Monday, April 24, 2017

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 PodcasDetroit.com 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 PodcastDetroit.com. 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! 

~S 

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Thursday at St. Andrew's Hall

When I heard Thursday was reuniting and doing a string of reunion shows, I got pretty exited. But, when I sat down to write this ticket giveaway and played songs from my two favorite albums, Waiting and Full Collapse, I went nuts. Somehow I forgot how much this band meant to me circa 2001 and I started having flashbacks of driving around blasting their albums and having all the feelings.

Thursday was by far my favorite emo band. They are heavily influenced by Joy Division and a lot of their best tracks center around a love lost. I remember crying my eyes out after more than one breakup to their music. I cannot wait to get into a room full of people that appreciate this band as much as I do. I hope that all of you plan on screaming your little hearts out and getting emo with me.

Tickets to attend this one are $22 to $33 in advance and they can be purchased here.  You can also win a pair of tickets to attend the show and scream along with me by sending your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #thursday. We will draw one lucky winner tomorrow morning and they will be at the show with a friend having the time of their lives.

Doors for this one open at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, April 25th. St. Andrews is located at 431 East Congress in Detroit.


~S

Friday, April 21, 2017

Catching Up with Stef Chura

Don't miss Detroit's own Stef Chura tonight at Trinosophes with R. Ring, Split Single and Casual Sweetheart. Stef recently released her latest album Messes and has been out on tour in support of this album. Before her hometown show tonight we had a chance to catch up with her via email. See what she had to say below. 

HID-Tell us about the new album! Where did you record it? How long were you working on writing it?
Stef- "Messes is part a few much older songs brought in a "best of fashion" But much of the album was written between 2012-2015 when I first moved to Detroit. A bunch of the songs were written when I lived alone and was going to CCS. We recorded it in Ann Arbor with Fred Thomas at a studio he was working out of in 2015."

HID-You've been doing quite a bit of touring since the new album came out! How has that been going?
Stef- "Touring has been great! We have a lot more coming up. We just hopped on a couple of support tours that are not announced yet!"

HID- Any crazy stories from the road so far?
Stef- "People ask this question a lot and I'm not even sure anymore. I need to keep a diary so I can remember because I basically have no short term memory anymore!"

HID- What have you missed the most while you were away from home?
Stef- "My bed. Sleeping not in a car. Driving not every day."

HID- What musicians have you been most inspired by?
Stef- "I really love Kristen Hersh and Buffy Sainte Marie. I was definetly a Nirvana child and I'm not sure what my music would sound like if I was from a pre-Nirvana era. Probably folk. I remember being 13 and hearing that Cat Power song "Nude as the News" and it blew my mind. Also that song by Kristen Hersh called "Gazebo Tree"."

HID- What is your go to album to listen to lately?
Stef- I've been checking out that new Grandaddy album ~ it's really good. I like that Why? song "Fatalist Palmistry"

HID- Growing up, who were your favorite bands or artists?
Stef- I had parents with really good taste and as a child. I had my mom's CD's - The Offspring "Smash", Lisa Loeb "Tails", Counting Crows "August and everything After, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars" and my Dad's records - Patti Smith "Easter", Devo "We Are Not Men", Jim Carroll Band "Catholic Boy", Teenage Jesus and the Jerks "S/T"

HID- When did you first start playing music? When did you start writing your own music?
Stef- "I started playing guitar at 13 and writing songs at 14."

HID- Tell us about Friday's show! What can fans expect?
Stef- "We are playing with R.Ring which is Kelley Deals band from the Breeders. They are on tour with Split Single which is a supergroup of dudes from the Mountain Goats/Wilco/Superchunk."

HID-Give us 3 reasons everyone should come out on Friday. 
Stef- "It's one of our only local shows we are playing and it's definetly the most intimate one we are playing this year probably. Trinosophes is an amazing venue/coffee shop with Peoples records attached."

HID- What are some of your favorite places to hit up while you're at home? Favorite restaurants, venues, bars, etc.?
Stef- "You can find me at Aladdin's in Hamtramck nearly every other day because I forgot how to cook. I really like this place in Ferndale called Green Space. I don't really drink so I mostly go to bars to play shows or see shows. El Club is a nice bar. Oh Bumbo's is a nice bar."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Stef- We are playing a few new songs tonight! Upcoming shows are:
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme (solo)
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Saginaw, MI - Patchwork Art & Music Festival
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre with Mac DeMarco, Tonstartssbandht
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Detroit, MI - Mo Pop Festival
Admission to tonight's show is $12 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. For more info on this event, click here
~C

Village Vinyl Sets Up Shop in Warren!

