Friday, February 23, 2018

Oh Hi, "The Room" is Playing at the Main Art this Weekend

The Room is notoriously known as the worst movie ever made. Made in 2003, the film was written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau. The film mainly centers around the betrayal of Wiseau's character, Johnny, by his fiance and best friend. However, although the plot seems rather straight forward, more often than not, The Room's audience is left wondering what they just spent the last hour and a half watching.

Although The Room has been quite popular over the years, with a cult following, the movie went mainstream this past year when James Franco released The Disaster Artist, a film based on the book that told the story behind The Room and the making of the movie. Wiseau began appearing on late night and day time talk shows alongside Franco, and more and more people knew what The Room is and felt the need to watch this movie.

Well, if you feel the need to watch The Room too, you can catch it on the big screen this weekend at the Main Art Theatre. The theatre will be playing The Room as their Midnight Madness movie this weekend, on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets for the show are only $7 and can be purchased in advance here. You probably want to pick up your tickets in advance because even though this might be the worst movie of all time, it's so bad that it's good, and we would be surprised if these showings don't sell out. To purchase your tickets in advance, click here.



~C

Win Tickets to see LP with Kat Cunning and Noah Kahan

New York native LP (Laura Pergolizzi) has been in the music industry for nearly two decades, but for many of those years she wasn't the one on stage. She wrote songs for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Cher, The Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera and even Rihanna. Although she has been writing music for years, and did release some records of her own, it wasn't until 2016 when she released her first EP on a major label, Death Valley on Vagrant Records. That release was followed up by the LP Lost on You, released by the same label. Check out the music video for the title track below.


LP is currently out on tour and will be making her way to the stage at The Majestic Theatre this Sunday, February 25th. Joining her on the bill are Noah Kahan and Kat Cunning. Tickets to see these three artists perform live are $22 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at AEG, 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 #LP in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and the music starts at 8. For more info, click here.


~C

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Win Tickets to See American Nightmare at The Magic Stick

Boston Hardcore band American Nightmare just released a new album last week! The self-titled record is the band's first release in over 15 years. They first rose to popularity in the scene back in the early 2000's with their self titled EP in 2000 followed up by their first studio full length release, Background Music, released in 2001 by Equal Vision. Their run lasted a few years before the band parted ways, and then reunited in 2011. But now, with the new release out, American Nightmare is hitting the road and playing shows throughout the US and Canada before they head over to the UK and Europe this Spring.

American Nightmare is headed to Detroit and to play  the Magic Stick this Saturday, February 24th. Joining them on the bill are No Warning and Spiritual Cramp. Tickets for the show are $23 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, courtesy of Black Iris Booking. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #nightmare 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.




~C

Win Tickets to See Lil Xan at El Club

This Saturday night, Lil Xan will be taking over El Club in Detroit! Lil Xan broke onto the scene last year with his hit song "Betrayed". The song made it to the Billboard Hot 100, a pretty impressive accomplishment for a debut single. Check out the music video for "Betrayed" below.


Now you get a chance to see this heart breaker perform live when he brings the Xanarchy tour to town this weekend. Lil Xan will be joined by Steven Cannon $C, for a night that we're sure will be awesome. Tickets for this show are sold out, but thanks to our friends at El Club and Party Store Productions we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #xan in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome for this one and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. For more info, click here.


~C

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Khemmis at The Loving Touch

This Thursday night, Black Iris Booking is bringing Khemmis to town! The band is currently on tour in support of their latest release, A Conversation with Death and they are making their way to The Loving Touch tomorrow night. They will be joined by 1000 Yard Stare, Golden Torso and Bubak. Check out this trailer for Khemmis' tour to get pumped for the show!


Tickets for Thursday's show are $14 in advance and can be purchased here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show from Hip in Detroit and Black Iris Booking. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #khemmis in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and they will get in the door with a friend for free that night. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. for this one and all ages are welcome. 


