Thursday, July 2, 2020

Bissell Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters Returns!

If you've been thinking about adopting a furry friend, Bissell Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters event returns July 10-12. During those three days, BPF will be sponsoring adoption fees at many local shelters, bringing the cost down to just $25 for the adopter! That means that depending on the shelter, you could be saving a hundred or even a couple hundred dollars! That's a lot of money that you can spend on treats and toys for your new pet instead!

There are a lot of shelters in Michigan that are participating in this event. Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control is the shelter that we have partnered with in the past to bring you our "Hip Pup of the Week", and their shelter is pretty full! So make sure you take a peek at their adoptable pets here. Other popular groups like Detroit Dog Rescue and Oakland County Animal Control are also on the list. See the full list of participating shelters here.

Remember, this event runs July 10-12! So we are giving you plenty of time to get your house in order before bringing home a dog or cat next weekend. Let's get some of these shelter pets into loving homes!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Have You Missed the Detroit Zoo?

If you're looking for a fun way to get out of the house and spend the day outside, consider planning a trip to the Detroit Zoo. The Detroit Zoo just recently reopened its gates after being closed since March. However, if you take a trip to the zoo now, it won't be quite the same as a normal zoo trip was in the past. The Zoo has some new guidelines and protocols to help ensure the safety of their animals, employees, and visitors.

First, the Detroit Zoo is only allowing a limited capacity. The good news about this is that it isn't going to be packed, like on a normal summer day. It will be a much more intimate experience without crowds of people around. In order to achieve this, the zoo is requiring guests to make reservations for their visit. Reservations can be made online here. If you're pretty open on the date and time, you can usually get a reservation fairly quickly and sometimes even on the same day. However, early entry on the weekends seems to sell out faster. So if you want to spend the entire day on a Saturday or Sunday at the zoo, book in advance.

Once you arrive at the zoo, things will seem familiar and different at the same time. You'll still be a the same zoo that you know and love, however it will be a little more empty and some attractions may not be open. For instance the train isn't running, however it seems as though there are more benches set up around the zoo if your legs get tired from all of the walking. If you're worried about the cleanliness of the benches, there are employees going around the zoo sanitizing and cleaning surfaces all day long. Also, some of the indoor attractions may not be open, while others are. You can still go inside to see the otters swimming and diving, limited amounts of guests can also go inside the Great Apes of Harambee exhibit, the reptile house, the aviary, and some other indoor areas of the zoo. However, other favorites like the indoor exhibit at the Arctic Ring of Life and the Prairie Dog Bubbles are closed to the public. It is important to also mention that masks are required when going indoors at the zoo and patrons are asked to wear them outdoors as well.

As far as facilities that are at the zoo for your convenience, on our latest visit most restrooms were still open. Doors are propped so you don't have to worry about touching the handles on the way out and the zoo has switched back to paper towel for the time being. Drinking fountains were not available, but some water bottle refilling stations were. There are also hand washing and hand sanitizing stations set up throughout the zoo. If you're hungry, some outdoor stands and cafes such as American Coney Island and the Dippin' Dots stands were open, while the Arctic Cafe was closed. The new Buddy's Pizza that opened last year is also open daily. Check out a list of eateries that are open here. If you plan to bring a lunch or a snack, there also seemed to be more picnic tables available than in the past.

Overall, things are definitely a bit different at the Detroit Zoo, but in this case different is good. It was nice to visit the animals, get outside, and stroll through the 125 acres that the zoo has to offer. Based on our visit, if we could make any suggestions to make your trip easier, it would be to bring water with you and maybe a snack, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Other than that, it was really nice to get back to the zoo and see the animals that we love.


Monday, June 29, 2020

Stay Safe and Have Some Fun at a Drive-In Movie this Summer

It's been over four months since COVID-19 changed the way that we live. We are wearing masks, keeping our distance, and finding new ways to get together and share experiences without risking each other's health. Instead of dining in, we are eating outside on patios or ordering take-out. Instead of gyms, we are going on long bike rides and walks. And instead of movie theatres, we are revisiting the magic of drive-in movies.

Drive-in movies were created in the1930s. The idea was that you could drive-in and watch a movie in the privacy of your own car using a speaker that was mounted by the window. Their attendance spiked after World War II and they were the most popular form of entertainment in the 1950s and 1960s. Their sales finally started to decline in the 1970s and '80s with the expansion of home entertainment. This included color television, cable tv, and movie rentals. In fact, most drive-ins had disappeared by the turn of the century. Sitting in your car wasn't as ideal as sitting on your couch until your couch became the only place you could sit and watch a movie.  

COVID-19 has refocused people's attention on drive-in movies as a great way to get out without putting yourself at risk. Plus, if you pick the right film, it can be a good time for everyone in the car, including the kids. There are currently three Metro Detroit drive-ins that are showing films this summer. One is located in Flint, one in Dearborn, and another in Plymouth. All three theatres have adapted to make sure that they are extra safe during COVID-19. This includes using a radio frequency to hear the movie instead of sharing speakers and requiring all visitors to wear a face mask if they use the restrooms or stop by the concession stands. Tickets are selling out fast, especially because they are only letting people park in every other spot to make things extra safe. So, if you need to get out without risking your safety, get your tickets for a movie in advance to ensure that they save a spot for you.

Here are links to all three theatres;

Ford Drive-In in Dearborn

In addition to these drive-in theatres, there are also some pop-up drive-in theatres around town. These venues will have limited showings.