There's a new record store in town just in time for Record Store Day! Village Vinyl just opened up shop in the small historic district of Warren. Located just east of Mound on Chicago Rd. (roughly 13 1/2 Mile) this new shop is an awesome addition to the area! People flock to this neighborhood for the delicious beer being brewed across the street at Kuhnhenn Brewery, but now they have another reason to head to Warren. 

Although the shop is already open, its official Grand Opening is this Saturday, April 22nd on Record Store Day. We caught up with the shop owner, John Lehl, to get all of the details on this new store. Check out what he had to say, then go check out this awesome new shop! 
HID- Why did you decide to open a record store?
John- "I like records."

HID- This isn't your first shop, right? Why did you decide to move to Warren of all places
John- "Yes I had a small shop elsewhere that was just that, too small and too much drama.

I had my eye on this area in Warren for a few years saying if I ever opened a store it would be there. I think it's a cool little area that has a lot of potential. Not to mention that it's not too far from home as I'm also a Warren resident. And there has never been a record shop centrally located. You either have to go to the east side (Gratiot area) or west side (Woodward area). So now there's an in-between. It's right off Mound Rd, which is 50mph, so it's basically a few minutes from 696."

HID- Why should someone come to Village Vinyl on Record Store Day?
John- "Well unfortunately we won't have any RSD titles because we were too late in the game but there will be snacks and beverages and you'll get to check out something completely new. Also rumor has it that John Brannon will be hanging around at some point."

HID- In your opinion, what are the best RSD releases this year?
John- "The Cars, Ramones, Venom"

HID- What are your top 3 albums of all time?
John- "I don't know, that's a tough one, too many to choose from."

HID- What's the first record or CD or tape you remember getting as a kid?
John- "Kiss Destroyer. 4 years old in 1976."

HID- Do you guys plan on having special events at the shop at all?
John- "Anything's possible, it would be great, we'll see what happens."

Give us three reasons people should come to your store any day, not just on Record Store Day.
John- "Friendly. Records. Atmosphere."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
John- "Village Vinyl is located at 5972 Chicago Rd just east of Mound across from Kuhnhenn's Brewery. We're on Facebook and also Instagram."


~C

March for Science Detroit

Webster's Dictionary defines science as "the state of knowing : knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding". We use the scientific method "for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses". In other words the entire purpose of science is to test and re-test ideas to see if they are most likely true or false. The only purpose that science has is to find the truth and through science we have found ways to help us living longer healthier lives.

Many people feel that the new administration is failing science by denying many of the truths that they have discovered, tested, and retested over and over again. They are concerned that instead of moving forward we are moving a few steps backward and hurting all of us in ways that may be irreparable. The biggest concern for many of us is the administration denial of climate change, but there are a lot more issues that concern us. To learn more about the scientific communities concerns with the Trump administration you can visit this website.

To show their opposition to the new approach to science that the Trump administration seems to be taking, the scientific community is calling for a National March for Science on Earth Day this Saturday, April 22nd. To help stand up for the rights of mother earth people will gather in cities across the US. They will gather in Washington and right here in Detroit. If you would like to be part of the march you can meet like minded citizens downtown at Hart Plaza at 1 p.m. this Saturday. There will be variety of speakers at the event, including U.S. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. To sign up for the march and learn more about the gathering in Detroit please visit their website here. This weekend's march is the next of many that have been taking place since President Trump took office in January. If you want to show the world that America's care about science and the impact that we are having on our environment join them in Hart Plaza this Saturday



~S

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Celebrate Record Store Day at UHF!

This Saturday is Record Store Day and UHF in Royal Oak has something a little special planned for all of you. In addition to stocking their shelves with the exclusive RSD releases, they try to have some in-store entertainment every year for this special day, and this year their lineup is stacked! They are bringing out Valley Hush, along with Handgrenades and The Idiot Kids. This would be an amazing show on its own and would pack any venue in town. So seeing these bands in the super intimate setting at UHF is going to be absolutely awesome! Plus you can pick up some new albums while you're there and do your civic duty of supporting a local record store!

