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5/26/15

The Missing Link Tour Review (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Columbus)


Photo by David McClister


Lucky to catch three bands in three different cities is something that I will never do again. Losing my phone in Detroit, losing myself in Pittsburgh, and losing my lunch in Columbus was enough to take all of my energy. Purely for pleasure, I ventured to uncharted territory to Pittsburgh and witnessed Graveyard.







Hailing from the beautiful lands of Gothenburg, Sweden, it initially wasn’t love at first sight for me and Graveyard. Like any functional relationship, it took work. Our first meeting was only okay. The sun shined on the four piece as their beautiful hair blustered in the wind, but while their talent was evident in Pittsburgh, my like of Graveyard grew into a full crush in Detroit. On their 37th performance on this tour, I’m not sure what it was that made my heart a-flutter during their set.  It’s possible that it was the perfect venue that is Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, the crowd that was more than into the band, or maybe it was as simple as closing my eyes and letting them take the lead. I traveled back to a time where love was rampant and Graveyard was the soundtrack. Their 70s era soft psychedelic-blues-rock formula was the right mixture for our one-sided love to grow. Joakim Nilsson’s voice is reminiscent of a classic rock band from the 1970s, but with a relentless intensity and hunger behind it. If attendees at The Missing Link Tour were unaware of who Graveyard was before the show, they definitely knew who the fuck they were after.








Consistency is another word that describes a stable relationship.  My first Clutch show was in Columbus in 2013 and my knowledge of the band was that a guy I was dating was really into them, so that obviously meant that I was into them as well.  During the show, I became intrigued.  Clutch is so much more than “Careful with That Mic”. Neil Fallon’s testosterone-filled voice always reminded me of my father and his friends, breath smelling of Jack Daniels and cheap beer talking about what seemed like nothing but was always something. Before Clutch’s performance in Detroit, I had the opportunity to sit down with Fallon (video interview to be posted soon) and he mentioned that he was ready to go home to resume some normalcy as a husband and father before inevitably leaving for another tour.  With this part of our conversation in mind, I witnessed Clutch perform at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre to a packed audience.  I didn’t see an empty seat and Fallon delivered, song after song, sipping on what looked like bourbon or whiskey and water, with his well-groomed beard shaking with every syllable, whether it was “The Burning Beard” or “Profits of Doom” or “Spacegrass”, Fallon easily commanded attention with only the boom of his voice. Filling in on bass for Dan Maines, since his wife is about to give birth, Fu Manchu bassist Brad Davis played both Sterling Heights and Columbus dates, from what I could tell flawlessly. Slated for release in September, Clutch’s “Psychic Warfare” will most likely be supported with another tour in 2016.

My motivation to go on my itty bitty min-tour was Mastodon.  The Atlanta-based outfit got ahold of me when I was still a minor.  Sitting in my grandparents’ living room watching MTV, “Colony of Birchmen” appeared on my screen and I was changed forever. Unlike my growing love of Graveyard, I fell for Mastodon instantly. While naysayers criticized the band for their latest release “Once More Round the Sun” for being “not metal enough”, or even “pop”, it is one of their strongest. 
Brent Hinds, the band’s most animated and charismatic guitar player, performed “DC Sound Attack” with Clutch in Sterling Heights and also played guitar with Graveyard in Columbus. I unfortunately missed a performance of “Blood and Thunder” in Red Rocks, Colorado where Neil Fallon took the stage with Mastodon and sounded like a blood thirsty Viking after successfully pillaging a small town.



Hinds’ antics such as kicking amps and rapidly flicking his tongue kept my eyes on him, but in each city I did notice that his vocals were muffled. In Pittsburgh, I couldn’t find the proper words to describe the bass god that is Troy Sanders but in Detroit the haze became slightly clearer. In Columbus, the smoke finally waned; watching Sanders is as if he is possessed and the “normal” man inside is fighting the possessed part of him and losing.  Swaying and hell bent on bending his back as close to 90 degrees as possible, talking and pointing to the audience, and occasionally bulging his eyes, Sanders took Hinds’ spot as my favorite member of the band.  With that said, Bill Kelliher and Hinds effortlessly shred the hardest but make it look so easy. I overheard a man at the show in Columbus mention something about how the men of Mastodon somehow haven’t developed carpel tunnel.



Both “Megaladon” and “Oblivion” were crowd favorites in all three cities, but hearing one of my favorite tracks from “Once More Round the Sun”, “High Road”, was enough to seal in my Mastodon fandom. Although The Missing Link tour is over, both Clutch and Graveyard are planning new material to be released in September of this year. This tour made me feel as if I am capable of love. Tour continues for Mastodon at Free Press Summer Fest in Houston, Texas, and then to Europe.