Macomb County Drive-In Movies at Freedom Hill

Canterbury Drive-In Movies


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Play a Song with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Music brings people together. A great party song helps us celebrate the good times and a sad ballad helps us cope with the hardest moments in life. You can appreciate a good tune in any language and a great beat will get anyone dancing. Music is so transcendent it is often used as a way to get people to connect to create something. It is especially useful during difficult times like the ones that we are going through right now.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra understands the power of music and they want to use it to create something beautiful during a time of so much stress and unsureness. To do this they are asking musicians of all skill levels from all over the world to take the time to record themselves performing an arrangement of the central theme in Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets — put together by composer and DSO cellist Jeremy Crosmer with lyrics by Meaghan Heinrich. To do this, you can download the music, film yourself recording your own version of the song, and submit it. You can find everything you need to do that here. They even have some helpful tips to help you film a good video. All videos must be submitted by July 3rd. Please watch the powerful video they recorded to explain the project. It is nice to see so the DSO proudly saying that Black Lives Matter. It is also cool to think that your music might end up in a video with the world-famous DSO!


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

New Music from Dude

Last week, Detroit's own Dude released a brand new single. "Red Coat for Sale" is the third single off Dude's upcoming second full length Autobiograffitti. The band doesn't have an official release date yet for the new album, but this song will leaving fans wanting more. Hit play below to give it a listen or head over and listen to it on Spotify here.

If you want to give the other two singles "Blue Canary" and "Own The Day" a listen, click here. To learn more about Dude, check out our podcast with front man Tony DeNardo here


Monday, June 22, 2020

Tony Rave Presents Family Matters this Sunday

Looking at art can start a flow of thoughts and open up a conversation. The feelings that arise within us can tell us a lot about ourselves. When we are open to observing, we may discover that all sorts of new thoughts and ideas arise that make us view our own world differently. Tony Rave is the type of artist that wants to challenge you to think, to see something, and to have a conversation.

This Sunday, June 28th Tony wants to start a conversation about nostalgia and race propaganda. His installation called Family Matters will only be on display for one day and all the proceeds from the show will help fund the 48HR Complex, an artist-owned space that he is helping curate and grow. The show will take place at 225 Connecticut, Highland Park MI, 48223 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. and it will feature music from Juuni (Joo-Nee) a local artist that uses analog and digital instruments to create the soundscape.

Come check it out and let's see what kind of conversation it starts within you.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

We Chatted with 2 Great Small Businesses That Need Your Support

Two weeks ago the world was 100% focused on COVID-19. Many of us were posted up in our houses worried about our jobs, our kids, our health, and how we were going to get through a few more weeks of lockdown. As a website, we were focused on how we could support the small businesses that have supported us throughout the last 8 years. We were also worried about how we would find the funds to keep hip going without the generous support of our sponsors. So, we built a new merch store and reached out to some of those sponsors to have a zoom chat about what they were doing and how we could help them keep afloat during these uncertain times.

As we were rolling out our first set of interviews and sharing the new merch we watched a revolution take place right in front of our eyes. On May 25th, 2020 George Floyd was murdered by 4 police officers in Minneapolis while a bystander filmed the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds of his life.  On May 26th the people took to the streets of Minneapolis, on May 29th Detroiters did the same. These protests have continued every day since then and will continue until the people are heard. We want change and we want it now. Because of this, we have redirected our social media focus to support Black Lives Matter, to cover the protests and to share ways to support black-owned businesses in Metro Detroit.

But, we didn't want to throw away the great chats we had with Brightly Twisted and Rouge Hair and Makeup. Both businesses have shifted their focus/ business structure because of COVID-19 and are not planning to reopen until they know they can keep everyone safe so they could really use your support. Please check out these chats to learn more about these two wonderful local companies and keep following us on social media to stay up to date on what is happening in and around Metro Detroit. We are proud to see Detroiters standing up for what they believe in. Keep marching, keep learning, keep unlearning, and keep the pressure on.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

We NEED Your Support

Hey Hip Friends,

As you know, we are living through some weird times. We are all unsure about the future, especially when it comes to going out and having fun. We do not know when things are going to open back up and what art, music, and culture will look like when they do. But, we know that we want to be there to cover everything that happens.

Over the last few years we have counted on our sponsors to help us keep up the website and get the equipment that we need to cover all things Detroit, but we do not feel like we can ask suffering businesses to support us at this time. We also do not feel like we should do a fundraiser to ask for the money because there are much better places to donate to at this time. So, we came up with a fun way for our followers to support us. We have created a new line of merch featuring the Monster Free Design's Hip in Detroit logo. All of the proceeds from these designs will be used to pay our annual website fees and to make sure that we can keep covering all things hip. We have hoodies, tank tops, crewnecks, coffee mugs, and more. So, if you would like to help us keep going, purchase something from our new Threadless store. Additionally, we still have our classic t-shirts and tank tops available to ship today through our Big Cartel shop.

Thanks for all your support over the years.
Stay safe, we hope yo see you soon!

Sadie and Christie

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Meet Twïnn

COVID-19 has canceled almost everything. They have put an indefinite hiatus on gathering to watch a live show and a lot of artists have decided to hold off on releasing new music. It is harder than ever to find something fresh and it is even more difficult to get tuned into the local music scene because it's all taking place virtually. Thankfully, we stumbled across something we hadn't heard before that we wanted to share with all of you.

