Tuesday, October 31, 2017

See the Classic "Nosferatu" with a New Score

In 1922, German Film Director F. W. Murnau created Nosferatu. It is an unauthorized adaptation of the previously released Bram Stoker's Dracula, and known as one of the most terrifying versions ever made. It tells the story of a vampire called Nosferatu and Count Orlok and it was created in the mountains of Transylvania in 1921. Even if you aren't familiar with the film or the characters, we're sure you have seen  images from the movie over the years.
Tonight you have the chance to see this iconic silent film with a new soundtrack. Members of Ancient Language have teamed up with the Andrew Alden Ensemble to create a new score for the film. They have been playing the score live with the movie in several cities and tonight they will be performing in Hamtramck at Ant Hall. This will be an awesome experience and is the perfect way to spend Halloween night.

Admission to tonight's event is free. Doors are set to open 8 p.m., but the bar at Ghost Light will be open at 7. Nosferatu is set to start at 9 p.m. For more info on this event, click here.


Check Out the Green Daffodil Artist Market this Saturday!

The Green Daffodil is a female-owned business in Ferndale that features handmade eco-friendly bar and body products that are made in-house by co-owners Siouxsan and Anne. Their products and candles come in a variety of unique smells that they have created. When you walk in your sense are transported to another place and it's hard to leave without making a purchase, especially because the store also features a small curated line of gift items that are also for purchase. If you have never stopped by the studio during their open hours you need to put it on your to-do list!

Or, you can make a point to stop in this Saturday to check it out during their holiday artist market. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday the studio will be open and there will be a bunch of guest vendors in-house to help you get your holiday shopping started with a bang. This includes unique local pottery, textile, and jewelry makers. This is the kind of event that you attend if you want to buy something special for someone.
The studio is located at 624 Livernois and its normal hours are from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 to 4 on Saturdays. So, if you cant make it out to this one, make sure you stop by soon. We love this local female owned and operated the company and we know once you stop in you will too! 


Monday, October 30, 2017

Spend Devil's Night at Jumbo's with Dark Thoughts, Devious Ones and more!

Here in Detroit we have a night that doesn't exist in most other places in the world. It started as a night of destruction and vandalism. Now, for many it has become another night to celebrate, sort of a  Halloween eve. It's Devil's Night and tonight we found the perfect way for you to celebrate this evil holiday.

Tonight at Jumbo's in Detroit they are hosting a Devil's Night show with a great lineup of bands. The bill includes Dark Thoughts from Philly along with Detroit's own Devious Ones, Peach Pit and Teener. You can check out tracks from each of the bands below to get a feel for what the evening has in store for you.

Tonight's show is set to kick off at 8 p.m. Jumbo's is located at 3736 3rd Street in Detroit. Make sure you get there early and stay late, you don't want to miss any of these bands! Stay safe out there tonight, you little devils!


Explore Detroit with "Watering Holes: Your Guide to Detroit's Bars, Pubs and Taverns "

Do you have a friend or family member that is always asking you 'whats hip in Detroit these days?' Do you want to try out all the best bars and restaurants in the city? Do you need a quick guide to help you pick a place when you have a friend in town and you want to treat them to a night out in the city? If you have experienced any of these aforementioned problems, we have a cool solution for you. 

There is a new book on the market called Watering Holes- Your Guide to Detroit's Bars, Pubs, and Taverns that will help you out. This cool new guide was the brainchild of Michael Kline, a local photographer who put together the really cool book. This handy guide has tons of useful information, pictures and fun facts about all of Detroit's most notable spots, including the newest up and comers.  It's easy to use and the perfect gift to give someone who wants to take a tour of the bar and nightlife in our city. It's also a great way to help a visitor make sure that they have a great time while they are in town. My favorite part about this book is the checklist at the top, it makes it easy to skim through and find what you are looking for on the fly. 

We reached out to Mike Kline to find out more about this project. Check out what he has to say and pick up a copy for someone who is ready to get out there and explore! 
HID- What inspired you to create this guide?
Mike Kline- "Since I am in Detroit often with my work as a photographer, I had friends who were less familiar with the city asking me for recommendations of places to go. Of course, I had a few places I liked, but figured there were more. I did a little research looking for some sort of guide and didn't find anything. This was my cue to take action. I started the design process and began the adventure of discovery as I realized how many amazing places there were around Detroit."

