Monday, June 26, 2017

Strut Around Corktown All Week Long

Corktown has become one of the most lively places in the city. It has a healthy nightlife and is home to come of our favorite restaurants and bars including Gold Cash Gold, Bobcat Bonnie's, Bucharest Grill, Slows BBQ, and Sugar House.  Plus, it's the home of great spots like The Lager House and Assemble Sound. This week it will also play host to the second annual Corktown Strut, a now annual event that's purpose is to showcase the artistic community of Detroit while helping to bring new business to the district.

This year's event will feature over 50 musical acts on 8 stages across the neighborhood. This includes traditional venues like the UFO Factory and The Lager House and non traditional venues like Mudgies.

The musical lineup is very eclectic and features a vast array of Detroit talent. Some highlights include a Mega Powers album release party at UFO, and the return of two of our favorite Detroit artists, James Linck and Ancient Language, who are both performing Saturday on the Main Stage. Jungle Fowl, George Morris, Ritual Howls, Two Cheers, Prude Boys, The Dropout and Valley Hush will also all be performing during the two day event.

The week kicks off with a show at PJ's on Tuesday, a show at Two James on Wednesday, a show at Corktown Farmers Market on Thursday and then the main event takes place on Friday and Saturday. For more information about the festival click here. You can see a list of restaurants that are participating in this year's festival here and you can purchase tickets for the event here. Venue passes range from $10 to $15 a piece. Day passes are $20 a piece and all access weekend passes are $30 a piece. There is also a Metro Times closing party that you can attend for $10. You can also purchase an all access pass for $55.


~S

Win Passes to Mo Pop Festival 2017!

Mo Pop Festival will be returning to the Detroit West Riverfront Park this Saturday and Sunday, July 29th and 30th. This is the fifth year that the fest will be hosted on the city's west riverfront and the lineup is better than ever! The two day event will feature a variety of musical acts including Foster The People, Run The Jewels, Alt-J, Solange, Tyler the Creator, Phantogram, Wavves, Stef Chura and more!
The festival also features a ton of cool things to keep you entertained throughout the day. This includes a food truck alley, a craft bazaar, a biergarten, an arcade, and a tech tent.  A few Detroit companies will also be at the festival to entertain and educate. This includes Citizen Yoga who will host open classes on Saturday and the Detroit Dart Club who will be serving up some serious game play throughout the weekend.

Tickets to attend the event range from $75 to $125 a piece depending on what days you want to attend and what kind of tickets that you want. Tickets are significantly cheaper if you purchase them in advance and there are special discounts if you buy a four pack or book a hotel with your passes. You can check out all the ticket options for the show here.

You can also enter to win a pair of passes to attend the entire show for free courtesy of AEG and hipindetroit.com. If you would like to enter to win please share this article on twitter, instagram, or Facebook and tag @hipindetroit. Don't forget, you have to add us or else we won't be able to see your tag and we won't be able to give you the tickets! We will draw one lucky person on Friday July 29th and they will win a pair of passes to check out the fest for free.

Doors for the show will open at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No chairs or coolers are permitted, but you are allowed to bring refillable water bottles, which you can fill up for free throughout the day. For a list of local hotels that you can stay at over the weekend click here and for parking information click here. Bikes are welcome and there is a bike parking station located at the event courtesy of Detroit Bike Company.

There are also a few official after parties that you can attend during Mo Pop weekend, to learn more about those click here


~S

TONIGHT! The Detroit Ford Fireworks on Riverfront

The 59th Annual Ford Fireworks will take place on the Detroit Riverfront tonight. Hundreds of thousands of Detroiters will head downtown to watch the show live from a variety of places across the city while others will tune in on channel 4 to watch them from the comfort of their couch. The live broadcast will start at 8 p.m. tonight and the first firework is scheduled to go off at a new time of 9:50 p.m.

The Detroit Patch put together a great article that goes over the curfew, the street closings, the parking and pretty much everything you need to know about tonight's event, click here to read more about it.

The city is going to be full of life tonight, be careful, take care of each other, and celebrate together Detroit!

~S

Friday, June 23, 2017

Faile Opens at The Library Street Collective this Saturday!

This Saturday, June 24th the Library Street Collective will host the first gallery in Detroit from Faile a collaboration between two Brooklyn based artists named Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The gallery is called The Size of the Fight, it was inspired by "the resilience, passion, and energy they see the Detroit community bringing to the city's infrastructure and art scene".  The artists will also be displaying 6 large silk screened works on large wooden panels at The Belt located near The Collective. The artist opening runs from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m, The Belt opening and after party runs from  6 p.m. till 11 p.m. To learn more about the collective click here.


