Monday, November 30, 2015

Invest in a New Home for DCFC

A few months ago Detroit City Football Club announced that they would be making Hamtramck their new home. The team has played at Cass Tech High School for the last 4 years, packing the stands to capacity at nearly every game this past year. Since they actually had to turn fans away at the gates this past season, they decided that the time has come to move to a larger facility.

The organization has decided that not only are they going to make a new home for themselves, but they're also going to help the community out. They are planning to renovate Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck. The stadium is turning 80 years old in 2016, even FDR was a part of its grand opening. Over the years it has been the site of many games, including the home to Hamtramck Public Schools' teams. With the improvements that DCFC plans to make to the facilities, it will not only be a great place for them to host their games, but Hamtramck Schools will continue to own and use the stadium as well. So DCFC gets a new home and the kids in Hamtramck get a new stadium too!

The repairs that the team plans to make include structural repairs and renovations, electrical and lighting, restoration of old bleachers, repair and renovations to the locker rooms, and more. The cost of these improvements is going to be $750,000. DCFC is looking to the fans and community to help raise this money. The minimum that they need for the project is $400,000. Right now they have raised approximately half of that. Although this is a crowd funding campaign, you won't be receiving a cheesy key chain or autographed photo. You will be an actual investor. And you will get your money back, plus some. Detroit City Football Club pledges to, "repay the RSA investors 21.00% of their gross revenue, excluding sponsorship-based revenue, semi-annually until such a time that investors have received a 1.35x repayment multiple on their initial investment." The deadline for raising the $400k is February 15, 2016, so they've got a ways to go, but there is also some time left. Check out the video below for more info.

If you would like to invest in DCFC's new home, head over to the crowd funding website here. There are some other perks for investors. Check out what you can get below:

$250 - A guaranteed ticket to our May 2016 match with FC United of Manchester

$500 - A Limited, numbered commemorative Scarf 

$1,000 - Invite to VIP reception with FC United of Manchester

$5,000 - Your name on a plaque alongside the one that celebrates the opening of the stadium

$ 10,000 - Two season tickets at premium midfield location for the duration of the loan

$25,000 - 4 season tickets at premium midfield location; access to hospitality tent for 4 guests

$50,000 - A section of the West Grandstand seating named after your family or business with signage 

$100,000 - A banner of your family or company vertically located on light tower

Since this isn't a normal crowd funding campaign and you would be considered an investor, you might have some questions. Some of those can be answered here or you can head out to one of the Keyworth Investment Happy Hours. There will be five happy hours total, with the first on November 30th at Suzy's in Hamtramck. During these happy hours the DCFC owners will be on site to answer all of your community investment questions. Here's a list of all of the DCFC investor happy hours.

Spring will be here before we know it and so will the 2016 DCFC season! Season tickets and single game tickets are available now. Pick yours up online here. We can't wait for another DCFC season and look forward to seeing this project completed! 


The Tenth Annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Every year Handmande Detroit vets thousands of applications to curate the perfect craft fair. They choose 100 of the best handmade crafters that they can find to showcase their wares at The Detroit Urban Craft Fair. They have created a unique shopping experience where guests can find all sorts of special one of a kind items for all of the special people in their lives. The show has been changing each year and has been consistently been getting bigger and better. There is no better way to spend your money than on DIY designs from local vendors, so mark your calenders and make sure to head out to the three day show taking palace at The Masonic Temple this weekend, December 4th-6th.

This year's show will feature vendors selling jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, bath products, children's items, and other handmade goods. The Lunch Room will be serving up Vegan food throughout the day and DJ Dave Larson will be spinning records.

This year they are also adding on more time to shop! The show has expanded to a three day event, with a preview on Friday Night. Admission to the festival on Saturday and Sunday is only $1, admission to the preview show on Friday is $10 and half of the proceeds from the Friday night preview will be going to Living Arts, a nonprofit organization offering arts education to youth in Southwest Detroit.

Friday's event will run from 6-9 p.m, Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. If you want to get the first look and the first chance to purchase, you need to come on Friday. If you can't make it there until Saturday or Sunday, be aware, this show gets packed fast!

You can follow the event on Facebook to get details about which vendors will be showcasing their goods at this year's event. Shop local this holiday season!


Win Tickets to See the Born Ruffians at The Loving Touch

The Born Ruffians released their fourth studio album Ruff this year and they are currently on tour in support of the jamz. This Canadian based band is coming through Detroit this Wednesday, December 2nd. They are performing alongside fellow Canadian rockers the Young Rival at The Loving Touch and we have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the LT.

Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and the fun starts at 8 p.m. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to with the subject line #BR. We will draw one luck winner this Wednesday and email them details on how to claim their prize!

