Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snag a Pair of Tickets to the First Ever Pizza Throwdown

Last year, Slow Roll Co-Founder Jason Hall made a pledge to eat pizza every day for an entire year. He called his journey Pizza 365, and he stuck to it. Jason shared his daily choices on social media, ranging from classics like Buddy's Pizza to the occasional slice from Whole Foods in Detroit. After eating pizza every day for an entire year, he touched every corner on the pizza spectrum here in Detroit and we can definitely say, this guy knows his pizza. 

So, it seems only fitting that after eating pizza for 365 days, Hall would want to eat more pizza! He is one of the people behind a new event that revolves around this delicious cheesy meal, sharing some of the best pizza joints in Detroit with thousands of people all under roof. The event is being called The Pizza Throwdown and it's happening on Sunday, February 11th in Shed 5 at the Eastern Market

"The event is the opportunity for pizza connoisseurs from all over to share stories and adventures that they’ve had through pizza and to experience all the creativity that truly goes into pizza." With paid admission, you will get to sample 5 sample size slices, from a selection of some of the best pizzerias around. Additional full slices will be available for purchase, as well as drinks at a full bar. There will be tunes provided by DJ Tom T and the shed will be full of delicious smells and people that love pizza. What could be better?

Tickets for the Pizza Throwdown start at just $15 and are available in advance here. Soon, the price will increase to $20 though, once the limited amount of early bird tickets sell out. So make sure you snag your tickets up sooner rather than later! We are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader, so you and your friend can get into this awesome pizza party for free! To enter, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #pizza in the subject line. 

If there's anything we know for sure about Jason Hall, this guy knows his stuff about pizza and he knows how to bring a crowd together. So we're sure The Pizza Throwdown will be epic! For more information on this awesome event and to see the growing list of pizzerias participating, head over to ThePizzaThrowdown.com.


~C

Show Review: The Killers @ The Masonic Temple

Photo Credit: Rob Loud - @RobLoud
Monday night, The Killers played to a packed house at The Detroit Masonic Temple. The band kicked the night off with their single "Run for Cover" off their latest release Wonderful, Wonderful. Visuals from the music video projected on the screen behind them, showing fans, this wasn't going to be just a basic rock show. Instead, the performance was accompanied by lasers, lights, a giant screen, and a trio of female backup singers, making for more of an arena experience inside the walls of this historic venue. After kicking things off with a new one, The Killers then played a string of their older radio hits, as well as a ton of songs off Sam's Town, their 2006 release, still one of their most popular albums to date.
For fans old and new, this was an excellent show from start to finish. The Killers were full of energy and promised the crowd that they would try their best to put on an awesome rock show, and that they did. The band blended their newer hits, like "The Man" in with old favorites, rather than splitting the show up between old and new, or making fans wait until the end of the show to hear the big songs. To round the night off, this band played a true encore, leaving fans cheering for minutes straight before reappearing on stage. The encore set is something that has become entirely to predictable at shows over the years, with many bands stepping to the side of the stage for mere seconds before coming out for a few more songs. The Killers made sure that their fans showed that they wanted to hear more, and the fans weren't going anywhere until that happened. The night ended with one of the band's most popular songs, "Mr. Brightside", which still holds up as a great song 14 years later.

It had been a while since The Killers played in Detroit proper, but next time they come to town, their show is definitely worth checking out. In the mean time, check out their new album Wonderful Wonderful and while you're at it, revisit a few of the band's old favorites below. You can also check out a few clips from the night by visiting us on instagram, @hipindetroit.





~C

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The 2018 Hamtramck Music Fest Band Lineup has Been Announced!

The Hamtramck Music Fest will be returning to Hamtown the first weekend of March. The local festival celebrates local music by turning the City of Hamtramck into a multi-venue part for multiple nights. We will be announcing all the details as they come out, including where you can buy fee-free tickets. But, in the meantime, here is the official list of everyone that will be playing this year's event!

