Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Experience Detroit with The Detroit Experience Factory

Photo Borrowed from Detroit Experience Factory
For a long time Detroit was the forgotten city, but over the last 6 years we have watched it change and grow and become a mecca for art, culture, and food. The city has a new life to it and there are all sorts of wonderful new things to come out and experience. Here at Hip in Detroit, we do our best to tell you about all the cool things going on, but we can't actually take you there ourselves. Fortunately, that is what The Detroit Experience Factory is trying to do.

The Detroit Experience Factory offers a variety of tours for people who want to get out and see the city while learning about its rich history. They have a variety of different tours, including a ball business tour (that features one of our sponsors Blumz by JRDesigns), an arts and architecture tour, and a new Q Line tour that actually takes you around the city on the city's new transportation system. The tours are perfect for people who want to learn a little more about the history of the city while getting out and experiencing it for themselves. The best part about these tours is that they are absolutely free. The Detroit Experience Factory is sponsored by the Detroit Downtown Partnership. You can learn more about what they offer and sign up for a tour here!


Win Tickets to See Downtown Boys at Marble Bar

The political climate in this country has been heated over the last week, to put it extremely mildly. Since Trump's inauguration earlier this year, the country has been extremely divided. It is very clear that many of us are not fans of the US's current leader and administration and we're not afraid to express it.

Well if you're looking to get some of your frustration out through music, you'll definitely want to check out Downtown Boys' latest release Cost of Living. This band has always been known for their socially charged songs, so undoubtedly this latest release reflects what is going on in our country and the world today. Give the first single "A Wall" a listen below to get a feel for this album, and if you want to hear more, check the full album out on Bandcamp here. We've all been saying that if nothing else there would be some good music released during this presidency, and this is one of those albums.

Downtown Boys are headed to Detroit to play at Marble Bar this Thursday night. This show was originally slated to be at UFO Factory, but because of recent destruction at the venue, the show had to be moved to Marble Bar. Luckily it's also a super awesome venue, so it will still be a great night! Joining Downtown Boys for the night are Deadbeat Beat and PRIM. Tickets for the show are $11 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win those tickets, send your name to with #downtown in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors for the show are set to open at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. To hear more from Downtown Boys, check out their previous releases on Bandcamp here.   


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Don't Miss the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday!

This coming Monday, August 21st the earth will experience a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end. Here in Detroit we will be able to see about 90 percent coverage as long as it isn't cloudy and the partial eclipse will begin at 1:03 p.m. and end at 3:47 p.m peaking at 2:27 pm. To be able to view the eclipse you must have some kind of device or special glasses, you cannot look straight into the sun. To view the event you must have viewing glasses like these or make something like this with stuff you have around the house.

Or, you can celebrate the eclipse at The Michigan Science Center. They have a full day of activities planned, including an opportunity to make a viewer to watch the eclipse live with some astronomers. Activities for the day include earth and space activities and a live stream of the eclipse in the Toyota Engineering Theater from noon till 5 p.m.

The Science Center will be open from 10 until 5 p.m. this Monday. You can find everything you need to know about the museum and its pricing here and you can learn everything you want to know about the eclipse here. No matter what you do, make sure that you find a way to watch the eclipse on Monday afternoon!


Take a Journey to Both Coasts at Voyager

Voyager is Ferndale's hot little secret. It is a mega unique restaurant located in a small unassuming white brick building on the city's east side. Their menu features a variety of fresh fish and small side dishes that are meant to accompany their main attraction, oysters. This is the city's first real oyster bar! They have a huge menu of east coast and west coast oysters that are flown in daily. In fact, the staff comes in a little early to shuck the little guys themselves. They also have a  full bar that specializes in Mai Tai's and a few other house cocktails they have created or put their own unique twist on.

Voyager has a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day, during this time the space features $1 oysters and $3 mixed drinks. The special changes daily and it is the deal of a lifetime. It's usually impossible to find decent oysters for under $3 a piece, but to get freshly shucked oysters that were flown in that day for only a dollar $1 seems like it would be a scam. We can assure you that it isn't. We recently had a chance to stop by during their happy hour and try it out for ourselves. Their food is as fresh and amazing as we hoped it would be. While we were there, we sampled a few items off the menu and would highly recommend that you try the blue fin tuna, the grilled broccoli and the tuna on the hibachi. We really enjoyed all of them, especially the broccoli.

Voyager is open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Your best bet is to come during happy hour and go crazy eating oysters before kicking back with a few main dishes and a cocktail or two. Voyager will serve you up some good food, some strong drinks, and a unique experience you can't get anywhere else in the area.