5/22/15

PHOTOS & REVIEW: TAME IMPALA @ ROMT


Tame Impala @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

May 18, 2015


For most bands, the specter of the “sophomore slump” is daunting to say the least. Tame Impala, however, were nonplussed by any expectations created by their first LP “Innervisions”.




In 2012, they released “Lonerism” to world-wide acclaim. Kevin Parker’s one-man to ode to isolation and unrequited love was stuffed full of gorgeous harmonies and hooks a plenty.



FULL SET OF PHOTOS:








The Aussies came to the Royal Oak Music Theatre in support of their latest record “Currents” which is to be released on July 17. The show was a deft mix of all three LP’s. 






Backed by a flux of mind bending visuals, Tame Impala sounded polished. 






New material like “Let It Happen” and “Eventually” sounded glorious, and they slightly reworked older jams like “Elephant” and “Be Above It”. 




FREE VINYL FRIDAY: Dull Tools | Beth Israel | Detroit Show - Tuesday 6/2/15



Good Afternoon...for this edition of MCB Free Vinyl Friday we got some knarly wax and killer cassettes from Beth Israel who play UFO Factory on Tuesday June 2nd 
with Merchandise + Nothing

These guys are off the hook so pencil this one in or you will regret it missing the noise!
email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for you shot to win a vinyl or tape
 or maybe both if you send something worth the bonus
DULLTOOLS.BIGCARTEL.COM
 
BETH ISRAEL RELEASES EP ON DULL TOOLS AND ANNOUNCE US TOUR
BETH ISRAEL seem to get noisier and more dissonant as their pop sensibility becomes more refined. THE LOANER , the band's third release and second cassette on DULL TOOLS , only reemphasizes the relative solitude and obscurity that the group exist in. Not unlike the bizarre avantpop of TOMMY JAY or TRONICS, homage is paid to a variety of musical traditions, while maintaining a core sound. Acidcasualty sound collage and cinematic baroque trash tie together tunes that some would call "synth punk" but BETH ISRAEL would just call "music".
We can't tell you much about BETH ISRAEL , the band or the individuals that make up its membership. Rumor has it that the longtime duo is now a touring trio.
Truth or underground gossip?
Catch them on their
tour of the USA to find out:
THU MAY 21 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
FRI MAY 22 Waco, TX @ True Love (w/ Loafers)
SAT MAY 23 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves (w/ Party Static)
SUN MAY 24 Fayetteville, AR @ The Backspace
MON MAY 25 Oklahoma City @ The Shop (w/ Cherry Death)
TUE MAY 26 St. Louis, MO @ Foam (w/ Ex Cult)
WED MAY 27 Joplin, MO @ Cesspool Manor
THU MAY 28 Kansas City, MO @ Green Desert (w/ Phantom Head)
FRI MAY 29 Omaha, NE @ Sweatshop Gallery
SAT MAY 30 Chicago, IL @ Wally World (w/ Cigarette Bums)
SUN MAY 31 Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe
TUE JUN 2 Detroit @ UFO Factory (w/ Merchandise & Nothing)
WED JUN 3 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
FRI JUN 5 Albany, NY @ The Treehouse
SAT JUN 6 Boston Hassle Presents… @ Lilypad
TUE JUN 7 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
MON JUN 8 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
THU JUN 11 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn (w/ Heaven's Gate)
FRI JUN 12 Kutztown, PA @ Spaghetti House (w/ Heaven's Gate, Ghost Dads)
SAT JUN 13 Philadelphia, PA @ A House Called Virtue (w/ Heaven's Gate, Mannequin Pussy)
SUN JUN 14 Washington DC @ Above the Bayou
TUE JUN 16 Raleigh, NC @ Nice Price
WED JUN 17 Athens, GA @ Flicker Bar
THU JUN 18 Nashville, TN @ TBA
FRI JUN 19 Memphis, TN @ TBA
SAT JUN 20 Dallas, TX @ The Foundry (free show w/ The Hussy)

5/21/15

THIS FRIDAY (May 22): Shepard Fairey "Printed Matters" art show exhibition opening at Library Street Collective gallery

 

Los Angeles based artist Shepard Fairey has been in Detroit this week doing what he does best- ART. He has been painting what will be his largest mural to date, a 184-foot-wide by 60-foot-tall design on Dan Gilbert's Compuware Building.See in-progress photos of Fairey's mural here.

This is in addition to exhibiting in Public Matter, the Library Street Collective's outdoor gallery.
 
It all leads up to Shepard's art show opening reception at the Library Street Collective gallery Friday night.   

Shepard is well known just as much for creating the Barack Obama "Hope" as well for his "Andre The Giant Has A Posse" street art campaign. On top of that Fairey found huge success with his "Obey" clothing line that has branched out in many different facets.



