Friday, January 30, 2015

See Singin' In The Rain at Midnight this Weekend!

By now you probably know that Royal Oak's Main Art Theatre has extended their Midnight Movies. What was once a weekend event in the summer, now happens every weekend throughout the year. The Main Art Theatre typically plays fan favorites and cult films from the '80s and '90s for their Midnight Movies, but this weekend they are going all the way back to the '50s for a true classic.

This Friday and Saturday nights, January 30th and 31st, you can see Singin In The Rain on the big screen. Released in 1952, this film stars Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds. It features a ton of songs you have heard throughout the years, with the most popular obviously being "Singin' In The Rain". Check out the trailer for this classic musical below.

Tickets to see Singin' In The Rain this weekend are only $7 a person. It isn't uncommon for the Midnight Movies to sell out. So if you'd like to pick up your tickets ahead of time, click here. This is a super fun way to spend one of these cold winter nights indoors, while still getting off your couch. To see a list of other upcoming movies that will be shown at midnight, click here. There are some more really good ones coming up, like Pulp Fiction and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo!

The Main Art Theatre is located at 118 North Main St. in Downtown Royal Oak. 


No Rest Fest at Jumbo's

This Saturday, January 31st head down to Jumbo's for a fest full of some of the heaviest bands Detroit has to offer. It's called No Rest Fest and it's being put on by the fine folks from No Rest Until Ruin. Rightfully so, the lineup includes No Rest's own The ArmedOld Gods and Nice Hooves along with ReverendGolden TorsoSNAFU1876, Supporting Roles, Tharsis TheyMisfortunate SonsUndesirable People and an Andrew WK cover band. With a lineup like that you can expect to see some great musicians, some screaming dudes, some shirtless dudes, and some smelly dudes. Should make for a great show and a good night.

Doors for No Rest Fest open at 8:30 p.m. with bands starting at 9. All of the bands are going to be playing "short sets" and there is a DJ between bands during the "short breaks", so you can expect a non stop party. It's only 5 bucks to get in to this show and 21+ are welcome. Check out the promo video for No Rest Fest below to see just what you are getting yourself in to.

Jumbo's is located at 3736 3rd Street in Detroit. For more info on No Rest Fest, click here.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Zeke's Rock And Roll BBQ is Here!!!!

The coolest restaurant around is now open in Ferndale! Zeke's Rock And Roll BBQ has officially opened its doors, and let us be the first to tell you that it was well worth the wait!

Located on 9 Mile in Ferndale, Zeke's brings together amazing BBQ, delicious drinks, and kick ass ambiance. Since the people behind this new joint are the same ones that own one of our favorite bars, Small's, we knew it was going to be amazing. But, after finally getting to check the place out and try the food and drinks tonight, we were blown away.

Zeke's offers an extensive menu of barbecued meats served up on platters or as a sandwich, along with some vegetarian options. It took me and my dining mates a minute or two to decide what we were going to stuff our faces with, so we decided to start things off with the fried cheese curds because really, how could you go wrong? They were amazing and might be one of my new addictions! You can also get these curds served up on 2 different types of Poutine, BBQ with pulled pork and a more traditional style.

For dinner we decided to go all out and get entrees, which are served with fucking amazing corn bread and 2 sides of your choice. This was another difficult choice to make, since there were classics like mac n cheese and potato salad, but then different choices like BBQ pasta. Well, the three of us all got different options so we could try a whole slew of sides. We had a new take on brussel sprouts, the pasta, mac n cheese, potato salad, smashed potatoes and veggies, and the Sriracha coleslaw. All of them were delicious, but I think my favorites were a tie between the potato salad and the slaw, with everything else coming in at a close tie for second. Let me put it this way, you won't be disappointed by anything that comes out of that kitchen.

Apparently you won't be disappointed by anything from their bar either! Zeke's has a great list of drafts, a fully stocked bar, and awesome craft cocktails. I'm kicking myself in the ass right now for not remembering the clever names of the drinks I had, but one was their take on a Moscow Mule and the other was a concoction made up of Bourbon, Tonic and Lemonade. They were good and they were strong (which might have something to do with why their names are escaping me right now).

And the meat! How the hell can you talk about how great a BBQ restaurant is without talking about the meat? So, as I mentioned, we all went with entrees. However there are a ton of sandwiches that were very tempting and I will be venturing back for soon. Two of us got the pick 2 meats option, with pulled pork and chicken. The other got the ribs. Fucking Amazing! All of it. Probably the best pulled pork I have had and the small bite I managed to snag of the ribs was super tasty too. On the table was a choice of 4 sauces to choose from, North Carolina, ZBBQ, Pineapple Habanero and a Mustard sauce. All were great, but I kept going back and forth between the Z sauce and the Pineapple Habanero, that one had just the right amount of sweet and spicy.

So I'm sure that now you're convinced that you need to head to Zeke's to eat ASAP. But, even if you aren't looking to get a meal, this is a great place to grab a drink and hang out with friends. We already saw a ton of familiar faces while we were there, both on the staff and in the seats! On top of that, there are great tunes playing and the place just has an overall cool vibe. Definitely going to be one of the new hot spots in Ferndale. Rumor has it they will eventually be having live music somewhere down the line too!

If you'd like to see what Zeke's Rock And Roll BBQ is all about, they are located at 240 West 9 Mile in Ferndale, right across from Public House. For hours of operation and all of the info you need to know, head over and give them a "like" on Facebook here.


Let Pure Detroit Show You Around The Fisher and The Guardian Building

This weekend Pure Detroit is doing something more than clothing you in cool shirts. They are hosting free guided tours of two of Detroit's most famous buildings. The company will be taking the public on tours throughout The Fisher and The Guardian Buildings.

Both of these buildings are absolutely gorgeous! If you haven't seen the interior of them before, this is a must. The painted and mosaic artwork along with the architectural design make these building true pieces of art. Chances are you have seen tons of photos of these buildings from aspiring photographers and professional photographers, like our good friend Camera Jesus. Well, this a chance for you to get inside and take some photos of your own, while learning the history behind the design and the structures themselves.