Voyager is located at 600 Vester St. in Ferndale. For more info head to

Monday, August 14, 2017

Head up to The Alley Deck for Open Mic Night featuring Zander Michigan

The Alley Deck, also known as the deck at the Magic Stick, has always been one of our favorite bars in Detroit. Over the years we've spent many nights on that deck, and summer isn't quite complete without heading up there at least a couple of times. Well, if you haven't made it to the deck this summer, we have the perfect excuse for you to head up there!

The Alley Deck now has an Open Mic Night. Our good friend Adam Burgess teamed up with Buck Nell to start this weekly event and they've been hosting open mics all summer long. The event has brought out some of Detroit's best musicians along with some new blood. Each week they have a featured artists, and this week that artist is the always amazing Zander Michigan. He will be getting behind the mic along with other brave souls.

The deck opens up for open mic night at 7 p.m. and sign up to perform starts at 7:30 p.m. Then, the music starts around 8 p.m. and will keep going until about Midnight. The party will keep going until the bar closes at 2. Admission is free and there are always great drink specials. Sounds like a great way to spend a Tuesday night!


Win Tickets to See Waxahatchee at El Club

This Wednesday night El Club brings Waxahatchee to the stage. Waxahatchee is the name of Katie Crutchfield's solo project that she's been doing since 2010. You may have seen her perform when she toured with Sleater-Kinney just a couple of years ago. Well, now Waxahatchee just released a new album, her fourth full length to date. It's called Out in the Storm and you can give it a listen here.

Waxahatchee will be joined by Palehound and Outer Spaces on Wednesday night. Tickets for the show are $13 in advance and can be purchased here. The night of the show they will go up to $15. Thanks to Party Store Productions, 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 with #storm in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Win Tickets to See SahBabii at El Club

Atlanta hip-hop artist SahBabii will be making his way to Detroit to perform at El Club on Monday night. His latest mix tape is entitled SANDAS and was recently remastered and re-issued. You can give that a listen below. SahBabii describes his music as a "melodic trap". His sound has captured the attention of big names like  T-Pain, Fetty Wap, and Wiz Khalifa, all who have done remixes of his songs.

If you like what you hear, make your way to El Club this Monday, August 14th. SahBabii will be joined by T3 and 4orever, who are also featured on SANDAS. This great show is being brought to town by the people at React Detroit. Tickets are only $15 in advance, unless you want a VIP ticket, which will cost you $60. Thanks to our friends at El Club and Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #sahbabii in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

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


Tour de Fat Comes to Chene Park

New Belgium Beer is bringing an interesting event called Tour De Fat to Detroit this Saturday, August 12th. The show, which will take place at Chene Park, will feature performances by Skylar Grey and Detroit's own Valley Hush alongside a collection of various performers, including circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. It will also, of course, feature New Belgium Beer and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Slow Roll.

Tickets to check out the show are $25 and they can be purchased here. It's an early show that will begin at 4 p.m. and end around 9 p.m., which makes this a great place to start your night this Saturday. You can check out the full schedule for the event here.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Catch Foster Muldoon, Jerry Dreams, James Linck and Ancient Language at The Korner Bar Saturday

Whenever I'm watching a live show I find my eyes drifting away from the stage and into the crowd. I have always been as fascinated by the people at the show as the show itself. Whenever I met someone new at a show I ask them the same questions. Who are you? Where are you from, and what brought you out tonight? I love to find out what motivates someone to get dressed to come out and spend their hard earned money on watching a live performance. Everyone has their own reasons for coming out to each show but my favorite answer is the most simple, I love when people say "I'm a fan of.... ". Being a fan is one of the coolest things in the world. Fans come out to your shows and dance, they buy an album before they leave, and they tell twenty friends about you over the next week. They are your biggest fans and allies, and contrary to popular belief, real passionate fans are hard to come by.

Which is why local music fan Michael Sondheimer stood out when I met him. His passion for music is palatable. If he believes in you and what you are doing he will be at your show, with his friends cheering you on every time you play. He is a vital piece of the local music scene, so it's only natural that he takes his power of positivity and persuasion to the next level and put together his first show. That's right, Michael has stepped up to the plate and put together a pretty tasty little lineup at The Korner Bar in Hamtramck for this Saturday. Foster Muldoon will be releasing their latest single alongside Jerry Dreams, Ancient Language and the artist himself, Mr. James Linck. It's going to be a killer show, but you don't need to hear that from us. Instead, we checked in with Mike about the show and the lineup. Check out what he has to say about the show and then come out to the Korner Bar at 8 p.m. this Saturday, August 12th to support Michael's first show!