In the meantime check out the latest music video form the band to get yourself excited for the show!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Win Tickets to See Terror at The Shelter

This Sunday, November 29th Black Iris Booking is bringing hardcore veterans Terror to Detroit. The band will be hitting the stage at The Shelter for the second date on their 25th Hour Tour. The band just released their new album, 25th Hour, back in August and now they're heading across the US in support of that album. Throughout the tour they will be joined by different bands for a few nights at a time, for the Detroit date, that band is King Nine. Also on the tour are Code Orange, Take Offense and Malfunction. This is a show you won't want to miss and The Shelter is the perfect place for it!

If you would like to pick up tickets to this show, you can buy them in advance for $15 here. The day of the show tickets will go up to $17. All ages are welcome to attend and doors are set to open early, at 6 p.m.

Thanks to Ramona & Sarah over at Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like a chance to attend the show for free and blow off some of that holiday steam, just send your name over to with Terror in the subject line. We will draw our lucky winner the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


A Benefit for The Sanctuary

A few weeks ago one of our favorite venues in Detroit was the victim of a horrible crime. The DIY venue The Sanctuary was robbed. The intruder took money, important documents, and almost made the venue close its doors. Luckily, due to support from the community and crowd funding efforts, the money was replaced. It was actually replaced plus some. So not only can the venue stay open, but now they are determined to make The Sanctuary better than ever.

Since everyone loves this place so much, the community still wants to help out even more! So this Sunday, November 29th there is a benefit show for The Sanctuary at The Sanctuary. The lineup includes DetainBreaking WheelSons of Southern DarknessThreadingOutside and Souls Denied. The organizers of the event are asking for a donation of $5 at the door, but you can always give more!

Doors are set to open at 6 p.m. The Sanctuary is located at 1501 E. Outer Drive in Detroit.

If you haven't bee to The Sanctuary yet, this is a great reason to head out to check it out! If you can't make it out this Sunday, we urge you to go to a show there very soon!


The Holiday Sunday Street Market at Eastern Market

If you're looking for some unique holiday gifts this year, look no further than the Eastern Market. Starting this weekend, the market will be kicking off their Holiday Sunday Street Market. The Holiday Market will run for three consecutive weekends, Sunday, November 29th, December 6th and December 13th. Throughout the sheds you'll be able to find great pieces for gift giving as well as holiday food and decor for your home.

The Holiday Market is open from 10 a.m. 'til 4 p.m. During these hours sheds 3, 4, and 5 will be open, as well as some of the shops in the surrounding area. As always, admission is free.

For a list and map of the vendors you can find at the Holiday Market, click here. To stay in the loop on the happenings at the Holiday Market, RSVP to the Facebook event here and follow the hashtag #HolidayMkt on the webs.


Hip In Detroit's Guide to Small Business Saturday

This Saturday, November 28th is Small Business Saturday, the anti Black Friday. Instead of getting trampled at Walmart on Friday save your money for Saturday. A lot of business are running their own specials for the "holiday". Here is a list of places we love and specials that you can take advantage of.

Saffron- By far my favorite local boutique. Great clothing, bags, and jewelry!

UHF Records- There is nothing better than going to the record store to buy a record!

Rouge Hair and Nails- Stop in and pick up the perfect gift for the women who has everything! The best manicures/ pedicures and facials that money can buy!

Posey- They have a special gift with purchase for the first 100 people to spend over $50 on Saturday! They will also have giveaways throughout the day!

Division Street Boutique-  They will be running a Small Business Saturday special according to their Facebook, but they haven't announced it yet. Make sure to follow them here to find out more!

Scout- Find something unique for your home here.

Noir Leather- Feed your fetish.

Lost and Found Vintage- Recently recognized as one of the 13 best vintage shops in the US for a reason!

Rail and Anchor- Unique gifts you won't find anywhere else!

Mother Fletchers- They recently announced they will be closing their doors this coming Spring, so they are running all sorts of sales!

Nest- Unique gifts and home decor.

Blumz by JRDesigns- This place is decked out for the holidays! Check out their gorgeous window displays for inspiration and get 50% off all permanent holiday wreaths, garland, and Holiday decor this Saturday!

Rust Belt Market- The market will be featuring 65 vendors throughout the holiday season, more vendors, more things to buy!

The Rocket Ferndale- The definition of a novelty store aka stocking stuffers galore!

City Bird- Unique gifts and home Decor

People's Records- Go record digging in the city.

Brightly Twisted- I can't get enough of their scarfs. If you don't own one you must!

The Detroit Mercantile Company- Lots of cool home goods and unique Detroit gifts. You never know what you will find, but there is always something new and interesting to see!

