Wednesday, October 1, 2014

First Thursdadys at The New Way

Last month we hosted an afterparty during the D.I.Y. festival. After the show a lot of people came up and told me how much they enjoyed seeing Little Animal perform. It was a great opportunity for our readers to see an act that they might not normally check out, and the response was nothing but positive.

This Thursday Little Animal is returning to Ferndale to play First Thursdays at The New Way Bar, a new monthly feature being hosted by the venue. This month's lineup also includes Boudoir Noir, Jason Daker and your hosts, Young Punk. If you havent heard of Boudior Noir, they are another act that we suggest that everyone check out. They put on a one of a kind stage show that includes live Pole & Hoola-hoop dancing.

Doors for the show are at 9 p.m. and it's only $5 to get into the show. Remember, this is a monthly event and the New Way is a pretty hip bar. We suggest if you're looking for something fun to do on a Thursday, you give First Thursdays a try!



~S

Win Tickets to See Detroit Legend David Bierman at The Loving Touch

If you were active in the Detroit music scene in the '80s and early '90s, you knew David Bierman. He was the well known lead singer of The Junk Monkeys, who put out some very successful records back in the day on Metal Blade/Warner Bros records. In 1994 he went silent and until recently he hadn't recorded or released any new music. He found his way over to Tempermill Studios and got back on the horse. He got together with a group of well established rockers and recorded some new tracks that eventually became the album that he will be releasing at The Loving Touch this Saturday, October 4th. His band, the David Bierman Overdrive, consists of Jim Faulkner from the BlueFlowers/ Beggars/Sugar Clouds, David Feeny from American Mars/Blanche, Stephan Palmer from High Strung/ Spades, and Kevin Perri from Brian McCarty's Big Bad Beat/ The Dives and The Junk Monkeys.

Cover for the show is only $8 at the door, you also get a copy of the new album for paying the entry fee. The show starts at 9 p.m. and The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave. We also have two sets of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the band. To enter, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with David Bierman in the subject. We will draw 2 winners the morning of the show and email them details on how to claim their prize.


~S

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Very '90s Halloween at The Loving Touch

I have always been a music fan, but until last year I had never dared to think that I could perform. I have always been a huge Courtney Love fan and dreamed of pretending I was her on stage one day.  When Creepy Cheapy came along a few years ago I started to become obsessed with the idea of performing as Hole during the party and last year Destroy This Place gave me the opportunity to do so. It was by far one of the best days of my life. I have literally been pretending I was Courtney in my mirror since I was in 6th grade, it was surreal to do it in real life. During the set I ripped my dress off, smeared my makeup everywhere and even crowd surfed. The feeling of being on stage is something that I cannot describe. It's harder than I could have ever imagined and more fun than I ever thought it could be. Cover bands are the best way to get a group of people together to mutually reminisce about music that we all love. So, naturally I had to find a way to do it one more time.


I am so excited to announce that this year the '90s will be taking over The Loving Touch for Halloween.  I have gotten together some of the best musicians in town to cover some of the coolest bands from that era. The lineup includes Holes as Hole, Woodpeckers from Mars as Faith No More, Bahamut as White Zombie, and Broadzilla with Erin  Elvis as L7.

Holes is made up of Rachel May from Broadzilla, Bryce Carrol-Coe (guitar god who was formally of Flashclash), Val from My Pal Val, and Sadie from hipindetroit.com. We will be playing with the same lineup as the original Hole, three ladies and one sexy male. Woodpeckers from Mars a.k.a. Faith No More is made up of Jeff Tuttle, Mark Paul, Dan Gillies, Chris McEvoy, Jeff Porter. This tribute band features current members of Old Gods, The Meatmen, and Golden Torso (also former Dillinger Escape Plan, Kylesa, Chapstik). White Zombie will consist of Terry Peake, Matt Moy, and Matt Clark from Bahamut with Megan Frye from CiccarelliL7 consists of the ladies of Broadzilla with Detroit bad ass Erin Elvis.

