Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Win Tickets to the End of Everything Release Party

It's no secret that Detroit has been known for great music for decades now. One thing that Metro Detroit and Michigan as a whole have also been getting recognition for more recently is making great beer. This weekend, there is an event combining both of those things in one place.

Detroit Garage Project and Antithesis Brewing, along with Oath Distributing, are releasing their latest brew the End of Everything. The release is taking place next door to Third Man Records this Saturday, May 4th. The event will feature beer, swag bags, and live performances from HafLife, Fishgutzz & the Stinkin' OrchestraTemple of the Fuzz Witch, and Carmel Liburdi. This is an earlier show, with things kicking off at 4:30 p.m. and wrapping up around 9 p.m. Cover is only $15, which gets you into the show and a sample of beer. Advance tickets can be purchased here.

Thanks to Abbey Productions, we are also getting one lucky reader and a friend into this show for free. To enter to win a pair of tickets, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #garage in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

The End of Everything release party is taking place at 441 West Canfield in Detroit. For more info on this event, click here. To learn more about The End of Everything beer, click here.

Win Tickets to See Lil Pump at The Fillmore this Sunday

The internet has completely changed music. It has made it possible for artists like Lil Pump to record and release music directly to their fans. Pump was one of the first people to use Soundcloud to make a name for himself and he currently has around 17 million listeners per month on Spotify. Since signing to Warner Brothers Records, he as released two albums including his latest Harverd Dropout, for which he is currently on tour. 

Lil Pump is currently on tour with Lil Skies and they will be making a stop to perform in Detroit at The Fillmore on May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo. Tickets to attend the show are $50-$75 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Hip in Detroit and Live Nation Detroit by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #pump. We will draw one lucky winner and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.


Monday, April 29, 2019

B.Nektar Celebrates New Mead with Some Mayhem

B. Nektar is gearing up to release a ton of new mead this May. They will be dropping a new flavor every weekend and having a celebration to mark the small batch release. This includes live music, food trucks, game nights, and more. Read ahead for a full list of events and don't forget, the B. Nektar Meadery and tap house is located in Ferndale, right outside of the downtown parking disaster. You can pretty much pull up and park outside anytime they are open and their tap house always has items that you cannot get in stores!

5/3: TruckShuka Detroit Food  Truck will be parking at the tap room from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

5/4: Episode 13-3 Year Reserve bottle release starts at 2 p.m. and Senor’s Food Truck arrives at 6 p.m.

5/10: Pizza and Karaoke! PIZZA from Wood Fired Up. Doors at 5 p.m.

5/11: Chocolate Coffee Sanchez (Raspberry Mead with cacao nibs and Chazzano coffee!) bottle release starts at 2 p.m. Live Music by AfterOurs (8 p.m.) and food by Detroit Panzerotti Company food truck at 8 p.m.

5/16: Simply Spanish food truck 6-9 p.m.

5/18: The Zombies Take Manhattan (Barrel-aged Imperial Zombie Killer) Returns! Bottle sales begin at 2 p.m. The Third Wall (classic cult-films and music, feat. Eddie Logix) starts at 8 p.m.

5/22: Rush Hour Recital: Experience an intimate performance by DSO musicians at the B. Nektar taproom - no ticket or reservation required! Music starts at 6 p.m. (Jeff Zook - flute, Amanda Blaikie - flute, Jeremy Crosmer - cello)

5/24: Trailer Park Boys Themed Trivia 8p.m.

5/25: Vanilla Cinnamon (a delightful throwback to the mead that truly started it all) bottle release at 2 p.m.
The B. Nektar Tap Room is located at 1511 Jarvis, Ferndale, MI 48220 

Hours of Operation: 
Monday: 5pm-10pm
Tuesday: 5pm-10pm
Wednesday: 5pm-10pm
Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday: 5pm-12am
Saturday: 2pm-12am
Sunday: 2pm-8pm


Friday, April 26, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: April 26-28

We've already told you all about Ferndale Spring Fever, bringing a ton of awesome bands to 4 venues in Ferndale throughout the weekend. Well there are a lot of other awesome events happening around town this weekend too! As always, you can see a list of some of the great shows happening over on the right side of hipindetroit.com, but here are some of the highlights for this weekend.