Make sure you stop by one of three Pure Detroit locations to pick up this year's Small Busniess Passport. Passports are available for pick up at Pure Detroit’s trio of locations in the Renaissance Center, Guardian Building and Fisher Building starting Tuesday, November 24 and participating businesses starting Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28). This year's passport features coupons and deals for an array of local stores including: Pure Detroit, Vera Jane, Stella Good Coffee, Workshop, RUNdetroit, Cass Corridog, Nest, City Bird, Detroit Hardware, Source Booksellers, the Fashion Place, Detroit Athletic Co., Hugh, Nora, Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, the Rowland Cafe, People’s Records, the Peacock Room, Frida, Wheelhouse Detroit, Detroit Institute of Bagels, Sacred Space Yoga Center, Genesis Therapeutic Massage Services, GO! Live Well, Detroit Seafood Market, Cutter’s Bar & Grill, Epitome Lounge, Thrift On The Ave, Offin River’s Accessories, Detroit Fiber Works, Vertical Detroit, Central Bar + Kitchen, Detroit Is The New Black, Stef-N-Ty, Good Bakes & Cakes, Heritage Optical, Turkey Grill, the Black Dress, DCreated Boutique, Detroit Vegan Soul & Busted Bra Shop.

The Under $20 Craft Fair at The Trumbullplex- The punks have gathered 15 + local vendors that sell all their wares for under $20 to join together to create a reasonable shopping experience this Saturday!

End the night at The Tangent Gallery's Tipsy Tinsel: An Artistic Extravaganza. This event will feature a variety of local vendors selling their wares alongside Fire and Aerial Performances. It's $5 to get in and they will be serving food and drinks throughout the night. Think of it as a night out with a little D.I Y. shopping.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Eve High Vibrations

If you're looking to have some fun before family time this week, head to New Dodge Lounge this Wednesday night! This Wednesday and the last Wednesday of every month, Ancient Language hosts an event at the New Dodge called High Vibrations. It's a night of awesome music and dancing and it's always FREE!

High Vibrations features some of the best electronic music around. This month's event will feature Market, Lt. Bad, Sweet Action, and of course, Ancient Language. The super awesome Andrea Bonaventura will be behind the bar serving up strong drinks all night long. And you and your friends will be on the other side of the bar drinking those drinks and dancing the night away! Fuck bar hopping, fuck crowded sports bars full of a ton of people from high school that you never wanted to see again. This is the place to be Wednesday night!

Doors open at 9 p.m and 21+ are welcome. For more info on this event, head over to the Facebook event page here. To stay in the loop on this and every High Vibrations, make sure you follow the Facebook page here.

New Dodge Lounge is located at 8850 Joseph Campau in Hamtramck.


Star Wars Takes Over UFO Factory

The world is pretty excited that there's a new Star Wars movie coming out this year! Every store has Star Wars merchandise up for grabs and every clip and trailer that's released takes over the internet for the day. Well UFO is getting in on the hype. This Friday they will be unveiling an all new Star Wars themed art that will be up at the venue all month long.

The show is being called The Power of The Force and it features artwork by Matt Busch, Jason Gibner, Lin Zy, Jeremy Wheeler, Matt DeLight, Dion Fischer, Brad Taormina and Corryn Jackson. In addition to seeing the great art on opening night, there will also be a lot of other fun to be had at UFO. They will be showing rare Star Wars Clips, Commercials and Oddities on their big screen all night long. Plus there will be Star Wars tunes on the speakers and a late night dance party DJ-ed by Scott Z. This party is going to be out of this world!

If you want to get in on the Star Wars fun, head to UFO this Friday night. The party starts at 7 p.m. and goes 'til the wee hours of the morning. For more info on this event and to see some art in advance, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Win Tickets to See Together Pangea with White Reaper

Together Pangea and White Reaper have been out on tour for about a month now, making their way across the U.S. They will be making their way to Detroit this Friday, November 27th and hitting the stage at Marble Bar. Both bands have new music out now, Together Pangea has a new EP entitled The Phage and White Reaper has a LP, White Reaper Does It Again. Check out a new music video from White Reaper and a video about Together Pangea below.

Tickets for Friday's show are only $10 and you can pick yours up in advance here. Thanks to Virginia over at Party Store Productions, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you want to spend Black Friday at an awesome store instead of waiting in line at a department store, just send your name over to with Friday @ Marble Bar in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. on Friday. Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden in Detroit. 


Monday, November 23, 2015

Win a pair of Tickets to See Frontier Ruckus at Marble Bar

Wednesday Night is the biggest bar night of the year, you can go drink yourself silly with a bunch of college kids or you can check out a solid lineup of great bands and have a few drinks before you have to endure a full day of family. I don't know about you, but live music at Marble Bar sounds a whole lot better.