HID- Who was this book written for?
Mike Kline- "The audience for the book is anyone who lives or works in downtown Detroit, and anyone who goes to Detroit for a game, show, concert, event, or adventure. Detroit is being recognized on the national stage for its food - National Geographic named Detroit as the best-unexpected city for food lovers in North America, and the New York Times placed Detroit at #9 on their list of places to go in 2017. My book is there to help people find some of these wonderful places, and get more comfortable exploring the city."

HID- Do you have a background in photography? What inspired you to take all the photos for the book yourself?
Mike Kline- "I have been a full-time freelance photographer since 2014, doing everything from scenic landscapes to corporate headshots, and my work has been published around the world. It is my passion. I am happy when I have a camera in my hand. As I began designing the layout of the book, I decided each bar needed their own page, complete with a picture of the outside. Getting all of the pictures how I wanted them took nearly as much time as the research itself.

HID- What is your favorite place to grab a beer in Detroit and why?
Mike Kline- "If I am getting just a beer, it depends on the where I am at in the city. Motor City Brewing Works has been a long time favorite, as has Detroit Beer Company. If I want a good, fresh IPA, I will pop in one or the other - both make their beers in-house and are consistently excellent. If I am up Woodward and need a cold one - I often stop the bar at Garden Bowl for something on draft. They always have something good, they keep it cold, and I can drink while watching the activity on Woodward. If I am somewhere in the middle - around Campus Martius, I find my way to Grand Trunk - a great throwback to old Detroit. Finally, If I am over in or near Corktown, PJ's Lager House because the beer is cold and the bar is friendly and cool."

HID- What is your favorite place to grab a cocktail?
Mike Kline- "Again, it's hard to pick just one. The Sugar House in Corktown serves up a cocktail with an education and a show. I haven't had anything I didn't like there. Gold Cash Gold is where I found out I like bourbon - didn't know it until I had a Gold Rush. Grey Ghost and the Republic Tavern are also up there on my list of places for a solid cocktail, and Our/Detroit has the best Moscow Mule in the city.

HID- What is your favorite pub or bar food around town?
Mike Kline- "I like a good stuffed burger from Cutter's in Eastern Market - especially the Greek. It's filled with feta cheese and red onion. I get my BBQ at Cobo Joe's - nice and tender meats and excellent flavor. Wings are going to be from either the Michigan-bourbon wings at PizzaPapalis in Greektown, or over the tangy-zesty wings at They Say down on Joseph Campau. Finally, Green Dot Stables is always good for a variety of sliders."

HID- What is the biggest misconception that people have of the City of Detroit?
Mike Kline- "It seems like a lot of people, mostly from the 'burbs, think you can only be a food/bar tourist in Greektown or right by the sports arenas. If you limit yourself to those areas, you will miss so much! Detroit is filled with great places to eat and drink. I also get asked about safety a lot. It's a big city - as with anywhere, be aware of your surroundings. I have spent thousands of hours in the city without any issues."

HID- How can someone get the book?
Mike Kline- "The guide can be ordered through www.wateringholesbook.com, or through Facebook: www.facebook.com/WateringHolesDetroit/. They are $20 each, plus $4 for shipping. There are two places in Detroit currently carrying a stock of the books for sale; PJ's Lager House in Corktown, and Calumet Market & Spirits in Tower 300 of the Renaissance Center. Of course, an e-mail inquiry to info@wateringholesbook.com will work, too. I will also be selling/signing books at Batch Brewing Company on November 15th from 4 - 9 p.m. if you want to come by and get signed copy in person." 


Friday, October 27, 2017

Hip in Detroit Chats with Travis Wright on November 4th!

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A lot of you may have heard of Travis Wright, but we guarantee you that most of you have heard his voice more than once. For around 10 years Travis was the voice of Detroit's music and culture scene on WDET. Throughout his career on the station, he interviewed hundreds of Detroiters and helped set the tone for music and culture around the area. His interviews were always thoughtful, interesting and engaging. We even had the chance to chat with him before he stepped down to pursue new things late last year.

It has been a while since he left the radio and we miss hearing his voice and getting his perspective on the city so we reached out and asked Travis to come sit down with us and let us turn the tables on him. Sunday, November 5th Hip in Detroit will be sitting down with one of the most recognizable names in Detroit radio to talk about his career, his thoughts on the city, and what he is up to these days. You can tune in live on PodcastDetroit.com from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tune in to hear one of our favorite voices in Detroit radio return to the thing he does best!


