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4/28/16

UPCOMING (Sat. April 30)- Screw/Haf Life/Luckouts/The DDT's at the Token Lounge in Westland


Have time for a good solid night filled with high energy live rock and roll? 
Then the Token Lounge is a safe bet this Saturday (April 30).

The lineup for the evening includes:   
Screw
Haf Life
Luckouts
The DDT's


Doors open at 8pm
18+ w/ proper ID
$7 at the door

The Token Lounge is located at 28949 Joy Rd, Westland, MI 48185  

4/27/16

Show Review – Bleached & No Parents at The Loving Touch April 2016

With the announcement last Thursday of Prince’s death it was certainly a day marked with sadness and memories of the exceptional artist. But, moreover,  with an announcement as heavy as this one, it was a day to be social. To get lost in a crowd with the aid of music blaring loud enough to block the mind from misery and stimulate the feet. Bleached along with No Parents brought all this and more to the Loving Touch with a high energy performance of raw, melodic punk.
No Parents


No Parents from California kicked the show off with a batch of fast punk that may not have left much a of mark on the early, subdued crowd but it was still a fun enough start for things to come.

As the crowd multiplied, Bleached took the stage with a fury of sweet and sassy guitar, bass and drums. Pulling most the songs from their latest album “Welcome the Worms,” Bleached played with a wild abandon that had the singer and bass player joining the crowd for a dance and careening across the stage oblivious to cords and mic stands. While their songs have the rawness of punk, they are also laced with a syrupy pop goodness. Standout moments from their set included a joyous cover of the Ramones “Today Your Love, Tomorrow the world” and their own “Sour Candy.”
Bleached 4-21-2016

I won’t lie, it took some extra energy for me to make it out to the show, but Bleached easily repaid it back with dividends.

Words and pics by Mikel OD Pfeiffer of Digital Racket

NXNE Port Lands announces Father John Misty • Ghostface Killah • Mother Mother Dan Mangan • Shamir • Daniel Caesar

NXNE Port Lands
Father John Misty • Ghostface Killah • Mother Mother
Dan Mangan • Shamir • Daniel Caesar

Plus more from NXNE Clubland

 
Today, North By Northeast (NXNE) and Budweiser are excited to announce the first acts confirmed for the NXNE Port Lands, taking place June 17-18, 2016 in Toronto. NXNE Port Lands will welcome Ghostface Killah, Shamir, Daniel Caesar, and Mick Jenkins on Friday, June 17, and Father John Misty, Mother Mother, Dan Mangan, The Zolas and The Devin Cuddy Band with special guest Jim Cuddy on Saturday, June 18.

NXNE Club Land has confirmed performances by The Motorleague, Adam Baldwin, Birds of Bellwoods, and Jesse Mac Cormack. NXNE Club Land will also host an Indigenous music showcase, co-presented by iNATIVEfest and Gunner Records, featuring Stevie Salas and Bernard Fowler in The IMF's, Shawnee, Mariam, and DJ Shub at The Great Hall.

All NXNE Club Land tickets, and NXNE Port Lands single day, weekend and VIP passes will be on sale on Friday, April 29 at 10am EST through TicketFly at www.nxne.com/tickets.

More announcements will be released in the coming weeks including the new NXNE Future Land Interactive, Music and Gaming Conference at the Ted Rogers School of Management, NXNE Game Land at Yonge-Dundas Square, and additional NXNE Port Lands and NXNE Club Land programming.

Previously announced acts as part of NXNE Club Land from June 13-19, 2016 include: A-WA; Bad Sports; The Beatdown; Bertrand Berlin; Big Eyes; Big Ups; Bionic; Brains; Bry Webb & Providers; Cold Specks; DIANA; Danny Rebel & the KGB; Dig It Up!; Duotang; Eagulls; Escondido; Eternal Sleep; Full of Hell; God's Hate; The Hunna; The Joy Formidable; Kamasi Washington; Kevin Morby; King Khan and The Shrines; K-Man & the 45s; Mikey Erg; Moving Units; Nails; NQ Arbuckle; Pere Ubu; Prozzak; Radioactivity; SATE; Screaming Females; Shred Kelly; The So So Glos; Stonefield; Sun K; USA Out of Vietnam; The Worriers; and The Yardlets.

About Budweiser
Budweiser has a long history of supporting music globally and has played a part in the stories of music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, KISS and many more. Budweiser will give music fans access to some of the most unique musicians, artists and creators that truly bring authenticity and passion to music.