The Printed Matters opening will coincide with Library Street Collective’s “Public Matter” exhibition located behind the gallery. Shepard will be the second artist to exhibit his work in “Public Matter,” the outdoor exhibition platform located in the Belt.  Public Matter features a rotating exhibition of large-scale paintings by the most recognized and celebrated names in contemporary art.  Shepard will also paint a permanent mural in the Belt as well as his largest mural to date in an undisclosed location in downtown Detroit.
Printed Matter: Repetition, consistency, and persistence over the years yielded a growing audience for both Shepard’s outdoor and gallery art. As people started to request more versions of his images, he began to embellish upon his utilitarian printing techniques by printing on wood, metal, and canvas, as well as incorporating stenciling back into the work. Some of these pieces began to function as one-of-a-kind mixed media paintings. To keep his work affordable and accessible, Shepard also made screen-print-on-paper editions of his fine art pieces. “Some people say print is on its way out, that it will be wiped out by digital media,” says Shepard, “but I say you can never replace the provocative, tactile experience of an art print on the street or in a gallery. Printing still matters.”

Shepard states, “I’m a product of the era of mass production and the mass culture it has created. I can’t imagine my art practice without the influence of, and the use of, printing. Some of my biggest art influences were not paintings, but printed things like album covers, skateboard graphics, punk flyers, and t-shirt designs. When I discovered stencil making and screen-printing in high school, I used them to make t-shirts and stickers, but by college I began to use screen-printing to make art. I enjoyed illustration, photography, collage, and graphic design separately, but with screen-printing I could synthesize those techniques into an integrated final product. Screen-printing also provided latitude for experimentation and the ability to make multiples, and my style began to evolve as I explored the graphic nature of the medium. I tried to make images that would translate well to screen-print production. A harmony of beauty, power, and utility was my goal.”

Public Matter: Shepard, a popular proponent of public art, will create five large-scale paintings as part of “Public Matter,” the fully accessible outdoor exhibition platform located between the Z parking garage and within the Belt, a newly redeveloped alley connecting Grand River and Gratiot Avenue between Broadway and Library Street in downtown Detroit. The Belt, named for its orientation in a former downtown garment district, also features permanent murals by more than a dozen local, national and international artists.

“Everyone can relate to Detroit’s struggle as a community and understand the need for people powered projects in the city,” says Shepard. “Murals and public art are free to everyone and create energy and positive impact in communities; the art becomes a conversation starter or common reference point and that is good for public morale and discourse.”  ­­
“Street art is one of the most democratic outlets for art. I consider myself a multi-platform artist, not just a street artist, but the audience I found through street art has created many of the opportunities I now have on other platforms and allows me to get my art directly in front of people, even if it is for a short time.” — Shepard Fairey ­­­­

“Shepard Fairey’s work has had a cultural impact on the world. We are honored to bring this exhibition to Detroit and also provide a public platform for him to create while in our great city.” — Anthony Curis, partner, Library Street Collective

Visit Shepard Fairey at his website here.. http://obeygiant.com/

Printed Matters opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The Library Street Collective is located at 1260 Library St., Detroit; 313-600-7443; lscgallery.com. Runs until Aug. 15.


UPCOMING: Saturday, May 23- Clutch and Mastodon With Special guest Graveyard at Freedom Hill

 
If you like your music heavy then we have a perfect show for you this Saturday (May 23)
 
Veteran rockers Clutch and Mastodon are bringing their joint tour to Freedom Hill along with special guest Graveyard from Sweden. 
Looks like great weather for the show as well. We can't think of a better way to kick off the outdoor music season.
 
Doors: 5:30 pm
Show Time: 6:50 pm
 
is located at: 
14900 Metropolitan Parkway
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
 
Fore more info and to buy tickets from the venue click HERE. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

5/20/15

TOMORROW: Nerd Nite, 21 May @ Tangent Gallery


Reboot, Renew, and Relaunch

Thursday, May 21, 2015
 @ 7:00 PM
Nerd Nite's Back ... All Right! After a brief hiatus, Nerd Nite returns with events that are nerdier and quirkier than ever before. Join us on Thursday, May 21 for an epic Reboot, Renew, and Relaunch! Nick Yribar, Curtis Sullivan, and Marcus Schwimmer of the SuperSkull podcast will be discussing rebooted universes in comic books; Chris Casteel, founder of Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics, will teach us about current technologies that help amputees relaunch their lives; and Rebecca Frank, a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, will share her knowledge on disaster planning, response, and recovery for cultural heritage institutions.


Come learn with us, and you'll have a chance to meet the new bosses, too! Seriously ... be there and be square.