Hip in Detroit Talks 10 Years with PJ from PJ's Lager House

PJ's Lager House is a staple of Corktown. It's a great place to grab a drink, have a meal, and to hear live music. The space originally opened in 1914 as a neighborhood bakery and restaurant, it was a "furniture store" during prohibition, a beer garden in the in the 50's and the birthplace of garage rock in the 90's. 10 years ago its current owner PJ, bought the space and continued the space's long tradition of serving up some of the best up and coming rock and roll musical acts in town. He also once again established the space as a restaurant that he made famous with his gumbo and curated vegetarian menu.

This Saturday he will celebrate 10 years of ownership by serving up some free food and good music with admission. The bill for the night includes some great local acts like Duende!, Lac La Belle, and Craig Brown Band. We took this opportunity to sit down with PJ for a long chat on a couch that was given to him for his green room by The Hard Lessons once upon a time. We suggest you take the time to listen to our interview with PJ and stop by the party this Saturday to congratulate the entire staff on 10 awesome years. We truly hope that despite what he says, we have at least 10 more!

$10 gets you in and feeds you. Doors for this one open at 6 p.m. this Saturday and the music starts at 6:30 sharp.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Get Spooky at the Cinema this Weekend

If you want to get in the Halloween spirit this weekend, but you're not too into costumes or cover shows, maybe seeing a spooky flick on the big screen is more your style! Some of the movie theatres around town are playing your favorite creepy classics this weekend, from Rocky Horror Picture Show to Psycho.

First on our list is Alfred Hitchock's Psycho, playing at The Redford Theatre. The classic thriller will be shown on Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and there is also a matinee screening on Saturday at 2 p.m Tickets for the show are only $5 and can be purchased in advance here. Don't forget to get there early to hear the eerily beautiful sounds of the Barton Organ before the show!

Also showing at The Redford Theatre this weekend is Halloween. The 1978 film featuring Michael Myers will be shown at a special late night screening at 11:30 p.m. Tickets for this movie are also only $5, you can purchase yours in advance here.

If fishnets and fun is more your thing, you can also check out The Rocky Horror Picture Show this weekend. This fan favorite is playing at Cinema Detroit on Friday, Saturday and on Halloween night. There are showings at 10 p.m. each night, as well as 7:45 on Friday and Tuesday, and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Costumes are encouraged, but there are some rules to follow at these showings. You can get that info and pick up tickets here. You can also check out Rocky Horror at the Main Art's Midnight Madness on Friday and Saturday night. For more info on that, click here.

Head to the Senate Theatre if you want to howl at the moon with American Werewolf in London. The theatre will be playing this film on Friday night at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $5 and doors open at 7 p.m.

On Saturday night the Senate will be playing a double feature, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. This is about as classic as it gets! The movies will start at 8 p.m. and admission to see these two films is $10. For more info, click here


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Weakend Reunites This Weekend

If you grew up going to shows in the Detroit area in the early 2000's, you probably know of The Weakend. If that name doesn't sound familiar, chances are that you're at least familiar with the guys in the band, Andrew Loehr, James Walmsley, Jeff Supina, Brian Connelly, Mark Smak and Joe Walmsley. Well this weekend you have the chance to see The Weakend on stage once again!

This Saturday night The Weakend will be playing at The Magic Stick in Detroit. They will be releasing two of their past EPs on cassette and they will be celebrating Halloween too, because why not? Joining them for the evening are Undesirable People and Young Hunger, another band comprised of guys that were in bands that you listened to when you were just a little bit younger. We're sure this show will be an absolute blast and a bit of a blast from the past.

So make your way to the Stick this Saturday night. Cover is $10 and all ages are welcome, although we're pretty sure there won't be very many people under 21 at this one. For more info on this show and to stay in the loop the day of the show, head over to the Facebook event page here.

Avalon Now Offers Beer with Your Bread

Since Avalon International Breads opened up shop, they have been known for their great breads, amazing baked goods, and of course, their Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. Over the past two decades they have been a popular destination in Midtown, at their original location on Willis Street. But now the company is growing. They have expanded to five locations, four in Detroit and one in Ann Arbor. One of those Detroit locations is located right on Woodward near Campus Martius Park.
Avalon Cafe + Bakery still offers the favorites that you can find at the original shop on Willis, but they also offer an extended menu, including pizza, avocado toast, wine and beer. This shop offers four beers on tap, including an exclusive brew made by Jolly Pumpkin just for Avalon. The beer is called Eye of Horus and it even includes Avalon's bread in the ingredients! For those beer aficionados, this is a rich red ale with a tart flavor. In addition to Avalon's bread, it also includes dates, honey and spices. It's definitely worth a try for those craft beer lovers! Currently the taps also feature a cider, a coffee ale and an IPA.