HID- Tell us why you chose this lineup for the show?
Michael- "This lineup is very special to me. Before I go into detail, I just want to give a quick back story. This show is an EP release show for Foster Muldoon. My absolute best friend in the whole world, Abigail Grace, plays viola in Foster Muldoon. I asked them if I could put together an release show for their EP. I have never put together a show of any sort, but being that I try to keep myself involved and support the local scene as much as possible, I thought I would give it a shot.

In regards to the lineup itself:
Ancient Language: The Jarvis Brothers (Chris and Zach) have always been very special to me. The first time I saw Ancient Language was at the 2015 Hamtramck Music Fest. I had heard of Ancient Language (being familiar with the Detroit music collective known as “#CoOwnaz”) but I had never listened to them before. All I can say about that experience was that I had never seen a band push the limits of reality as far as they did. They redefined face-melting as we know it. 2 years later, they are still pushing those lines to a whole new presence . With the addition of Matthew Bayer, who exposes human consciousness through a voice that makes angels blush, and Abigail Grace, who searches deep into the soul with profound viola strumming, Ancient Language is not to be missed.

Jerry Dreams: When I think of Kevin Kline, the lead singer and head of Jerry Dreams, I think of the Aurora Borealis (commonly known as the Northern Lights) in Iceland. The awe of these extraterrestrial lights shining the skies in a performance that has left centuries of human life in utter astonishment. Kevin Kline confides his audience with the same level of mystery and excitement. His voice and performance shines a light on the audience that allots them with questions about their own existence. With deep soul cutting guitar riffs and a band that will surely illuminate your mind, Jerry Dreams will melt faces.

James Linck: Its JAMES F-ing LINCK. What is there to say. This man is the whole reason why I live and breathe music. When I was given this opportunity to put the show together, the first thing I said to myself “I don’t care what it takes, JAMES LINCK WILL BE HERE”. I bought him a plane ticket the next day. James, and his bassist Ricky Ruggero, have truly re-shaped the music scene as we know it. James is truest definition of an artist. With every song and beat he throws down, you can feel the sweat and sacrifices he’s put into his work. When you dance with James and Ricky, you aren’t just dancing to the music…. your dancing your demons back to hell."

HID- Tell us why you chose this venue?
Michael- "What I love about this music scene is how everyone works together. It doesn’t matter what band your in, who’s show your promoting, everyone is so open. When Foster Muldoon was looking for a venue to put this show on, they wanted to make sure they knew all their options. While on the search for the perfect venue, I received a message from my good friends Michael O’Brian (Five Pound Snap) and Shannon Barnes (White Bee). They were put in charge of booking events for the brand new Korner Bar in Hamtramck. I had not heard of nor been to the Korner Bar before that, however they went into detail about all the new renovations. What I love about Hamtramck is the accessibility of the city. Parking is not too bad, everything is walking distance from each other. In all honesty, it’s the perfect city for a show. And being that this is a new bar, it would be amazing to have this special of a lineup perform there."

HID- Whats special about live music in your opinion?
Michael- "There are two things I find so special about live music: connecting and experience.
Connectivity: I have met some of the coolest people I know at live shows. Not just in the audience, but on stage as well. There are so many musicians that I have met that are the most down to earth people I’ve ever known. When I get the time, I want to spend more time hanging out with these people outside of shows.
Experience: This is where the “face melting” begins. When you’re in a room where the artists are playing like there’s no tomorrow, the audience is completely in sync with the moment, and you have escaped from the chains of reality… that is when your face truly melts. I find live shows to be so therapeutic when these three elements meet. Face melting isn’t about taking drugs or paying $500 on stubhub from a spineless scalper to see a show at the palace from a nose bleed seat…. No. Face Melting is a way of life."

~S .  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fall in Love with La La Land at New Center Park

We all have dreams and everyone falls in love, maybe that's why La La Land was such a big hit when it was released last year. The movie tells the story of, "two proper L.A. dreamers, a suavely charming soft-spoken jazz pianist and a brilliant vivacious playwright, while waiting for their big break, attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance." It stars Ryan Gosling alongside Emma Stone, two of the most charming actors in Hollywood right now. The film is a musical and has that old school vibe that you don't see on the silver screen now-a-days.

