few. He has done such an excellent job with the production that we felt it was unnecessary to send it out and get mastered."

HID- Is it true that it only took you guys 6 hours to record this album? How did you pull that off?
SC- "Yeah, about 6 hours total. Most people know how expensive a worthwhile recording can be without any kind of financial backing and so did we. We opted to go for full band live tracking compared to recording each instrument track by track and playing every song a million times and then hating them afterward haha. We figured with live tracking we could hopefully knock each song out within 5 or so takes and have more of a raw vibe to it all, easier to feel emotion and have some of those impurities in there to give it some personality. The band was practicing about 2 days a week, 3 hours at a time for about a month and a half and made those songs second nature to play. We knocked all the songs out within two takes, so I'd say the hard work paid off and saved us a few dollars too!"

HID-What's your favorite track off of the new album?
SC- "My favorite song is probably "Days". The song starts off as kind of a really emotional song coming in soft and ambient with Djeto playing the E-bow on his guitar and Matt finger-picking a pretty tune over it. I enjoy the vocal harmonies, The lyrics Matt wrote, the build up near the end and the ambient guitar solo that Djeto wrote for this song. I guess its just one of those songs that make me feel something special while we play it, not that the other songs don't, this one just does more for me. It is actually probably the most chill song on this EP, but that's just me. Every time I show someone the album, each person has a different favorite song soooo... hah"

HID- The title track on this album is based off of a novel. Why did you feel compelled to write this song?
SC- "Matt read the book "Man in the Dark" by Paul Auster. The main character dreams of an alternate reality where things are much different than the life he actually lives in. He wrote the song more of an idea behind the book and how it could relate to him. Obviously, our country is going through some very confusing and problematic times and when he sings the lyrics, such as "Lying in bed staring into the dark, thinking what've we done, what have we become?" relate to his thoughts of what the world could be like with out wars or wealth issues, which also is mentioned in the song. The book, more so, just inspired a thought that became a song."

HID- Are you guys excited to play El Club on Friday night? It's one of our favorite venues in Detroit right now!
SC- "Absolutely! It's definitely more of a premium venue around Detroit. Now this show is gonna work a bit different than some people are used to because it's kind of an early show. We had a little mix up somewhere and this is where we're at, so we're gonna make the best of it. Doors are at 7 p.m. and The Bardobees will be going on first at 7:30 p.m., so hopefully attendees will be punctual haha!"

HID- Why should everyone come out to the show on Friday?
SC- "Well, this bill is pretty stacked with talent from start to finish. We have The Ferdy Mayne coming from LA (originally from Ypsi) and he just put a new album out on March 24th and it is so well written by Shane Firek, so it is almost like a double album release show. We have The Bardobees from Wyandotte and these guys are like a hidden treasure who play indie rock. Very well practiced musicians on all parts and Zach the vocalist has moments of Jeff Buckley-ness, you'll most likely be hearing more of these guys soon. George Morris and the Gyspy Chorus will be topping off the show and if you don't know these guys by now, you probably don't follow the Detroit music scene much. These guys are top notch and are definitely a primo band around Detroit and beyond, they too have just recently released their newest album in March. Lots of new albums to pick up!"

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
SC- "Be excellent to each other!"


Admission to Friday's show is only $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. Doors are set to open at 7 p.m, and like Sean said, this show will start early. So don't drag your feet! 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, please send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #Friday in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend that night for free!


~C

Did You Miss Our Latest Podcast Featuring Jax Anderson from Flint Eastwood?

Did you miss our interview with Jax Anderson of Flint Eastwood on PodcastDetroit.com last Sunday night? Don't worry! You can listen to the full show anytime, from anywhere! Jax was a great guest! Turns out she's also an excellent story teller!


Purchase tickets to the April 14th show at The Fisher Building here.
Purchase East Goods merchandise here.
Listen to Flint Eastwood here.
Watch the music video for "Queen" here.
Listen to "Push" featuring Tunde Olaniran here.

