Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The 10 Coolest New Fall Items We Found at Youngbloods Men's Clothing Store in Hazel Park

Youngbloods is a barber shop and men's clothing store that opened their doors in Hazel Park just a few months ago. They specialize in classic men's cuts and shaves, and quality clothing from brands like Levi's, Straight to Hell, and Incognito Eyewear. They also carry a few classic lines of men's styling products, including Detroit made Murray's Pomade. We stopped by to see all of the new men's items that they have in stock for Fall and photographed some of our favorites. They are one of the very few clothing stores in Metro Detroit that caters to men. So, if you're looking to clean up your cut or get some new classic Levi's, stop in and see what they are all about.

Youngbloods is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 6 on Saturday!


~S

Win Tickets to See Minus the Bear at St.Andrew's Hall

Minus the Bear formed in Seattle, Washington in 2001. They have released 6 LPs and around 4 EPs in their 17 year career. They have toured the world and turned what started out as a joke about BJs into an almost 20 year career. But, this July the band announced that they would be embarking on a farewell tour before the band calls it quits and fades into the sunset.

They will be making their last appearance in Detroit at St. Andrew's Hall this Saturday, October 20th.  Tickets to attend the last show range from $50 to $100 and they are available for purchase here. We also have one pair of tickets to win to see the show in person with a friend for free. If you would like to enter, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #goodbye. We will draw one lucky name this Friday morning and their name will be on the guest list for the big farewell show on Saturday night!


~S 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Six Reasons to Attend Theatre Bizarre this Weekend

Theatre Bizarre once again has transformed The Masonic Temple into a magical and debaucherous place. This past weekend, we had the pleasure of attending the first installment of this year's Theatre Bizarre, on Saturday night. The amazing Halloween party will return to the Temple this weekend on Friday and Saturday Evening. Friday is the Masquerade Gala, which is a formal and more intimate version of Theatre Bizarre, while Saturday is the main event, a.k.a. one of the most amazing Halloween parties in the world. You can learn more about each of the night's and the festivities here

After attending this year's event, we are still in awe of the entire production. So, here are our top 6 reasons why you should attend Theatre Bizarre this year, in no particular order. 

1) You will feel like you're in a movie - From the costumes to the performers to the transformation of this already amazing venue, the entire experience is over the top and amazing. It is like you're at a Halloween party that you would see in a movie, only better. 
2) The decorations - Every inch of the venue is decorated for Halloween. There are tons of jack-o-lanterns, candy corn, marquee signs, art work, candles, displays, and more. The organizers don't miss a single detail. Even the lights all have an orange glow. You will seriously feel like you've been submerged in a magical Halloween world!

3) The performers - Whether you're into bands, burlesque, or everything in between, the performers at this event are over the top. Every room will feature someone in character or performing in some way. The event features great bands, sideshow style acts, burlesque dancers, and performers performing unspeakable acts. You will see and hear things that you have never seen before. 
4) You get to see areas of The Masonic Temple that you've probably never seen before. - Theatre Bizarre takes over 8 levels of The Masonic Temple. This building is already amazing all on its own, so getting to see rooms other than the main theatre or the room that the Detroit Derby Girls have their bouts in, is an amazing experience. Each floor has numerous rooms and attractions, so make sure you check out them all! 

5) The costumes - People go all out for this event. You will see some of the most amazing costumes you have ever seen in your life. Even the people working Theatre Bizarre are all in costume. This isn't your typical Halloween party where you will see 10 slutty nurses and couples going as ketchup and mustard. The costumes are sometimes nostalgic, and other times homemade and very artistic. Just looking at what everyone else came up with is fun on its own! Don't worry though, if you don't have a crazy costume planned already, you can always go with a masquerade mask and you will fit right in. Have fun with it! 
6) The production - Like we've already said, this isn't your normal Halloween party. Every detail of this event has been thought out, even the lighting, staging, and sound. If you're nerdy like us and into this kind of thing, you are in for a treat. Our one tip, keep an eye on the eye in the temple. They were pretty genius with their lighting choice for this. 