~C

Reuther Wants to Make Sure that You Don't Miss "Last Call"

One of my favorite ways to beat the winter blues is to listen to some uplifting music that reminds me that better times are ahead. Reuther's new LP is one of those uplifting albums that will help pull you out of your funk and get you dancing your way into the summer. Yesterday, they released a new song and music video for the single "Last Call" off their impending LP Like a Ghost, and they will be breaking in the new Sancturary in Hamtramck on April 28th at their album release show. But for now, we reached out to Dan and Jimmy to find out more about the band, the album, and where they plan to go from here. Check out what they had to say and then give their new single a listen. It's the perfect dose of pop punk to cheer you up and help you beat the winter blues!


HID- Where did the band name Reuther come from?
Dan- "Our name comes from Walter P. Reuther, The Labor Union leader of the mid 20th century. He was a big deal with United Auto Workers (UAW), which obviously had a huge presence in Detroit. In fact, I-696 is named after him."
Jimmy- "We felt like the name is unique and has a great tie to the city. So many hours logged between the three of us on that freeway."

HID- Why did you decide to release this LP with Ontario based Get Party Records?
Dan- "Well, they've had many great releases of bands we know, Specifically Snacks? and Wasted Potential. It was a very long process speaking with numerous labels and so many getting rejections or just non-responses and those guys really dug us from the beginning and wanted to make it happen. I do have to also give credit to our Publicist, Lauren Mills (https://www.millsonwheelspr.com/). She did a lot of great work for one of my other bands, Splitters, and we're excited to work with her again. She always manages to get the bands she represents on great publications."
Jimmy- "The Get Party guys have been really supportive and it felt like a good fit. It's more so of a co-release though with Get Party pushing it in Canada and our own company that we started, Too Hype! Music, handling the US side of things."

HID- Where did you record the new LP?
Dan- "Our record was recorded last year at Drifting Sun Studios in Ferndale. Our good friend Chuck Huber runs the place and does excellent work. His other recent records were with Cheapshow and Due North. He's also just a great friend of ours - He officiated my wedding! Also, it was mastered at Drive Studios in Ontario - Great studio that has done work with my favorite band, The Flatliners - Which is why we went with them."
Jimmy- "Chuck does great work and I'm proud of the things he's done with Drifting Sun. It's relaxing to record with one of your best friends. I think at times we over stayed our welcome though lol."

HID- Were the songs written when you went in the studio or did you create them while you were there?
Dan- "Little bit of both, the songs were definitely "done" before we got in there, but as it often goes, things like lyrics needed some twerking and some other minor things needed to be banged out. All in all, the songs ended up sounding how we intended before we got in there."
Jimmy- "The structure of the songs were all there, but there are a couple that I revamped lyrically during the process. It really worked out well and am excited for people to hear the album."

HID- How would you describe the bands writing process, who usually starts things off and how do you turn that into a song?
Dan- "Jim usually comes to us like, "Hey check out this riff" and we play it and, like, an hour or so later we have a general structure done and just tweak it from there. Lyrics usually come after. After playing it at rehearsals and adding lyrics, the initial structure is about 70% what it was previously was with all the changes. It works for us!"
Jimmy- "I'd describe the process as relaxed. Usually I'll bring a guitar part to the guys, sometimes with a lyric idea, and then we'll just jam on it to see where it ends up. Jordan and Dan throw in their ideas and then the song just starts to morph."

HID- Do you plan to tour when this album is released?

Dan- "Absolutely. We have numerous release shows getting booked in Grand Rapids, Kzoo, Detroit and London, ON (That's where our label is located). Getting tours set when you're more or less starting out like this can be difficult, but we've done it before and we'll do it again. Jim, Jordan and I toured a lot before together with previous bands."

HID- Will you do a big local release show?

Dan- "April 28th at the NEW Sanctuary in Hamtramck. Our good friend Maxxwell is putting us up for it and is very excited to have us - I'm really fuckin' stoked to see his new place. The way he talks about it, it will be amazing. By that time, we'll have Vinyl pressed and the record will be full on out for everyone to enjoy. We're still getting a few details confirmed and will announce more about it in the coming weeks."