~S

The Battle Starts at 8 pm at The Red Bull House of Art TONIGHT

Red Bull House of Art is hosting a Secret Walls exhibition in Detroit tonight. These street art fight club style battles bring 6 artists together, split them into two teams and gives them 90 minutes and a bunch of black markers or acrylic paint to go to town and create a wall together. Attendees will be able to watch the art be created live and in person over 90 minutes while enjoying a little Red Bull and conversation.

The event is free to attend the crowds will vote on who "wins" the battle.  Doors for the gallery open at at 7 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. The live painting will take place at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend, 21+ to drink alcohol. To learn more about the Red Bull House of Art and their amazing live in residency program click here.

~S

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Win Tickets to See 311 at The Fillmore

This Sunday night the one and only 311 will be performing at The Fillmore in Detroit. The band rose to fame in the '90s with their popular hits "Down" and "All Mixed Up". They've released 12 studio albums total, plus a number of compilations and live albums. This Friday the band is releasing their latest album Mosaic. Give their song "Too Late" off that new album a listen below.


Joining 311 on Sunday are New Politics and The Skints. Tickets for the show start at $24.75 and can be purchased online here. Thanks to our friends over at Live Nation Detroit we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #311 in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 6 p.m. on Sunday and all ages are welcome.


~C

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Blackout BBQ


This Friday night Black Iris Booking will be taking over The Magic Stick for one of the biggest parties of the summer, Blackout BBQ. If you've ever been to Black Christmas at The Majestic, you know that BIB knows how to throw one hell of a party. The BBQ is just a slightly scaled down version of that event, plus there's free BBQ!

This year's lineup for Blackout BBQ hosts a bunch of great bands from near and far. The bill includes The CreepshowThe BrainsGallows BoundClownvis PresleyBruiser Queen,
Fishgutzzz and Cash O'Riley. Ben Rose will also be DJing throughout the night and some great companies like Vile and Suck it Suicide will be on site.

Tickets for Friday's party are only $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. You can pick yours up online here. All ages are welcome and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.


Thanks to Black Iris Booking we are also giving away a pair of tickets to the party! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #BBQ in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize!


~C

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Win Tickets to Party with The Well, Bison Machine and more at Corktown Tavern

This Monday night, after the fireworks light up the sky in Detroit, head to Corktown Tavern for one of the most rockin' shows of the summer! The Well will be making their way to Detroit from Austin Texas to hit the stage along with Detroit's own Bison Machine, The Cheetahs and Red Stone Souls. To keep the party going all night long, Heavy & Beyond will be DJing downstairs throughout the night. And if you want to see what the rest of the summer has in store for you, GeminEye will be on site doing Tarot Readings.



Cover for this show is only $8 at the door and doors are set to open at 8 o'clock on Monday. If you're checking out the Eagles of Death Metal show down at El Club on Monday night, head to Corktown after and get in the door for just $5. You can also enter to win free entry to this one! We are getting one lucky person into this show with a friend for free. If you would like to enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #well in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


~C 

Detroit River Days Returns to The River Walk This Weekend

Detroit River Days will return to the River Walk this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival was started to celebrate the rebirth of the river walk and has continued on year by year to celebrate all the progress that the city has made.

The three day event features food, rides, live music and lots of cool activities for the whole family.  It ranges from $3- $5 a day to attend the fest and all day bracelets to ride all the rides are $20 a day. The weekend will feature multiple stages of music, this includes bigger acts like 112 and Ann Wilson of Heart alongside great local acts like Harlow, The Messenger Birds, Zander Michigan and more! For the full list of musical acts and a schedule of when everyone is playing cluck here.  No outside food or drinks are permitted inside the festivals. so make sure that you don't plan to being your own snacks inside the festival. Refillable water bottles are allowed and there are places to refill them.  For a full list of activities that you can attend throughout the weekend click here. If you need help finding a place to park click here and if you need to know the hours click here. Don't forget! Friday is free before 5 p.m.!


~S 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Get Haute to Death at H2D Swim Club 2017

Haute to Death throws some of the best parties in town! Whenever they book an event we make sure to stop by and dance to a song or two because they are ALWAYS fun. During the summer they take it to the next level by throwing one of our all time favorite events, the Haute to Death Swim Club.

Last year we had the chance to attend a few of the pool parties and we can't say enough about how fun they were, in fact it was one of the best things we have ever experienced. Being in a bikini dancing, drinking, and celebrating life with some of Detroit's coolest and most creative people is one of the best ways we can think of to spend the day. But, there is a catch.