It's hard to put into words how amazing this event is. Theatre Bizarre is truly an amazing night that you need to experience at least once. But we're sure, if you go once, you will go back again. 

Theatre Bizarre will once again take over The Masonic Temple this Friday and Saturday, October 19th and 20th. Tickets for Friday night's Masquerade Gala are $260 and tickets for Saturday's main event are $105. (Even the tickets themselves are amazing and a work of art!) Tickets are no longer available online, but can be purchased at the following locations. 

The only retailer to carry both the Masquerade Gala and the Main Event:
$105 Main Event – (plus $5 Service Charge)
$260 Gala – (plus $10 Service Charge)

248-288-3600
96 W. 14 Mile
Clawson, MI 48017

October 13th & 20th Tickets:
$105 (plus $5 Service Charge)
10% Discount on In-Store Items when Purchasing Tickets

248-541-3979
124 W. 4th Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

October 13th & 20th Tickets:
$105 (plus $5 Service Charge)
10% Discount on In-Store Items when Purchasing Tickets

313-704-4407
1517 Putnam St.
Detroit, MI 48208

October 13th & 20th Tickets
$105 (plus $10 Service Charge)

Detroit Location:
(313) 481-2165
1226 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

Ann Arbor Location:
(734) 998-1413
219 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Grand Rapids Location:
(616) 776-9013
95A Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

October 13th & 20th Tickets:
$105 (plus $5 Service Charge)

313-818-0078
3401 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

October 13th & 20th Tickets:
$105 (Cash Only – No Service Charge)

10031 Jos Campau
Hamtramck 48212

~C

Win Tickets to See Joyce Manor at The Majestic

California indie rockers Joyce Manor are currently on tour in support of their latest album Million Dollars To Kill Me, released earlier this year. Pitchfork calls the album the"band’s least-punk, most melodically rich album to date". They have taken their sound in a new direction and it seems to be paying off. You can listen to their new sound here. Or, you can head up to The Majestic this Friday, October 19th to see the band play them live and in person. 

Joyce Manor will be taking the the stage alongside Big Eyes and Vundabar and tickets to get in are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of AEG Presents. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #JM. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get to attend with a friend for free. 


~S

Monday, October 15, 2018

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Restorations @ the Sanctuary

Last week, Philadelphia based Restorations kicked off their fall tour in DC and this Tuesday night, they will be making their way to Hamtramck. Black Iris Booking will bring the band to the stage at the Sanctuary along with Due North and Wild Pink. Restorations just released a new LP called LP5000 last month. The album was released by Tiny Engines and is available digitally as well as on vinyl and CD. You can give it a listen here. You can also check out the music video for "Caretaker" off the new record below.


Tickets to see Restorations live at the Sanctuary are $12 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #restorations in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this one and all ages are welcome. For more info, click here. 


~C

Brightly Twisted Officially Opens in Corktown this Thursday!

Brightly Twisted is Michigan's purveyor of hand dyed wearable pieces of art. The company began their journey selling scarves at local art fairs and branched out into making pieces for high end retailers like Nordstrom, before they decided to take their biggest step yet by opening a retail space in the heart of Corktown. After years of working and selling out of their dye house in Livonia, they decided to uproot their entire operation to take part in the resurgence of the City of Detroit. They wanted to create a retail space where clients could come by to see how everything is made and try on their latest line in person. This means that you can watch the team hand dye the clothing and accessories that they sell while you are shopping in the store.

This Thursday, October 18th, the Michigan based brand will be opening a new retail space in Corktown where they will begin the next step of their journey as a Detroit based company. The new boutique will feature the brand's entire line of clothing, including their new Fall pieces. It will also play host to a variety of local companies that will also be selling their locally made items inside their space. This includes plants from Blumz by JRDesigns, Photography from Joe Gall, and they will even be carrying shirts from Hip in Detroit!