Friday, April 26th - Trevor Noah @ The Fox Theatre: Host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Trevor Noah will be bringing his witty stand-up to The Fox Theatre. Although he will only be in town for one night, there are 2 chances to see him live on stage. There is a show at 7:30 p.m. and a late show at 10 p.m. and a few tickets are still available for both. Purchase your tickets online here.

Saturday, April 27th - Chelsea Handler @ The Fillmore: One of your other favorite big name comedians, Chelsea Handler will also be in Detroit this weekend. Handler is on tour her "Life Will Be The Death Of Me Tour" in support of her best selling book by the same name. The tour will be a "sit-down" comedy tour rather than stand-up. Tickets for this one are also still available and start at just $35! Buy yours here.

Saturday, April 27th - A Very John Waters Birthday featuring Jake Shears: The one and only John Waters will return to Detroit this weekend to celebrate his birthday here for the third year in a row. The party is once again taking place at El Club in Southwest Detroit. Jake Shears will also be there playing songs inspired by the films of John Waters. Mr. Waters himself will performing as well. It will be a birthday party like no other. Tickets start at $65 and can be purchased here. VIP packages are also available.

Saturday, April 27th - Peelander-Z @ Deluxx Fluxx: Black Iris Booking and Party Store Productions are bringing that crazy Japanese Action Comic Punk Band Peelander-Z back to Detroit! They will hit the stage at Deluxx Fluxx on Saturday night along with SpaceSkull and The Imaginatron. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. All ages are welcome.

Sunday, April 28th - Death @ Deluxx Fluxx: Detroit's legendary punk band Death will be performing at Deluxx Fluxx on Sunday night along with Timmy's Organism. The band is doing a series of special performances this year in honor of the 10th anniversary since "the world discovered Death’s legendary LP For The Whole World To See". Tickets to see this lineup live are $20 and can be purchased in advance here. We're sure this one will sell out, so don't wait to pay at the door!


Win Tickets to Ooh La La Lucha 6!!!

Have you ever heard of the annual Ooh La La Lucha party in Detroit? This unique event pairs wrestling, with burlesque, drinking, live music and more. There is literally something for everyone and something new to see on every stage. We have attended all five of the last years and cannot wait to go back for our sixth time this Saturday, May 4th. So we wanted to make sure that all of you heard about it before it sells out, because it always sells out.

Ooh La La Lucha is the brainchild of the Working Class Outlaws a restaurant group in Ferndale, Michigan that owns and manages some of your favorite spots, including Public House, Imperial, and the recently opened Antihero. If you have been inside any of the aforementioned spaces you know that these people aren't afraid to step outside the box and have a little fun.

Ooh La La Lucha is their annual let loose party and this year's performers are bigger and better than ever before. WWE wrestler Último Dragón, Sam Adonis, and the 2018 champion Mysterious Movado will all be stepping into the ring. Roxi D’Lite, Jessabelle Thunder and Evil Hate Monkey will be seducing the crowd and KRILLIN and Mariachi el Reefermen will be providing the tunes. BOTH bands are must-sees so it's pretty cool to have them in the same place!
Tickets to attend the event are $40-$75 in advanc, but we have a pair to give away to one lucky reader! If you would like to enter to come to get weird at St. Andrew's Hall during La La Lucha, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #oohlala. One lucky person will get to attend the festivities with a friend for free.

Doors for this event open at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here.


Did You Know They Launched a New Menu at Public House?

In 2012, the Working Class Outlaws opened Imperial on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, Michigan. Just over a year later, they opened Public House down the street on 9 Mile and last year, at the end of 2018, they opened a third restaurant next door on 9 Mile called Antihero. All three restaurants serve out of this world food and have their own cool vibe. Imperial is the home of So-Cal style tacos and sides, Anti Hero is a perfect fusing of Japanese and American, and Public House is traditional American fare with a twist.

But, having opened three great spaces in a matter of 6 years wasn't enough for this team. After they launched Anti Hero a few months ago, they got ready to do an entire menu revamp at Public House. That menu revamp includes getting rid of their sliders and going to full burgers as well as shifting the focus of their menu from little bites to bigger full-sized meals. They also added a lot more vegan options to their menu which means that I had an even bigger reason to go back and see what they had to offer.

