Friday, August 31, 2018

Win Tickets to See Subhumans at The Loving Touch

Legendary Punk Rockers Subhumans will be making their way back to Metro Detroit on Monday, September 10th. The band will be in the US for about a week, and we were just lucky enough to get one of the stops on the tour. Joining them for the entire trek is War on Women. For the Detroit date, WOMB will also be joining them, making this one if the best lineups we have seen in a while.

Tickets for the show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Black Iris Booking, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #subhumans 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. for this one and all ages are welcome.


True Life: I Tried a Private Pilates Reformer Session

Some people see working out as a punishment and others see it as a necessity. Some people hit the gym to get a six pack and others sweat it out to preserve their sanity. Some people run outside and others are addicted to lifting five more pounds. Personally, I love workouts that make me sweat and challenge me. I'm addicted to squats, bursts of cardio, and getting really sweaty when I work out. I am not a small person. I'm not delicate in any way shape or form and when I workout I wouldn't say that it's pretty or graceful. But, I am strong, healthy, and getting better every day. Part of getting better is pushing myself to try new workouts and reach new goals. But some workouts flat out scare the hell out of me. Pilates is one of those workouts that has always remained a mystery to me. I didn't understand if it was a strength workout or a cardio workout and I didn't understand if you had to use a reformer or if you could do it on a mat like yoga. So, instead of staying in the dark I took an opportunity to have a private session with local Detroit Pilates trainer Emily Sansiri at The Pilates Method in Birmingham so that I could give you a firsthand account of what traditional Pilates is.

First, I found out that Pilates is a workout that was invented by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's. This heath fanatic and bodybuilder was fascinated with the idea of the mind/body connection and the art of being in control of your body. He believed that the "modern" life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health" so he created this method to counteract those effects. The entire purpose of Pilates is to improve flexibility, build strength and develop control and endurance in the entire body.

For my first workout instructor Emily Sansiri took me through a series of workout on the reformer before taking me over to the table to find things out. She walked me through a series of moves by guiding me both with words and with her touch. She constantly reminded me to focus on my core and my breathing, two things I am not used to focusing on. She literally guided me through each movement/micro movement that she wanted to me to do while explaining the right form, breathing, and the reason for the movement. In fact, she kept me so engaged the whole time that I was unable to focus on anything but my form and my breathing. Time went by in a blink of an eye and before I knew it, my first session was over.

The reformer wasn't as scary as I thought it would be, but the small micro movements that needed so much focus were A LOT harder than I imagined they would be. This workout made me come to terms with the fact that I'm not as strong as I think that I am that that I have some serious work do to in all the areas that this particular workout focuses on. I was surprised to find out that Pilates isn't supposed to be a cardio workout because I assure you after the hour I was pouring sweat. It's amazing how such small movements can be so challenging and engaging at the same time.  Emily was an excellent teacher too. She did a great job guiding me through and making me feel safe, supported and stable throughout the workout.  
So, is Pilates worth all the hype? I would say yes it is. And I would agree that I am surprised that this workout became such a trendy fad because it's a no bullshit routine that I am quite sure would offer great results after a few months or regular sessions. I can also see how this workout would be beneficial for anyone who works out really hard, to explore. This technique challenges muscles that you are just not working on when you are continuously doing heavy lifting or knocking out hours or cardio. It would also be a great workout for someone that has back problems and needs to build up strength and take it easy. Most importantly, I can tell you that Pilates is not scary at all. In fact, it's kinda fun and really interesting! I would highly suggest checking it out if you have any interest. But, I would also suggest that you do it with a trainer because I can definitely see how it would be really easy to hurt yourself if you weren't doing the moves correctly! 


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Don't Miss Three Days of Great Music and Fun at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Every Labor Day Weekend, Joseph Campau is taken over by vendors, beer stands, a carnival, and some of the best music that Detroit has to offer. The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival always hosts some of the best bands around, playing two different stages, but this year, the fest may have outdone itself. This weekend if you head to Hamtramck, you have a chance to see acts like Stef Chura, The Muggs, Craig Brown Band, and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. Those are just some of the headlining acts playing this year's fest. Some other highlights include The Octopus, Ancient Language, Mugen Hoso (from Japan), Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, and Kimball. Actually, the whole lineup is pretty awesome from start to finish, you can check it out below.
In addition to great music, there will also be a carnival daily, great food for sale, the Polish Day Parade, and of course, the Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Races. For those that aren't familiar with the yacht races, representatives of different bars throughout Hamtramck will compete against each other in a race, with pushcarts that look like canoes. The race is always a blast and takes place on Monday at Noon. 

Cover to the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is free. There is also free street parking available throughout town, and if you ride your bike to the festival, Wheelhouse Detroit will have a free bike valet. We promise you, this festival is always a great time! Make sure you stop by one day or even all three days this weekend! 