The Pure Detroit Architectural Tours are completely free and open to all ages. Both tours start at the Pure Detroit store within each of the buildings. Advance registration is not necessary, you can just sign up when you get there! The tours begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. this Saturday at each of the locations. So start at one, grab lunch, then head to the other!

The Fisher Building is located at 3011 W Grand Blvd. in Detroit and The Guardian Building can be found at 500 Griswold St. These architectural tours are recurring events that Pure Detroit puts on. For more details on this week's tour or upcoming opportunities to check out amazing structures in Detroit, click here.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Puppy Parade & Winter Fun at Palmer Park

Palmer Park is hosting what might be one of the most adorable events of the year this weekend, a Doggie Fashion Parade! It is part of the Palmer Park Winter Fest and it is happening this Saturday, January 31st. The Doggie Fashion parade will feature all sorts of pups strolling around in their favorite winter wear. The cutest dogs can win numerous prizes, from gift cards to restaurants to gift cards to pet stores.

In addition to the parade, there are a ton of other activities going on throughout the park. There will be horse & carriage rides, food trucks, and live music. Plus, you can bring your ice skates to skate on Lake Frances or your snow shoes or skis to go on a guided tour through the wooded areas of the park.

Admission to the Winter Fest is free, but some activities will have a suggested donation price. The event runs from 1 'til 4 p.m. and the parade is set to take place at 2 p.m. near the lake. If you would like to sign your pooch up to be in the parade, click here.

Palmer Park is located on Woodward between 6 & 7 Mile. For more details on the Palmer Park Winter Fest click here.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

I have been a fan of Periphery for a while now. They are known for their progressive rock style, but in my book they should be known for their drummer. Matt Halper is one of the most creative and solid drummers I have ever seen. Watching him live is a privilege and a mind trip if you can appreciate a great drummer. One of the coolest videos I have ever seen is of him setting up in the middle of the street at SXSW 2012 and making a crowd go crazy, check it out. 

He's much more than a drummer in my book. If you love progressive music and or a great drummer you must see this band perform live this Wednesday, February 4th at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit.  The band is performing alongside Nothing More, Thank You Scientist, and Wovenwar (formerly As I Lay Dying). Tickets for the show are only $27 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. To enter to win those tickets, please email your full name to Please include Periphery in the subject line so that we know which giveaway you are entering to win because we have a lot of of them this week!


Win Tickets to Project Trio at the Max M. Fisher Music Center

Project Trio is a chamber music ensemble based in Brooklyn, New York. It consists of Greg Pattillo, Eric Stephenson, and Peter Seymour. With over 70,000,000 combined views on YouTube and over 70,000 subscribers on their YouTube channel. Project Trio is one of the most viewed chamber music ensembles on the internet and they will be performing in Detroit next week. Throughout the night you'll hear arrangements of Bach, Beethoven, Django Reinhardt, and even Jethro Tull, not to mention plenty of Project Trio originals that will have you dancing in your seat.

They will be preforming at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Wednesday, February 4th. They will also have warm cocktail specials, including a fully stocked spiked hot cocoa bar. Tickets for the event are only $15 and can be purchased in advance here. We also have two sets of tickets to giveaway to two lucky readers. To enter to win those tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line "Project Trio". We will draw the winners about 24 hours before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize. The show starts at 7 p.m. and the Fisher Music Center is located at 3711 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Win Tickets to see Marilyn Manson

I remember the first time I saw Marilyn Manson on TV. It was back in the day when MTV ruled the world. Not only did I love his sound, but I also loved his look. This pale, skinny, creepy ass dude related to me in a way that no other artist had before. I started smearing my lipstick a little more (on purpose of course), wore fishnets on my arms, and listened to Smells Like Children and Portrait of an American Family until the CDs were too scratched to play anymore. During this time I had the privilege of seeing him perform live twice. As you can imagine, he put on one of the most amazing live shows that I have ever seen, even to this day. His show reminded me of Alice Cooper and he paved the way for many of today's best live performers, including Lady Gaga. His next two albums Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals were also great listens, but after that I sort of lost touch with his music. He also seemed to step away from the spotlight for a few years.

It seems that he is ready to re-emerge and is ready to release some new music and go out on tour. His latest album is called The Pale Emperor and thanks to an early leak, I have been listening to the album for a few weeks now. And it is good, very, very good. It reminds me of the Manson that I first fell in love with. It is one of those recordings that is solid from start to finish, there is not a bad song. You can stick this one on the player and just let it ride. And, for the first time in a long time, you can see him perform live.

Marilyn Manson will be heading to The Fillmore on Tuesday, February 3rd and in my opinion this is a not miss event. Christie and I will both be in attendance, I cannot wait to see what he does next.  Tickets for the show are only $45 to $80 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win one of two pairs of tickets that we have to giveaway to two lucky readers. To enter to win those tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line "I want to see Marilyn Manson". We will draw two winners the day before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize. We wouldn't miss this one for the world and we do not think that you should either!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Music and a New Website from Boudoir Noir

When we first head Maria Rose & The Swiss Kicks we fell in love with the band. But, when that project ended we were eager to see what Maria would do next. A few months after the demise of MRSK she announced she would be working with bassist Graham Rockwood and drummer Beni Schlatter on a new project that they were calling Boudoir Noir. BN has finally launched a new website and released two singles, one of which also has a new music video to accompany it. The two new songs are titled "Change It Up" and "Summer Skin", you can give both songs a listen on their Souncloud here. You can also learn more about the band an check out their first music video over at their new website here.

I have listened to both singles a few times through and I like what I am hearing. This is the perfect music to put on during a snowy day while cuddling with someone. Their sound is soft and sexy at the same time, very different from what anyone else in Metro Detroit is currently doing.  The other amazing aspect of this act is that they don't just get on stage and perform their music, they have a whole visual show that accompanies the music. This show includes pole dancing, burlesque dancing, and a hula hoop show. Their live show is mentally and visually stimulating, which creates a unique experience.  They are one of those groups that are thinking outside of the box and trying to bring you something that you have not seen before.

