Monday, October 23, 2017

Win Tickets to See Boris' 25th Anniversary Tour

It has been 25 years since Boris hit the scene and they're not going anywhere anytime soon! The Tokyo based band just released a new album this summer, their 24th overall release and 23rd studio release. The new album is called Dear, you can check out the song "The Power" off the new album below.


Boris is bringing their 25th Anniversary tour to Detroit this Wednesday, October 25th. They will be hitting the stage at El Club in Southwest Detroit along with Helms Alee and ENDON. This will be an amazing show that you won't want to miss! Tickets for the show are $18 in advance and you can pick yours up here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show from Party Store Productions and Black Iris Booking. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #boris in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

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


~C

Covenfest Celebrates Halloween and Raises Money for a Good Cause this Friday at Small's!

There are a million different cover shows this time of the year, but very few of them offer as diverse of a lineup and raise money for as good of a cause as this year's Covenfest. The annual party is returning to Small's for the third year in a row with a great lineup to raise money for yet another great cause. This year the profits from the event will go to the Ruth Ellis Center, a nonprofit that helps LBGTQ youth in the city. We reached out to organizer Lainie Beth to learn more about the show, here is what she has to say: 

HID-Why did you start doing Covenfest?
Lainie- "Melody and I wanted to give back to the community and bring a diverse group of musicians together, create a great vibe and have fun. Halloween is my favorite holiday and the things I did as a younger person around Halloween weren’t as appealing anymore so we created our own party!"

HID-What does the event raise money for?
Lainie- "The event has raised money to test the backlog of rape kits in Wayne County through Enough Said and for Turning Point a domestic violence shelter. We want to support women and LBGTQ people by coming together and having fun and raising awareness and cash."

HID-Why did you pick this charity?
Lainie- "This year it is the Ruth Ellis Center, which has a location in Highland Park and a house in Detroit. They serve LBGTQ teens who are at a higher risk for homelessness. They offer housing, community, laundry, therapy, classes... it’s a very cool and needed place."

HID-How did you choose the lineup?
Lainie- "We let the artists choose who they cover! This year The School of Rock Rochester house band is doing Bowie, Daisy's are covering Green Day, Nique Love Rhodes and the NLR Experience is coveting Kanye, and Party Zeppelin is doing their femme Led Zeppelin set and Glamzig is of course headlining."

HID-What kind of items can we bid on during the silent auction?
Lainie- "SO MUCH GOOD STUFF, tattoos from My Little Needle, Chroma Tattoo, and Iconic Detroit. Piercing from Rich at Iconic. Mitten Crate boxes of Michigan made treats, a Blumz gift basket and gift certificate, concert tickets, a gift card from Antonino salon in Birmingham, art from Andrea Burg, Julia Letters, and Angie Coe, there's also a girls tick swag bag and more!"


Doors for this Friday's show are at 8 p.m. and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. That means that you are more than welcome to come out and party if you are hard up for some cash, and you are even more welcome to donate more than the suggested amount if you can spare it. This is definitely one of our favorite charities and we would like to see them get as much money as they can! Don't forget to bring a little extra to bid on some of the silent auction items!


~S 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Get the Scoop on Planet Ant, Ant Hall and Ghost Light and Find Out How You Can Help Them Grow

Planet Ant has been a staple in Hamtramck since it opened back in the '90s. The venue originally started out as a coffee house that featured live music 6 nights a week, but soon transitioned into a theatric venue that features different plays, stand-up comedians, and improv shows throughout the year. They have launched the careers of some of Detroit's biggest stars and taught hundreds of people the art of improv, performance and live theatre. The Ant hosts tons of different classes where you can learn about the art of live performance as well as see a live show featuring some of Detroit's best local performers.

The non-profit has had its ups and downs throughout the years, but they have been making some huge moves over the last year to expand their brand and give the local artist a bigger platform to reach a whole new audience. Last year they tripled their brand by purchasing two buildings across the street to expand their ability to cater to the local artistic community. They purchased Ghost Light Bar and Ant Hall, two buildings conveniently located across from their original Planet Ant location. Each of the new rooms offer new opportunities for Planet Ant. The opening of these two new spaces also marks the groups renewed commitment to musical art. They have been hosting live music in both spaces since they opened their doors. The new spaces are awesome and even though they are still pretty raw, they have been huge additions to the Detroit music community. If you haven't caught a show there, you can check out an updated list here and make a point to hit one soon. 

Planet Ant is hoping to continue their growth by raising enough money to turn the hall into a fully functioning theatre. But, in order to get a grant that they have been "awarded", they need to match the donation. This means that to finally finish off the project they need to raise enough money to match the grant and they only have a few more days to do it. If the space doesn't raise $35 grand by the 31st of this month, they don't get the other $35 grand that The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is potentially offering up.  

We met with Darren Shelton, the current executive director of the non-profit, to get the history of the space and their mission. Check out our interview with him and then head over here to make a donation. We would love to see this space grow and continue to be a place for artists to get together and create in our community. Plus, it's a great place to see a show!



~S

See Superdrag, Weezer and Dinosaur Jr. at PJ's Lager House

Around Detroit, Halloween is a big deal! It's no secret that we kind of celebrate the holiday for the entire month of October, with great parties, streets full of homes decked out with spooky decor, and, of course, Halloween cover shows. Having Detroit bands play as their favorite bands has become kind of a big deal in the Detroit area and we don't mean just an average cover band in a bar playing chart toppers. We mean bands transforming into their favorite artists for the night and truly paying tribute to them.