Tonight you can watch these stars under the stars at New Center Park in Detroit. The park will be showing La La Land as part of their Wednesday night movie series. We couldn't think of a better date night or movie to watch on a summer night! The movie will start at 9 p.m. and gates open at 8. Admission is free, but make sure you bring some money with you to purchase snacks and drinks from the bar & grill on site. For more info on New Center Park and this showing, click here


Win Tickets to Check Out Trigger, Boogie Knights, Glow and The Trip

If you like to rock, make your way to New Dodge Lounge this Friday night to check out Trigger. This band plays straight up rock and roll. As they put it, they explore "both heavy and soft sides of the genre". Trigger is made up of Nick James on Vocals and Guitar, Richard Fisher on Bass, Ian Shiemke on Drums and Scott Jasmund on Guitar. Give their song "Hard Times" a listen below.

Friday night Trigger will be joined by Boogie Knights, Glow and The Trip from Indianapolis. Cover for the show is $7 and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. We are also getting some people in the door for free for this one! We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Friday's show. To enter to win, send your name to with #trigger in the subject line. We will draw 2 lucky winners on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Good luck! 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Detroit Fleat Connects You To All of Your Favorite Food Trucks 6 Days A Week

Photos borrowed from Detroit Fleat's Facebook Page
Detroit Fleat is the first food truck inspired restaurant to come to Ferndale, Michigan. The idea behind the space is to have a solid core menu that is accentuated by the food trucks that literally pull up and park themselves until their food sells out for the day. They have indoor and outdoor seating and a large selection of food that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Detroit Fleat's core menu features a curated collection of tacos, sliders, and fries alongside a mixture of various sides, appetizers, and desserts. They have a full bar that can mix up a variety of specialty drinks, a beer and wine list, and the ability to pretty much make you whatever drink your heart desires. The in house menu is complimented by four permanent food trucks, Delectabowl, The Pita Post, The Mac Shack and Drifter Coffee. These trucks pull up and park at Detroit Fleat daily until they sell out for the day. But that's not all Detroit Fleat has to offer. they also have a list of visiting rucks that stop by on a rotating menu. You can view a full list of trucks that will be making a stop at Detroit Fleat here. Some of the upcoming visiting trucks include El Guapo, Nu Deli, and Matt and Mo's.
Detroit Fleat is closed on Mondays. They serve their house food from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. They have a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. till 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and the food trucks pull up around 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and leave when they sell out of food. We had a chance to visit a few weeks ago and were more than pleased with our experience.The drinks were strong, the service was good, the food was good and reasonably priced and the bathrooms were pleasantly clean and well kept, which was a very pleasant surprise. It was nice to sit outside and sample a variety of different treats from around town without having to track each truck down. We highly recommend checking out Detroit Fleat when you're in Ferndale. But,  remember it's not in downtown, it's a few blocks east of Woodward! So stop there on your way in to or out of the city. It's easy to park and easy to get in and out without a lot of hassle! I even stopped by and grabbed something to go on my way home last week! 


Feel the Music of Sweat this Friday at the Gloom Pride Release Show

This Friday, August 11th Sweat will release their long anticipated second album titled Gloom Pride.
The new album showcases a lot of growth for the group. The band stayed true to its heavy roots, but it also showcased a new understanding of writing and music composition on this recording. The vocals on this album meld so perfectly with the guitars that when you listen, you can literally feel the music instead of just hearing it. The group has stated that Gloom Pride deals with themes of anxiety and depression, but you don't need to know a single lyric to understand that because Krista's voice emotes passion and rage every time she opens her mouth. Sweat is not your typical band and Gloom Pride is not your typical album, both are a testament to hard work creativity and passion.

You can pick up a copy of the album and experience Sweat for yourself this Friday. They will be playing alongside Cloud Rat, Sunrot and God Root at The Trumbullplex in Detroit. Admission is a sliding scale with a $6- $10 suggested donation. Copies of Gloom Pride and tons of new merch will also be available at the show. Plus, our sponsors Suck It Suicide will be in house raising money for their very important cause.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend.  If this show is half as good as the album, we are all in for a treat!


Monday, August 7, 2017

The Hip Shop - The New Way to Shop Local Online

Here at Hip in Detroit we're all about keeping it local. We love to support local artists, musicians and business owners, and we're pretty sure most of our readers do too! Well, when we decided to revamp, we wanted to add a place that makes supporting and shopping local a little bit easier. Sure, you can shop small, go to local shows, and do your best to support small businesses when you're out and about. But sometimes it's not so easy to branch out that local support. You have your few favorites, but there are so many small businesses and Detroit area bands and musicians out there, that it's hard to keep track of them all. That's where The Hip Shop comes in!