Meet Twïnn, a local duo that recently released their first EP in the middle of a pandemic. Their first four-song EP is called Long Night Moon and it can be heard in full here. There is little to no information about this band as they created their first social media accounts right before lockdown and were never able to play a live show. So, we reached out and had a Zoom chat with the duo to find out a little bit more about who they are and how they created this EP. Check out our interview with Sean and Gjon and then give the EP a listen. We think that you will like it!

~S & C

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

5 Predictions About the Future of Live Music and 1 Thing You Can Do to Help Your Favorite Local Venue Survive

Photo from The Magic Bag's Facebook Page
Over the last eight years, Hip in Detroit has had the honor of covering all the fun things happening around Detroit. We talk about art, food, and culture, but music has always been the backbone of this website. We grew up going to shows all over Metro Detroit and live music is what inspired us to start this website in the first place. This is why we have worked really hard to form relationships with all the venues and booking agents around town and it's why we go out of our way to set up ticket giveaways for all the events that come through town. We want our readers to experience the magic that is live music. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 all live music and events have been put on an indefinite hiatus. No one knows when we will be able to safely reopen or what the landscape of the Detroit music scene will look like when we come out on the other side of COVID-19. But, we know one thing for sure, if the government doesn't step up and include live events in some of their recovery plans, many of the places we love may never reopen at all. So, after talking to some of the major players around town, we have 5 predictions for you on what the future of live music might look like, and one way you can help your favorite venue ensure that they can reopen whenever this is over.

1. Local shows will come back first.
Cross country tours take a long time to plan out and execute so it will take a while before you see anyone new rolling through town. At the same time, people will also be anxious to see a show. So, a lot of venues will turn to local talent to take the stage when things open back up. We think that we might finally see the resurgence of the "you had to be there" local show and we cannot wait for it.

2. Some booking agents think that we might see the bigger artists playing smaller venues for awhile.
A few of the people we talked to said that we may see some huge stars taking small stages after this ends. Touring bands and live music will need some heavy hitters to get out there and remind people how great it is to see a band and they will most likely do that on smaller stages than before the pandemic. This means that some legendary artists might lose money to give people the experience of a lifetime. Can you imagine seeing something that would normally play Little Caesars or DTE take the stage at St. Andrew's? We are here for that prediction!

3. There probably won't be any festivals this year.
A lot of festivals have already canceled and a few have postponed, but a lot of the people that we talked to think that most if not all festivals will have to cancel or postpone. Festivals have to be planned out really far in advance and right now no one can plan anything out in the way that they would need to bring a multi-day festival to the stage. So, if you still have tickets to something, we do not want you to lose hope, we just want you to hold off on that plane ticket or hotel room because the reality is it just might not happen this year.

4. Venues will cut their capacity, probably by half.
No one knows how long we are going to have to keep space between all of us, but a lot of the venues are assuming that they will have to keep things more moveable when they open back up. So you might see a 1,000 person room turn into a 500 person room overnight.

5. Nothing can replace the feeling you get when you watch music performed live.
Everyone is live streaming and some people think that it can replace the experience you get when you go to a live show, but everyone I talked to agreed that streaming will never replace the feeling that you get when you watch music performed live in front of your eyes. When you watch an artist or band perform in person you can literally feel the music inside of you. You can also feel the energy from the crowd and if you let yourself give in to it you can forget about the outside world for an hour or two. Streaming is cool and it's a great way to get us through this pandemic, but it will not replace the experience of going to a live show.

800 venues across the U.S have come together to remind everyone how important live music is. They say that the current COVID-19 recovery plans do not work for their industry and they are hoping that if they make some noise we can change that. So, if you want to change that here is what you can do.

Visit this website, put in your zip code, and copy and paste this letter to send to your local state representatives. It's simple but it will make a big difference.

To learn more about NIVA the new organization that is coming together to save live music click here.

Here is the list of Michigan venues that have joined NIVA:

20 Front Street - Lake Orion
Audiotree Presents - Detroit
El Club - Detroit
Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre - Detroit
Flint Local 432  - Flint
Fusion Shows - Lansing
Grove Studios - Ypsilanti
Kalamazoo State Theatre - Kalamazoo
Mac’s Bar - Lansing
Magic Bag - Ferndale
Meridian Entertainment Inc - Lansing
Midland Center for the Arts - Midland
Overdrive -  Lansing
Seven Steps Up Live Music & Events -  Spring Lake
The Crofoot Presents - Detroit
The Crofoot Presents - Pontiac
The Intersection - Grand Rapids
The Machine Shop Concert Lounge -  Flint
The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids
The Sanctuary - Detroit
Wealthy Theatre - Grand Rapids
Ziggy's - Ypsilanti


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

A Zoom Chat with the Visionaries in Century Babes

COVID-19 has put a pause button on life which means that we can't go out and celebrate things the way we want to. We aren't allowed to gather and dance the night away, but we can still listen to and appreciate new music which is why Century Babes are forging ahead and releasing their new album Visionary this Friday, May 1st. To celebrate, we set up a Zoom chat with the band and toasted to the release while we chatted about the project. Visionary is full of upbeat energy that makes you feel good, something that we all desperately need right now. Check out our interview and follow the band on Spotify so that you can be the first to hear the new music when it drops this Friday. 

~ S&C

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Hip Chats with Ally Evenson and Elise McCoy about the creation of Not So Pretty

This Spring was supposed to be an exciting time for Ally Evenson. She was planning to finish up her undergrad study at D.I.M.E Detroit and to play a couple of shows in support of her first EP called Not So Pretty, coming out this Friday, April 17th. Instead, she is on lockdown getting ready to do a livestream from her house this evening.