Budweiser - the King of Beers - has been brewed since 1876 under the highest quality standards. Brewed in Canada for more than 30 years, Budweiser uses only the finest ingredients without any artificial ingredients, additives or preservatives. Budweiser is distinguished by its clean, crisp, distinctive flavour, the result of a unique beechwood aging process. For more information, visit www.budweiser.ca or www.facebook.com/budweisercanada.
 

4/26/16

Thrival Innovation + Music Festival - Another festival worth a road trip!

Thrival Innovation + Music Festival Showcases Pittsburgh’s Creative and Tech Boom September 20-24, 2016.

First Music Lineup: CHVRCHES, Thievery Corporation, Metric, Lettuce, and more.

Besides making the trek out to Moogfest in a couple weeks, I've also added the Thrival Innovation  + Music Festival to my MCB road trippin' experiences for 2016. 
Launched in 2013 by Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Thrill Mill, Inc., Pittsburgh’s Thrival Innovation + Music Festival is an annual week long event that showcases the former industrial juggernaut’s resurgence as a dynamic tech and creative hub.

Running September 20-24, the festival features multiple days of immersive, innovation-focused programming, capped by a diverse two-day outdoor live music experience with world renowned talent. Thrival musical headliners include CHVRCHESThievery Corporation,Metric, and Lettuce with additional acts to be announced. Former headliners include Panic! At the Disco, RJD2, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Wale, Moby, Portugal. The Man, and more.

Thrival Innovation programs will explore three themes: AuthentiCityThe Ripple Effect, andLost and Found.

AuthentiCIty speaks to the complexities of Pittsburgh’s rising status as one of the most livable cities in the U.S., as well as America’s top food town and other accolades.

Thrival executive producer, Dan Law, explains, “Recently, Pittsburgh finds itself on a number of ‘top’ lists, but so much of our city remains undiscovered to a broader audience. The festival offers that unique opportunity to witness why Pittsburgh is a modern comeback story.”

The city’s tech boom has been a driving force in its comeback narrative attracting industry stalwarts like GoogleAppleFacebook, and Uber. However, Thrival’s Ripple Effect theme also explores the smaller ideas that eventually lead to big impacts emerging outside of the tech giants’ umbrellas — particularly within the realm of startups and entrepreneurship.

The festival’s third theme, Lost and Found is an examination of rediscovered industries and skill sets that are shaping our modern economy — a theme embodied by the landmark venue anchoring the weekend music experience, the Carrie Furnaces. This national historic landmark was once a part of the historic Homestead Steel Works.
For limited time tickets for the music festival early bird tickets are only $49, get them here!
Mikel OD Pfeiffer of Digital Racket

UPCOMING (Thur. April 28): Purple Rain film screening at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

 
 
The Henry Ford in Dearborn will pay tribute to Prince this Thursday, April 28, with a special showing of Purple Rain at the Giant Screen Experience (former home to IMAX).
 
 Doors open at 6:00 pm with the film starting at 7 pm. 
Concessions and a cash bar will be available during this limited-run engagement.
 
Tickets for this one-night only event are $10.00 available HERE.
 

4/22/16

TONIGHT (Fri. April 22)- The Fabulous Missy Wendy, Detroit 442, and The Leading Cause Of Death at the Corktown Tavern in Detroit



TONIGHT (Fri. April 22) catch a bill of solid Rock N' Roll with:

It all goes down at the Corktown Tavern in Detroit.
The Corktown Tavern is located at 1716 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

 

4/19/16

MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Slight Return- "Funky People" featuring George Clinton

The Music Video for Slight Return's "Funky People" featuring the legendary George Clinton of
Parliament Funkadelic was just released to the public today.

The video was shot at the historic Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit and the track is from the Slight Return album "Welcome To The D".

Check out the video below and for more information on the band visit www.slightreturn.com





4/18/16

UPCOMING:(Sat. April 23) Cheerleader record release show at the Marble Bar in Detroit



Cheerleader invites you to join them for their release of their debut full-length studio album, "Bitchcraft".

Featuring live performances from:
- Cheerleader
(Playing "Bitchcraft" LIVE in it's entirety!)
 Plus special guests:
 

Available that night will be TWO special edition versions of "Bitchcraft"! Including:

- The "Spirit Board Edition" CD with screen printed packaging and sticker. Limited to 100 copies.

- The "Spellbook Edition" cassette tape with laser cut wood packaging and sticker. Limited to 50 copies.