We recently had a chance to head out and check out the Cafe + Bakery. While we were there we tried the Eye of Horus, the Nomad Cider and a Mushroom Pizza with Goat Cheese and we were definitely pleasantly surprised. We have seen the new Avalon on Woodward before, but didn't realize that this location had so much to offer. This is definitely a place worth checking out whether you are grabbing a drink, in the mood for a craft pizza, or even if you want to go old school and grab a coffee and treat from the bakery. They have something for everyone!

If you would like to try Avalon and their new beers out for yourself, we are giving away a $10 gift card to 2 lucky readers. To enter to win, send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #avalon in the subject line. We will draw our two winners on Monday morning.

Avalon Cafe + Bakery is located at 1049 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. For a list of all of their locations and to check out their menu, click here.


Haute to Death Celebrates Their Diamond Anniversary

Traditionally couples called their 10th anniversary their tin or aluminum anniversary and celebrated it by giving each other something shiny. But, over the years, the go to 10-year anniversary gift has become diamonds. These beautiful stones are the perfect way to celebrate ten years because they are beautiful, rare, and meaningful, kinda like a Haute to Death Party.  H2D has proven itself to be an indestructible force that defines art, culture, and nightlife in Detroit. They have always been ahead of the curve, all-inclusive, and fun to dress up and flash around your weekend's best at. They have outlasted bands, venues, and bars and throughout it all, they have kept the dance floor moving. They spent the summer traveling around town and throwing pool parties in preparation for this weekend's big 10-year celebration and it promises to be one to remember.

This Saturday, October 28th Ash and Jon would like to invite you to join them on the dance floor to celebrate. They will be celebrating all the things they have done in the past and all the things they plan to do in the future. Their ten-year bash will take place at The New Perfect Beat located at 1941 Fort Street. Tickets to attend the bash are $10 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also get tickets at the door, but this venue is cash only so make sure you stop at the ATM before you hit the party.

We also have one pair of tickets to give away to this one courtesy of H2D themselves. If you would like to walk up and say "guest list" this Saturday, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #10.  We will draw one lucky person to come out and play this Saturday. Oh, btw, costumes are highly encouraged for this one, it is Halloween weekend after all!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Win Tickets to See Ariel Pink with Bite Marx

Last month Ariel Pink released his latest record, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, and now he is out on tour in support of that album. He is headed to town to play El Club this coming Sunday, October 29th along with Bite Marx. Tickets for the show are $25.75 in advance and that includes a free digital download of the new record. Check out the title track off the new album below then click here to purchase your tickets to the show.

Thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions and El Club we are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #pink 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. on Sunday and all ages are welcome. 


Creepy Cheapy 10 this Friday!

Over the last ten years, Creepy Cheapy has established itself as the most ridiculous, over the top, balls to the wall Halloween party in town. It's a solid night of wandering from room to room and from stage to stage watching some of Detroit's most prominent acts play dress up and cover some of everyone's all time favorite musicians. Thousands of people come out to the party and there is something to see every way you turn once you're inside the complex. The event is meant to overwhelm your senses and show you a once in a lifetime experience. Everyone comes in costume and everyone comes out looking to have a good time.

For the 10th anniversary, they have put together a good lineup and added a really cool new feature to the lineup, cover stand up comedy. This year's lineup includes The Messenger Birds as The Strokes, Shapes and Colors as U2, Eddie Logix as Will Smith, Broadzilla as L7, and Joshua and James as Big Boy Records! To see the full lineup for the night click here. There are also a bunch of people doing stand up comedy including Jon Lynch as Aziz Ansari and Brett Mercer as Mitch Hedburg. They will also have their famous candy eating contest and a few other surprises throughout the night. But, there is a catch. They can only fit so many people in the place and it has been consistently selling out each year. So, if you don't buy a ticket in advance or get there early you might not get in at all.  So don't sit around your house pre-drinking and fixing your makeup for three hours! Throw a costume on this Friday, October 27th and get your ass up to The Crofoot at 7 pm this Friday to ensure that you get in!


Monday, October 23, 2017

Win Tickets to See Boris' 25th Anniversary Tour

It has been 25 years since Boris hit the scene and they're not going anywhere anytime soon! The Tokyo based band just released a new album this summer, their 24th overall release and 23rd studio release. The new album is called Dear, you can check out the song "The Power" off the new album below.