So, we reached out and chatted with Ally and her producer Elise McCoy (My Pal Val, Century Babes) to learn more about the process of writing the songs, recording the album and what they have been eating and watching why they are staying home and staying safe. Check out our chat and then tune in to instagram tonight to see Ally play all of the songs from her EP before they officially come out tomorrow!

Livestream starts at 8 pm tonight- find out more here.

Contact Elise about recording or mixing at!

Listen to Not So Pretty starting this Friday!
Website | Facebook | Instagram | SoundCloud | Bandcamp | Spotify


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Here's How You Can Help Your Favorite Venues

Since you're visiting, there's a really good chance that you're a fan of live music. There's also a good chance that you enjoy going to smaller shows at local venues, just as much (if not more) as the big arena shows. Since there haven't been any concerts for a while now, and there is no certainty when they will return, many of your favorite venues are hurting financially right now. Some of them have developed ways that you can show their business and staff your support during this tough time. Check out our list below to see what your favorite venue is doing to try to stay afloat, and if you can afford to, consider helping them out.

Small's - Visit Small's online store to pick up a sweet t-shirt to show your support and look cool at the same time. They also are hosting carryout pop-ups a couple of times a week. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for menus and details.

Party Store Productions - This one isn't a specific venue, but a booking company that brings shows to a lot of your favorite venues! You can help Party Store Productions out by ordering a bag of coffee from Populace Coffee. 50% of the proceeds will be going to PSP and you get some delicious coffee! Pick yours up here!

El Club - There are a few ways that you can help out this venue, and get something sweet in return. First, El Club is selling some great merch in their online store. They have shirts, drink coozies, assorted posters, and more. They also have a really unique item that you have to buy at this link instead, custom Vans. The classic slip on was designed by SW Freddy (Freddy Diaz) and are limited to 500 pairs. So don't wait to buy yours! Last, but not least, every Friday and Saturday, they are offering Curbside Pizza, Beer & Wine from 5-10 PM. Call to order: (313) 375-5324

Deluxx FluxxPurchase a Season Pass to ALL shows, DJ sets and parties through June 2021! This special pin will get you into any night at Deluxx Fluxx without cover or ticket purchase. All sales will be donated to support their team and resident artists.

Marble Bar - Buy a sweet hoodie, crew neck, or t-shirt to show your support for Marble Bar. Pick yours up here.

UFO Factory - UFO Factory has a great selection of stylish shirts for sale in their online store, as well as some records and tapes from the classic UFO record label. Click here to shop.

The Old Miami - The Old Miami doesn't have any fancy merch, but they do have a Go Fund Me set up if you want to help out their staff. Click here for more info and to donate.

The Painted Lady Lounge - Want to help the staff at The Painted Lady? Make a donation here.

Planet Ant - The team at Planet Ant are keeping people entertained nightly with online entertainment. If you want to show your support to this multi venue non-profit, just head to their website. There you can buy merch, make a donation, or buy a gift card to use towards a future event or class.

Know of something that we missed? Let us know at

Friday, April 10, 2020

A Zoom Chat with Sweat About their New EP

COVID-19 has caused a lot of cancellations and postponements. Many artists who were on the cusp of releasing new albums have pushed them back indefinitely. Thankfully, Detroit's own Sweat decided to do just the opposite. They figured, since we are all stuck at home we should have something good to listen to. So, they released a new 5 track EP that features new versions of previously recorded tracks off their 2017 release Gloom Pride. This is the band's first time heading into a "real" studio and you can hear the difference. In fact, this album is so smokey and melodic that we didn't even realize that it was some of the same tracks until we talked to Krista and Val via Zoom this week. The new EP was recorded by Josh Schroeder and mixed and mastered by Elise McCoy.  Check out our first Zoom interview (it has some flaws, but were trying new things here) to see what Val and Krista had to say and how they are handling sheltering in place together. Then, head over to Soundcloud to give the album a listen. We can't wait to see Sweat play live again, hopefully, it'll be sooner than later.

~S & C

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Shop Online with Local Metro Detroit Shops

Need something? Consider shopping locally before you order off Amazon. Many local shops have transitioned to online stores and can ship something out to you much faster than the conglomerate who is pushing all non-essential shipments back as far as a month. Plus, you will be purchasing from a small local retailer who really needs your help to get through these trying times. Many local shops are offering sales and discounts too! Here is a list of Metro Detroit shops that you can shop right from your couch during COVID-19.

Coup D'état- Vibrant, eclectic women's lifestyle boutique offering apparel, accessories + more from independent designers.

Rouge Makeup and Nail Studio- Organic makeup and beauty from Eve Organics shipped right to your door.

City Bird/Nest- Michigan-themed products as well as housewares, jewelry, stationery, paper goods, apparel, accessories, and home decor by hundreds of independent artists and designers.
Free shipping on orders over $50

Modern Natural Baby- All things baby
Curb Side Pick up
Free Shipping over $35

Bath Savvy- Soaps, shower bombs and all sorts of self-care.
Sign up for their email to save $

Good Neighbor- Free Shipping on orders of $100+

ZMC Pharmacy- They carry everything from disinfectant wipes to face wash. You can shop off their Instagram by seeing something you want and calling it in. Then you can pick it up curbside without having to get close to anyone. They are also a local pharmacy.

Green Daffodil- Handmade soy candles, lotion, lip balm, and soap, plus a full line gift shop with greeting cards, kitchenware, linens, jewelry, books, vintage and more!