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Abul on Fire
Act Casual
Alise King
All the Wild Children
Ancient Language
Anthony Retka
Asklepius
Bad Medicine
Bangla School of Music
Banjolectric
BAVE
Ben Keeler Band
Betsy Soukup
Bevlove
Bison Machine
Black Shampoo
Black Tie Circus
The Blueflowers
Blue Pontiac
Bogart
Border Patrol
Brian McCarty & the Big Bad Beat
Brother Son
Bruce Farrell
Bubak
Carmel Liburdi
Cash O’Riley
The Cheetahs
Cosmic Light Shapes
Craig Brown Band
Crashing Cairo
The Creepos
Crune
Cye Pie & Ya Homies
Dear Darkness
Detroit 442
Discipline
Doctor Pizza
Doctor Wolf
Drinkard Sisters
Dr Mindbender
The Dropout
Dude
Duende!
Earth Engine
Electric Huldra
Emilie Rivard
Emma Guzman
Eroders
Ex American
Five Pound Snap
Fizzbang
The Flipsters
Francis DeCarlo
Frank Woodman
Funkwagon
Futile Empire
The Garden Party
Girl Fight
Glasfabrik
Golden Torso
Go Tiger Go
The Gruesome Twosome
Hala
Heartbreak Dallas & the Unfaithfuls
High Totals
Honeybabe
The Idiot Kids
The Imaginatron
Jenny & Jackie
Jheremie Jacque
Jibs Brown & the Jambros
Johnny Salvage & the Dregs
Josef Coney Island
Jo Serrapere & John Devine
JP from the HP
J. Walker & the Crossguards
Kate Hinote
Kelly Zullo & the Invisible Circus
Krillin
Kubat, Finlay & Rose
Ladyship Warship
Lagerheads
Large Extra Large
Little Traps
Lizerrd
Mango Lane
Matt Jones
Mexican Knives
Mike Galbraith
Minihorse
Moonwalks
The My Ways
Nadir Omowale
Nick Schillace
Nina & the Buffalo Riders
Nique Love Rhodes & the NLR Experience
Old Man
Pet Psychic
Pewter Cub
Picnic
Piffle
The Pontiac Stags
Post Imperial Jazz Band
Primitiv Parts
Prude Boys
Rabbit Ears
Rachel Brooke
Raven Love & the 27’s
Remnose
Rocky & the Underbellies
Rogue Satellites
Ryan Dillaha
The Savage Seven
Sax & Violence
School of Rock Rochester
The Scrappers
Shallow Stairs
Siamese
Sidewatcher
The Sillies
Slob
Soul Pepper
SSM
Stefanie Cox & the Blox
Steve Harvey Oswald
The Stools
The Strangers
The Sugar Clouds
Suitcase Boozers
Summer Like the Season
TART
The Thin Man

Stay posted for more information as it comes out!

~S

Win Tickets to See Destroyer at the Magic Stick

Destroyer just kicked off their North American Tour by releasing a new video for the song "Stay Lost"off the band's latest album, Ken. The Vancouver based rock band works hard to make sure that none of their albums sound exactly the same. So, if you haven't heard Ken yet, watch the first music video to get a feel for this album.


If you like what you see/hear you can see the band perform live this Sunday, January 21st at the Magic Stick in Detroit. Mega Bog will be opening the show and tickets to attend the show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of AEG Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #destroyer. We will draw one lucky person this weekend and they will get to attend the set with a friend for free.  


~S

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See the Squirrel Nut Zippers at El Club

Swing music was huge in the 30's and 40's, but thanks to bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Cherry Poppin' Daddies, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the genre had a resurgence in the 90's. One of the most popular songs at that time was a song called "Hell" by a band called the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The song was played all the time on radio and TV, you can take a trip down memory lane below.


