Thursday, May 26, 2016

Go Tiger Go, Shady Groves, Black Shampoo and The Lefties Play The Loving Touch this Weekend!

You've heard us talk about Go Tiger Go and Shady Groves quite a bit lately. We had a chance to finally chat with Go Tiger Go before their album release show a couple of weeks ago. And we talked with Shady Groves and premiered their new music video the week before that. Now we're going to talk about these two bands again because this weekend they are hitting the stage together!

In case you still don't know who these bands are, here's a little background. Shady Groves is the latest project from Adam Fitzgerald, Dylan Caron, Jeff Yateman, Jamie Dulin and Colton Caron. Their tunes cross the lines between many different genres, each song having a different feel. They just released a new album, Bitzer, that you can check out below.

The guys in Go Tiger Go have known each other for years! The band actually started back in 2009, but now they have finally solidified their lineup with Paul Corsi (Guitar, Vocals), Matt Puz (Bass, Vocals), Ryan Patten (Drums) and Steve Delaney (Guitar, Vocals). They have gritty sun-kissed indie rock sound that can be heard on their new album Eating Berries in the Dark. Give that a listen below.

If you like what you hear and you want to see both of these bands perform live, head to The Loving Touch this Saturday, May 28th. Also joining them on the stage are Black Shampoo and The Lefties. Cover is only $5 and 18+ are welcome. Because these bands REALLY want to see you at The LT this weekend, we are also giving away 4 PAIRS of tickets! If you would like the chance to see these great bands with a friend for free, please email your name to with LT in the subject line. We will draw four lucky winners on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Saturday. For more info on this show click here


Win a Pair of Passes to Bled Fest!

This weekend Bled Fest will once again take over the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, but this year it's bigger and heavier than ever before. The team behind the fest has incorporated even more local bands than before, this time around having big names like Battlecross and The Black Dahlia Murder on the bill. The full lineup includes:

The Black Dahlia Murder
Knuckle Puck
Kevin Devine
The World Is...
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties
Abigail Williams
All Dogs
Tiny Moving Parts
Old Gray
Sorority Noise
The Copyrights
The Saddest Landscape
Ray Rocket
Free Throw
Casey Bolles
Artifex Pereo
Forever Losing Sleep
Chase Huglin
Spirit of the Beehive
Act As One
Parkway and Columbia
Hot Mulligan
A War Within
Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts
The Plurals
The Cardboard Swords
Stories Untold
Undesirable People
The Fever Haze
Small Parks
Our Vices
The Illustrator
Lemix J Buckley
June Earth
All Is Well
Grey Matter
Convenient Trash
Athena's Grace
Carved Out
Second Best
The Class Acts
The Beautiful Gorgeous
Amateur Eyes
Blind Merle and His Traveling Band
Of Athens

The venue is actually a old high school, there will be 6 stages set up throughout it. This is good and bad news. Good news is that it's indoors, so you don't have to worry about that rain that's in the forecast. Bad news is that it is that the property is still owned by the school district, so no smoking, drinking, etc. There will be food on site from Marco’s Pizza, Vehicle City Tacos, Shimmy Shack (limited menu), Eagle Express, and Crushed Smoothies. Plus you are allowed to re-enter the venue. So you can always leave for a bite or a drink and come back. 

Bled Fest is happening this Saturday, May 28th. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first band is set to start around Noon. For set times, click here. All ages are welcome to attend and tickets are only $27. That's less than 50ȼ a band! Thanks to Fusion Shows we are also giving away one pair of tickets to the fest! If you would like to enter to win, please send your full name to with Bled Fest in the subject line. To double your chances, tag us (@hipindetroit) in a photo on Instagram telling us how bad you want to go to Bled Fest! We will draw one lucky winner Friday afternoon and they will be attending Bled Fest on Saturday with a friend for free! 

The Hartland Performing Arts Center is located at 9525 Highland Rd. in Howell, MI. For more info on Bled Fest head to! 


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nike Detroit Opening this Thursday!

Nike is officially embracing Detroit! They are opening a huge new location inside the historic F.W. Woolworth Co. building in Detroit this Thursday, May 26th. To celebrate the store's opening they are inviting everyone in to see the new space.

They will be holding group workouts, basketball, and a youth run throughout the opening week. All activities will take place inside or around the store and events of the day will be hosted by Dennis van Oosanen, VP of North America Retail, and Michigan State University Coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Tom Izzo, who will be joined by MSU’s beloved Mascot Sparty.

The new store hopes to give back to Detroit by hiring most of its workforce from a five mile radius of the store and by carrying locally sourced goods and products wherever they can.
The grand opening will take place at 10 a.m. this Thursday and will be followed up by a group workout in the evening on Friday. They will have basketball for all ages and a community youth run on Saturday, visit the store for more details! 