These things have super limited space, the pool is only so big after all. So, they usually sell out, sometimes in advance. If you want to attend this Saturday's Pool party, or any of the future pool parties that are coming up this summer, you might want to get your tickets now. You can purchase tickets to any of this years parties for $15 a piece or you can get a summer pass for $50. This Saturday's party will take place from noon till 8 p.m. To find out more about it click here.


~S

The Fisher Theatre to Screen its First Movie in 30 Years

The Fisher Theatre was constructed in 1928. it was designed by Albert Kahn and it is one of the oldest buildings in Detroit. It has been the host of all sorts of different events throughout the years, but these days it is mostly office spaces rented out by a variety of companies.

This Wednesday June 21st it will return to its roots and play host to the movie premiere of The United Stated of Detroit a film by Tylor Norwood. This film focuses on the people of Detroit. How do they keep going through the good times and the bad? Why do they love Detroit, why do they choose to live here?  This film looks that what it is going to take to bring Detroit back as well as how far we have already come.  

The premiere will take place at The Fisher Theatre this Wednesday, June 21st. from 5:30 till 8:30 p.m. This is the first time the theatre will host a screening in over 30 years. Tickets to attend the show are $10 and they can be purchased here. You can learn more about the film here.

Trailer - The United States of Detroit from Tylor Norwood on Vimeo.


~S 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Make Music Detroit

Music has the power to move millions. It unites people of all different ages, backgrounds, and nationalities and inspires people to move mountains and overcome obstacles in their lives. Personally, I have never loved anything more than watching someone play music live and in person. Detroit is a mecca for music lovers because there are great bands playing all around town every night of the week. But, this weekend Detroit will be teaming up with 700 other cities all around the world to celebrate our favorite form of self expression, music. 

Make Music Detroit is a city wide free event that features hundreds of musical acts in a variety of different venues. There are over 50 bands playing at over 30 venues across the city this Wednesday. None of the bands are charging money to perform and no one is paying to come out and listen. This event is meant to celebrate the magic that music brings to our city by showcasing it across Metro Detroit this Wednesday.

This year's lineup includes Adventures with Vultures, Audra Kubat, Greater Alexander,
and The Old Adage, For a full list of bands click here. Thereare also a ton of venues participating in this year's event, this includes Cass Cafe, DIME, PJ's Lager House and more. For a full list of venues click here. This is an all inclusive musical event that welcomes anyone who wants to attend. To learn more about the free event click here


~S

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Get this week off to a great start by heading to El Club on Tuesday night! Black Iris Booking is bringing another great lineup to the stage, for the second night in a row. New York Based The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are headed to town along with fellow New Yorker Frankie Rose and Ablebody from L.A. They will also be joined by Detroit's own Palaces.

Tickets to see this great lineup are only $16 and can be purchased in advance here. The night of the show cover will be $18 at the door. Thanks to Black Iris Booking we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #pure in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.



~C

Friday, June 16, 2017

Win Tickets to See Planes Mistaken for Stars at El Club

This past fall Planes Mistaken for Stars released their fourth studio album, Prey. This was the first new release from the band in about 10 years. Now they're out on the road and they're heading to Detroit this weekend.


On Monday, June 19th Planes Mistaken for Stars will kick off a tour that will take them up the East Coast and into Canada. The show is happening at El Club in Southwest Detroit and Detroit's own Dirtwolf and Touch the Clouds will be opening up the show. Tickets for this one are only $12 in advance, you can pick yours up here. The night of the show, if this one isn't sold out, tickets will be $14 at the door.

You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show from Hip in Detroit and Black Iris Booking! To enter the contest, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #planes in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.

You're definitely not going to want to miss this show! Awesome lineup from start to finish! Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Monday and all ages are welcome.


~C 

Detroit Welcomes The First Comix Party at The Leland this Saturday!

Some people only listen to mainstream music and others want to go deeper so they find cool new genres and subgenres that they like. Some fashion lovers are comfortable wearing mass produced designer duds while others have to search for the perfect handmade piece that can't be found anywhere else. Wherever there is culture there is a subculture which, in my opinion, is generally more interesting.

In the world of comic books there is Marvel, there is DC and there are people who still write and distribute their own comics and zines to anyone that wants to read. There is a subculture that has nothing to do with tights or big budget films and this weekend The Detroit Comix Party is hoping to bring together the cool DIY underground writers and artists who still appreciate the art of hand drawn storytelling.

Two local Detroiters, Mike Burridge and Kevin Eckert, have teamed up to create Detroit Comix Party, the first underground comic book and zine gathering of its kind. The goal of the event is to bring together a community that until now could only find each other in chat rooms on the internet. But, instead of throwing the same old stuffy comic book convention, they have created a one of a kind Detroit specific party that will bring the community together in a new and interesting way.

