Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Keep It A Threat This Saturday!

This weekend 15 bands will be taking over Transitions Skatepark for Keep It A Threat 7. This annual festival brings out some of the best punk, metal, and hardcore bands in the area for a day of music and skateboarding. The event is open to all ages and is a dry show. That means no booze inside the park. That's ok, you don't need booze to have a good time, especially with a great lineup like this!

KIAT 7's lineup includes Aggro or Die!Axe RipperBad AssetsCome Out FightingDesiring Dead Flesh (Bay City), The DewtonsThe Gutter GhoulsHASHGRINDER (PA), Matt Wixson's Flying CircusSchool Damage (Toronto), SPITBACK (Central Michigan), Suburban DelinquentsThe VulnerableYou Dirty Rat and Young Hunger. The bands start at 1 p.m. and go until about 11. And you get to see them all for 14 bucks. Plus, you get to skate!

This is all happening this Saturday, October 3rd. Transitions is located in Dearborn at 5616 Van Born Ct. For more info on this event, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Win Tickets to See Atreyu

Atreyu has been at the top of the metal charts for the last week. Their latest album Long Live  was released on September 18th and has already sold over 15,000 copies, and made it to number 26 on the top 200 music charts. They are on tour alongside Beartooth, Wovenwar, and Malaki and they will be making a stop at The Crofoot this Friday, October 2nd.

Tickets for the show are $2 in advance and $25 at the door. The fun will start at 6:30 p.m. and The Crofoot is located at 1 South Saginaw Pontiac, MI. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Fusion Shows, the bad ass booking team that is bringing this delightful little lineup to town. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #atreyu. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and that person will get to take a friend to the show for FREE.


Paws in the Park Promises a Butt-Sniffing Good Time

Royal Oak’s Memorial Park goes to the dogs (and their people) this weekend, October 3rd and 4th from 10a.m. until 5p.m. Paws in the Park attendees can watch entertainment provided by Disc Dogs of Michigan and Rock n’ Roll K-9’s or register their own dogs to compete in the Updog Challenge, costume contests, and more. Other breed-specific events include a Wiener Dog Race on Saturday and a Pug Run on Sunday.
If your passion is shopping for all things canine, stop by Maggie and Minnie Pet Boutique to stock up on the latest fall fashions or Pet Supplies Plus for toys to get Fido moving indoors during the winter months. Treats for humans and pups will also be available for purchase, with an ATM onsite.

Lastly, if you have yet to open your home to a furry best friend, or want to add a new family member, please consider one of Paws in the Park’s featured charities. Detroit Bully Corps and The Royal Oak Animal Shelter will not have dogs at the actual event, but they are happy to educate interested pet owners about their missions and accept applications. Specializing in Bully Breeds, Detroit Bully Corps advocates for abused, neglected and homeless dogs through education, adoption, rehabilitation and training. Home FurEver will have a variety of adoptable dogs at the park for guests to meet. The organization is looking for families to foster and adopt these rescues. Expect to begin the process by completing an application in person; Home FurEver does not have applications online. Make sure to bring your vet’s name and contact information as well.

Check out the video below to see what Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Kemp, Detroit Bully Corps founder Bill Bellottie, and a special guest, had to say about the upcoming event and Logan's Law, pending legislation that would create a registry for convicted animal abusers and require any animal shelter to refuse sale/adoption of an animal to anyone on list. Road noise courtesy of Woodward Ave.

The details: All dogs must be on a six feet or shorter leash and be up to date with their vaccinations. Water bowls will be dispersed throughout Memorial Park. Waste pick-up is provided by PoopSter. Admission is $5 for ages 11 and up and partially benefits four charities: Home FurEver, Detroit Bully Corps, Logan’s Law and The Royal Oak Animal Shelter. For more information, visit


24 Hour Giveaway: Ride at St. Andrew's Hall

This Thursday, October 1st, Ride will be making their way to Detroit all the way from England. The band appeared on the scene back in the late '80s, parted ways and worked on other projects (like Oasis). The band's 2015 tour marks 20 years since they last played together live on stage.

For the Detroit date on this tour, Ride will be hitting the stage at St. Andrew's Hall. Joining them are The Besnard Ladies from Montreal. Tickets for this show are $35 each and can be purchased online here. Thanks to our good friends at Live Nation Detroit, we are also giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter, please send your full name to with RIDE in the subject line. We will draw our winners Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

 All ages are welcome to attend this event and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.


Win Tickets to Attend the Grand Re-Opening of Marble Bar in Detroit

A new bar/venue is opening up in the city and we want to be the first people to tell you about it and get you in the door. Marble Bar is located at the corner of corner of Holden and Trumbull Street and it is reopening as a bar and music venue.
The first show that will be held will take place on opening night, this Friday at 9 o'clock. The first lineup features Unholy Two, K9 $niffies, PRC, and CRIM. Tickets for the show are only $8 in advance, they can be purchased here. Or, you can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to with Marble Bar in the subject. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and email that persona details on how to claim their prize.

There is nothing better than checking out something before everyone else, so make sure if you cant make it to this one that you head out and check
out Marble Bar as soon as you can! We will be working with them to do a a lot more giveaways and this will become one of the hip little places to hang out in the city.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Win Tickets to to Stuff Your Face at the Flint Local 432 30th Anniversary Celebration

This weekend the Flint Local 432 will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a two day celebration that includes music, fun, and multi location events for people of all ages to attend. You may not know this, but the Flint Local is the longest running non-profit all ages music venue in the country.