The Hip Shop is a place where you can discover local bands and businesses right from the comfort of your couch or while you're playing around on your phone. Whether you're shopping for a gift, looking to check out some new music, or just trying to discover some local businesses, this is the place for you! We are working on partnering with as many artists, musicians, and shops as we can so it's sort of a Detroit based online mall. It's a place you can go when you feel like shopping and want to support people in your own community at the same time. The best part about it is that shopping through The Hip Shop won't cost you anything extra either. So, we're hoping it's an idea that you will all get behind and that we can all continue to help each other out!

So the next time you get the itch to buy something online, we encourage you to head over to and click on The Hip Shop tab at the top of the page. We're planning on adding more sellers to the shop daily! So check back often to see what's new and hopefully you'll discover a new local business or band that you didn't know about before!

If you are interested in being a part of The Hip Shop, send us an email at with Shop in the subject line and we'll get back to you with all of the details!


Catch the Detroit Party Marching Band LIVE @ The Ferndale Library this Tuesday

Have you ever been at a party or outdoor festival in Detroit and come across the Detroit Party Marching Band? If you have ever had the opportunity, you know how amazing it can be. Everyone that crosses their path starts dancing, celebrating and having more fun immediately. The only down side is that it can be hard to find them, they only stay in one place for a short amount of time and they are always moving.

That's why it's so cool that The Ferndale Library has locked down the band and invited them onto their property to perform live and in person at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, August 8th inside their garden. They are inviting the community to come out and watch the performance live and person for FREE right outside the library. This event is a part of the summer concert series that the Friends of Ferndale Library has been sponsoring all summer. If you would like to learn more about upcoming events at the library click here. They have all sorts of free events that you might enjoy throughout the year. 


Friday, August 4, 2017

Junk Food Junkies "Hot 'N' Ready" BBQ

This weekend Junk Food Junkies are releasing a new record and they're throwing a big party for the big release! They're having a cookout at Kelly's Bar in Hamtramck this Sunday evening and they've invited a TON of Detroit's best to join them. Some of the acts playing throughout the evening include Little Animal, JP from The HP, Carlos Ruiz, the Drinkard Sisters, and many more. You can check out the full lineup here. They will also be serving up some tasty food on the patio, making the night even sweeter!

Admission to this record release party is only $5. Junk Food Junkies will have their Hot 'N' Ready CDs available at the show along with some new merch. You can give the new album a listen on bandcamp here and check out the music video for the title track below.


Win Tickets to Ghostly's Spiritual America

Ghostly International is throwing another awesome party this weekend at El Club! This Saturday night, they will be bringing out Jacques Greene and Geotic along with Resident DJ Shigeto for their Spiritual America party. And, to make the night even cooler, Jacques and Geotic will be doing a record signing on the patio before the party kicks off inside!

Doors for this event are set to open at 9 p.m. Cover is only $5 in advance here. If you get to the club before 10 p.m. on Saturday, you will still be able to get in for $5 too! After that, the price will go up to $10. But, if you don't want to worry about what time you get to the show, you can enter to win a pair of tickets from us and then you'll get in for free no matter what time you show up! To enter to win, send your name to with #ghostly in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Messenger Birds Release "Around the Sun" this Weekend

This Saturday night The Messenger Birds will be taking over The Loving Touch to celebrate the release of their latest single, "Around the Sun". We've joked about The Messenger Birds being "just two guys" for awhile now, but the truth is that this is one of the best bands in Detroit! Their songs are catchy, but heavy. Their live show is energetic and entertaining. And, these "two guys" are some of the best around. We had a chance to chat with Chris & Parker from The Messenger Birds on our latest podcast and we were even lucky enough to leak that new single that they're releasing. You can check that podcast out below, and in case you don't have time to listen to the whole thing, "Around the Sun" hits at the end of the show.

Joining The Messenger Birds for their show on Saturday are Those Hounds, Red Stone Souls, Lung and The End of The Ocean. Admission is only $5 if you pick your tickets up in advance or $8 at the door on Saturday night. You can purchase your tickets online here. If you pick up a pre-sale ticket, not only will you save a few bucks, but you'll also be able to get exclusive happy hour specials at PORT, the awesome outdoor bar next door. The happy hour will run from 5-8 p.m. and will even feature a special "Around the Sun" drink.

Doors for the show are set to open at 8 p.m. and make sure you get there early because you will not want to miss any of this show! It's going to be an awesome night! We're stoked about it, you should be stoked about it, and The Messenger Birds are definitely stoked about it! They can't wait for you to come out and party Saturday night and they even came up with some dance moves that they want you to use at the show. Check those out, then boogie your way to The Loving Touch Saturday night! 