Admission to this show is free and the bands are set to start around 1:30 p.m. If you plan on picking up some of those RSD releases (like the new one from Corey Feldman being dropped by Detroit's own Jett Plastic Recordings), we highly suggest that you get there early to get in line before the store opens at 9 a.m. Then grab some brunch and come back for an awesome show!

UHF Records is located at 512 S. Washington in Royal Oak, MI. For more info on this event, click here.


~C

Fourth Line Records Releases Compilation of Detroit Artist to Benefit ACLU

Local record label Fourth Line Records is releasing a compilation of Detroit artists to raise money for the ACLU. Owner and creator Jon Cendrowski said he was inspired to put together the album after President Trump took office this past January. He merged his love of local music with his passion for change and created a fun way for all of us to hear some new tunes for a good cause.

 The label's first release Stronger Than Fear: A Compilation to Benefit the ACLU will be available for purchase this Saturday, April 22nd on the labels bandcamp, you can preorder a copy here. The comp will feature a variety of Detroit musical acts including Fred Thomas of Saturday Looks Good to Me; Korin Visocchi of The Hard Lessons; Timothy Monger of Great Lakes Myth Society; and Destroy This Place featuring members of Thunderbirds Are Now! and New Grenada. The album will be sold on a pay as you want basis and proceeds will be split between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. It's a really cool to see a new album kick off their catalog by uniting a bunch of bands and giving back. We look forward to hearing more and seeing more from Fourth Line Records!


~S

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Win Tickets to See Moon Duo at El Club

Portland based Moon Duo just released a new album Occult Architecture Vol. 1 a couple of months ago and now they're getting ready to release Volume 2 in a couple of weeks. In support of these new albums, the duo is out on the road touring across the US and Canada. This week they will be making their way to Detroit to play El Club. Check out the music video for their track "Cold Fear" off the new album.


Moon Duo will be hitting the stage at El Club this Saturday, April 22nd. Joining them for the evening is Jackie Lynn. Tickets for the show are only $13 in advance or $15 the day of the show. You can pick your tickets up online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets courtesy of Party Store Productions and Hip in Detroit. To enter to win, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #moonduo in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. for this one and all ages are welcome.


~C

Win Tickets to See White Bee, Mango Lane and more at Trixie's!

This Saturday, April 22nd make your way to Trixie's in Hamtramck for an Earth Day Celebration! The event will feature a night of music with White Bee, Zula (from NYC), Mango Lane and Jemmi Hazeman. This is an extra special show for White Bee because front woman Shannon Barnes is also graduating from the Music Therapy program at Eastern Michigan that day. So make sure you congratulate her on this huge achievement. And if you're a White Bee fan, look forward to some new music and big moves from the band now that Shannon will have more free time. 

Admission to see this great lineup on Saturday night is only $5. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the bands will start around 9. If you're feeling lucky, we're also giving away two pairs of tickets to this show! If you would like to get into this awesome show for free, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com wtih #trixies in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners on Saturday morning and they will each get to go to the show with a friend for free. 


~C

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Blood and Guts Filled the Ballroom Floor at Berserker IV

This weekend metal took over The Crofoot for Berserker IV! Started by Shawn and Veronica Knight four short years ago, this festival has grown immensely over the years to what it is today. This year topped the past three, bringing out big names like Gwar and Eyehategod, alongside a ton of touring bands and some of Detroit's best local metal acts. The entire weekend and all of the bands were amazing, and every year we are blown away on how awesome this event is. Some highlights from the weekend included Horrible Earth talkin' shit and rockin' out in The Pike Room, Artillery Breath and SNAFU in the Vernors Room, and Against the Grain, Child Bite and Gwar on the ballroom stage. You can check out videos of a bunch of the bands that played over the weekend over on our Instagram (@hipindetroit).

We were honored to have the chance to chat with a few of the bands that played this year's Berserker! Check out interviews with two of our local favorites, Sweat and Against the Grain below, as well as mother fucking GWAR! That's right, we had a chance to chat with GWAR before they sprayed the crowd with blood and guts. Check out what they had to say below.





We'd like to give a huge shout out to all of the awesome bands that played this weekend. We'd also like to give huge props to Shawn, Veronica, everyone at The Crofoot, and everyone that made this Berserker happen. Thank you for putting together such an awesome event year after year. It seriously is amazing what you guys have created and we can't wait to see what you have in store for Detroit next year! 

If you missed this year's Berserker, make sure you head over and like the Facebook page here so you don't miss out next year! 


~C