Links to people, places and things discussed in this podcast:

Tunde Olaniran
Michigander 
SYBLYNG
The Dropout
NYDGE
Bevlove
Det X Det 
Assemble Sound
Passalacqua
James Linck
Jake Watson
Sam Austins

Listen to past hipindetroit.com podcasts here.


~S

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dequindre Cut Community Clean Up

The Dequindre Cut is one of Detroit's most popular outdoor green trails. The trail was built on an old Grand Trunk Western Railroad line that was originally built in the 1930s. The line was used by passengers until the '80s and for transport into the turn of the century. These days it is a popular place to go for a run or a bike ride, and it's a great place to see some of Detroit's unique graffiti. Spring is right around the corner and all of us are ready to take advantage of the trail, but this winter was rough, windy and rainy and the old trial needs a little love before it can be fully enjoyed this summer.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is urging everyone to sign up to come clean up the trail this Saturday, April 1st. They are asking everyone who is willing to help to visit this website to sign up for the clean up. Then they would like you to meet them to check-in at the Dequindre Cut entrances at Woodbridge, Gratiot and Wilkins Street for registration and directions. The clean up will take place from noon till 4 p.m. this Saturday and all that can help are welcome to help for whatever amount of time they are able to give!

The conservancy will provide garbage bags, gloves,and light snacks to help you do your part to clean up the trail for all of us to enjoy. To learn more about the cleanup and to get updates on the event visit the event invite on Facebook here.


~S

Win Tickets to See He Is Legend

He Is Legend is on tour in anticipation of their soon to be released album Few. Their latest album is scheduled to be released on April 28th. But, before the big album release they are coming to Detroit courtesy of Fusion Shows to play The Pike Room alongside Broke, Come Out Fighting and The Worst Of.

This album is interesting because it was crowd funded by the band and will be released by a small record company called Spinefarm Records. If you want a sneak peak of the new music you can head out to the Pike Room this Thursday to see them perform live. Tickets to attend the show are only $12 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to attend the show with a friend for free. If you would like to enter to win these tickets please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #legend in the subject line. We will draw one lucky person on Thursday and we will email that winner details on how to claim their prize.

~S

Monday, March 27, 2017

Win Tickets to Dance it Out wIth XIU XIU this Thursday

XIU XIU wants you to get off your ass and dance! They encourage everyone to dance during the good times and to dance even harder during the bad ones! The band recently released its 13th album called Forget and they are currently on tour creating dance parties all across the US. They will be visiting El Club in Detroit on Thursday, March 30th to perform alongside You., who recently relocated to Detroit from NYC. Tickets to attend the party are $13 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the show.

We also have a chance for you to win tickets courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to attend the show with a friend for free please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #XIU. We will draw one lucky person this Thursday morning and they will get to take a friend to the show.


~S

Win Tickets to See FKJ

FKJ, also know as French Kiwi Juice, is an electronic musical artist from Paris, France.  His music has been called sophisticated and smooth. It has been a few years since he released a new album, but recently he has been dropping a few new tracks on his SoundCloud, you can hear them here.

You can also catch him live this Wednesday, March 29th at El Club in Detroit. He will be performing alongside Cezaire and Dabeull. This is an all ages show and tickets to attend the event are $17 in advance and $20 at the door the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to attend the show with a friend for free courtesy of Party Store Productions, one of Detroit's best booking companies. If you would like to enter to win these tickets please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #FKJ. We will draw one lucky person on Wednesday morning and they will get to attend the show fro free with a friend!

~S

Friday, March 24, 2017

Have the Best Meal Imaginable at Chartreuse

Flower Installation by Pot and Box 

Metro Times recently released an op ed piece about the service industry of Detroit. This article caused a lot of controversy, a lot of people agreed with the writer and a lot of people were offended by what she had to say.  I read the article and was intrigued by the point that it was making. I'm not going to lie, I have had some really bad service at some of the new hot spots around the city, but I have also received some of the best service and eaten some of the best meals of my life. Instead of focusing on who's doing everything wrong, I want to focus on one place that has been consistently doing everything right. 