The store officially opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday and the opening party starts at 6 p.m. The opening day party will feature a DJ from the Handgrenades, and food and drinks from local eateries, including Cork & Gable, Ottava Via, and Nemo's. Their will even be a Brightly Twisted signature cocktail for everyone over 21 to try!

The new retail space is located at 1416 Michigan Avenue and it will eventually be open regular hours throughout the week. They will also be hosting dye classes in the store after hours. To learn more about the classes click here


~S 

Friday, October 12, 2018

See "The Phantom of The Opera" with Live Organ Music at The Redford Theatre

This Saturday, October 13th, The Redford Theatre has a special, eerie evening planned. The historic theatre will be playing The Phantom of The Opera with live organ music. This 1925 adaptation of the book Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, is a silent film. It was directed by Rupert Julian and stars Lon Chaney, whose grim makeup was iconic in this film. This adaptation of the classic is much different than the musical that you have seen on stage, and the addition of the live organ music is sure to give you goosebumps.

The Phantom of The Opera will be shown at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening. Tickets for this show are $15 and can be purchased in advance here. Organist Christian Elliott will provide the soundtrack for the evening on The Redford's classic Barton organ. Make sure you stop by the lobby before or after the film too, where there will be great Phantom merchandise available along with other horror film and pop-culture memorabilia.

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI 48219. Doors to the theatre open one hour prior to showtime. For more information on this showing, the theatre, and to see a list of upcoming shows, click here.



~C

Death Bells Plays a Free Show at Deluxx Fluxx

Australian six piece Death Bells, recently made a big move, relocating from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles. Now the band is on tour across North America in support of their new 7" that was released this summer and their debut LP Standing At The Edge Of The World, which was released last year. Check out the music video for one of the singles off that 7", "Echoes".


Party Store Productions will bring Death Bells to Deluxx Fluxx this Sunday, October 14th. Joining them for the night are Temple of Angels and Something Cold. Cover to see this great lineup live is 100% free. So, you really don't have an excuse to not go to this show. Plus, if you haven't been to Deluxx Fluxx yet, this is a great excuse to check this spot out. 

18+ are welcome to attend this show and doors will open at 7 p.m. For more info, click here


~C

Thursday, October 11, 2018

24 Hour Giveaway: The Glitch Mob @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

This Friday night, The Glitch Mob will perform at Royal Oak Music Theatre. The group is currently making their way across North America in support of their latest album See Without Eyes. Joining them on this tour is Elohim, whose debut album is out now. Give both of these releases a listen below.




The Glitch Mob has always been known for their awesome live show. So if you're a fan of this group or electronic music, make sure you make it to this show Friday night! Tickets for this show start at $25 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show, courtesy of our friends at AEG Live. To enter, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #mob in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors for Friday's show are set to open at 8 p.m. and 16+ are welcome.


~C

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ryan Allen Gets Real with Extra Arms and Releases a New Album this Saturday

Ryan Allen has been a staple of the Detroit music scene for the last 20 years. He has played every  venue, every big festival, and consistently put out new music with an assortment of bands, including Thunderbirds Are Now, Destroy This Place, and as a solo artist. He is always doing something different, trying something new, and challenging himself to be better. His latest project, Extra Arms, is taking his solo work to the next level by collaborating with a full band to write and record a new album that will be released this Saturday at Cellerman's in Hazel Park.

But before the big release, we wanted to check in with Ryan to find out more about the changes in the band, the new album, and his take on music after all these shows. Check that out and get details about the album release below! 
HID- What did you miss most about creating with others?
Ryan Allen- "I think I just kind of reached the tipping point with making records on my own as Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms and wanted to explore the idea of collaborating with the guys who I'd been playing with for a year. I enjoy making records where I steer the ship the entire time, but after awhile you feel kind of stuck in a vacuum and can easily start repeating yourself. Everybody in the band kind of agreed, without really saying it, that we should function as a full-fledged band would, with everybody contributing ideas, giving their opinion, etc. and I think it worked out really great. Keep in mind I've made a bunch of records with Destroy This Place in between Extra Arms albums, but since we've been on a break, and I felt the need to inject some new juice in the Extra Arms project, making an album as a collaborative unit seemed like the natural choice."