Boris is bringing their 25th Anniversary tour to Detroit this Wednesday, October 25th. They will be hitting the stage at El Club in Southwest Detroit along with Helms Alee and ENDON. This will be an amazing show that you won't want to miss! Tickets for the show are $18 in advance and you can pick yours up here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show from Party Store Productions and Black Iris Booking. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #boris in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and all ages are welcome. For more info, click here.


Covenfest Celebrates Halloween and Raises Money for a Good Cause this Friday at Small's!

There are a million different cover shows this time of the year, but very few of them offer as diverse of a lineup and raise money for as good of a cause as this year's Covenfest. The annual party is returning to Small's for the third year in a row with a great lineup to raise money for yet another great cause. This year the profits from the event will go to the Ruth Ellis Center, a nonprofit that helps LBGTQ youth in the city. We reached out to organizer Lainie Beth to learn more about the show, here is what she has to say: 

HID-Why did you start doing Covenfest?
Lainie- "Melody and I wanted to give back to the community and bring a diverse group of musicians together, create a great vibe and have fun. Halloween is my favorite holiday and the things I did as a younger person around Halloween weren’t as appealing anymore so we created our own party!"

HID-What does the event raise money for?
Lainie- "The event has raised money to test the backlog of rape kits in Wayne County through Enough Said and for Turning Point a domestic violence shelter. We want to support women and LBGTQ people by coming together and having fun and raising awareness and cash."

HID-Why did you pick this charity?
Lainie- "This year it is the Ruth Ellis Center, which has a location in Highland Park and a house in Detroit. They serve LBGTQ teens who are at a higher risk for homelessness. They offer housing, community, laundry, therapy, classes... it’s a very cool and needed place."

HID-How did you choose the lineup?
Lainie- "We let the artists choose who they cover! This year The School of Rock Rochester house band is doing Bowie, Daisy's are covering Green Day, Nique Love Rhodes and the NLR Experience is coveting Kanye, and Party Zeppelin is doing their femme Led Zeppelin set and Glamzig is of course headlining."

HID-What kind of items can we bid on during the silent auction?
Lainie- "SO MUCH GOOD STUFF, tattoos from My Little Needle, Chroma Tattoo, and Iconic Detroit. Piercing from Rich at Iconic. Mitten Crate boxes of Michigan made treats, a Blumz gift basket and gift certificate, concert tickets, a gift card from Antonino salon in Birmingham, art from Andrea Burg, Julia Letters, and Angie Coe, there's also a girls tick swag bag and more!"

Doors for this Friday's show are at 8 p.m. and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. That means that you are more than welcome to come out and party if you are hard up for some cash, and you are even more welcome to donate more than the suggested amount if you can spare it. This is definitely one of our favorite charities and we would like to see them get as much money as they can! Don't forget to bring a little extra to bid on some of the silent auction items!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Get the Scoop on Planet Ant, Ant Hall and Ghost Light and Find Out How You Can Help Them Grow

Planet Ant has been a staple in Hamtramck since it opened back in the '90s. The venue originally started out as a coffee house that featured live music 6 nights a week, but soon transitioned into a theatric venue that features different plays, stand-up comedians, and improv shows throughout the year. They have launched the careers of some of Detroit's biggest stars and taught hundreds of people the art of improv, performance and live theatre. The Ant hosts tons of different classes where you can learn about the art of live performance as well as see a live show featuring some of Detroit's best local performers.

The non-profit has had its ups and downs throughout the years, but they have been making some huge moves over the last year to expand their brand and give the local artist a bigger platform to reach a whole new audience. Last year they tripled their brand by purchasing two buildings across the street to expand their ability to cater to the local artistic community. They purchased Ghost Light Bar and Ant Hall, two buildings conveniently located across from their original Planet Ant location. Each of the new rooms offer new opportunities for Planet Ant. The opening of these two new spaces also marks the groups renewed commitment to musical art. They have been hosting live music in both spaces since they opened their doors. The new spaces are awesome and even though they are still pretty raw, they have been huge additions to the Detroit music community. If you haven't caught a show there, you can check out an updated list here and make a point to hit one soon. 

Planet Ant is hoping to continue their growth by raising enough money to turn the hall into a fully functioning theatre. But, in order to get a grant that they have been "awarded", they need to match the donation. This means that to finally finish off the project they need to raise enough money to match the grant and they only have a few more days to do it. If the space doesn't raise $35 grand by the 31st of this month, they don't get the other $35 grand that The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is potentially offering up.  