Monday night show! - DEATH VALLEY GIRLS @ UFO Factory Detroit - Monday 5/25





DEATH VALLEY GIRLS
Monday 5/25/15
UFO FACTORY
2110 Trumbull Ave.
Detroit USA

 
“Death Valley Girls are in love. Deeply, and always. “Summertime” is knowing  so long as you are of pure heart and open mind, the universe will bring you together, somewhere, and maybe in the summertime, or not.”
 
It’s easy to mistake Death Valley Girls for a biker gang. First of all, the members of this snarling garage-rock quartet all look like they jumped out from the pages of Karlheinz Weinberger's Rebel Youth (an amazing book documenting '50s and '60s juvenile gangs). And at any one of their shows, a row of ratty, raked-out choppers can be seen lined up in classic motorcycle-club formation.
 
Even their names are reminiscent of vintage biker B-movies: Bonnie Bloomgarden is the leader of the pack. Peering out from a straight line of jet-black bangs is a bass player who just goes by “Rocky”.  Laura Kelsey (formerly of surf/garage girls The Flytraps) plays Mo Tucker meets Nick Knox style drums and Larry Schemel who played in the last incarnation of legendary L.A. punk pagans The Flesh Eaters plays fuzz-heavy guitar like he just might be the bastard son of Davie Allan.
 
Speaking of guitar, you'd be hard-pressed to find a meaner one than the opening riff for “No Reason,” the most menacing song from DVG’s debut album Street Venom. It basically sounds like Larry plugged his guitar straight into a hornet hive and then kicked it. When the rhythm section kicks in it gives the song a sinister kind of rumble that would make Link Wray proud. Bloomgarden’s snotty, bratty vocal sneer cements their sound with old-school girl-gang attitude.






UPCOMING: Coming June 5th and 6th - The INK.² Exhibition...

 


INK.² Detroit
Event Date: June 5th & 6th, 2015
Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom, Detroit


Sponsored by : Eternal Tattoos, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Atelier Gothique Fine Jewelry, Sassmouth Ink, Tattoo Nouveau, Lady Luck Tattoo, Ink Addict, Ink Detroit, Green Man Tattoo and Skin Time.


INK is very pleased to be partnered with Burners Without Borders Detroit, to help this city's unfortunate homeless citizens. Canned goods will be collected at the door.

Tattoo-inspired artwork of all mediums will be on gallery display from more than 100 Local, National and International fine artists (see attached artist list). Special performances throughout the weekend by Metro Times' "Best of" entertainers Satori Circus and Lushes LaMoan, extreme hoola-hooper Holly Linton, and intense fire dancing by Wingless Feuer.

The VIP Collector's Preview begins Friday, June 5th from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. VIP Guests will get a first look at the collection of artwork & a chance to speak with the curators and artists, while enjoying gourmet appetizers, pastries & libations as they are entertained with a Live Interactive "Anatomy of Art" performance by 6 of the top tattoo and fine art creators in Metro Detroit.

The Miss Ink Detroit 2015 competition will come to an end with the Finals and Crowning ceremony, Saturday June 6th, the closing night of the exhibition.

Guests will also have a chance to shop numerous local vendors, such as Eternal Ink, Ink Addict, Ink Detroit, Poison Ivy Designs, CreepynCute Shop, Metal Moon Tattoo Studio, Tattoo Nouveau, Lady Luck Tattoo, Happy Henna Designs, as well as browse the INK. Print Store.

INK serves to examine and celebrate the art, culture, lifestyle, history, anthropology and sociology of tattoos, tattooing, and being tattooed. The practice of permanently inking the body spans all cultures, religions and lifestyles throughout history.


EVENT INFORMATION:
Show Hours
- Friday, June 5th, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm (VIP Party & Collector's Preview), 9:00pm - 2:00am (General admission)
- Saturday, June 6th, 2015 8:00pm - 2:00am (General admission).

PreSale Tickets for both the VIP Party/Collector's Preview & General Admission are available for purchase at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ink2-detroit-tickets-16797147721

Please RSVP at the INK. Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1396840647279418/

And be sure to "Like" the INK. Fan Page for Artist & Performer Showcases, Contests, Sponsor Shout Outs & Offers, and sneak peeks, as well as event photos:
https://www.facebook.com/INKartshowDetroit

For more information about Burners Without Borders, please visit their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/BWBDetroit

This event is 18+.
Tangent Gallery offers a full service bar. All guests will be asked for I.D. at the door.

Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom is located at:
715 East Milwaukee St., Detroit, MI

inkartshowdetroit@gmail.com

CATL RETURN TO WINDSOR! Friday May 22 2015 @ Phog Lounge w/ Woodworker & Middle Sister

CATL RETURN TO THE PHOG LOUNGE! this coming Friday
Detroiters! – Head on over the ol' Bridge and come check out some great music!