Love Candles and Creations- Hand poured soy candles and hand crafted bath and body goods all made with LOVE.

Refuge Skate Shop- Refuge is a 100% Skateboarder Run & Operated shop that has been serving the Metro Detroit area since 2002.

Bird Bee- We curate nothing but unique, quality items that we would wear ourselves.

Lean on Lulu-Leon & Lulu offers one-of-a-kind & custom furniture, as well as a spectacular selection of gifts, books, toys, accessories, and women’s clothing.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Playground Detroit Brings Detroit Artists to Your Living Room Every Wednesday

Playground Detroit made a commitment to help support the artistic community of the city when they opened their doors in 2012. They have hosted galleries, helped connect artists with grants and funding and helped curate the next generation of talent. But a few weeks ago, COVID-19 abruptly shut their doors. Instead of going dark, they found a new way to virtually support the community and to share art and culture during the shutdown. They have uploaded all of their previous shows to their website so that you can look at them anytime that you want to. They have also started a new weekly Instagram series that will bring you up close and personal with some of the city's best artists. The first stream took place last week and it featured Ouizi. Each stream will feature a different artist, a different conversation or a different project in the making. You can tune in live on Wednesdays on Playground's IG at 5 p.m. So mark your calendars and get your weekly dose of Detroit art.


Monday, March 30, 2020

A Music Video Playlist to Entertain You for a Bit

We've all spent a lot of time watching videos on the internet lately, so we thought we'd make a little playlist of music videos to keep you entertained. All of the videos below are from Detroit artists, some are brand new and others are a little older. And Jax Anderson made it onto the list twice because she's been putting out some killer tunes and music videos to go along with them. We hope that you enjoy and that this introduces you to some artists you may not have heard of or leads you down a YouTube hole full of great music videos. 


Friday, March 27, 2020

Missing the gym? Here are Five Free Places you Can Find Workouts on the Web

It can be hard to find a well put together at-home workout that is free. Websites lewer you in with the promise of a fee-free workout, but quickly ask you for your credit card to get started. We did some research and tried some new workouts during the first two weeks of lockdown to find a few amazing trainers that are offering great at-home workouts that are actually free.

Fitness Blender-  Fitness Blender offers hundreds of workouts for all skill levels at the click of a button. Married couple Kelly and David walk viewers through each workout in real-time with no music, which means once you get the hang of it you can throw on a record and get to work. Their website also has a great search bar that lets you be very specific about how long you want to work out, how hard you want to work out, and what kind of workouts you want to do. They are constantly updating their content and are really good at explaining how and why you are doing each movement.

Colin Parks- A local trainer named Colin Parks is doing live fitness classes on Facebook from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday evening. You can tune in to workout with him or you can visit his Facebook page to try one of the videos that he has already recorded and posted onto his feed. You do not need any equipment to do his workouts and he does a great job of walking you through each movement as you do it in real-time with him.

Body Project- The Body Project has around 35 free workouts that you can stream on their YouTube channel whenever you want to workout. They have a solid variety of workouts, but most of them are focused on beginners. So this is the perfect place to start if you haven't been moving in a while.  They even have a seated workout for someone who has a limited ability to move. Their trainers are a little over the top, but they are also very motivational which helps you get through the hardest parts of the workout. 

MadFit- Maddie Lymburner has recorded hundreds of real-time workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Most of her workouts can be done without any equipment and are around 20 mins from start to finish with most requiring little to no equipment.  She also has workouts to calm your stress which is something that all of us could use right now.

Popsugar Fitness- Anna Renderer leads viewers through real-time workouts for all fitness levels. Their workouts are more advanced than the other channels. They have lots of dance-focused workouts if you like to shake your booty and workouts that cater to people with health conditions or women that are pregnant.  There are hundreds of different styles of workouts that run from 10 minutes through an hour so you can really tailor your sweat. 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Detroit Company Releasing Shorts Called the Humans of Quarantine

Normally, our friends at Obscura Broadcasting Company would be working and recording content for companies like the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, but their industry has been completely shut down because of the pandemic. They could be Netflix and chilling, but instead, they have decided to capture this moment on video to share with the world. They have begun doing a series called Humans of Quarantine where they interview people in quarantine or isolation all over the world. So far, they have talked to people in Paris, the UK and all over the US. If you want to see how COVID-19 is affecting people all over the world, watch their short interviews on YouTube. They plan to keep releasing a few interviews every day, so make sure you give them a follow to keep getting a look inside look at people's experiences all over the world.


Monday, March 23, 2020

How You Can Help Metro Detroit's Doctors, Nurses, and Medical Workers

Last Friday, Detroit Sewn in Pontiac Michigan announced that they would be temporarily halting their normal operations to begin producing hospital masks on March 23rd. Their goal is to produce 50,000 masks as quickly as they can so they made a call for local sewers to apply. They received thousands of applications and will not be able to hire everyone who applied, but that doesn't mean that you can't help. If you know how to sew and have some materials laying around to do so, here is what you can do.

The hospitals are running low on masks and supplies. To compensate they are using DIY handmade masks and protective gear when they have to. We have seen a lot of people posting about this, but there is very little direction on what mask to make and what to do with the masks once they are completed. So, we did some research so that you don't have to.

According to healthcare workers the best masks are made out of polypropylene (hard to get), rayon, or polyester, but cotton and other materials will work if that is all you have. There are lots of patterns floating around but these two are the ones that nurses and hospital workers are directing people to use.