Frontier Ruckus will be playing alongside El Dee and Bonny Doon. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of our friends over at Party Store Productions. If you would like to win a pair of tickets to have a nice night out for FREE, please email your full name to with the subject line #preturkeydayparty. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and email them details on how to claim their prize.

The show starts at 9 p.m. Wednesday and the Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden in Detroit.


Win a Pair of Tickets to the Punch Bowl Social One Year Anniversary

Punch Bowl Social is celebrating its one year anniversary in Detroit this week. They are celebrating their paper anniversary with a party and 100% of the profits are going to charity. For $10 guest are invited to come inside and play unlimited games, have two drinks, and sample a variety of items from their menu. There will also be live performances by Dan Tillery and the Bomb Squad’s DJ David Boji. Proceeds from the party will benefit Camp Casey, an organization that helps children with cancer spend time with horses as a form of therapy.

The benefit will take place from 5-8 p.m. this Wednesday. We have one pair of tickets to give away to the party courtesy of the staff over at Punch Bowl. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the event, please email your full name to We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and email them details on how to claim their prize, a.k.a. have some free drinks and fun after work to kick off their holiday celebration!


24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See The So So Glos wsg Dirtwolf at Marble Bar

New York punk rockers The So So Glos are coming to play The Marble Bar this Tuesday, November 24th. Detroit will be the last stop of their tour and they will be performing with Detroit's own Dirtwolf. If you are not familiar with The So So Glos, peep this music video for the song "Lost Weekend".

The Glos are known for their DIY approach to music and touring. There are not a lot of great punk rock bands in New York City anymore, but they are keeping the scene alive by working hard to support smaller venues across the country.

The music will start at 9 p.m. tomorrow night and The Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street, Detroit, 48208. 

Hip In Detroit has one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to attend the show for FREE please email your full name to with the subject line #Glos. We will draw one winner tomorrow morning and email them details on how to claim their prize! 


Friday, November 20, 2015

VLOG #10 - Sisters Of Your Sunshine Vapor Talk ECHO Fest

Get the details on this year's ECHO Fest from two of the guys behind the event, Eric & Sean from Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor joined by Electric Retro Spectrum from Paris!

For more details on ECHO Fest, click here. Make sure you also head over and check out Electric Retro Spectrum on Faebook and find out where you can see them live while they are in the US.

Spend and Extra Ordinary Night with James Linck

I have been writing about the Detroit's music scene for almost four years for Throughout the last four years many people have asked, "So Sadie, who is your favorite Detroit artist?" And, every time I have given the same answer, "Mr. James fucking Linck, duh!"

James Linck and his jamz can be hard to describe. I have seen his music labeled as R&B, bedroom pop, alternative, and hip hop, but I don't really think any of those descriptions fit James. He is way more than any of those categories. He is a talented dude who writes witty songs about love and breaking up, growing up, and life. He mixes high notes with fresh beats and churns out beautiful sounds. He is always creating something new, writing clever versus and gathering inspiration from some of the weirdest places.

Tonight he will be performing at UFO Factory. He is kicking off a new series of shows that will happen bi-monthly called Ordinary Days. The goal of this event is to help Detroiters get up close and personal with the artists that we love. The guys behind the series have been filming James during his "ordinary days" and they will release a video about James after the event. Check out the teaser for the show and head out tonight to see my favorite artist for the last four years. He is one of a kind!


Some of the City's Most Talented Musicians will Rock Detroit for the Girls this Saturday

MPV, The Gator, Kate Peterson, and The Vulnerable have teamed up to raise money for the kids! Specifically young women who want to play music. Some of these musicians have even spent their time over the last year training the ladies at Girls Rock Detroit's Day Camp. They are passionate about the next generation of music and they are determined to make sure that everyone has access to musical instruments and education. They have banded together to put on a solid night of entertainment to raise money for the cause.

These acts will all be performing this Saturday, November 21st at PJ's Lager House. Tickets to get in are only $10 at the doors with a large portion of the money going to Girls Rock Detroit. You can buy advance tickets here. Doors for the show will open at 8 p.m. and the music will start shortly after. They will also be holding a raffle and selling GRD merchandise to help raise money!


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Campus Martius Kicks Off the Holiday Season

It has been hard to get in the holiday spirit this year with the unseasonably warm weather we've been having lately. But, believe it or not, Thanksgiving is next week and that means that Christmas is right around the corner. If you're looking for a great way to jump right in to the "most wonderful time of the year" then head down to Campus Martius this Friday night for Detroit's Official Tree Lighting.

