Friday, April 28, 2017

Party with White Shag at The Magic Bag TONIGHT!

Tonight White Shag is taking over The Magic Bag in Ferndale for their big record release show! The band is celebrating the release of their new self titled album, which is actually the first full length from the band. That's pretty shocking since you've heard their name a thousand times and have seen them playing around town for years. The album is being put out by Jett Plastic Recordings. You can get a little preview of the album by listening to their song "I Want You" on Rob Reinhart's Essential Music on WDET here. (The song starts at about 1:30:00.) The band has also been doing a lot of podcasts and appearances to get ready for this big release. So make sure you head over to their Facebook here to check those out.

Since White Shag is such a kick ass band, they had to come up with a pretty kick ass lineup to share the stage with them for this big release. They have invited The Beggars and DIRTWOLF to come out and party with them, making for one of the best lineups we've seen in a while! The party is set to start at 8 p.m. Friday night and it's only $10 to get in the door. For more details on this show, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Win Tickets to See Malcolm London at El Club

This Sunday night poet and activist Malcolm London will be making an appearance at El Club in Detroit! You may have seen this Chicago based artist on the TED Talks on PBS or on Verses & Flow. Well now you have the chance to see him in person. Check out the music video for his song "Charlie" below.

Tickets for this show are only $10 in advance or $12 at the door. You can purchase your tickets here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show courtesy of Hip in Detroit and Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win, send your name over to with #malcolm in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and they will get into the show that night, with a friend, for free.   


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Win Tickets to Catch Mother Cyborg + Britney Stoney and More at El Club!

Mother Cyborg has already made a name for herself as one of Detroit's best DJs, but this Saturday, April 29th she will be taking it to the next level by releasing her first full length album called Pressure Systems at El Club. Mother Cyborg is community builder, an activist and one hell of a singer. She works really hard to blend different forms of music together to create a very unique sound. She also worked really hard to put together one hell of a album release show. This Saturday's party will feature performances by MPeach, DJ Ripley, Britney Stoney and Techno Poetics. She also recruited Tunde Olaniran to host the event! If you're hoping to dance your ass off this weekend, this is the place to be.
Tickets to attend this one are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You can purchase advance passes to the show here. Or, you can take your chances and enter to win a pair of tickets to attend the party with a friend for free. To enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #mother. We will draw one lucky winner and email them details on how to claim their prize this Saturday. 


Win Tickets to See The Damned at St. Andrews Hall

The Damned released their first album in 1977. Since then they have released 9 other full length albums and they have toured all over the world. The band formed in London, England in 1976 and became known as one of the first punk bands to embrace goth, something that set them apart from other bands at the time. They are known as one of the first punk bands to break up and get back together, to go through a ton of lineup changes, to release a single, to release a full length album and to still be kicking ass and playing live 40 years later.

The band is currently on a worldwide tour with The BellRays and they will be making a stop in Detroit to play St. Andrew's Hall this Saturday, April 29th. Tickets to attend the event are $23 to $115 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to see these punk rock legends in side Detroit's legendary St. Andrew's Hall. If you would like to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email with the subject line #damned. We will draw one lucky person this Saturday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Win Tickets to See Acid Mothers Temple at Marble BarAc

Coming up on Monday, May 1st, the one and only Acid Mothers Temple will be making their way to Detroit. They will be hitting the stage at Marble Bar alongside Babylon and Chatoyant. This Japanese band doesn't make their way to Detroit very often, so you do not want to miss this show. Check out this video of Acid Mothers Temple performing live so you know what you can expect to see and hear on Monday night.

Tickets for this show are only $13 in advance or $15 at the door. You can pick yours up in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name to with #AMT in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and they will get into Marble Bar that night with a friend for free. 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Win Tickets to See Supersuckers at Small's

Supersuckers just kicked off a North American tour and they're making their way to Detroit this weekend! The band will be hitting the stage at Small's this Friday, April 28th. Joining this kick ass band on the bill for the evening are Dear John Tractor and Dirty Copper. Get ready for this awesome show by rocking out to Supersuckers' song "Born with a Tail".

Tickets for this show are $16 in advance or $18 at the door. You can pick yours up in advance here. Thanks to Ramona at Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show to one lucky winner! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name over to with #supersuckers in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome to attend this show. 


It's Your Show Travis Wright Just Wants to Host It

At the beginning of the year Travis Wright announced that he would be leaving WDET. The radio host began his time at WDET as the host of "All Things Considered" in 2011 and was currently co-hosting the show "Cultural Shift". During his time with the station he established himself as the go to person for all things arts, culture, politics, and music that Detroit has to offer. Whenever I would catch one of his broadcasts, I was always impressed by his ability to interview a variety of different types of guests. It was truly a shock to hear that he was leaving the station. So many of us were asking, what's next and we finally have the answer.

Travis has decided to take an entirely new approach to covering the City of Detroit. He wants to try something that no one else has ever done before, but he needs your help to do it. Basically, Travis wants to create a DIY Pop-Up Talk Show that can take place anywhere in Detroit. This broadcast will feature a variety of guests, including people who happen to be in the area when he decides to film the show. He will be exercising his interviewing chops to the max by interviewing anyone that at comes his way. By doing so, he hopes to showcase an unknown and unseen side of Detroit that no one has had the ability to capture to date. We have to say, if anyone can do this, it is him. He has the skills and the knowledge to explore our city and learn more in an interesting and honest way.  Here's the pitch:


We know that we would love to see this project get funded! If you agree, you can help! Just click here to vote for this project to be considered for a grant that would fund the start of this project. You can also vote once a day, so if you really want to help make a pledge, log on and give Travis a vote every day until the campaign is closed. We think that this is a really cool idea and a a step in the right direction for Travis, plus we miss hearing him talk about the city that we love. We can't wait until we can once again get the scoop from Mr. Wright! 