The band is in the process of putting together their first EP and we will keep you updated on its release. In the meantime, we encourage you to head over to the website to see some videos of past live performances and to hear the two new singles. We look forward to hearing and seeing more from Boudoir Noir in the near future. 


Win Tickets to say Sayonara to Josh from The ILL Itches and Elise from YUM this Weekend at The Loving Touch!

From the first time we saw The ILL Itches we were fans, we loved their sound and their live show.  We have seen them play more times than we can count and to be honest, it still isn't enough. We were honored to have them play last year's anniversary show. They just released a new EP and we loved that, we planned to continue to follow the band for years to come.

That's when we found out that Joshua Woodcock was moving out of country and taking Elise from YUM with him. I mean we get it, life has to change and when opportunity knocks you have to answer the door. But, this could mean that we may never get to see bands that we truly enjoy play again. We decided instead of speculating to go right to the source and find out all of the details about the big move and the future of both bands.

We had a chance to talk to Josh Woodcock form The ILL Itches and find out more about the move. Check out what he had to say and head up to The LT this weekend to say your goodbyes, or at least your goodbyes for now. 

HID- Why are you moving to Japan?
Joshua Woodcock- "I'm moving to Japan to work as an associate producer at a well know entertainment company. They are NYC-based, but I will be working at their Tokyo office. I just finished law school and was lucky to get into a field that I was interested in."

HID- Will this be the end of The ILL Itches?
Joshua Woodcock- "No! We have a few releases geared up for this year. A friend of ours will be covering live shows for me while I'm gone."

HID- What will you be working on next musically, if anything?
Joshua Woodcock- "While I'm in Japan, I hope to play with some of my old band mates who I played with before in Tokyo. You can rent rehearsal studios in Japan, and we used to do that on nights off and just played music for fun. Elise and I both enjoy playing music, so we'll probably work on some stuff together when we both get our footing after the move."

HID- What is your favorite ILL Itches memory?
Joshua Woodcock- "That question is really difficult. Opening for the Buzzcocks and Dead Kennedys were both great highlights... the first time we got test pressings in of our record and listened to them is another. My favorite memory was probably playing with Matt (Livengood) and those unspoken looks and nods during shows of, 'ok, this is pretty fun.'"

HID- Do you have anything special planned for the last show?
Joshua Woodcock- "Nothing really special, I'm just going to go and have fun and spend some time with friends and family who can make it out. We'll be leaving early the next morning, so it'll be the last time we have the chance to see everybody for a bit."

HID- Is this the end of YUM?
Joshua Woodcock- "I'm sure it's not the end for YUM. Elise pours herself into those songs, and I'm sure with the move, she'll have even more inspiration for new songs. Whether she carries the name over in Japan with those songs, or is involved in something entirely different, she'll be playing music."

HID- Why are you doing this to us?
Joshua Woodcock- "HAHA I don't know, I'm sorry. I love the city and everyone out here and I will be back on business quite a bit, so I hope I can make some trips into town to see everyone. But it's a great opportunity, and in all honesty, I miss Tokyo a bit."

HID- What will you miss most about Detroit?
Joshua Woodcock- "So many things! My friends and family, for sure. I'll miss playing all the time and in Detroit venues. I'll miss going out to shows and seeing people and hearing about their music projects, and probably the biggest thing I'll miss about the city itself is going to see a show of a band I've never seen or heard of know, that type of band where you hear them come on and you stop whatever conversation you're in and get up close to watch their set. I'll miss that. A city's personality is largely made up of the people who inhabit it, and Detroit has such a wide-range of talented people that I'll miss having conversations with and learning new things from."

HID- What are you most looking forward to in Japan?
Joshua Woodcock- "I'm looking forward to seeing some of my old friends (some who I haven't seen since I was last there 4 years ago), and checking out cool parts of Tokyo with Elise. Most of all, I feel really energized and I'm looking forward to getting to work."

Catch The ILL Itches this Saturday, January 31st at The Loving Touch alongside YUM, Citizen Smile, Le Voyage, and Nigel & The Dropout. It's only $5 to get in the door and it is your last chance to say goodbye to Josh and Elise, as he mentioned, they will be leaving the next day. We also have three pairs of tickets to give away to our readers. If you would like to go to the show, please email your full name with the subject line Farewell to

We wish you both nothing but happiness and success, but we have to admit that we are sad to see you go!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Win Tickets to See Reverend Horton Heat with Blaire Alise & The Bombshells!

Next Saturday, January 31st the legendary Reverend Horton Heat is coming to town! He will be hitting the stage at The Magic Stick, which we all know will be gone before we know it. There are a handful of amazing shows coming up there in the next couple of months before they change formats and this is one of them. So you don't want to miss it!

Joining Reverend Horton Heat on stage are Dale Watson, Rosie Flores and Detroit's own Blaire Alise & The Bombshells. We absolutely love Blaire, so we are thrilled to see her on this bill! Tickets to this show are $25 in advance and can be purchased here or at the Garden Bowl. All ages are welcome and doors open at 8 p.m.

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Black Iris Booking, we are also getting one person and a friend in to see the Reverend for free! To enter to win, please email your name to with Reverend Horton Heat in the subject. We will draw our winner the morning of the show and let them know how to claim their prize!

To get ready for the show and make your day a little better, check out the video for "Mad, Mad Heart" off of Rev, Reverend Horton Heat's latest album that came out last year. Warning: your feet will probably start moving when you listen to this song!


A Music Movers Benefit for the Greening of Detroit

Saturday, January 31st Music Movers LLC will be hosting their first showcase featuring local talent to raise money for the The Greening of Detroit. The Social Bandits, The Gasoline Gypsies, The Native Howl, and The Prime Ministers will be performing to help raise money. The Greening of Detroit is a non profit that is trying to, "help Detroit grow and flourish for a greener tomorrow by revitalizing urban gardens, restoring and beautifying local neighborhoods and providing Detroiters with job skills through training programs." To learn more about TGOF you can visit their website, they have all sorts of events throughout the year that you can volunteer to help with.