WHEN:     
Friday May 22nd 2015

WHERE:
Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave W.
WITH:
Woodworker & Middle Sister (local)
PRICE is RIGHT!

$8

​​"catl. can pull dancers to their feet, shake a sweaty room silly and convince
you that maybe another tequila before last call isn't such a bad idea afterall."

EXCLAIM!
| Toronto ON | April, 2014

THIS FRIDAY MAY 22nd PHOG LOUNGE HOSTS 3 KILLER BANDS INCLUDING
TORONTO'S VERY OWN "GRUESOME TWOSOME"(Tim Perlich) CATL!


5/19/15

TONIGHT! Dan Decon with Prince Rama at Populux!


“What the hell is that?” is a question pretty familiar to the controversial Brooklyn band Prince Rama. The answer is far from simple; sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson have lived in ashrams, worked for utopian architects, written manifestos, delivered lectures from pools of fake blood, and conducted group exorcisms disguised as VHS workouts. Their often unpredictable live shows incorporate elements of psychedelic ceremony, performance art, and dancefloor initiation rite, and when Animal Collective’s Avey Tare discovered them in a Texas dive bar in 2010, they were equipping the audience with handmade shoes clad with broken chimes."



Dan Deacon with Prince Rama / Ben O'Brien
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:00 PM Doors
Populux, Detroit, MI

TONIGHT! FREE Learning in Detroit: Tracking the Mind of Detroit Techno



With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, electronic dance music (EDM) will be at the forefront of Detroit’s music scene once again.
On Tuesday, May 19 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., the University of Michigan Detroit Center, in partnership with the Detroit Techno Foundation and Movement, is proud to present, “Tracking the Mind of Detroit Techno.”
Open to the general public, this event includes complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments for all attendees.
As electronic dance music grew in popularity throughout the 1980s and 1990s, so did the landscape of producing tracks - specifically for live performances. With the concept of creating tracks for live mixing, rather than just blending songs, a greater emphasis was placed on the DJ to also be a producer. 
Through an audio-visual and vocal presentation, this event will highlight the evolution of track creation vs. traditional songwriting, illustrate how a track is produced, discuss how technology has impacted music, and examine what defines the sound of Detroit Techno.
Participants for this event include:
  • Keith Kemp - DJ/Producer
  • Brendan Gillen - DJ/Producer/Label Owner
  • Brian Kage - DJ/Producer/Label Owner
About the Panelists:
Keith Kemp, a Detroit native, was drawn to Detroit’s electronic music scene and spinning records after high school in the mid-1990s, which led to connections with Detroit artists such as Carl Craig, Plastikman and Underground Resistance.
Kemp began spinning at record stores around metro Detroit, and later selling vinyl at the revered “Dance Room” of Record Time. Hoping to capitalize on Detroit’s mid-90’s rave scene, Kemp began performing across North America. He developed into a highly regarded technical performer, combining his love of house, Industrial and German minimalism with Detroit techno.
With a love of computers, Kemp has been collecting equipment since 1992 and established a technical expertise manipulating synthesizers and software-based audio workstations, which opened the door to producing, operating a music label, and performing his own live music.
Kemp, a veteran performer at Detroit’s Movement festival over the years, will be returning to the stage as a performer in 2015.
Brenden Gillen is a founding member of the group Ectomorph and brings a unique perspective to Detroit Techno. The group released their first single in 1995 as an attempt to make Detroit music for Detroiters and not exclusively for export.
The group’s early singles led to epic status within the Techno world.  A strong underground cult following has continued to develop through releases on their own label, Interdimensional Transmissions. Ectomorph’s live shows are legendary for their ability to fluidly incorporate the improvisational techniques of jazz into their synthesized music.
Outside of the DJ world, Gillen has also worked as an audio engineering and producer. From mastering the first Ghostly projects to producing Wolf Eyes' Sub Pop album, his experience in Detroit’s Techno movement is truly unmatched.
Brian Kage is a Producer and DJ from Detroit, Michigan who owns the label, Beretta Music.
As a solo artist and one-half of the duo, Reference, Kage’s music industry break came when his “DetroitLuv” EP was played on legendary Radio 1 Essential Mix show by Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos. As part of Reference, Kage has appeared on Carl Craig’s legendary label, Planet E, and performed at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and Fresh Weekend in Barcelona.
As the co-founded of Beretta Music in 2002, Kage has built an impressive portfolio, which includes artists such as Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Jesse Somfay, Luke Hess and Alex Israel.
Although a music producer and label owner, Kage prefers to create carefully crafted works with exceptional quality over time, rather than force the creative process. 
Outside of the Techno realm, Kage has also worked with artists such as the Insane Clown Posse.
About the Moderator:
Tom Newman is the Executive Director of the Detroit Techno Foundation and has managed the main stage of the Movement Festival (Paxahau) in Detroit since 2006. A well known DJ and Producer in his own right, Tom has been involved with Detroit Techno for more than 20 years, producing more a dozen singles, EPs and performing locally and international, including Detroit’s Movement festival.