HID- How do you think having the full band work together effected the final product?
Ryan Allen- "Completely and totally. This record would have been much different had I just made it on my own. It would probably have been a little mellower or dialed back. There would be less guitar leads and drum fills, that's for sure. And it wouldn't be as good. I credit the positive feedback the album has been getting so far to Ryan, Sean and Michael breathing new life into this project and adding their own colors to the sketches that I would bring in."

HID- Whats your favorite track off the new album and why?
Ryan Allen- "It kind of rotates all the time. Right now I'm really feeling "Old Heads"... it's a super short song and pretty simple structure-wise, but there's something about how it kind of subtly builds that I really like. I love the piano stuff that my brother Scott added to it, and by the end of the song, we are just bashing away, and it gives me a shot of adrenaline every time I hear it."

HID- Do you still perform your solo stuff live with the new permanent full band?
Ryan Allen- "Yeah! We've got a whole bunch of tunes in the rotation, and we're constantly adding things and taking things away. It's really fun. The guys enjoy playing older songs on records they didn't play on, and we've been having fun changing things up every couple of shows. It keeps it fresh and does justice to the other albums. Sometimes I want to gravitate to playing only new songs, so it's nice that these guys dig playing older stuff...that way it doesn't feel stale." 

HID- How do you think your musical writing has changed as you've gotten older?
Ryan Allen- "I think I've always kind of had my "thing". I try to write songs with meaningful lyrics that are catchy, crunchy and energetic. If anything, I think I just keep getting better by default. If you keep chipping away at something, you're supposed to get better, right? I think that's how it's supposed to work, anyway. I feel more and more confident with my songs while at the same time trying not to get too attached to them in case not everybody in the band likes them. These guys really pushed me this time and there were a few tunes that they weren't into that we ended up dropping that I may have stuck with if not for their opinions being voiced. And it was always for the better. I also really enjoyed writing songs that I felt played to the strengths of the guys in the band. So yeah, I just try and keep evolving, trying new things while still being me. But again, I give a ton of credit to Ryan, Sean and Michael for really helping to steer the direction of the album."

HID- What's your favorite part about playing live?
Ryan Allen- "I feel like when people really appreciate that you are giving it your all and leaving everything on the stage, it's a great feeling. You can feed off the energy of the crowd and it makes you play better. I try hard to keep my body in decent shape to be able to still go up there and jam my ass off, even at 38 years old. I just want to give a good show and have as much fun as possible. I don't take it for granted that people still come to see us play from time to time, and every once in awhile really dig it. As long as it's still fun, I'll keep doing it."

HID- Whats the meaning behind Headacher?
Ryan Allen- "I guess it's just more of a state of mind; kind of how I felt after the last presidential election...just this constant throbbing in my head that things were so immediately fucked. People can also be "headachers" I guess...people who are just spewing garbage on the internet or on cable news that is clearly ill-informed propaganda. The overall idea is that despite this, we have to do everything we can to fight against it - protest, make art, take care of our families, donate to worthy causes, get educated about things going on in the world and let people who are maybe of an older generation know that their bigotry and hatred won't be tolerated. I've tried to do a lot of that in the last year and a half while also maintaining my sanity, though I will admit to not being the most overly political person on the planet. Writing songs about some of this stuff has been cathartic, though, and I like to think of this record as my personal aspirin to fight off the headachers of the world.

There's also sort of a separate meaning to the term as well, at least for me, regarding addiction. I stopped drinking about a year and a half ago, and while I don't consider that feat to be heroic or anything, it's been very profound for me. Having clarity and seeing the world through sober eyes has really changed everything for me, and it's made me a better person. Not to say that if you drink or do drugs you are bad; I don't mean to imply that at all...shit, drinking rules and can be really fun. I just came to the realization that I'm not a person who should drink anymore; that I've lost my privilege. And I'm 100% fine with that, thought it took awhile to get there. So in a way, I've kind of rid myself of the headache that comes with drinking - both literally and metaphorically."