The celebration will kick off on Friday night with a food focused party and fundraiser at the Flint Farmers Market. With the help of Flint Food Works, they have put together a party that will feature food from some of the culinary world's biggest names. The lineup and menu options are mouth watering, the list includes:

Chef Tim Archuleta, ICHI Dozo Restaurant Group, San Francisco, CA
Tuna Avocado Salad

Jody Brunori, The Laundry, Fenton, MI
Play on Poutine

Alex Fleece, Vehicle City Tacos, Flint, MI
Duck and Oyster Gumbo

Cristian Gilbert, Soggy Bottom Bar, Flint, MI
Sliders and Veggie/Vegan Sliders

Nate Keller, Sprig and Gastronaut, San Francisco, CA
Pork Mousse

Dan Moilanen, Vehicle City Tacos, Flint, MI
Vegan and Vegetarian Tostadas

Jon Short, Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery, New York, NY
Play on Tuna Noodle Casserole

Chocolatier Charles Siegel, Charles Chocolates, San Francisco, CA
Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae

Sean Thomas, Blue Plate, San Francisco, CA
Savory Butterscotch Pudding

Tony Vu, Wraps N' Roll and MaMang, Flint, MI
Vietnamese Cubed Ribeye over Vegetables

Tickets to attend the kick off party range from $30 to $90 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to attend the event and eat all pf the delicious food. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to dine on us, please email your full name to with the subject line #30. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday morning and they will dine in style that evening.

The Flint Local will also host a FREE all ages show at 7 p.m. that will feature music by Overdrive, The Spoops, The Kitson Sisters, and Fight to Forget.

Then on Saturday their will be a Zombie walk at the Local from 12-4 p.m. and another show at 7 p.m.. that will feature music from Kinetic Stereokids, Diver, Rats of Unusual Size, The Singing Lungs and Rabbit Ain’t Lucky.

For more info on all of the Anniversary happenings, click here.


24 Hour Giveaway: Veridia @ The Shelter

This Wednesday, September 30th Veridia will be hitting the stage at The Shelter on their Only The Crazy Survive Tour. The four piece from Nashville recently released a new album entitled Pretty Lies that you can check out here. They will be joined on stage by Drew Chadwick, who is also on tour with the band.

Tickets for this show are $12.50 in advance and can be purchased here. We are also giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show thanks to our friends at Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with Veridia in the subject line. We will draw two winners on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

This is an all ages show and doors are set to open at 6 p.m.


The Tricycle Collective Helps Families Buy Back Their Homes

In the immortal words of  Madonna, "music makes the people come together".  Music is also a great way to get people to come together for a cause. This Wednesday, September 30th The Tricycle Collective is bringing Mic Write, Britney Stoney, and Ryan Spencer from Jamaican Queens to the stage to help raise money for local families in need. This event will mark the end of an online campaign to raise money for 20 local families to buy back their homes.

25,000 properties will go up for auction and be sold to the highest bidder during the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure online auction. Many of the homes are occupied by families who will eventually be evicted form their homes. The Tricycle Collective is trying to raise awareness and let people know that it is easy to help these families keep their homes. Many of these houses will be sold for around $500. In fact, last year the collective raised around $5,000 in total and with that money they were able to help 10 families buy their homes back in full!!!

This year they are aiming higher. Their online campaign hopes to raise $20,000 and they are very close to reaching their goal. The party will help put them over the top because all proceeds from the night will go directly to families.

Britney and Mic Write will be performing solo sets and Ryan will be doing a DJ set. The event invite even teases that an unannounced international surprise star will also be making an appearance and performing during the event.

The event will take place at The Jam Handy in Detroit at 7 p.m. this Wednesday. They are asking for a $10-$20 donation at the door. The Jam Handy is located at 2900 E Grand Blvd. in Detroit.


Monday, September 28, 2015

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Teenage Bottlerocket

Do you like bands like Screeching Weasel, The Ramones, Bouncing Souls, and Misfits? If you do, there is a good chance that you will dig Teenage Bottlerocket. The band formed in 2001 and is currently on tour in support of their latest album Tales From Wyoming, released earlier this year. TBR will be playing alongside Pears, Bastardous, Smash the Jukebox and SUB at Small's in Hamtramck this Tuesday, September 29th.

Doors for the show will open at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. You can pick yours up here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of the ladies of Black Iris Booking. If you would like to enter to attend tomorrow's show and have some fun for FREE, please email your full name to with the subject line #punk. We will draw one winner bright and early tomorrow and we will email that winner details on how to claim their prize.  


Sunday, September 27, 2015

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Revocation and Cannabis Corpse

Tuesday night, Black Iris Booking is bringing punk to Small's and metal to The Shelter. If punk isn't your thing and you crave something a little heavier, you can head up the road to The Shelter to catch Revocation, Cannabis Corpse, Archspire and Black Fast. This lineup will have the walls shaking.

Tickets for the show are only $15 in advance and $17 at the door. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Black Iris Booking. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #metal. We will draw one lucky winner early tomorrow and we will email them details on how to claim their prize.


Whistle Stop Diner

Pleasant Ridge is a small city that is nested in-between Ferndale and Royal Oak. You have probably driven through the town a million times and didn't even realize it, the Ridge is only a few square miles in size. They might not have a lot of places to eat, but they always had one cool little cafe called Mae's that made quite a name for itself outside of the small city.

Mae's featured unique options for vegetarians, fresh locally sourced ingredients, and lots of unique menu choices. It became so popular that it was very hard to get a seat on the weekends. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and after some ownership changes the place fell apart. The last time I was there the food was still good, but I received the worst service I have ever gotten at a restaurant and vowed that I would never go back. I don't think that I was the only person that felt this way because shortly after that, the doors for Mae's were closed and the space was sold. The cafe reopened a few months later with a new name, a new menu and a new staff, so I decided it was time to go back and give the space a second chance.