The show will take place at The Magic Bag and it is only $10 to get in the door. They also arranged for a few buses to drive people to the event. You can take a bus to the show from Port Huron, Utica, and Commerce Township. This special ticket is only $30 and includes a concert ticket, transportation to and from the show, and a “special guest” gift pack. Regular and party bus pre-sale information and tickets are available hereWe also have 2 sets of tickets to give away thanks to Music Movers LLC.  To enter to win those tickets, please email your full name with the subject line Music Movers to We will draw the winners a few days before the show. The winners names will be on the guest list and there will be a CD featuring these acts waiting for them at the show when they get there. Great event, great charity, and the bus idea was a very cool extra touch!  


Thursday, January 22, 2015

See Zander Michigan Before our 3 Year Bash!

In case you haven't heard yet, we are gearing up for our big 3 Year Anniversary Bash on February 21st at Small's. We have put together a pretty diverse lineup of musicians, so there will be something for everyone. One guy that is playing at our show is a solo musician by the name of Zander Michigan. And in case you haven't heard him yet, you have a chance to tonight at Cadieux Cafe. Zander will be hitting the stage with Ben Allemon and the Carmel Liburdi! Entry is completely free, so why not go? Plus we already know that Zander and Carmel are both amazing musicians, so we're sure Ben must be pretty awesome too!

To hear some of the music that Zander Michigan makes, head over and check him out on Soundcloud here. He also has a new album entitled Zander The Great that will be out very soon! We are thrilled to have Zander playing our show and we urge all of you to go check him out tonight so you are hooked by the 21st. Make sure you get there early to catch Carmel Liburdi and Ben Allemon too! Things kick off at 9 p.m. and the Cadieux Cafe is located at 4300 Cadieux in Detroit.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Win Tickets to See Rival Summers When They #selloutthepikeroom

Next Friday, January 30th, Rival Summers is hoping to sell out The Pike Room for their first show of 2015. The band is so excited about the show that they have been all over social media talking about it and using the hashtag #‎selloutthepikeroom‬. So, just in case this show does sell out, we wanted to make sure we could get a couple super fans into the show!

Rival Summers started out as a solo project of Leo Bautista back in 2008. Since, he has changed things up a time or two and Rival Summers is now a trio, featuring Leo, Sam Ridgell, Trish Chisholm. They have a poppy feel with songs that fans love to sing a long to. You can check out some of their tunes here.

If you would like to see Rival Summers next week and help them #selloutthepikeroom, you can pick up your tickets in advance for $10 here. This show is being brought to you by Fusion Shows, so you know that means there are no fees, you'll just pay 10 bucks flat. If you want to risk it and wait 'til the day of the show, you can get in for $12 at the door. Joining Rival Summers for the evening are Fifth and MainEllis and Jon Bugg Music. Like we mentioned earlier, we also want to get some fans into this show for FREE! So, thanks to our friends at Fusion Shows, we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets. To enter to win, just email us at and tell us your name and why you want to win. Make sure you put Rival Summers in the subject line too. We will draw two winners a couple of days before the show and give them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome to this show and doors are set to open at 7 p.m. The Pike Room is located at 1 S. Saginaw St. in Pontiac.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What is it Really Like to be on Tour?

When I was younger I dreamed about going on tour, being on tour, and what tour was like. I imagined that everyday was a string of  meeting good looking men and women, drinking strong drinks, and  partying late into the night after playing the show. A lot of my friends were in bands and as they started to tour I was overcome with jealousy, especially when they got to travel to other countries and see the world with their bands. But, as I got older I realized that touring meant that you weren't home, like ever. It meant that you were driving most of the day and that you were in a new place that you likely did not know much about every night. Watching 4-7 people stuff themselves in a van and head out on the road lost  a lot of the allure that it once had.

Years later some of those kids who spent days in old vans actually upgraded to tour buses. Some of them "made it" in their retrospective bands and some of them started working in the industry in other forms. These tours looked a little more alluring. I think that a lot of us glamorize the idea of being on tour and we do not have a clear picture of what life on the road is like. Lady Gaga might roll with 27 buses when she heads out on the road, but that's not the reality for most touring bands. So, I decided to talk to a long time friend and talented musician Brian Southall about what it is like to be on tour. 

Brian has been on tour for as long as I can remember and being on the road is what he does for a living these days. Sometimes he is out on the road with a band that he plays in and sometimes he is out with bands that we grew up listening to. I had the chance to ask him a lot of questions that I have always wanted to ask and I found a lot of his answers very interesting. He loves what he does, but at the end of the day is it is a job. A job that keeps you away form home and on the road most of the year, and just like any other job it has it's up and downs. I think this interview is a great way for those of you still dreaming of hitting the road to get a better picture of that what that life might be life if you choose that path. I also can't believe that Brian has been so many places and seen so many things that I will never see. Brian heads out on tour again in a few weeks, but before he hits the road on another adventure check out my interview with him about life on the road.  

HID- When did you start touring with bands?
Brian Southall- "My first serious bands were Fordirelifesake and Rescue. We did small/short tours as early as 2000. By 2003 I had joined Boys Night Out and started touring full time professionally. Since then I haven't had any job outside of touring."

HID- What bands have you toured with?
Brian Southall- "Aside from my personal bands (Fordirelifesake, Rescue, Boys Night Out, The Receiving End of Sirens, Isles & Glaciers, The Company We Keep) I have worked as a Tour Manager for many bands. The most known would probably be: All Time Low, Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, City and Colour, Liars, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Dev, Motion City Soundtrack, and Chiodos."

HID- What countries have you visited over the years?
Brian Southall- "Travel is probably the biggest perk of this job, and I've been insanely lucky to visit some amazing places. Without starring at a map and trying to remember, I've been to: Australia, Japan, The Philippines, Russia, Brazil, Malaysia, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland and UK."