The new Nike store is located at 1261 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.


Win Tickets to See Bloc Party at The Majestic Theatre

London based Bloc Party have a new album out that is guaranteed to get you dancing! The album, entitled Hymns, came out this January on BMG Records. Since its release, the band has been playing on all of the late night shows, like Late Night with Seth Meyers and Later with Jools Holland, they played SXSW, and they've released a couple music videos. Check out their latest video for the song "Virtue" below.

Bloc Party is currently out on tour and they will be making a stop in Detroit later this week! They will be playing at The Majestic Theatre along with MS MR & Oscar on Friday, May 27. Tickets for the show are $26.50 in advance or $30 the day of the show. You can pick yours up online here.

Thanks to our friends at The Crofoot and The Majestic, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. Yes, that's right, The Crofoot and The Majestic have teamed up for this one because this lineup is just that awesome! We are giving away one pair of tickets for Friday's show. If you would like to win those tickets, just email us at Put your name in the email and Bloc Party in the subject. We will draw one lucky winner Friday morning and they will get to see Bloc Party live with a friend for free! So get those entries in! You won't want to miss this one!


Win Tickets to See JMSN Live in Detroit

Detroit born L.A. based artist and producer JMSN just released his latest album It Is. He is currently on tour and will be making his hometown visit on June 3rd. He also just released the music video for the single "Power". The video is visually stunning and the song is silky smooth, check it out!

If you like what you see and hear, you must head up to Populux on Friday, June 3rd to see him perform live and in person with a few of our favorite local acts, Britney Stoney, SYBLYNG and Gosh Pith!

This is going to be a epic night for Detroit music. Doors at Populux open at open at 9:30 p.m. on the 3rd.  Tickets to get into the show are $15, they can be purchased here. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to see this incredible lineup, please email your full name to with the subject line #JMSN. We will draw one lucky winner the day of the show and they will get in with a friend for FREE!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Music from The Bruised Reed

Last March The Bruised Reed released the first in a series of two song digital albums. Appropriately, they named these releases Doubles and just a couple of weeks ago, they released Doubles Volume 3. You can check out this latest release below. To hear the two prior releases head over to The Bruised Reed's bandcamp here.

In support of these new songs, The Bruised Reed has a couple of shows lined up. The first of the two is coming up this Saturday, May 28th at Corktown Studios in Detroit. The show is called The Haunted Wood Revue. This is the third session of this recurring event that features musicians playing their songs in acoustic form. Also on the bill are Dave Morrison and Jimmy Geagan with Jaye Thomas as your host for the evening. Admission is free and there will be food and drinks available by donation. The show is set to start at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening 30 minutes prior.

If you can't make it out to see The Bruised Reed this weekend, you have another chance to catch them live on Thursday, June 16th at The Loving Touch. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details on that show. Until then, make sure you check out all three volumes of Doubles!


An Interview with Artist Sean Nader

Small's has been switching it up and having some different events lately. For instance, this week they are hosting an art show. Local artist Sean Nader will be showing off 50+ paintings as well as doing a performance piece where he will read some of his best tweets along with live music. This isn't the first time Small's has hosted an art show, but it is the first time they have done something of this size.

We reached out to chat with Sean about his art, the show, and the tweets he is going to read. Take a second to read our interview to learn a little more about the man behind the brush. Then head out to the show this Saturday, May 28th to see his work for yourselves.

HID-When did you start painting?
SN- "I've been drawing,painting and making art my whole life. I wanted to be some kind of artist since I was a little kid, but I've been taking it really serious for the last 12 years."

HID- How would you describe your style of painting?
SN- "I would describe my style of painting as post-post-post-post modern painting (that's a lot of posts!)."

HID- What makes a good painting? 
SN- "I'm the worst person to ask this question because I like almost every painting I see even if I don't like it at first.  If I look at it for a bit I'll find something I think is cool about it. I just think the idea of humans making paintings is so weird and crazy that I think almost all paintings are at least pretty funny and funny goes a long way with this guy."

HID- What is your favorite time of day to paint and why?
SN- "I'm an all day kinda guy, I like to get up at 6 a.m. brush my teeth and go. It's really the only thing I can do for 12-15 hours at a stretch and not get tired or sick of it. When I was a young pup in my 20's and 30's I would take drugs and stay up all night painting because I felt like a bad ass doing it knowing the rest of the world was asleep and I was in my studio making stuff. Now, I'm an old man and I'm asleep by 11 p.m. most nights."