 Along with the albums you'll be able to grab the new t-shirt, pint glasses, a button pack, and a secret exclusive piece of merch only available at the Detroit release show. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 23
WHERE: Marble Bar
1501 Holden St.
Detroit, MI 48208 
 
 TIME: 9:00 PM
  COST: $5.00
  


 

TONIGHT (April 18): TRIBULATION+TEMPLE OF VOID+HER DARK HOST at The New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck



TONIGHT (Monday, April 18) The Ghosts of The North return to Detroit for an EXCLUSIVE North American headlining set. Strange gateways beckons!

Tribulation (Official) (Century Media Records)
Brand new full-length, 'The Children of the Night,' out now!
+
 Temple Of Void (Shadow Kingdom Records)
Detroit's doomed death dealers.
 +
 Her Dark Host
Local "Anti-Cosmick Rock n' Roll"
  

At The New Dodge Lounge located at 8850 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
  
8:00 PM
$20.00 at the door

Presented by Electric Assault Records and Madre Muerte Promo/Booking

UPCOMING (Wed. April 20): Napalm Death+Melvins+Melt Banana at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit

 The Savage Imperial Death March Tour Featuring Napalm Death & Melvins wsg: Melt Banana 
make's it's Detroit stop on Wednesday, April 20 at the Majestic Theatre.

 "We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it's finally happening," states NAPALM DEATH bass player Shane Embury. "Having been longtime fans and friends of the MELVINS, we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and MELT BANANA. Expect the unexpected!"

MELVINS' singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne added: "NAPALM DEATH sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun... and I mean that in a good way. We're happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers."

This isn't the first time the two bands have collaborated. In 2004, Buzz Osborne, Shane Embury and Danny Herrera played together in VENOMOUS CONCEPT, with their debut release ("Retroactive Abortion") out via Ipecac Recordings.

U.K. grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th studio album release, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", which you can order various formats of as well as previous NAPALM DEATH releases from CM Distro.

This show is being presented by: Black Iris Booking

The Majestic is located at 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 

 
Advance ticket's can purchased HERE.
Ticket's are $25.00 and the show is all ages.

4/13/16

UPCOMING (Sunday, April 17): The Rockery rummage sale at the Rockery in Wyandotte


The Rockery bar in Wyandotte is hosting a rummage sale this Sunday (April 17).

Come take a look and possibly find that special item you never knew existed. A handful of vendors will be selling everything from books, records, clothing, to dishes and toys. There will a nice selection of antiques and rare items!

Doors open at 2pm and it runs till 8pm.
The event is all ages and free to attend.
The bar will be serving food on top of their huge selection of beer!

The Rockery is located at: 1175 Eureka Rd Wyandotte, MI  



 

4/12/16

Moogfest schedule is up and 1 day tickets are available!

Moogfest just released their incredible 4-day packed schedule!  Exploring the future of technology, art, and music, the festival includes more than 300 musical performances, daytime workshops, conversations, masterclasses, film screenings, live scores, durational sound installations, and multiple interactive art experiences.

The full schedule can be found online at: https://moogfest.sched.org/.



I've already printed out the full 19 page schedule and I've got my highlighter ready.  I could download the app, but I guess I'm still old school about these things.

Day Passes Announced!
A limited number of Single Day Passes will go on sale Friday, April 15 starting at 12pm EST
Passes for Thursday, Friday or Saturday are $129
Passes for Sunday are $69

Moogfest celebrates the legacy of Bob Moog, a visionary engineer who pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools used by artists like Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Kraftwerk. This year’s program will feature over 250 innovators in music, art, and technology -- from Gary Numan (3 nights), GZA (2 nights), Grimes and Laurie Anderson, to virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier and transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt. For the first time, Moogfest takes place in Durham, North Carolina, a fast-growing capital of technology, culture and entrepreneurship.

Find more about Moogfest at:

●       Moogfest website

●       Moogfest tickets

●       Moogfest Facebook

●       Moogfest Soundcloud

●       Moogfest Twitter

Mikel OD Pfeiffer of MPAD Media


4/11/16

WIN FREE TICKETS: Napalm Death & Melvins at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit on Wed. April 20



 The Savage Imperial Death March Tour Featuring Napalm Death & Melvins wsg: Melt Banana 
make's it's Detroit stop on Wednesday, April 20 at the Majestic Theatre.

 "We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it's finally happening," states NAPALM DEATH bass player Shane Embury. "Having been longtime fans and friends of the MELVINS, we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and MELT BANANA. Expect the unexpected!"

MELVINS' singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne added: "NAPALM DEATH sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun... and I mean that in a good way. We're happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers."

This isn't the first time the two bands have collaborated. In 2004, Buzz Osborne, Shane Embury and Danny Herrera played together in VENOMOUS CONCEPT, with their debut release ("Retroactive Abortion") out via Ipecac Recordings.

