Thursday, June 30, 2016

Win Tickets to See Two Cheers with Le Voyage, Citizen Smile and Valentiger

Detroit's own Two Cheers will be playing at The Old Miami on Friday, July 8th. The five piece featuring Bryan Akcasu, Austin Lutzke, Carlton White, Megan Marcoux and Owen Bickford has been in the studio working on a new album. They already have 2 other full lengths that they released in 2014 and 2015 that you can check out here.

For this show, Two Cheers has invited out their pals in Le Voyage, Citizen Smile and Valentiger. Both Le Voyage and Citizen Smile are also both working on new albums. Make sure you follow them on Facebook to find out when those will be released. Admission to see these 4 great bands is only $5 and doors are set to open at 9 p.m.

We are also getting a couple people into this show with a friend for free! If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please send your name to with Two Cheers in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners the day of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

In the mean time, watch Two Cheers' music video for their song "Brinka" below.


Win Tickets to See Hey Mercedes at The Shelter

Hey Mercedes rose from the ashes when Braid broke up. They released their first EP in the year 2000 and their last EP in 2005. In-between those two albums they also released 2 full lengths and two other EP's before calling it quits in April of 2005. They are one of those legendary bands that were only around for the blink of an eye, which is why it's so amazing to hear that they have linked back up and decided to go on a quick tour! The band is also re-issuing their first album Every Night Fireworks on Run For Cover this August. You can get the pre-order information here.

You can also catch them live on Saturday, July 9th at The Shelter in Detroit. They will be playing alongside The World is a Beautiful Place &I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and Prawn. Tickets to attend the show are $16 and you can purchase them here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. To enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #hey. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and email that winner details on how to claim their prize!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Celebrate The Fourth of July at Slow Jams

It's been awhile since we mentioned one of our favorite weekly events, so we wanted to remind all of you that Slow Jams is still the coolest place to spend a Monday night in the City of Detroit. DJs Eastside Jon and Erno have been bringing good music to your ears every Monday night for almost 8  years. My favorite part about Slow Jams is it has always been and will always be all vinyl.

This Monday, July 4th they will be taking over Marble Bar to celebrate the Fourth of July with a full day of celebration. They also invited some friends to come and trade sets throughout the day. The lineup for the party includes Jeremy Kypta, Mister Joshooa, Aran Daniels, Soren and Foton. The music will start at 2 p.m. and go until 2 a.m. They will be BBQ-ing on the patio and they will have fireworks once it is dark enough to see them.


The First Ever Corktown STRUT Showcases Food, Music and Corktown!

This weekend the first ever Corktown STRUT will take place throughout the bars, restaurants and streets of Corktown. The event is being presented by Forward Arts Detroit, with help from Party Store Productions, Assemble SoundUrban Organic, TV Bar and Aphotic Segment. The festival will feature 2 full days of music, a week of great food, and one awesome kick off party.

Let's start with the food. Monday night kicked off Corktown STRUT's Culinary Week. Restaurants throughout Corktown will have featured menu items with special prices ranging from $10-$15. Some of the restaurants participating include Slows, Katoi, Gold Cash Gold and PJ's Lager House. For a full list of restaurants involved and pictures that will make your mouth water, click here.

Although the food portion of STRUT has already begun, the weekend of music kicks off on Friday night. The Detroit Free Press is sponsoring the official kick-off party that will take place on Friday, July 1st at Two James Annex. The party runs from 7 p.m. 'til 1 a.m. and will feature music from The HandGrenades, Valley Hush, Shigeto and a DJ set from Ryan Spencer. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and 3rd, eight bars and venues in Corktown will be featuring a ton of great acts. Check out the full music schedule below.
To get in to the venues during Corktown STRUT you will need special passes that can be purchased online here or at Two James Annex and Batch Brewing over the weekend. A weekend pass will run you $30, while single day passes are $20 per day. The kick-off party is only $8 and is not included in the weekend pass.

For more info on tickets, food, and Corktown STRUT head over to

It sounds like this festival is going to be an absolute blast! We can't wait to check out this inaugural event featuring a ton of great music and one of the best neighborhoods in Detroit! 


The Michigan Rib Fest Comes to Pontiac this Weekend

This weekend head to the M1 Concourse in Pontiac for the Michigan Rib Fest! The festival will feature fireworks, music, and of course, a whole lot of ribs! A dozen restaurants and food vendors will come together to cook racks and racks of ribs as well as other BBQ and treats. The list includes Chicken Shack, RUB BBQ and Detroit BBQ Company. You can see the full list of participating vendors here. There will also be beer from local and national brewers and cocktails.

In addition to great food there will be a ton of entertainment. Not only will there be live music, but this fest will also feature racing pigs, racing cars, BMX and skateboard shows, monster trucks and more. There will also be a kids zone with bounce houses and karaoke. And as we mentioned, there will be some great live music! Some of the acts performing this weekend are Zander Michigan, Ryan Dillaha & The Miracle Men, Howling Diablos and DJ Thornstryker. For a full list of musicians that will be playing, click here.

