Monday, March 27, 2017

Win Tickets to Dance it Out wIth XIU XIU this Thursday

XIU XIU wants you to get off your ass and dance! They encourage everyone to dance during the good times and to dance even harder during the bad ones! The band recently released its 13th album called Forget and they are currently on tour creating dance parties all across the US. They will be visiting El Club in Detroit on Thursday, March 30th to perform alongside You., who recently relocated to Detroit from NYC. Tickets to attend the party are $13 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the show.

We also have a chance for you to win tickets courtesy of Party Store Productions. If you would like to enter to attend the show with a friend for free please email your full name to with the subject line #XIU. We will draw one lucky person this Thursday morning and they will get to take a friend to the show.


Win Tickets to See FKJ

FKJ, also know as French Kiwi Juice, is an electronic musical artist from Paris, France.  His music has been called sophisticated and smooth. It has been a few years since he released a new album, but recently he has been dropping a few new tracks on his SoundCloud, you can hear them here.

You can also catch him live this Wednesday, March 29th at El Club in Detroit. He will be performing alongside Cezaire and Dabeull. This is an all ages show and tickets to attend the event are $17 in advance and $20 at the door the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to attend the show with a friend for free courtesy of Party Store Productions, one of Detroit's best booking companies. If you would like to enter to win these tickets please email your full name to with the subject line #FKJ. We will draw one lucky person on Wednesday morning and they will get to attend the show fro free with a friend!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Have the Best Meal Imaginable at Chartreuse

Flower Installation by Pot and Box 

Metro Times recently released an op ed piece about the service industry of Detroit. This article caused a lot of controversy, a lot of people agreed with the writer and a lot of people were offended by what she had to say.  I read the article and was intrigued by the point that it was making. I'm not going to lie, I have had some really bad service at some of the new hot spots around the city, but I have also received some of the best service and eaten some of the best meals of my life. Instead of focusing on who's doing everything wrong, I want to focus on one place that has been consistently doing everything right. 

Chartreuse Kitchen and Bar is about to celebrate its second birthday. The unique Detroit restaurant has one of the most interesting and thoughtful menus in the city and the best service and hospitality that I have ever experienced. They have curated a welcoming space that features some of our favorite Detroit artists, this includes a painting by Oui Zi and a flower installation that was created by Pot and Box. From the moment you arrive you are treated well, seated, given water immediately and every question you could possible have is answered with a smile. The staff seems genuinely happy to be at work and their good vibes instantly rub off on you.  This superb services relaxes you and prepares you to enjoy their unique menu. 

The menu is full of interesting dishes that you can't just easily whip up at home so every bite you take feels a little bit more special. During my most recent visit I shared the fried egg, the mushroom confit (minus the duck as I was sharing with a vegetarian) and I ordered the steak for myself.  After dinner we also enjoyed a delightful pudding off the dessert menu.  Each item we ordered was better than the next. The fried egg was one of the best things I have ever eaten, I highly suggest trying that when you visit.   

Fried Egg
Mushroom Confit 


Pudding Dessert

To top it all off, Chartreuse takes reservations online! If you're a freak like me and can't bare to make a call, you don't have to! You can click here and do it with a few clicks. Instead of worrying about the new hip place, just visit this Detroit staple and we can guarantee that you will have a great meal with great service. And if you're feeling feisty, grab a drink! They are known for their cocktails!


Win Tickets to See The Sonics at El Club

This Sunday night you have a chance to see a band that paved the way for all of the punk rock and garage rock bands that followed. The Sonics are headed to town and will be hitting the stage at El Club in Detroit. This band hit the scene back in the '60s and had an aggressive sound that no one had heard before. Give their song "The Witch" a listen below.

Joining The Sonics at El Club this weekend are Detroit's own The Idiot Kids and Unlimited Head. This is going to be an absolutely awesome show that you won't want to miss! Tickets to see this lineup live are only $20 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to see this rockin' show for free, send your name to with #sonics in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

All ages are welcome to attend this show. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m.


Win Tickets to See At The Drive In

Last year At The Drive In announced that they would be touring. They booked back to back nights at in Detroit and they immediately sold out, but a week before the show the band had to cancel. Luckily, in December they announced that they would be coming back this Monday, March 27th to make up for the canceled show! This time they are playing The Fillmore. The band is on the verge of releasing its first new album in 17 years this May. But you can hear some of the new songs and lots of the old stuff if you catch them live this Monday. They are playing alongside Le Butcherettes and doors for this one open at 7 p.m.

Tickets to getting to the show are still available for purchase here, but they are likely to sell out. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show please email with the subject line #atdi. We will draw one lucky person on Monday morning and they will be at the show with a friend on Monday night!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Hip Chat With Five Pound Snap + A Ticket Giveaway

Album release shows are always a big deal for any band. It's a chance to release a new set of music and it's a fun way to get all of your fans to gather for a special show. Five Pound Snap is releasing their latest album White Birch Lakes at Plav Post this Saturday, March 25th. They have recruited The Kickstand Band, Market and Gray/Bliss to play the show and Martez will be DJing in between the bands to keep the night moving.

We had a chance to chat with Mike O'Brien about the new album and the release show. Check out what he has to say and buy your ticket to the show in advance to save a few dollars! Or, take your chances and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of the band. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #snap. We will draw two lucky people on Saturday morning and those two winners will get to attend the show for free with a friend.

HID- When and where did you record your latest album White Birch Lakes?
Mike O'Brien- "We started recording the album in early September at our drummer's Grandfather's cottage in the woods about 3 hours north of Detroit. Most of the tracking was done there, and we finished up the loose ends at my home studio. The album was finished in mid February."