HID- What roles do you have when you are on tour with a band?
Brian Southall- "I almost exclusively work as a Tour Manager these days, but in the past I have worked as a Guitar Tech, Drum Tech, and sometimes Lighting Operator."

HID- Explain what a tour manger is in your own words.
Brian Southall- "Let me think of the simplest way to explain this so that even someone with no knowledge of the music industry could understand.... Every professional touring band has a Booking Agent. This is the person who plans their tour routing, negotiates contracts and payments with venues, etc... After they finish their job and a tour is routed and confirmed, that's when we (Tour Managers) come into the mix. We then have to plan how everyone travels (plane, van, bus, etc), and when everyone travels. We, along with the touring Production Manager, decide the day to day schedule for each show, then work to make sure everyone and everything is in place to make that happen. Once all the pre-planning is handled we move on to the actual daily work. We handle all of the day to day accounting for the tour, and crunch the numbers every night to make sure the band is being paid properly by each venue. Depending on the band there may or may not be a certain bit of baby-sitting involved in the job as well! If you're lucky, you spend time out on the road with a mature and responsible band and they can take care of themselves just fine, however sometimes you do end up pushing a drunk into his bunk before heading off to the next city. All in all, it's very much like managing any business, except ours moves daily."

HID- Where do you usually sleep? buses? vans? hotels?
Brian Southall- "On a typical US tour everyone would sleep in the tour bus on show days/nights and sleep in hotels on days off. Obviously if you're just starting out there's a good chance you'll be sleeping in your van or on some nice stranger's floor... I definitely did for many years. Tours in other countries often require a lot of flying, and for tours like that you're obviously in hotels since there is no bus to sleep in."

HID- You said you slept on a lot of floors over the years. Do you have any really weird stories from sleeping at peoples houses that you technically didn't know?
Brian Southall- "The first thing that comes to mind would be while I was playing drums in the band Rescue. We were invited to sleep at a house in CT after a show... We got inside and were directed towards the basement. The house was your average party house for early 20's band dudes, nothing crazy. We were pulling off couch cushions to create somewhat of a mattress on the floor when we noticed about 100 ear wigs crawling all over the couch! Needless to say this sent all of us into a bit of a panic, and we decided to just sleep in the van that night. This did however inspire a great t-shirt design for Rescue."

HID- What is your go to food choice when you're out there?
Brian Southall- "It can be hard to eat healthy in any way, especially when you're just starting out and on a budget. The easy fix on tour is something like Jimmy Johns/Chipotle. I'm lucky now to usually be with well established bands and have the budget to shop for the food/groceries we want on a daily basis."

HID- How do you wash your clothes on tour?
Brian Southall- "This one is pretty easy! When you're on smaller tours it's either at a friends house or just stopping at a laundromat. These days I'm lucky enough to usually be on large enough tours that we can just send a runner out each week from the venue to drop off our clothes for fluff-n-fold. I rarely pack more than 1-1.5 weeks worth of clothes anymore when traveling, laundry is easy!"

HID- What is the biggest misconception about being on tour?
Brian Southall- "I think the biggest misconception is that everyone is partying non-stop and their are naked women hanging from the ceiling. When you do this as a job, you're typically so tired by the end of the day that you just want to go to bed. Obviously there's more of an inherent party atmosphere than most jobs, and that can get the best of some people, but for the most part you won't find everyone doing drugs and having sex on the bus, they are more likely to be playing video games or sleeping."

HID- Worst thing that ever happen while you were on tour?
Brian Southall- "I've been extremely lucky in my touring career. I've never had any massive problems (knocking on every piece of wood I can find right now). The usual problems have to do with the tour bus breaking down, or flights being canceled, etc... If you have a good crew with you, the problems are pretty minimal, and I only ever tour with good people who do their jobs well."

HID- Best thing that ever happened when you were on tour?
Brian Southall- "I'd have to go with the memories I have from actually playing music. I love my job, its insanely rewarding and almost always very fun, but the best memories I have are from the times that I got to be on the stage. I think my fondest memories would be the first time Fordirelifesake played Tokyo, the final Fordirelifesake show at the Magic Stick, and the final TREOS shows. Bittersweet to have played so many damn final shows, but almost all of them have been amazing."

HID- Tour managing doesn't sound as glamorous as we all think it is. Other than money, what is your motivation for doing it? It seems like hard work that would keep you away from a home a lot.
Brian Southall- "There are certainly moments of glamour, but yes it's not always a party. The people who make it always a party tend to find themselves out of a job. When I first started doing this, a lot of my friends would make comments that they don't think they could ever do it. "It" being to step away from playing and solely work for other people who are up there doing what I wish I was doing.  The truth is, that is still hard to this day. I miss playing music for a living, I loved being on stage and performing with my friends. I worried that would be a problem for me, but eventually I found a way to be at peace with it. I often have moments now, towards the end of a show day wandering through the venue and watching portions of the show, where I'm just really damn proud of what my crew has accomplished. It's very rewarding to look at the kids singing their hearts out, having the best night, and knowing that myself and a few other crew members made that all happen. We planned for weeks/months, we worked hard all day, and the result is this perfectly orchestrated evening where the people we work for get to do their thing with no issues and make their fans happy. I think the people that last in this field are the people who can find some joy in that.