The new cafe is called the Whistle Stop. The new owners gave the place a good once over, but kept a lot of the furniture and decor from the previous owners, including all of the cool stickers on the stove. The WS menu features breakfast and lunch. They have a large selection of your basic cafe items, including eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, soups, and salads. It's a pretty standard menu, with one big bonus, they serve alcohol!!!! There is nothing better than brunch on a Sunday and it's not really brunch without a drink. 

The biggest difference between Mae's and the Whistle Stop isn't the food, it'a the atmosphere and service. Instead of feeling like you're a burden to the staff, they treat you right. We had a lovely waitress who kept our waters full, brought our eggs over pipping hot, and brought the bill as soon as we were ready for it. There was a steady stream of customers throughout the morning, but no one waited very long because they stayed on top of everything and kept everyone's day moving.  

I am not going to lie and say the food is as good as Mae's because it isn't. The Whistle Stop isn't trying to serve up one of a kind concoctions. They are trying to do the basics right, which I really appreciate. The food is pretty damn good and the service and atmosphere is wonderful. So, if you were weary about giving it a try, I suggest that you stop in and have a meal. I have a feeling that you wont miss Mae's as much as you thought you would. 
Bloody Mary

Breakfast Burritos


Friday, September 25, 2015

Check Out "Love, Honey" from Cameron Jones

If you're looking for some new tunes to listen to, we highly suggest you check out the debut album from Cameron Jones. You may know Cameron from his past projects like Jet Rodriguez. Well his new solo project is just as great.

The album is entitled Love, Honey and includes 10 tracks. You can check it out on his bandcamp here. It has sort of a classic rock feel and is one of those albums that everyone will like, regardless of what genre of music they tend to lean towards.

So turn up your speakers and hit play! Then head over and download the album for just $6!



It's UFO Factory's First Anniversary

This weekend one of the coolest bars around (with one of the cutest bathrooms in town) is celebrating 1 year of existence. It has officially been 1 year since UFO Factory opened its doors at the Trumbull location in Corktown, and to celebrate they are throwing a big bash.

Saturday night, September 26 UFO is bringing together a whole bunch of their friends to entertain party goers. The lineup isn't quite confirmed yet, but one thing is for sure... there will be music. A couple rumored bands are Human Eye and Pretty Ghouls, but according to the Facebook event, it sounds like there might be bands thrown together with members from a whole bunch of Detroit bands. They even mention comedy. So really, anything is possible at this party!

Admission is FREE for UFO Factory's "One Year Anniversary Freakout Party" and the fun is set to start at 9 p.m. To see a list of possible guests and happenings at this event, head over to the Facebook event page here.

Happy Anniversary, UFO Factory!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Win Tickets to See The Maccabees at The Magic Bag

This summer London rockers The Maccabees released their latest album, Marks To Prove It. This marks the fourth album released by the band since they hit the scene about 10 years ago. Since the release, the band has been busy with appearances on BBC and a bunch of radio shows. You can watch part of their performance on BBC's Later With Jools Holland here or check out the music video for the title track off of the new album below.

The Maccabees will be hitting stages across the US in support of this new album beginning in October. The tour kicks off on October 1st in Austin, and the band will make their way to The Magic Bag in Ferndale on Wednesday, October 21st. Tickets for this show are $15 and they can be purchased in advance here.

We are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win, shoot us an email at with your name in the body and The Maccabees in the subject line. We will draw our lucky winner on Monday morning. What's a better way to start your week than to find out that you won tickets to an awesome show, right? 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. for this show and those 18+ are welcome. The Magic Bag is located at 22920 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. For more information on The Maccabees and to listen to their new album, head over to


Throwback Thursday Concert: Tears for Fears wsg Berlin

My first introduction to Tears for Fears was watching the final scene of the quintessentially ‘80s movie Real Genius, when the outcast geniuses cavort in popcorn with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” playing in the background. That day, I fell in love with blonde Val Kilmer… and Tears for Fears. What can I say? I was a five year old with good taste.

Thirty years later, Tears for Fears rocks Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights TONIGHT with special guest Berlin. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Lawn tickets are still available at $25/each. Newbie download suggestion: Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears; it doesn’t include “Start of the Breakdown,” but it does include “Pale Shelter”, “Head Over Heels”, and “Mad World”.


24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Caspian at The Loving Touch

Fusion Shows has teamed up with Cthulhu Entertainment to bring Caspian to The Loving Touch this Thursday, September 24th alongside Circle Takes the Square and Man Mountain.

Caspian is preparing to release a new full length album on September 25th. You can check out the first single "Sad Heart of Mine" from the new album Dust & Disquiet here.

Tickets for this show are only $12 in advance, they can be purchased online here. Tickets will be $14 at the door. We have also been given one pair of tickets to give away to the show. If you would like to enter to join in on the fun for free, please email your full name to with the subject line #caspian. We will draw one lucky winner this Thursday morning and we will email them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m.. You have 24 hours to enter and win, go! 


Hour Detroit's Best Dressed Fashion Show 2015

Last week the elite gathered in New York for NY Fashion Week and gave the world a look at what we will be wearing this year. This week Hour Detroit is going to be gathering Detroit's elite to show off our fashion chops.

Hour Detroit will be hosting a fashion show at The Fillmore Detroit this Thursday, September 24th. The Fashion will be provided by Neiman Marcus, the food will be provided by Katherine's Catering and the drinks will be flowing.

There will be a champagne toast at The Whitney before the show at 5 p.m. The doors at The Fillmore will open promptly at 6 p.m. and the lights will dim for the fashion show at 8 p.m. There will also be an after party at The Whitney at 9 p.m.