I am pleased to say that the new menu is a big upgrade for Public House. The Impossible Burger is made with a pretzel bun, vegan thousand islands, and the meltiest and most delicious vegan cheese. The pretzel bun alone makes it better than 99% of the burgers we have ever had, but then you add in the cheese and the sauce and it takes it over the top. I would say it is the best Impossible in town. I also tried the Prickles, a vegan fried pickle with dipping sauce. It's been a long time since I had a good fried appetizer and I really enjoyed this one. I topped off my meal with Estelle, a tequila-based cocktail that was very sweet, but also had a little kick to it. It was good, but I could only have one because like I said, it was very sweet. Overall I was very pleased with the new menu and I think that this was an awesome new upgrade to something that was already solid. I cannot wait to see what the WCO do next!


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ferndale Gets Spring Fever this Weekend

The weather has finally broke and it seems like everyone has spring fever, even Ferndale. Everyone is looking to get out of the house, have some fun, and party. This weekend, Ferndale has an event happening that will let you do all three.

Ferndale Spring Fever is a new music festival happening in Ferndale this Thursday thru Saturday. Organized by Jesse Shepherd-Bates (Handgrenades and JSB Squad Productions), the event will host over 40 bands at 4 venues over 3 days. The shows will take place at New Way Bar, The Loving Touch, Otus Supply and The Magic Bag. The lineup includes a mix of national acts alongside bands from the area, with headliners like Tokyo Police Club, The Black Lips, and Murder By Death. Some of the local favorites playing include Extra Arms, Brother Son, Tart, and the return of Millions of Brazilians. Check out the full lineup for the weekend below.

Thursday Night: 
The Loving Touch: She Wants Revenge , You Rest You Joy Life, Vespre 
The Magic Bag: Born Ruffians, Handgrenades, Tart 
Otus Supply: Murder By Death, The Bruised Reed, Siamese 
New Way Bar: Jerry Dreams, Alexyn Wundrland, Warhorses, Vazum, Brother Hallow 

Friday Night: 
The Loving Touch: Black Lips, Brother Son, J. Walker & The Crossguards 
The Magic Bag: Fucked Up, Lung, Throwaway 
Otus Supply: Bully, Prude Boys, Zilched 
New Way Bar: Willa Rae, Adventures With Vultures, Noveliss, Kimball, Mark Whalen and The Buttermilk Boys 

Saturday Night:
The Loving Touch: Tokyo Police Club, Ronny Tibbs, Extra Arms 
The Magic Bag: WHY?, Millions of Brazilians, George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus 
Otus Supply: Speedy Ortiz, Summer Like the Season, The Doozers 
New Way Bar: The Beggars, Strange Heart, Reuther, NATURE BOYS, Allye Gaietto 

Tickets for Ferndale Spring Fever are $25 per day or $70 for a weekend pass. Passes grant you to admission to all four venues, but keep in mind that venues may fill up. So if there is a band you really want to see, make sure you get there early! Thanks to JSB, we are alos giving one lucky reader a weekend pass to the fest. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #fever in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Ferndale Spring Fever is an all ages event. Head over to Spotify to listen to the Ferndale Spring Fever playlist to hear all of the bands playing this weekend. Find out everything else that you need to know about this event, like show times and parking information, at FerndaleSpringFever.com


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Meet Josie Pace

Detroit has always been home to raw and original talent. We are a breeding ground for strong artists who have a vision that they can carry through to the stage and present to the world. We created Motown and made major impacts on hip hop and rock and roll, we were also a mecca for garage rock just a decade ago. A lot of people have speculated about what makes Detroit a melting pot for creative magic and they have come up with a lot of reasons, including our weather, our winters, and our deep connection to the car companies for the last century. But those are only contributing factors, the truth is that Detroit artists are unapologetic. They aren't afraid to have a vision and to carry it out, even if it's not what's popular right now. Why not make it the next big thing? The recipe is simple, mix some raw talent with ruthless drive and determination to get something that no one has ever heard before. The DMAs are an appropriate time of year to reflect on the local music scene and to explore who and what is going to make a major impact on the sounds of the city. So, we wanted to tell you about an up and coming Detroit artist that has already made a mark for herself by being nominated for one at this Friday's event, her name is Josie Pace.