The Detroit Comix Party will feature over 60 vendors from all over the US who write and draw their own stories. The artist will be in house to talk to like minded individuals and sell a few zines. Then, in the evening the venue will let loose and open up for a dance party that will go late into the night.

The party is being held at the historical Leland Club in Detroit, a space that is known for its cool underground goth and industrial parties. Their will be over 60 vendors showing off their work and a variety of DJs will take the party late into the night. The convention runs from noon to 8 p.m. this Saturday and the party will take place from 8 p.m. till 4 a.m. that night. If you are interested in learning more about the world of DIY comics and zines you need to check out this FREE event this Saturday. To learn more about The Detroit Comic Party check out their incredibly well produced show here.

Learn more about this event here.



~S

Thursday, June 15, 2017

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Chastity Belt

Female rockers Chastity Belt just released a new album a couple of weeks ago. The new album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, is the third studio album from the band. It was released by Hardly Art records, you can give it a listen below.


Now the band is on tour and Party Store Productions is bringing Chastity Belt to town to play the stage at Jumbo's in Detroit. The show is happening this Friday, June 16th and they will be joined for the evening by Sneaks and don't. Tickets to the show are only $12 in advance. 

You can pick yours up here. The night of the show cover will be $14. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show courtesy of Hip in Detroit and Party Store Productions. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #chastity in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will email them details on how to claim their prize. 

21+ are welcome to attend this show. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the music will start at 9.


~C


Win Tickets to See Tigers Jaw at El Club

It had been a few year's since Tigers Jaw fans got to hear some new music from the band. They released their fourth studio album back in 2014, the first in awhile with all of the original members. Now they just released their fifth studio album about a month ago. The record is called Spin and it was released on a new record label, Black Cement. You can give the album a listen and pick up a copy here.

You'll want to give these new songs a play and get to know the lyrics before Tigers Jaw hits the stage at El Club this Saturday night! Also on the bill for the night are Saintseneca and Smidley. Tickets for this show are $16 in advance or $18 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking and Party Store Productions, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. To enter to win, shoot us an email with your name in the body and #tigers in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.



~C

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Celebrate Mango Lane's Latest Album at The Loving Touch this Friday!

Mango Lane is one of Detroit's hidden gems. They are a young up and coming band that everyone will be talking about soon. The band is able to seamlessly blend the rawness of rock and roll with electronic music to create a laid back, beachy, futuristic vibe. The first single off their new album is called "Sex". The band released the tune and a music video for it in anticipation of the album's release, which will take place this Friday at The Loving Touch.


Mango Lane has asked Montclair and HALA to open the show as well as The Dropout who will be performing his first DJ set. This will be a celebration of new music and the kick off of a tour that will take the band on the road for the summer. Copies of the new album will be available for purchase at the show and you will have money to purchase one because the album release party won't cost you anything to get into! So, if you're looking for someplace to hear some good music for FREE hit up The Loving Touch in Ferndale this Friday and get hip to this awesome band! 


~S

Win Tickets to See !!! (Chk Chk Chk) X Haute to Death

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Chk Chk Chk is a dance punk band from Cali that has been shaking dance floors since 1996. They are well known for bringing the party to any venue that they grace, but here in Detroit they have teamed up with the king and queen of the party to make sure that everyone dances their heart out at UFO Factory this FridayHaute to Death has teamed up with !!! to make the floors shake in Detroit this weekend.  

Chk Chk Chk released a new album called Shake the Shudder which was released just about a month ago. You can stream it for free here if you have Amazon Prime. This album is about the one thing that the boys know best, dancing it out and having a good time! 

Tickets to attend the show are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. If you would like to purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee a spot and save a few dollars you can buy them here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #!!!.  We will draw one lucky person on Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend and dance their problems away this Friday!


~S

Hip's Local Guide to Last Minute Father's Day Shopping


Father's Day is right around the corner so we wanted to put together a list of great local places to pick up something special for dad before this Sunday, June 18th!



Hugh- This cool boutique in midtown caters to the classic bachelor pad style. They have a very unique curated collection of men's gifts in a variety of price points.








Downtown Detroit Bike Shop (also in Ferndale) - This bike shop has a bike for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced rider. They are also super friendly and helpful which makes bike shopping for dad a whole lot easier!


Third Wave Music- There's finally a music store in the city! Third Wave carries a wide selection of new and used instruments, and they repair the broken stuff!



