Friday, September 4, 2015

New Music from a New Band - Ourselves

If you're a fan of hardcore music, we think we have a band you will like. Ourselves is a 4 piece band from Detroit featuring Joshua Beausoleil, Scott Thomas Christie, Cale Kehoe and Mike Ketelhut. Their sound has been compared to bands like Burn, 411, and Quicksand. The guys recently headed into the studio to record their first 7" with Matthew Cross (Orange 9mm/Collapse), which already gives them some clout in our book. The album is set to come out some time this fall on Dropping Bombs, a newer record label in the Detroit area that has released albums for bands like Tharsis They and Spit Spewing Snakes

Check the track entitled "Nothing Is Written" off Ourselves' upcoming release below.  

If you like what you hear, make sure you head over and give Ourselves and Dropping Bombs a couple "likes" on Facebook to stay in the loop on a release date and pre-order information. This is a band we're definitely looking forward to checking out, so make sure you keep an eye on for upcoming shows and more info on Ourselves. 



NRR: Nurturing Rising Rockers Charity Giveaway

The kids, its all about the kids! In the now immortal words of Mr. Kanye West we say "listen to the kids, bro!" Kayne West's speech may have been a little ridiculous, but he had one good point to make. The kids are the future. They are the creators, the innovators, and the game changers. Each generation pushes us forward and helps to change the way we see the world through technology, politics, and of course, music.  

The next Kurt Cobain is out there. The Next Robert Plante is out there. The next generation of musicians are out there writing experimenting and finding new ways to express their reality. The one obstacle that a lot of kids face is the access to the resources that they need to create. Imagine if Stevie Wonder never learned how to play piano, what would the world be like without him? I don't want to live in a Stevie Wonderless world, do you?

Making sure that the next generation has access to the tools they need to create and push our culture forward is very important. We are excited to see that our friends over at NRR understand this and are doing something about it. They are currently giving away an acoustic guitar and lessons to a kid that can't afford it. "Bluesairmen Guitars, Hard Edge Radio, and National Rock Review have teamed up to help realize a dream for a child prodigy lurking out there who might not have the means to express themselves fully. We’re giving away a brand new acoustic guitar and free music lessons to one lucky child in the Metro Detroit area." If you know a child in the Wayne, Macomb, or Oakland area that needs a little help getting started, this is their chance to enter to win. The contest runs through September 15th. Details can be found on NRR's website here.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Detroit Ska Festival

This Thursday and Friday night head to The Sanctuary in Detroit for the Detroit Ska Festival! This two day festival will feature about a dozen bands from near and far away. The lineup includes:

7:50 pm - Max Ether (Detroit)
8:40 pm (#######)
9:30 pm - Molly Rhythm (Trenton, NJ)
10:20 pm - CBJ (Detroit)
11:10 pm - Big D and the Kid's Table (Boston, Massachusetts)
12:30 am - ??? MYSTERY GUEST ???

7:15 pm - Rut Strutter (Detroit)
8 pm - The Mushmen (Kalamazoo)
8:50 pm - The Skashank Redemption (Columbus, OH)
9:40 pm - The Duppy-3 (Covington, Kentucky)
10:30 pm - The Butts (Detroit)
11:20 pm - Still Alive (Chicago, IL)

Rumor has it that the mystery band is going to be J. Navarro & The Traitors, Jay's newest project featuring Eric Abbey, Negus Arubis, Ken Haas, Steven Kachnowski, Jason Millbauer and Scott Vesey. These guys have been in the studio lately and we can't wait to check them out! 

