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 


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!


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 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.


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 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!


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 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!"


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 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!


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 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.


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 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. 


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 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. 


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 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.


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!