Creators Come Together to Collaborate on a Comic for Flint

In the Spring of 2014, Governor Rick Snyder and his administration made a decision that changed Flint, Michigan and its residents forever. They low key changed the city's water source to save a little money and instead caused un-measurable pain and suffering to over 100,000 of the city's most vulnerable residents. Initially, the scandal was on every news station and semis of water were being flooded into the area, but eventually the attention died down and Flint Michigan was left to fend for itself. To this day, there are thousands of family that do not have clean water in their homes or support for the health problems that were caused by living, drinking, and bathing in the tainted water.
Thankfully, there are still good people out there who didn't forget about Flint.

Last year, former Swellers drummer and local writer Jono Diener helped put together a compilation that helped raise over $9,000 for the residents of Flint, Michigan. This year, he brought together an interesting group of artists to create a comic book to raise money for a charity called The Compass, a program of Michigan Community Services Inc. aiding adults with developmental disabilities that focuses on the residents of Flint. Jono combined the writing talent of El Whitcombe, Sam Moore, Robb Anthony, and Carl Mizell with the drawing talents of artists Emily Woodruff, Kadee Spangler, Craig Horky, Michelle Lukezic, and Miranda Ireland to create a brand new comic called HOPE: A Comic For Flint. Then, he got the writers and artists that were in bands to help him put together a big party for the release that will take place this Saturday, September 1st at Foster Coffee Company. in Flint. All of the bands that will be playing this Saturdays Comic Book Release Gathering feature someone who helped create the comic. The lineup includes Copneconic, Baggage, The Apology Tour, and The Dead Serious. Tickets to attend the show are only $10 and entry includes a copy of the comic!


Win Tickets to This Month's Thirst Wave at Small's

If you love New Wave jams like Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Human League, Roxy Music, and the Cure, you will love Thirst Wave. This monthly Detroit party has become thee place to dance you heart out to the best dark tunes from the 80's and 90's. Resident DJ's DJ Pleasure Kitten, DJ Elektrosonik and DJ Aaron Hingst switch of sharing the spotlight. This month's party is planned for Saturday, September 1st. Cover for 21+ is free before 10 p.m. or $5 after 10. 18+ are also welcome and are $5 all night. We also have a pair of tickets to give away courtesy of the owners of Small's. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #thirsty. We will draw one lucky person the morning of the party and they will get to get dressed up and attend with a friend for free! 


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Win Tickets to See Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Michigan's own Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers have been hard at work, recording new songs in the studio throughout the summer. Now they are on the road, playing their tunes for fans across the country. This week, they will be in the Midwest and they're making a stop at The Loving Touch in Ferndale. This band always pack any venue they play in Metro Detroit, especially The LT. In fact, Ferndale is so excited about having the band back in town, that The Emory across the street is having a special Rainbow Seeker Burger the day of the show, designed by the band themselves.

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are set to hit the stage at The Loving Touch this Friday, August 31st. Joining them for the night are their tour mates Juice. Tickets to see these two bands perform live are $15 in advance and can be purchased here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #rainbow in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get in the door that night with a friend for free.

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


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Haute to Death Swim Club has One More Party Before Summer is Over!

The unofficial end to summer is almost here, and after this weekend, all of the kids will be back in school. But, if you don't have to worry about doing homework and waking up early, there is still plenty of fun to be had. After all, we should still have a few weeks of warm weather left, so don't get too down in the dumps just yet!

This weekend you have one more chance to make up for all of that time that you've been spending in the AC this summer. That's because this weekend, Haute to Death will be throwing one more awesome pool party! The Haute to Death Swim Club will meet up this Saturday, September 1st. There are two different options to swim and party, depending on if you want to wake up and get right in the pool or if you'd rather take your time and get brunch first. Tickets are available for a Noon - 4 p.m. swim block, or a 4 - 8 p.m session. Regardless of what time you choose to go, the party will be awesome, with great music, drinks, and tons of fun. Haute to Death is known for throwing the best dance parties in town, and their pool parties are just as epic!

Admission to the H2D Swim Club is only $15 and the location will be sent to you once you purchase your ticket. You can purchase your tickets online here. Don't miss this chance to wrap up your summer at the best pool party around!


Win Tickets to Holiday Flower and Radio Wire Empire's Release Show

Ancient Language and Earth Engine are two band names that we are sure that you have heard of plenty of times. If you are a regular reader of Hip in Detroit, we talk about both of these acts quite a bit. Well, this weekend members of both of those bands are playing a show together, but neither Earth Engine or Ancient Language will be on stage. Instead it will be other projects that members of these bands are working on, Holiday Flower and Radio Wire Empire.

Holiday Flower is a newer project for Zachary Jarvis and Matt Beyer of Ancient Language. The band has a unique sound, blending together electronic tracks with rock elements. They currently have three songs available on Soundcloud, you can give them a listen below. After giving them a listen ourselves, at times their sound resembled MGMT, but then quickly give us more of a The Postal Service vibe, then reminded us of some of our favorite bands of the early 2000s, like Head Automatica. In our book, these are all good things, so we are definitely digging the music that this duo is making.