Over the years there have been quite a few of these types of shows popping up around town. This year, one of the first of the season is happening this Friday night at PJ's Lager House. It has one of the best line ups too! Performances for the night include THE SEEDS (members of The Vonneguts, The Q), WEEZER (The Ill Itches), SUPERDRAG (members of Destroy This Place, Ryan Allen and his Extra Arms, Thunderbirds Are Now!), BOB SEGER SYSTEM (members of Hemlock Park and others), DINOSAUR JR (former member of Woodman/Octagrape and others), LOVE (members of Deadly Vipers, Moonwalks) and HARRY NILSSON (members of Tin Foil, Moonwalks, Eroders). It should be a super fun night, full of great music!

Cover to get into the Lager House's cover show is only $4, which is quite the steal! It is a Halloween show, so of course costumes are encouraged. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. and the first band hits the stage at 10. For more info on the show and for set times, head over to the Facebook event page here.


~C

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Get Spooky with TechShop Detroit this Monday!

Get in the Halloween spirit this Monday night at TechShop Detroit! The DIY workshop will be opening its doors to the public for a night of spooky fun! The event is free to attend and is open to all ages. This is a great opportunity to get a look inside TechShop, which is a member based work space that gives you access to all sorts of cool tools and machines to use on your project.

During Monday's event you will have a chance to tour TechShop's facilities and walk through the member built "Haunted Cemetery". You'll also get a chance to play games, build things, dance to some spooky tunes and even watch some classic horror flicks on their big screen. During the event TechShop will also be attempting to break a Guiness World Record for fastest pumpkin carving! It should be a super fun event and the best part about it is that it's free to attend!

The party runs from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, October 23rd. Costumes are encouraged and they will even be having a costume contest! For more information on the Halloween Party and Open House, click here. For more info on TechShop Detroit and their upcoming events, click here.


~C

Win Tickets to See Bad Suns at St. Andrew's Hall

Bad Suns are currently out on their "Love Like Revenge Fall Tour" and they're making a stop in Detroit this Saturday, October 21st. The LA based band sites The Cure and Elvis Costello as major influences. Get a feel for their sound by giving their sophomore album Disappear Here a listen. You can also check out the video for the title track off that album below.


Joining Bad Suns at St. Andrew's Hall on Saturday night are Hunny and QTY. Tickets for the show start at $20 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #badsuns in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Saturday and all ages are welcome. 


~C

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Win Tickets to See Algiers at El Club

This Friday night Party Store Productions brings Algiers to the stage at El Club! The Atlanta based band just recently released a new album called The Underside of Power, their sophomore album. The release has been getting great reviews, you can check out the title track for yourself below.


Algiers is playing El Club this Friday night along with Mourning A BLKstar and Nandi Comer. Tickets for the show are only $13 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #algiers in the subject line. We will draw a winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 6 p.m. on Friday and all ages are welcome.


~C

Win Tickets to See Chelsea Wolfe

Last year I caught Chelsea Wolfe at El Club.  As she was performing I closed my eyes and listened to her sing through the killer sound system inside the space and for a moment I was transported to a magical place.  Chelsea's music is dark, haunting, beautiful and raw.  Her voice is unique, primal and unforgettable. Her entire catalog is worth checking out, but her newer music is much heavier and even rawer. Her live performance is, even more eerie and something you must experience.

You can watch her perform live this Sunday, October 22nd. Youth Code will be opening the show and tickets to attend are $18 in advance, you can purchase them here.  You can also win a pair of tickets to attend the show by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #wolfepack. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get to experience Chelsea's haunting performance in person. This is the perfect way to get in the mood for Halloween!

~S

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celebrate 2 Years of Cellarmen's this Tuesday Night

This Tuesday night head to Hazel Park to celebrate 2 years of Cellarmen's! It's hard to believe it has been two years since we had a chance to get a sneak peak of the new brewery that was going to help make Hazel Park the new hip town in Metro Detroit. Since then, this place has become hugely popular. They host some amazing shows, have their very own comedy night, and continue to make great beer, cider and mead.

For the brewery's big anniversary they are doing what they do best and releasing some special new brews. One of those is the new Watermelon Saffron Mead, their special "Gold" Bottle Release. They will also have Imperial's new food truck on site, so you can pick up some delicious tacos to go with your beverages.

The anniversary party runs from 5 p.m. until midnight, this Tuesday, October 17th. Cellarmen's is located in Hazel Park at 24310 John R. To see a full list of upcoming events at Cellarmen's, head over to Cellarmens.com or give them a like on Facebook here.

We'd like to congratulate the guys at Cellarmen's on 2 years! We wish you continued success! Cheers!


~C

Win Tickets to See Ghostface Killah

Everyone knows that Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck with, so don't fuck around. Go see Ghostface Killah when he comes to town to play El Club this Thursday. The New York-born hip-hop artist rose to fame with Wu-Tang's album 36 Chambers and went on to record 12 solo albums. When people talk about the greatest MCs of all time, his name is definitely mentioned. Which means that when you get the chance to see him spit it live, you take it.

Ghostface Killah will perform live at El Club this Thursday alongside King Visionary and DJ Sicari. Tickets to attend the show are $30 and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. To enter, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #killah. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!

~S