The 60 foot tree will light up at 8 p.m., but there are events going on all evening long leading up to the event and even after the lights come on! Some of the festivities include live music from the Four TopsKaren NewmanUnited Voices of Detroit, Michigan Opera Theatre’s Holiday Ensemble and Children’s Choir, Larry Lee & The Back In The Day Band, DJ Dante LaSalle, Killer Flamingos, and Emily Sobeck. There will also be street performers, figure skating, horse drawn carriage rides, and this is the official opening of the ice rink for the year. And last, but certainly not least, the big guy himself will be there! That's right, Jolly Old St. Nick a.k.a. Santa Claus will be at Campus Martius so you can get that list in nice and early!

All of the fun is set to start at 5 p.m and it will run until Midnight. Admission to the event is free, however there is a fee for ice skating and for carriage rides. For a list of those fees, click here. This will be a fun event for all ages. The night is going to be a little chillier than it has been lately, but it's the end of November! And those mittens and hats will just add to the holiday feel! For more details on this event and all of the events going on at Campus Martius this season, head over to


Help Break Hunger with BREAK:HUNGER at Small's

The holidays are upon us and although we should all be thoughtful and giving all year long, this time of year tends to bring out the good in most of us. If you are looking for a great way to help those a little less fortunate while having a good time, head out to Small's this Sunday. Inside a group called BREAK:HUNGER will be hosting a food drive and fundraiser in partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank. Break:Hunger is a 501c3 that operates in Detroit and Chicago with the goals of raising food, money and awareness for hunger and food insecurity issues. Their event this weekend will bring together some of Metro Detroit's best punk rock bands and fans to collect both food and money for Gleaners. 100% of the door will go to Gleaners, which is pretty awesome of Small's and all of the bands to agree too. Admission is $10 and that amount will provide 30 meals through Gleaners. So every person that walks through the door and pays, is going to be doing a lot of good.

The bands that were awesome enough to take part in this fundraising event are P.T.'s Revenge, The Lippies (who are actually from Grand Rapids), Touch the CloudsThe Mizzerables and Reuther. All of these bands are awesome, but an opportunity to see P.T.'s Revenge doesn't come around too often anymore. So we were sold right there!

This is seriously a do not miss event. In addition to your 10 bucks, please also bring some food to donate at the door. Doors are set to open early, at 5 p.m. So don't worry too much about being out late on a school night.

Great cause, great bands, and a great way to kick off the holiday season!


Win Tickets to See U.S. Girls

Toronto based U.S. Girls recently released a new full length album entitled Half Free on 4AD. In support of that album, she is set to hit the road with dates across the US and Canada, followed up by a tour in Australia and New Zealand as support for Sleater Kinney. As part of that US run, Meghan Remy and her band are set to hit the stage right here at the Marble Bar in Detroit.

The show is happening this Sunday, November 22nd. She will be joined for the evening by Detroit's own Rebel Kind, Moonwalks and DJ Sisteranna. Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance for $8 here. Thanks to Virginia over at Party Store Productions, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this awesome show! To enter to win these tickets, please send your full name over to with U.S. Girls in the subject line. We will draw our winner the morning of the show and email them details on how to claim their prize.

So send that name over and while you're at it check out U.S. Girls' video for the song "Sororal Feelings" below!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Get Your Fill of Beer, Food, Music & Cheer at One-Eyed Betty's FestivALE

This weekend part of Downtown Ferndale will be taken over by booze, food and music for One Eyed Betty's FestivALE. This is the third year for the event that takes place in the parking lot east of One-Eyed Betty's and on Troy Street. The festival features comfort food, Christmas Ales and some of Metro Detroit's finest musicians. This year's lineup includes Joshua DavisChris Bathgate, The Crane Wives, The Accidentals, Jason DennieRollie Tussing & the Midwest Territory Band, and Woven Tangles. In addition to great music there will also be street performers, bonfires and even Christmas trees. And as we mentioned, a big part of this fest is the ALE. You can take a peek at some of the beers that will be offered at this event below. For the full list, click here.

This festival is set to kick off at Noon on Saturday, November 21st and will fill the air with cheer until Midnight. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 the day of. There are also some early bird tickets available for just $30! To save a few bucks and guarantee that you will can get into this event, pick up your tickets ahead of time here or stop by One-Eyed Betty's before Saturday.


Win Tickets to a Great Rock Show at The Old Miami!

If you're looking for a great night of rock & roll, look no further than The Old Miami this Saturday night. There, you will find 3 great Michigan bands live on stage along with one band in town from Ohio. The line up includes Jet Black Blonde, YUM, Blakdog and Ohio Knife (that's the band from Ohio, go figure!).