Radio Wire Empire on the other hand, is not so new and has numerous releases that you can give a listen here. It is the solo project of Matthew Romanski of Earth Engine and "continues to be a worthy vessel for imaginative sound- and word-scape in familiar but fresh pop form". His latest release for this project is called Strawberry Long Play and features fellow members of Earth Engine as well as Beyer (Ancient Language).

This Friday, Radio Wire Empire will be celebrating the official release of this new album at Outer Limits Lounge. Holiday Flower, will also be celebrating the release of their debut album. Joining these two bands on the bill is Duchess (Chicago/Tampa). Cover to see these three great acts live is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. We are also getting a couple of readers into this show for free though. To enter to win, send your name to with #releaseshow in the subject line. We will draw two winners on Friday morning and they will each get in the door that night with a friend for free.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Friday. For more info, click here.


Monday, August 27, 2018

Win Tickets to See Foxing at The Loving Touch

St. Louis born emo alt rockers Foxing just released their third album Nearer My God on Triple Crown Records. The 12 song album was given 8/10 stars by Pitchfork who boasted that the album is "big, beautiful, and audacious", as well as a leap forward for the band. But, instead of waiting around to hear what everyone else thinks about the album, they are hitting the road to bring the album to the people. The band just kicked off a ten day tour that will be making a stop in Ferndale to play The Loving Touch alongside Ratboys and Kississippi this Wednesday, August 29th.

If you haven't heard their new music yet you can get a taste of it here, or you can come out and see them perform live and in person this Wednesday. In fact, you can even enter to win a pair of tickets to possibly see the show for free with a friend. To enter to attend on us, please email with the subject line #foxing. We will draw one lucky person this Wednesday morning and they will get their name added to the guest list! Tickets to attend the show are $15 and they can be purchased in advance here.


Celebrate Dan's Dirty 30 at Stoverfest!

Local drummer Dan Stover is a jack of all trades. He has played in so many great bands it's hard to keep track of what he is currently working on. He is passionate about music and punk rock, so it's fitting that he would celebrate his birthday by playing two, maybe three sets, back to back with his friends at Zeke's Rock and Roll BBQ this Friday, August 31st.

Dan will be playing sets with two of his bands, Reuther and Splitters. He has also invited Shitty Neighbors to town to round out the lineup. There may or may not also be a surprise acoustic set by Break Anchor at some point in the night, that's still up in the air as this goes to post. Tickets to attend this rock and roll birthday gathering are only $7 at the door. If you would like to hear some good music and celebrate a great drummer head up to Zeke's this Friday!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Win Tickets to See Dinosaur Jr. at St. Andrew's Hall

Monday night, August 27th, Dinosaur Jr. will hit the stage at St. Andrew's Hall. The band is currently out on a headlining tour, playing a few dates on their own before hitting the road with Mastodon. Although seeing Dinosaur Jr. and Mastodon together live would be epic, that tour isn't making a stop in Detroit. So don't miss this chance to see at least one of these awesome prehistoric bands live.

Dinosaur Jr. will be joined by Detroit's own Easy Action on Monday night. Tickets for the show start at $25 and can be purchased here.  You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, thanks to our friends at St. Andrew's Hall and Live Nation Detroit. To enter to win, send your name to with #dinojr in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Monday and all ages are welcome.


Industrial Is Not Dead at Small's Saturday Night

We all know that Small's is one of the best places to see a band play, but did you know they also have one of the best dance nights around? Everyone's favorite bar in Hamtramck turns into an industrial dance party at least once a month for Industrial Is Not Dead. The party features DJs Aaron Hingst and Elektrosonik spinning the best in Industrial, Cold Wave, and Harsh Electronic Music throughout the night, while the bar serves up great drink specials. This week, the resident Industrial Is Not Dead DJs will be joined by DJ Void6. They will also be featuring the new album from Helix, the new project from Tom Shear from Official Assemblage 23 and Mari Kattman.

Cover for Industrial Is Not Dead is free before 10 p.m. for 21+, or $5 after 10 for 21+. 18+ are welcome and are $5 all night long. Once you're inside, the bar will be serving up $2 wells and domestics until 10, and tallboys will be $1 off all night. Doors for the evening will open at 9 p.m. So get there early and take advantage of those drink specials for the first hour.

Thanks to our friends at Small's, we are getting one lucky winner and a friend into Saturday's IIND night for free! If you would like to enter to win, send your name to with #IIND in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


White Bee Takes You Into a "Beat State"

White Bee a.k.a. Shannon Barnes recently released a music video for her latest single "Beat State". This track was recorded, produced and mixed by Elise McCoy (former MPV/Current Bogart) who also stepped in to create and direct the music video with the musician. The video was filmed at the Belle Isle Conservatory because as Barnes explains, "Michigan’s weather clearly undergoes severe changes every year, but even under those circumstances, the conservatory maintains growth of beautiful tropical plants. To me, that resembles the changes I have experienced in my life and how I am still growing within the constant changes that surround me.” She also wanted to feature the performers from Ballet Detroit, "because all of those kids are at an age where so much will change so quickly.”  You can download the track here and you can keep up with all things White Bee here.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Get Hip to Hydrofest

Have you ever heard of the Detroit hydroplane races? The annual riverfront competition has been taking place on the Detroit Riverfront every summer since 1904. The event features a variety of racers in different hydro vehicles that compete to see who has the fastest vehicle and the best driving skills. In fact, the hydroplanes reach similar speeds to those of NASCAR, with the added risk of being on the water. But, instead of trying to describe this crazy sport to you, we reached out to one of the best racers in the game to hear more about the sport from someone who was born and raised to race these beasts. Check out our interview with Andrew Tate and head to the bottom to get all the details on this weekends races.

