Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Witching Hour @ UFO Factory featuring Hocus Pocus & The Craft

This Tuesday night UFO Factory will be playing two of the best witch movies ever made! The movies couldn't be more different, but both are great in their own right.

First up on the screen will be Hocus Pocus. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy this story follows a girl, her brother, a girl he likes, and a talking cat throughout a night of adventure in cute suburban town. The cat is actually a boy who has been put under a spell and the witches are out to get some more children. It is a family friendly film, but it still managed to freak me out when I was a kid. Now it's just fun to watch and is definitely a go to around Halloween.

The second showing of the night is The Craft. This movie tells the story of the more modern day witch. It stars Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True. This group of 4 "weird" goth girls learn witchcraft and use it to their advantage. They have a cool dark side that draws you in and makes you want to hang out with them, but this movie has a creepy side and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

This super awesome double feature is being brought to you by the ladies at Seraphine Collective. Admission is FREE and in addition to watching the movies, there will also be face painting, free popcorn, you can get your nails done, and you can even contribute a drawing or article to the next Seraphine zine. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. with Hocus Pocus on at 9 and The Craft at 11. This should be an awesome night, featuring two great movies. What a great way to kick off the Halloween season!


Rockin' with Dirtwolf at New Way Bar

When we first started Hip In Detroit, one of our goals and our favorite things to do was check out bands that we had never heard before. By going out to shows that we wouldn't normally go to, we discovered some of our favorite bands and made some awesome friends. Over the past year or so, we have kind of fallen behind in this department and are going to try our best to start checking out new (or new to us) projects more often and shooting some footage from bands' sets to share with all of you. And that's exactly what we did on Thursday night.

This past Thursday we headed out to the New Way Bar in Ferndale to check out the new band that Stevie Michael is in. In case you don't know Stevie, he's everyone's favorite bartender at Zeke's Rock & Roll BBQ and he also used to be the front man for Grande Nationals and was in Running With Panthers, among other projects. Well, this new band doesn't feature any of the same dudes from those two bands, and it doesn't really sound like them either.

Dirtwolf is a 5 piece band that plays straight up rock & roll. The band has only been together for a few months and just has a couple shows under their belt, but we definitely liked what we heard the other night. And judging by the reaction from the crowd and how many times I got slammed into the wall during their set, everyone at the New Way liked them too.

Check out a couple songs from the band's set below.

If you would like to hear more from Dirtwolf, head over to their bandcamp where they already have a 3 song demo posted. Make sure you also head over and give them a "like" on Facebook to stay in the loop on upcoming shows and what the band is up to next.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Hip In Detroit and InkAddict Present The HandGrenades Unplugged

Everyone seems to be nostalgic for the '90s lately. Grunge fashion is back in style and The Spice Girls have been back in the news. All this throwback goodness has had us hoping for the '90s to come back in full force, so we decided that we would bring back one of our favorite concepts from the '90s, MTV's Unplugged.

Remember the first time you saw Nirvana Unplugged? You could feel Kurt Cobain's piercing voice cut through your body. Somehow it made his music mean even more, if that was possible. I often wonder what it would have been like to be one of the lucky people in that room while it was recorded. Unplugged is about as up close and personal as you can get with a band.
Hip In Detroit has teamed up with InkAddict to invite one of Detroit's best bands, The HandGrenades, to get up close and personal with their fans. We asked them to completely unplug and perform inside the InkAddict Flagship Space in Ferndale. We are going to dim the lights, light some candles, and set the mood with some lovely flowers from Blumz by JRDesigns. Then, the boys will take over and perform.  

Doors for the show will open at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 22nd. The music will start shortly after. This is the first of many events that hipindetroit.com and InkAddict plan to team up and throw together. We are looking forward to having all of our fans visit the new location. We hope to have to have some of Detroit's most talented artists perform in the space in the coming months. We chose The Handgrenades because we know that they will make this night more than memorable. We can only imagine how amazing this set will sound.

It's $2 to get in the door and you are welcome to bring your own beverages to drink. 100% of the proceeds go to the band for putting on the performance. We are looking forward to revisiting one of the best parts of the '90s with all of you! 


Win Tickets to See Knuckle Puck at The Crofoot

Chicago's Knuckle Puck are currently headlining a two month tour tour in support of their latest album Copacetic. They will be making a stop at The Crofoot in Pontiac this Thursday, October 15th alongside Seaway, Sorority Noise, Broke and Head North. If you missed the band on this year's Warped Tour you can catch up with them now!

Tickets for the show are $14 and doors are set to open at 6 p.m. this Thursday. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of our friends over at Fusion Shows, one of the best booking houses in this state. If you would like to enter to win a pair, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the tag line #KnucklePuck. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and email them details on how to claim their prize.  