Shinola- Shinola made a name for themselves by making watches that were constructed right here in Detroit, but they have expanded their brand and become a luxury line that offered lots of cool gift ideas like leather belts, journals, bicycles and more. You can check out their merchandise in person in Midtown Detroit, or cop something from their outlet store at Great Lakes Crossing, They also have a great online store that can express ship something anywhere you need it to go!



The Detroit Mercantile Company-
The DMC features a large collection of new and vintage items that are curated by owners of the shop. They have a wide selection of vintage memorabilia as well as new Michigan made items. This is the perfect place to browse around for something for inspiration. There is something for everyone in the shop so you won't go home empty handed!



NOJO Kicks-
Want to impress a sneaker lover? Take them to NOJO in Downtown Detroit. NOJO is known around the world for its unique sneaker collection. If there is a unique pair of kicks that you have had your heart set on, there is a good chance they can help you get your hands on them!




City Bird/ Nest- City Bird and Nest are located next door to each other in Midtown and they are both owned by the same set of siblings. Both stores feature a curated collection of locally made items and small gifts. There are 1,000s of handmade cards to help you correctly express your feelings and lots of cool items that celebrate living in the mitten state.






Found Sound (Ferndale)/ UHF Records (Royal Oak)-
Pick up a new or used record for dad to rock out to!



Peninsulas- This little hidden gem houses the biggest collection of Michigan merchandise that we have ever seen.  If your dad has Mitten State pride, you will find something special that celebrates Michigan!




Eldorado General Store- This cool shop on Michigan Avenue offers up vintage finds and a curated selection of locally made goods.
Henry the Hatter-This place has the perfect hat for every head. It has been a Detroit institution
intuition since 1893!



~S



Friday, June 2, 2017

New Music from The Idiot Kids on Jett Plastic Recordings

Over the past year you've heard us talk about The Idiot Kids quite a bit. We're big fans of this band, which means we're super excited that they're releasing a new single! The new record is being released on Jett Plastic Recordings and will feature two new tracks, “Skeleton Boy” and “Bonfire” on white or pink 7" vinyl. You can check out the song "Bonfire", which was premiered by Deep Cutz, here.

To celebrate this big release, The Idiot Kids are having a record release show at PJ's Lager House on Saturday, June 10th. This will be your first chance to pick up the new 7", and the best part is that you get one for free when you pay the cover charge. That means $8 not only gets you in the door, but also gets you the new 7" straight from Jett Plastic and The Idiot Kids. That's a pretty excellent deal, especially considering that this is a pretty excellent lineup! Joining The Idiot Kids for the evening are Caveman & Bam Bam, Duane The Jet Black Eel, and Trout, who also has a new release on Jett Plastic Recordings.

Lucky for you, we are also giving away some guest list spots to this show! We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this show, and since you get a 7" with paid entry, that means you'll get the record too! If you would like to enter to win this contest, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #idiot in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners the morning of the show and they will get in the door with a friend that night and will get the new 7" from The Idiot Kids.

Doors for this one are set to open at 9 p.m. on Saturday. If you want to give The Idiot Kids a listen before the release show, head over to their bandcamp here. Whether you like punk rock, garage rock, or anything in between, we're sure you will love this band!


~C

Win Tickets to See Lizzo with Brooke Candy at El Club

This past year Lizzo has been blowing up on the music scene! Her latest album Coconut Oil was released at the end of last year. Now she is slated to hit up some big festivals this year and is doing a tour of her own with Brooke Candy. They will be making their way to Detroit to hit the stage at El Club in Southwest Detroit!


You can see Lizzo live on Saturday, June 10th at El Club. Tickets for the show are $18 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions and El Club, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #lizzo in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend. 


~C 

Win Tickets to Mustard Plug's "Evildoers Beware" Release Show!

It's hard to believe that bands we grew up listening to already have albums out that are 20 years old. I don't know about you, but most days I still feel like I'm just 20 years old. This year another awesome album is turning 20, Mustard Plug's Evildoers Beware. In fact, this is also the 25th anniversary for the band as a whole! To celebrate this monumental anniversary, the band will be performing Evildoers Beware in full at The Loving Touch.

The party is happening on Saturday, June 10th and Mustard Plug has a great lineup of bands joining them! It includes Mephiskapheles, J. Navarro & The Traitors and We Are The Union. Tickets for this show are only $14 in advance here or $16 the night of the show. Thanks to Black Iris Booking we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #evildoers in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors for this one are set to open at 8 p.m. and the bands will kick things off at 8:30. So make sure you show up early and stay late!