HID- How did you get into hydroplane racing?
Andrew Tate- "My great grandfather, Joe Tate, Sr., started racing inboard hydroplanes in the 1930s under the governing body of the American Power Boat Association. Boat racing has been a part of the Tate family ever since. My grandfather, Joe Tate, Jr., and father, Mark Tate, both drove various hydroplanes throughout their careers. My mother, Sandy, who is originally from California, met my father on the APBA circuit while she was piloting her boat, "Country Girl." I grew up around the races, following my dad and his career. When I was 11 we purchased a Junior Stock Hydroplane, which my younger brother, Brent, and I took turns driving."

HID- How fast does a hydroplane really go?
Andrew Tate- "There are hundreds of different "classes" or "types" of hydroplanes varying in size and speed. The biggest and fastest class would be the Unlimited Hydroplane, which is capable of reaching speeds over 200 MPH at the end of a straightaway. In Detroit, I'll also be driving a Grand Prix hydroplane, which will go about 150 MPH."

HID- What's the scariest part about driving one of these things?
Andrew Tate- "I guess that depends on who you ask, but my answer is simple: as a driver, you have to understand the risks involved before you get in the boat. Things happen quickly at 200 mph, and anyone who is scared while piloting a hydroplane doesn't belong in one."

HID- How often do you have to train to enter a race like this?
Andrew Tate- "Every spring before the start of the season we have a "test session" on the Columbia River in Tri-Cities, Washington. The test is essentially a gauge for the teams to understand how their off season changes have affected the performance of the boat. Unfortunately, we don't really get too much practice prior to the actual races. Shutting down a body of water large enough for a hydroplane to operate safely is a logistical nightmare. Like me, a lot of my competitors race different kinds of boats throughout the year to stay sharp. As silly as it sounds, the Formula 1 game on my PS4 helps with hand-eye coordination and reaction time. I also can't recall the last time I was beat in a go-kart."

HID- Where does one store a hydroplane?
Andrew Tate- "Fortunately for me, I don't own one. Which means I don't have to worry about the $1 million that the machine itself costs, or the bill to rent a storage unit big enough to hold a 7,000-lbs boat. The Unlimited teams typically own their own shop where the boat can be stored, maintained, and, hopefully, upgraded between races. The boat I drive--the U-9 Delta Reatrac--is based out of Enumclaw, Washington."

HID- These hydroplanes spread a lot of water when they are racing, how do they determine who won in a close race? Is there a camera playback or something?
Andrew Tate- "Each boat is equipped with multiple Go-Pro cameras that are used by race officials during and after the race to assist in making calls in scenarios where a second look might be required. The officials also have a birds eye view thanks to the latest in drone technology, which has really helped make their jobs easier."

HID- What brings you back to Detroit to compete every year?
Andrew Tate- "I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, so thankfully, I don't have far to go. My father and great grandfather also had the opportunity to race on the Detroit river, and watching them compete in front of family and friends was really special for them as it is for me. There's a rich history of hydroplane racing on the Detroit River that goes back over a century. The Gold Cup, which will be awarded to the winner of Sunday's final heat, is the oldest trophy in Motorsports. Between carrying on a legacy, racing in front of loved ones, and the prestige of the event, it would take a lot to keep me from participating in the race here every year."

The hydroplane races will kick off this Friday at 5 p.m. If you would like to come out and see these hydro vehicles hit speeds of 200 plus miles in person you can get some tickets to attend here.


Jenny & Jackie Release Their First Album at Outer Limits Lounge Tonight!

Third Wave Music is a port in a storm for Detroit's musical community. This hip shop sells new and used instruments and is the only place in the area where you can grab a set of strings before you play a set in the city. The store is also owned and operated by two of Detroit's coolest musicians, Jenny and Jeff.

Individually, both of these people have made a name for themselves. Jenny spent years preforming as Illymack and turning up karaoke bars around town, and Jeff was a member of the bands Gardens and Genders. But, after a chance meeting a few years ago, they found themselves bandless and in love. So, they decided to collaborate to make some beautiful music together.
Their new project goes by the name Jenny & Jackie. Some of the music that they created was written before they met, but most of it was written during the first few years while they were falling in love. The album was recorded over a two year period and a lot of great people worked on it, including Fred Thomas (who recorded the album), Chris Koltay of High Bias Studio (who mixed the album), and Warren Defever (who mastered the final cut). You can hear the first few tracks here or you can head out to Hamtramck for the duo's album release party tonight!