Once you have found the materials and made the mask you have to find a way to get the mask into the hands of hospital workers. If you know someone that works in a hospital we suggest reaching out to them personally to see how many masks they need for themselves and their crew. If you do not know anyone that works in a hospital, we have found two ways for you to connect with someone who can get your mask into the hands of someone who needs them.

So, if you want to sew, go ahead and do it. It's a great way to be creative, pass the time, and help during this pandemic.

Sewing masks is a great way to help, but donating unused supplies is even better. If you happen to have any leftover unused hospital supplies that is even better. Beaumont and Henry Ford are calling for everyone to round up their leftovers to drop off for the workers to use.

They are looking for:

Disposable face masks
N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
Disposable gowns
Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
Disposable surgical caps
Disposable foot covers
Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
Hand sanitizer

If you have any of these items you can drop them off here:

Beaumont Service Center
26901 Beaumont Boulevard in Southfield
Donation bins will be located outside the Beaumont Service Center's main entrance through March 28.

Henry Ford Hospitals
One Ford Place in Detroit or at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson
Sundays (beginning Sunday, March 22) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oakland County Donations
Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Stay in and stay safe! See you on the other side of COVID-19.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Here's How to Get Food for Your Children While They are Out Of School

Did you know that if schools are shut down for an extended amount of time they are required to provide meals for children under 18? The Michigan Department of Education has put together an emergency food assistance program that provides meals to anyone that needs them. The program is called Meet Up and Eat Up and there are three ways that you can find out where your local meet up is and what times they are open. Visit, call 211, or text Food to 877-877 to find a site near you. Right now the program is funded to operate through 4/3/2020, but that will likely get extended if schools stay canceled. If your child needs a meal please use this resource and make sure that they stay healthy during these difficult times.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Live Streaming Is the New Way To Connect and Beat Your Loneliness

It's only been a few weeks since COVID-19 arrived in the US, but a lot has changed very quickly. International travel has halted, borders have closed, movie theatres, bars, restaurants, and many local businesses have also been asked to shut down. We have all begun to learn about "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" but it's still hard to believe that we might be stuck inside for the foreseeable future. It's also hard to believe that all sporting events, social gatherings, and concerts have been canceled for the next few months.

Music, nightlife and social events are what we thrive on, not only as a blog, but as human beings. We are social creatures that need each other to make it through the ups and downs of our day to day lives and now some of us are literally stuck in the house alone with a serious lack of social interaction. Instead of endlessly surfing the internet, we have been looking for fun things to do and we discovered how fun watching people go live on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook can be. We have seen a lot of local artists like The Dropout and Mic Phelps perform, and Planet Ant has already announced that they plan to have something up live on their YouTube every night this week and beyond.

Watching these live sessions, commenting, calling in, and interacting is the most normal we have felt in a long time so we want to see more of it and help spread the word whenever something cool is popping up. So, if you plan on playing music, doing stand up, streaming a DJ set, or free-flowing over some music, please email us, dm us, or tag us so that we can spread the word. We can't spend all of our time on TV and Facebook, let's learn something, share something and continue to connect even if it's from distance!

We will be compiling a list of everything we hear about below, but here is what we have to start:

On Going Live Streams:

Planet Ant Youtube- Going live every evening with content around 7 or 8 p.m.

Third Man records will be live streaming performances daily- Click here to find out more!

The Cincinnati Zoo is going live with an email every day at 3 p.m., you can watch their first video with Fiona the hippo here and keep up with each days broadcast here.

Watch the live cams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium anytime you want! They have birds, penguins, jellyfish and more!

You can replay all of the performances at the DSO anytime you want here.

The New York Metropolitan Opera is live-streaming a past performance at 7:30 p.m. nightly, you can live stream there here.

High 5 Live at 5 - Cooking with Chef Laura, daily beginning Monday, March 30th at 5 p.m.

Date Specific Live Streams:

Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick's Day concert live from Boston,  Tuesday, March 17th at 7 p.m.

Laura Mendoza and David James, Wednesday, March 18th at 5 p.m.

Live Stream the indie film Bruised Fruit here this Friday, March 20th at 8 p.m.

Ben Sharkey Band Live Stream and Q&A, Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Common Ground Alone Together Fest- 12 pm-7 pm March 21/22

Erica Badu is live streaming on March 21 + 22, find out more here.

Taking Back Sunday - Staying Home Together, Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m.

Pocket Sounds - Live from Detroit Ska Set, Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

Drunk Drawing with Tat Franklin, Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Space Skull live on Facebook, Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.

Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee live on Facebook (our favorite Las Vegas act), Saturday, March 28 at 9 p.m.

Plan 9 from Outer Space Facebook Watch Party with Senate Theatre, Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

Haute to Death Virtual Insanity, Saturday, March 28 at 10 p.m.

John Salvage live on Instagram, Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

The iHeart Living Room Concert for America featuring Elton John, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey and more, Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. on FOX


Monday, March 16, 2020

Travel the World and Celebrate All Things Detroit without Ever Leaving Your Home

Take a Virtual Tour of the National Museum of History- With each click of your mouse, you can take a look inside every exhibit at the National Museum of History. this includes their gardens and past exhibits. It's hard to control the arrows at first, but once you figure out how to make it work you can spend hours "walking" through the displays without ever leaving your desk.

Watch a Show at the Metropolitan Opera- In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of performances, the Met is offering a nightly series of free web streams that will bring opera to audiences while the house is dark.

Take a Tour of the Whitehouse- Take a tour of the most famous home in the world and learn a little bit more about the history of the country.