This is one of the first shows that YUM has played since Elise's return from Tokyo. So if you've missed the sounds of this crazy twosome, this is your chance to see them once again. Jet Black Blonde is getting ready to head into the studio again soon, so maybe you'll get to hear a new tune or two at this show. Ohio Knife has a new split 7" out that they are part of, check that out here. And Blakdog is just plain awesome. If you haven't yet, make sure you head over and check them out on bandcamp.

Admission to this solid show is only $5 and those 21+ are welcome. We are also giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter for a chance to get in the door for free, please send your full name over to with Saturday in the subject line. We will draw our 2 winners the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. and The Old Miami is located at 3930 Cass Ave. in Detroit. For more info, click here.


Win Tickets to See The Menzingers at The Crofoot

Last weekend Fusion Shows brought us an intimate night with Detroit's own Flint Eastwood, this weekend they are bringing Scranton, Pennsylvania punk rockers The Menzingers to the stage alongside mewithoutYouPianos Become the Teeth, and Restorations. This is a pretty solid lineup of talent which usually makes for a solid show experience.

Check out the music video for "I Don't Want to be An Asshole Anymore" to get a feel for the band if you aren't familiar with their music. Gotta love those whoa whoa whoa singalongs!

We have a chance for one lucky person to attend the show this Sunday, November 22nd at The Crofoot and sing along for FREE courtesy of Fusion Shows.  If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #punkrock. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday and we will email that person details on how to claim their prize.


Win Tickets to See Between the Buried and Me

Progressive metal rockers Between the Buried and Me are coming to St. Andrew's Hall this Friday, November 20th alongside Enslaved, Intronaut, and Native Construct. They released their 7th full length album Coma Eclipse this past July and they are on tour in support of the new jamz. You can get a taste of their latest album by watching the video for "The Coma Machine".

Did you like what you saw and heard? You can check it out live this Friday! Tickets for the show are $25 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets courtesy of Live Nation Detroit! They have given us two pairs of tickets to the show to give away to two lucky readers. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #btbam. We will draw two lucky winners on Friday morning and we will email those winners details on how to claim their prize!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Echo Fest VI Takes Over The Loving Touch this Weekend!

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor are bringing together 14 great acts this Saturday for the sixth installment of Echo Fest. This annual night of music brings together musicians and fans for a night of "3D visuals, fuzzed out guitars, and of course so much delay that time travel may become possible". They will be spreading the bands across 2 stages at The Loving Touch for a night of non stop music. Check out the lineup and set times below:

Red Stage
12 am - Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor
11 pm - Heaven's Gateway Drugs
10 pm - Electric Retro Spectrum
9 pm - Killer Moon
8 pm - 800beloved
7 pm - Isles of ESP
6 pm - Sienna Rise

Blue Stage
12:45 am - Mexican Knives
11:30 pm - Heaters
10:30 pm - Moonwalks
9:30 pm - OBLISK
8:30 pm - Friends Of Dennis Wilson
7:30 pm - Detroit's DUENDE!
6:30 pm - The Red Plastic Buddha

This is a chance to see some of the best bands Detroit has to offer along side some great touring acts. Plus, there will be 3D visuals and 3D posters available! It's going to be a pretty amazing night to say the least.
Admission to ECHO Fest VI is $15 at the door or you can get in for $12 if you RSVP to the Facebook event here. Doors are set to open at 5:30 and the music starts at 6 p.m. Get a preview of what you can expect in the trailer below. 


Get Into The Landmarks' EP Release Show for FREE!

The Landmarks have been hard at work recording a new EP and they are finally ready to release it this Friday at The Old Miami. The guys have been working with Gordon Raphael this time around, he has produced albums for The Strokes and Regina Spektor, so he's kind of a big deal. On top of that, they also brought in outside musicians for orchestral arrangements for some of the songs. So apparently this time around the band decided to go big or go home and we can't wait to hear it! 

If you would also like to hear new tunes from The Landmarks, head out to their release show this Friday. Admission is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. They will be joined on the bill by Nina & The Buffalo Riders, Five Pound Snap and The Bruised Reed. We are also giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win, please email us at with your name in the body and The Landmarks in the subject. We will draw 2 lucky winners the morning of the show and will email them details on how to claim their prize!

Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. on Friday. The Old Miami is located at 3930 Cass in Detroit. For more info, click here


Catch Allie X at The Shelter this Wednesday

I'm a sucker for a good pop star. I may have been raised on punk and metal, but I have always had an attraction to the beats, the dancing, the outfits and everything else that makes up pop perfection.