Man Eating Lion Headlines The Loving Touch Friday Night

This Friday night Fusion Shows is bringing a great show to the stage at The Loving Touch! Michigan's own Man Eating Lion will be headlining the show and they have a stacked lineup leading up to their set. They have invited out Our Vices, Loser and Pickwick Commons to share the stage with them, making for one heavy, bad ass night of music!

In case you aren't too familiar with Man Eating Lion, they're a four piece progressive alt rock band from the Detroit area. The band features Adam Barnett on guitar, Eric Kerkes behind the drums, Shawn Fisher on bass and Isaac Smith on vocals. You can get a feel for their sound by checking out their latest album Swine, Scissors and Twine here or watch the music video for "Pig Wings" off that album below.

Admission to Friday's show is $10 in advance or 12 bucks at the door. You can pick your tickets up in advance here. All ages are welcome to attend this one and doors are set to open at 7 p.m. For more info on this show, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

24 Hour Giveaway: Yung Lean and Sad Boys @ El Club

This Thursday night Yung Lean will be hitting the stage at El Club in Detroit. The Swedish Rapper is currently out on tour, making stops around the world in cities like London, Montreal and Brooklyn. Detroit is lucky enough to be one of those stops along the way. If you're not familiar with Yung Lean and his music, we suggest you head over to his soundcloud here.

Tickets for Yung Lean & Sad Boys' Detroit show on Thursday night are $25 in advance. You can pick yours up here. The night of the show, cover will be $27 at the door. Thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions and El Club we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win, send your name to with #yunglean in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


Win Tickets to Dance Friday Night Away at El Club with The Dropout!

At the beginning of the year we met up with The Dropout to talk about his new solo project. At the time, he was gearing up for his first performance at El Club, you can take a walk down memory lane and watch that interview here. Since then, Andrew, aka The Dropout, has been tearing up stages across Detroit. He played huge sets at Electric Forest and Buttcon. His sets are pretty crazy and are as visually pleasing as they are to dance to. He is one of that artists that puts in the effort and goes out of his way to take you on a melodic experience when you come out to see one of his live shows.
He will be taking the stage alongside SKYrise, High School Sweetheart, and House Coffee this Friday, August 4th. He was so happy with the success of his first show at El Club that he wanted to return to turn the dance floor into an even bigger dance party than last time. Tickets to attend the show are $10 and they can be purchased here.

We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to with the subject line #party. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday morning and they will get to attend the show for free. The Dropout is going to pull out all the stops for this show, including taking care of your rolling paper needs while you're out. Take the money you saved on the tickets and make sure to pick up some limited edition rolling papers at the show!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This Weekend Belle Isle Hosts its Second Annual Art Fair

The Belle Isle Art Fair will be returning to the state park for the second year in a row. The DIY art show is curated to host 100 different artists that create and sell a wide array of different wares. There will be a beer tent to get drinks at an alley of food trucks to visit for food.  There are also lots of cool things to do with the kids. You can see a full list of events and classes that will take place throughout the festival here

Bikes and pedicabs will be available for rental during the fair and it is free to get into the show, but you must have a state parking pass to be parked on the Isle. If you haven't purchased your pass yet visit this website here and get yourself set up now! The event will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  


Michelle Tanguay and Jade Lauren Debut the "Eyes Have It" at The TYP Collection this Saturday

Michelle Tanguay and Jade Lauren want to change your perception of the world as you know it. They know that the eyes are the windows to the soul and they want to reach deep inside of you by creating visually stimulating artwork that, "affirms the importance of taking risks and accepting vulnerability." The two artists are trying to create a, "dialogue that explores the discovery of self-worth, mindfulness, expectations, and perception.” Jade is a photographer who can usually be found behind the camera and Michelle is a painter that has had some of her work featured on some of the biggest walls in Detroit and the Eastern Market. Both women are strong, inspiring and innovative, which is why it will be amazing to see them team up to open their latest show called Eyes Have It at the TYP Collection this Saturday, August 5th.
The TPY Collection is located in Birmingham and the gallery opening will take place from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. this Saturday. To learn more about the TYP Collection visit their website here. To learn more about Michelle and her work click here and to learn more about Jade click here.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Win Tickets to See Spoon at The Fillmore

Texas indie rockers Spoon are coming to Detroit to play The Fillmore with Cherry Glazerr this Tuesday, August 1st. You officially have 24 hours to enter to win a pair of tickets to see the show live and in person. The band's latest album Hot Thoughts was released on Matador Records. You can listen to their new music and purchase the album here.