5/18/15

TONIGHT: The Rentals & Rey Pila performing tonight May 18th at The Loving Touch Ferndale USA


The Rentals & Rey Pila will be performing tonight May 18th at The Loving Touch.


For The Rentals this will mark their first Detroit performance in nearly a decade, in support of their acclaimed 2014 album, Lost In Alphaville, which Rolling Stone called, "a tasty slice of indie pop that's not too sweet,” and Pitchfork called, “a bold step into the unknown.”  

With Lost In Alphaville Matt Sharp kicked the dust off The Rentals name, bringing together an all-star cast of musicians to record with, including Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) on drums, Holly Laessig & Jess Wolfe of Lucuis on female vocals, Ryan Slegr (Ozma) on guitar & Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet) on viola/piano, with Sharp producing, playing bass & synths, and mixing by maestro D. Sardy (Jay Z/U2), creating the finest Rentals album to date.  Keeping the musical-collective tradition that Sharp has always employed with the band alive, the ever evolving, ever revolving door of guest Rentals collaborators on this tour will feature Shawn Glassford (Starf**ker) on bass and synthesizers, Lizzy Ellison & Patti King (Radiation City) on vocals and synthesizers, Ryen Slegr (Ozma) on guitar, Ted Gowans (Tegan & Sara) on guitar, 

Jared Shavelson on drums who will all swirl around Sharp’s deadpan vocals while he wildly conducts the onstage analog synth madness.  You can watch live footage from the band’s Los Angeles performance last September in the video for the single “1000 Seasons” & download Lost In Alphaville here.

Mexico City’s Rey Pila will release their sophomore album, The Future Sugar, this summer on Cult Records, and join The Rentals leading in, premiering new single, “What A Nice Surprise”, this week via SPIN, who called it, "a glittering build-up of reverberating synths and ’80s-inspired guitar licks."   
The Future Sugar was recorded in New York City with producer Chris Coady (Beach House/Wavves) and caught the ears of Julian Casablancas, who signed the band to Cult Records in 2013, releasing the single  “Alexander” in late 2013, and following with “Blast” last July.  Rey Pila spent the fall on tour supporting Interpol, performing on Last Call with Carson Daly twice, and at Austin City Limits Festival, causing the Austin American-Statesman to ask, “Is Rey Pila the coolest band performing Saturday at ACL?” and KEXP to add, “Mixing the sounds of Roxy Music, Simple Minds… Rey Pila make great new wave music for a new generation of fans.”    

THIS SUMMER: Psych Furs/Church double bill @ ROMT



and
22 August 2015

The Psychedelic Furs and The Church will team up for the first time ever for an extensive tour of North America beginning on August 8th in Buffalo, NY and wrapping on September 9th in San Diego, CA.
 
Originally from the U.K., The Psychedelic Furs scored major hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat,” Releasing seven studio albums and several compilations over the course of their career. Over the past thirty years the band's concerts have become must-see events and have quickly made them a consistent player in the touring industry, as they continue to sell out venues worldwide.
 
The Church will be touring in support of their 25th studio album titled Further/Deeper, which was released in North America this past February to rave reviews.  The band recently completed their first North American tour in the states in four years, with key performances at SXSW and theNoise Pop Festival.
 
“The Psychedelic Furs has always been one of the bands the church have always held in high regard,” remarked Steve Kilbey. “Tours together have been mooted before but alas, the stars never aligned!  Finally we will be treading the boards around America with them in August /September and I really think this is a most excellent package for lovers of fine music and all things groovy. Very excited and looking forward to it immensely. Bring on August, please!”
 