Jenny & Jackie will be releasing their first record Summer at the Outer Limits Lounge tonight August 23rd, 2018. DJ Terri Whodat and DJ Ladylike will be spinning some tunes throughout the night and Career Club and 2000Blue will be opening up the show. Tickets to attend the event are $5 at the door and the music starts at 9 p.m. The new 12" record will be available for purchase at the show. Come celebrate love with the band tonight!


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wilson Releases "Tasty Nasty" and Wants to Party with You this Friday!

Hometown Rockstars Wilson are releasing a new album this Friday and they want to celebrate with you! For years, Wilson was the favorite party band for many Detroit music fans. Their own brand of fuckery and their marching band bass drum were infamous, and everyone knew Wilson's shows were always crazy! Over the past few years, the band has grown in popularity and also grown as a band. They have played numerous national tours, their latest with Theory of a Deadman. Through this growth, their sound has also transformed. But one thing remains the same, this band still knows how to party!

This Friday, Wilson will release their highly anticipated album, Tasty Nasty. The band has let fans know that this is unlike anything they have ever released before, but also seems more excited about this release than that of any of their previous albums. Give the first two singles off Tasty Nasty a listen below.

Wilson will be hanging out with fans and friends this Friday, August 24th. at FYE on Woodward in Berkley. You'll have a chance to meet with the band, get autographs, and check out an in store performance. We're pretty sure this is the last chance you'll have to see Wilson in a small setting too, so don't miss it! Things are set to kick off at 6 p.m. and make sure you pick up a copy of Tasty Nasty while you're there! 


24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Efrim Manuel Menuck

This Thursday night, El Club will welcome Efrim Manuel Menuck to their stage. The artist is best known for his past projects, such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. But, in 2011, he branched out on his own to release his debut solo album Plays "High Gospel". Seven years later, he finally has released a follow up to that album, with his latest release Pissing Stars. The album was "inspired by the brief romance of american television presenter Mary Hart and Mohammed Khashoggi, the son of a Saudi arms dealer. Their relationship stuck with Menuck, you can read more about this inspiration on his bandcamp here.

If you would like to hear Efrim Manuel Menuck perform these songs live on stage, make your way to El Club on Thursday night. Tickets are only $12 in advance or $14 at the door. You can pick yours up online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #pissingstars in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. for this show and the patio will open at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. 


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Win Tickets to See Strung Out at The Loving Touch

Earlier this year, Strung Out released a new EP Black Out The Sky. Now, the band is heading out on tour, not only in support of this new release, but also celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album Twisted By Design. The album was released in 1998 and is arguably their most popular to date. The tour kicks off this Thursday in St. Louis and they are taking After The Fall and Make War out on the road with them.

You have chance to see this awesome tour this Saturday night in Ferndale at The Loving Touch. Also hitting the stage that night are Detroit's own Suburban Delinquents and The Purps. Tickets for the show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Black Iris Booking, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter, just send your name to with #strungout in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

If you haven't already, give Strung Out's latest tunes a listen below. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

It's Time for a Queer Dance Party!

Virginia Woolf wrote about having a room of one's own in September of 1929. She knew that it was important for women to have both a literal and figurative space within a literary tradition dominated by men. The idea of creating a safe space for people to exist, create, and flourish isn't new, but it is one of the most important if not the most important thing that underrepresented communities need to flourish and expand under their own terms. For these reasons, and many more, two Detroit icons are bringing a Queer Dance Party to Detroit under their own terms. This brand new event was created by RV Mendoza and Jax Anderson a.k.a. Flint Eastwood, two Queer identifying performers who aren't afraid to be themselves and express themselves, which is exactly what they are hoping their party will inspire you to do.

On Friday, September 7th they will be taking over El Club Detroit for the first Queer Dance Party. Tickets to attend the event are only $12 at the door, but you can get them even cheaper and fee free if you pop by the club before that night and grab them at the ticket window. You can also save yourself a drive and a space at the party by buying a ticket online here.

But, before you head out, find out more about why this party is needed, necessary, and going to be a one of a kind experience form the mouth of one of the most inspiring performers around, RV Mendoza.
HID- Okay, so officially, what is a "Queer Dance Party"?
RV Mendoza- "Queer Dance Party is exactly what the name implies. It’s a party centered around LGBTQ+ folks that really want to dance to pop and left-of center dance music."

HID- Why did you team up with Jax Anderson aka Flint Eastwood for this event?
RV Mendoza- "Jax and I are very similar. We’re both queer people that feel like we don’t really “fit in” too well with a lot of mainstream gay communities. Queer Dance Party is our earnest attempt at making a space we feel safe to let loose and have fun with pop music."