Chartreuse Kitchen and Bar is about to celebrate its second birthday. The unique Detroit restaurant has one of the most interesting and thoughtful menus in the city and the best service and hospitality that I have ever experienced. They have curated a welcoming space that features some of our favorite Detroit artists, this includes a painting by Oui Zi and a flower installation that was created by Pot and Box. From the moment you arrive you are treated well, seated, given water immediately and every question you could possible have is answered with a smile. The staff seems genuinely happy to be at work and their good vibes instantly rub off on you.  This superb services relaxes you and prepares you to enjoy their unique menu. 

The menu is full of interesting dishes that you can't just easily whip up at home so every bite you take feels a little bit more special. During my most recent visit I shared the fried egg, the mushroom confit (minus the duck as I was sharing with a vegetarian) and I ordered the steak for myself.  After dinner we also enjoyed a delightful pudding off the dessert menu.  Each item we ordered was better than the next. The fried egg was one of the best things I have ever eaten, I highly suggest trying that when you visit.   

Fried Egg
Mushroom Confit 

Steak

Pudding Dessert

To top it all off, Chartreuse takes reservations online! If you're a freak like me and can't bare to make a call, you don't have to! You can click here and do it with a few clicks. Instead of worrying about the new hip place, just visit this Detroit staple and we can guarantee that you will have a great meal with great service. And if you're feeling feisty, grab a drink! They are known for their cocktails!


~S

Win Tickets to See The Sonics at El Club

This Sunday night you have a chance to see a band that paved the way for all of the punk rock and garage rock bands that followed. The Sonics are headed to town and will be hitting the stage at El Club in Detroit. This band hit the scene back in the '60s and had an aggressive sound that no one had heard before. Give their song "The Witch" a listen below.


Joining The Sonics at El Club this weekend are Detroit's own The Idiot Kids and Unlimited Head. This is going to be an absolutely awesome show that you won't want to miss! Tickets to see this lineup live are only $20 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 see this rockin' show for free, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #sonics in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

All ages are welcome to attend this show. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m.

~C 

Win Tickets to See At The Drive In

Last year At The Drive In announced that they would be touring. They booked back to back nights at in Detroit and they immediately sold out, but a week before the show the band had to cancel. Luckily, in December they announced that they would be coming back this Monday, March 27th to make up for the canceled show! This time they are playing The Fillmore. The band is on the verge of releasing its first new album in 17 years this May. But you can hear some of the new songs and lots of the old stuff if you catch them live this Monday. They are playing alongside Le Butcherettes and doors for this one open at 7 p.m.

Tickets to getting to the show are still available for purchase here, but they are likely to sell out. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show please email hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #atdi. We will draw one lucky person on Monday morning and they will be at the show with a friend on Monday night!


~S

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Hip Chat With Five Pound Snap + A Ticket Giveaway

Album release shows are always a big deal for any band. It's a chance to release a new set of music and it's a fun way to get all of your fans to gather for a special show. Five Pound Snap is releasing their latest album White Birch Lakes at Plav Post this Saturday, March 25th. They have recruited The Kickstand Band, Market and Gray/Bliss to play the show and Martez will be DJing in between the bands to keep the night moving.

We had a chance to chat with Mike O'Brien about the new album and the release show. Check out what he has to say and buy your ticket to the show in advance to save a few dollars! Or, take your chances and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of the band. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #snap. We will draw two lucky people on Saturday morning and those two winners will get to attend the show for free with a friend.


HID- When and where did you record your latest album White Birch Lakes?
Mike O'Brien- "We started recording the album in early September at our drummer's Grandfather's cottage in the woods about 3 hours north of Detroit. Most of the tracking was done there, and we finished up the loose ends at my home studio. The album was finished in mid February."

HID- What is your favorite track on the album and why? 
Mike O'Brien- "I think my favorite track on the album is the second single "Lady Gets High". I feel it accurately represents where we intend to take our sound in the future, and I'm really happy with the quality of the recording. It also features our buddy Goode ripping a bari-sax solo at the end, and that really tied the whole thing together."