HID- What is your favorite track on the album and why? 
Mike O'Brien- "I think my favorite track on the album is the second single "Lady Gets High". I feel it accurately represents where we intend to take our sound in the future, and I'm really happy with the quality of the recording. It also features our buddy Goode ripping a bari-sax solo at the end, and that really tied the whole thing together."

HID- Why did you decide to host your album release part at the Plav Post?
Mike O'Brien- "We spent quite a while choosing a space to have the release (we wanted to pick a place that bands don't typically have shows at locally), and PLAV just felt right. Good sized room, nice stage, good community feel....and Hamtramck has ALWAYS been so great to Five Pound Snap, so we felt like it would be the best choice for our debut release party."

HID- Why did you pick The Kickstand Band, Market, and Gray/Bliss music to play the show with you?

Mike O'Brien- "We wanted to pick a lineup with a bunch of our friends obviously, but also a lineup with musical variety. Kickstand Band were one of the first bands I saw when I started going to shows in Detroit, and oddly enough we've never shared a bill with them. They've always been very supportive and make some of the most infectious music around, so I'm very stoked to have them. We played a house party in Southwest with Market when they were just starting out, and they instantly blew me away. "Wagon Wheel" has been the soundtrack of my life since 2015, and I can't say I enjoy watching another local group perform live more than them. And I'm so glad Gray/Bliss hopped on the show! Nick Sapounas writes some of the most interesting experimental pop, and those guys are always a blast to play shows with. Very laid back but constantly inspirational to watch them jam."

HID-Your latest band photos feature all of you in a pool, whose pool is it? 
Mike O'Brien- "Over the summer, Gwen was house-sitting for a family in Royal Oak, and they have this beautiful pool in their backyard. We were all hanging out there every day swimming and drinking beers, so we figured it would be a chill place to do a shoot. We called up our friend Megan Lacroix to do the shoot, and it turned out great!"

HID- We love the cover of the new album, who designed it?
Mike O'Brien- "The cover was a collaboration between us and or friend TJ Tekip. We provided the art and he did the editing/photoshop business. The windows on the cover are the windows on the top floor of the house where we recorded the album. Our keyboard player Scott took a picture with his phone when he woke up one day, and we all loved the way it looked."

HID- What summer activity are you most looking forward to
Mike O'Brien- "We're looking forward to hitting the road again in May and July! And also swimming, beers, playing volleyball on one of our front lawns, and checking out a bunch of great shows coming to town this summer!"


24 Hour Giveaway: The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die

Fusion Shows is bringing The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die to the Pike Room this Friday, March 24th. The 7 piece self proclaimed emo band is keeping the genre alive. They recently released a new album called Formlessness on Topshelf Records. The band doesn't tour with the same lineup twice, so it's always important to catch them when they come into town. It's also interesting to catch an act that has five different vocalists that all sing during the performance. 

TWIABP will be performing with Fred Thomas and Mover Shaker. Tickets to attend the show are $13 and doors for the show open at 7 p.m. on Friday. We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of Fusion Shows. If you would like to enter to win please email your full name to with the subject line #TWIABP.  We will draw one lucky person on Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


Ant Hall is Making it Official this Friday

This year the Hamtramck Music Festival kicked things off at the new Plant Ant Hall in Hamtramck. Well, even though you may have already got a look inside, the official grand opening is happening this weekend! This Friday night, March 24th the hall has an awesome party planned with live music, food and live theatre.

Here's the lineup for the evening. Doors are set to open at 6 p.m. and the official grand opening ceremony will kick off at 7. Then, at 8 p.m. set your eyes on the stage for The Detroit Musical, an original comedy that "follows one Detroit family through 300 years of the ups and downs of life in the Motor City." After the show, the party isn't over! Head next door to the adjoined Ghost Light to check out The Scrappers and Matt Dmits. The music is set to start at 11 p.m. Throughout the night there will also be food available on site from Polish Village Cafe, making this an all around awesome night!

Tickets for the Ant Hall Grand Opening Celebration are only $10 and can be purchased at For more information on the Ant Hall, and to stay in the loop on upcoming events, head over and give them a "like" on Facebook here. For more information on the grand opening party click here.


Win Tickets to See Nails with Toxic Holocaust and Gatecreeper

Last year Nails' latest album You Will Never Be One of Us made the list as one of iTunes Best Metal Albums of 2016. This is the third full length from the California trio and since its release, the band has been doing quite a bit of touring. Currently they are out on a spring tour with Toxic Holocaust and Gatecreeper and the tour will be making its way to Detroit to play the Magic Stick this weekend. Check out the title track off Nails' album below.

This bad ass tour will be hitting the stage at the Magic Stick this Sunday, March 26th. Tickets for this show are $15 in advance or $17 the night of the show. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win, send your name to with #nails in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 


Win Tickets to See Senses Fail at St. Andrew's Hall

Back in 2006 Senses Fail released one of their most popular albums to date, Still Searching. Now the band is out on tour playing that album in full to fans across the country. They are actually out on tour celebrating their 15th anniversary, although this album came a few years later. Take a trip back in time and give it a listen below.

Senses Fail is headed to Detroit and will be playing at St. Andrew's Hall this Saturday, March 25th. Also playing that evening are Counterparts, Movements and Like Pacific. Tickets for this show are only $17.50 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Live Nation Detroit, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win, send your full name to with #sensesfail in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get to attend this show with a friend for free! 

Doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and all ages are welcome. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Win Tickets to Bison Machine's Tour Kick off at Small's

The guys in Bison Machine are packing their bags and hitting the road! The band is gearing up for their spring tour that will take them across the US, with stops throughout the Midwest and even into Texas and Colorado. Before they ravage the country, they will be kicking off their tour at Small's this Friday, March 24th.