General admission tickets are $40. They are standing room only and include appetizers and a cash bar. Reserved Runway seats are $80, they also include appetizers and a cash bar. 18 and older are welcome to attend and The Fillmore is located at 2115 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Yemans St. Hosts a Vegetarian Pop-Up This Weekend

The new rage in the world of food is pop-ups. No, not popovers, the eggy bread like rolls that are super disappointing because they are so hollow. Pop-ups! Foodies are no longer satisfied going to restaurants and ordering off the menu. Instead they want a one night only menu, made just for them, that no one else will ever be able to try again.

By now, you've probably heard of the popular pop-up restaurant Revolver in Hamtramck. Well, there is a newer pop-up in Hamtramck that you may not have heard about, it's called Yemans St. Coincidentally, the reason this place came to our attention is the same reason we wrote about Revolver before, because Chef Jay Gundy from Cork Wine Pub is going to be cooking there! For one night only, this Friday, September 25th, Chef Gundy and his crew will be at Yemans St. for dinner, and we think it's a dinner that some of our friends will be interested in. It is a 5 course vegetarian meal. The menu includes:

1st Course: White Wine Braised Artichokes, Quinoa and Leek Compote, Avocado Mousse, Red Bell Pepper, Pickled Fresno Chili

2nd Course: Sweet Corn and Fire Roasted Poblano Soup, Banana Salsa, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Paprika Oil

3rd Course: Butternut Squash Ravioli, Toasted Hazelnuts, Sage, Whipped Goat Cheese, Sun Dried Cherry Compote

4th Course: Madeira Creamed Wild Mushrooms, Brioche Toast, Truffle Vinaigrette, Arugula Tellicherry Peppercorn Pesto, Salt Cured Egg Yolk

5th Course: Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Frozen Sweet Potato Souffle, Vanilla Bourbon Anglaise, Candied Walnuts

We're not even vegetarians and this sounds delicious! This is also a great opportunity to go to a pop-up if you're anything like me and are not too adventurous when it comes to food, especially meat. It seems like a lot of these chefs don't tend to feature standards like chicken or steak on their menu, instead they serve duck, fish, or pieces of animals that I wouldn't really consider meat. Well, you definitely won't have to worry about that on this menu! No meat, or sort of meat, just a delicious vegetarian meal.
If you would like to join Chef Jay Gundy for dinner at Yemans St. you must purchase tickets in advance. Tickets for the 5 course meal are $55 and can be purchased in advance here. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and patrons are asked to arrive 15-30 minutes prior. 

Yemans St. is located at 2995 Yemans St. in Detroit. For more information on this event and upcoming events (including brunches!), give them a "like" them on Facebook here or head over to


24 Hour Giveaway: Holly Miranda @ The Loving Touch w/ Gracie & Rachel

This Wednesday, September 23rd Holly Miranda will be hitting the stage at The Loving Touch in Ferndale. She is currently on tour across the US in support of her self-titled album that was released earlier this year. Check out the music video for "All I Want Is To Be Your Girl" off of that album below.

Joining Holly Miranda on this tour is Brooklyn orchestral pop band Gracie & Rachel. The duo will be releasing their debut album this winter. WNYC Soundcheck premiered their first track, "Tiptoe", off the album. You can check that out here and get an inside look at Gracie & Rachel in the studio here

Tickets for this show are $10 and can be purchased in advance via ticketweb. Thanks to our friends at The LT, we are also giving away one pair of tickets to this great show! To enter, please send your full name over to with Holly Miranda in the subject line. We will draw our winner tomorrow morning and give them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors for Wednesday's show are set to open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome. For more information on this show, click here


Monday, September 21, 2015

Hip In Detroit's Guide to DIY 2015

This weekend the DIY Street Fair will take over the streets of Ferndale for three days. The festival will feature live music, adult beverages, food, and over 120 unique vendors. 

Arts and Craft tables 
Educational activity tables 
Story telling 
Face Painting 
Cornhole Tournament 

This year's 120+ vendor lineup includes Mary's Monstrosities, crave jewelry design, Guitar Grip, Lounies Soap Co., Don't Be Trashy Designs,, Mitten Made, Detroit Grooming Co., Cellar Door Bath Supply Co, Paintings by Jason Gibner , Alchemy Slow Living Studio, Alanna St. Laurent Photography and Glass Action.

Musical acts for the weekend include:


4:55 PM SUB

3:00 PM TBA
5:10 PM TART

Full Map:


The Funky Ferndale Art Fair will also be taking place in Ferndale the same weekend. This fair is on the west side of Woodward (DIY is on the east side). There will be more art and vendors to walk through.

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair Hours:
Friday: 3 PM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Win Tickets to See Diet Cig wsg MPV and Junglefowl

This Wednesday Party Store Productions will be bringing New York rockers Diet Cig to UFO Factory alongside Detroit's own MPV and Junglefowl. All three bands are great on their own, but together this should be a pretty bad ass girl power filled rock and roll-esque dance party. Here's proof:

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

Junglefowl Music Video from Sean Linton on Vimeo.

The fun starts 9 p.m. this Wednesday and tickets for the show are $10 in advance. Party Store Productions has given us one pair of tickets to give away to get one lucky reader in with a friend for FREE! If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show on us, please email your full name to with the subject line #cigs. We will draw a winner on Wednesday morning and email that winner details on how to claim their prize.


Friday, September 18, 2015

VLOG #5 wsg Cheapshow!!!