Allie X is one of my latest discoveries. She's pretty, she's weird as hell and her music is fun. She reminds me of early era Lady Gaga fused with Body Talk era Robyn, a perfect combination!
She will be performing at The Shelter this Wednesday, November 18th. I think this is one of those rare opportunities to see a star before they really start to shine. Check out a few of her awkward music videos and consider heading out to see her live this Wednesday!

Tickets for the show are available here.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Flint Eastwood's Album Release Party for "Small Victories" was a HUGE Victory

Photo by Andrew Miller
Saturday night it finally went down, Flint Eastwood released their latest album Small Victories to a packed room of over 700 people! First and foremost, congratulations to everyone involved, this was a record breaking turnout and one hell of a show.
Photo by Sadie Q
Parlor Tricks kicked off the show and got the already hyped crowd warmed up for the night. Then Seth the Syblyng took the stage with an eclectic mix of Detroit talent, including BevloveBritney Stoney, Mic Write, Passalaqua, Duane: The Brand New Dog, Gosh Pith and Kopelli. This was one of the highlights of the night for me. I didn't know what to expect and watching each artist come out and belt out their track or verse was not only entertaining as hell, but it was also inspiring. Seth is a major talent that knows how to bring out the best in people. WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PROJECT, YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT!
Photo by Sadie Q
Photo by Sadie Q

Next up was Tunde Olaniran. Tunde performed with our favorite two dancers, Emma and Cintell, and killed it as usual. He even rocked some epic new neon hair color for the night. We had a chance to walk down the street and chat with the man behind the music at Assemble before the show. Check out what he had to say and make sure to pick up a copy of his latest album Trangressor, which was release this past August.

Finally, it was time for Flint Eastwood to take the stage! Jax came out like an explosion and didn't miss a beat. She performed 5/6 songs from the new EP Small Victories before moving into a mix of older stuff, including some great tracks off The Baptism. Finally, she ended the night with my favorite song of the new album, the title track "Small Victories". Jax had the entire room moving and dancing for over a hour and a half.  It was an epic performance and a celebration.
Photo by Andrew Miller 

I stood on a chair in the back and grabbed a song from Tunde and Jax. The sound isn't the best, but these clips give you a look inside the show!

Cheers! That was one hell of a night!


Detroit Unplugged: Her Dark Host

Last month, InkAddict, and Blumz by JRDesigns teamed up to bring you the first of a series of Unplugged shows that will take place at The InkAddict Flagship store in Ferndale, Michigan. The first Unplugged featured The Handgrenades, if you missed the show you can check out a video recap here. We had a feeling that watching one of Detroit's best bands unplugged and up close would be pretty amazing, but it was better than we imagined it would be. If you were in the room that night you already know, that shit was magical!

For the second installment we decided to take this series in a completely different direction. This time around we are proud to present Her Dark Host Unplugged.
Her Dark Host is the brainchild of Justin Felix, Joshua Felix, Kyle Davis, Nathan Miller, and Austin Ahmad. Their live shows are usually dimly lit and you can smell the band from down the street. They bring a lot of incense and create a mood wherever they perform. They are the definition of showmen, they bring something extra to the table. If you haven't heard their music please check it out here.

We have been following the band for awhile and quickly became fans after seeing them live. We think that they are going to be the perfect band to put on a truly unique unplugged performance. They are no strangers to a candle lit room, but surrounded by dark Blumz, we hope to take their stage performance to a new darker and sexier place. After booking the show we were please to find out that all of HDH's songs were written acoustically, so this performance promises to be quite a treat! Please join us on November 30th at 8 p.m. to share a once in a lifetime experience together.
The performance is only $2 to attend, with all proceeds going directly to the band. This event is BYOB. The InkAddict Flagship Store is located at 22007 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. 


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pop Up Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Angel Haze, Little Animal, and Mic Write Tonight!

Still on a party high from all the great shows this past weekend? We know that we can still hear Tunde's beats pounding in our head! What's the best way to keep a music buzz going? Check out another show!

Tonight, hip hop artist Angel Haze is coming to town and Detroit's own Little Animal and Mic Write are opening the show! It should be a solid night of music and we have one pair of last minute tickets to give to someone who wants to kick off this week right.
Photo by Nicholas Williams
We will be drawing the winner around 5 p.m. today, so if you want to go out tonight and have a good time for free, email your full name to with the subject line #dontstopwontstop. We will email one person back a little bit later today and they will be posted up watching the show tonight!

Doors for tonight's show open at The Loving Touch in Ferndale open at 8 pm. and it is $15 to get in if you don't win the tickets from us!