Michigan Rib Fest kicks off on Friday, July 1st and will run through the Fourth of July. General admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased online here. If you get to the fest before 3 p.m., you can get in for just $3. There are also packages available that include tickets as well as fun things like monster truck rides. The festival will open its gates on Friday at 5 p.m. and will run 'til 11 p.m. Hours for the rest of the weekend are as follows: Saturday, Noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-11 p.m.; Monday, Noon-8 p.m. The fireworks display will happen on Friday night at 10 p.m.

The M1 Councourse is located at 164 South Boulevard West in Pontiac, just west of Woodward. For more info on this event visit or RSVP to the Facebook event page here.


Monday, June 27, 2016

The 6th Annual Rock and Roll BBQ

This coming Monday Nancy Whiskeys in Detroit will celebrate the 4th of July with the sixth annual Rock and Roll BBQ. The event features an entire day of live music alongside BBQ and fireworks, everything you need for a good old american Fourth of July celebration! This year's musical lineup includes (in no particular order):

Best Exes
Electric Wiccans

DJs Zak Frieling, Eric Allen and Erin Smart will also be kicking out some jamz throughout the day!

$10 gets you in all day, doors open at 2 p.m.!


READ THIS If You Plan to Go To The Detroit Fireworks Tonight!

The Detroit Fireworks are tonight and there are few last minute things that you need to know if you are thinking about attending the festivities! The city of Detroit released a 6 page news release regarding the event but who the hell wants to read that? Here are the important things that you need to know:

Best Public Viewing Sites:

A- Belle Isle-
Belle is closed until 2 p.m. today. Once it is open it is only open to vehicle traffic. Once the park has admitted 3,000 cars, no more cars will be admitted. Please note you must have a pass to bring a vehicle in the park. They can be purchased for $11 for the day or $31 for the year. The park will open at 5 p.m. to bicycles. Alcohol is not permitted. Tents that are 10 X 10 or smaller are permitted in the park. RV's are welcome to park on the paddock area near the Casino.

B- Hart Plaza- You can not begin setting up a viewing location until 2 p.m. today. They will be closing admittance to the park once it is full and once it is closed you will not be able to get back in if you leave the area. No tents will be allowed in this area. No open flames are allowed. No alcohol will be permitted and coolers and backpacks will be searched.

C- Mt. Elliott Park, Owens Park and Erma Henderson Park

The Municipal Parking Department also will not enforce parking meters after 5 p.m. today. 
But, you have to be careful of no parking zones and fire hydrants because they will be ticketing and towing for that! Towed vehicles within the downtown area will be held at 2121 W. Fort Street. Vehicles towed on Belle Isle will remain on the island. Free shuttles to tow lots will be available from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tow lots close at 1 a.m. The fee for towing is $215.

There will be lots of street closures:
You can view the full list here

Curfew will be enforced- The City will enforce a curfew for minors, ages 17 and under, that will be in effect from 8 p.m. on June 27 until 6 a.m. on June 28 for the area bounded by the Detroit River, Third Street, Lodge Freeway, Fisher Freeway, the extension of Fisher Freeway east to Gratiot Avenue, Gratiot Avenue, Vernor Highway, Chene Street, Atwater Street and Chene Park. Minors in violation of the curfew will be taken to the Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive. Minors will be held there until picked up by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian also may receive a parental responsibility violation ticket.

If you take a bus, your ride might be affected. Bus rides within the city will be effected. If you will be taking a bus in the city today click here to see if your schedule will be effected. 

The People Mover Should be Up and Running, but... -  The Detroit People Mover will operate from 6:30 a.m. – Midnight. The Financial District and Joe Louis Arena (via the RiverWalk) stations are within walking distance of Hart Plaza. Due to the early closures of the Millender and Renaissance centers, trains will bypass these facilities on June 27 beginning at 6 p.m. There will be no public access to these People Mover stations. Patrons are asked to exit at the nearest available station. All other DPM stations will remain open.

The fireworks will start at sundown tonight! Have fun and be safe Detroit! 


Friday, June 24, 2016

Meet Lin-Say: The Queen of NuMotown

Photo by Marc Nader

Detroit is known for Motown Records, but if Lin-Say has anything to do with it, someday soon it will be known for NuMotown. That's what she is calling her brand of pop with a touch of soul. She makes upbeat soulful pop songs that get stuck in your head. You can hear two of her tracks here to get a feel for her style. You can also check out her first music video for the song "U Gonna Learn", which was shot right here in Detroit. If you like what you see and hear, read on to learn more about Lin-Say and then head out to Good Night Gracies tonight to see her sing live and in person!

HID- Why Lin-Say? Any meaning behind the spelling or the name? 
L- "My Mom wanted it spelled with no D to be unique, so after everyone pointing out there was was no "D" in my name, I decided to accentuate my artist name to: Lin-Say"

HID- Where the hell is Olivet, MI?
L- "30 miles southwest of Lansing. LOL! It's just a little town in the country."

HID- What does the term NuMotown mean?
L- "It means, I'm bringing it back!"