For more details on Cheapshow's release show, click here. If you want to listen to the new album and other tunes, head over to

For more info on tonight's Mugen Hoso show, click here

A FREE Day of Music at Indian Summer II

This Saturday some of Detroit's best musicians are coming together for Indian Summer II. This awesome event will take place at Corktown Studios in Detroit. It is a FREE all day festival featuring music, food, drinks, art and poetry. There will be beer on site from Atwater and a long list of performers starting at 2 p.m. Check out the schedule below:

2:00 pm A reading from the poets of S(ynesthetic) M(use) 
2:30 pm The Analog Lights
3:00 pm Poor Bastard
3:30 pm gladly, beyond
4:00 pm Alan Sowinski of At Willoughby
4:30 pm The Bruised Reed
5:00 pm Anthony Retka featuring Emily Rose
5:30 pm Ghost Heart (Grand Rapids)
6:00 pm Mike Galbraith
6:30 pm Action Camp (Pittsburgh)
7:00 pm Best Exes
7:30 pm Skeleton Hands (Cincinnati)
8:00 pm Zander Michigan
8:30 pm The Philter
9:00 pm Caveman Woodman & Bam Bam Moss
9:30 pm The Blueflowers

Definitely a couple of bands on that list that we love, and for the price of free, how can you resist? Speaking of bands that we love, The Bruised Reed is playing right smack in the middle of the day, they have a new album out that you can check out here. Obviously we suggest checking out Zander Michigan too, as well as At Willoughby, The Philter, Caveman Woodman & Bam Bam Moss, and everyone else on this bill. 

Corktown Studios are located at 2707 14th St. in Detroit. All ages are welcome to attend and the fun starts at 1:30 p.m.


Win Tickets to See The Skulx

What do you think of when I say Foxy Shazam? What do you think about the Cadaver Dogs? If you have ever seen either band live, you're probably thinking fun. Both bands are known for their great rock and roll music and their epic live shows. When you hang out with Foxy or the Dogs you get your money's worth. They still play live and loud rock and roll in the era of auto-tune, it's fucking refreshing. If you're down for a good time, make sure that you check out both bands while they are in town. But, in the meantime you can win a pair of tickets to check out their new super group The Skulx.

That's right kiddos, members of Foxy and the Dogs have teamed up to form a new band with a new sound. If you haven't heard them yet, you can hear the shortest sample ever here.

Are you intrigued? We were!

The Skulx will be performing at The Loving Touch this Monday, September 21st. Tickets for the show are $10, they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of The Loving Touch. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject Skulx. We will draw one winner the morning of the show and we will email them details on how to claim their prize.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Win Tickets to See Stray From The Path with Comeback Kid and More!

This Sunday, September 20th Black Iris Booking and Live Nation Detroit are bringing Stray From The Path and Comeback Kid to town. They will be playing at The Shelter alongside Being As An Ocean, Major League and Deez Nuts.

Stray From The Path released their newest album Subliminal Criminals last month on Sumerian Records. If you haven't picked it up yet, you can stream the entire album through Alternative Press here. You can also check out the video for their song "Outbreak" off the new album below.

This should be an awesome show from start to finish! Tickets for this show are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the show. You can pick them up online here. We are also giving away three pairs of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win, just send your name over to with Stray From The Path in the subject line. We will draw our lucky winner Friday morning and will email them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open at 6 p.m.


The Russell Industrial Center Opens its Doors to the Public this Saturday

The Russell Industrial Center in Detroit is home to over 140 artists, small film and recording studios, radio stations and much much more. The multi building facility has been home to many different business throughout the last 100 years. These days it is the home to some of Detroit's best creative minds.

The Saturday, September 19th the Russell Industrial Center is opening up the exterior of its campus to all amateur photographers that want to take their shot at getting some good photos of the iconic Detroit facility. The center will be open to the public for photos from 3 p.m until 10 p.m. this Saturday. Need a cool Detroit space to shoot a album cover or some artsy photos? This is your chance to do it at the Russell!
Later in the day, the artists within The Russell will be opening the doors to their studios. From 5 p.m. 'til midnight the same day, the Russell will be open for public tours, art demonstrations, and an art sale.

Never before has the Russell opened its doors to the public like this. This will be a unique look inside of what many consider to be a mecca for art and the artistic community of Detroit.
The Russel Industrial Center is located at 1600 Clay Street in Detroit.

Come out and see a different side of the Russell and The Detroit art scene.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Win Tickets to See the Tossers

Celtic punk legends The Tossers are making a stop in Detroit this Sunday, September 20th on their Halfway to St.Patrick's Day tour. Black Iris Booking is bringing the band to town alongside Gallows Bound, The Ramshackle Army and Timmy Reynolds. We caught Gallows Bound when they were in town for the Blackout BBQ and we loved their set! We highly suggest checking them out live!

Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend. Advance tickets for the show are $13 dollars or they will be $15 dollars the day of the show.

We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show thanks to Black Iris. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #thetossers. We will draw one lucky winner the day before the show and we will email them details on how to claim their prize.


Get Your Fill During Detroit Restaurant Week

This Friday, September 18th kicks off Detroit Restaurant Week! This super fun event encourages people to head out to some of Detroit's best restaurants by offering special deals on 3 course meals. Detroit Restaurant week takes place twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. For the Fall 2015 edition there are over 20 restaurants participating. The list includes:

Andiamo Italia Riverfront
Angelina Italian Bistro
Bistro 555
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
Cliff Bell's
Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille
Detroit Seafood Market
El Barzón
Fountain Bistro
Gold Cash Gold
Jolly Pumpkin
La Dolce Vita
Ottava Via
Roma Cafe
Santorini Estiatorio
The Block
The Whitney
Townhouse Detroit
Traffic Jam & Snug
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina

These restaurants will offer $25 and $35 meals, depending on the restaurant. So this is a great chance to head out and have dinner at a place you might not normally be able to afford. Take a glance at what the prices will be at each of these restaurants below.
Detroit Restaurant Week runs Friday, September 18th thru Sunday, September 27th. To participate in this event, simply visit any of the restaurants listed above and ask to see the restaurant week menu. Most restaurants will still have their normal menu available too, but it probably won't be as awesome of a deal. Reservations are not required at most of the restaurants participating, however, we strongly suggest making them if the establishment allows. For more details on restaurant week head over to


InkAddict: We Want Your Blood!