~C

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hip in Detroit Talks All Things Mitten Crate on This Sunday's Podcast

Flyer created by Monster Free Design 
Our monthly podcast has become one of our favorite things to do. It's a new way for us to spend two hours going in depth with some of Detroit's hippest movers and shakers. This month we have invited the co-founders of Mitten Crate, Cory Wright and Andrew Chmielewski into the studio to talk to us about their business and all the great made in Michigan items they have discovered since starting out. Cory and Andrew have toured every inch of this state and found all of the coolest things that it has to offer. We cannot wait to pick their brains on the show this Sunday!

We will be going live on PodcastDetroit.com at 6 p.m. this Sunday, June 4th. You can tune in and listen live (we are usually in Studio 2 sometimes 1) or you can wait till sometime next week when we share the replay of the show. You can also listen to all of our previous shows here. We love to share all of the cool things that this city (and state) has to offer and thanks to our sponsors M-1 Studios, the podcast is just the latest way for us to do that! 


~S

Admit It, You Loved Nu Metal and Now You Love Roach Koach

Have you started listening to podcasts yet? If you haven't, you're missing out. Podcasts have changed the way that we listen to "radio" and who we listen to when we tune in. Podcasts give anyone the ability to reach a large group of listeners if their content is interesting enough. Hip in Detroit even started our own monthly podcast where we go into depth about all things hip once a month, you can check that out here. There's also another local podcast that has been creating some buzz around town, it's called Roach Koach and it's the only place on the internet that you can get your nu metal fix.   

Roach Koach is the brainchild of Lorin, Jenny, and Matt. The three friends realized there was a lack of attention and appreciation for the lost art of nu metal and they wanted to change that. They knew that there were lots of people who wanted to talk about which Korn album was the best (it's the self titled btw) and how the Deftones Around The Fur changed our lives. So, they started chatting, they started broadcasting, and soon enough everyone was listening. In fact, the podcast is celebrating their success by broadcasting live from Go Comedy! in Ferndale on Wednesday, June 7th. You can attend the party and watch  the co-hosts talk all things nu metal. But, first, we had a chance to chat with the crew about why they started the show and why they love nu metal so much. Check out what they had to say and if you like what you hear, tune in or head out to see them live on the 7th! 

HID- Why did you decide to start a podcast about nu metal? 
Matt- "I had already been doing a podcast called Matters for over a year and when Lorin mentioned Roach Koach to me. I could see how excited and serious he was about it and although I was never a fan of Nu-Metal, I am a fan of passion and Lorin sure had that."

Lorin- "Jenny and I became friends over a mutual love of nu metal, specifically Limp Bizkit. I read an article on Stereogum about the 20th Anniversary of Sepultura’s Roots album which declared it “probably the best Nu Metal album ever made”. I was shocked by the statement because 1) I’d never heard the album and 2) I realized there wasn’t much, if any real critical consensus on the nu metal genre. I googled around looking for articles and lists and most of them were sheepish takes and jokey dismissals, begrudgingly acknowledging the biggest selling nu metal albums but without much analysis. I saw an opening no one was filling."

HID- What are your personal favorite nu-metal albums/names? 
Lorin- "I’m a big Limp Bizkit fan, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water being probably their best work. I love Deftones; Around The Fur is a watershed moment in my musical upbringing. And the first Slipknot album basically fucked my life up forever." 

Jenny- "For me, 3 Dollar Bill Y’all was a game changer. I made my parents order it for me after I saw a commercial for it on TV, and I thought I was cool as shit when I brought it to school. I’m also with Lorin on Around The Fur- I love Deftones. After doing the show, I’d put P.O.D’s Fundamental Elements of Southtown up there. Also, if you want a big dumb fun album give Disturbed’s The Sickness album a spin. Droppin’ Plates is an all-timer."

Matt- "The albums I find myself liking the most have been Static-X Wisconsin Death trip and Slipknot’s Iowa."

HID- How do you prepare for a broadcast? 
Lorin- "Jenny and I trade off on who picks an album week to week. Sometimes it’s a long debate, sometimes we pick something that our listeners have requested a lot, and sometimes we just say “Godsmack, sure.” I take at least three listens to every album we do on the show, if not more, if I have time. We have a system called The Christgau Challenge, named after famed music critic Robert Christgau. It requires the listener to engage with an album in at least three different scenarios: once with headphones, once over speakers, and once while taking part in a physical activity such as working out or house cleaning. The idea behind this being that some albums require different scenarios to engage a listener. Christgau said he didn’t “get” the last Rihanna album until he heard it on the treadmill. I also take notes on my last listen while scrolling through our favorite website, Songmeanings.com."

Matt- "I think my role on the show is to be the voice of the non Nu-Metal Fan so I don’t listen to the albums. So my preparation is to make sure the gear is ready to record."