The lineup is solid, the theme is '90s, which means if you do not want to wear a costume just come in your best '90s get up. Think baby doll dresses, plaid, and Doc Martens. We are only charging $5 to get in the door and we  promise that you will have a good time. So, if you would like to see me embarrass myself and channel Courtney Love, here is your chance. I know that I can only do it one more time and I promise that this time will be bigger and better. I am really looking forward to seeing all of these bands and I hope that you will consider taking a step back into the '90s and spending your Halloween with us.

The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward in Ferndale. To keep up with this event you can add it on Facebook here.


~S


Win Tickets to See Banks at St. Andrew's Hall

26 year old artist to watch Jillian Rose Banks a.k.a. Banks is on tour in support of her latest album Goddess which was released in September of 2014. This little lady can sing her heart out, she states that her biggest inspirations are Lauryn Hill and Fiona Apple. You can hear some of her music here.

She will be huge within the next year and we have a chance for you to see her before she becomes the next big thing. She is currently on tour with Movement and Lil Silvia. She will playing at at St. Andrew's Hall this Saturday, October 4th. Tickets for the show are only $29 in advance and can be purchased here. You can also win a pair courtesy of Live Nation. To enter to win tickets, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Banks in the subject. We will draw a winner a few days before the show and give them details on how to claim their prize. This is your chance to catch something hip for free before everyone else knows about it!

~S

Monday, September 29, 2014

An Interview with the Infatuations and a Chance to Win Tickets to Their Next Show

Detroit has a eclectic music scene. We accept all different types of music and musical acts. We do not have one style of music that we can call our own, all styles of music are Detroit if they are good enough to get a crowd's attention. But, it isn't easy to get a crowd's attention here in Detroit. Being a great musician is not enough, you have to have a lot more than musical talent.

The Infatuations are a band that have the talent and that something else. They are well known for putting on one of the best live shows around. People come out to hear them and watch them. They dance, they move, and they make sure that every single person in the audience has a great time.  Seeing them perform live is more like attending a huge party than just going to another show. They had a huge album release this summer with Ty Stone and have even appeared on the local news.  They won 5 DMAs last year and were nominated for 14. They are finally getting the attention that they deserve. They are a great band, but you dont have to take our word for it, you need to see them for yourself!

The Infatuations are playing The Fillmore, yes The Fillmore, this Saturday, October 4th with Here Come The Mummies, two bands that are known for putting on a great live show. Tickets for this event range from $30-$50 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have two sets of tickets to give away thanks to the band. We had a chance to talk to guitarist Christian Draheim about the show. Check out what he had to say and get details on how to enter to win a pair of tickets to see their soon to be legendary live show for FREE.


HID- Describe the Infatuations in one word.
Christian Draheim- "Party! or Detroit."

HID- Every time I see a picture of the band you are all wearing mostly black, is this on purpose?
Christian Draheim- "Yes, we mostly wear black and white. Sometime black and red. We like to keep a uniform look without all wearing the same thing."

HID- Who designs all of your flyers and posters? They are always beautiful and eye catching!
Christian Draheim- "Wow, thank you so much. Mark Dancey/Illuminado is the artist who did the album art for Detroit Block Party and he also created our Concert/Tour posters/flyers. The gritty psychedelic show posters were done by Jason Seaman/Esoterica Designs."


HID- Last year you won 5 DMAs, tell us a little about that experience.
Christian Draheim- "It’s still overwhelming for us. To have the love and respect form our peers and industry folks in our community means a great deal to us. We definitely had a few pinch me moments too when we received congrats and/or positive comments to folks we look up to quite a bit…T-Money Green, Gabe Gonzalez, Tino Gross…these guys are legendary artists who have done some inspiring things.

Funny story…in all the fun and commotion at the DMAs that evening we misplaced/lost the award "Yesterday Morning" won for Outstanding Video / Independent Budget (Under $10,000)."