HID- When did you start singing? Who inspired you to become a vocalist?
L- "I started singing in church when I was little. I think the "Oldies Radio" stations songs inspired me to start singing."

HID- Where did you record your new album "Shut Up and Pick Me Up"?
L- "I recorded the new album at The Elevator Building downtown Detroit, the water side of the building, with Dilan Wade and Tapwater Productions."

HID- What's the scariest part about singing in front of people?
L- "My nerves right before I start singing."

HID- What was it like to work with Yorg on the song "Almost Famous"?
L- "That song is very theatrical, so creating it had a Broadway vibe to it."

HID- Where did you film the music video for "U Gonna Learn"?
L- "At The Russell Industrial Center in Detroit!

HID- Do you actually own that piano that is featured in the video?
L- "No, we bought it off of Craigslist for $200 and painted it green! It played pretty well too, it was a shame we had to do what we did with it, lol, but well worth it."

HID- Do you have any upcoming shows?
L- "Yes, at Good Night Gracies in Royal Oak, MI on June, 24th, 2016 - 10 p.m.-1 a.m."

HID- Who have you been listening to lately?
L- "I've been listening to a new genre called Electro Pose and Kendrick Lamar."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
L- "My next album "Old School Child" featuring T-Money Green, has all the eclectic sounds I love from growing up, mixed with my new G funk style, which makes it into what I call a masterpiece! AKA NuMotown!"


Red Bull Wants to Know If You've Got Game

I loved watching King James take home the trophy at the NBA Finals this past week. I have always been a huge basketball fan and love him or hate him, you have to admit he is amazing to watch when he takes the court. Coming back from three losses made the who thing even cooler. Watching people play basketball is fun, but playing it is even more fun!

If you and your friends are into playing a little three on three and think that you have some game, you can sign up to compete in Red Bull's 3 x 3 tournament at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse this Saturday, June 25th. Twenty four teams will play against each other for 10 minutes 'til an overall winner is crowned. That winner will advance to the finals in Chicago this July to compete with the best teams from New Orleans, Philly, Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis.

You must be 18 years or older to participate. Click here to sign up your team to play this Saturday. Formal registration will take place at 9 a.m. and the competition will begin at 10 a.m.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Detroit River Days 2016

Photo Credit: Camera Jesus - To order this print for yourself click here!
This weekend River Days will be returning to the Detroit River Walk. The three day festival will feature a carnival, live music, great food, tall ships, Tuskeegee Air Shows, street performers and more! Although everything happening at River Days sounds awesome, of course we're most interested in the the live music portion.

River Days will have 3 stages set up along the river front. One will feature national headlining acts, while the other two will host a lineup of more local artists. You can check out the full music schedule here. Some of the bands that stuck out to us on that lineup are Boudoir Noir (Friday at 1:30 p.m.), 1592 (Friday at 4), Ryan Dillaha & The Miracle Men (Friday at 5:30), The B-52's (Friday at 8:40), The Native Howl (Saturday at 5:30), Stone Clover (Saturday at 8:30), Emily Rose (Sunday at Noon), Oak City Roots (Sunday at 5:15) and Orbitsuns (Sunday at 8:30).

Admission to River Days depends on what time you get there. Before 3 p.m. it's $3, it goes up to $5 after 3 p.m., and on Friday it's free to get in between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Once you're in the gate, there is an extra charge for some activities, like the carnival rides, zip line, and river boat tours. For a full list of activities and prices click here. River Days kicks off on Friday, June 24th at 11 a.m. and goes until 10 p.m. on Sunday. And, just as in years past, it is all leading up to the big Ford Fireworks display on Monday, June 27th. at 9:48 p.m.

For a list of places to park, FAQs and everything you need to know about this year's event, head over to


Bear vs Shark is Reuniting and You Just Might Get to See them Live

In case you haven't heard, Michigan legends Bear vs Shark announced that they will be playing a show in Detroit this week! The announcement was made this Tuesday for a show that will take place on Friday, June 24th at Third Man Records. Before you get too excited though, this show is already sold out!

The band's reunion was first mentioned back in the fall. By spring, they announced tour dates from Brooklyn to LA, with most of those dates selling out very quickly. The band's first show back was set for this Saturday, June 25th at the Flint Local 432 as a fundraiser for the Flint Child Health & Development Fund. It's sold out. Prior to the announcement of the Third Man show, the first Detroit area date was set for September 10th at The Loving Touch. It's also sold out. So, now that we told you about 3 Bear vs Shark shows in the area that you can't go to (unless of course you've already scored tickets), we'll tell you about one show you still have a chance to see!

Bear vs Shark has a second Loving Touch show set for Friday, September 9th, the night before the original show at The LT. Tickets are currently still available for that show and can be purchased here. Don't wait though! If you've learned anything from this post, it is that this show will sell out!