We met with Darren Shelton, the current executive director of the non-profit, to get the history of the space and their mission. Check out our interview with him and then head over here to make a donation. We would love to see this space grow and continue to be a place for artists to get together and create in our community. Plus, it's a great place to see a show!


See Superdrag, Weezer and Dinosaur Jr. at PJ's Lager House

Around Detroit, Halloween is a big deal! It's no secret that we kind of celebrate the holiday for the entire month of October, with great parties, streets full of homes decked out with spooky decor, and, of course, Halloween cover shows. Having Detroit bands play as their favorite bands has become kind of a big deal in the Detroit area and we don't mean just an average cover band in a bar playing chart toppers. We mean bands transforming into their favorite artists for the night and truly paying tribute to them.

Over the years there have been quite a few of these types of shows popping up around town. This year, one of the first of the season is happening this Friday night at PJ's Lager House. It has one of the best line ups too! Performances for the night include THE SEEDS (members of The Vonneguts, The Q), WEEZER (The Ill Itches), SUPERDRAG (members of Destroy This Place, Ryan Allen and his Extra Arms, Thunderbirds Are Now!), BOB SEGER SYSTEM (members of Hemlock Park and others), DINOSAUR JR (former member of Woodman/Octagrape and others), LOVE (members of Deadly Vipers, Moonwalks) and HARRY NILSSON (members of Tin Foil, Moonwalks, Eroders). It should be a super fun night, full of great music!

Cover to get into the Lager House's cover show is only $4, which is quite the steal! It is a Halloween show, so of course costumes are encouraged. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. and the first band hits the stage at 10. For more info on the show and for set times, head over to the Facebook event page here.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Get Spooky with TechShop Detroit this Monday!

Get in the Halloween spirit this Monday night at TechShop Detroit! The DIY workshop will be opening its doors to the public for a night of spooky fun! The event is free to attend and is open to all ages. This is a great opportunity to get a look inside TechShop, which is a member based work space that gives you access to all sorts of cool tools and machines to use on your project.

During Monday's event you will have a chance to tour TechShop's facilities and walk through the member built "Haunted Cemetery". You'll also get a chance to play games, build things, dance to some spooky tunes and even watch some classic horror flicks on their big screen. During the event TechShop will also be attempting to break a Guiness World Record for fastest pumpkin carving! It should be a super fun event and the best part about it is that it's free to attend!

The party runs from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, October 23rd. Costumes are encouraged and they will even be having a costume contest! For more information on the Halloween Party and Open House, click here. For more info on TechShop Detroit and their upcoming events, click here.


Win Tickets to See Bad Suns at St. Andrew's Hall

Bad Suns are currently out on their "Love Like Revenge Fall Tour" and they're making a stop in Detroit this Saturday, October 21st. The LA based band sites The Cure and Elvis Costello as major influences. Get a feel for their sound by giving their sophomore album Disappear Here a listen. You can also check out the video for the title track off that album below.

Joining Bad Suns at St. Andrew's Hall on Saturday night are Hunny and QTY. Tickets for the show start at $20 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #badsuns in the subject line. 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 and all ages are welcome. 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Win Tickets to See Algiers at El Club

This Friday night Party Store Productions brings Algiers to the stage at El Club! The Atlanta based band just recently released a new album called The Underside of Power, their sophomore album. The release has been getting great reviews, you can check out the title track for yourself below.

Algiers is playing El Club this Friday night along with Mourning A BLKstar and Nandi Comer. Tickets for the show are only $13 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, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #algiers in the subject line. We will draw a winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

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


Win Tickets to See Chelsea Wolfe

Last year I caught Chelsea Wolfe at El Club.  As she was performing I closed my eyes and listened to her sing through the killer sound system inside the space and for a moment I was transported to a magical place.  Chelsea's music is dark, haunting, beautiful and raw.  Her voice is unique, primal and unforgettable. Her entire catalog is worth checking out, but her newer music is much heavier and even rawer. Her live performance is, even more eerie and something you must experience.