In case you aren't familiar with Bison Machine, they are four piece stoner rock band from Hamtramck featuring Casey O'Ryan, Breck Crandell, Tom Stec and Anthony Franchina. If you happened to be at the latest installment of Black Christmas, they played upstairs in the Magic Stick and were one of the best bands of the night, in our opinion. The band currently has a new album in the works, but in the meantime check out their album Hoarfrost below and their other releases on bandcamp here.

It's only $10 to get in to the tour kick off show on Friday night at Small's. Joining Bison Machine on the bill is Cloud Catcher from Denver, Wild Savages, Anguish and Grand Mammoth from Ohio. There will also be DJ sets throughout the night from Heavy and Beyond. If you'd rather save that $10 for a tall boy and a shot, we are also getting a couple of people into this show for free! To enter to win tickets to this show, send your name to with #BM in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.

Doors for this one are set to open at 8 p.m. and 21+ are welcome.


Marche du Nain Rouge 2017

In 1702, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the French founder of Detroit, claimed he was having dreams of a little red devil. He went to see a fortune teller and was told that devil that he dreamt of was the Nain Rouge, also known as the harbinger of doom. The fortune teller told Antoine that if he choose to settle in the straits between Michigan and Ontario he might turn a profit, but it would be a long uphill battle fraught with setbacks. Eventually, Cadillac saw the little red devil in person and instead of running or cowering in fear he chose to confront him. He chased the Nain Rouge away with a stick. His fatal mistake was to let the Nain see his face. The Nain continued to taunt him nonstop after he settled in those plains; he eventually had to return to France penniless.

Cadillac had courage against all odds and stood up to fight, a defining characteristic of the city he founded, now called Detroit. When Cadillac left for France the Nain Rouge decided to stay on and continue to haunt our city. Every year we gather to chase him out of our city, but we do not make the same mistake that Cadillac made. We remember to cover our faces so that the Nain Rouge won't be able to find us when he returns.

Detroiters, let's meet up this Sunday and chase that little red devil out of our town! If you are ready to stand up for our city, wear your favorite disguise and march up Cass Ave. to chase the Nain Rouge away for another year. We will be meeting at the corner of Cass and Canfield, right next to Traffic Jam & Snug at 12 p.m. For details about the march click here.

No red eyed dwarf with furry boots is going to keep this city down! Viva Detroit!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Don't Miss Hip In Detroit's New Podcast Featuring The Queen Herself, Jax Anderson

Over the last few months we have invited a variety of Detroit's movers and shakers into our studio at Podcast Detroit to chat with us about all of the hip things that are happening in and around the City of Detroit. Thanks to the generosity of our show's sponsor, M-1 Studios, we have had some interesting conversations with people who work behind the scenes and we have invited some of the city's biggest up and coming acts to chat with us before releasing their next album or playing their next show. This month we have the privilege of taking it to the next level because we have the honor of interviewing one of the city's most influential and inspiring artists right before the release of her new EP and a few weeks before what we anticipate to be one of the most talked about events of 2017.  

Hip in Detroit has invited The Queen of Detroit, Miss Jax Anderson a.k.a. Flint Eastwood into the studio to talk to us about her latest EP Broke Royalty which is coming out on April 14th. That is the same night that she will headline at The Fischer in Detroit alongside Tunde Olaniran, SYBLYNG. and Michigander.  

The first single off the new album is called "Queen". It was released a few weeks ago and you can check out the music video and the track here,  Her next single "Push" will be released this Thursday, March 23rd, so keep your eyes on social media and give it a listen before you tune in to hear us chat with the Queen herself this Sunday, March 26th at 6 p.m. We plan to go deep and find out everything we can about the new album and what we can expect at the big release show. 

Mark your calendars for the live broadcast on at 6 p.m. this Sunday and head over to Fusion Shows website to guarantee your spot at the huge album release show on April 14th. Tickets are $15 in advance and I can't see any scenario where this one doesn't sell out. We can't wait to take you deep inside the mind of what we consider to be Detroit royalty.  


Win Tickets to See Regina Spektor at The Fillmore

Regina Spektor has one of the most unique voices in music. Even if you're not familiar with her name or her face, you have heard her music. She has not only had a long recording career as an artist, but she has also had a lot of her music used for TV shows and movies. This includes "Tiny Boxes", the intro song to Weeds and an original song she wrote and recorded for the intro of Orange Is The New Black called "You've Got Time".

Spektor was born in Russia where she began piano lesson at the age of six years old. Her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was nine. She put out her first album in 2001 and released her 7th album last year. You can listen to some of her music here.

Regina is currently on your and she will be making a stop to play The Fillmore in Detroit this Thursday, March 23rd. Tickets to get into the show range from $25 to $55 and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to see Regina at one of Detroit's most legendary venues you can email your full name to with the subject line #RS. We will be drawing one lucky winner this Thursday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Win Tickets to Enter The Weird and Wild World of Mac Sabbath and Metalachi

Three of rocks most interesting bands are coming to town to play The Magic Stick this Tuesday, March 21st. Mac Sabbath, Metalachi and the Okilly Dokilly are currently going across the country together. The "Mockstrosity Tour" promises to be one of the weirdest and wildest shows to ever hit the stage at the legendary Stick.  Each band has its own unique approach to the art of mock.

Headliners Mac Sabbath are the worlds most famous McDonald's themed metal band. Their act includes songs like "Frying Pan", "More Ribs" and "Zipping up the Uniform". Metalachi is a six piece mariachi band that mixes metal and mariachi together in the most amazing way and Okilly Dokilly is an all Ned Flanders metal band whose first album is called Howdilly Doodilly. The best part is that each band is as talented as they are clever! 