This Friday, September 18th, InkAddict's Flagship store in Ferndale will host a blood drive. They have teamed up with some of our very favorite local companies, including Ironclad, 89x, Atwater Brewery, Dirt Fest, and 37 Studios, to bring the community together to donate a pint or two of blood.

Donating blood is one of those things that you don’t really think about until you’re in a position to need it. Statistically someone finds themselves in the need of blood every 2 seconds and only about 5% of the population is actively donating. Obviously, this needs to change. Donating blood is easy, simple, quick and safe. For years people with tattoos were told that they weren’t allowed to donate and InkAddict made it their mission to let people know that this is no longer the case. The coolest thing about donating your blood is that you won’t really miss it and it will replace itself pretty fast. But, when that blood helps save a life, you will realize how irreplaceable your donation truly is.
In true InkAddict style, this blood drive will also serve as a little celebration. They will have activities, food, and refreshments throughout the day and music in the evening. Wolfshark, Narco Debut, and The Scenery will all be playing acoustic sets starting at 7 p.m. There will be live painting and drawing from local artists from IronClad Tattoo, Lance Keller StudiosSignature TattooGypsy King Tattoos, and Tribute Tattoo Parlor. At the end of the night they will also have a silent auction to help raise money for the American Red Cross. The drive will run from Noon 'til 11 p.m. this Friday. The space is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

The InkAddict Flagship store is located at the corner of Marshall and Woodward in downtown Ferndale. We are honored to share a space with the crew and despite being scared of needles, I pledge to attend and make a donation. I am asking all of you to make a point to stop in, see the space, say hello, and donate a little bit of that life sustaining blood.


24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Albert Hammond Jr. at St. Andrew's Hall

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You may know Albert Hammond Jr. from a little band called The Strokes, he plays guitar and keyboards in the band. But, did you know since 2006 he has be recording and touring the country in support of his own solo work? His latest album Momentary Masters was released on Vagrant Records this past July and he will be making an appearance at St.Andrew's this Wednesday, September 16th. If you haven't heard any of his solo work, check out the video for "Losing Touch", one of the cuts off the new album.

Hammond will perform at 8 p.m. this Saturday alongside Prince George. Tickets are $15 in advance, they can be purchased here. We also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets please email your full name to with the subject line #Albert. We will draw two winners tomorrow and email them details on how to claim their prize.


Monday, September 14, 2015


We'd like to take a minute to say Happy Birthday to 1/2 of Hip In Detroit, that lady Sadie. Thanks for all that you do for this site and for this city! <3<3<3

Celebrate 1 Year of Mike's Unhappy Hour

Over the past few years of doing this little website called Hip In Detroit, we have met a lot of awesome people and have made some great friends. One of those friends is a guy named Mike Sickinger. We first met Mike when he was working for a beer company, and since then we have had the pleasure of drinking several beers with Mike and getting to know him better. During the time that we've known him, Mike has branched out professionally and worked on a few different projects. One of those projects is an awesome show on Cave Radio, called Mike's Unhappy Hour

Mike's Unhappy Hour is an internet radio show where Mike and his co-hosts talk about everything alcohol related. Bars, brews, events, the list goes on and on. We had the pleasure of being guests on MUH earlier this year to talk about our 3rd Anniversary Bash and it was a blast! Mike is smart, interesting, and funny, three things that make for a great host. 

The show is gearing up to celebrate an anniversary of their own, as they are now 1 year old. They are going to be partying at M-Brew in Ferndale this Tuesday, September 15th. The crew will be there broadcasting live, so you can stop by and have a drink with them! That night M-Brew is also having an event called Brew & Bites. It's a strolling dinner, featuring Arcadia Ales and tasty food from M-Brew's menu. Take a look at the list of food and drinks that will be available below.
Tickets for this event are $28. So you have two great ways that you can celebrate MUH's Anniversary, either join in on the Brew & Bites fun or do your own thing at the bar. Either way, it's going to be a great time! 

We wanted to catch up with Mike to talk about the show, the past year, and what's next for Mike's Unhappy Hour. Check out what he had to say below. 

HID- What's the idea behind Mike's Unhappy Hour and how did you come up with the show?
Mike- The concept behind Mike's Unhappy Hour (MUH) is basically talking about alcohol and the industry while trying to be informative and entertaining at the same time. I've spent most of my life, since I was 18, one way or another in the alcohol industry.

Before I launched the show, I listened to a lot of the alcohol podcasts that were already out there. There seemed to only be two types. Type 1 was the overly pretentious NPR style show where they talked in their best church voice and droned on about all the specifics until the listener was fighting to stay awake. Type 2 was the megadrunk before the show even started bunch of shitfaced guys talking while attempting to get more drunk. I wanted to try to find a decent balance of the two. 

I had been approached by a couple of the local internet radio stations in Detroit about coming on and doing a show. At the time, I honestly had no idea what I would have for a concept of a show. Then, last summer, I went to a beer festival up in Frankenmuth and after the festival was over I sat around talking with some of the brewery reps from different Michigan breweries and some of the volunteers. We were talking like bar people talk, jumping from topic to topic, and swearing up a storm. This to me was the perfect idea for a radio show, to give people a raw unpolished peek behind the curtain.