HID- Why does the promo for the show say that your tweets will be featured? Explain!
SN- "OK, so I'm super super good at twitter and I really like the idea of a live element to art shows so I put together a live show where I tell weird stories, do some funny rap songs and as the centerpiece I read 120 of my best tweets. My friend Jake from the band Moonwalks is gonna be backing me up on guitar while I read them. I think twitter should not just be left on the internet, bring that shit to the people!!!"

HID-  How many pieces will you be showing at Small's?
SN- "When I booked the show I had about 40 new paintings and I've gotten a few more done since then so around 50ish.  All new stuff from the last 6 months!"

HID- Who are your favorite painters and why? 
SN- "I like Pollack because he really changed what people thought of as ugly and beautiful. Really interesting guy too, lots of demons. I like Keith Haring because his paintings were improvised but the quality of his lines was always right on. I'm friends with this dude named Justin Marshal, he's a local guy lives in ham town and he's the best painter in Detroit. His paintings make the world look like melting plastic but if you ate the melting plastic it would taste really good."

HID- Do you get nervous before a show?
SN- "Oh yeah! I'm nervous almost all the time anyway! I've always been a high strung person and showing works and performing in public makes me pretty keyed up because it's so important to me. So, yeah shows take me from a nervous level of 7 to a nervous level of 9."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
SN- Yes, 4 things. 
1. The excellent band American Mustache will be playing the show as well
2. I'll be raffling off a couple of prize bags potentially worth thousands!
3. You don't need permission from anyone to make art and be a artist
4. The Grateful Dead are a punk band.

Doors for the show open at 9 p.m. this Saturday. It is only $3 to get in the door and 18 and over are welcome! 


Win a Pair of Tickets to See Islands at The Loving Touch

Not many bands can say that they put out two albums in a year but that is exactly what Islands is doing. They recorded Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and followed it up with Tasteboth albums were released on May 13th by Manqué Music.

Now, they are currently on tour with Lushlife and both bands will be playing The Loving Touch this Friday, May 27th. If you're not familiar with the band you can get a feel for their sound by checking out their latest music video for the song "Hallways".

Tickets to see them play live this Friday are only $12, you can purchase them here. You can also win a pair of passes to attend the performance for FREE. All you need to do to enter to win is email your full name to with the subject line #islands. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday morning and they will get to attend the show that night for free with a friend.


Red Bull Radio Broadcasting Live From Detroit Through May 30th

Red Bull Radio was created in 2005. The station offers the biggest selection of exclusive mixes, documentaries, and live recordings from club nights and festivals around the world. The team will be traveling to Detroit to broadcast from Detroit for the 10 year anniversary of Movement. Their coverage will broadcast live from a custom-built studio at 1325 Broadway in Downtown Detroit. They will be conducting live interviews and broadcasting some of the biggest acts from The Red Bull Stage. They will be talking to a wide variety of guests, including George Clinton and Leon Ware and Danny Brown. They will also be broadcasting live sets from:

Four Tet
RZA Feat. Stone Mecca
Big Freedia
Kyle Hall
The Black Madonna
Honey Soundsystem
Kenny Dope
DJ Funk
DJ Godfather
Will Sessions Feat. Amp Fiddler
Get Real: Green Velvet & Claude Vonstroke
Justin Martin
Shady P
Jeff Risk

Red Bull is offering their listeners a unique look inside Detroit's biggest festival. The best part about Red Bull Radio is that it is FREE to listen, just click on this link and enjoy.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Mortified Detroit Debuts This Weekend

Have you ever gone back and look at your childhood diary? How about those notes you wrote to your bff in junior high school? Chances are there are some pretty dramatic and embarrassing details in there and if someone would have shared them with the world back then, you probably would have died. Somehow, when you're an adult, sharing these most intimate and humiliating pieces from your younger years isn't devastating. Instead it's pretty hilarious and that's exactly the idea behind Mortified.

Mortified Live debuted back in the early 2000s. The show brings out comics and select people from cities around the world that present their most intimate and mortifying letters, home movies, song lyrics and more from their childhood. There are shows everywhere from LA to Amsterdam, and now Detroit will join the Mortified family.

This Saturday, May 21st Mortified Detroit will have their debut show. It will feature six presenters telling stories and reading pieces from their past. The show will take place at Rust Belt Market in Ferndale. The first show at 7:30 has already sold out, but tickets are still available for a second show that was added at 10 p.m. Tickets for Mortified Detroit are only $15 and can be purchased in advance here. Tickets might be available at the door, but we don't think you should risk it. Buy them in advance.

To get a feel for what you can expect at Mortified Detroit, head over and check out their podcast here. The Rust Belt Market is located at 22801 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale, right on the northwest corner of 9 Mile and Woodward. For more info on Mortified Detroit visit the Facebook event page here.