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Fresh off the heels from the release of their new album Ghosts, Big Wreck is embarking on a fall tour across their homeland of Canada, with a bonus stop in Detroit. The band will hit stage at TheShelter on Tuesday, October 28th with special guests Ignoring The Echoes. Full tour details can be found below and tickets will be available in the tour page/VIP tab on the Big Wreck website.
Ex Cops, a nomadic duo featuring Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding, brings the hook-heavy blast of ‘90s alt-rock into a new era on their second album Daggers. Executive produced by icon-of-form Billy Corgan and produced by Justin Raisen (Sky Ferriera, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue), the record rescues guitar-pop from the bedroom, returning it to the stage it deserves.
Formed in 2011, the group’s first album True Hallucinations, released in early 2013, was a critically-acclaimed collection of sprawling indie-pop. From the exuberant “Spring Break (Birthday Song)” to the band’s dreamy debut “You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb,” the John Siket-produced record (Blonde Redhead, Yo La Tengo) was a genre-jumping opening salvo and its wall-to-wall guitars set the tone for their new album.
Daggers is a musical about-face, though. “We are not afraid of our favorite music anymore,” says Harding. “It’s pop.”
Billy Corgan, in addition to sharing the band’s love of ABBA and taking them to their first wrestling match, provided form and texture to the new tracks over a two week period in Chicago. The band then took the material to LA for tracking with Raisen and continued collaborating with artists like Ariel Pink, who co-wrote“Burnt Out Love” and features on “Tragically Alright.”
The result reinvents modern rock. “White Noise,” with its addictive chorus, merges guitars that could make your teeth ache and a motorik electronic pop pulse. The impeccably-produced “Teenagers” brings club-ready downtown pop to an anthemic peak, while “Black Soap” shifts shoegaze textures to stadium status and “Rooms,” one of the album’s emotionally-resonant ballads, packs a substantial punch.
Before this evening, to some degree, the topic of, "Where are the Lux Interiors these days or Rocky Horror Picture Show? Where is my Good/Bad Taste?", had often become the conversation I found myself in. Bringing to mind something John Sinclair said years back in an interview with Michigan Journalist Jeff Milo. "Rock n Roll'll never die, man...'cuz it's like a zombie…". With that I have always waited for the MONSTERS.
I do have to give it up to those Labels and Artists who took Captain Beefheart's "10 Commandments for Guitar Players seriously"; like Burger Records, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and recent buzz babies King Tuff reminding EVERYONE that it is so much better to rock the FUCK out than overstate their role in a pre-set looped sample while bodily rocking so unnecessarily hard to a beat that they had no creation in beyond the choice of setting.
*WATCH IT HAPPEN HERE!
The following morning I read the headline on Pitchfork that "Foxygen Freak Out on Chicago Morning Show" just a mere twelve hours after they left little of the stage in Pontiac's Crofoot Ballroom. There have been regional crossroads such as these before, like when Tav Falco's Panther Burns played Marge Thrasher back in '79 when the squares didn't know what was happening. It really is a litmus test to produce something that you must deliberately pay attention to and not as a spectator but as an accomplice.
*I HAVE TO INCLUDE THIS CLIP OF COURSE OF OUR OWN OH SO VERY YOUNG MC5
The duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado led a band that totaled nine members, three of them high knees and kicking back up vocalists, through a rousing set that could be as gentle in balladry as if Boy george fronted Roxy Music then suddenly everyone had guitars snug in their guts like machine guns and were piling themselves on the drum riser like some pyramidal all seeing eye. Sonically slaying the entire crowd that minded not a bit when the squeal and moan of fuzz lasted minutes before the next shift of revelry.
Don't believe me? Not possible? Suck it up buttercup and go see what is causing all the smoke on the horizon next time you can. The MONSTER stirs...
For the past decade, Seattle’s Minus the Bear have orbited the music world like a distant meteor, fine-tuning their unique brand of indie rock and discovering how technology can help enhance the band’s unique pop vision. MTB will touch down tonight at the Magic Stick, playing a wide-ranging mix of tracks including some rare B-sides from their latest compilation Lost Loves. This time around, they're returning to their roots by playing smaller venues like The Magic Stick for a more intimate audience.
