Thursday, February 11, 2016

See The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Cinema Detroit

This weekend only Cinema Detroit will be showing one of the most infamous movies of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! The movie starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick was released over 40 years ago, back in 1975. It's the story of, "A newly engaged couple [that] have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter." Check out the trailer below.


If you've ever been to a Rocky Horror show before, you know it's quite an experience. Most of the crowd comes in costume and they heckle and sing along. Well Cinema Detroit is encouraging all of this, especially the costumes. They will be having costume contests all weekend long, in which the winners will receive a Cinema Detroit pass good for 12 free tickets, one per month for the next year. There will be several categories for the contest, including Brad, Janet, Riff Raff, Criminologist (Narrator), Magenta, Columbia, Rocky, Eddie, Dr. Scott and “Best Transylvanian”. In addition to the costume contest, the theater will also have prop bags available with rice, rings, newspapers, flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, toast, party hats, and cards. However, since there are props available on site, you can't bring your own from home.

Cinema Detroit will be showing Rocky Horror Picture Show this Friday and Saturday, February 12th and 13th at 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance here. Prop bags will be an additional $6.

Rocky Horror Picture Show is rated R. Cinema Detroit is located at 4126 Third Street in Midtown Detroit. For more info and showtimes, head to CinemaDetroit.com.


~C

Spend the Night with The Messenger Birds this Valentine's Eve

This Saturday night you have a Pre-Valentine's Day date with the guys in The Messenger Birds. The duo will be hitting the stage at The Loving Touch, which seems like the proper venue to host such a lovey dovey event. Joining them for the evening are their pals in YUMStikyfüt and Those Hounds.

If you haven't heard The Messenger Birds yet, they're a two piece rock band made up of Parker Bengry and Chris Williams. They released their debut album, Everything and Nothing, about a year ago. These guys have been playing around town quite a bit lately, and you may have even seen them play as The Black Keys at Creepy Cheapy, at The LT's recent Bowie Night, and they're even playing as The White Stripes at this year's Detroit X Detroit. Even though they're great at playing as other bands, we suggest you check them out playing as themselves. To see what you can expect at Saturday's show, take a listen to that debut EP of theirs below.


Tickets to Saturday's show are only $5 and they can be purchased in advance here. We HIGHLY suggest purchasing your tickets in advance because everyone that does will be able to get $3 beers for 3 hours before the show next door at the WAB. Really, who can think of a better Pre-Valentine's Day date? Cheap beers, great food at the WAB, and then an awesome cheap show next door at The Loving Touch! Sounds like a great night to us!

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Saturday and all ages are welcome. For more info on this show, click here.


~C

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Win Tickets to See Stories Untold and More at The Crofoot

This Saturday, February 13th Fusion Shows is bringing another unique lineup through town. They are welcoming Stories Untold to the stage alongside Shapes and Colors, Man Mountain, The Banshee Pilot, Rumors, and The Scenery.

Stories Untold are an up and coming band from St. Clair, MI. They don't have a lot out there about them yet, but we found this really cool music video for the song "Things Change" that they released a few weeks ago.


Shapes and Colors is another great local act. They also released a new music video for their song "Lately".


Tickets to attend the show are only $10 in advance, you can purchase them here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of our friends over at Fusion Shows. If you would like to attend the show for free, please email your name with the subject line #strories to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show.


~S

Earth Engine Releases Their Debut EP this Weekend at the New Dodge

A couple of weeks ago you may have seen Earth Engine perform some of their favorite Bowie songs at The Loving Touch along with a slew of other Detroit area bands. Well this weekend you can see Earth Engine perform their own songs at their debut EP release show at New Dodge Lounge.

The six piece band consists of Matt R. (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Tim Gregg (lead guitar), Aaron R. (bass and backing vocals), Tom Stanko (drums), Niklaus Landström (keyboards) and John Raleeh (trombone). The band describes their sound as drawing from, rock and progressive/ experimental rock, with shades of neo-rockabilly, jazz, and funk. To hear exactly what that means, listen to their new single "Joy Blue" below.


The band has also posted multiple teasers for the EP on their Facebook over the past few weeks. Head over and check those out here

Earth Engine's official EP release show is happening this Saturday, February 13th at New Dodge Lounge. Joining them for the evening are Five Pound Snap, Gold Crayon and The Landmarks. Admission is only $5 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. 18+ are welcome to attend. We are also getting two people into this show with a friend for FREE! If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Earth Engine in the subject line. We will draw our two lucky winners the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 


~C

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Win Tickets to See The Gasoline Gypsies, The Social Bandits and Joe Jaber & The Last Divide at New Way Bar

This Friday, February 12th the The Gasoline Gypsies will be playing alongside The Social Bandits and Joe Jaber & The Last Divide. The Gypsies have a rock and roll blue grass sound, you can check out some of their tunes here. The Social Bandits play straight up rock and roll, they can be heard here. And, Joe Jaber & The Last Divide are a little taste of Americana, you can hear them here.

All three bands have gained quite a bit off attention over the last few years. They all frequently play all over town and have found quite a following. They will be playing together at the New Way Bar in Ferndale. Tickets to get in are only $5 at the door. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to get you into the show for FREE. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with New Way Bar in the subject. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show.

The fun starts at 9 p.m. this Friday!


~S

Ferndale Mardi Bras

Most of us know about Mardi Gras kicking off in New Orleans this Tuesday, but not as many of us know about Mardi Bras also taking place this Tuesday at The Loving Touch in Ferndale. Mardi Bras isn't as crazy as Mardi Gras, but it has a much better purpose. The goal is to collect as many items as possible to help women in need. They are asking people to donate new unused bras, panties, tampons, pads, menstrual cups, panty liners, wet wipes, women's socks, toiletries and gallon size zip lock bags to donate to a variety of charities, including the Ruth Ellis Center and Alternatives for Girls.