HID- Why did you decide to host your album release part at the Plav Post?
Mike O'Brien- "We spent quite a while choosing a space to have the release (we wanted to pick a place that bands don't typically have shows at locally), and PLAV just felt right. Good sized room, nice stage, good community feel....and Hamtramck has ALWAYS been so great to Five Pound Snap, so we felt like it would be the best choice for our debut release party."

HID- Why did you pick The Kickstand Band, Market, and Gray/Bliss music to play the show with you?

Mike O'Brien- "We wanted to pick a lineup with a bunch of our friends obviously, but also a lineup with musical variety. Kickstand Band were one of the first bands I saw when I started going to shows in Detroit, and oddly enough we've never shared a bill with them. They've always been very supportive and make some of the most infectious music around, so I'm very stoked to have them. We played a house party in Southwest with Market when they were just starting out, and they instantly blew me away. "Wagon Wheel" has been the soundtrack of my life since 2015, and I can't say I enjoy watching another local group perform live more than them. And I'm so glad Gray/Bliss hopped on the show! Nick Sapounas writes some of the most interesting experimental pop, and those guys are always a blast to play shows with. Very laid back but constantly inspirational to watch them jam."

HID-Your latest band photos feature all of you in a pool, whose pool is it? 
Mike O'Brien- "Over the summer, Gwen was house-sitting for a family in Royal Oak, and they have this beautiful pool in their backyard. We were all hanging out there every day swimming and drinking beers, so we figured it would be a chill place to do a shoot. We called up our friend Megan Lacroix to do the shoot, and it turned out great!"

HID- We love the cover of the new album, who designed it?
Mike O'Brien- "The cover was a collaboration between us and or friend TJ Tekip. We provided the art and he did the editing/photoshop business. The windows on the cover are the windows on the top floor of the house where we recorded the album. Our keyboard player Scott took a picture with his phone when he woke up one day, and we all loved the way it looked."


HID- What summer activity are you most looking forward to
Mike O'Brien- "We're looking forward to hitting the road again in May and July! And also swimming, beers, playing volleyball on one of our front lawns, and checking out a bunch of great shows coming to town this summer!"


~S

24 Hour Giveaway: The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die

Fusion Shows is bringing The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die to the Pike Room this Friday, March 24th. The 7 piece self proclaimed emo band is keeping the genre alive. They recently released a new album called Formlessness on Topshelf Records. The band doesn't tour with the same lineup twice, so it's always important to catch them when they come into town. It's also interesting to catch an act that has five different vocalists that all sing during the performance. 

TWIABP will be performing with Fred Thomas and Mover Shaker. Tickets to attend the show are $13 and doors for the show open at 7 p.m. on Friday. We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of Fusion Shows. If you would like to enter to win please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #TWIABP.  We will draw one lucky person on Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!

~S

Ant Hall is Making it Official this Friday

This year the Hamtramck Music Festival kicked things off at the new Plant Ant Hall in Hamtramck. Well, even though you may have already got a look inside, the official grand opening is happening this weekend! This Friday night, March 24th the hall has an awesome party planned with live music, food and live theatre.

Here's the lineup for the evening. Doors are set to open at 6 p.m. and the official grand opening ceremony will kick off at 7. Then, at 8 p.m. set your eyes on the stage for The Detroit Musical, an original comedy that "follows one Detroit family through 300 years of the ups and downs of life in the Motor City." After the show, the party isn't over! Head next door to the adjoined Ghost Light to check out The Scrappers and Matt Dmits. The music is set to start at 11 p.m. Throughout the night there will also be food available on site from Polish Village Cafe, making this an all around awesome night!

Tickets for the Ant Hall Grand Opening Celebration are only $10 and can be purchased at PlanetAnt.com. For more information on the Ant Hall, and to stay in the loop on upcoming events, head over and give them a "like" on Facebook here. For more information on the grand opening party click here.