HID- You are always writing recording and putting out new music with at least one of your projects. How do you stay so focused?
Ryan Allen- "It's just something I do. It would seem totally unnatural to stop. If I'm not physically working on a song, I'm thinking about one. If I'm listening to music, I'm studying it and trying to find inspiration. It all comes as naturally to me as walking and talking; it's just ingrained in me and I love it. So it's easy to stay focused on something you love. The only real challenge is finding the time for it, but having other priorities actually really helps make the time I can spend writing, practicing, playing shows or recording totally worth while. I try not to take any moment for granted, and put everything I have into making whatever I'm doing count."

HID- If you could tell 20 year old Ryan something what would it be?
Ryan Allen- "Don't drink."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our fans to know?
Ryan Allen- "The new album is available on 10/12. They can still pre-order it now (here https://extraarms.bandcamp.com/album/headacher). Oh, and it rips."


You can see Ryan play with Extra Arms at Cellerman's this Saturday, October 13th. Reuther and Touch the Clouds will be opening the show and it's only $5 to get in the door! The show starts at 9 p.m.


~S

Win Tickets to See Lil Xan at St. Andrew's Hall

You might not be familiar with Lil Xan's music, but you have probably heard his name in the news. He has made some huge headlines over the last year as the former boyfriend of Noah Cyrus, for OD'ing on Hot Cheetos, and for making waves with his latest album called Heartbreak Soldiers. He also breaks the internet every time he gets another tattoo on his face. He is also the creator of what he calls "emo trap with a murkier sound". You can check out his music on Soundcloud here

You can also catch him live when he comes to perform at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit this Saturday, October 13th. Tickets to attend the show are $27 to $81 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. To enter, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #xan. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


~S

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Theatre Bizarre Transforms The Masonic Temple into The Greatest Masquerade on Earth

The month of Halloween is upon us and the next few weekends will be full of Halloween parties and shows. There are always a lot of great Halloween events throughout the city, but there is one that stands out above them all, Theatre Bizarre. What started out as a party in a backyard in Detroit has grown into what is known as "The Greatest Masquerade on Earth". However, don't be fooled by the fact that this started in a backyard. Even then, this party was epic and made you feel like you were in another world. Now, the event takes over The Masonic Temple in Detroit, transforming several floors throughout the temple into an amazing and twisted Halloween wonderland.

This year, Theatre Bizarre will take place during two weekends. Traditional Theatre Bizarre, also known as The Main Event, will happen on Saturday, October 13th and Saturday, October 20th. This event will feature circus performers, burlesque, and great bands. Some of the musicians performing at this year's events include Voyag3r, Caveman & Bam Bam, Kommander, Carjack., and Krillin vs. Spaceskull. The lineup is different for each of the nights, to see the list for the 13th click here and for the 20th click here. Costumes are required for both of these nights, and people will be turned away if they show up without a costume. Tickets for each of the Saturday night events are $105 per night and can be purchased at the following retail locations:

The only retailer to carry both the Masquerade Gala and the Main Event:
$105 Main Event – (plus $5 Service Charge)
$260 Gala – (plus $10 Service Charge)

248-288-3600
96 W. 14 Mile
Clawson, MI 48017

October 13th & 20th Tickets:
$105 (plus $5 Service Charge)
10% Discount on In-Store Items when Purchasing Tickets

248-541-3979
124 W. 4th Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

October 13th & 20th Tickets:
$105 (plus $5 Service Charge)
10% Discount on In-Store Items when Purchasing Tickets

313-704-4407
1517 Putnam St.
Detroit, MI 48208

October 13th & 20th Tickets
$105 (plus $10 Service Charge)

Detroit Location:
(313) 481-2165
1226 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

Ann Arbor Location:
(734) 998-1413
219 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Grand Rapids Location:
(616) 776-9013
95A Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