You can also revisit the 90's by heading out to El Club this Wednesday to catch the Squirrel Nut Zippers live on El Club's killer sound system. Tickets to attend the show are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the bad ass booking team over at Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to swing dance this Wednesday away with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #swing. We will draw one lucky person in the morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


~S 


Monday, January 15, 2018

Win Tickets to Thaw Out with RV Mendoza this Friday

Admit it, you've been staying home a little more than you should. It's been extra cold out these past few weeks, which makes it extra difficult to drag yourself out after the sun goes down. But, it's not healthy to stay locked up all winter, so RV Mendoza decided to give us all a reason that have to leave our houses this Friday.

RV wants to help us all THAW out. He has curated the perfect dance party to get everyone's ass on the floor. This all-inclusive event will feature performances by RV, Supercoolwicked and Tim Schumack. The night will also feature a DJ set by Jordache.

Tickets to attend the dance party are only $5 in advance and $10 at the door. We'd say that's a pretty small fee for a guaranteed good night, but just to make someone's night extra special, we are also going to give away two tickets to the show. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets for you and a friend to attend the party for free, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #thaw. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday and we will see them at the show. After all, we need a night out too, and if you know RV, you know that this isn't one to be missed.

***This show has been moved to The Magic Stick!***
~S

Don't Miss the Soft Openings of Nosh Pit

Everyone already knows that the Nosh Pit makes great food. The vegetarian/vegan food truck has a reputation for making some seriously delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and sides. In fact, Detroiters loved them so much that they are officially opening a brick and motor location in Hamtramck this week!

To kick things off they are they are hosting a few ticketed "soft openings". The initial dates have already sold out, but you can still grab tickets if you click here. Tickets are $28 a person and each one entitles you to a four-course dinner that will include an appetizer, main course, drink, and dessert.  They will be offering vegan and vegetarian options at all of the dinners and with no official opening date in sight, this is your only way to get a peek at what they have been cooking up in their kitchen.  

To stay up to date and find out when they officially open, follow Nosh Pit on Facebook here.


~S  


Friday, January 12, 2018

Win Tickets to See Tennis LIVE at The Majestic Theatre

This past November, Denver duo Tennis released a new EP called We Can Die Happy. This 5 song release comes just months after the couple's full length album Yours Conditionally. Now the band is out on tour in support of these releases and they are making their way to Detroit.


Tennis will be performing live at The Majestic Theatre on Tuesday, January 16th. Joining them on the bill is Overcoats, who released their debut album Young last year. Tickets for the show are only $16 in advance or $18 at the door. You can purchase your tickets online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #tennis in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this one and the show starts at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome.


~C

Win Tickets to The Nude Party at Marble Bar

This weekend The Nude Party will be making its way from North Carolina to Detroit! The band will be playing at Marble Bar this Sunday night, and we're not sure if you should expect them to be clothed or not when they perform. They claim that they "gained their namesake very literally", so you might get a chance to see some nudity at this one. Although you don't know what you may or may not see at this show, you can at least get an idea of what you will hear by giving The Nude Party's song "Poor Boy Blues" a listen below. They have an awesome sound, reminiscent of the 60's, that we're sure you will dig.


The Nude Party will be joined by Greggfish and DJ Carlito Dorito for this show. Cover is only $5 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also getting a couple of people into this show for free. To enter, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #nudes in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Sunday and 18+ are welcome.


~C

Help Six Feet Over at Small's Winter Band Blender

This Saturday night head to Small's in Hamtramck to see 12 great bands and support 1 great cause. It's time for the Winter Band Blender and this time around, proceeds will go to Six Feet Over, the sister organization to Suck It Suicide. Six Feet Over's goal is to spread awareness and educate others about mental illness and suicide prevention while advocating for and supporting those in need and connecting them with resources. It's a great organization, helping so many in our community, and now you can help them.

Saturday's lineup has something for everyone and includes Ladyship Warship, The Philter, LVRS, Burns, Warren Peace with Dr. Mindbender, Mister, Josef Coney Island, Genghis Ganj, The Blitzers, SNAFU, Bad Assets and Steve Harvey Oswald/Positive Approach. Cover to see this awesome lineup is only $5, but if you're under 21 you'll have to pay $8. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9, and 18+ are welcome. To learn more about this event and the bands playing, click here. To find out more about Six Feet Over, click here.