~C

Win Tickets to See Nails with Toxic Holocaust and Gatecreeper

Last year Nails' latest album You Will Never Be One of Us made the list as one of iTunes Best Metal Albums of 2016. This is the third full length from the California trio and since its release, the band has been doing quite a bit of touring. Currently they are out on a spring tour with Toxic Holocaust and Gatecreeper and the tour will be making its way to Detroit to play the Magic Stick this weekend. Check out the title track off Nails' album below.


This bad ass tour will be hitting the stage at the Magic Stick this Sunday, March 26th. Tickets for this show are $15 in advance or $17 the night of the show. 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, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #nails in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 


~C

Win Tickets to See Senses Fail at St. Andrew's Hall

Back in 2006 Senses Fail released one of their most popular albums to date, Still Searching. Now the band is out on tour playing that album in full to fans across the country. They are actually out on tour celebrating their 15th anniversary, although this album came a few years later. Take a trip back in time and give it a listen below.


Senses Fail is headed to Detroit and will be playing at St. Andrew's Hall this Saturday, March 25th. Also playing that evening are Counterparts, Movements and Like Pacific. Tickets for this show are only $17.50 and can be purchased in advance 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, send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #sensesfail in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get to attend this show with a friend for free! 

Doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and all ages are welcome. 


~C

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Win Tickets to Bison Machine's Tour Kick off at Small's

The guys in Bison Machine are packing their bags and hitting the road! The band is gearing up for their spring tour that will take them across the US, with stops throughout the Midwest and even into Texas and Colorado. Before they ravage the country, they will be kicking off their tour at Small's this Friday, March 24th.

In case you aren't familiar with Bison Machine, they are four piece stoner rock band from Hamtramck featuring Casey O'Ryan, Breck Crandell, Tom Stec and Anthony Franchina. If you happened to be at the latest installment of Black Christmas, they played upstairs in the Magic Stick and were one of the best bands of the night, in our opinion. The band currently has a new album in the works, but in the meantime check out their album Hoarfrost below and their other releases on bandcamp here.


It's only $10 to get in to the tour kick off show on Friday night at Small's. Joining Bison Machine on the bill is Cloud Catcher from Denver, Wild Savages, Anguish and Grand Mammoth from Ohio. There will also be DJ sets throughout the night from Heavy and Beyond. If you'd rather save that $10 for a tall boy and a shot, we are also getting a couple of people into this show for free! To enter to win tickets to this show, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #BM in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.

Doors for this one are set to open at 8 p.m. and 21+ are welcome.


~C

Marche du Nain Rouge 2017

In 1702, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the French founder of Detroit, claimed he was having dreams of a little red devil. He went to see a fortune teller and was told that devil that he dreamt of was the Nain Rouge, also known as the harbinger of doom. The fortune teller told Antoine that if he choose to settle in the straits between Michigan and Ontario he might turn a profit, but it would be a long uphill battle fraught with setbacks. Eventually, Cadillac saw the little red devil in person and instead of running or cowering in fear he chose to confront him. He chased the Nain Rouge away with a stick. His fatal mistake was to let the Nain see his face. The Nain continued to taunt him nonstop after he settled in those plains; he eventually had to return to France penniless.

Cadillac had courage against all odds and stood up to fight, a defining characteristic of the city he founded, now called Detroit. When Cadillac left for France the Nain Rouge decided to stay on and continue to haunt our city. Every year we gather to chase him out of our city, but we do not make the same mistake that Cadillac made. We remember to cover our faces so that the Nain Rouge won't be able to find us when he returns.

Detroiters, let's meet up this Sunday and chase that little red devil out of our town! If you are ready to stand up for our city, wear your favorite disguise and march up Cass Ave. to chase the Nain Rouge away for another year. We will be meeting at the corner of Cass and Canfield, right next to Traffic Jam & Snug at 12 p.m. For details about the march click here.

No red eyed dwarf with furry boots is going to keep this city down! Viva Detroit!