Josie Pace is a Michigan born musical prodigy that cut her chops playing coffee shops before she decided that she wanted to take things a little darker. She is one of those artists that doesn't just write songs, she presents concepts and ideas using music, lyrics, and visuals that entice all your senses to bring you inside her world while you are listening or watching. Her voice is perfection, her style and presentation are dark and seductive and her collection of music videos is worthy of a good binge. You can check out her entire collection of music and videos by visiting her website here. We personally love the song "Battleground". We dig Josie's NIN meets Lady Gaga kind of vibe and can appreciate a strong sexy woman who isn't afraid to claim her talent and her space within this world. We can see why she was nominated for the Outstanding Alt/Indie/Punk Artist or Group at this year's awards ceremony. She has the talent and knows how to use it. She will be opening for Stabbing Westword at The Machine Shop in Flint on July 12th if you want to see her play live and in person, and you can follow her on Instagram or YouTube to stay in the loop. If she wasn't on your radar before she is now and you need to start paying attention.

The DMAs will take place at The Fillmore this Friday, April 26th. You can buy your tickets to attend the awards ceremony in person here. If you're lucky you might just see Josie and some of Detroit's other up and coming talents at the show!


Monday, April 22, 2019

Win Tickets to See Joey Pecoraro's Return to Michigan to Play a Live Set at St. Andrew's Hall

Joey Pecoraro wants to make you happy. In fact, he spends most of his time writing music in the hopes that when you hear it you will get a smile on your face. This classically trained musician is creating chill-hop tunes that can instantly turn your day around if you push play. His latest album is called Deep in a Dream of You, you can listen to it here. He got his start right here in Beverly Hills, Michigan, but has been traveling the world sharing his sounds with all sorts of different people because everyone could use a little smile.

He will be coming back home to play St. Andrew's Hall this Thursday, April 25th to play The Shelter. Tickets to attend the set are $13 and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #joey. We will draw one lucky winner the day before the show and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. So, take a second and send your name over while you listen to some seriously satisfying music.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: April 19-21

Friday, April 19th - Detroit Rock City Skate NiteGeminEye Tarot & Heavy and Beyond are bringing rock & roll to the roller skating rink this Friday night! The team will be taking over RollerCade Roller Rink for a night of roller skating to the music of Alice Cooper and KISS. Heavy & Beyond will be DJing while you roll around the rink and there will be raffle prizes too! Costumes and makeup are highly encouraged. Cover is $10 (which includes skate rental) and proceeds will be going towards cancer treatment for Taryn Carter. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the rink is open until 1 a.m.

Friday, April 19th - The Lucid Furs Album Release Show @ Small's: One of the best bands in Detroit right now, The Lucid Furs, is celebrating the release of their sophomore album Friday night at Small's. No God? No Problem will be available at the show and you can listen to the first two singles off of the album here. The Lucid Furs have an awesome lineup joining them for the night with Krillin, The Scapes and Scissor Now. Cover is $10 and doors are at 8 p.m. Come hungry because Renegade Kitchen will be serving up food too!

Saturday, April 20th - Haute to Death @ Marble BarHaute to Death is always one of the best parties around and this month they return to Marble Bar. Saturday's event will feature a special set from Loren (LOBOS / My Baby) and visuals from François Decomble on the big screen. The night will feature New Wave, Post Punk, Italo, House and more. Cover is only $3 before 11 p.m. and $5 after 11. Doors open at 10 and 21+ are welcome.

Saturday, April 20th - RiDetroit Season Opening Party @ George Gregory: RiDetroit is one of the latest projects of the one and only Jason Hall. You may know him as one of the masterminds that started Slow Roll or that handsome guy that's on Live in the D sometimes. Well, now he is hosting guided bike rides through Detroit, like mural tours, giving you a look at the city like you've never seen it before. Saturday's event is the kickoff the 2019 season. There will be food, drinks, giveaways, demonstrations, and music from Emily Thornhill. Admission is free, but you must RSVP here. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Make sure you check out what else RiDetroit has coming up here.  

Saturday, April 20th - Puff Puff Passover @ Outer Limits Lounge: Passover starts on April 19th and Saturday is 4/20, so when he two collide, you get Puff Puff Passover. This show will feature none other than James Linck along with Eyes Cried Shut (JP from the HP), Mic Phelps & The Plug, and Clyde Moop. There will also be food, drink specials, and giant Jenga. Cover is only $5 and doors open at 8 p.m.


Go Camping on the Dequindre Cut!

If you want to go camping sometime this summer, but you're not sure where you want to pitch your tent, look no further than Detroit! This June, the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard will host Camping on the Cut! For those that don't know, the Dequindre Cut is a walking and biking path that stretches from the Detroit Riverfront to Eastern Market. Near the end of the cut, you will find the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, featuring shipping containers that house drinks, pop-up shops, and more. On Saturday June 1st, the Cut will also be home to 75 camp sites for the night.