Tour the Louvre- Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries.

Check out the entire Guggenheim Museum collection online- You can search the museum's entire collection by the artist!

Take a virtual tour of  The Dalí Museums- It's just a peek, but its cool!

See into infinity and beyond with NASA- NASA TV and space station views for free

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

An Interview with White Bee

As music grows and changes it's becoming genreless. Artists are merging all sorts of sounds together to create a new approach to what we have heard before. The ones who do it well create fresh new ways to construct a song and forge the way forward. White Bee is a singer-songwriter with an interesting new approach to music that blends pop, jazz, soul, and rock into one. She has given us a taste of what's to come by releasing a few singles and a music video ahead of her new album Psychedelic Flight Attendant, but we can't hear the whole thing until March 26th. On this night, she will be performing live alongside Allye Gaietto, Sara Marie Barron, and Problematicblackhottie at Outer Limits Lounge to celebrate the full digital release of her music on the 27th.

We asked White Bee to sit down with us ahead of the show and she brought along Elise McCoy to chat about this project. Take a look at the video to find out more about the inspiration and process behind her work.

White Bee will be playing at the Outer Limits Lounge on March 26th. The show starts at 8 p.m. and it's $10 to get in the door. White Bee will be selling limited edition tapes for $5 at the show and the new album will be out everywhere on March 27th. You can follow White Bee here to keep up with everything she does from here on out.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Win Tickets to See Best Coast at El Club

L.A. duo Best Coast just released a new album a few weeks ago. Fans have been waiting for about five years for this release. According to the band, Always Tomorrow is, "a story of acceptance and what it took for me (Bethany) to get to that place". The album is now available on pretty much every streaming platform. Check out where you can find it here and then hit play to check out the music video for the single "Everything Has Changed".

Best Coast is currently out on tour in support of Always Tomorrow and they are making a stop in Detroit this week. They will be playing El Club on Friday, March 13th along with MANNEQUIN PUSSY. Tickets to the show are $28 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to our friends at El Club, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to with #bestcoast in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get into the show with a friend for free that night.

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors open at 7 p.m.


Monday, March 9, 2020

A Great Podcast that will Brief You on All Things Detroit

Detroiters have lots of places we can go to learn about art and culture. We also have lots of local podcasts that discuss every subject from boating to local cuisine. Unfortunately, podcasting isn't easy and most people aren't very good at it. Great podcasting is an art, an art that Becky and Seth of The D Brief have mastered.

Their on-air personalities combined with their knowledge and excitement for the City of Detroit are the foundation of the show. Each segment is 20 minutes long and they have a rotating list of reoccurring guests, including Nick Britsky of that drop by to keep things interesting. They have also slowly built up a backlog of shows with a ton of great guests that you can listen to here. We asked them a few questions about themselves and their podcast including how you could be featured on the show. Check out what they had to say and then add them to your weekly rotation to stay in the loop!

HID- What do you love about Detroit? 

Becky- "I was born and raised here and have worked in the City for almost all of my career, I have such a deep love for Detroit, it's hard to put into words what about it grabs me ... I would say first and foremost, it's the people in Detroit that I love, and the sense that we are all in this together, with passion and a sense of collaboration. I really love the creativity, art, music, and DIY attitude."

Seth- "I love the deep roots here. There’s a lot of history, some of it good, some of it not so good, but it seems to give folks here a belief that they’re battle-tested and can take on anything. Combine that with a recent sense of excitement about the future of the city, and you get this strange mix of grit and optimism."

HID- What is your favorite interview/show to date and why?

Becky- "We've had so much fun on so many shows - probably my favorite is the Allee Willis interview when she was back in town to accept her Detroit Music Award. I was so early into podcasting and nervous to be an interviewer, but as amazing as her talent, accomplishments, and prestige are, she was so generous with her time and so kind, funny and open with her personality. It was big and exciting to hear first hand her songwriting stories behind some of my favorite songs! Of course I treasure this even more now that she has sadly passed away."

Seth- "I really enjoyed our conversation with Mark Stryker, the author of Jazz From Detroit. I worked in alternative rock radio, so I have decent musical knowledge, but jazz is not my genre at all. Mark has this way of talking about the music in a way that isn’t abstract or esoteric; he’s able to explain its significance in the larger context of the history of the city, and I found the conversation fascinating."

HID- What does your perfect Saturday in the city look like? 

Becky- "In the sunny, warm weather, a perfect Saturday to me is wandering outside downtown, along the Riverfront or riding bikes on Belle Isle, particularly the winding back trails to some magical spots, leisurely outdoor patio dining with family and friends - perhaps Mudgie's or Seva or the Whitney garden - topped off by dancing to DJs or live music at El Club, Motor City Wine, Deluxx Fluxx or any number of other cool spots. In the winter, you'll find me at the DIA or MOCAD, trying cocktails and a meal at a new (or new-to-me) restaurant, and going to a concert at the Majestic, Masonic or St. Andrew's on my perfect Saturday."

Seth- "It starts with a bike ride along the waterfront. I always like to eat at a restaurant I’ve never been to before, preferably someplace that offers flights of local craft beers. And if I can close it off with a tour of a part of the city — my girlfriend got me a helicopter tour of the city for Sweetest Day one year and it was amazing— that would top it off."

HID- What attracted you to podcasting? 