Tickets to attend this show are $15 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to with the subject line #mock. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and they will get to attend this wild night of fun with a friend for free.  


Win Tickets to See Alina Baraz

Alina Baraz may have first gained fame from YouTube, but since her debut release, Urban Flora, her career has exploded. Her album received rave reviews and made it to the top on Billboard charts. Now she just released a new song with Khalid called "Electric". Give it a listen below.

Alina is currently out on tour making her way across North America. She will be making a stop in Detroit on Wednesday, March 22nd to play the intimate and amazing El Club. Tickets for this show are already sold out, but thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions we are getting one more person into this show with a friend! The best part is, you will get in for free! If you would like to win tickets to see Alina Baraz live, email your name to with #Alina 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 for this show are set to open at 9 p.m. El Club is located at 4114 Vernor Hwy. in Southwest Detroit. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Get "Hot N Ready" with Junk Food Junkies at El Club!

Everyone's favorite junk food inspired band is about to release a new album and they want to share it with you! Junk Food Junkies are hosting a listening party this Sunday, March 19th at El Club in Detroit for their brand new album Hot N Ready. The party will feature pizza, drink specials, you'll get to hear the new album, and the band will be DJing throughout the night. Check out the music video for the title track off the new album.

We're sure this party will be just as fun as the one in this music video. Plus, Sunday night you will also get to see the video on the big screen at El Club! Admission to the party is only $3 and all ages are welcome to attend. The fun starts at 8 p.m. and will go until the bar closes at 2.


Time Travel at the Michigan Science Center

As you probably know by now, the Michigan Science Center hosts some pretty awesome adult only events! The center is cool enough on a normal day, but when you get rid of the kids and bring in the booze, it's even better. Well, this weekend they are holding another one of their super cool after dark events and this time around the theme is time travel.

After Dark: Time Travel will revolve around some of your favorite time travel and sci fi movies, like Back to the Future, Terminator and Dr. Who. There will be a DeLorean on site that you get take a picture in front of, an early prototype of Marty McFly's hovercraft, a planetarium show and more! There will even be a signature drink for the night, the Sonic Screwdriver (inspired by Dr. Who). On top of all of the special events, you'll also get to explore the science center throughout the evening, with a slightly smaller crowd than on a normal day.

This is all happening this Thursday, March 16th. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. and 21+ are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also purchase tickets at the door on Thursday night. For more information on this event, other After Dark events, and everything going on at the Michigan Science Center, head over to their Facebook page here.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Break Anchor, The Dewtons and More Play UFO Factory this Weekend!

This Saturday night the punks are taking over UFO Factory! Worship This will be making their way to town from Ohio along with Shitty Neighbors and they're playing with some of Detroit's best bands. One of our absolute favorites, Break Anchor, is playing along with The Dewtons, who are always awesome. This is also the first show for Day Jobs, featuring members of Due North, Natural Disasters, Young Hunger, and American Dirtbike. This is an awesome lineup from start to finish! Plus Break Anchor and The Dewtons don't play around town all that often anymore, so you definitely will not want to miss this!

Cover to get in the door Saturday night is only $7 and 18+ are welcome to attend. Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. and the bands will be starting early! So get there early and stay late! UFO Factory is located at 2110 Trumbull in Detroit. Make sure you pick up a hot dog or some tots in the back from Laika Dog while you're there too! Nothing better than the smell of punk rock and hot dogs all in one place!


NO BOYS ALLOWED at The Loving Touch this Saturday

Spring is almost here and that means it is once again time to give your wardrobe a little face lift! If you're short on cash, but would love a new wardrobe or even if you're just looking for a super fun night out, look no further than The Loving Touch this weekend. This Saturday, March 18th the LT will be hosting their annual Clothing Swap. This event just gets bigger and better every year!

So here's he rundown of what this Clothing Swap is all about. Show up at The Loving Touch in Ferndale this Saturday at 6 p.m. with $20 and 5 fashionable articles of clothing or accessories. They all have to be clean and on hangers. Turn the goods over to the ladies in charge and they will take about an hour to set up shop. While you wait, you can snack on free appetizers from the WAB and Ara Sotelo, get complimentary services like psychic readings, Mary Kay makeup consultations, Reiki, aromatherapy, and hand massage, henna hand art and chair massages, and since there's a bar, you might as well sip on a cocktail or two too! Once the shop is set up, you can then go "shopping" and find items that suit you to take home with you! Keep in mind, no one wants your old holey tennis shoes or that stretched out t-shirt. Please only bring fashionable items, something that you would lend to a friend. After all, you want to make sure you walk away with some good stuff too!

The Clothing Swap runs from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday and 21+ are welcome to attend. If this event doesn't already sound great enough, we should mention that it is also for a great cause. Proceeds from this event go to the children over at the Ferndale Schools' Camp Fund. So head out for a great night and a great cause, and get pampered a little while you are there. For more information on this event head over to the Facebook event page here.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Win Tickets to See Allah-Las at El Club!

This Saturday, March 18th El Club is bringing garage rockers Allah-Las to the stage. The band is out supporting their latest album Calico Review. They kicked off their journey in Texas and they will finish this tour in California at Coachella 2017!  You can catch them live and in person alongside The Babe Rainbow in Detroit this Saturday.

Tickets to attend the show are $14 in advance and $16 at the door the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions, El Club's bad ass booking company. If you would like to enter to win these tickets please email your full name to with the subject #allah.  We will draw one lucky person early on Saturday and they will get into the show for FREE with a friend!