A video for “Laurel Canyon” from Further/Deeper debuted this morning on Billboard.com.  You can watch the clip here:
 
Tickets for most shows will go on sale this Friday morning. For up to date information on both bands visit: http://www.thepsychedelicfurs.com and http://thechurchband.net
 
The Psychedelic Furs  & The Church 2015 – North American Tour
8/8/2015      Buffalo, NY                 Town Ballroom        
8/9/2015      Silver Springs, MD      The Fillmore
8/11/2015    New Haven, CT           College Street Music Hall
8/12/2015    Albany, NY                 Northern Lights
8/13/2015    Hampton Beach, NH   Hampton Beach Casino
8/15/2015    Philadelphia, PA          Keswick Theater
8/16/2015    Hyannis, MA               Cape Cod Melody Tent       
8/18/2015    New York, NY             Irving Plaza
8/19/2015    Westbury, NY              Theater at Westbury
8/22/2015    Royal Oak, MI             Royal Oak Music Theatre
8/23/2015    Louisville, KY             Mercury Ballroom
8/25/2015    Minneapolis, MN        First Avenue
8/27/2015    Kansas City, MO         Crossroads
8/28/2015    Urbana, IL                   Sweet Corn Festival
8/31/2015    Denver, CO                 Ogden Theater
9/2/2015      Portland, OR               Crystal Ballroom      
9/3/2015      Seattle, WA                 Showbox at The Market
9/6/2015      Saratoga, CA               Mountain Winery                                        
9/8/2015      Las Vegas, NV             Brooklyn Bowl
9/9/2015      San Diego, CA             North Park Theater

FREE VINYL MONDAY - MCB PICK OF THE WEEK - New Fortune Fest 2 - New Dodge Lounge Hamtramck - Sunday 5/24 2pm - 2:30am

email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for your chance to win free vinyls from New Fortune Records!
Print and present the show flyers below and get a free surprise!

If you missed last year's inaugurate New Fortune Fest you missed a fantastic day of Detroit music and the great feeling of being part of something you knew was special

With a steady flow of guests moving in and out most of the day there was plenty of life in the rooms while the setting sun blazed through the red,white and blue New Fortune Records banner adorning the front window of the New Dodge behind the stage.

New Fortune Records founder Kevin Pachla played the profound host of NFFest and the place was packed by time the night lights kicked on.

Coming up this Sunday will be Round-2 as it is packed with a healthy motorcity punch of great bands and sweet vinyl releases!







New Fortune Fest II
14 Bands, 5 Record Releases
All Day Sunday May 24th

at The New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck, MI

Performances by:
Dave Bixby, Passalacqua,
After Dark Amusement Park,
The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre,
The Ruiners, The Stomp Rockets, 
Mic Phelps,  Doc Illingsworth,
Ancient Language, Scotty Karate, 
Jenny Junior & Jackie Rainsticks,
Jeremy Porter & The Tucos,
Old Empire, The High Strung
Record releases by:
Dave Bixby "Ode to Quetzalcoatl" 1969 re-release LP

The Ruiners "Be-Bop-A-Lula Beelzebub" b/w "The Revenge of KC Smash" 45

Ancient Language "In The Early Morning (ft. Lily Nyooni)" b/w "Totem" 45

Gold Crayon "Set It On Fire" b/w "Things We Could Have Had" 45

Old Empire "How to Make an Entrance" LP

Beats between sets by: Christopher Jarvis 
Themed drink specials by: New Dodge Lounge

Detroit, MI 
(May 5, 2015) New Fortune Records presses vinyl records in Detroit for independent musical acts. It's diverse roster includes glam rock to hip hop, electronic to bluegrass and more, thus feeding into Detroit's rich, eclectic music scene. 

The 2nd annual New Fortune Fest, held on Sunday May 24th, will be a day-long music festival highlighting select acts and will offer patrons the opportunity to purchase exclusive vinyl and merchandise available exclusively at this show.

Tickets. $8 For Ages 21+, $10 For Ages 18+

Schedule. 2:00 PM Doors Open, 2:30 PM Show Begins

Location.

New Dodge Lounge
8850 Joseph Campau
Hamtramck, MI 48212
https://www.facebook.com/newdodgelounge
                                                                                                                
Facebook Event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/959546440724130/
For More Information about this event email Kevin Pachla
kevin@newfortunerecords.com

5/16/15

WIN FREE TICKETS: The Infamous Stringdusters bring the twang to the Magic Bag this Sunday, May 17th 2015 (tomorrow) AND MORE!

It is always a fun couple of days when a venue pulls in a handful of great shows and you get to hang on repeat for like the whole week.
That is exactly what the Magic Bag has done tonight, tomorrow and this coming Tuesday.
 
Tonight is The Smiths United and RECURE covering the old school days of The Smiths and The Cure...this is a do not miss show as these bands only break it out a few times a year.
Tomorrow is the "2" of the 1,2,3 punch the Bag has in store with The Infamous Stringdusters which is a perfect way to end the weekend on a high note.
Take a day off on Monday (just call in sick to work and relax) and get prepared for the rock and roll jams of Sonny Knight & The Lakers!!!!!
 
Not doing anything tonight?  Get off your ass and head on over the Magic Bag now!
Want to win some tickets to the shows on Sunday and Tuesday?
email motorcityblog@earthlink.net for your chance to win!
 