U.K. grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th studio album release, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", which you can order various formats of as well as previous NAPALM DEATH releases from CM Distro.
 
This show is being presented by: Black Iris Booking
 
Advance ticket's can purchased HERE.
Ticket's are $25.00 and the show is all ages.

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Would you like to win a pair of tickets to the show?
Then e-mail us at ambervillainfilm@aol.com with the subject "Savage Imperial Death March" and let us know your full name as well as your favorite album by any of the three bands.
(Winners will be notified via e-mail on Friday, April 15)
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UPCOMING: Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo 22-24 April


Horror Expo and Film Festival
22-24 April 2016

There's a great list of special guests lined up for this year's con, so check the website for full details!

4/10/16

COMING UP / WIN TICKETS! DBS HYBRID II: Sonya Belaya & "Crazy" James Baljo [piano vs. electric guitar]


TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH AT 7PM >> 

Sonya Belaya (piano) and "Crazy" James Baljo (electric guitar) @ the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (fka First Presbyterian)

Two monolithic solo traditions come together for a unique sonic experience; the classical piano, and the all-American electric guitar. "Crazy" James Baljo, known as guitarist for Wolf Eyes, is an unmistakable force on the stage, sounding somewhere between Jimmy Hendrix and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He claims ownership of each improvised moment, a riotous demeanor matching the gritty uproar from his guitar. Another sonic force is Sonya Belaya, the phenomenal pianist hailing from Ann Arbor. Sonya and the piano seem to be adjoined when she plays - a very special presence, truly captivating and expressive in her renditions of Classical and Contemporary music. Our second HYBRID concert: shredding of strings and keys.

Tickets: $10 online (until day before), $15 at the door
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2530251

Want to check it out?? 
Email us with DBS in the subject to win a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS to the show!

4/8/16

NXNE Announces Kamasi Washington • The Joy Formidable • Cold Specks and more!


NXNE CLUBLAND

Music Programming for 2016
Kamasi Washington • The Joy Formidable • Cold Specks 
Screaming Females • The So So Glos • and more

Today's Clubland announcements for NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE), taking place June 13-19, 2016 in Toronto, features the finest Canadian talent, biting punk rock and a jazz saxophone prodigy.

NXNE Clubland has confirmed performances by Kamasi Washington; The Joy FormidableScreaming Females; EagullsMoving UnitsPere Ubu; King Khan and The Shrines; Stonefield; The Hunna; Bertrand Berlin; The So So Glos; and The Big Ups.

Special showcases in NXNE Clubland include a Quebec Showcase at The Garrison featuring BionicUSA Out of Vietnam and The Yardlets; the Billions Canada showcase with Cold SpecksDIANA, and Escondido at Lee's Palace; and Union Label Group at the Hard Luck with The BrainsThe BeatdownK-Man & the 45sDig It Up!, and Danny Rebel & the KGB.

NXNE Clubland shows are individually ticketed, from as low as $13.50, and will be on sale Friday, April 8 at 10am EST through TicketFly at www.nxne.com/tickets

"We're very excited to announce these first shows in our Clubland programming and look forward to making many more major announcements in NXNE programming in the next few weeks," said Michael Hollett, President and Managing Director of NXNE.

Additional programming announcements will be released in the coming weeks, including NXNE's signature outdoor festival hub programming at the Port Lands . . . Stay tuned!

NXNE Facebook     NXNE Twitter

Kamasi Washington

Static presents…DETROIT ZOMBIE ARMAGEDDON! UNITE TO FIGHT CANCER!



The ultimate battle between good evil has begun! The war on cancer is on, so prepare yourself for Detroit Zombie Armageddon on May 7 at 7pm, when zombies, hunters, friends, and fans will unite to fight cancer!


The Armageddon takes place at The Tangent Gallery located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. 313-873-2955. $10 cover with a portion of the proceeds will benefit two local groups who need assistance in their fight; Cody's Warrior Hub and Wagner's Warriors. Please see below for more info about each group.

This event will feature some of Detroit's most dangerous bands and performers coming together to bring you an epic night of entertainment all for a good cause! Artists and vendors will also display their wares.