If you get a chance to see Bear vs Shark at this show or any of the reunion dates, the lineup will be very familiar, with past members Marc Paffi, John Gaviglio, Derek Kiesgen, Brandon Moss and Ashley Horak (taking turns on the drums). Mike Muldoon is the only member that won't be doing the reunion shows. However, if you're a fan of  Marc's latest project Bars of Gold, you will recognize Nick Jones, who will be playing bass.

So it's time to get hyped for this awesome reunion! Crank your speakers up, hit play and dance like no one's watching! Great reunions don't happen often! Don't miss out on this one!


The Idiot Kids are More than Just Some Idiot Kids

Photo borrowed from The Idiot Kids' Facebook Page
This Saturday, June 25th The Idiot Kids will be playing at UFO Factory. We've told you about The Idiot Kids a few times before. Its a three piece featuring Nicholas Zambeck on bass, Ryan Chlebek on drums and Jon-Mikel Bartee on vocals and guitar. They're known for their live shows and play music that crosses genres from garage to punk. Take a listen for yourself here.

Although The Idiot Kids have been around for quite awhile, over the past year or two they have really been making a name for themselves in the Detroit scene. We wanted to catch up with these three crazy kids and get to know more about the band first hand. Check out what they had to say.

If you want to see The Idiot Kids for yourself and see what Jon-Mikel has up his sleeve this time, make sure you head to UFO Factory this weekend! There they will be playing with Characteristics, Flowers Bloom and one of our long time favorites, The ILL Itches. Admission to the show is only $6 and doors are set to open at 9 p.m. We are also getting some people into this show for free! If you would like to see The Idiot Kids and their friends this Saturday night, please send your name to with #IdiotKids in the subject line. We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show and will draw our 2 winners on Saturday morning. Good luck! 


Urban Geographer Releases Its Second Vinyl Compilation This Friday

Urban Geographer is celebrating the release of their second vinyl compilation this Friday, June 24th at The Majestic. They have put together an evening that will feature 12 bands on two stages. The lineup includes Dalinian, Prima Vera, A Year in New York, Dogleg, American Arson, The Radiotypes, Stay Away, Midnight, Sleepology, Charmer, Carved Out and Brother O' Brother. You will also be able to bowl and grab a slice of Sgt. Pepperoni's pizza! A portion of the evening's ticket sales will be donated to The Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

To learn more about Urban Geographer you can visit their website and blog here. They write some pretty witty advice columns for bands and throw a few events throughout the year.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Get Ready to Hit the Road with Paws Buzz Go!

Summer is here and it's safe to say that all of us are anxious to get out there and go on an adventure! Whether you're looking to take a road trip across the country or just get away for the day, there are so many amazing things to see and places to check out. Sometimes it's hard to decide just where you want to go. 

Well, our friend Jessica Knapik is an adventure extraordinaire! You may recognize Jessica as the babe serving up drinks behind the bar at Imperial, but when she's not hard at work there, chances are that she's out on the road and her partner in crime Bean is by her side! 

Jessica recently started a new blog to share her travels and travel tips with the world. Paws Buzz Go documents her amazing road trips along with suggestions of attractions to hit along the way, but she takes it a step further than most travel sites. Since she always has her four legged friend by her side, she specializes in traveling with your dog. Another thing that Jessica loves to incorporate in her trips is tattoos. Since these are all things that a lot of our readers also love, we wanted to introduce you to Jessica, Bean and Paws Buzz Go. Check out what she had to say in this interview below and get some tips from this travel pro before you hit the road. Hopefully after reading her advice, your dog will be right by your side for the ride! 
HID- What is Paws Buzz Go?Jessica- "Paws Buzz Go is a website dedicated to pets, tattoos, and travel. It's where you wanna go, how to bring your dog on the whole trip, and who to stop and get tattooed by along the way. Basically things I will never get sick of talking about."

HID- Why did you decide to start this blog?
Jessica- "Before I go on a trip I do several weeks worth of research. Different sites offer different things. Some are geared towards family travel, some are based on pet travel, some are based on wholesome things, while others are based on super weird roadside stuff. My aim was to make Paws Buzz Go kind of one stop shopping. Everyone loves their dog, most everyone loves to travel, so I want people to see us (Bean & I) out there, get stoked, and plan a trip."

HID- Out of all of the cities that you have visited so far, which is the most pet friendly?
Jessica- "Pittsburgh is super dog friendly... lots of pet friendly patios, an awesome riverwalk, etc.. Washington, D.C. is very dog friendly, parks evvvvverrywhere, and you can bring your dog right up to the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and right in front of the White House. Rapid City, South Dakota was super dog friendly. We stayed at a haunted hotel that welcomed dogs called The Hotel Alex Johnson, and the bar connected to it allowed Bean inside, so that was rad. :)"

HID- What's your favorite place that you have visited so far? That might be a little to broad... How about your favorite landmark, attraction, or stop so far?
Jessica- "Favorite place so far I'd say is Badlands National Park in 
South Dakota. A lot of South Dakota is flat, but then things start to look different and there's a wall of mountain that comes into view... When you enter the park and get out it just feels like you're on another planet. The air is different, it's sooo quiet, and the views will make your jaw drop. Plus there are bison, longhorn sheep, prairie dogs everywhere, it's all just alive and moving. A field of about 100 prairie dogs screamed bloody murder at me. It was so loud and ridiculous and cute. They chilled out a little once they realized I had dried bananas. ;) I can't wait to go back someday."