October 13th & 20th Tickets:
$105 (plus $5 Service Charge)

313-818-0078
3401 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

October 13th & 20th Tickets:
$105 (Cash Only – No Service Charge)

10031 Jos Campau
Hamtramck 48212

In addition to The Main Event, Halloween enthusiasts can experience a more intimate version of the event at The Masquerade Gala. This special event will also take place on two weekends, with dates on Friday, October 12th and Friday, October 19th. These evenings will feature a guided tour throughout 8 floors, with a strolling dinner, an open bar, and special performers that you have to see to believe. Attire for this event is more strict, with formal or semi-formal dress and a mask required. Men should plan on wearing tuxedos or suits and women should wear formal masquerade gowns or corset dresses. Tickets for the galas are $260 and can be purchase at Leon & Lulu or online here.

Whether you attend The Main Event or The Masquerade Gala, this is an event that you do not want to miss and need to experience at least once in your lifetime. To hear more about Theatre Bizarre, how the event got started, and how much work goes into this production, listen to our podcast with Theatre Bizarre creator John Dunivant, from last year. Click here to give it a listen and learn everything that you need to know about this amazing event.  


~C

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote in Michigan if you Want to Vote this November!


Today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

Here are the steps you need to follow to register by 5 pm today!
Visit a local Secretary of State branch office. They’ll be open until 5 p.m.
Visit a local county, city, or township clerk's office. Be aware, some close at 4:30 p.m.
Go online at www.Michigan.gov/sos for an application and either take it to the appropriate city or county clerk where you live; or send it by U.S. mail with a postmark date of the Oct. 9 deadline.
Addresses are included on the application.

To verify if you are registered, to review the issues and candidates on the ballot, or to track your absentee ballot, visit the Secretary of State website.

PS. Make sure you plan ahead to make sure that you can vote this November. Carve out a plan of action and call an uber if you need to. They are offering free rides to the polls on Election Day. You can find out more about that here.


~S





Monday, October 8, 2018

Enjoy a Classic Night at Willis Show Bar

Willis Show Bar opened its doors in 1949.  It began as an upscale jazz club where locals would gather to enjoy a live show while they sipped on a drink, but it eventually became a seedy space where those in the know gathered to find a lady of the night. In fact, it became such a center for scandal that the city padlocked its door in 1978. For the next forty years, the space sat there waiting for someone to step in and restore it to its full glory, a wish that was granted when an LA investor named Sean Patrick decided to come Detroit to bring Willis back. 

Willis Show Bar reopened last May after 18 months of restoration and planning. This included taking ten weeks to restore the original Art Moderne style ceiling. The result is a gorgeous 3,000 square foot space that seats around 85 people. This includes a 28 seat bar and large booths that fit anywhere from 2 to 8 people at a time. In the center of the bar there is a small stage and every seat in the house faces it because Willis Show Bar is all about the show.  
Willis Show Bar is bringing back the art of entertainment by offering patrons much more than a place to have a high end cocktail. When you come by their bar you also get to see a live show performed by some of the city's top talent. This includes live music, burlesque, comedy, and more. Every night that they are open they feature a different type of entertainment for you to enjoy. The first time we went, we saw an amazing jazz singer and enjoyed a pop up dinner from Planthropie, a Detroit vegan catering company. The second time we went, we saw the owners of Rouge Makeup and Nails Studio take the stage to sing a duet. Both times we were blown away by the level of musical talent that we were able to enjoy for $5 at the door.


The bar carries a wide variety of beers, wines, and signature classic cocktails, including staples like the French 75. The space is dimly lit and when you arrive a hostess walks you through the curtains to a table where a waiter or waitress greets you and immediately takes your order. The entire experience is top notch from start to finish. The average cover to get in is $5, but it can be more for special events. Reservations are recommended as the space only seats 85 people per show. There are generally two shows a night and each time we visited, the entire experience lasted around 2 to 2 1/2.  This is the perfect place to take a date and an amazing way to celebrate an anniversary.  If you are looking for a lux night on the town and a way to see some of the most talented performers around, check out Willis Show Bar. They are currently open at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and they are located at the corner of Willis and Third in the city's Cass Corridor. 