Friday, November 13, 2015

Feel Like a Kid Again at Toytopia

If you want to feel like a kid again, the Michigan Science Center is the place to be! Think of your favorite toys when you were a kid, Legos, Barbies, Lincoln Logs. Well MiSci has busted open the toy box and brought out these fun toys and many more for a special exhibit called Toytopia!

This exhibit features displays of some of the most popular vintage toys over the decades, interactive displays, and even a life size doll house. There is even a small arcade featuring some of the best video games from the past! This exhibit just officially opened to the public a couple of weeks ago, but we had the chance to preview it during the Colorosity event. It was super fun to look at all of the great displays, see toys from our childhood, and get our hands on some Legos and Potato Heads again. Whether you have kids or you're a kid at heart, this is a great way to spend the day. Plus, the rest of the Michigan Science Center has a ton of great hands-on exhibits too!
If you would like to check out Toytopia, head to the Michigan Science Center between now and March 31st. Tickets to the center range in price, packages that include admission to Toytopia run between $24 -$28. For a full list of prices, click here. Make sure you also scroll all the way to the bottom of that page for tips on how to save some $$$ on admission! The Michigan Science Center is located at 5020 John R. in Detroit, right by the DIA. For more info and for hours of operation, head over to


Pick Up Great Vintage Finds at The Rust Belt Market This Weekend!

On top of the already awesome threads and goods available at The Rust Belt Market, this weekend their event space will be taken over by the Ferndale Vintage Fashion Market. This market will feature amazing vintage wears from several different vendors. The list includes: Detroit DollyFarmstead VintageGreta's VintageJen Style Chic VintageLeah's ClosetLivin' VintageMax and MidnightThe Nunnery VintageTees N TreasuresThrifty Outfitters and TJ's Sweet Repeats. These companies will be bringing out some great clothing and accessories from any decade between the 1920s and the 1990s. 

The Market is set to open up shop on Friday, November 14th at 11 a.m. The hours of operation this weekend are Friday from 11 a.m. 'til 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. On Friday night, they will even turn things up a notch and are adding a DJ to the mix.

Admission to the Rust Belt Market is free! And while you are there checking out the Vintage Fashion Market, make sure to check out some of the other vendors that are at Rust Belt Weekly for great art, clothing, and goods! The Rust Belt Market is located at 22801 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. For more information on this event and to stay up to date the day of, head over and RSVP to the Facebook event here.


Win a Pair of Tickets to See Frankie Cosmos at The Majestic Cafe

Sunday Funday is just around the corner and Party Store Productions and The Majestic Cafe have teamed up to make sure that you have something fun to do! This Sunday they will be bringing Frankie Cosmos to the stage alongside All Dogs and Stef.

Funny little fact about Frankie Cosmos, Greta Klein is Kevin Kline & Phoebe Cates kid! Kevin and Phoebe met in 1989 on on audition for "The Big Chill" and have been together ever since. Greta goes by the name of Frankie Cosmos and performs alongside her partner Aaron Maine.

The show is $10 in advance and tickets can be purchased here. The fun starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday and all ages are welcome to the attend the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #cosmos. We will draw one lucky winner at the end of the week and email that winner details on how to claim their prize!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Show Your Love for Beards at Detroit's Circus of Whiskers

Let's be honest, over the past decade beards, mustaches, and facial hair in general have been all the rage. You can find all sorts of quirky items with mustaches on them, and women and men across the globe go gaga over a man who look like lumberjack. Of course you have some people that still love a clean shaven face. But whether you love it or hate it, facial hair is here to stay!

Facial hair has become such a "thing" over the past few years that there are now several companies that specialize in beard balm, beard oil, mustache wax, beard butter, etc. Keeping that fur on your face has become an art and an obsession for some.

Well, this Saturday we want you to head out to the Tangent Gallery to celebrate beards, mustaches and all facial hair at Detroit's Circus of Whiskers: A Facial Hair Competition. The event is being brought to you by Murder City FHC, a new facial hair club right here in Detroit. The night will feature competitions in the following categories: Natural Moustache, Styled Moustache, Partial Beard, Mutton Chops, Fake Beard (for the whiskerinas), Groomed Beard, Styled Moustache, Full Beard Natural (Under 6"), Full Beard Natural (Over 6") and Freestyle. In addition to the competition, there will also be belly dancers, fire performers, and music by Fishgutzzz & his Ignorant Band and Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana. The organizers of the event are encouraging you to dress up, and they said the weirder the better!

Admission to the Circus is $15 and proceeds will be donated to Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG), an awesome organization helping dogs and all furry friends. Those 21+ are welcome to attend and the evening will be MCd by comedian Ray Hollifield. The fun is set to start at 7 p.m. For more info on this event, head over to their website here or RSVP to the Facebook event here.