HID- What about your favorite pet friendly hotel?
Jessica- "Hotel Allegro in Chicago. It's fancy, beautiful, in the best location, and they give you a little doggie welcome bag when you get there that includes a door hanger saying there's a dog inside your hotel room, a pack of dog waste bags, some treats, and a little list of surrounding dog parks."

HID- Have you come across any cities that you wouldn't suggest traveling to with a pup or pet?
Jessica- "There were parts of Iowa that were a little hard to find a pet friendly hotel... Also big cities are really starting to piss me off with the pet hotel fees. Some hotels in Chicago charge $75 per night per dog (so imagine if you were traveling with 2!) and that's on TOP of the regular room rate. Also let me use this opportunity to say a big fat BOOOOOOO to the Omni Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Their pet fee per night is $150 per dog. Gtfoooooo... Don't say you're a dog friendly hotel and then make it impossible for people to stay there. I see you Omni Hotel. -_-"

HID- What are three things that everyone should know about your partner in crime, Bean?
Jessica- "Let's seeeee... 1. He is a Boston Terrier/French Bulldog mix. 2. He's actually not from Michigan, he's from Zanesville, OH. So he had his very first road trip at 8 wks old, traveling 4 1/2 hours to Michigan. 3. His favorite thing on earth is pita bread. If you set down a steak, and some pita bread, he'd go for the bread."

HID- Your pictures of Bean are absolutely adorable! It seems like he really loves to travel! Give us five tips for travelling with a four legged friend.
Jessica- "Thank you so much. :) He genuinely does, he smiles the entire time, and even on long drives where he could curl up in his car seat and go to sleep, he like forces himself to stay awake so he doesn't miss a thing. 
I guess that would be my first tip, 1. get a car seat, or some kind of restraint or harness belt for your dog. Accidents happen, and you don't want your dog hurt, or flying out your windshield. Bean's car seat was pricey, but worth it. 2. BABY WIPES... No one should travel without them. Dogs go to the bathroom, you don't wanna set your dog on your car seat if he's funky. :\ or you're gonna knock over your coffee, or who knows what. Baby wipes help everything. 3. Bean get's super finicky on the road, too over excited, too distracted, never wants his regular dog food from home. I suggest packing some good healthy treats, that are new to them, and also some canned dog food that will also seem like a treat. You don't want them getting dehydrated or run down when you're far away from home. 4. Bring a travel dog bed for the hotel room. Most hotel beds are way too high, and your dog will feel uncomfortable in a strange place when you have to leave the hotel without them. So give them that little space that's just theirs to curl up in. 5. Ask fast food places for shallow bowls to give your doggie water in. Most places have side salads and that bowl is perfect, and Starbucks cardboard oatmeal cups are great too. And bagel shops have cream cheese containers and those are the perfect size and reusable."

HID- There's one other aspect of your site that we can't forget to touch on. Tattoos! Who are some of your favorite tattoo artists across the country?

Jessica- "Gosh there are so many... Tim Beck in Peoria, IL... Bert Krak in Brooklyn, Annie Frenzel currently in San Antonio, TX... David Bruehl in Tampa, FL. .. Steve Byrne in Austin, TX... Chriss Dettmer in Hamburg, Germany... Tomas Garcia in Canonsburg, PA./Barcelona, Spain.. Chad Koeplinger, forever on the road... I could go on for days so I'm just gonna stop now. Haha"

HID- Is there anyone that you really want to get work done by, but you haven't had the chance to yet?
Jessica- "I had an appointment with Steve Boltz at Smith Street in Brooklyn, then the day before I was supposed to leave to drive there, they started closing off eastern Pennsylvania highways and New York roads to prep for Hurricane Sandy. I never would've made it. Then the hurricane hit and it was obviously catastrophic and the shop couldn't open for days, etc. Soooo that one still haunts me. It's gotta happen."

HID- Any big travel plans for the summer? Where to next?Jessica- "I think next is a big circle through Canada then into Boston and Maine, etc., then loop down and visit NY, and roll home through Pennsylvania... Also need to hit New Orleans asap, and Colorado is on the short list... Sooooo every single direction really. haha.. Can't stop won't stop."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like to let our readers know?
Jessica- "Just to check out, feel free to use the contact form with any travel questions! Check us out on Instagram and Facebook... And lastly, Summer is so short, hell life is so short... So take the time, take the days off, just go. Most of my trips cost next to nothing. You don't need a lot of money, just pick a direction and go, you'll be glad you did. :)"
All Photos Courtesy of Paws Buzz Go

To find out about Jessica and Bean's latest travels make sure to regularly check While you're at it, head over and give P-B-G a like on Facebook here.


TODAY is Make Music Detroit Day!