~S

Monday, March 20, 2017

Don't Miss Hip In Detroit's New Podcast Featuring The Queen Herself, Jax Anderson


Over the last few months we have invited a variety of Detroit's movers and shakers into our studio at Podcast Detroit to chat with us about all of the hip things that are happening in and around the City of Detroit. Thanks to the generosity of our show's sponsor, M-1 Studios, we have had some interesting conversations with people who work behind the scenes and we have invited some of the city's biggest up and coming acts to chat with us before releasing their next album or playing their next show. This month we have the privilege of taking it to the next level because we have the honor of interviewing one of the city's most influential and inspiring artists right before the release of her new EP and a few weeks before what we anticipate to be one of the most talked about events of 2017.  

Hip in Detroit has invited The Queen of Detroit, Miss Jax Anderson a.k.a. Flint Eastwood into the studio to talk to us about her latest EP Broke Royalty which is coming out on April 14th. That is the same night that she will headline at The Fischer in Detroit alongside Tunde Olaniran, SYBLYNG. and Michigander.  

The first single off the new album is called "Queen". It was released a few weeks ago and you can check out the music video and the track here,  Her next single "Push" will be released this Thursday, March 23rd, so keep your eyes on social media and give it a listen before you tune in to hear us chat with the Queen herself this Sunday, March 26th at 6 p.m. We plan to go deep and find out everything we can about the new album and what we can expect at the big release show. 

Mark your calendars for the live broadcast on Podcastdetroit.com at 6 p.m. this Sunday and head over to Fusion Shows website to guarantee your spot at the huge album release show on April 14th. Tickets are $15 in advance and I can't see any scenario where this one doesn't sell out. We can't wait to take you deep inside the mind of what we consider to be Detroit royalty.  

~S

Win Tickets to See Regina Spektor at The Fillmore

Regina Spektor has one of the most unique voices in music. Even if you're not familiar with her name or her face, you have heard her music. She has not only had a long recording career as an artist, but she has also had a lot of her music used for TV shows and movies. This includes "Tiny Boxes", the intro song to Weeds and an original song she wrote and recorded for the intro of Orange Is The New Black called "You've Got Time".

Spektor was born in Russia where she began piano lesson at the age of six years old. Her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was nine. She put out her first album in 2001 and released her 7th album last year. You can listen to some of her music here.

Regina is currently on your and she will be making a stop to play The Fillmore in Detroit this Thursday, March 23rd. Tickets to get into the show range from $25 to $55 and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to see Regina at one of Detroit's most legendary venues you can email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #RS. We will be drawing one lucky winner this Thursday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.

~S

Friday, March 17, 2017

Win Tickets to Enter The Weird and Wild World of Mac Sabbath and Metalachi

Three of rocks most interesting bands are coming to town to play The Magic Stick this Tuesday, March 21st. Mac Sabbath, Metalachi and the Okilly Dokilly are currently going across the country together. The "Mockstrosity Tour" promises to be one of the weirdest and wildest shows to ever hit the stage at the legendary Stick.  Each band has its own unique approach to the art of mock.

Headliners Mac Sabbath are the worlds most famous McDonald's themed metal band. Their act includes songs like "Frying Pan", "More Ribs" and "Zipping up the Uniform". Metalachi is a six piece mariachi band that mixes metal and mariachi together in the most amazing way and Okilly Dokilly is an all Ned Flanders metal band whose first album is called Howdilly Doodilly. The best part is that each band is as talented as they are clever! 

Tickets to attend this show are $15 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #mock. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and they will get to attend this wild night of fun with a friend for free.  

~S

Win Tickets to See Alina Baraz

Alina Baraz may have first gained fame from YouTube, but since her debut release, Urban Flora, her career has exploded. Her album received rave reviews and made it to the top on Billboard charts. Now she just released a new song with Khalid called "Electric". Give it a listen below.