Win Tickets to See Sam Patch at El Club!

Tim Kingsbury may have originally risen to fame with his band Arcade Fire, but recently it's his solo project Sam Patch that has been getting everyone's attention. He recently released his first solo album called Yeah You, And I last month on iTunes. Kingsbury wrote, played and recorded all of this music himself from 2014-2016 and he's finally ready to go on tour in support of the album. 

He will be coming to Detroit to perform live this Friday, March 17th at El Club in Detroit. He has also recruited two amazing locals, Handgrenades and Honeybabe to open the show, so this is going to be a pretty great night for music. Tickets to get into the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. 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 tickets to see the show for FREE please email your full name to with the subject line #SamPatch. We will draw one lucky person this Friday and they will get into the show for with a friend for free.  


Monday, March 13, 2017

Catch The Dropout at The Majestic Cafe this Saturday!

This Saturday, March 18th The Majestic Cafe and Sound & Silence are bringing The Dropout, Jon Zott, Mega Powers and DJ Crate Digga to the stage. This will be a "family affair" with a lot of these artists performing tracks that they have created together throughout the night.

Mega Powers recently released a new EP called Winterludes and The Dropout played his first show to a packed house at El Club and released the live version of the show which you can listen to here. Jon Zott just dropped a track with Humons (another great up and comer) which you can check out courtesy of Assemble Sound here. All four of these artist are headliners in their own right so the sounds will be worth listening to from start to finish.

Tickets to attend the show are $10 and they can be purchased here. We also have two pairs of tickets to give away to this one. If you would like to enter to win a pair please email your full name to with the subject line #Saturday. We will be drawing two lucky people who get to attend the show at the Majestic Cafe with a friend for free.

Doors for this one open at 8 p.m.


It's Time to Get Haute to Death

Winter keeps coming on strong and then teasing us with glimpses of spring. But, no matter how cold it gets, the great thaw is just around the corner. Luckily, if you're already craving the sensation of a sweaty night in the city spent dancing your heart out, you don't have to wait for the temperatures to rise. You just have to go to the right party.

Haute to Death will be throwing one of their legendary dance parties at Temple Bar this Saturday, March 18th. H2D are so full of life that they generate enough heat to trick your mind into thinking that summer is already here. They only charge $2 to get into the party before midnight and $3 after. Doors for the dance floor open at 10 p.m.  Temple Bar is located at 2906 Cass Ave.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Win Tickets to See Springtime Carnivore at Marble Bar

You may know singer songwriter Greta Morgan from her past projects like Gold Motel or The Hush Sound. Well, in 2014 she decided to go off and do her own thing, releasing her debut solo album under the name Springtime Carnivore. Check out her latest album Midnight Room below.

Springtime Carnivore will be playing in Detroit this Monday, March 13th at Marble Bar. Joining her for the evening is Detroit's own PALACES. Tickets for this show are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Thanks to Party Store Productions, we are also giving away one pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win, just send your name to with #carnivore in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Monday and 18+ are welcome to attend. 


Win Tickets to See Power Trip with Iron Reagan

Power Trip recently released their latest album Nightmare Logic and now they are making their way across the US in support of the release. They will be making their way to Detroit this weekend with the always awesome Iron Reagan to hit the stage at Marble Bar. Give the new album a listen below.

Power Trip and Iron Reagan play Marble Bar this Saturday, March 11th. Joining them on the bill are Detroit's own SNAFU and Nemesis. Tickets to see this awesome lineup are only $13 in advance or $15 at the door. Lucky for you, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win, send your name to with #powertrip in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

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


Win Tickets to Battersby Takes Bronze's EP Release Show

This Saturday night Battersby Takes Bronze will be hitting the stage at The Loving Touch for a very special night. The band is celebrating the release of their new EP, The Whole Way Home. You can get a sneak preview of the album by checking out the track "Pill Song" below.

The big release show will take place this Saturday, March 11th. Joining Battersby Takes Bronze for the night are Aviva, Parlor Walls and Cabin 7, who blew us away at the Hamtramck Music Festival last weekend. This lineup has something for everyone and it will only cost you $5 to get in the door!

We are also giving away two pairs of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win, just send your name to with #bronze in the subject line. We will draw our two winners on Satruday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the music will start at 9. For more info, click here


Clara Cakes Detroit Pop Up

El Club opened its doors under a year ago and quickly established itself as one of Detroit's must see music venues. They have an electic mix of bands come through their doors every day of the week to play on their sound system and they serve up some really solid pizza made in their very own brick oven. Recently the have been expanding their lineup and inviting unique events like this Sunday's vegan popup to take over the space. 

This week they are bringing something completely different to the club. They have invited teenage vegan chef Clara Cakes to come do a pop up dinner with their in house team at Pepe Z Pizza. The vegan baker will be bringing her own unique twist to a five course meal that will take place at El Club this Sunday, March 12th at 7 pm. This will be Detroiters' first chance to try the young vegan baker's made from scratch desserts at the five course meal this Monday.
This visit comes hot off the heels of the release of Clara's first book called Delicious and Simple Vegan Recipes for Everyone. You can preview her new cookbook here or pick up your own copy in person at the dinner. Tickets to get a seat at the table are only $40 a person and they can purchased here. 

We had a chance to talk to the Clara about her book and the upcoming pop up. Check out what she has to say, give her cookbook a glance, and then sign up to attend the dinner so you can taste her animal free delights in person this Monday|!

HID- When did you go vegan? Why?
Clara Cakes- "I went vegan when I was twelve years old, after loosely being raised vegetarian. I made the full transition when I realized how cruel and environmentally destructive dairy and egg farms are, and thought it’d be hypocritical to just be vegetarian at that point."