Another rewarding aspect is simply meeting/working with bands you love and respect.  For example, if you could time travel and tell 16 year old Brian Southall that he would eventually work for his favorite bands and call them friends, his young fat head might explode! I grew up loving and flat out ripping off musical ideas from bands like Thrice and Jimmy Eat World... fast forward nearly two decades and I find myself employed by them. Pretty crazy." 
HID- How did Fordirelifesake get the opportunity to tour Tokyo? How was the music received?
Brian Southall- "FDLS going to Japan in 2003 was absolute insanity and just perfect timing. We had worked out a deal with a small UK label, Skipworth Records, to release our albums in the UK. Paul from that label had done a small amount of business with Alliance Trax in Japan, and the owner of that label just really liked FDLS. He was willing to take the chance and offered to fly us to Japan for a short tour. Obviously 5 young dudes from Detroit weren't going to think too long about the chance for a free trip to Japan! We had no idea what to expect. The reality was, while FDLS would have amazing shows in MI, we rarely had any great reactions anywhere else in the US. Southern Ontario and spots in NJ were some of the only other areas we would get a warm reception. I remember the first show, we set up to play and all just kind of looked at each other wondering how it would go. Seconds into the first song kids were singing along and going nuts. We couldn't believe what was happening. It's a pretty surreal moment when someone who doesn't even speak your language took the time to learn enough to sing along to your songs! The first tour went very well. Most shows were smaller 150-250 people, but we did play to over 500 in Tokyo, as a headlining band. It was insane and so much fun."

HID- Do people in different countries react differently to music. If so how so?
Brian Southall- "Most people in other countries act similarly to fans in the US, but Japan is one place where its definitely different. They will go crazy during the songs, just like anywhere else, but between songs they will often become completely silent. It's just their way to show a high level of respect, and remain silent in case the band has anything to say. It's off putting at first but then its just pretty cool to see how their polite culture even translate into hardcore shows!"

HID- What advice would you give to someone that wants to get into the music business?
Brian Southall- "If you're trying to tour for a living, the best thing you can do is surround yourself with people who are already doing it. I got my first Tour Managing job simply because I was around a band at the right moment. I often recommend to try to get a job at a local venue as a runner or a stage hand. When people work hard at venues, we notice. I know a few people who have ended up with great touring careers simply because bands would remember them any time they came to town and eventually offered them a job. If you cant do that, take a look at any friend's bands or any local bands that plan to tour. You will likely have to work for free at first, but if you are able to make friends with any of the musicians or crew for the more established bands on the same tour, you'll have a shot at a job in the future."


Win Tickets to See Motion City Soundtrack!

Over the past two years we have seen a lot of bands celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album that made them famous. Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Reggie & The Full effect and many others have performed their most famous work from start to finish. Hell, even Metallica played Kill Them All from start to finish on a small stage during Orion a couple of years ago. There is something special about reconnecting with music that meant so much and held up throughout the years.

This Friday, January 23rd Motion City Soundtrack will be coming to St. Andrew's to play Commit This To Memory from start to finish for their fans. Seeing this band in that venue is going to be great, the fact that they are playing CTTM in full will make the night legendary. They will be playing alongside Hawthorne Heights and Team Spirit.

Tickets for the show are $35 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. To win, please email your full name with the subject line MCS to We will draw two winners the day before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize.

St. Andrew's Hall is located at 431 E. Congress in Detroit and doors for the show will open at 7 p.m.


Last Stop Acoustic Sundays Presented by At Willoughby

Local musician At Willoughby is starting a cool new monthly event at The Berkley Front called Last Stop Acoustic Sundays. Each month this event will bring your favorite Detroit musicians to the stage to do acoustic sets. This will be a new way to see some of your favorite local acts in a new light. The idea is to have bands that you have seen in the past doing something different. It's only going to be $4 to get in and these shows will happen once a month.

The first show takes place January 25th and the lineup will be Alan from At Willoughby, Jaye from Rogue Satellites' side project Poor Bastard, Adam from Futurebabes, and Jeff from Detroit's DUENDE!. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first set starts at 6:30.

If you're interested in playing a future show contact Mr. Willoughby. We think this is a really cool idea and we look forward to seeing these musicians in a different light.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Win Tickets to See Monument Monument at The Loving Touch!

This Saturday night Detroit's own Monument, Monument is playing their first show since the Flint Family BBQ in May! The band will be playing at The Loving Touch with Loose PlanesHampshire and Lights & Caves. This is a great lineup from start to finish, so that should be reason enough to head out to catch this show. But, since Monument, Monument seems to be playing less and less often, who knows when you will see them again if you pass this chance up!

Tickets are $7 in advance and you can pick yours up here. If you wait, it will be $10 at the door. 18+ are welcome. Thanks to our friends over at Fusion Shows, we are giving away two pairs of tickets to this show! To enter, either email your name to us at with Monument Monument in the subject line or tag us on any form of social media to let us know that you want to go! In fact, do both and you will be entered twice! We will draw our winners the day before the show and contact them with details on how to claim their prize.

To download some music from Monument, Monument for FREE, head over to their website here. For more details on this event, click here. The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.


Heavy Metal Bake Sale

Metal and bake sale are two words that you never think that you will hear in the same sentence. But, thanks to the boys over in Imminent Sonic Destruction, they have found a way to bring baking and bad ass metal together for a good cause.

ISD is playing this Saturday,  January 24th at the Token Lounge to raise money to record and release a new album. How are they planning to raise this money? They are cooking a whole bunch of homemade treats to sell during the show. We have to admit that this is one of the coolest ideas we have heard of in a long time. You can have your progressive super metal with a side of cake and cookies. Does it get any better than this?  We had a chance to talk to Tony Piccoli from ISD about this wonderful idea and about the new record, Check out what he has to say and head out to see him live this Saturday! 
HID- Who came up with the idea of the heavy metal bake sale?
Tony Piccoli- "I came up with the idea a long time ago, back when we were still called mellotrön_. The idea was the same then as it is now, to help us raise funds to record our album!"

HID- Who is baking all these goods? Is their house clean?
Tony Piccoli- "So far my mom Marsha, my sister Angela, and my girlfriend Katrina have all volunteered to help. The cooking, baking and mixing will all be done in my kitchen at home, and yes it's very clean. I am not a slob! haha!"

HID- What kind of goods will you be selling?
Tony Piccoli- "We're definitely making various rock/metal themed cupcakes with flavors varying from peanut butter, chocolate and strawberry to lemon curry curd, basil mint, and of course your standard maple bacon cupcakes. We plan to make several varieties of cookies, and things like chocolate bourbon pecan pie bars."