HID- Why did you want to do a radio show in the first place? 
Mike- I was doing a lot of interviews for my day job and I had two of the internet radio stations approach me to the effect of, “You're funny as fuck, you should have a show.” I think there was a bit of ego involved in the beginning, but overall it ended up being cathartic. I was given the ability to just be unfiltered for two hours a week and could let loose. Basically it's like therapy, except that it's fun and I'm allowed to get drunk and high.

Little did I know that in the year since we started that about 20 other Michigan based drinking shows would spring up with similar concepts.

HID- So Mike's Unhappy Hour obviously has a little bit to do with drinking. What's the best beer that you've ever had? 
Mike- That is a little bit of a loaded question. It's hard to really pinpoint one. I'm a malt whore, so my standards are stouts, porters, ambers, reds, and marzens. That's why I always have a craft beer expert on my show. I launched the show with Bill as my expert and currently have my co-hosts Doug Neubeck and Scott “Fun Side” Wymer to fill that role. They are more capable of correctly rating the styles that I don't generally gravitate towards. 

A lot of the country's regions are defined by the beer they put out. For example, the Pacific Northwest is mostly very hoppy bitter beer. Michigan is becoming home to very creative and unusual beer. Founders, Right Brain, Shorts, OddSide Ales, The Hideout, Unity Vibration and many others are leading the pack in tasty, comprehensive, complex, and unique brews. 

If I have to list off some favorites: 
DRIPA (Kuhnhenn
Naughty Girl Stout (Right Brain
Edmund Fitzgerald (Great Lakes Brewing Company
Under The Kilt Wee Heavy (Dragonmead
Boffo Brown Ale (Dark Horse
ESB Amber (Saugatuck)

HID- What's your go to drink? 
Mike- Not beer. It's weird to have a beer show and to not be a huge drinker of it. I still drink beer, but not as often as I used to. I have mostly moved on to a lot of Michigan owned spirits and ciders. I'm a giant, massive fan of Blake's Hard Cider, to the point where I had a little bit of a fanboy moment when I met Andrew Blake. You can find me in a bar most nights drinking a Blake's with one hand with a Cabresto Tequila, Detroit CityDistillery or Journeyman's in the other. 

If I am looking to get wrecked, there is a Scottish alcoholic ginger beer called Crabbie's. Splash in some liquor of your choosing and you have alcohol on top of alcohol. The perfect mix for a night of bad decisions.

HID- What's the worst drink/beer you've ever had? 
Mike- Well, we initiate every new guest with a shot of Jeppson's Malört. We have friends bring it back from Chicago. It's the very bitter tasting liqueur who prides itself on tasting like being picked on in the fifth grade or like the day your dad left. Beyond that, we tasted Pizza Beer on the show this year. Pizza Beer is brewed with oregano, basil, and other spices that you would find in pizza sauce. It tasted exactly like pizza, so I'm sure they hit the mark they were aiming for, but it made everyone on the show gag and hate themselves for about 45 minutes. 

Also, I know they are huge right now, but I think a lot of the hard root beers taste like absolute garbage. Unbalanced and overly boozy. Not Your Father's Root Beer and Coney Island Hard Root Beer are the better ones of the group. With Coney Island being probably the most sessionable. However, if any one reading this has knowledge of any Root Beer flavored vodka from Hard Luck Candy Vodka still in stores, please email me at the address at the bottom of this post.

HID- I know you probably don't like to play favorites, but what's your favorite bar? 
Mike- I will play favorites when it comes to bars. I F-U-C-K-I-N-G LOVE SMALL'S. It's like my version of Cheers. We did my birthday show there this year with Bump-n-Uglies, Devious Ones, SUB, and Harlow and we were able to broadcast live there on Paczki Day. Also, when my mom passed away in May, once the word got out, the first string of texts and phone calls of support that I received were from the staff and ownership of Small's. Small's feels like family to me. Correction: Small's is family to me. 

Aside from Small's, I like dirty divey shithole bars, but those are becoming a thing of the past as the resurgence of Detroit progresses. I prefer bars that have live music over DJs. I have the bar preferences of a 50 year old man. 

HID- Over the past year you guys have had a lot of guests on and done a lot of fun things on the show. Who was your favorite guest so far? What was your favorite show? 
Mike- Can I kiss a little ass and say Hip In Detroit? You are one of our most downloaded episodes, seriously. 

One of my favorite experiences was that we were the first radio anything to be invited to broadcast from the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Festival. As a show, we are incredibly honored to have that privilege and distinction. We got amazing interviews and soundbites from Dark Horse, Kuhnhenn, Right Brain, Beards Brewing, New Holland and more. It was also where we had breweries from around the state coming up to us who knew who we are and told us they were fans of the show. It felt like we finally got that seal of approval from the community that we support and are fans of. One brewer told us that we were the third best craft beer show, which considering that there are hundreds if not thousands out there, I will take as a huge compliment. 

Honestly though, some of my favorite episodes are the ones that are more serious. I firmly believe that if you have a soap box, use it for a good cause. Every few months we do a serious show where we cover topics like suicide, depression, addiction, and drunk driving. 

Drinking can be fun, but there is the dark side to it. A side that many people succumb to. I've got a lot of demons. I've attempted suicide numerous times. I constantly fight the battle against depression. I have friends who have DUIs and friends who have been killed by drunk drivers. We have brought on members of Downtown Brown and the Infatuations who are in recovery, local police departments, MADD advocates and therapists. I have been that guy who is lost and feels like he has no hope or no friends in the world. I want to give back and let people know that there is help to pull them from whatever ledge they are hanging off of.