They have collected a variety of really cool items to raffle off at the party. If you want to win one of the prizes all you have to do is donate. They will be giving raffle tickets to everyone that brings a donation to the event. The raffle portion of the night will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and you can win all kinds of cool things including a one night stay at Motor City Casino.

The Loving Touch will be running drink specials throughout the night. Donations will be excepted all night starting at 6 p.m. They will be boxing up the donations as they receive them so if you would like to help you can get in contact with the organizer on the event invite here.

Most of us have a few dollars to spare or a few things sitting around the house we won't use, this is your chance to put those items to use for a good cause. Who knows, you may end up winning something really cool!

Imperial has also come up with a way to help raise money for the cause. They will be donating a dollar from ever taco sold in between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. this Tuesday to The Mardi Bra event. Bar tenders Shawn and Rex will also be donating a portion of their tips. So if you want to really give back, head to Imperial after work, have dinner and then get over to the fundraiser to get your raffle ticket before the raffle starts. It will be a fun night on the town and you will help out someone in need. It's a win win for all!



~S

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Best Way to Celebrate Paczki Day

Fat Tuesday is recognized by lots of people throughout Metro Detroit. In fact, many of us will be offered a paczki when we get into work or school on Tuesday. But, in Hamtramck it is much more than a day to eat a treat. In Hamtramck it's a cause for all out celebration. There are huge lines outside all of the bakeries and some of the bars open early and stay open late to celebrate. So, if you really want to celebrate Fat Tuesday this year, you need to attend the best celebration in town and try a paczki bomb.

The paczki bomb is a freshly baked mini sized paczki filled with some sort of custard or jam and some kind of yummy liquor that you can only get at Small's Bar. Eating one is a once in a lifetime experience that no Detroiter should miss out on. Don't believe us, check out the video of the first time we tried one a few years ago when the tradition was started:


Yeah, it really is as good as you think it's going to be.  

Small's will be opening at  10 a.m. this Tuesday in celebration if the holiday and they will be selling bombs until they sell out. The bombs sell out every year no matter how many they order, so this might be the perfect day to call in sick to ensure your spot. The bar will also be featuring $5 cans of PBR and lots of yummy polish food.  It is FREE to get in and they have some great musical acts lined up, including Polka Floyd and Eastside Elvis starting at 4 p.m.

Small's is located at 10339 Conant in Hamtramck. 

~S

Win a Pair of Tickets to see Mainland with Marianas Trench at The Fillmore

NYC indie rockers Mainland are currently on tour with Marianas Trench. They have been getting some good buzz since the release of their latest EP Outkast which can be heard here. We had a chance to ask front man Jordan Topf a few questions about the music, the band, and what's next. Check out what he had to say and if you like what you see and hear, you can enter to win a pair of tickets to see them play live at The Fillmore in Detroit this Friday, February 12th.  

HID- What is Mainland's must listen to track?
Jordan- "Outcast is our current banger. It's hitting the radio waves all over the country right now so be sure to listen to it and watch it climb."

HID- Detroit is the third from last stop on your one month tour with Marianas Trench - what is the first thing you are going to do when you get back home?
Jordan- "After tour we like to spend time with our gang back in New York. Tour is so much fun, but when we're home it's relaxation time which often means grabbing a brew at our favorite local haunts."

HID- Favorite place to eat on the road?
Jordan- "Charlie's Rendezvous in Memphis. They got the toughest armed guards and the best dry rub ribs in the country."

HID- Have you ever been to Detroit before? If so, what did you think? If not, what are you expecting?
Jordan- "We've been to Detroit twice, and it's always a highlight of touring. The show at The Magic Bag with Atlas Genius was my favorite night of tour. People in Detroit love rock and roll. So we get along swimmingly."

HID- What's next after this tour for the band?
Jordan- "Shooting our next music video, touring, and stopping at one of our favorite festivals South By South West."


Tickets for the show are $26-$36 in advance, they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show. If you would like to roll the dice and enter to win a pair please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Mainland in the subject. We will draw one lucky winner the day before the show and they will be able to take a friend to check out both bands!



~S

Friday, February 5, 2016

Catch 8 Bands for White Light White Heat at Small's

This Saturday night 8 great bands will be spread across 2 stages at Small's in Hamtramck. The event is called White Light White Heat: A Winter Music Microfestival. The lineup for the evening includes DUENDE!, Rogue Satellites, Pewter Cub, VSTRS, Haunted House, Rottinghouse, Missionary and feeble.curses (debut show).

Admission for this show is $10 in advance, you can pick tickets up here. The night of the show the price will go up to $12. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the music will start at 9. Once the music starts, it won't stop until the night is over. For more info on this microfest and to hear some tunes from the bands playing, head over to the Facebook event page here.


~C

All You Can Eat Brunch is Well Worth the Drive to Blake's

What's better than a nice relaxing drive in the country on a Sunday morning? How about a nice drive in the country and then an awesome all you can eat brunch! Our favorite cider mill and the home of one of our favorite adult beverages is kicking off their new weekly brunch this Sunday.

Blake's Cider Mill will be having a Farm Style Brunch at their Cider House in Armada starting this Sunday, February 7th. The brunch will feature all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham & bacon, garden salads, pasta salads, pastries, quiche, and more. The menu will change a bit from week to week, but the staples will always be there. The price for all of this delicious food is only $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids 12 and under.

Brunch starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. this Sunday and every Sunday through the summer. Blake's is located in Armada, MI at 17985 Armada Center Rd. For more information, head over to Blake's Hard Cider Co.'s Facebook page here.


~C