Jenny- "Much like Lorin, I Christgau Challenge, and I do a google deep(ish) dive. When we first started I’d listen to the albums on repeat for a week, and go deep as hell researching, but by the time we’d get to recording, I’d be so sick of the albums that I’d just be a ball of rage. I’m a lot better at delivering reasonable criticism when I haven’t been listening to Jonathan Davis do his Daddy rant ten times a day for a week."

 HID- Did you think that you would be doing this for a year when you started?

Matt- "Absolutely, we got a couple more years in us."

Lorin- "Definitely. Recording our first episode we found an instant chemistry and vibe that has shown no sign of dissipating. I did not predict that we would have listeners from around the world emailing and messaging us daily with album recommendations. We currently have enough recommended albums that fall in the Nu Metal genre to last us for awhile."

Jenny- "Yeah, this is basically just blocking off a few hours every other week to hang out with my friends and joke around and talk about music. The fact that people listen and reach out is icing. It’s been a really sweet, fun experience."

HID- Why do you like podcasts?
Lorin- "I used to work in radio and while I love certain aspects of broadcasting, unless you’re a big name, you can’t truly be yourself. Podcasting lets us just be ourselves, beholden to no one, talking at length about the relative merits of a P.O.D. song."

Matt- "Freedom. The podcast format allows you to do whatever you want. If we were to pitch this to a radio station I think they would turn it down in a moment. What podcasting allows us to do is a show this niche and find an audience that was waiting for it."

HID- What is the nu metal canon? 
Lorin- "The Nu Metal Canon represents the best the Nu Metal genre has to offer the world. The way that you can consult a Jazz or Hip Hop canon and see what critics and aficionados consider the best, most important and most influential, we are creating for Nu Metal. The hope is that someone can look at our canon and find a strong collection of music that both accurately represents the genre while also accentuating what made it a powerful cultural force in the late 90’s and early 2000’s."

HID- Why did you call the podcast Roach Koach?
Lorin- "Jenny and I did an improv show together a few years ago and had to come up with a quick name for our team. I joked about a team influenced entirely by Papa Roach songs, and the alliteration of Roach Koach made us all laugh pretty hard. When it came time to name the show, it was the only choice."

HID- What is a Roach Ryder and a Indigo Angel? 
Matt- "I thought it would be a good idea to have a name for our fans, I am very presumptuous, so we started throwing around names. My wife suggested Roach Ryders and we all liked it. A Roach Ryder is Ride or Die for Roach Koach."

Lorin- "If you have ever sang along to the “Stick up your yeah!” part of “Nookie”, you are a Roach Ryder."

Jenny- "An Indigo Angel is basically the softer or more feminine side of a Roach Ryder. The name comes from the Indigo Ranch, which was Ross Robinson’s recording studio where a lot of seminal nu-metal records were made, and angel comes from me calling people Angels all the time."

HID- Why did so many nu metal bands use Z and Ks instead of Cs when they spelled things? 
Lorin- "Z’s and K’s are under-represented letters, just like nu metal is an underrepresented genre. Real recognize real."

Jenny- "A lot of nu-metal music is about feeling outside of society’s norms, and learning to embrace not being a “normal.” I think that for a lot of people, part of embracing it is to be outwardly and aggressively different. Wearing shit like JNCOs, being “sinister” and whatever. I think spelling things with Ks or Zs is another way to stick it to the man. "

Matt- "Cuz iTz Kool!"


You can party with the entire crew at Go Comedy! next Wednesday, get your $10 tickets here


~S

Celebrate Your PRIDE in Ferndale this Saturday!

Ferndale's annual Pride celebration draws over 15,000 people annually and hosts over 100 vendors and community booths. There are lots of amazing performers and tons of unique events throughout the day, including a craft fair and a chance to get married!

One of our all time favorite "local" artists, Tunde Olaniran, will be headlining the main stage this year. Affirmations will host a craft fair from noon to 4 p.m., a children's storytelling event from 2 p.m. till 3 p.m. and a prom in the evening. Rosie O'Gradys will host Drag Yourself to Brunch drag shows from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and the bears in speedos will be hosting a car wash in the Level One Bank parking lot from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. This year's event will also feature over 100 vendor and sponsor tables and two stages with a long list of performers. This year's lineup is as follows:

Mainstage
Sarah Hood 1:00-1:15 (Opening Ceremony)
Liquid Monk 2:00-2:30
AcousticAsh 3:00-3:30
Nwoye 4:00-4:30
Liz & The Luckouts 5:00-5:30
Lipstick Jodi 6:00-6:30
Natalie Cole's Drag Show 6:45-7:45
Tunde Olaniran 8:00-8:45
Mae James 9:00-9:45

DJ Dance stage
DJ Dav 2:00-3:45
Dangerous Curves 3:45-4:15
DJ Jace 4:15-6:00
Octavia 6:15-8:00
Players Club 8:00-9:15
Alexa Rae 9:15-10:00


The Festival officially runs from 1 p.m. till 10 p.m. this Saturday and its FREE for ALL to attend. To learn more about the festival visit the Ferndale Pride website here. Don't forget, parking is going to be difficult so bring cash, a little change, and/or download the ferndale parking app in advance to make it easy on you! 