HID- Why did you name your latest album Detroit Block Party?
Christian Draheim- "We wanted a title that described The Infatuations in 3 words or less. We’ve been describe a lot as very Detroit sounding and as a Party band. A friend and trusted adviser coined the phrase."

HID- How do you prepare for a show, do you have any rituals?
Christian Draheim- "We say a prayer before our show."

HID- What is your favorite venue in Detroit?
Christian Draheim- "This is a really hard question to answer as we like different venues for different reasons, it would come down to 3 venues for us due to the varying degrees of history for The Infatuations and some of our members from when we were in different bands. I would have to say the Magic Bag Theater, Saint Andrew's Hall and The Fillmore.

The Magic Bag Theater, has been a big part of our history too. In 2011 we filled a few support slots and by 2012 we were headlining our own shows. We held a sold out an EP release party at the Magic Bag 2012 and a sold out video release party for “Yesterday Morning" in 2013.

Saint Andrew's Hall was the first stage I performed on in my first band, Trixi 8 Ball, we opened for Loudhouse who eventual evolved into the band Sponge. Saint Andrew's, was the first place The Infatuations performed our first electric/plugged in shows. It was the 1st venue both our bassist Wolf and our lead signer Caleb Gutierrez performed with us at, different shows for each and both shows in 2010 opening for Ty Stone & the Truth. Mark Dancey, the artist who did the album art for, Detroit Block Party, designed the logos for Saint Andrew's Hall and we had him include Saint Andrew's in our album artwork too. We held our album release party at Saint Andrew's Hall on May 10th of this year and it was a packed house, the event went better than we envisioned.

The Fillmore…it’s the Fillmore.

We have had nothing put positive experiences with both the Magic Bag and Saint Andrew's/Live Nation and always look forward to working with these guys."

HID- What makes The Detroit Music scene unique in your opinion?
Christian Draheim- "I've never been a part of another music scene. Seems like everyone we meet in other towns has a lot of respect for Detroit artists and wants to come here to check it out and/or be a part of it in some way."

HID- Why should our readers come out and see you live at The Fillmore on October 4th?
Christian Draheim- "It’s going to be FunkTastic night of fun times and danceable grooves that you can sing along with even if you don’t know the words. Our friend, Liz Girard from Shotgun Soul will be joining us on backing vocals for the evening. Now, if you haven’t, check these guys out (disclaimer: they get a bit raunchy at times), Here Come the Mummies puts on an incredible performance and their production in fantastic too. These guys are serious showman…we will be studying their show while groovin’ to it for sure. Who knew…You can learn a lot from a Mummy."

HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Christian Draheim- "Yes, we recently found out that Detroit Block Party has been approved by Pandora and we are just waiting for confirmation from them that it's live and streaming.

Please share The Infatuations with others…currently we are streaming on Spotify, DeliRadio, Rdio, Beats and iTunes Radio.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read this you are appreciated and loved.

Connect with us here:

http://theinfatuations.fanbridge.com

Stream us here:

https://play.spotify.com/artist/54Jz7ue20oLcno3rG3LyC8

http://www.rdio.com/artist/The_Infatuations/

http://deliradio.com/the-infatuations

 http://theinfatuations.com/the-infatuations-on-pandora/"


Doors for Saturday's show are at 8:30 p.m. To win a set of tickets you must email your full name and address to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw winners a few days before the show and we will mail those winners two physical tickets to the show. Good Luck, we know that you will have a great time at the show!


~S






Win Tickets to The Pure Noise Records Tour at The Shelter

Lately we have been giving away tickets on a near daily basis and I couldn't be happier about it. We want to get our readers into as many shows as possible. I still think that watching live music is the best way to spend an evening, especially if the tickets to get into the show are free.

Today we have a chance for our readers to win tickets to see The Pure Noise Records tour featuring State Champs, Front Porch Step, Heart to Heart, Handguns, Forever Came Calling and Brigades. The show will take place Saturday, October 11th at The Shelter in Detroit. Tickets are $17 in advance and can be purchased here. The Shelter is located at 431 E. Congress in Detroit.