HID- How much money are you hoping to raise?
Tony Piccoli- "We're hoping to be able to cover some of the cost of recording, artwork, and post production. We're hoping to leave with $2,000 or more."

HID- Are you planning to record an album or an EP?
Tony Piccoli- "We will be recording a full length album of 7-8 tracks, which is going to clock in at around 65 minutes. It's a concept album featuring a story I've been developing for a couple of years now. We're very excited to get it recorded!"

HID- Where do you plan to record?
Tony Piccoli- "We plan to record at Elaire Studios with producer Nick Morris who mixed our last album Recurring Themes."

HID- Why the Token Lounge?
Tony Piccoli- "We're doing the Heavy Metal Bake Sale at The Token Lounge because we've established a great relationship with the venue and its owner John Anton. John has always been very accommodating, and fair. The venue itself provides plenty of "retail space" for setting up band merchandise, as well as room for the bake sale items. Another benefit of playing at The Token Lounge is their new sound-man Josh "bow tie" Wizinsky. He's a good guy! A little weird, but very good at his job, and passionate about your music."

HID- How much are tickets to the show?
Tony Piccoli- "Tickets are $10 advanced, or $13 at the door."

HID- Where can I buy tickets?
Tony Piccoli- "Tickets are available on, or through our site"

HID- Who else is playing this show?
Tony Piccoli- "Grand Rapids based prog rock band ENTRANSIENT and the faith inspired progressive metal band REIGN."

HID- Describe the sounds of Imminent Sonic Destruction in three words.
Tony Piccoli- "Well, we have a slogan that we use and it describes us perfectly; PROGRESSIVE SUPER METAL :)"

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Tony Piccoli- "Definitely. Anyone who comes to our Heavy Metal Bake Sale will sign a guest list. All who sign the guest list will be featured in our album credits. Also, to everyone reading this; from the all of us in the band, we say thank you for your interest and your support. We love you."

Doors are at 7 p.m. this Saturday and The Token Lounge is located at 28949 Joy Road in Westland. We have to say, we think this is one of the coolest ideas ever. We hope you reach your goal! 


Come Party at Mike from Mike's Unhappy Hour Birthday Show!

Mike Sickinger from Mike's Unhappy Hour is celebrating his birthday this week along with Amado from the the Bump-N-Uglies. The boys have convinced the Bump-N-Uglies to reunite for one night alongside Harlow, SUB, and Devious Ones. The celebration will take place this Friday, January 23rd at Small's in Hamtramck. This event is being sponsored by Hell City Records and Cave Radio.  Tickets for the show are only $10 and can be purchased in advance here. All ages are welcome to attend the show.

We also have two sets of tickets to give away to one of our lucky readers! The winner will also get a Cave Radio shirt in their size that they can pick up at the show. If you would like to enter, please send your full name to with the subject line Mike's Party. Please include your shirt size in the email so that we can make sure has the right size shirt waiting for you when you get there. We will draw a winner a few days before the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Don't forget that you can listen to Mike's Unhappy Hour every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. on


Friday, January 16, 2015

Shhhh. Don't Tell Anyone About Lumpfest!

This Saturday night there is a fest in Hamtramck that has kind of been on the down low. That's because it is taking place at a house. But, the lineup is so awesome that we had to share it with you!

This FREE fest features Tart, The Vonneguts, Five Pound Snap, White Bee, Honeybabe, Orange Atlas, Flour, The Q, Junk Food Junkies, Madelyn Grant and Apple Drank. These bands will be playing on two stages at 12038 Lumpkin in Hamtramck.

We absolutely love DIY venues and house shows! So we are looking forward to seeing what this show is all about and if 12038 Lumpkin will have more shows coming up. The show starts early at 5 p.m. BYOB and remember not to be a dick!


Win Tickets to See Derek Grant at The Magic Stick

Derek Grant is one of those dudes that I have always respected. During the formative years of my life he played in some of my favorite bands, including The Suicide Machines, Telegraph, Gyga, Thoughts of Ionesco, Remainder,and Walls of Jericho, before becoming part of Alkaline Trio. Did you know he was the man behind the drums on Destruction By Definition?  He's had a pretty awesome career.

This year he is embarking the next step of his career, which includes a solo album and a solo tour.  His latest album is called Breakdown and it will be released January 20th on Red Scare Industries Records. He will making a stop at The Magic Stick Lounge on Friday, January 23rd. He will be playing with a full band, alongside Telegraph Unplugged aka Leather Kings of Beer & Timmy Reynolds. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky readers, thanks to our friends over at Black Iris Booking. To enter to win, please email your full name to with Derek Grant in the subject line. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and email them details on how to claim their prize. Check out a new song from Derek here and head out to the show on Friday! 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus - New Shows & New Site & New Music

Photo By: Anthony D'Agnillo
It seems like it has been forever since we have heard from George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus! Well, the band is back with a new website and a show this Friday!

George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus will be hitting the stage at the New Way Bar in Ferndale this Friday, January 16th. Joining them for the evening are Mini Horse and Jet Black Blonde. Admission is only $5 and doors open at 9 p.m. This is the first time the band is playing since before Halloween! So, we're sure they will put on an amazing show that you won't want to miss!

In the meantime, head over to and check out the band's new website. There you will find music, photos, videos, and more. There is also a countdown to a new single that the band plans to release next month. We can't wait to hear that! If you're a really big fan of George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus, you should probably stop by their Facebook page too. The band recently posted that they are looking to play some house parties this year! Sounds like reason enough to throw a party for us!


A Few Things You Might Not Know About the Auto Show!

"Beep, beep. Who's got the keys to the Jeep? Vroooooom!" It's that time of year again! The North American International Auto Show is officially here. Detroiters have the opportunity to check out hundreds of new models of cars as well as what some of the cars of the future could look like.

The media and industry have already seen what is inside the walls of Cobo for this year's show, but starting this Saturday, January 17th the public will get a chance to check it out. Things actually kick off on Friday night with the charity preview night starring the Steve Miller Band. However, tickets for that are $400. So, no offense, but we doubt very many of our readers will be attending that event. However, once the show opens up to the public, you can get in the door for just $13.