Camping on the Cut is an adult only camping experience that will feature food trucks, bonfires, s'mores, a midnight bike ride, yoga, lawn games, coffee, brunch, live music and more. The live music portion is extra impressive because this event will actually be the home of this year's WhateverFest! In its ninth year, this is a new location for the fest that was previously held at venues like Trumbullplex and Tangent Gallery. Although the lineup hasn't been announced yet for this year, it is always stellar! The music portion of Camping on the Cut will take place from Noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and then after 10, only the campers are allowed.

If this sounds like a good time to you, the time to sign up is now! As we mentioned, only 75 camp sites are available, but each site is allowed to have up to 10 people. The cost is $25 per person, plus extra for brunch if you want to participate in that. To sign up for your campsite, count how many people are in your crew and click here. Although this event is a couple of months away, the campsites won't last long!


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Brian Posehn @ The Crofoot

Comedian and actor Brian Posehn has been gracing our screens with his presence since the 1990s. From our TV Screens to the big screen, he has been in a ton of TV Shows and movies, including Mr. Show, The Big Bang Theory, and even The Devil's Rejects. If you're a big fan of Tom Goes to The Mayor like we are, then you will also recognize his voice as the voice of Gibbons.

This Thursday, April 18th, Posehn will grace us with his presence on stage at The Crofoot in Pontiac. He is currently on tour bringing his stand up to everywhere from Hawaii to Philly, and Metro Detroit was lucky enough to be one of the stops in between. Tickets to see Brian Posehn live are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show courtesy of our friends at The Crofoot. To enter to win,  send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #funny in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors for this show will open at 7 p.m. and 16+ are welcome. Click here to check out Brian's book Forever Nerdy, released this past fall.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Win Tickets to See Health at El Club

Health is currently on tour in support of their latest album Slaves of Fear. After receiving a new level of credibility from their success with the Grand Theft Auto brand, it was nice to see that they could still create something even darker and even heavier than before. You can hear their new album here.  You can also catch them performing live in Detroit on Monday, April 22nd at El Club. Tickets to attend the show are $20 in advance and $22 the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to attend the show courtesy of El Club. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject #health. We will draw one lucky person before the show and they will get to attend the set with a friend for free.


Monday, April 15, 2019

What's Up With All of Those Resale Shops on Woodward?

I drive up and down Woodward a lot. More specifically, I make the trek from Ferndale to Birmingham a few times a week for work and over the last few years, I noticed that there are a ton of resale shops every few miles during the drive. I began wondering what kind of treasures I could find inside these shops, I dreamed of discovering the perfect vintage belt in my price point or splurging on a pair of shoes that I wouldn't normally be able to afford. I figured all the people selling stuff to these shops have money, so the shops must have some really cool things inside them. Plus, I'm trying to stop buying fast fashion so buying resale fits better with my new vibe. So, after a few months of dancing around inside my fantasies, I decided to spend an afternoon making some stops.

Initially, I realized that many of the storefronts that advertised resale were closed down rental properties with old signage so there aren't actually as many shops as the drive leads you to believe. Ultimately, I was able to find a few places to stop in and search around, but I didn't buy anything on my travels. There were a few cool clothing items that I saw, but none of them were in my size and the last thing I need is more furniture or jewelry. The most shocking discovery of the day was how much-unwanted fur is rotting away on racks inside these places. If you saw it all in person, I think you would agree that fur is so 2000 and late, it's time to go faux and be done with it. Despite not finding anything, I enjoyed my adventure and plan to stop back by some of the shops from time to time to see what they have because I could see finding something special in the future. Here's a rundown of the places I stopped and what they offer.

Refined Resale: 32823 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Refined Resale is a small green shop on the side of Woodward Avenue. It is packed wall to wall and ceiling to floor with dresses, purses, shoes, assessors and more.  Items are mildly organized, but it's more of a dig yourself through space kinda place. They have lots of items in the $20 price range and some that go upwards of 200. It would be a great place to get a nice dress for an event and I guarantee that you could find something that you wanted if you took the time to dig, but it's not easy to move things on the racks and there is a lot to look at. The best item that I found was a purple Marc Jacobs bag that was reasonably priced, but no cheaper than you could get it on one of the resale stores online.  
Everything Home Upscale Resale: 29862 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Everything Home is exactly what it promises. They have everything you could ever need for your home. Lots of upscale furniture, mirrors, paintings, vases, lamps, and china. Everything is laid out nicely and if you were looking for something for your home, it would be easy to walk through and spot something special. They do not carry much clothing, jewelry, or shoes at this shop, but they have a few things of this nature. I could see myself stopping in if I was looking for a special housewarming gift or if I needed a cool mirror for my home. 