~S





24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Thrice @ St. Andrew's Hall w/
The Bronx and Teenage Wrist

This Tuesday night, St. Andrew's Hall will bring Thrice to their stage. The California based post-hardcore band has been making music since the late '90s. Their sound has evolved a bit over the years, but their large and loyal fan base has stuck with them for nearly two decades now. The band just released their latest album Palms last month. Give it a listen below.


Thrice will be joined by fellow California rockers, The Bronx, making for what we're sure will be an amazing night of music. The Bronx are by far one of our favorite bands to see live, so if you're not already a fan, make sure you get there early to check them out. Also on the bill is Teenage Wrist. Tickets to see these three bands live are $24.50 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at St. Andrew's Hall and Live Nation Detroit, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show. To enter, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #thrice in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

This show is set to start early, with doors opening at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.  


~C

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Zander Michigan Brings You Kitchen Sink #2 This Friday

Photo Credit: Brian Rozman

There is no one like Zander Michigan. He has charisma, is super talented, and is all around an amazing guy. He always stands out when he's in a room, and not just because he's the best dressed guy in the room, always in a suit and tie or bow tie and of course with his signature hat. He has a presence about him that makes him stand out above the rest. And that presence is even greater when he's on stage. 

This Friday night you have a chance to see Zander Michigan on stage when he celebrates the release of his new album at The Loving Touch. The new release is the follow up to Kitchen Sink #1, and is appropriately named Kitchen Sink #2. It is definitely our favorite release of his yet, full of catchy tunes that you will be singing to yourself the rest of the day. Give the first release "Yoga Poses" a listen below, then read ahead for details on Friday's show. 

Zander Michigan will be joined by The Fruits, who are also celebrating the release of new tunes on Friday night. Also set to hit the stage are Shepard Tone and Twin North. Cover for this show is $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. To sweeten the deal and make you feel even better about spending the night with Zander, a portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit Forgotten Harvest. Gotta love that Zander Michigan! Not only a great musician, but also a great guy. So make your way to The Loving Touch this Friday for a great night! The fun starts at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome.


~C

Photo Recap: Lucero Live at St. Andrew's Hall

Black Iris Booking teamed up with Live Nation to bring Lucero to the stage at St. Andrew's Hall last Tuesday, October 2nd.  Local photographer CJ Benninger caught the show on camera. Check it out!



Win Tickets to Kimball's 7" Release Show

This Saturday night, Kimball will be taking over the Ghost Light in Hamtramck for their 7" release show! The new EP is being released by Jett Plastic Recordings and will be available on limited edition colored vinyl. This is the first 7" for the band and it will feature three songs, "GUNS", "Weave Teeth", and "North Wilson". Although this release is a milestone for the band, they're not done yet. They have plans to release another new song next month and a full length some time next year. Until that new music is released, you can listen to their latest tunes on Spotify here.

Kimball will be joined by The Doozers and Natalie Lucassian for Saturday's show. Tickets for the show are $5 in advance and can be purchased here. The night of the show, cover will be $7 at the door. With paid admission to the show, you will get your hands on that new record too! If you're running low on dough, but still want to check Kimball out live, we are also getting a few people into this show for free. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #kimball in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners on Saturday morning and they will each get in the door with a friend for free that night.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m for this one. For more info, click here.


~C

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TROUT Releases Their Debut LP Friday Night

Whether you're a fan of metal, punk, rock, or just music in general, we guarantee you will like Trout. It seems like everyone that sees this band live walks away a fan. If you're not familiar with Trout, it is a three piece band that is a little bluesy, and some say they're even a little bit country, but overall, they're mainly just rock and roll. The band features Pete Geloso on vocals and guitar, Kyle Grawbarger on bass, and Kyle Shelest on drums.