You can cop tickets to the show here, or you can email your full name to with the subject line #spoon. We will draw one lucky person and they will be at tomorrow night's show with a friend for free! Good luck, Spoon fans!


Check out Laura Finlay's Latest Gallery in Ferndale

The Ferndale Library is not your average library and Laura Finlay is not your average artist. So we're not surprised that they teamed up for her next show opening this Thursday, August 3rd.

The Ferndale Library hosts all sorts of amazing events throughout the year. They have weekly events for the kids and lots of special pop up events to celebrate the art and culture of Metro Detroit. They also have a really cool plant room in their building that you have to check out sometime. They have even become a music venue during DIY and other big Ferndale sponsored events. A lot of their events are free and they are always interesting. To keep up on what they are up to, you can follow them on Facebook or visit their website here.
Laura Finlay has shown her work all over town, including one of our favorite spots, The Red Bull House of Art. Her collages feature flowers and bright colors that immediately catch the eye. She is also a singer who performs with various musical acts around town, including the uber talented Audra Kubat. Laura oozes creativity and her galleries are always interesting.  You can follow her here to keep up with all of her adventures and you can come by the library this Thursday to check out what she does and congratulate her on another gallery opening.

The Ferndale Library is located on 9 Mile just east of Woodward. The opening party runs from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. on Thursday.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Pick Up Cheapshow's "The Things You'll Find When You Need Them The Most" from Dropping Bombs HC

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Cheapshow is a band that we absolutely love. They make fun punk rock songs with super witty titles and lyrics. You can check out some of their tunes on their bandcamp here. Earlier this spring the band put out their latest release, a three song EP entitled The Things You'll Find When You Need Them The Most. This was the follow up to the band's full length that was released back in 2015, I Hope This Is A Sign That Things Are Going Well. Well, now this new EP will not only be available to you online, but it is also being released as a limited plexiglass lathe cut record on Dropping Bombs HC. Here's what Cheapshow's frontman Vince Troia had to say about this new release.
"I always feel weird when I try to describe anything about Cheapshow. Like, I think everything we do is a little bit better and more exciting than what we did before. But that's just my opinion. I mean, I'm sure when Davey Havoc and Jade Puget finished Blaqk Audio's CexCells they were like "this is the best album we've ever created. It's not like we wrote Black Sails In The Sunset or anything."

The Things You'll Find When You Need Them The Most isn't only our first follow up EP to I Hope This Is A Sign That Things A Going Well, but also a continuation of a story. I Hope's installment tells the story of how a relationship decays and then affect an individual, where this EP tells the story of when you meet the person that pulls you out of that post-breakup slump.

All of us at camp Cheapshow and Dropping Bombs are super stoked on this release, and we hope you are too!"
The new record is available for pre-order starting today and the physical copies will be shipped out in September. You can reserve your copy by heading over to the Dropping Bombs store here. To get a preview of what you will hear on that record once it comes in the mail, stream the EP via bandcamp below. 


Win Tickets to See The Drums with Ne-Hi at El Club

New York based The Drums just released a new album earlier this summer via Anti- Records. This is the fourth studio album from the project fronted by Johnny Pierce. Now The Drums are out on tour in support of this new album and they're headed to Detroit next week!

The Drums are set to play El Club on Monday, July 31st. Also playing that night is Ne-Hi. Tickets for this show are $15 and can be purchased in advance here. The night of the show, the price will go up to $18 at the door. We are also giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to this show! To enter to win, send your name to with #drums in the subject. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Win Tickets to See Neurosis with Converge and Amenra

This weekend St. Andrew's Hall is bringing an awesome lineup to their stage! Neurosis is headed to town along with Converge and Amenra. The three bands are currently on a summer tour together that just kicked off this week. After a couple of nights in Chicago, the bands will be hitting the stage in Detroit this Saturday, July 29th.

Tickets for the show are $27.50 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets from Hip in Detroit and Live Nation Detroit. To enter to win, send your name to with #neurosis in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into St. Andrew's that night with a friend for free.

Check out Neurosis' latest album Fires Within Fires here. Amenra recently released a split with Raketkanon that you can pick up here. And Converge has a couple of new songs that just came out, you can check those out here. Make sure you also watch the music video for Converge's new song "I Can Tell You About Pain". We think you just might recognize some familiar faces in this one.