Emporium Resale Boutique: 33744 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009

The Emporium was actually a pretty cool space. Everything is organized by size and category and it was super fun to walk around and see what they had. The shop carried a variety of name brand stuff ranging from mid-level to high end. The owner was friendly and immediately told me which tags were on sale when I walked into the store. I will definitely stop in once in a while to see what she has because she clearly cares about what she is doing and try to find nice things to resale into a new home at a fair price. 

Regeneration: 23700 Woodward Ave, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069

I know that a lot of you probably have been to Regeneration before, but I wanted to remind you how cool of a store it really is. All of their stock tends to be seasonal and their prices are more than reasonable. They carry mid-level and vintage fashion and their stock is constantly changing. I usually buy something every time I visit so it was a surprise when I didn't find anything this time around.  This is the spot I am most likely to return to if I am looking for a deal, but not the spot I would stop at if I was looking for some high-end vintage finds.

PS- They also have a second location in Clawson.

Passion Fashion: Next to the Affordable Flowers located at 33289 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
This was my favorite store by far. I spent some time chatting with an older gentleman named Len who told me that they had just moved into the space and they would be getting a lot more merchandise soon. They didn't have much on the shelves, but what they did have was nice. Most of their merchandise was older high-end stuff. If you were looking for a vintage St. Johns suit, this would be the place to go. Plus, Len was awesome to talk to, so I suggest stopping in if you want to have an adventure and meet a new friend.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: April 12-14

We've already told you about Record Store Day, Detroit X Detroit, and the We Came As Romans show, but there are some other awesome events happening around town this weekend! Check out our top picks for this weekend:

Friday, April 12th - Suck It Suicide Comedy Benefit @ Small's: For years now, Ray & Laura (formerly of Ray & Laura's Comedy Showcase) have been throwing an annual benefit show with proceeds going to Suck It Suicide. This organization does amazing work in the community, helping people that lost someone to suicide. In addition to the hilarious comedians, there are also always great raffle prizes! Doors to Small's will open at 8 p.m., the show starts at 9:30 p.m. and cover is a suggested donation of $10 (you can give more if you feel so inclined). For a full list of comics performing and to get the scoop on those raffle prizes, click here.

Friday, April 12th - Bars of Gold Release Show @ The Loving Touch: Bars of Gold are definitely one of the most entertaining, energetic, and talented bands that Detroit has to offer! This Friday night, they are celebrating the release of their new record SHELTERS. The release party is happening at The Loving Touch and Teener and Bastardous will be joining them for the evening. With that lineup, we guarantee that this will be a great show! Cover is $12 and doors are at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 13th - Second Saturdays 16 w/ James Linck and Ladysse: Second Saturdays is a monthly event put on by the Sound & Silence crew at POP+Offworld. This event brings great music to this already awesome barcade. For this installment, the lineup will feature none other than James Linck along with the talented Ladysse. Also providing tunes for the night are Eddie Logix and DJ Beige. Cover for this show is free, but make sure you bring some quarters for the arcade games!

Sunday, April 14th - Say Cheese Fest Detroit @ The Belle Isle Boat House: Who doesn't love cheese? This Sunday afternoon, Detroiters will come together to celebrate their love of cheese at the Belle Isle Boat House. There will be all sorts of cheeses available, hard cheese, soft cheese, grilled cheese, and mac & cheese. It definitely sounds like a delicious event! Tickets for Say Cheese Fest start at $30 and can be purchased in advance here.

Freep Film Festival - All Weekend: Now in its sixth year, the Freep Film Festival takes over 10 venues in town to show dozens of films, with subjects ranging from music to cultural issues. Films are shown at The Redford Theatre, The Fillmore, Ant Hall and more. See a full list of films, venues, showtimes and purchase tickets at FreepFilmFestival.com.