Tickets for the Detroit Ska Fest are $20 for both nights. There isn't a website that you can buy tickets in advance through, but if you would like to reserve tickets, email Ignatius Wolf at Doors will open at 6 p.m. each day and the music will start at 7 p.m. The Sanctuary is located at 1501 E. Outer Drive in Detroit. For more details on this festival and for descriptions of each of the bands, head over to the Facebook event page here


The Personal is Political (and Fashionable) for Plus Size Model Liz Shar

You may have seen Detroit native Liz Shar performing onstage with Fancy Street, Phantom Cats, or as Ginger Spice at last year’s Creepy Cheapy. These days, the flame-haired beauty with the piercing blue eyes is in D.C., ready to take on grad school, unrealistic standards for women, and the rapidly changing world of plus-size modeling. Hip in Detroit caught up with Shar to find out what she thinks of the recent body positive movement and what her plans are for the future.
KT- How and when did you get started modeling?
LS- I have always been a performer in terms of singing, dancing, and acting, but I honestly never thought I would become a model. I just didn't think I would like being stuck in front of a camera, since I was so used to having a stage. In the winter of 2012, my former roommate, Detroit artist Kelly Guillory, asked me if I would be interested in test shooting with renowned fashion photographer, MUAH, and stylist Leticia Fisher who was starting a plus size fashion publication called PHAT Magazine (now Majour Magazine), and I thought maybe I should give it a shot! Needless to say, I ended up loving the camera. Working with Fisher for PHAT Magazine was an absolutely invaluable experience that I am still so grateful for. Her work is edgy and sexy, and she really let me experiment and find my own way as a model while giving me tips and direction as needed. She really opened up my eyes to the entire plus size modeling/fashion world that I had not been entirely aware of up to that point!

KT: How soon after did you get signed by IPM Model Management?
LS: I got signed to IPM MM soon after walking the runway for Full Figured Fashion Week 2014 in New York City.

KT: Did you have any fashion role models growing up? If so, who?
LS: Do Disney princesses count? If so, them, but also the evil witches and queens in Disney movies, the Spice Girls, and then Avril Lavigne in middle school, and Stevie Nicks in high school.

KT: How would you describe your own personal style?
LS: This is a difficult one... I've always kind of done my own thing when it comes to fashion. I tend to dress more "boho" than anything nowadays, but sometimes that Disney witch goth in me still comes out. When I was a child, my favorites were a black velvet and gold Minnie Mouse dress with puffy sleeves, and hot pink cowboy boots with gold studs, otherwise I would just wear dance costumes around the house!
KT: You've been very up front about overcoming an eating disorder on social media. How has modeling affected your body image?
LS: Yes, for years I was on and off battling bulimia, and punishing myself in other ways for being fat. At a certain point, I realized that if I'm going to declare myself a feminist and care about other women's self love and body acceptance, then I should focus on my own as well. Society teaches women to devalue themselves if they don't live up to its extremely narrow vision of beauty, and although more generous, the plus size fashion industry is not exempt from this part of our world. People may think that plus models have it easy, but in reality, there are still narrow margins placed upon us. I've been told I'm too big, then getting too small, or that I need to trim my hips, but not lose the weight in my face... it's pretty absurd at times how specific the ideals can be.

Honestly, I've taught myself to ignore the societal clamor, because no one fits into one narrow margin. We all have unique body types with genetically predetermined fat deposits, and I refuse to devalue myself because I'm not exactly who someone wishes I was in terms of size. I truly believe that our bodies are shells for the soul, and if I can emulate a healthy spirit, then who cares if I'm a perfect hourglass with a flat stomach and a big ass? I eat healthy, exercise daily, and I'm becoming more psychologically sound and psychically connected to myself each day.

Overall, I would say modeling has greatly improved my body image based on what I've learned about myself, and how I've grown in reaction to the body shaming world around me.

KT: Was there any special significance for you when Tess Holliday signed with MiLK Model Management?
LS: I find it so interesting that I could be so proud of someone that I don't even know in real life! Tess is probably the most important face of the body acceptance movement, so for her to get signed to an agency and be featured in Torrid and Monif C, who usually use size 12 - 16 models, was pretty amazing and influential! People continually shame her for being the size she is, and make all sorts of claims about her health and the message she's spreading to young girls about health and weight... but I think it’s great that there is a size 22 model representing women over a size 16, because whether people like it or not, these women exist, and guess what? They also love fashion! This is when I drop #stylehasnosize and #effyourbeautystandards. Haha.