HID- Tell us about the big 1 Year bash on Tuesday! Why M-Brew? What can fans expect?
Mike- So our actual one year anniversary was September 8th, but that was the Tuesday after Labor Day and we figured people would be partied out or if they have kids they would be dealing with the first day back bullshit. We decided on doing it the following Tuesday on September 15th. It should be an awesome time. 

We originally had the idea for a complete takeover with bands playing, a pinball tournament, crazy prizes and contests, and other insane shit. During the planning stage we had another opportunity arise (more on that later) so we decided to scale back a little bit. It will be the MUH you know and love, just live and loud. We make it a point to bring a PA system to all our live remotes. We did the first few without one and people were staring at us and making the gesture that they couldn't hear us. We felt like idiots. Every bar, brewery or nightclub's job is to sell a fantasy or an experience. We were ruining that fantasy by just taking up a bunch of space and not interacting. Now, we interview random people in the bar, do various contests to give stuff away, and we have even learned to somewhat behave if there are children in the area. The last one is not an easy feat since I use fuck like it's the letter E, especially when I'm drinking.

I always wanted to do a broadcast from M-Brew. It has a really interesting vibe and the beer selection is Michigan only and constantly rotating. The fact that it is next door to Valentine Distillery is pretty awesome as well. Back when I was at Raw Radio X, MUH's first ever live broadcast was supposed to be at M-Brew, but we couldn't get the timetables to match up for everyone involved and had to cancel it. One of the guys from Cave Radio Broadcasting stopped in over the summer at M-Brew and told them the network has a drinking show and they should work on doing a live remote here. It was really just as simple as sending a text to their PR person. 

Then two weeks after we had set the date I got a call from M-Brew saying that they wanted to relaunch their Brew & Bites strolling beer dinner events. Brew & Bites is a very casual beer dinner where people can walk around all of M-Brew and sample food and beer at several different stations. They already had Arcadia Ales out of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek interested in jumping on. For us, it was a win-win situation. You can come hang out with us, not pay a cover, but have to pay for your food and beer or you can pay $28 and get to sample some of Arcadia's best beers and pig out on M-Brew's catering. Normally they cap Brew & Bite tickets at 50 people, but M-Brew opened it up to 100 tickets for the 15th. Tickets for Brew and Bites are limited, so we do recommend buying your ticket at M-Brew in advance or by calling (248) 542-2739. 

HID- What's next for Mike's Unhappy Hour? Any big plans for your second year? 
Mike- We have a show that we are putting together that will take place at Small's on Thursday, September 24th. The details will be released this week. We are in talks with a big local/small national acts, but because of contract issues we can't reveal details until the 16th. What I can say is that we will be raising money for a little girl who is in need of a kidney transplant and that her father is a brewer for a local brewery. We have a few other breweries that will be donating raffle items as well. 

In our first year we did so many amazing things. I threw myself the birthday party. We broadcasted live on Paczki Day from Small's, Saint Patrick's Day from Kuhnhenn and Thomas Magee's, the Ypsi Beer Fest, and the Great Food Challenge at Pat O'Brien's and Three Blind Mice Irish Pub. We sponsored Downtown Brown's final show at the Magic Stick (before it transitioned into Populux) and we sponsored a burlesque festival in Cleveland. In the coming year, we definitely want to keep up the tradition of being anywhere people are drinking and celebrating. 

We are also planning on being the first Detroit based internet radio show to broadcast from the other side of the river in Windsor. The Canadian craft scene has developed rapidly and Windsor and Detroit share a very sordid alcohol history due to prohibition. 

We are adding a female engineer to the show in a few weeks and moving Scott off of the boards and to more of a IT and Social Media position. We are launching another spin off show. Doug and I currently do Head and the Donger, which is basically a parody on all the morning radio shows you hear around Metro Detroit. Our goal is to be as vulgar as humanly possible. We are in the final stages of launching a home brewing based show called Homeward Brewed, which will be hosted by Doug and Scott. The owners at Cave Radio Broadcasting have been very receptive in allowing us to build our brand within theirs. I am also in talks about developing a skin care and make up show and some other life and style programs because I feel that the market is there for them. Most of the newer shows I will just produce and help conceptualize. I will let the hosts handle their own material and content, since I know shit about a lot of style and trend issues.

Another thing that we are working towards is developing our own line of beers out into the marketplace. We have talked with a few local breweries about doing some one offs and special releases of MUH beer.

HID- Anything else you would like our readers to know? 
Mike- First off, we are looking for a female co-host with a strong bar background or a deep knowledge of craft spirits. Must be comfortable with strong language and speaking on the radio. If anyone out there is interested, email the show at The same goes for any bars, breweries, or distilleries that would like to be on the show. We also play local punk, rock, and metal, so any bands that would like to have their music played on the radio can email us as well. Bonus points if the song is alcohol related. 

Secondly, I always close the show by saying “Be safe, drive safe,” and I mean it. We live in an incredibly fucked up world. A world full of misguided hate and violence. A world and a society where bad shit is waiting for us around every corner. As we move forward as people, be respectful to one another, regardless of race, gender, skin color, sexual preference, or economic standing. People make choices that you may not agree with, but you should respect their decision as theirs. If not, well fuck you. You are part of the problem. 

Thank you.
Be safe. Drive Safe. 

Listen to Mike's Unhappy Hour every Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. on You can also listen to past episodes of the show here. Make sure you head over and give MUH a "like" on Facebook too so you can stay in the loop on the show and what Mike and the crew are up to. 

The big anniversary party runs from 6-9 p.m. this Tuesday night. For more information on that, click here

Congratulations Mike and the MUH crew! We hope this next year is even better than the last. Cheers!