GO GET TICKETS HERE
 
 

Grammy Award Nominated!

THE INFAMOUS STRINDUSTERS

Sunday, May 17 – Doors 8pm - $20

 

Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be true and play your songs.

 

That encompasses the prevailing spirit of Let It Go, the fifth studio album from Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists The Infamous Stringdusters. The new effort, released April 1 on the band's own High Country Recordings, finds the band on firm footing, at ease with an evolving sound that defies categorization. It's acoustic music, sure, but not the kind you'll hear from any other band. Roots can be traced but boundaries don't exist.

 

The Infamous Stringdusters have proven they can both mine the past and look forward to the unknown, and their new album is a touchstone for a group of tightly bonded musicians completely comfortable with each other and their collective identity.

 

Perhaps the sentiment is best summarized through five joined voices in the mountaintop gospel-hued title track: "If it's worry you've been feeling over things you can't control, it's time to let it go."

 

The Evolution

 

When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for "Best Country Instrumental" (for "Magic No. 9″ from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.

 

But for the five members of The Stringdusters—Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass)—reverence for traditionalism has always been only part of the equation. The group has always remained intent on fostering something bigger, more original. It's this desire—and the combined efforts of uniquely creative minds—that has brought the quintet to its current place as multi-dimensional string explorers, mixing tight song craft from a variety of musical styles with a flare for improvisation. Armed with an exhilarating, often-unpredictable live show, the open-minded approach has certainly resonated and allowed the band to easily fit on a diverse set of stages—from Telluride and Grey Fox to Bonnaroo and High Sierra—building crowds along the way that fill some of the country's best rock clubs.

 

The Lifestyle Experience

 

The past year was particularly transformative, as the band members realized there was no need to go through the formulaic motions in a shaky music industry. Bolstered by the support of a loyal and dedicated grassroots fan base, The Infamous Stringdusters are constantly looking for opportunities to create new experiences. Oftentimes it happens on stage, like the recent sit-ins from Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh or jazz guitar legend John Scofield. Other times it's through accompanying adventures, like the band's August 2013 trip on the Middle Fork of Idaho's Salmon River.

 

Following the group's 2013 summer American Rivers Tour, which doubled as an awareness campaign for water sustainability issues in partnership with prominent outdoor industry companies including Patagonia, Klean Kanteen and Osprey Packs, the band members and select fans and friends embarked on a six-day float trip through an unspoiled wilderness area. With instruments in tow, the band played music daily, standing on the banks of the river or sitting together in campsite circles. The inspiration of natural surroundings yielded fresh songs that landed on the new album. "Middlefork" is a newgrass instrumental that conveys the mood of being free in pristine open spaces. "Where The Rivers Run Cold" features a fast progression and introspective lyrics that peak with a bold chorus about enjoying the beauty that surrounds.

 

In The Studio

 

When it was time to record Let It Go, the band came together in the fall at White Star Sound, a secluded studio with rustic, close-knit accommodations and state-of-the-art equipment, located on a vast, historic farm outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. It's a quiet place, accessed by a dirt road, where chickens wander freely and long pastoral views can be enjoyed in every direction. With no distractions, it was the perfect place to distill an overflowing well of ideas that had been filling since the band's last release, 2012's Silver Sky.

 

The result is easily the band's most cohesive musical statement to date. It's a record that respects the studio process. Dynamic picking is delivered with restrained grace, in service to song. There's stylistic range within the context of a unified vision, as melodic reflective tunes wander between nuanced expansive folk ("I'll Get Away"), anthemic country jams ("Colorado"), freewheelin' acoustic rock ("Peace of Mind" and "Light & Love") and dusty balladry ("Rainbows").

 

The members of The Infamous Stringdusters now all reside in different locations. Hall and Pandolfi recently felt the calling of the mountains and both moved to Colorado. Guitar ace Falco returned to his roots in Long Island to be near family, while Garrett remains in Nashville, where he's known as a prolific songwriter. Book dwells quietly in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, near the site of the band's annual October festival The Festy Experience.

 

Occasional separation has proven to be a good thing. It's important to remember these are five musicians with unique individual talents, but they all realize they have an undeniably special chemistry when they come together. That was apparent from day one. But now after years of growth—both personal and professional—the band has cast off labels and found an existence where music is about a greater connection. Through friendship, democracy, skill, passion and open minds, it's a broader lifestyle filled with community and plenty of celebration.

The Infamous Stringdusters perform at the Magic Bag on Sunday, May 17th 2015                                           

 

www.themagicbag.com

 


The Magic Bag

22920 Woodward Ave

Ferndale MI | 48220