Win Tickets to See Meat Wave at the Majestic Cafe

The Chicago based band Meat Wave is currently on tour in support of their latest album Delusion Moon. They are are part of the SideOneDummy family and you can check out the title track from the new album here. They will be making a stop in Detroit this Tuesday, October 13th to play at the Majestic Cafe alongside The Dirty Nil and Touch The Clouds.

Tickets for the show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors for the show will open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend the show.  

We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Black Iris Booking. If you would like to win a pair, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #MeatWave. We will draw one winner in the morning and email that winner details on how to claim their prize.  


Friday, October 9, 2015


Saturday Morning Cartoons Make Their Return at UFO Factory

Did you know that Saturday Morning Cartoons no longer exist? Last year officially marked the first Saturday in over 50 years that there were no Saturday Morning Cartoons on network television. Sure, there are actual channels dedicated to cartoons now, but what about those kids that don't have cable? They don't have the pleasure of lazing around in their pajamas on Saturday morning watching shows like Bobby's World, Eek! The Cat, Tiny Toons or even Garfield while stuffing their face with sugary cereal.

Well this Saturday morning, October 10th, the cartoons will return! Well at least at UFO Factory they will. UFO Factory along with John Krautner and Stephen Nawara will be showing some of your favorite classic cartoons all morning long. This is a FREE event to attend and there will even be cereal available, as well as adult breakfast beverages like Mimosas and Bloody Mary's... make that BOTOMLESS Bloody Mary's! This sounds even better than Saturday mornings were when we were kids!

Since hangovers didn't really exist when we were wee ones and kids all tend to wake up at the ass crack of dawn no matter what, it wasn't a big deal to wake up and start watching 'toons at about 7 or 8 a.m. Well things are a little different now that we're "grown-ups" and the organizers understand that you want to at least try to sleep in a bit on your day off or try to sleep off the night before. So they pushed the cartoons back to a start time of 11 a.m. Late enough that you probably won't have to set an alarm, but early enough that you can show up in your jammies and probably not get judged. We can't think of a better way to start off a Saturday!

UFO Factory is located at 2110 Trumbull in Detroit. For more info on this event, click here.


Explore the Artistic Side of Hamtramck This Weekend

This weekend Hamtramck artists will once again open their homes and studios to the public. The 6th Annual Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival kicks off this Friday, October 9th and runs through Saturday, October 10th. This event showcases all of the great artists that have made Hamtramck their home, while also displaying other artistic endeavors, such as music and performance art.

A few of the studios and galleries that will be open during the event include 9338 Campau Gallery with the exhibition "Fate of the Machinery" by Kate Levy, the studio of Clara DeGalan, Ben Thompson Gallery which will be opening their new exhibit "New Ideas, and "Storm Trees and Mr Woodman" by Nancy Mitchnick at Public Pool. There will also be music at the New Dodge from Trail Sad Raya and Johnny Salvage, DJ Sets at Detroit Threads, a Bier Garden next door to Lo & Behold, and Pumpkin Carving, Hot Cider and Music by The Adrays at Tiny Acres. This is just a small fraction of the happenings going on for the festival. Check out the full list of events and a map of all of the locations below.
For more information on the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival and to stay in the loop this weekend, head over and RSVP to the Facebook event page here and give the festival a "like" on Facebook here.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Reggae Cross Culture at New Way Bar

It's no secret that the Detroit area is full of different cultures and people from all walks of life. We live in a very diverse community. But, one thing that has proven to bring people time and time again is music. That is exactly the goal of an event happening this weekend, called Reggae Cross Culture.

This Friday, October 9th Reggae Cross Culture will be taking place at the New Way Bar in Ferndale. This show is "aimed at bringing all of the people together in Detroit to dance to the sounds of reggae through the night". The lineup for the evening includes our friends in 1592 along with Roots Vibrations and DJ Satta Don Dada. It should be a great night full of great music!

Admission to this event is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. The New Way Bar is located at 23130 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. For more information head over to the Facebook event here. And while you're at it, head over and listen to 1592 here.


Win Tickets to See Strange Wilds at Marble Bar

The Marble Bar has reopened and started booking some pretty hip shows so we set up a few giveaways to get some of our readers in the doors. Strange Wilds will be performing at the Marble Bar this Sunday, October 11th alongside special guests Boys School.

The Strange Wilds is a three piece from Olympia,Washington that is signed to Sub Pop Records. They formed in 2012 and released their first full length album Subjective Concepts this summer.

Tickets to check them out live at Marble Bar this Sunday are only $8 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Strange Wilds in the subject line. We will draw a winner early Sunday morning and email that winner details on how to claim their prize.