HID- What's your personal favorite track of the LP and why?
Dan- "Oooooo.... hard one. I'll give you two. First off, 'Tuxedos and Jet Skis'. The name comes from the P.Diddy video where he literally is being a baller and riding a jet ski in a tuxedo. When Jim and I first put the song together, we just kept asking ourselves "How would Diddy do this?" and laughing about the concept in general. We have a grand concept for a video for it, in which we will also be riding jet skis in tuxedos on Lake St. Clair or something. That will take some generous funding, hopefully Diddy will come through. Secondly, I really love the song "Last Call". It's just a blast of a song, pretty short and just doesn't fuck around. It was also quite difficult to record on my part... It's just really fast. But as far as how it turned out, I'm really happy with it." 
Jimmy- "That's tough to pick just one. For me it's between "So Predictable" and "Last Call" because I can relate to them a lot lyrically. I feel like these songs are a good representation of our growth as a band too."

HID- What song are you most looking forward to playing live?

Dan- "In general, just all of it. Some of these songs we've never played live before, just at rehearsal and in studio. If they go half as well as they did in Studio, I'll be quite happy."
Jimmy- "I agree with Dan, all of them. We grew up on energetic pop punk and feel these songs capture that vibe."


HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Dan- "My car has caught on fire on numerous occasions and I don't really know what to do about it. Advice would be appreciated."
Jimmy- "I have no advice for Dan. Someone please help him!"




~S

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hip in Detroit Talks All Things Hamtramck Music Fest on Our Next Podcast

Flyer by Chris Jarvis
This Sunday, February 25th your favorite hip ladies will once again be going live on the air at PodcastDetroit.com to talk all things hip. This month's podcast will focus on all things Hamtramck Music Fest with some of the artists that will be playing this year's festival. This includes Frances Harrington and Jimmy Walkup from Brother Son, David Thoel from LNSP and Bave, Adam and Zee from Tart and Chris Jarvis from Ancient Language (and Obscura Broadcasting). We will also have Lee Majors with us at some point.

So, mark your calendars to tune in live at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. this Sunday. You can also email us with a question or two if you would like. Please email all questions to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #podcast. We will read them on the air while we talk all things Hamtramck Music Fest. You can listen live by visiting PodcastDetroit.com. We never know what studio we are going to be in until we get there, so make sure you are following us on Instagram so you can find out how to listen the day of the show!


~S

Win Tickets to See Big Gigantic at The Masonic Temple

This Saturday, February 24th AEG and The Crofoot have teamed up to bring the Got The Love Tour to town, featuring Big Gigantic, The Floozies, and Shallou to The Masonic Temple. After all the cold nights and pounds of snow that we have endured this winter, this will be the best way to warm up and get your blood moving again. This electronic, hip-hop and jazz-infused night will no doubt be one to remember.

Tickets to attend the tour are $29.50. You can purchase advance tickets here or you can try your luck and enter to a win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of AEG. To enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #love. We will draw one lucky person this Saturday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.


~S

Monday, February 19, 2018

Celebrate Black History Month in Detroit

Black History Month was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It was adopted as a national month-long celebration in 1976 and is celebrated throughout the country in many different ways throughout the month of February. Here in Detroit, many of the galleries and museums are celebrating by hosting Black History Month events.  But, the month is almost over! So if you haven't had a chance to celebrate this holiday, here are few fun ways that you can honor the history of the black experience. 