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music that is held around the world. Over 700 countries participate in the "holiday" every June 21st of the year by highlighting free musical performances across cities to raise awareness for the importance music education and performance spaces. Make Music Day is an all inclusive event that doesn't turn away anyone who wants to join. For a full list of places that you can check out some free music today visit You can for sure catch some FREE music at The Detroit Institute of Arts, Assemble Sound, The Carr Center at Harmonie Park, Urban Bean Co., Northern Lights Lounge, Cass Cafe, Third Man RecordsJazz Cafe at Music Hall and sites along the Oakland Avenue Artist Corridor. Performances officially start around Noon and end at Midnight, but you can pick up an instrument and start performing anytime you want anywhere you want today in support of the cause!


St. Andrew's Debuts The Society Room

Photo By Marc Nader 

St. Andrew's Hall was built in 1907. It was created as a meeting place for the Saint Andrew’s Scottish Society of Detroit until they experienced a severe drop in memberships during World War 2. In the 50s, they began to rent the space out for concerts, meetings and special events. Everyone from Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Nirvana, R.E.M., the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden has played the space. It has become one of the most legendary and iconic music venues in the country and is still my favorite place to see a show.  

The venue was due for an upgrade and last week they premiered the latest addition to the historical space. They have added a new bar and lounge on the third floor of the building and they are calling it The Society Room. The space is filled with large tables, gorgeous mirrors and chandeliers, and an assortment of comfy chairs and couches. It is the perfect place to kick back and have a drink before a show. They have some premium liquor and the bartenders showed us first hand how great they are at mixing up a Moscow Mule.  

We had a chance to talk to many staff members of Live Nation about how they plan to use the room and we found that their are a lot of great ideas, but nothing is set in stone. They are unsure if the bar will just be open during shows or if it will start to be open regularly. They are also not sure if heading up into the space will be part of general admission tickets of if they will start selling VIP tickets to some of their shows. There are lots of great options, but there is no set plan at this time. For now, I think you can plan on the bar being open to all during shows and events at St. Andrews. Add St. Andrew's on Facebook to learn more as the plan develops.


24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See The Screaming Females

This Tuesday, June 21st the team at The Crofoot is bringing a unique show to the the stage at The Loving TouchThe Screaming Females will be performing alongside Vacations, Pretty Pretty and Clevinger. These are four great indie bands that you need to check out if you haven't already. Tickets to get into the show are only $13 in advance, but we also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the cool kids that work at The Crofoot. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to attend tomorrow night's show for free, please email your full name to with the subject #screaming. We will draw one lucky winner in the morning and they will get to check out the show for FREE!


24 Hour Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to See Modern Baseball

This Tuesday, June 21st Modern Baseball will be performing at The Crofoot in Pontiac alongside Joyce Manor. The two bands are currently on an almost three month long tour that started in Tennessee and ends in Tampa. The tour is bring called the Holy Ghost Tour in honor of the bands latest full length album called Holy Ghost, released on Run for Cover records this May.

Tickets to get into the show are $20 in advance, they can be purchased here. Or you can email us at with the subject line #modernbaseball to enter to win a pair of tickets. We will be drawing a winner first thing tomorrow morning!


24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Colleen Green, Cassie Ramone, and John Krautner at El Club this Tuesday

This Tuesday, June 21st Party Store Productions is bringing Colleen Green, Cassie Ramone, and John Krautner to the stage at El Club. If you haven't checked out the venue yet you are in for a treat! The space features a large main area with great lighting and excellent sound. They also have a large patio outside to hang out on in-between sets. Party Store Productions has been booking shows for the space ever since opening their doors, so they have been having some pretty awesome shows on a near weekly basis.
Colleen is  currently on tour in support of her latest album I Want to Grow Up which was released this past February. If you haven't heard her before you can check out some of her music here. And you can check her out for FREE Tuesday night by entering to win a pair of tickets from us. If you would like a chance to win tickets to the show please email your full name to with with subject line #party.  We will draw one lucky winner in the morning! 


Friday, June 17, 2016

Check out Remnose Tonight at El Club

Head out to El Club in Detroit tonight to check out Remnose along with Rogue Satellites, and Turtle Island and Moira from Ohio. Remnose is a four piece from Detroit featuring Marlon Morton, Carson Morton, Vince Bashi, Alex Wildner. They infuse indie rock with sort of a dreamy folk feel to create a sound that the band describes on their Facebook page as "Sand-swallowing grumble tunes". You can check out their sound for yourself on their latest album Yond the Hill that the band recorded last year with Jimmy Dixon at Homestead Studios in Detroit. The album features 10 tracks that you'll definitely want to add to your summer playlists. Hear it for yourself below and download a copy through Remnose's bandcamp.

Admission to tonight's show is only $10 and you can pick up tickets in advance here. This great lineup is being brought to you by Party Store Productions, so you know it will be solid from start to finish! Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. For more info on this show, click here. To find out when Remnose will be playing next, make sure you head over and give them a "like" on Facebook here.