Alina is currently out on tour making her way across North America. She will be making a stop in Detroit on Wednesday, March 22nd to play the intimate and amazing El Club. Tickets for this show are already sold out, but thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions we are getting one more person into this show with a friend! The best part is, you will get in for free! If you would like to win tickets to see Alina Baraz live, email your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #Alina in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors for this show are set to open at 9 p.m. El Club is located at 4114 Vernor Hwy. in Southwest Detroit. 



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Get "Hot N Ready" with Junk Food Junkies at El Club!

Everyone's favorite junk food inspired band is about to release a new album and they want to share it with you! Junk Food Junkies are hosting a listening party this Sunday, March 19th at El Club in Detroit for their brand new album Hot N Ready. The party will feature pizza, drink specials, you'll get to hear the new album, and the band will be DJing throughout the night. Check out the music video for the title track off the new album.



We're sure this party will be just as fun as the one in this music video. Plus, Sunday night you will also get to see the video on the big screen at El Club! Admission to the party is only $3 and all ages are welcome to attend. The fun starts at 8 p.m. and will go until the bar closes at 2.

~C

Time Travel at the Michigan Science Center

As you probably know by now, the Michigan Science Center hosts some pretty awesome adult only events! The center is cool enough on a normal day, but when you get rid of the kids and bring in the booze, it's even better. Well, this weekend they are holding another one of their super cool after dark events and this time around the theme is time travel.

After Dark: Time Travel will revolve around some of your favorite time travel and sci fi movies, like Back to the Future, Terminator and Dr. Who. There will be a DeLorean on site that you get take a picture in front of, an early prototype of Marty McFly's hovercraft, a planetarium show and more! There will even be a signature drink for the night, the Sonic Screwdriver (inspired by Dr. Who). On top of all of the special events, you'll also get to explore the science center throughout the evening, with a slightly smaller crowd than on a normal day.

This is all happening this Thursday, March 16th. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. and 21+ are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also purchase tickets at the door on Thursday night. For more information on this event, other After Dark events, and everything going on at the Michigan Science Center, head over to their Facebook page here.


~C

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Break Anchor, The Dewtons and More Play UFO Factory this Weekend!

This Saturday night the punks are taking over UFO Factory! Worship This will be making their way to town from Ohio along with Shitty Neighbors and they're playing with some of Detroit's best bands. One of our absolute favorites, Break Anchor, is playing along with The Dewtons, who are always awesome. This is also the first show for Day Jobs, featuring members of Due North, Natural Disasters, Young Hunger, and American Dirtbike. This is an awesome lineup from start to finish! Plus Break Anchor and The Dewtons don't play around town all that often anymore, so you definitely will not want to miss this!

Cover to get in the door Saturday night is only $7 and 18+ are welcome to attend. Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. and the bands will be starting early! So get there early and stay late! UFO Factory is located at 2110 Trumbull in Detroit. Make sure you pick up a hot dog or some tots in the back from Laika Dog while you're there too! Nothing better than the smell of punk rock and hot dogs all in one place!


~C

NO BOYS ALLOWED at The Loving Touch this Saturday

Spring is almost here and that means it is once again time to give your wardrobe a little face lift! If you're short on cash, but would love a new wardrobe or even if you're just looking for a super fun night out, look no further than The Loving Touch this weekend. This Saturday, March 18th the LT will be hosting their annual Clothing Swap. This event just gets bigger and better every year!

So here's he rundown of what this Clothing Swap is all about. Show up at The Loving Touch in Ferndale this Saturday at 6 p.m. with $20 and 5 fashionable articles of clothing or accessories. They all have to be clean and on hangers. Turn the goods over to the ladies in charge and they will take about an hour to set up shop. While you wait, you can snack on free appetizers from the WAB and Ara Sotelo, get complimentary services like psychic readings, Mary Kay makeup consultations, Reiki, aromatherapy, and hand massage, henna hand art and chair massages, and since there's a bar, you might as well sip on a cocktail or two too! Once the shop is set up, you can then go "shopping" and find items that suit you to take home with you! Keep in mind, no one wants your old holey tennis shoes or that stretched out t-shirt. Please only bring fashionable items, something that you would lend to a friend. After all, you want to make sure you walk away with some good stuff too!