Win Tickets to the Piebald "You're Part Of It" Tour

Last summer Piebald announced that they would be reuniting, about 8 years after calling it quits. The Massachusetts based band got their start back in the mid '90s and and kept making and playing music together all the way up until they released their last album in 2007 and then broke up in 2008. They got back together to play a some festivals in 2010, but that reunion didn't last long. Well, last August Piebald announced that they were getting the band back together and hitting the road to play their songs that fans love so much. Unfortunately Detroit didn't get a stop on that tour, but now the band is back on the road and they're making a stop in Detroit for their "You're a Part of It" tour.

Piebald will be hitting the stage this Friday night at The Shelter. Joining them for the night are Michigan's own Baggage. Tickets for the show are $22.50 each or if you buy a 4 pack, they come out to $15 a piece. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Thanks to our friends at The Shelter and at Live Nation Detroit, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, email us at with your name in the body and #piebald in the subject. We will draw our winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

This is going to be an awesome show and who knows when you'll get to see Piebald again! We're sure this one will sell out, so if you don't win those tickets on Friday morning, make sure you snatch some up ahead of time or get to the show earlier in the night. Doors for this one are set to open at 6:30 p.m. and all ages are welcome.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See the Melvins

The Melvins are a band that needs no introduction. They have a huge fan base and are considered to be legends by many. This Thursday night you have the chance to see this band at one of our favorite venues and one of the more intimate venues around town, El Club. We have yet to see a bad show at El Club, and since it's a Melvins show, we're pretty sure it will be epic!

Thursday night the Melvins will be joined by their tour mates Spotlights. Tickets for the show are only $20. You can purchase yours in advance here. Lucky for you, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win those tickets, send your name over to with #melvins in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

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



Haute to Death Goes on a Summer Tour

For the last ten years Haute to Death has been throwing the best dance parties in town. The only complaint that we ever had about one of their parties was how packed it would get. So, I was glad to hear that they are taking the show on the road and going  on a mystery summer tour this year, leading up to their 10 year anniversary party this October.

They announced the first of three dance parties that they will host over the summer at different venues. The first stop on their summer tour will take place this Saturday, July 29th at El Club. This venue features an indoor and outdoor space and one of the best sounds systems in town as well as a great full bar and a kitchen that cooks up some unique pizzas and snacks. It is the perfect place for Haute to Death to take over for the night!

Tickets to get into the event are $3 before midnight and $5 after the clock strikes twelve. Twenty one and over are welcome  to come out to play and the fun starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Don't Miss the Next Opening at the Red Bull House of Art this Friday

The next gallery will be opening at the Red Bull House of Art this Friday. This show will feature works from Jose Mertz, a Miami based artist who works in traditional drawing and painting as well as graphic and product design, Felicia Forte, an oil painter from Detroit, and Steve Kim, an artist and illustrator from Korea.
These three artists have spent the last three months living in Detroit and putting together this show. The gallery will open at 7 p.m. this Friday to show off all of their hard work. It is free to get in and Red Bull will be handing out complimentary drink to those that are 21 and over. The gallery opening will run through 10 p.m. this Friday and will be available to check out on Saturdays during normal gallery hours for the next few weeks.To learn more about the Red Bull House of Art, visit their website here. See you at the opening on Friday!


Hip in Detroit Talks to Assemble Live at 6 PM this Sunday!

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Every month goes live on for almost two hours to talk about all the hip things that are going on in and around the City of Detroit. The podcast, which is sponsored by M-1 Studios, is a chance for us to feature some of Detroit's biggest movers and shakers. We can go in depth with these guests and learn more about who they are and what they do. If you would like to check out some of our previous podcasts you can re-listen to any of our past shows anytime from any device here. Or, you can tune in live this Sunday, July 30th to hear us talk about one of the city's coolest collectives, Assemble Sound.

Assemble Sound is a music collective that was established inside the old black church next to the train station. It has been helping some of the best artists in Detroit come together to create new music and, if they're lucky, make a little money and maybe a career out of their passion. They recently received a grant that will keep them in business for the foreseeable future, which is a good thing for all of us because their roster includes artists like Flint Eastwood, Syblyng, Tunde Olaniran, James Linck, Passalacqua, Nigel, and many many more names that you have heard us mention over the years. Join us as we go in depth with the minds behind this creative force that has been pushing the Detroit musical community forward by bringing people together in a whole new way.

We have also invited our friends and sponsors The Messenger Birds in the studio to talk about their upcoming single release party at The Loving Touch on August 5th. They will be giving us all the details about the new single "Around the Sun" and will chat with us about some of the fun things they plan to do before the end of the summer.

You can tune in live on Sunday, July 30th at 6 p.m. by visiting and clicking the link for studio 2. If you miss that live broadcast, we will be replaying that podcast and all of our other podcasts here!