Hip in Detroit Chats with El Club Owner About That Kickstarter You Saw on Facebook

It's been just under a year since El Club opened its doors in SW Detroit. The large open space has been the host to a number of wonderful events since it opened its doors and it has quickly distinguished itself as one of the coolest places to perform in the City of Detroit. They have invited a ton of different acts to play through their superior sound system and we have personally seen some memorable shows, including Valley Hush's album release party, Tunde Olaniran opening for Sleigh Bells and Chelsea Wolfe. We even hosted our five year anniversary party there this past January.  It has become a sought after place to play for local and national acts alike.  
So, naturally they want to expand the space. Have you ever noticed the empty building that looks like it might catch on fire that is next to El Club? That's the building that owner Graeme Flegenheimer wants to turn into what he calls a "community space". Ideally this space would be the host for a variety of things, including a coffee house with performance and retail space, three rentable band practice spaces, a silkscreen studio, a classroom and gallery space, and a rooftop patio. To raise money to create this space, El Club has started a Kickstarter to raise $50,000 to get the project off the ground. The launch of the campaign came with the usual cheers and jeers that come with doing anything in Detroit. Many people were excited by the idea of having a community space like this in SW Detroit and others were angry that a business would ask for money to start another business. Personally, we love the impact that El Club has had on the musical community of Detroit and we like the idea of seeing it expand into more. So, we reached out to Graeme and got answers from the man behind the big plan. Check out what he has to say and click the link to donate below if you are so inclined, they have some solid rewards! 

HID- Who currently owns the building that you are hoping to turn into the new community space?
Graeme Flegenheimer- "We own the building."

HID- If you get the backing for this project when would the facility realistically open?
Graeme Flegenheimer- "Spring 2018"

HID- You are calling it a community space, does that mean that it will feature free events?
Graeme Flegenheimer- "Yes, we will feature free art classes to students in Southwest Detroit, ranging from graphic design, filmmaking, visual arts & music lessons. I have already done these free art classes in my previous space, The Church on York, and it was amazing. We had members of Hole, Maroon 5 & Urge Overkill teaching kids how to play. We'll host AA meetings, NA meetings...The basement will have affordable practice spaces for artists to rent...Finally, a free silk screen studio for folks to use. So yes, free events & tools."

HID- Why did you decide to do a kickstarter for this project?
Graeme Flegenheimer- "Because a business loan was not possible for us. We are also applying to some grant programs. This Kickstarter is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of raising the money needed."

HID- When you say 2500 to throw your own event, is that any event I want?
Graeme Flegenheimer- "Yes"

HID- This campaign has been met with some negativity by people who are wondering why you decided to use a Kickstarter to fund a for profit business, but this isn't the first time this has been done in Detroit and similar campaigns did not receive this kind of backlash. Would you like to address this?
Graeme Flegenheimer- "Yes, the business will turn a small profit, by serving coffee & snacks throughout the day. That income will go to pay the staff, keep the lights on & pay taxes. The buildings primarily purpose to provide free education & creative spaces...So, we can't afford to incur a massive debt from the build out. People like to project their own narrative & make assumptions, so if they wanna hate, that's cool, don't support the cause. I know where my heart & intentions are. I am always open to having a dialogue."

PS. Someone donate that 2500 to rent the club and give me a call, I have ideas!


Monday, April 24, 2017

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Taxon Clade with North by North and The American Automobile

This Wednesday night PJ's Lager House has an awesome show lined up for you! They're bringing Taxon Clade to the stage along with North by North and a newer band on the scene, The American Automobile.

This band reigns from the St. Johns area as well as Hamtramck and features Aidan Pope, Abram McCluer and Ian Gleespen, along with other friends from time to time. They have one record under their belt, entitled Citizen Dance, and a second set to come out this summer. Give their debut album a listen below.
The headliner for the night is Taxon Clade, a feel good pop band from Detroit. Give them a listen below. 

And last, but not least, is North by North from Chicago. Check out some of their tunes below. 

Admission to this great show is only $5 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. Lucky for you, we are also getting some people into this show for free! If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to this show, send your name to with #wednesday in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners on Wednesday morning and they will get in the door that night with a friend for free! Good luck! 


Hip in Detroit Talks Ooh La La Lucha with Jessica Hernandez and Sagen Isham

Last year we announced that we would be starting a monthly podcast. Every month we sit down with some of Detroit's most influential movers and shakers and spend over an hour chatting about all things Detroit. We have had the honor of talking to lots of different people over the last few months, including Camera Jesus, Virginia from Party Store Productions, local insta famous makeup artist Jess Haze, and The Queen of Detroit Miss Jax Anderson of Flint Eastwood. You can listen to our back log of interviews here and you can catch our next live broadcast on live at 6 p.m. this Sunday, April 30th. 

This month, we will have two guests. First we will be sitting down with Jessica Hernandez from Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas. We will be taking to her about her career and her latest album. Then, we will be inviting Sagen Isham from Working Class Outlaws to chat with us about Jessica's big upcoming show at this year's Ooh La La Lucha, a great event that Sagen puts together every year. You can listen live at 6 p.m. this Sunday by logging onto We are usually in Studio 2, but every once in awhile we are in 1, so please check our instagram or click around the channels to tune into the live show.  If you miss that broadcast, follow us on social media to get the link to the rebroadcast when we put it out. We cannot wait to go into depth about Jessica's career, her new album and her big performance at the epic Ooh La La Lucha party at St. Andrew's this Cinco De Mayo!