~C

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Win Tickets to See Passion Pit at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Passion Pit is currently out on the road in support of Tremendous Sea of Love and the tenth anniversary of Chunk of Change EP. The project has been selling out shows across the country and will be making their way to Metro Detroit. Passion Pit is set to hit the stage at Royal Oak Music Theatre on Tuesday, January 16th along with tour mates, slenderbodies, courtship. and Low Energy.

Tickets to see this great lineup live start at $30 and can be purchased in advance here. We are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show to one lucky winner. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #pp in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 


~C

Celebrate the Life of David Bowie Friday Night at Small's

It has been two years since the world lost a legend, David Bowie. His music and career spanned over five decades, crossing cultures, boundaries, and genres, becoming a favorite to many. This week marks the anniversary of his passing, as well as Bowie's 71st birthday. So that calls for a celebration.


This Friday night, Small's will be hosting a Thirst Wave Bowie Tribute Night. Thirst Wave is the longest running club night around and known as one of the best parties in town. The night features a blend of New Wave, Retro Alternative, Dark '80s & '90s Alternative, and this time around it will have a special emphasis of the music of Bowie. Attendees  are encouraged to wear their best Bowie attire, and the best dressed female and male will each win vintage Bowie posters. There will be Ziggy Stardust shot and cocktail specials available, as well as great drink specials all night! It will be an amazing night that you don't want to miss!

Doors for Thirst Wave open at 9 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. If you get there early and you're over 21, admission will be free until 10 p.m. Admission is only $3 after 10, and if you're under 21, it will cost you $5 to get in the door all night long.


For more info on Thirst Wave David Bowie Tribute Night, click here.



~C

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Win Tickets to See Spafford LIVE at El Club

This week Spafford is kicking off their For Amusement Only Tour and Detroit is one of the band's first stops! This band is known for their electro folk sound and every time they hit the stage, audiences are mesmerized. They're set to perform at Banaroo and Red Rocks later this year. So this is your chance to still see this band up close and personal at one of the best venues in town.

Saturday night, Spafford will perform live at El Club along with Goose. Tickets for the show are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Thanks to our friends at AEG Live, we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #spafford in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get in the door that night with a friend for free.

Check out this video of Spafford performing live at The Fillmore in Detroit earlier this year, then pick up your tickets for this show while you still can!


~C

Keep it Goth at City Club

The historic Leland Hotel opened its doors in 1927. At that time Detroit was the fourth biggest city in the United States. The 22 story building was designed by a Chicago firm called Rapp & Rapp. It featured 800 rooms, a variety of shops, a ballroom and a bar. The lobby remains true to its 1927 design. The Leland also has quite a seedy history and was the main hangout place of The Purple Gang in the 1970's. Legend has it that it was the first place the police went when Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975. Many people believe that the hotel and club are haunted, citing the many murders and suicides that have taken place within its walls. Four people even died during the construction of the hotel and many people swear that you can see a lady in white if you are in the basement at the right time. The almost 100-year building has remained open since its conception and it was officially made a historical space in 2005. The hotel also featured a nightclub.

The club was originally called Your Father’s Mustache. The nightclub was decorated with 1880's decor and all of the waitstaff had handlebar mustaches. By the 60's, the bar had been converted into an upscale bar and by the 80's it had become City Club, a goth/industrial underground hangout that became a legendary part of Detroit's nightlife. The club has become known for its goth nights, and the first one for this year will take place this Saturday, January 13th. The night will feature Resident DJs Charles English and Jay Misanthropia, Mike Textbeak, and special guest AudioFlesh (Glitch Mode Recordings / The Ination) from Ohio. The party takes place from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. and 18 and older are welcome. Admission is $5 if you are of drinking age and $10 if you are not.

To learn more about goth nights and to find out when they are happening, click here. The lobby of the Leland and City Club goth parties are both interesting pieces of Detroit history that you must experience for yourself!


~S