~S

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flogging Molly Releases "Life Is Good" and Plays Detroit!

Your favorite Irish Punk Band, Flogging Molly, is getting ready to release a new album this week! Life is Good is set to be released this Friday, June 2nd and the very next day the band will be hitting the stage at The Fillmore in Detroit. So, let's just call it the un-official album release show. This is the first release from the band in about 6 years! After keeping fans waiting that long, we're sure the band will not disappoint them! Give the title track off the new album a listen below.


Tickets to Flogging Molly's show at The Fillmore this Saturday range from $20 - $50 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends over at Live Nation Detroit we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send us an email with #LifeIsGood in the subject line and your name in the body. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Saturday. For more info on the new album and to see some behind the scenes footage from recording, head over to Flogging Molly's Facebook here


~C

Win Tickets to See Daughters at El Club

Photo Credit: Reid Haithcock
Daughters is kicking off their tour with dälek and Odonis Odonis this Wednesday night in Montreal and the tour will be making a stop in Detroit this weekend! This Friday, June 2nd Daughters will be hitting the stage at El Club in Southwest Detroit. They're only playing five cities on this short tour and a few of them have already sold out, we're sure Detroit will be no different. Daughters puts on a crazy show, and with a stacked lineup like this, you definitely will not want to miss this one!


Tickets for this one are only $15 in advance or $17 the night of the show. You can purchase your tickets online here. If you're not worried about this one selling out, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get in the door that night with a friend for free. To enter the giveaway, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #daughters in the subject line.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Friday and all ages are welcome.


~C

Monday, May 29, 2017

Watch The Creative Process Live and In Person for 48 Hours

The art community keeps growing which means that events that they are hosting keep getting more and more interesting. This weekend, one of our favorite Detroit artists, Tony Rave, will be gathering a group of artists for the 48 HR Experience.  This is a two day event where artists are put into a pressure cooker with other artists to create a entire new collection in 48 hours. We reached out to tony to learn a little more about the project.  Check out what he has to say and then stop by the gallery during the creative process or the opening party to see what these artists do.  

HID- How did you get involved with the 48 hour project?
Tony Rave- "I thought of this concept will painting under pressure one night. I was thinking of how cool it would be to create a body of work within a small amount of time with the artists that I admire. I talked it out with Wayne Ramocan (shout out to OneFreq) and we made it happen baby."

HID- So explain to us how this works, do the artists stay up and work 48 hours prior to the opening? Do we watch you create during the 48 hours, or do you create the works at some prior time and place and display them at the gallery opening?
Tony Rave- "The artists enter TYP collection May 31st @ noon and the 48hr clock starts. They are not allowed to leave the collection for any extended amount of time during the next 48hrs. They have 48hrs to create a brand new body of work. During this time people will be able to stop by and witness these artist create. After the 48hrs are over they stop creating and they go home. The work the artist created is collected then we prepared for the opening night on June 3rd."

HID- Do you stay up and create for 48 hours straight?
Tony Rave- "The artists have the option to stay up for 48hrs but if they need a nap they have to nap in the collection."

HID- Do you break to eat and hang or is it all business?
Tony Rave- "Yes all the artists have time to walk outside the collection, get some fresh air and enjoy beautiful downtown Birmingham but they have to stay close to the collection. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for all artists. It is the perfect balance of business and pleasure."

HID- What is the TYP Collection?
Tony Rave- "TYP Collection (261 E. Merrill, Birmingham MI) serves as artist TYPs home studio, a premier rental space for events, and (primarily) a gallery/showroom to showcase TYPs own work as well as other artists whose style he connects with."

HID- How were the artists that are participating in this show chosen to be part of the event/show/gallery?
Tony Rave- "We sent out a call for artists last year and these are the artists we picked from that process."

HID- Are all of the artist painters or will people be working in different mediums? 
Tony Rave- "Most of the artist in the 48hr are painters but we do have a few artist using different mediums."

HID- Will the works be for sale at the event?
Tony Rave- "Yes all the work will be for sale on June 3rd."


Painting: May 31st at Noon (48 hours following)