KT: Model Denise Bidot has said that plus size models should just be referred to as models. How do you feel about the term plus size?
LS: I do not think we should drop the plus quite yet. Adding "plus" is an important marketing term that lets women over a size 12 know that there is clothing in their size available for them. Basically, as long as women have to seek out special designers and stores to find their size, we actually need the term plus. You can't just say "models" because there aren't just "sizes". There are petites, plus, and maternity. These are all terms to specify the sizing of the available clothing, and therefore the models should generally match! I mean, of course plus models are just models... but most plus models are actually plus sized, so they can only model plus sizes. If you're a size 10 or 12, you may be able to still shop at any store you want, but as soon as you reach the 12-14 cusp, you may need to work extra to seek out size-specific designers, and isn't "plus" synonymous with "extra"? It's true that bigger curves offer "more to love," but also "more to deal with" in regards to finding clothes that fit properly, so we need to keep the plus to simplify the search.

KT: What designers are you currently working with?
LS: I just worked with Sydney's Closet for their upcoming Prom line, which was SO much fun. One second I was a Disney princess, the next I was a rockabilly diva. There is actually a sneak peak of the gowns featured in the current September 2015 issue of Plus Model Magazine!
KT: What do you see as the future for plus size fashion?
LS: I think that more and more designers will want to take advantage of the growing plus size fashion market. As the world slowly, collectively realizes that most women are over a size 8, plus sizes will become easier to find, which may one day lead to just having "sizes," when we can drop the plus. The average woman in the United States is a size 14, so there is obviously a large market with money to be made. The truth is that real women are all different sizes, and they ALL want to look fly!

KT: Are you still pursuing music even though you are no longer in Detroit?
LS: I've been messing around on Ableton, and I brought a guitar with me to play around with, but I haven't been aggressively pursuing music at the moment. The next four months are going to be really, really intense between grad school, my internship with the Linguistic Society of America, and working at Whole Foods, but I'm still planning on learning guitar slowly, but surely, because I really need to learn an instrument that I can travel with! Of course, I'm constantly singing, and I'm always writing songs in my head, but I really do miss being in a band. Next semester I may try to get a little group together, but honestly, I need to wait and see how my school workload feels first.

KT: What are you studying in grad school?
LS: I'm attending Georgetown University for a M.S. in Sociolinguistics. I'm interested in dialect change/variation, language stigmatization, and language and identity in regards to gender and race. Yes I'm actually a huge nerd!!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Calling All Crafters!

Handmade Detroit is looking for vendors for this year's Detroit Urban Craft Fair. The fair will be returning to Detroit's Masonic Temple for its 10th year this December. The event is known for hosting some of Detroit's coolest up and coming hand made goods.  I personally do a lot of my Christmas shopping at the show.
This two day show is one of the best opportunities a local D.I.Y. crafter has to get their goods out to the masses. If you decide to apply for a booth, your biggest problem will be making enough merchandise to prevent yourself from running out before the weekend is over. This is not your mama's craft fair! The DUCF features food, music, and some of the most unique holidays gifts you can find in Metro Detroit.
September 25th is your last day to apply  to be a vendor. They are very picky about who gets into the show. Make sure that you give a good description of your company and provide lots of great photos of your products. The more unique your products are, the more likely you will be to get into the show. If you would like to apply click here.
I am looking forward to seeing what kinds of new vendors are at the show this year. If you're not a crafter and you're more of a shopper like me, mark your calendars now. This year's fair will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 5, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 6.


Win Tickets to See Toxic Holocaust at The Loving Touch

Black Iris Booking continues to bring new and interesting lineups to Ferndale. This week they will be bringing Joel Grind's Toxic Holocaust to The Loving Touch. They are currently on tour with Lord Dying and will be playing in Ferndale this Friday, September 4th alongside Detroit's own S.N.A.F.U. and Shit Life. Tickets for the show are $13 in advance, they can be purchased here.

We also have one pair of tickets to give away thanks to ladies over at Black Iris Booking. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to with Toxic Holocaust in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and will email them details on how to claim their prize.