HID- Why did you decide to organize a "Queer Dance Party" event in Detroit?
RV Mendoza- "Jax and I literally met on the dance floor, and ever since, we’ve been dreaming about a party that we would like the throw. We’ve been talking about this for years and I’m excited to finally make it happen!"

HID- Are cisgender allies allowed to come play?’
RV Mendoza- "This event will always be centered around LGBTQ+ folks, and yes, allies are welcome!"

HID- What kind of music can we expect? Will their be DJ’s?
RV Mendoza- "Queer dance party make it possible to hear Britney and Trina in the same set.
Ariana to Big Freida. CardiB by way of Carly Rae. It’ll be fertile ground where you’ll be dance-crying to Robyn, then lip-syncing to CupcakKe. This music will be lovingly and queerly curated by me and another DJ. What I hate most about some dance parties are 20 minute long songs that barely change. Some people love it, but it’s really not for me.

At Queer Dance Party, I fully expect for everyone to dance the whole night, but if it happens that you’re not into a certain song, you’ll know it’ll be less than 5 minutes until the next one.
(Unless it’s BeyoncĂ©’s "All Night”––but that won’t be until the end.)"

HID- Will there be more dance parties? How often?
RV Mendoza- "This first party is a test run. If a good amount of people turn out and everything goes well, we plan on doing it monthly. The support has been super great so far and a lot of people are sharing and tagging. I’m pumped to see how this goes. If you want this thing to be a regular event, make sure to come support!"

HID- What's the dress code?
RV Mendoza- "Come as you are, or come as who you want to be. This is an opportunity to try a new things if that’s your goal. Jax will be taking photos so if you want your lewk featured––come correct."

HID- Will you performing?
RV Mendoza- "Maybe. If I do, it won’t be in the way most people expect. ;)
Performances will be integrated right into the dance party. It’ll be sudden––there won’t be any waiting or lead up to it. The performer will get on stage and perform in the middle of the DJ set and immediately after, the dance party continues. The goal is to be non-stop dancing."

HID- Can I dance with you?
RV Mendoza- "The moment Milkshake plays, it’s on."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
RV Mendoza- "I don’t drink, so anytime I go out, it’s stressful to feel like I’m bothering the bartenders for water. If you’re not much of a drinker like me, El Club will always have jugs filled with water that you can get yourself. Just because you’re thirsty, doesn’t mean you have to be dehydrated."

Keep up with everything QDP here.


Friday, August 17, 2018

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: F I N K E L at PJ's Lager House

Mackinac Island based duo F I N K E L are currently on tour, making their way through the Midwest. This Saturday night, they will make their way to Detroit to play PJ’s Lager House. Joining them for the evening are Britney Stoney and The Turbos. Plus, as an added bonus, the guys from Handgrenades will be DJing throughout the night!

Tickets for the show are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. You can purchase your tickets here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #finkel in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.



Win Tickets to See The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at St. Andrew's Hall

In the 1990s, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones had everyone singing about knocking on wood with their huge single "The Impression That I Get". This band gained more mainstream popularity than most ska bands, especially with this song. But, the Bosstones actually had been around since the 80s. And now, over three decades since they got their start, they have a new album out and are out on the road playing to fans across the country. Their 10th studio album While We're At It was released earlier this summer. Give it a listen below.

You can catch The Mighty Mighty Bosstones live in Detroit this Sunday night at St. Andrew's Hall. Opening the show is Buster Shuffle. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #bosstones in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner this Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

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


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Win Tickets to See Black Tusk, Whores., Child Bite and WhiteNails at Small's

This Sunday
, Small's in Hamtramck is going to get super metal! The traditionally punk bar is going to take things to the next level by hosting one of the heaviest shows of the year. Sludge metal rockers Black Tusk will be co-headlining a show with noise rockers Whores. Rounding out the bill will be WhiteNails from Canada, and hometown heroes Child Bite. EVERY single band on this list is worth seeing on their own, but somehow Small's brought them together for one night and they are charging less than $20 to get in the door.

Tickets to attend the event are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. You can purchase your advance tickets here. You can also enter to win tickets to the show courtesy of Small's by emailing your full name at with the subject #fuckingmetal. We will draw one lucky person this Sunday morning and they will get to attend the early evening event with a friend for free. Please be aware, doors for this one open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts sharply at 7:30.


The Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! Record Show Takes Over The Sanctuary this Sunday

For the past couple of years, the Facebook group Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie has been a place where music fans and collectors can come together to buy, sell, swap, and trade items. In the group, members can post vinyl, CDs, or cassettes, and the more rare they are, the better. Well, now the group is moving from the internet to a physical location for their first ever record show! 

The Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! Record Show will take place this Sunday afternoon at The Sanctuary. The show will host 16 private vendors and 8 record shops, including Village Vinyl, Flipside Records, B-Bop Records, Culture Clash Records, FOUND SOUND, Record Graveyard, Traxnwax, and Weirdsville Records. All of the vendors will be selling all sorts of music related items, like vintage shirts, posters, CDs, VHS, cassettes, and of course, records. And, judging by what we've seen in this group in the past, you'll have a chance to get your hands on some pretty awesome items! You can get a sneak peak of some of the goods that will be up for grabs here.