HID- Do you ever miss dairy or animal products? If so what ones?
Clara Cakes- "I took about month to cut out dairy and egg products fully, to allow my taste buds to adjust. I don’t miss animal products, if anything the nostalgia for an animal product motivates me to recreate it!"

HID- Have you always enjoyed baking?
Clara Cakes- "Before I was vegan, I’d make box mix cake and brownies, so it was pretty easy to not think twice about it. I think you’re mixing, and not necessarily baking at that point. Becoming vegan was a gateway to baking from scratch, and I discovered how therapeutic it was for me quickly on and haven’t been able to stop myself since!"

HID- How did you learn to cook vegan desserts?
Clara Cakes- "I taught myself how to cook vegan desserts through cookbooks, vegan ingredient guides, and most importantly: trial and error. It wasn’t something I mastered overnight, but through many failed brownies, cookies, cakes, until I understood baking chemistry more."

HID- What types of recipes will we find in the book?
Clara Cakes- "You’ll find everything from sauces, puddings, cookies, pies, frostings, to cakes. The cookbook contains (approachable) vegan ingredient guides to hold your hand if you’re new to the vegan baking world!"

HID- What is your must try recipe?
Clara Cakes- "The Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake is a must. The ricotta is made out of almonds and cashews with the tanginess coming from lemon. I love the balance of ricotta and chocolate together, because it’s not overly decadent. The crust is classic and buttery, but also contains the beautiful flavors of pine nuts and cornmeal that compliment the cheesecake filling perfectly. It’s a true Italian delicacy, and just happens to be vegan. I’ll be serving this at my El Club pop-up."

HID- What would you say to someone who is considering going vegan but is on the fence?
Clara Cakes- "I’d say, slowly stop eating animal products. Allow yourself to adjust, and don’t get discouraged if you slip. Have fun enjoying new flavors, that were once hidden by a slab of dairy. Swap animal products with vegan products to help out those cravings. Try to educate yourself about factory farming, because ultimately, that’s why I’m vegan and why I won’t go back."

HID- Why did you decide to come do a pop up in Detroit?
Clara Cakes- "I host pop-up dinners (primarily Italian) throughout the country, and it seemed like the perfect time to do one in Detroit and promote the cookbook. The owner of El Club was actually one of the first people to encourage me to do savory cooking. He had me cater a punk fest called Berserktown, and I’ve now catered all three, and each year the menu gets more and more delicious!"

HID- Is there anything else you want our readers to know?
Clara Cakes- "I’ve collected these recipes since age twelve when I started baking. The recipes are homestyle classics, with accessibility to vegan ingredients in mind. I make sure to let you know if you need to order an ingredient online ahead of time, but, a majority of the vegan substitutes, like applesauce, are available at supermarkets. When you’re overwhelmed by dishes piling up, there are multiple playlists to get you through them. When you need help on starting a business, there’s a guide. When you need a good laugh, there are countless anecdotes within the recipes as well as dessert haikus written by my best friend."


Help Make Live Ferndale Radio a Reality

Ferndale is one of our favorite suburbs of Metro Detroit. The downtown features an eclectic mix of stores including Green Daffodil, Found Sound, and Blumz by JRDesgins. You can get your vegan beauty on over at Rouge Makeup and Nail Studio and have a great meal at one of the city's amazing restaurants, like Imperial, The Emory, Zeke's Rock and Roll BBQ, Anita's Kitchen, Otus Supply and Pop's For Italian. Throughout the year some of the best festivals take place in the streets of Ferngully, this includes D.I.Y, Pig and Whiskey and Ferndale Pride. They have free movie nights on Vester Street, and lots of family events throughout the year. They also have one of the coolest libraries in the U.S.! So, it's not surprising that somebody decided that this hip little city needs its own radio station.

A small group of local residents are dedicated to launching a small community focused radio station that will broadcast out of The Rust Belt Market by August of 2017. They have already filed for their license and been approved, now they need the money to buy the tower to broadcast live on weekends from The Belt. The station will focus on local news and play music from smaller local acts that aren't featured on bigger stations (yet).  

To raise money they have put together a good old fashioned benefit show at The Loving Touch this Sunday, March 12th. The benefit show features a electic lineup, including Anthony Retka MusicKate, Hinote & The DisastersDear DarknessBueno No BuenOld Empire and The Bruised Reed. They are asking for a $5 donation at the door, but feel free to give more! We had a chance to ask the President of the movement a few questions about the project. Check out what she has to say and consider donating to a very good cause! 

HID- Why does Ferndale need a community radio station?

Michelle Mirowski (president)- "Ferndale is probably the most unique community in Michigan. It deserves a radio station that caters to that uniqueness and diversity. It deserves a unique voice."

HID- What kind of shows will the station feature?
MM- "Everything from college rock to local bands to hyper local news focusing on the city. We have a myriad of thoughts on possible shows (an on-air book club, old-timey radio dramas, geek culture and local comedy hours come to mind) but we won't have a definitive schedule until we launch. But the possibilities are endless!"

HID- Where will the shows be broadcast from?
MM- "We have partnered with Rust Belt Market for studio, transmitter and antenna space. Come say "Hi" once we're up and running!"

HID- When will the radio station start broadcasting?
MM- "We are required to be on the air by the end of August or else we lose our FCC license. If all goes well, we'll meet that deadline with time to spare."