You can watch her perform live this Sunday, October 22nd. Youth Code will be opening the show and tickets to attend are $18 in advance, you can purchase them here.  You can also win a pair of tickets to attend the show by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #wolfepack. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get to experience Chelsea's haunting performance in person. This is the perfect way to get in the mood for Halloween!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celebrate 2 Years of Cellarmen's this Tuesday Night

This Tuesday night head to Hazel Park to celebrate 2 years of Cellarmen's! It's hard to believe it has been two years since we had a chance to get a sneak peak of the new brewery that was going to help make Hazel Park the new hip town in Metro Detroit. Since then, this place has become hugely popular. They host some amazing shows, have their very own comedy night, and continue to make great beer, cider and mead.

For the brewery's big anniversary they are doing what they do best and releasing some special new brews. One of those is the new Watermelon Saffron Mead, their special "Gold" Bottle Release. They will also have Imperial's new food truck on site, so you can pick up some delicious tacos to go with your beverages.

The anniversary party runs from 5 p.m. until midnight, this Tuesday, October 17th. Cellarmen's is located in Hazel Park at 24310 John R. To see a full list of upcoming events at Cellarmen's, head over to Cellarmens.com or give them a like on Facebook here.

We'd like to congratulate the guys at Cellarmen's on 2 years! We wish you continued success! Cheers!


Win Tickets to See Ghostface Killah

Everyone knows that Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck with, so don't fuck around. Go see Ghostface Killah when he comes to town to play El Club this Thursday. The New York-born hip-hop artist rose to fame with Wu-Tang's album 36 Chambers and went on to record 12 solo albums. When people talk about the greatest MCs of all time, his name is definitely mentioned. Which means that when you get the chance to see him spit it live, you take it.

Ghostface Killah will perform live at El Club this Thursday alongside King Visionary and DJ Sicari. Tickets to attend the show are $30 and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions. To enter, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #killah. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Win Tickets to Rock Out with The God of Party Mr. Andrew W.K.

2017 hasn't been the easiest year. It started off with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump and has consisted of lots of big natural disasters, heart wrenching injustices, mass shootings, and the loss of some really big musical talents. It's been hard to turn away from all of the bad news and just kick back, sometimes you need to let loose and party. There is no better way to do that then to rock the fuck out with the king of the party, Andrew W.K!

The Party Never Dies Tour is taking over Detroit this Wednesday, October 18th. Mr. W.K. will be playing with his full band and Downtown Brown will be opening the show. Tickets to attend the event range from $10 to $26. You can purchase advance tickets here. You can also win a pair of tickets to party till you puke by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #cantstopwontstop. We will draw one lucky person this Wednesday morning and they will get to bring a friend to the party on Wednesday night for free! 


Friday, October 13, 2017

Win Tickets to See Elder with King Buffalo and Bison Machine

This Sunday night, Party Store Productions brings Elder to the stage at El Club! The Massachusetts based band just released their latest album over the summer. Reflections of a Floating World is the fourth full length from Elder. You can give it a listen below.

After releasing the new album, Elder headed out on a European tour with King Buffalo. Now the two just kicked off a North American tour earlier this week. So far the first few shows have sold out, so we're sure the Detroit date will follow that trend. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you're feeling lucky and would like to enter to win those tickets, send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #elder in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free. 

Detroit's own Bison Machine is joining Elder and King Buffalo for this one. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome. 


Spend Your Friday The 13th with Jason Voorhees

It doesn't get much spookier than Friday the 13th in October and this Friday is just that! Watch out for black cats crossing your path, don't step on those cracks on the sidewalk, and watch out for guys named Jason, especially if they're wearing a hockey mask. Or if you don't believe in all of that superstition, you can get extra spooky and find Jason on the big screen at the Main Art.

This Friday, the 13th and Saturday, the 14th the Main Art will be showing the original Friday The 13th for their Midnight Madness series. The original film was released back in 1980 and still sends chills down people's spines today. Since it's release, there have been numerous sequels released in the series and Jason and his hockey mask have become iconic figures, giving people nightmares to this day! Here's your chance to watch the original on the big screen again and remember how it all started.

Tickets to see Friday The 13th at Midnight Madness are only $7. You can purchase yours in advance here. The Main Art Theatre is located at 118 N. Main Street in Royal Oak. The theatre has a long list of spooky titles lined up this Halloween season. To see the full schedule for Midnight Madness, click here.

Stay safe out there kiddos! 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Heavy & Beyond - Keeping Detroit Metal

If you've noticed two dudes with long hair playing heavy metal records at a show recently, chances are it was probably Anthony Franchina and Alan Hoover, a.k.a. Heavy and Beyond. Most recently, you may have seen them DJing Timmy Organism's record release and European tour kick off show at Ant Hall. They have actually been doing their thing for over a year, and now the Heavy and Beyond guys are branching out. In addition to their domination as Detroit's best metal DJs, they will now be booking shows too!