The Clothing Swap runs from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday and 21+ are welcome to attend. If this event doesn't already sound great enough, we should mention that it is also for a great cause. Proceeds from this event go to the children over at the Ferndale Schools' Camp Fund. So head out for a great night and a great cause, and get pampered a little while you are there. For more information on this event head over to the Facebook event page here.


~C

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Win Tickets to See Allah-Las at El Club!


This Saturday, March 18th El Club is bringing garage rockers Allah-Las to the stage. The band is out supporting their latest album Calico Review. They kicked off their journey in Texas and they will finish this tour in California at Coachella 2017!  You can catch them live and in person alongside The Babe Rainbow in Detroit this Saturday.

Tickets to attend the show are $14 in advance and $16 at the door the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions, El Club's bad ass booking company. If you would like to enter to win these tickets please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject #allah.  We will draw one lucky person early on Saturday and they will get into the show for FREE with a friend!

~S 

Win Tickets to See Sam Patch at El Club!

Tim Kingsbury may have originally risen to fame with his band Arcade Fire, but recently it's his solo project Sam Patch that has been getting everyone's attention. He recently released his first solo album called Yeah You, And I last month on iTunes. Kingsbury wrote, played and recorded all of this music himself from 2014-2016 and he's finally ready to go on tour in support of the album. 

He will be coming to Detroit to perform live this Friday, March 17th at El Club in Detroit. He has also recruited two amazing locals, Handgrenades and Honeybabe to open the show, so this is going to be a pretty great night for music. Tickets to get into the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. 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 tickets to see the show for FREE please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #SamPatch. We will draw one lucky person this Friday and they will get into the show for with a friend for free.  


~S

Monday, March 13, 2017

Catch The Dropout at The Majestic Cafe this Saturday!

This Saturday, March 18th The Majestic Cafe and Sound & Silence are bringing The Dropout, Jon Zott, Mega Powers and DJ Crate Digga to the stage. This will be a "family affair" with a lot of these artists performing tracks that they have created together throughout the night.

Mega Powers recently released a new EP called Winterludes and The Dropout played his first show to a packed house at El Club and released the live version of the show which you can listen to here. Jon Zott just dropped a track with Humons (another great up and comer) which you can check out courtesy of Assemble Sound here. All four of these artist are headliners in their own right so the sounds will be worth listening to from start to finish.

Tickets to attend the show are $10 and they can be purchased here. We also have two pairs of tickets to give away to this one. If you would like to enter to win a pair please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #Saturday. We will be drawing two lucky people who get to attend the show at the Majestic Cafe with a friend for free.

Doors for this one open at 8 p.m.


~S

It's Time to Get Haute to Death

Winter keeps coming on strong and then teasing us with glimpses of spring. But, no matter how cold it gets, the great thaw is just around the corner. Luckily, if you're already craving the sensation of a sweaty night in the city spent dancing your heart out, you don't have to wait for the temperatures to rise. You just have to go to the right party.

Haute to Death will be throwing one of their legendary dance parties at Temple Bar this Saturday, March 18th. H2D are so full of life that they generate enough heat to trick your mind into thinking that summer is already here. They only charge $2 to get into the party before midnight and $3 after. Doors for the dance floor open at 10 p.m.  Temple Bar is located at 2906 Cass Ave.


~S

Friday, March 10, 2017

Win Tickets to See Springtime Carnivore at Marble Bar

You may know singer songwriter Greta Morgan from her past projects like Gold Motel or The Hush Sound. Well, in 2014 she decided to go off and do her own thing, releasing her debut solo album under the name Springtime Carnivore. Check out her latest album Midnight Room below.


Springtime Carnivore will be playing in Detroit this Monday, March 13th at Marble Bar. Joining her for the evening is Detroit's own PALACES. Tickets for this show are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also giving away one pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #carnivore in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Monday and 18+ are welcome to attend. 


~C
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