HID- How did you choose the lineup for this weekend's benefit show?
Alan (benefit organizer)- "The lineup for the show was decided on the friendship of myself and the radio station staff. It was important to all of us we put together a lineup of bands that represent the station and the community where this station will be broadcast from. I couldn't be happier and more appreciative of everybody playing. I am excited to see this show! "

Doors for this show/benefit open at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Win Tickets to the Wolf Eyes Release Show at El Club

This Saturday night Detroit's own Wolf Eyes will be releasing their latest album at El Club! Known for their own flavor of noise metal, this band has released over 100 recordings over the years. This latest release, entitled Undertow, is currently available for pre-order here. You can head over and give a ton of their past releases a listen here.

Joining Wolf Eyes for their big release show this weekend are The New Monuments, Sikk Laffter and DJs Scott Zacharias and Brad Hales. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. You can also order a package that includes a ticket, a CD, an LP and a zine for $30 here. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! This is not the full out package, just a pair of tickets, which is still pretty awesome! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, please send your full name to with #wolfeyes in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into the show that night for free.


24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to Threshold Detroit's Party at El Club

Threshold Detroit will once again be taking over El Club this weekend! They will be bringing some great electronic artists to the stage along with visuals by Prism View to add to the show. The lineup for the evening includes MARIE DAVIDSON, ANTHONY NAPLES, MGUN, JOCK CLUB and 2LANES. Check out this music video from Marie Davidson and get a feel for what the night will be like.

Admission for this show is only $5 if you get there early and there will be drink specials. After 10 p.m. the price goes up to $10. 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, send your full name to with #threshold in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get into El Club for free that night. 

All ages are welcome to attend this event. For more info, click here


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hip in Detroit is co-owned by two women who believe in equality NOW. Today we strike in solidarity.


The Future is Female: Shop Locally at Female and Minority Owned Businesses this Wednesday to Show Your Support

On January 21, 2017 millions of people took to the streets to protest the new administration's treatment of women, minorities, the disabled, immigrants and all of the other marginalized groups in America. Protesters made a united statement that they will stand together to stamp out classicism, racism, sexism and all of the other systems that affect our equality. It was a powerful day that will be remembered for generations to come. The march woke up a new generation of feminists who want to fight to end inequality for everyone. 

To capitalize on the momentum from the March on Washington the organizers behind the event announced that they will be putting together a series of actions to take place during the new President's first hundred days. The first action was the march, the second was letter writing, and the third takes place on March 8th, International Women's Day.

The next action was announced about a week ago and it is a call for a day without women. It is a three part action that includes:

1) Women taking the day off, from paid and unpaid labor.

2)  Everyone shall avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women and minority owned businesses).

3) Everyone should wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.

We recognize that many of us cannot afford the luxury of taking the day off, so we wanted to help you show your support by putting together a list of great female and minority owned businesses in Metro Detroit that you can support. If you want to learn more about the strike, click here. If you would like to get your female or minority owned business on our list please email and we will add it!

The future is female!

Female and Minority owned business in Metro Detroit:

Monster Free Design-print design, illustration, letterpress, books ( logo)

Jess Haze Brows- microblading and makeup artist

Saffron- amazing clothing store in Royal Oak MI 

Studio 30 Nails- nail boutique that specializes in unique nail art

Little House Studio- handmade jewelry + print

Roses Fine Food- Made from scratch food with high quality ingredients

Collected Works-  beautiful clothing, jewelry and accessories in Ann Arbor MI

Avalon Bakery- Organic food and coffee

Dick Picks- guitar picks 

Black Iris Booking-local booking company

Nest- gift shop featuring candles, soaps, terrariums, bar and kitchen accessories, and home decor.

City Bird- local art, design, and handmade goods.

Flo Boutique Detroit- clothing store

Painted Lady Trashions- unique oddities

Oakland 115- local news 

Detroit Bridal House- boutique wedding dress shop

Love Candles and Creations- handmade soy candles and bath products

Brightly Twisted- handmade hand died clothing and accessories 

Party Store Productions- local booking company

Have Hips- vintage resale

Third Wave Music- full service musical instrument shop

Rouge Makeup and Nail Studio- organic & vegan manicures & pedicures and healthy makeup and skincare

Girls Gone Vinyl-a film about the true story of female DJs from around the world in a male dominated industry.

Alisa Bobzien- wedding stationery

Worthwhile Paper- screen printed paper goods

Auxetic- Booking company

Courtney Fischer Jewelry- handmade jewelry

Black Canvas Detroit- Makeup artist

Mix Bricktown- Bar in Greektown Detroit

Lolaryan- clothing boutique

Noir Salon- full service salon in Romeo, Michigan

The Red Hook- Stumptown coffee & pastries

Glass Action- unique handmade glass jewelry & decor

Craft Salon- amazing salon in Royal Oak, Michigan

Alley and Eye- unique sunglasses

Steel Fish Design- design company in Plymouth MI

Living Lab Detroit- collaborative design studio

Sister Pie- Sister Pie is a bakery serving Detroit and Southeast Michigan with seasonally driven pies and cookies in unexpected flavor combinations.

The Hi Hat- wide selection of hats

New Dodge Lodge- A Hamtramck based female owned bar

Crafty Darling- Crafty Darling creates handmade, one of a kind jewelry, hair accessories, mixed media art, and whatever else strikes her fancy

Jackie's Door Decor- handmade door decor

Pot and Box- pot & box specializes in fresh floral design & horticultural decor

Everyday Alterations- Everyday Alterations is a unique service offered to Metro Detroiters by appointment only. We make it easy for you with private fittings offered in your home or workplace.