Their first one is coming up on October 19th when they're bringing Manilla Road to Corktown Tavern along with Sauron and White Magician. Tickets for the show are only $14 in advance or $15 at the door. In addition to saving yourself a buck by buying tickets in advance, you will also get entered into a sweet giveaway. Check out all of the details below.

The next time that you can check out a Heavy and Beyond DJ set is this Friday night at Small's when Zeke heads to town. Detroit's own Against the Grain is currently on tour with Zeke and Golden Torso is also on the bill for Friday night. Heavy and Beyond will also be DJing the Wiccans record release show on November 4th at Outer Limits. And last but not least, they will be hosting their own "Vinyl Up Your Ass" DJ night at Small's on November 9th. This new monthly event just kicked off a couple of weeks ago and it sounds like it was a blast! Kick ass tunes, great drink specials, and there were even free nachos! What more could you ask for?

To stay up to date on everything that Heavy and Beyond has coming up, make sure you head over and give them a like on Facebook and follow them on Instagram. To purchase tickets to their upcoming shows, head over to heavyandbeyondbooking.bigcartel.com.


24 Hour Giveaway: Pears @ Small's

New Orleans punk rockers Pears are currently out on tour across the US. This Friday night they will be making their way to town to hit the stage at Small's in Hamtramck. Pears has a new split coming out on Fat Wreck Chords with Direct Hit. The new record, Human Movement, will feature new tunes from each of the bands as well as a cover of each other's songs. It's set to be released on November 3rd. You can pre-order your copy here and when you do, you will get an instant download of a couple of tracks. Check out one of Pears' new songs off the split below.

Joining Pears on the bill Friday night are their tour mates Big Ups and Russian Girlfriends, as well as Detroit's own S.U.B.. Tickets for the show are $13 in advance or $15 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 #pears in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Friday and S.U.B. will kick things off shortly after that. All ages are welcome to attend this one. For more info, click here


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hip in Detroit Talks all Things Theatre Bizarre with Creator John Dunivant

Theatre Bizzare is the Halloween party to end all Halloween parties. It has transformed from a dark carnival that took place near the old State Fair grounds to a grand event that takes place at one of the city's most decadent buildings, the Masonic Temple. It attracts thousands of people from all over and it is a one of a kind experience that you can't get anywhere else. The event, which was created by John Dunivant, has become a Detroit staple. So we asked him to come into the studio to talk all things Halloween and Theatre Bizarre with us! We will be going live on PodcastDetroit.com this Sunday at 5 p.m. You can listen to the show by clicking here. You can also listen to all of our past podcasts by clicking here. If you love Detroit, history, and Halloween, you're going to love this podcast!


Take a Tour of The Fisher or The Guardian with Pure Detroit

The Fisher Building and The Guardian Building are two of Detroit's most famous landmarks  Each has a rich history that is really fun to learn about. The Fisher building was built in 1928 and it was designed by the legendary Albert Kahn. Construction on The Guardian began in 1928 and completed in 1929. Both buildings are draped in marble and limestone and are designed in the art deco style of that era. Walking through them is amazing and each is a sight to be seen.

Which is why it's really cool that Pure Detroit is doing free tours of both buildings with a guide that will tell you all about the history and design of the historical landmark while you walk through it. They have multiple tours that take place on Saturdays and Sundays. They are free to attend and you do not need to pre-register to be apart of them. Kids are also welcome. To learn more about their tour please click here. This is a cool fun and free way to experience the history of this city!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Win Tickets to See The Toadies and Local H at St. Andrew's

In 1994 The Toadies burst onto the music scene with their hit song "Possum Kingdom" off their debut album Rubberneck. The ode to murder was one of the biggest hits of the time. It was often played on alternative rock stations with hits from other bands like Local H, who made it big with their 1996 hit "Bound to the Floor". Both bands were able to get enough radio play from their freshman albums that they were able to cultivate long-term careers. They have both continued to write music and tour throughout the last twenty years.

The two bands have teamed up to play St. Andrew's together this Friday, Ocotber 13th and we have one pair of tickets to take you back to the 90's. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to attend Friday night's show please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #grungeforlife. We will draw one lucky person and they will get to attend the show with a friend and hear some of the best music that the '90s had to offer live and in person! Tickets for this one start at $15 in advance.