Becky- "The opportunity to share my experiences and love of the City and promote awareness of all the great things going on; the chance to combine my talents, interests & personal mission of being a Detroit ambassador; and most of all meeting and highlighting fantastic, diverse people doing amazing things in Detroit. I manage a local tour company and give tours through Feet on the Street Tours Detroit, and I sit on some local nonprofit boards, so all my work is complementary to the D Brief podcast. Also a big attraction to me with podcasting is there are no rules, you can create your own thing!"

Seth- "I’m a former radio broadcaster, and I got into podcasting about nine years ago as a creative outlet. For my first podcast, I interviewed protesters at different Occupy Wall Street camps. I loved the freedom of the medium, and I’ve been playing with it ever since. The D Brief is my seventh podcast series — in fact, I have two others that are active, CES for Radio and The Worldwide Radio Summit podcast."

HID- What are some of your favorite podcasts (other than your own of course)? 

Becky- "Besides many comedy podcasts that keep me laughing, one podcast I faithfully listen to is Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris, all about mindfulness and meditation. I always learn a lot from the guests, and it keeps me on track and centered. Shattered, the podcast produced by WDIV, is fantastic and riveting, and I'm not even a huge fan of true crime! There are many good produced-in-Detroit podcasts too - Seth mentioned a few - and I also enjoy Stacking Benjamins, the Heard! podcast and Karma Has Spoken with Danialle Karmanos. It seems I hear of a new podcast every day, so I need to do some more listening!"

Seth- "There are a ton of great Detroit-based podcasts. The team at WDIV has done a fantastic job with Shattered. I’ve learned a ton from Tim Kiska’s Detroit History Podcast. Tom McCarthy hosts the Comedy Castle podcast, interviewing comedians who appear at Mark Ridley’s in Royal Oak. Shannon Cason is a local storyteller who has a number of interesting podcasts, including Homemade Stories, The Trouble, and In Good Co. Detroit. And those are just a few. I don’t know if people realize how strong the Detroit podcast scene is."

HID- How can a band/artist/ comedian reach out to be featured on the podcast? 

Becky- "DM on Instagram, or go directly to our website and click the link to submit music or comedy, or send us a message for other types of artists, places, and events. We welcome everything arts, culture, and entertainment!"

HID-Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start their own podcast? 

Becky- "Above all, do it only if you love what you'll be talking about - do a podcast that reflects your passion - that's what listeners will connect to. We need new voices and different perspectives, so go for it! But learn as much as you can about the process (there are lots of free resources out there) and know that it will take double the time that you think it will. The best advice is to call us at Michigan Podcast Productions to help out (shameless plug) so you can concentrate on content and not have to reinvent the wheel!"

Seth- "There’s a temptation to think that when you launch a new podcast, you’ve got to do it every week from now until the end of time, or else it’s failed. Don’t fall into that trap. Start with a pilot season consisting of a finite number of episodes — say, ten. Do it, see what works and what doesn’t, and then adjust. Maybe it’s a smash hit, maybe you want to scrap it, maybe you just want to make a few tweaks. Either way, a pilot season relieves the pressure and gives your room to learn from the process."


Friday, March 6, 2020

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: March 6 - 8

Friday, March 6th - Detroit Music Video Extravaganza @ Ant Hall: It's no secret that there are a lot of great musicians in Detroit! There are a lot of awesome filmmakers in Detroit too! This Friday night, see the latest and greatest music videos from those great artists at Ant Hall in Hamtramck. This one night only music video film festival will feature videos from Mona HaydarMy Brightest DiamondAnna Burch, NovelissBevloveThrowawayTartFred Thomassaajtak (PREMIERE!), DoglegWhite Bee (PREMIERE!), SiameseScissor NowRed Electric Shark (PREMIERE!), Valerie The VultureAlexyn WundrlandBen Keeler, and more. Tickets for this fun night of music videos are $10 in advance or cover is $13 at the door. Things kick off at 8 p.m.! 

Friday, March 6th - Weekend at Bernie's @ UFO Factory: A lot of our readers are big fans of Bernie Sanders, and this weekend there are some ways you can help raise money for Bernie's campaign. One of those ways is by heading to UFO Factory this Friday night. Some great bands will be playing a show there and proceeds from the door will go to Bernie Sanders. Cover is $10 and the lineup includes FIT Siegel, Mark Flash of Underground Resistance, John FM, and Charles Trees. Things kick off at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome.

Saturday, March 7th - Tart @ Outer Limits Lounge: Tart is one of the best bands in Detroit and they put on an amazing live show! Their live energy is unmatched and you can see it for yourself this Saturday night at Outer Limits in Hamtramck. Tart will be joined by Lung from Cincinnati and Valerie The Vulture (the latest project from the one and only Will Rae). Cover to see these great acts live is only $7. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the music will start at 9.

Sunday, March 8th - Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! Record Show #6 @ The Sanctuary: The best record show around returns to The Sanctuary in Hamtramck this weekend! This Sunday afternoon, spend the afternoon perusing a great selection of record albums, music & movie paraphernalia while you have a drink or two and maybe even a slice of pizza. There will be 30 different vendors on site and some of them have been posting sneak peeks of their goods on the Facebook event page here.  Admission to this event is free, but make sure you bring plenty of cash for shopping! The fun starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 4.

Sunday, March 8th - Nathan Gray + Band @ Small's: This Sunday night, Small's brings another great show to town! End your weekend right with Nathan Gray from Boysetsfire and his band. Also on the bill for the night are Detroit's own Reuther and Touch the Clouds. Tickets for the show are only $12 in advance and can be purchased online here. Cover is $15 at the door and all ages are welcome. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Make sure you get there early because all of these bands are awesome!