Since most of you are already pretty familiar with the Auto Show, we thought we would give you the scoop on a few things that you may not have known about the show.

  • There is a Photo Contest that is open to the public! During the public show (January 17th-25th) take your camera to the auto show with you and snap some fancy photos to submit in a number of categories. They include Black & White, Convertibles, Coupes and Cutting Edge Concepts, Coolest Close-up, Electric Vehicles and Luxury. Just take your photos and submit them to the NAIAS website here. Five winners will be chosen and they will win $200 each. 
  • There is a Auto Show 5K! The race is called the Auto Show Shuffle and it takes place this Saturday, January 17th. Participants will follow a route along the Detroit River and across the Dequindre Cut starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration is only $30 and you can sign up here. Thursday is the last day to sign up online though! So get on it! 
  • On Friday, January 23rd some of your favorite Tigers and the team mascot PAWS will be at the Auto Show. There will be a parade of cars in the show, featuring some players. Then, there will be an interactive Q&A after the parade! Keep an eye on the NAIAS Facebook page for updates on which players will be at the show.  
The North American International Auto Show is held in the Cobo Center at One Washington Blvd. in Detroit. The show will be open to the public daily, from Saturday, January 17th thru Sunday, January 25th. For more info on the NAIAS, click here


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Win Tickets to Party with Mickey Avalon

Well, Sadie warned you earlier this week that we were going to do even more ticket giveaways than normal. So we have another one for you! This Sunday, January 18th Black Iris Booking is bringing Mickey Avalon to town.

Mickey Avalon is a hip-hop artist that has worked with everyone from Young Jeezy to Unwritten Law. His songs are about everything from his dick to prostitution and drugs. His latest release came out back in 2013, entitled I Get Even. Check out the video for the title track below.

Mickey will be hitting the stage at The Magic Stick with NICKYSTIX and Erno The Inferno. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 the day of the show. You can pick yours up here. We are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. To enter to win, please email your name to with Mickey Avalon in the subject. We will draw our winner the day of the show and let them know how to claim their prize!


Here's Your Chance to be a Part of the Detroit Music Awards!

Any of you that have been following Hip In Detroit for a while know that we have mixed feelings on the Detroit Music Awards. Yes, many of the same artists and bands have won year after year. And yes, some say that it isn't an accurate representation of the Detroit music scene. However, we did see some advances last year and it seems as though the people behind the DMAs are making an effort to make this year's awards even better and more inclusive. Here are some changes that they have made:
  • After winning the same category for two consecutive years, an act will be exempt for the following year but will be eligible again the year after that.
  • What was formerly the Acoustic/Folk category will now be known as Americana.
  • The Rock field will now include the categories Rock/Pop, Heavy Rock and Alt/Punk/Indie.
  • The Blues/R&B field will now be known solely as Blues.
  • The Urban/Funk field will now be known solely as Urban but will still include Funk, Soul and other sub-genres related to that heading.
  • A separate Rap field has been added, with the categories of Outstanding Rap Recording, Outstanding Rap MC, Outstanding Rap Composer and Outstanding Rap Producer.
  • The World/Reggae/Ska field will now be known solely as World Music, but will include Reggae, Ska and other sub-genres related to that heading.
Last year we were definitely happy to see a wider variety of people from the Detroit music community at least nominated, and that all starts with you. The Detroit Music Awards are ultimately decided by a designated group. However, there are 3 stages on the road to a DMA, with the first being the submission phase. During Phase I anyone can submit anyone from the Detroit music scene. So that means you, yes you, can submit your band or your favorite band. There are actually a number of different categories to nominate people in. The main categories are the genres of Americana, Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic/Dance, General, Gospel/Christian, Jazz, Rock, Urban, World Music and Rap. Within each of those categories there are subcategories for everything from bands to individual musicians. Basically the only rule is that you can't submit someone that has already been nominated. So read the list to see who is already on it! For all of the rules and to get started, click here. The submission phase runs from now 'til January 30th. So make sure you get on it soon!

If you would like to be included in more than Phase I and actually have an opportunity to vote, all you have to do is apply. Basically, if you are involved in the Detroit Music Industry, you can register to be able to vote. This goes for musicians, managers, booking agents, sound guys, and pretty much everything in between. To register and see if you are eligible, click here.
This year's Detroit Music Awards will take place on Friday, April 10th at The Fillmore in Detroit. Prior to that, the DMAs will be holding networking events, with the first on January 27th at the new Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck. Entry is only $5 for DMA Voting Members and $10 for the public. There will be music provided by Blue SnaggletoothF. Patrick JamesHarlow, The Royal Blackbirds and Stereo Jane, appetizers, drink specials, a raffle, and of course, fowling. This is a great way to get involved with the DMAs and meet the people behind the scenes.

If you can't make it out to the event, at least submit your favorite artists now during Phase I. If you really want to get involved, try to register to vote. It's just like they say when it comes to political elections, if you don't vote, you can't complain.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Win Tickets to see The Vaselines at The Loving Touch

We weren't joking when we said that we were going to do whatever it takes to get all of you off of your couches and back into bars watching live music. We will be having more ticket giveaways then ever! We hope that seeing one great band play live will inspire to head out and pay to see some more in the upcoming months.

This time we have a pair of tickets to see The Vaselines at The Loving Touch this Tuesday, January 20th. The Vaselines formed in 1986 and rose to fame in the 90's when Nirvana covered their song "Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam". In fact, Kurt Cobain once described Kelly and McKee as his, "favorite songwriters in the whole world".  They have recently released a new album called V for Vaselines and decided to head out and tour in support of the new sounds.

Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show, you can purchase advance tickets here. You can also win a pair of tickets by emailing your full name to with Vaselines in the subject line. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and email them details on how to claim their prize. This is one show not to be missed! It's not every day that a band from Scotland passes though Metro Detroit!