Finding Brightness in this Twisted World (Podcast)

Hip in Detroit sat down with Alexandra Bourque to learn all about Brightly Twisted, a family owned company that recently made its move to Corktown in Detroit. She also shared her story of finding her voice and deciding to speak out against abuse, specifically the MSU/USA Olympics' coverup of Larry Nassar's abuse of at least 300 victims. Sit back and press play to learn about a woman who turned her pain into beauty and inspiration.

For more info on subjects discussed during this episode, visit the links below:
Brightly Twisted
Sister Survivors
MSU Museum Opening Party
MSU Museum Gallery Hours

Win Tickets to See SWMRS at The Majestic on Tuesday

Oakland California is the birthplace of MC Hammer, Sheila E., Tim Armstrong, and Too Short. It is also the birthplace of SWMRS, an OC born band that recently released their second album Berkeley's On Fire on Fueled by Ramen Records. They are currently on tour with Beach Goons and Destroy Boys and they will be making a stop in Detroit to play at The Majestic this Tuesday, April 16th.

Tickets for this show are $19 in advance and $21 at the door. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show. If you would like to enter, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #OC. We will be drawing one lucky name on Tuesday and that person will get to attend the show for free with a friend. In the meantime, check out the band's video for the album's title track, "Berkeley's on Fire".


Hip in Detroit's Guide to Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019 is this Saturday, April 13th and there's no doubt that there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of music enthusiasts lined up outside of all of the stores around town. Some will be trying to get their paws on this year's RSD exclusives, while others are there just to take advantage of the sales that most stores are having. To make your Record Store Day a little easier, we made a list of some of the best stores around Metro Detroit and what they will be offering. Some will have live music, some will have great deals, and some will have free food. Decide for yourself which stores have the most to offer.

Dearborn Music (Dearborn): From the looks of things on Facebook, Dearborn Music has a lot of those RSD releases that you want to get your hands on. They will be posting a full list of what they have at 6 p.m. on Friday. Doors will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday!

Flipside Records (Clawson): Doors will open at 9 a.m. and there will be lots of RSD titles in stock! The specials for the day include 50% off ALL Used CDs and DVDs and 20% Off All Other Used Items & Toys, Used Vinyl, Stereo Equipment, Video Games, Comics, Cassettes, Art, etc. 106.7 WLLZ will be in store from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and there will even be free soft drinks and candy!

Found Sound (Ferndale): Giveaways, RSD releases, and more! Doors at Found Sound open at 10 a.m. From 1-5 p.m. they will team up with Live Nation for some awesome giveaways, including concert tickets! From 3:30-5 p.m. WLLZ will be there. Keep an eye on Found Sound's Facebook page for a list of RSD releases that they will have available!

Hello Records (Detroit): It's Record Store Day and Customer Appreciation Day at Hello Records! All used records will be 50% off and $1 records will be 3 for $1. There will be DJs performing throughout the day too! The shop is open from 10 a.m. 'til 7 p.m. See the lineup of DJs for the day here.

Melodies & Memories (Eastpointe): This shop is doing something extra special this Record Store Day; they're celebrating J Dilla. The shop will open at 9 a.m. so you can get your hands on those RSD titles. Then at noon, Dilla Day starts. Dilla Delights will have a pop-up shop, DJ Butter and DJ King David will be performing live, Uncle Herm and some of J Dilla's musical family will be on site, there will be raffles, refreshments and more. Get all of the details here.

Peoples Records (Detroit): Peoples Records will have DJs playing from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Plus, there will be pizza and beer! The lineup of DJs for the day includes Leo, LADYMONIX, Shake, Tyler Dancer, Charles Trees, Deon Jamar and Craig Huckaby.

Third Man Records (Detroit): Detroit's own Bars of Gold will be playing a live set at Third Man Records Cass Corridor this Saturday! The band has a new album SHELTERS being released the day before. They hit the stage around 4 p.m. Later that night, the Freep Film Festival proudly presents "Fire Music" followed by an intimate talk with the creators and subjects of the film. You bet your ass that Third Man will have some awesome releases too, including the TMRxCrosley triple inchophone and six The White Stripes singles preciously unavailable on 3” vinyl.

Trax-N-Wax (St. Clair Shores): This is possibly the biggest RSD bash in the area. There will be 13 bands playing throughout the day, Motor City Juke Joint will be streaming live, and there will be an in-store signing by ABK of Psychopathic Records. Some of the highlights for the day include sets by VNESSWOLFCHILD​, Girl Fight, and Leaving Lifted. See the full lineup here. Doors open at 8 a.m. and there will be free food throughout the day including doughnuts, cookies and pizza courtesy of Johnny Z's.