~S

Friday, September 26, 2014

Keep It A Threat at Transitions This Weekend!

This Saturday, Dearborn Heights is the place to be! Keep It A Threat is taking over Transitions Skate Park for the 6th year in a row. The fest includes a day of skateboarding, riding, and awesome music. Every year organizers Dougie Tangent and Jae Voltage put together a bad ass lineup for these shows and this year is no different.

Saturday's lineup includes, AGGRO OR DIE!THE DEWTONSTHE AMINO ACIDSFLAMINGO NOSEBLEEDSHARKFISTDESIRING DEAD FLESHCBJDAGGER DOWNTHE GUTTER GHOULSPEARSS.U.B.TRACE THE VEINSST. THOMAS BOYS ACADEMYARM YOUR ENEMY, and BILL BONDSMEN. The fun starts at 1 p.m. and goes 'til 11. You can check out set times on the Facebook event page here. 13 bucks gets you in the door and all ages are welcome. Transitions is located at 5618 Van Born Ct. in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.


~C

Check It Out! Dr. Steve Brule is Coming to Town with Tim & Eric! Great Job!

Tuesday night, get ready to laugh your asses off and get a little weird. Two of the craziest comedians of our time are coming to town with everyone's favorite doctor. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim will be hitting the stage at the Royal Oak Music Theatre along with Dr. Steve Brule (a.k.a. John C. Reilly).

Tim & Eric are best known for their show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Prior to that, they also had a different type of animated series starring themselves, Tom Goes to the Mayor. And, most recently they have created Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories, which is a whole new level of weird and a lot less comedic. All of their shows have featured other well known comedians and actors, with the most frequent being Zach Galafinakis,

One popular skit on Tim & Eric Awesome Show was the Channel 5 Married News Team, and along side Jan & Wayne Skylar was Dr. Steve Brule. The doctor eventually got his own spin off, Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule which is quite possibly one of the best things to ever hit the t.v. screen. Dr. Brule's interview skills are impeccable, his production team is top notch, and he covers topics that patients and viewers really need to know about. He's not just some hunk doctor, he's the real deal.

Tim, Eric, and Dr. Steve Brule will all be at Royal Oak Music Theatre this Tuesday, September 30th. The first show at 7 p.m. is sold out. However, the team added a second show at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for that one, but they are going fast! You can pick yours up here. If you've never seen Tim & Eric live before, get ready for a show unlike anything you have ever seen before. Don't be surprised if some other favorites from the crew are on stage too! A night well worth your hard earned money!


~C

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Win Tickets to A Great Big Pile of Leaves Courtesy of Fusion Shows

Fall in Michigan usually means cider & donuts and jumping into piles of leaves, but that can get dirty. Instead of jumping into leaves, we have an opportunity for you to see A Great Big Pile of Leaves instead. They are tour in support of their latest album You're Always On My Mind out now on Topshelf Records. They are playing The Crofoot in Pontiac this Saturday, September 27th alongside Diamond Youth, Prawn, and Field Mouse. The show is only $12 and tickets can be purchased here. We also have one set of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader thanks to our friends over at Fusion Shows. To win the tickets, send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and email them details on how to claim their prize.  Winning tickets to this solid indie lineup would be a great way to kick off the Fall!


~S

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Win Tickets to See Pete Yorn at The Shelter

On Saturday, October 4th the incredibly handsome singer and songwriter Pete Yorn is coming to The Shelter in Detroit. Yorn shot to fame in 2001 with the release of his album Musicforthemorningafter. He is known for playing the bulk of the instruments on his records, a true one man show. He is also known for his work with his band The Olms, which is music he recorded with J.D. King.

Everyone from Rolling Stone to Spin magazine has said that he puts on one hell of a live show and we have a chance for you to win tickets to see for yourself. The Shelter is a small venue, but also one of my favorite places to see someone play in Detroit. This promises to be an intimate night of great music and talent. To win tickets to see Pete Yorn live, please send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Pete Yorn in the subject. We will draw a winner a few days before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize. 


~S