This Friday night, the trio is celebrating the release of their first LP. The self titled album is being released on vinyl by Rouge Records, but is already available for streaming. Hit play below then read ahead to see what front man Pete Geloso had to say about the band, the new album, and the release show.


HID- How would you describe Trout to someone that has never heard you guys before?
Pete Geloso- "It’s a rock band with very heavy blues and soul influence. People tend to say sometimes we have a country rock sound and I can see that with some of our tunes."

HID- Who are your biggest musical influences as a band?
Pete- "Kyle (Grawbarger) and I have been pals and musical partners for years now. After Grand Junction, we started to lean toward heavier music with a lot of blues influence. Bands such as Taste, Humble Pie, Blue Cheer, and just about any 70s power trio you can muster."

HID- You have a pretty amazing voice! Actually, the first time I saw you on stage, I was shocked to when I heard you start singing. (In a good way, of course.) Who are your biggest influences as a singer? 
Pete- (smiles and blushes) "My main influences vocally from the get go have always been Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Paul Rogers, and Elton John. And as of recent years, I must add Steve Marriott. Perhaps the greatest rock n roll singer ever."

HID- Tell us about the new record! Where did you record it? How long have you been working on these songs? Do you guys write the songs together or does one person do most of the writing?
Pete- "We recorded it at Hamtramck Sound Studio with Adam Cox. Working there is an absolute pleasure and I highly recommend Adam to everyone in the area. I go to the band with the song pretty much completed and Kyle and Kyle complete it by adding the rhythm. Kyle Shelest is not only a bad ass drummer, but he has been clutch in helping out with arrangement on quite a few of these tunes. I wrote all but one song on the record. Some of them I’ve had for a couple years prior to starting Trout in late 2016, some came within the past year and a half. It feels good to finally release a full length album of music that the guys and I have worked hard on. This is the first full length album any of us have played in front to back. Very exciting stuff!"

HID- Why should everyone come out to the release show this Friday night?
Pete- "I can think of quite a few reasons why. It’s a celebration of putting out that first album. We have some faithful friends that enjoy the music and we’ve gained a bit of a following in the area. We’re gonna be two years old as a band in December. And in that two years, this will be our second show we’ve ever headlined and we are in good fucking company when it comes to having Duende, Dude, and Jackson and the Poolsharks on the bill with us. Not to mention, we have Anthony and Al from Heavy and Beyond spinning tunes all night. Trout will be hitting the stage probably around midnight which means October 5th turns into October 6th which happens to be my 24th birthday."

HID- What's next for Trout?
Pete- "We have a couple not so local shows in the works. Other than that, we would like to start working on new material. We’ve been playing these tunes for a long while now and it’s time to start writing for the next record which will eventually happen!"

Trout's LP Release show is this Friday, October 5th at The Sanctuary. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and Jackson & The Poolsharks will be kicking off the show. As Pete mentioned, Duende and DUDE are also on the bill, and the Heavy & Beyond dudes will be playing tunes throughout the night. Cover to see this great lineup live is only $7. So make sure you get there early and stay late! We guarantee this is going to be an awesome show from start to finish.


~C

Win Tickets to See Noah Cyrus at St. Andrew's Hall

First we got "Achy Breaky" with the Cyrus family, then we partied in the US and took a ride on a Wrecking Ball. Now it's time for a whole new generation of Cyrus to break the internet and make her mark on this world. The multi talented Noah Cyrus is currently on her first headlining world tour and she is coming to Detroit!

She got her musical legs opening for Katy Perry during her Witness tour, but she is ready to take the stage and play her heart out for her fans. Her latest album is called Good Cry and her latest music video is for the title track. You can check it out below to get a feel for her sound


If you like what you hear, you can head up to St. Andrew's to see her perform live this Friday, October 5thTickets to attend the show are $20-$28 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to see her perform by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday morning and they will get to see the next generation of Cyrus take over one of Detroit's most legendary stages.


~S