UHF (Royal Oak): UHF always gets a great selection of RSD titles. They will also be giving away a ton of tickets throughout the day, thanks to AEG! Some of the tickets up for grabs include EELS and Gogol Bordello! Check their instagram for the full scoop!

Village Vinyl (Warren): Not only will Village Vinyl be celebrating Record Store Day, but they will also be celebrating their 2 Year Anniversary. Doug Podell and 106.7 WLLZ will be at the store from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. The store will also have great deals with 20% off select items and 10% off everything else (excludes RSD titles). Plus, take your receipt across the street to Kuhnhenn Brewing Company and get $1 off your beer! Village Vinyl's doors open at 8 a.m.!

Weirdsville Records (Mt. Clemens): Doors will open at 9 a.m. and there will be free coffee and cookies while they last! Deals for the day include 20% off used vinyl, CDs, cassettes, DVDs and guitars. If you spend $75 in new music, you can even get your hands on a FREE 2019 Weirdsville Record Store Day t-shirt while supplies last! There will be live music in-store too, with performances by Emma Lee, Electric Bagels, StickShift, Those Hounds and The Slot Rods. Check set times and get more info here. And WLLZ is really making the rounds on Record Store Day! They're making a stop here too, around 2 p.m.!

And, while you're bouncing from store to store around town, make sure you stop by New Way Bar in Ferndale! They will be hosting a matinee show featuring Duende!, Dinner Music, The Luddites and Switchblade Vengeance. The show starts around 1 p.m. and cover is free!


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Win Tickets to See We Came As Romans at St. Andrew's Hall

Very few bands have had the highs and lows that Troy, Michigan's We Came As Romans have had. Over the last ten years, they released five albums, 20 + music videos, and toured the world. Then, in 2018, they lost keyboardist and back-up vocalist Kyle Pavone and decided to take a step back before going hard in 2019. They kicked off a co-headlining tour with Crown The Empire that will be making a hometown visit to play St. Andrew's alongside Shvpes and ERRA on Sunday, April 14th. Tickets to attend the show are $25 to $45 in advance and they can be purchased here.

You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #WCAR. We will draw one lucky winner and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Win a Pair of Tickets to Hang Out with Us at Det X Det

Detroit by Detroit 9 is taking over The Loving Touch this Saturday and your favorite hip ladies will be returning to host the entire night of music. Fifteen of Detroit's best bands will be covering fifteen of Detroit's legendary acts for the ninth year in a row. Proceeds from the show will help another prospective rocker attend the School of Rock to hopefully take the stage themselves one day. 

Tickets to attend the show are $10 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 hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #Detroit. We will draw one lucky person and they will get to come to hang out, hear some music, and see us carry out our hostess duties for the night.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Living that Lux Life at Iridescence

Iridescence is the only 4 diamond restaurant in the City of Detroit. Located 16 stories up, the luxurious eatery features some of the best food and service you can find, combined with the best view of the Motor City that you can ask for. When you are sitting at your table you can see everything from downtown to the bridge without even turning your head. But, the view is not the only thing that is breathtaking and delicious. The upscale space has recently welcomed chef Patrick Rodemeyer into their family and released a new menu that features seasonal dishes created by a team that cares as much about presentation as they do about taste. 

During our recent visit, we sampled a variety of items from their new menu and LOVED every single dish that we tried. Sadie really enjoyed the beet salad and Christie loved the dessert, but we mean it when we say that everything was good. The staff didn't flinch when we told them that Sadie was a vegan or stumble when we asked about any of the items of the menu. Watching the team work together to get the food out the second that it was ready was also thrilling. To be eating and so well in such a beautiful space was a truly thrilling experience. This is the place to take a date that you want to impress and thee place to get cocktails with someone that wants to see just how beautiful downtown can be when it's all lit up at night.

Iridescence is located inside the MotorCity Hotel and Casino and it is currently open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. They have a happy hour (at the bar only) from 5-7 p.m. every day and a four-course wine and dine special from 5-6:30 p.m. that is only $55 a person. Take a look at some of the amazing food that we got and consider stopping by the next time you want to treat yourself to a one of a kind dining experience.
P.S. We even won $40 on the 10¢ slots as we were leaving!

~S & C