Two New Exhibits Opening At Cranbrook This Friday

Two unique exhibits will be opening at Cranbrook Art Museum this Friday. The first new exhibit is called Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. The gallery features experimental furniture, alternative living structures, immersive and participatory media environments, alternative publishing, and experimental film and video" from the 60s and 70s. The exhibit will run from June 18 – October 9, 2016.

The second exhibit is called John Glick: A Legacy in Clay. John Glick works with clay to create unique pottery. His career has spanned over five decades. They will be showing an assortment of ceramic vessels, tableware, and sculptures that he created throughout his career. This show will run from  June 18, 2016 – March 12, 2017.  

The museum is open from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free for ages 12 and under, $12 for general admission, $8 for sixty five and over, and $6 for students. To find out more about the museum and upcoming events, follow Cranbrook online here.  


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Win Tickets to the Release Party for Rah The Son's Debut Album

This Saturday, June 18th Rah The Son, aka Rahbi Hammond, is having his album release show at The Old Miami in Detroit. You may recognize Rahbi from Coin Laundry, well Rah The Son is his new solo project. His debut solo album, Sunny Detroit: the Story of + & -, features tracks that give "a personal outlook on the Day/Night Life he experiences, including the emotions and excitement of performing in front of live audiences, while embodying the personality and energy of Motown's Funk & Soul". The album will be available at the release show this weekend, and then online in the following days. Get a feel for Rah The Son's sound on his Soundcloud here. You can also check out the music video for the first single off the album below.

Also playing the big release show this Saturday are Fluffer, Aye G Soul and TART (who is featured on this new album along with a whole bunch of other Detroit artists). 21 and up can attend this show and it's only $5 to get in the door. We are also giving away a couple of pairs of tickets to this show! If you would like to attend Rah The Son's release show with a +1 for free, please send your name to with Rah in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize!

The Old Miami is located at 3930 Cass Ave. For more info on this show, click here.


Win Tickets to See Dead Kennedys at The Shelter

One of the most popular punk bands of all time will be making its way to Detroit this weekend. Dead Kennedys will be hitting the stage at The Shelter this Saturday, June 18th. Yeah, Jello Biafra won't be there, but 2 of the original members and one that has been around since almost the beginning will be! The current lineup includes East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D. H. Peligro and "Skip" McSkipster. The Dead Kennedys are currently playing dates throughout the Midwest and up into the East Coast before they embark on an international tour. This is a chance to see this legendary band at one of the most intimate venues that Detroit has!

Dead Kennedys will be joined Saturday night by The Bollweevils. Tickets for the show are $25 and can be purchased in advance here. This show is only for 18+ and doors are set to open at 8:30 p.m. Thanks to our friends at Live Nation Detroit, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win tickets to see Dead Kennedys live, please send your full name to with DK in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will be going to this show with a friend for FREE!

Good luck!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Four Week Assemble U Series Kicks Off Tonight!

Tonight Assemble Sound in Detroit aka "the church" is kicking off a FREE four week series called Music People Talking About Music. Each week the event will feature people in the music business sharing their knowledge with those who are smart enough to seek it out. This first night will feature an in depth look at licensing and publishing. That will be followed up over the next few weeks with a look at contracts and copyrights, branding and merch, and booking and touring. They are calling the series Assemble U and they have invited some pretty cool people into talk.

Tonight's "class" will feature Jon Moshier - Executive Music Producer at Doner and WDET radio host, Sarah Smith - Head of cCreative at Band Robber Music, and Jacob Nathan - Creative Director at Fervor Records. Two James will be providing libations and you are invited to bring your own snacks. The presentation will run from 6:30 'til 8:30 tonight and all that are interested are welcome to attend!

Assemble Sound is located at 2300 17th St. in Detroit.


Goodbye Mr. Hockey

Photo Credit: Jon Cendrowski

The Howe family invited fans to say their final goodbyes to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, last night at Joe Louis Arena. The hockey legend passed away on Friday at the age of 88.

Howe spent 25 years of his prolific career in Detroit. He earned four Stanley Cups and six Hart Trophies with the Red Wings. He was also the only professional hockey player to have a career that spanned six different decades.

The Detroit Red Wings have set up a Facebook page for fans to share memories and messages, you can check that out here. Howe's funeral will take place today at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

~ KT

Win Tickets to See Bronze Mambas and Celebrate Dan O'Leary's Birthday

This Friday celebrate the birthday of Bronze Mambas' own Dan O’Leary at PJ's Lager House. In addition to Dan on guitar, Bronze Mambas is comprised of David Bronze on vocals and Zander Way on drums. Their psych-rock sound can be heard on their album Back From the Dead, Vol. I : It's Alive. You can check that out on bandcamp here.

For Friday's bash Bronze Mambas have invited their friends in BLAKDOGMOM Barley and
Not Blood Paint to join in on the party. Doors are set to open at 9 p.m. and admission is only $5. We also are giving away two pairs of tickets to this show! If you would like to attend Friday's event with a friend for free, just send your name to with Bronze Mambas in the subject line. We will draw 2 lucky winners the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

PJ's Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Ave. in Corktown in Detroit. For more info on this event, visit the Facebook event page here. Happy Birthday, Dan! We hope it's a great one!