African American History Day
Feb. 24th 10 am - 4 pm 
Cost: Free for all

Oh Ananse! by the Detroit Puppet Theater
Feb. 25th 2 pm
Cost: $15/adults, $10/kids

African History Month
Feb. 22nd - 25th 1 pm - 3pm Thursday - Sunday
Cost: $14/adults, $11/ages 2-12, free/under age 2

Detroit Institute of Arts
Black History Month
All month Long
Open: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Mondays)
Cost: Free/Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents; others: $14/adults, $9/seniors, $8/college students with ID, $6/ages 6-17, free/kids 5 and under

Henry Ford Museum
Celebrate Black History Event
Feb. 21st - 25th  9:30 am - 5 pm daily
Cost: Free admission with museum ticket: $23/ages 12-61, $17.25/ages 3-11, $21/ages 62-plus, free/kids 2 and under; $6/parking


~S

Win Tickets to See Majid Jordan at The Majestic this Saturday


In October of 2017 Majid Jordan released their second album called The Space Between. They also were sampled on "For Free", on DJ Khaled's ultra-successful Major Key album.  Now, the duo is headed out a world tour that is making a stop at the Majestic Theatre to play alongside Stwo this Saturday, February 24th

Tickets to attend the show are $30.50 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of AEG Presents. To enter to win,  please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #jordan. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.

~S

Friday, February 16, 2018

Win Tickets to See the Gin Blossoms

The Gin Blossoms are a low key hit-making machine whose Sunday night show at St. Andrew's is going to be an endless loop of sing-along bangers that quickly make you realize how huge they were.  Their first single "Hey Jealousy" boosted them into the public eye in 1992 and they stayed on the Billboard charts for most of the 90's, bagging out tracks like "Follow You Down", "Until I Fall Away",  "Till I hear It From You", and "Found Out About You". They even appeared in two of my favorite 90's films, Empire Records and Wayne's World 2. Their 25-year-old album New Miserable Experience is solid from start to finish and will be played in full at this Sunday's show. 

Tickets to attend the event are $25 to $50 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. To enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #heyjelousy. We will draw one lucky person on Sunday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.  


~S

Win Tickets to See Double Winter Open for Palms at Marble Bar

Its been recently brought to my attention that a lot of people don't realize how important opening acts are. Admittedly, I myself forgot how important and valuable they are so I made a promise to start getting my ass there early. Opening acts are bands on their way up. Opening bands are usually newer and have something different or interesting to offer. They are there to get the crowd going and if they are really good, they are there to gain some fans and become headlining acts themselves someday. If you really want to know whats happening in music, you go see the opening bands. A lot of times those bands might have even been chosen by the band that you are there to see, so there is a good chance you are going to dig them.

That's why we are encouraging you to head up to the PALM show at Marble Bar a little earlier to see Detroit's own Double Winter on Monday night. We recently saw them open for Handgrenades and they were really good. Tickets to attend the show are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, you can purchase them online here. Or, you can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #gotothewholeshow. Then, make sure that if you win, you get up to Marble Bar early and enjoy the whole show to get more music for your money!


~S

Get Classy for FREE at the DSO with The Andrew Alden Ensemble TONIGHT

Looking for something cultured, classy and free to do this Friday? How about watching an assortment of famous silent French Films brought to life by the Andrew Alden Ensemble! The DSO is hosting a month-long French Festival that includes tons of different events inside The Orchestra Hall and The Cube.
The Andrew Alden Ensemble features a variety of instruments including percussion, synthesizer, piano, violin, viola and electronic production. This Friday's live performance is FREE to all and will run from 10:30 p.m. until midnight. The films will all be from different genres and will mostly focus on the cinema of the 1920's, the Andrew Alden Orchestra will be playing 100% original material. YOU MUST reserve a seat to attend tonight's event and you can do that now by clicking here.


~S

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Win Tickets to See John Maus at El Club

This past fall, John Maus released a new album Screen Memories. Now the band is out on tour in support of the new release. John Maus will be headed to Detroit to perform at El Club this Saturday, February 17th. Check out the music video for the song "The Combine" off the new album then read ahead to find out how you can win tickets to the Detroit show.


John Maus will be joined by Gary War for Saturday's show. Tickets for the show are $13 in advance or $15 at the door. You can pick up your tickets in advance here.

You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #maus 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 8 p.m. on Saturday and all ages are welcome.


~C