Doors for Sunday's record show are set to open at 11 a.m. and it will go until 5. Admission to this event is free, so you'll be able to use all of your money to shop! You can also buy some drinks from the bar while you're there, and if you get hungry, there will be pizza for sale for $2 a slice. The Sanctuary is located in Hamtramck at 2932 Caniff. For more info on this show and to keep an eye on what will be for sale on Sunday, RSVP to the Facebook event here


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Win Tickets to See The Pink Spiders at The Sanctuary

The Pink Spiders rose to fame in 2005 when they were signed to Geffen Records. Since then they released 4 albums, including their brand new album Mutations. This album is the first album that the band has released in almost 10 years. They took a very long hiatus, but now they are back, better than ever, and about to embark on their first tour in a long time. They will be making a stop in Detroit to play the Sanctuary this Friday, August 17th. You can hear their new single and see what they have been up by checking out their latest video for the song "Black Dagger".

The Detroit date will be the second date of their tour and Johnny-O and The Class 5's & The Prophetics will be opening the show. Tickets to attend are only $12 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Black Iris Booking one of the coolest companies that has started booking at this new to Hamtramck venue that was previously located on the west side of town. In addition to getting into the show for free, the band will also give our winner a signed vinyl copy of their record for free! If you would like to enter to win this package, please email your full name to with the subject line #pink. We will draw one lucky person on Friday and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


Nipflix and Chill at Ant Hall this Friday (Giveaway)

Ant Hall has been expanding their audience and bringing some really cool events to their stage. They are ushering in a new era where a venue can have many purposes, including hosting movies, plays bands, comedy, and more. This Friday, August 17th, they will be welcoming a talent packed burlesque crew called Black Sheep Burlesque to their stage for a whole new kind of experience.
Roxi DLite
The Black Sheep Burlesque troupe is a one of a kind group of ladies that bring something fun, unique, and playful to the stage. This Friday's lineup will include: Roxi DLiteVivacious Miss AudaciousLushes LamoanHermione StrangerJax NipplesonLilith Von Tal
Dish Delish (Dee Dee Smith), May BlushDarryn StormTommy Gun, Autumn Sage, Dotty Dart
and Nicky Champagne. Tickets to attend the show are only $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets here.  
Lilith Von Tal

You can also win tickets to the show courtesy of Ant Hall, but before we tell you about that, read this interview with Hermione Stranger to learn more about this event, burlesque, and the art of the performance!

Hermione Stranger
HID- When did you decide that you wanted to start performing burlesque?
Hermione Stranger- "It’s funny, I never actually “decided” to become a burlesque performer. When I lived in NYC, I took classes at New York School of Burlesque. I figured it would be a good way to make girlfriends in a new town while giving my confidence a much-needed boost. I had no intention of performing, but my classmates convinced me to participate in the student showcase, which is like a recital."

HID- How did you get started?
Hermione Stranger- "I was terrified at the student showcase but ended up doing really well! Shortly after that, I got booked to do a duet performance at Coney Island Freak Bar. And things just kind of took off from there."

HID- How do you prepare yourself for a show?
Hermione Stranger- "To prepare a new number, I concept, choreograph, create costumes and props, then practice. Once that’s all said and done, I also have a little ritual that prepares me for going on stage. I do this high-energy warm up exercise from improv called “Crazy Eights.” It helps me get all that nervous energy out."

HID- How do you write your show/performance?
Hermione Stranger- "For me, concept is king. I believe that all shows and performances should start with a solid idea and tell a story. When concepting a show theme, I try to think of things that people love — like movies or guilty pleasure songs or Harry Potter — then I come up with a clever name using the pun skills I’m never allowed to employ in my day job as an advertising writer.

When it’s time to concept my act, I basically do the same thing. For Nipflix I thought, “What’s a movie that I love? And how can I do a humorous, entertaining take on a character from that movie?”

I mention humor because burlesque was always intended to be funny. The word itself is originally derived from the Italian word “burla” which means prank or joke. It was meant to entertain the audience by caricaturing other aspects of culture."

HID- Who inspires you?
Hermione Stranger- "There are so many performers who inspire me! Locally, Roxi Dlite is just unbelievable. In New York, my teacher Jo Boobs Weldon is who I looked up to. Then there’s Fancy Feast who breaks body stereotypes and sparked my love of themed shows. Or Darlinda Just Darlinda who does whatever the fuck she wants on stage. Or Penny Wren who I don’t know personally, but once saw perform a hilarious Tinkerbell act to an Alanis Morissette song at The Slipper Room in NYC. That act inspired me to always, always have a concept in my performances. To make sure the song is chosen for a reason and that the character makes sense. Otherwise you’re just taking off your clothes — and considering we can all see that for free on the internet, it’s simply not that interesting."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Hermione Stranger- "Black Sheep Burlesque is a troupe that performs outside the box. We’re bitches that’ll leave you in stiches. We hope that you’ll come to our next show!"

To enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to with the subject line #justdance. We will draw one lucky person this Friday morning and they will get to peep some of the best burlesque that Detroit has to offer for free with a friend! 


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Win Tickets to See Angelo De Augustine with Many Rooms at The Pike Room

Angelo De Augustine and Many Rooms have been out on tour all summer long, making their way across the US. The tour is about to wrap up, but first they have a few dates left, including a stop in Metro Detroit. The two acts are set to hit the stage at The Pike Room in Pontiac this Thursday, August 16th. Most of the tour has taken place in intimate settings like The Pike Room, allowing De Augustine to get up close and personal with fans while playing songs off his latest release Swim Inside The Moon, as well as other favorites. Give his latest album a listen below.

Tickets to Thursday's show are $13 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at The Crofoot, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show by sending your name to with #pikeroom in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

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


Win Tickets to See Richard Lloyd at PJ's Lager House

In 1973 in New York City, the band Television was formed. It has been said that this band's sound perfectly embodies the 1970s in New York. Their debut studio album Marquee Moon is still their most popular album to date, making its way to several "top" lists over the years. The band only released two albums during their original run, with Television calling it quits in 1978 and then reuniting in the '90s. Although their time was short lived, they left a big impression on the music scene and still influence bands to this day.

This Thursday night, you have a chance to see one of the founding members of this influential band, guitarist Richard Lloyd, live on stage in Detroit. Lloyd will be playing PJ's Lager House along with Detroit's own Royal Sweets and The Idiot Kids. Before the show, you also have a chance to meet the artist starting at 6 p.m. for a book signing and meet & greet. His book, Everything is Combustible, documents his time in Television, years playing at CBGBs, and rock & roll lifestyle.

Tickets to Thursday's show are only $20 and can be purchased in advance here. We are also giving one lucky reader a chance to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter, send your name to with #lagerhouse in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and they will get in the door that night, with a friend for free.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Join The Ride for Pride

2018 is being called "The Year of The Woman". This year we saw more women run for office than every before and the #metoo and #timesup movements are changing the dynamics of our offices, our relationships, and our daily interactions. Women are coming together to make a change in real ways and it's working

One of the coolest local female groups that comes together every year for a cause is The Dahlias, a female motorcycle riding group that uses their passion for riding and female bonding to do something positive for their community. Every year, The Dahlias gather together to ride for a cause. This year's event is being called the Ride for Pride, and proceeds form the benefit will go to the Ruth Ellis Center  

This year's event will take place on August 26th and it will take off from Harding Park (107 Mapledale, Ferndale Mi 48220) at 4:30 p.m. sharp. It is only $10 to participate in the ride if you sign up in advance and $15 to join the day of the ride. You can purchase advance tickets o attend here. The ride will be making a midpoint stop at Clutch & Throttle before it ends at The Loving Touch, where The Dahlias will be hosting a party that includes a raffle and auction. Everyone is welcome to attend the party, bike or no bike. To learn more about the event you can click here. You can also learn a little more about these ladies by watching our very wet interview with them in the parking lot of The Loving Touch last week. Check it out and mark your calendars for this year's event!


A Quick Interview and Ticket Giveaway with Joan of Arc

Indie rockers Joan of Arc recently released their 23rd album called 1984. They are currently on tour in support of their new music and they are making a stop in Detroit this Thursday, August 16th. The band will be playing alongside Fred Thomas and Sikk Laffter and it's only $10 to get into the show.  
You can listen to the band's new album here and you can learn a little bit more about them by checking out our 4 questions with Tim Kinsella, singer and guitar player for the band.
We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of El Club Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to with the subject line #joanofarc. We will draw one lucky winner before the show and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. 

HID- What's your favorite track off your new album "1984"?
Tim Kinsella- "I couldn’t say I have a favorite cuz I really love all Melina’s songs, but I do feel like when Punk Kid came together I thought “I smell a hit!” In a way that songs don’t often make me feel. Layering the two instrumentals was also very fun."

HID- Whats's your favorite song to currently play live?
Tim Kinsella- "Our live set is definitely about momentum and sequencing and the energy of each song charging to the next. And, even on a structural level the songs are a lot different than each other, different modes. So I couldn’t really pick a favorite, it’s like how yellow depends on purple to look yellow, you know?"

HID- Whats the best part about being on the road? Whats the worst?
Tim Kinsella- "Best part is my band-mates. We all have a very good time together. And it’s great seeing old friends everywhere. Worst part is definitely money. It’s very tricky to sustain this at the level we operate on."

HID- What's your go to album right now and why?
Tim Kinsella- "I actually went thru an Injury Reserve phase a few months ago. They’re Detroit guys I think, right? My go to album forever is Arnold Dreyblatt Propellers in Love. My go to Spotify move is the L.I.E.S. Playlist on shuffle cuz it’s good for running and for reading, but I end up skipping a third of the tracks.