Meet Mango Lane

Last week Mango Lane released their first full length album at The Loving Touch in Ferndale. The group, headed by Jack Engwall and Austin Carpenter, make music that crosses genres from funk to pop, creating a unique sound that the band classifies as "Sex Pop". The band recorded the new album, TV Feelings, on their own at Austin's home. It's 7 tracks long and can be heard on Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, and bandcamp. Check it out for yourself below, then head over and purchase your own copy on bandcamp for just $5.

Before the release show, we caught up with Mango Lane outside The Loving Touch. Get to know the band and check out what they had to say below.

Mango Lane is a young band, but they're definitely making a name for themselves already! Make sure you head over and give them a like on Facebook and keep an eye out for upcoming shows this summer. 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Win Tickets to Party at Seraphine Collective's Next Showcase

This Saturday, June 18th The Seraphine Collective has teamed up with Party Store Productions to bring a kick ass female-centric lineup to the stage at El Club. The "Seraphine Collective is an inclusive, supportive and active community of female-identified musicians and artists designed to foster creative expression and camaraderie among feminists in Detroit". They host a lot of shows, put out a zine and lots of mix tapes throughout the year. They have brought a lot of new female talent to town and helped promote female-centric bands around Detroit, Needless to say we are big fans of what they do!

The Kickstand Band, Hailey Wojcik, Amy Klein, and Loretta Lucas will all be performing at the showcase. Tickets to attend the show are $8 at the door and all ages are welcome to come hang out. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show! If you would like to enter to win tickets, please email your full name to with the subject line #seraphinecollective.
If you haven't been to El Club yet, we highly suggest checking it out. Not only is it hip as hell, it has a killer sound system which makes seeing a show there even better! There is also a really nice patio to hang out on in-between acts!


Win Tickets to See Chastity Belt in Detroit!

I am so excited that Chastity Belt is playing the UFO Factory this Saturday, June 18th. Their last record Time To Go Home was released in March, you can check it out here and get a feel for the band for yourself.  They remind me of the riot grrrl bands of the '90s, but their sound is cleaner, newer and darker.

It's nice to see all female bands like this getting the attention they deserve and it's even cooler that the ladies are coming to Detroit. For a long time female-centric bands like this were skipping over our too tough for its own good city, but female fronted booking companies like Party Store Productions are bringing the babes back to town.

Chastity Belt will be performing alongside Big Theif and Best Exes. Tickets to get in are only $12 in advance and $14 at the door. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show. I can't wait for this one, so I'm sure there are a lot of you out there that would like to get your hands on these tickets! If you would like to enter, please email your name to with the subject line #feminist. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show.


Win a Pair of Tickets to See Nails at The Loving Touch

This Friday, June 17th Nails will release its third full length album You Will Never Be One of Us on Nuclear Blast records, They will follow up that release by playing at The Loving Touch the following night, June 18th, alongside Full of Hell, Eternal Sleep, God's Hate and Gazzan.

Rolling Stone recently called Nails, "the angriest band in hardcore". You can check out their first song "Savage Intolerance" off the new album here and judge for yourself.

If you like what you here head over and pick up a ticket to attend the show. Tickets are only $13 in advance and $15 the day of the show. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to with the subject line #nails. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and we will give them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. this Saturday and all ages are welcome!


Win a Pair of Tickets to See The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band with Zander Michigan and More!

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is one of the hardest working bands in the business. Reverend J. Peyton plays the guitar and sings lead, while Breezy Peyton plays the washboard, and Max Senteney is on drums. Yeah, she plays the washboard, for real, in person, live! The group has released 7 full length albums, 1 EP and  they tour at least 250 days of the year. Their country blues sound crosses genres and appeals to an array of fans. You can check out some of their tunes here.

If you like what you hear, you will have a chance to see the Big Damn Band perform live this weekend. The group will be making a stop in Detroit to perform this Friday, June 17th. They will be playing The Majestic Cafe alongside Joshua Black WilkinsDear John Tractor, and one of our Detroit favorites, Zander Michigan. If you are a fan of country music with a touch of the blues, you will love this entire lineup!

Tickets for the show are only $20 in advance and $22 the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the bad ass babes over at Black Iris Booking. 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 #bigdamnband. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show! All ages are welcome to attend this one and the fun starts at 8 p.m. this Friday! 


Monday, June 13, 2016

Win a Pair of Tickets to See In The Whale, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters and Malo Konjche at The Majestic Cafe

The self described "Kenny Powers of music" In the Whale are about to embark on a tour with Electric 6, but before they do they are making a stop at The Majestic Cafe this Thursday, June 16th. They will be playing alongside Shawn James & The Shapeshifters and Malo Konjche. If you haven't heard the Denver based duo, you can check out their soundcloud here. If you like what you hear you can grab a pair of tickets to see them live for $8 here. You can also email us at with the subject line #Inthewhale. We have one pair of tickets to give away to the show, so we will email one lucky winner the morning of the show.