Toxic Holocaust recently released a music video for the song "Acid Fuzz". Check it out and come out to the show if you like what you hear!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Win Tickets to See Agnostic Front

For almost 30 years Agnostic Front has defined hardcore. They are currently on tour in support of their tenth album The American Dream Died and they will be making a stop in Detroit on Tuesday, September 8th. These legends will be playing at the Majestic Cafe alongside Freedom and Poison Tongues. Tickets for show are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. All ages are welcome to attend.

The ladies over at Black iris Booking gave us one pair of tickets to give away to this one. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with Agnostic Front in the subject. We will draw one winner the morning of the show and we will email them details on how to claim their prize.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Song Premiere: "Sometimes We Scream" by American Noise Army

Flint's own ANA (aka American Noise Army) is gearing up to release their debut full length album. The album is called American Noise Army Pt. 1 and rumor has it that it's going to be a "'game changer' for the Michigan music scene". Judging by what we've heard so far, we are definitely digging it and can't wait to hear the entire album. So far the band has premiered "Dirt" on Nothing Original and "Away With You" with Alternative Press Detroit. Well, here at Hip In Detroit we are thrilled to premiere another new track off of the album. It's called "Sometimes We Scream", crank the volume up and check it out below.

American Noise Army Part 1 is set to be released on October 20. Starting next week, you can preorder the 10 song album through iTunes or bandcamp for just $5.99 and get an instant download of 3 songs. If you preorder through bandcamp, you will also receive a downloadable lyric book. Once the album is officially released the price will go up to $8.99. You know you're going to want this album, so you might as well save yourself a few bucks and go for that preorder deal! 

To stay in the know on ANA's new album and upcoming shows, make sure you head over and "like" them on Facebook here


Station 515

Photos Courtesy of Station 515

Workout trends come and go, every week there is some new thing that you are supposed to be doing to stay in shape. I have tried out most of these things and found that for me, good old cardio, weight lifting, and dynamic workouts are the only things that really do the trick. There is no easy way to get in shape and lose weight, it is all about putting in the work and doing your best day to day. I'm sick of gyms, shakes, diets, and trainers promising things that they cant deliver. My disgust with the weight loss hamster wheel made me turn to working out on my own and my progress eventually plateaued when I got into a routine and consistently avoided things I hated, like push ups while over doing it on things like squats, which I love. I was frustrated and discouraged when I was asked to interview the owner of Station 515 for our pals at InkAddict. I did a little research and went to the 515 gym to meet the owner and talk to him about his workout philosophy and routine. I left the gym feeling inspired and booked my first workout the next day!
Chris Burkey, or Burkey as he likes to be called, is one hell of a dude. Not only does he train harder than anyone I know, he's got the coolest attitude about working out, gyms, food and fitness. He's a no bullshit kind of person. He doesn't offer you any sort of magical fix instead he asks why do you even want to work out, what are your goals. You are not going to achieve anything if you don't recognize where you are and where you want to go. Much like myself, Burkey sees training and working out as a process. I asked him what kind of shoes I should be wearing, and he told me it didn't matter what kind of shoes I wore, what matters is that I get my ass up and do some work while I'm in them. He stresses pushing yourself, holding yourself accountable, and making a point to make yourself better one day, one task, and one movement at a time. It was the first no bullshit response I have ever gotten from a trainer.
The 515 gym is isn't filled with 100 elliptical machines that people are walking on while they read a magazine, and there is no one there staring at their muscles in the mirror. In fact, there are no mirrors. Instead there are weights, chains, and bars. Things to lift, pull, and move. You can book individual appointments, but they also have group appointments, where you work out with up to four other people at a time. The experience of working in a group with others and being accountable to the group helps to motivate you to do better, try harder, and make sure that you show up. The price of training in a group of four is a measly $15 , way less than any other gym or trainer I have come across and yet the workout was one of the best ones I have ever got.
I was hooked after my first session with 515 trainer Jake Watson. It was rough, but I got through it. I felt encouraged and enjoyed meeting a few new people before the session. I plan on continuing with the gym and seeing how far I can go. If you are looking for a no bullshit approach to making a change, come join me at Station 515!