City Original- unique sandblasted glassware and ceramics

The Polka Dot/ Club Irene- A Hamtramack based female owned bar

Source Booksellers- Source Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Detroit's Midtown district, is a unique niche of non-fiction books

Cass Corridog- A full array of nutrition, care and recreation products for both dogs and cats

3 Dogs 1 Cat- urban pet shoppe

9 Month Bump- upscale maternity consignment and handmade baby boutique

Cyberoptix TieLab- unique handmade ties, scarfs and more

JKM Soy Candles- handmade soy candles

Small's Bar- cool bar located in Hamtramck, Michigan

Suzy's Hamtramck- Have a drink and support female owned business!

Bumbo's- a favorite Hamtramck bar

Reware Vintage- curated vintage and resale

Acronym- photographer

Leon and Lulu- unique gifts

K.O Prints Detroit- home based custom screen printing on t-shirts, stickers, patches, CD's, record jackets, totes, beer cozies, posters, hats and other apparel and imprintables

Peacock Room- The Peacock Room is a collection of women's apparel and accessories. Much of our inspiration comes from vintage looks, but we offer a variety of styles to choose from!

Alchemy Slow Living Studio- Michigan's only spa dedicated to natural henna body art.

Tangerine Road- consulting

Rise Above the Din- Rise Above The Din is a Metro-Detroit based Social Media Marketing company. We specialize in small business media development.

Dolly Rockers Handmade and Vintage- An etsy store featuring hand selected vintage clothing and accessories from the best of all eras 20's, 30's, 40s' 50's 60's 70's 80's and 90's focusing on garments with relevancy in today's currant trends!

Meta Physica Massage- message therapy

Polished Silk- organic skincare

Bon Bon Bon- handmade gourmet bon bon's in the heart of Hamtramck

Crystal Skull Studio- Salon that specializes in working with ALL natural texture from curly to straight!

Tekla Vintage- offers vintage clothes, jewelry, accessories, linens, & housewares, along w/the work of local artisans and craftspeople, in historic downtown Hamtramck

The Stray Cat Lounge- martinis, cigars and music

Ori Kami Organics- organic & handcrafted body care products & baby apparel

Clearly You- professional skin care center in Canton

Pure Detroit- clothing store

Kitty and Canine- pet grooming

Nature's Playhouse- all natural wellness center for children and parents

Linen Hero- wedding and event planning service

Lace Boutique- "Everything but the dress!"

The Candle Wick Shoppe- A candle shop that also features books, incense, dried herbs, jewelry and more

Boston Tea Room- Michigan's oldest and most award-winning venue for psychic readings, holistic and spiritual gifts, divination and meditation supplies, and organic tea.

Maurice London Wardrobe Studio- women's clothing boutique

State of the Art Framing & Gallery- custom picture framing, printing, and local art.

Maestros Dog Haus Ferndale- Maestros Dog Haus Ferndale features our grain free chef made treats plus the best dry, frozen, freeze dried & canned dog & cat food at low prices!

Little Lotus Wellness Studio- Little Lotus Wellness Studio is your one stop shop to wellness.

Greenleaf Bodywork- massage

Anita's Kitchen- Award Winning Lebanese Cuisine in Fabulous Downtown Ferndale

Art Problems- curating contemporary hand-made artist books and objects with found goods

Brooklyn Outdoor- Detroit based out-of-home advertising firm specializing in billboards, wallscapes, transit, and all forms of outdoor advertising across the country

Madison Boutique- Madison Boutique is a clothing and accessory boutique that is driven by style, quality and a love for shopping! Shop online or our store in Plymouth, MI.

Cairo Coffee- A multi-roaster coffee shop located inside Savvy Chic Boutique in the Eastern Market Neighborhood of Detroit.

Bgreen Craft Shack- upcycled items & custom ring slings

Detroit Artifactory- The newest retail destination in historic Corktown, carrying vintage industrial decor, furniture, jewelry and gifts!

Detroit is the New Black- clothing

Beard Slap Balm- handmade beard balm

House of Pure Vin- wine shop in the heart of Detroit

The Getup Vintage- Men's & women's vintage clothing and accessories from the 1950's-1990's!

Johanna E Champagne LLC- therapist

DallRae Music- DallRae Music is a music licensing company curating tracks for commercial, film, video games and web videos.

Green Daffodil- handmade products that are good for both our families and our environment.

House of Renata- curated vintage

Your the Bride- wedding planner

Body Shop Xperts- The Body Shop Xperts provides yoga & flirty adult dance classes in Metro Detroit. We specialize in private parties for birthdays and brides to be!

Alicia Gbur Photography- photographer

Christine's Cuisine Ferndale- New American Restaurant in Ferndale, Michigan

Mama Coo's Boutique- upscale resale and vintage boutique

Eldorado- In the heart of Corktown, Detroit, Eldorado is a well-curated vintage store that’s stocked with one of a kind trinkets & treasures and locally made goods

The Royce Detroit- wine shop and bar 

Harlequin Tattoo- tattoo shop 

Doggie in the Window- kennel in Berkeley 

Debbie Sipes Photography- photographer

Neu Kombucha- Kombucha brewer

Thrift on the Ave.- Thrift on the Avs. is Detroit's premiere resale boutique, located in the heart of Midtown.

Green Light Go Publicity- music pr company

Simply the Best Boutiques-  clothing shop with three locations 

7 Stone Management- everything entertainment

Rebel Rush Cosmetics- handmade vegan cosmetics 

Wheelhouse Detroit- all things bike 

Candles by Melinda- handmade soy candles

Kitty Deluxe- Kitty Deluxe is a girly gift shop that features handmade jewelry, gifts, and accessories.

Dijana Bucalo- Dijana Bucalo is a fashion design studio and boutique where we make and sell women's clothing, accessories and a leather goods.