 
Haf Life

  Featuring music by:

  • Haf Life
  • Dead in 5
  • The Amino Acids
  • Carjack
  • Panic or Pain
  • DJ Greebo



Magenta DeMure

Burlesque By:
  • Lushes LaMoan
  • Magenta DeMure
  • Leena Allure
  • Madame En Rouge
Grinder Girl

Sideshow performers:

  • The Big Icky
  • Grinder Girl
  • Jadey Bug
  • Z Girl Lisa

Vendors:

  • Hype Ignition
  • Hell City Records
  • Front Page Free Press
  • Creature Creations
  • Scare Bears
  • Zachariah Messiah's Morbid Curiosities
  • Armored Hearts Chainmaille & Wearable Art
  • Lily's Steampunk Emporium

Artists:

  • Brain Lewandowski
  • Steve Czapiewski
  • Zombie D Girls
  • Jody Baumann
  • Chris Reed

Hosts: Dirk Belligerent & Otto The Autopilot from Culture Vultures Radio

Make up artists Hilary Atkin and Kreatures of the Night will be there to zombify you!

Advance tickets available thru Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2519204

A portion of the proceeds will benefit two local groups who need assistance in their fight; Cody's Warrior Hub and Wagner's Warriors.

Cody's Warrior Hub is a charity formed in honor of Mike Cody, a six year Army veteran, father, friend, and true warrior. Mike was a casualty of Colo-rectal cancer that he fought for over two years before his battle ended in early 2016 at the age of 47. His arduous journey doesn't end here. The Hub will continue to fight cancer by raising awareness of colo-rectal cancer prevention and treatment and also help in the search for a cure. It will also raise funds for other causes that he supported such as education and music in Detroit.
https://www.facebook.com/CodysWarriorHub/?fref=ts

Wagner's Warriors is a group of friends raising assistance to help a local man, 35 year old Eric Wagner and his family ease their increasing financial burdens. In July of 2015 Eric was diagnosed with an extremely rare case of liver cancer. His case is the only one known for his age. While he is healthy otherwise, and a non-drinker nor does liver disease run in his family. He is considered stage 4 as the tumor has spread outside of the liver. He had undergone chemo and was in the operation room for major surgery when it was decided, last minute, that he was not a candidate for surgery at that time. This was devastating news for the family. He is currently back in chemo. He and his wife-who was his childhood pal-are raising two young boys and juggling work and his treatments and are very grateful for the help at their time of need.
https://www.facebook.com/wagnerswarriors/?fref=ts

For more information check out the Facebook event page at bit.ly/1P1ZK9i

4/7/16

TONIGHT- Iggy Pop LIVE at The Fox Theatre in Detroit & American Valhalla: The Art of Post Pop Depression at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

 
Iggy Pop is coming back home tonight
 He will be playing the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
 
Iggy's band this time around consists of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Dean Fertita (Dead Weather, QOTSA), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Troy Van Leeuwen (QOTSA) and Matt Sweeney.
They are touring in support of the forthcoming album "Post Pop Depression" which was released on March 18. The Fox Theatre show is one of just 13 North American dates on the tour, which promoters are billing as a "one-time-only" run.
 
Tickets ($39.95, $59.95, $75.95 and $115.95) Tickets can be purchased online HERE as well as the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, and at all Ticketmaster locations. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.
 
Doors at 6:30 PM with opener Noveller on at 7:30 PM.
The Fox Theatre is Located at 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
 
After the show head over to MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) for
'American Valhalla: The Art of Post Pop Depression'
 
American Valhalla: The Art of Post Pop Depression is an exhibition by photographers Andreas Neumann and Matt Helders, showcasing 20 pieces shot in 2015 with Iggy Pop and his new band. This premiere opening of the traveling exhibition is also an Afterglow with Iggy Pop and his band following their Detroit performance. All ticket proceeds benefit Josh Homme's charity The Sweet Stuff Foundation and MOCAD.

Tickets are available online until 6PM here: http://bit.ly/1qwwe7V
 
Doors at 9:30 PM. 
is located at:
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
313-832-6622     
 
 

NEXT MONTH: The 2016 Student Exhibition at CCS, 13 May

This annual show is the opportunity to see some of the best upcoming artists and designers from one of the top design schools in the entire country, before the rest of the world even gets a chance. The depth and breadth of the talent on display at this event is something to see!


May 13, 2016
A  Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education
Free parking is available on both campuses with shuttle service to and from the Taubman Center

5:30 p.m. Collector’s Reception
7:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m. General Admission

4/6/16

UPCOMING (Sun. April 10): The Monster Ann Arbor Record and CD Collector's show at Weber's Inn



is taking place this Sunday (April 10) at Weber's Ann Arbor

The event runs 10AM-4PM  and the cost on entry is $3.00
There is also a early entry option at 8AM for $15.00. 
 
Weber's Inn is located at 3050 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Come out and score some tunes!