Minus the Bear is Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), David Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass), Alex Rose (keyboards, saxophone, vocals, programming), and Erin Tate (drums & percussion). The Seattle-based band formed in 2001, and has since released five full length LPs and eight Eps, totaling an excess of 400K in sales and all the while staying true to its uncompromising artistic ideals. The group's tireless work ethic has helped build a robust live following with the band headlining countless sold out shows across the globe, as well as sharing the stage with such diverse and respected artists as Soundgarden, Jimmy Eat World, and Foo Fighters.
Check out "The Lucky Ones" from Lost Loves.
Check more Minus the Bear right here.
You can still grab some tickets here.
The 4th annual FLINT HORROR CONVENTION is taking place this Saturday (October 25th).
The convention will bring together horror celebrities,creepy and cool vendors, indie horror films, and costume and pin-up contests that will give fans a full day of ghoulish fun.
Special celebrity guests this year include:
DANIEL ROEBUCK - The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's Halloween 1 and 2, THE WALKING DEAD web series season 3, and many others. Due to filming Daniel will be a late arrival at the convention and will arrive at 6PM but will stay long enough for everyone to see him that wants to.
CHUCK WILLIAMS - Bubba Ho-Tep, John Dies at the End
EILEEN DIETZ - The Exorcist's PAZUZU
DANNY HICKS - Evil Dead 2
TOM SULLIVAN - Special FX artist on The Evil Dead
STEVE CHRISTOPHER - Actor/Producer
LUCIFER FULCI - musician, actor, and author
JASON MOORE - artist known for his work on BATMAN HAUNTED GOTHAM, EVIL ERNIE DESTROYER, THE CRUSADES, and THE DEAD.
JOHN E.L. TENNEY - Paranormal Investigator/Lecturer, star of GHOST STALKERS tv show.
CHRIS THRASHER, author and found of of S.I.G.H.T. PARANORMAL.
JASON SNYDER author, lecturer, and founder I.T.A.R. - Indiana Team for Anomalous Research and representing NO BOUNDARIES PARANORMAL.
You will also have the opportunity to get your picture taken with the Green Goblin head from the film Maximum Overdrive!
There will be dozens of vendors selling everything from movies, to crafts, to art, to books, and more.
There will be Costume Contests for both Kids and Adults.
There will also be a Petrifying Pin Up Contest.
There will screenings of Indie films at the show all day long.
Here's all the gory details...
FLINT HORROR CONVENTION
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 2014
12 PM - 9PM
at the RIVERFRONT BANQUET CENTER (1 Riverfront Plz, Flint Township, MI 48502)
Admission is only $10.00
Remember the fun of 80's rock 'n roll? Need your Hair-metal fix? L.A. Guns are playing the Diesel Lounge this Friday, Oct 24, 2014.
L.A. Guns are an iconic band from the hey day of hair and glam metal. With hits such as, "The Ballad of Jayne, Rip and Tear, and Electric Gypsy" you'll remember them. They are still turning out new music, "Hollywood Forever" is their latest.
So, whether you're a new or old fan, here's your chance to see them up close and personal.
HazardHead is opening for L.A. Guns. They are the next generation of the sleaze/glam rock. The HH boys are channeling the bands of the 80's. Just listen to "Love Can't Wait."
If you think you can handle all that HazardHead rock 'n roll. Get your butt out to Diesel Lounge, the happening place on the Northeast side.
Diesel Concert Lounge
inside the Premier Bowling Complex
33151 23 Mile rd.
Live video for an unreleased track from TERRA INCOGNITA can be seen here.
5101 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48128
For more information visit: http://whfr.fm/recordshow
GARY GRIMSHAW EXHIBIT HEADLINES NEW EXHIBITS OPENING THIS WEEKEND AT THE DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM
DETROIT- Starting Saturday, October 18, visitors to the Detroit Historical Museum have the opportunity to check out four new exhibitions and displays: Gary Grimshaw: Detroit's Counterculture Poster Artist, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center: Windows of Opportunity in the Community Gallery, Detroiters Paint Detroit: 1930s in our Detroit Artists Showcase, and a refreshed array of artifacts in the Collections Corner.
Gary Grimshaw: Detroit's Counterculture Poster Artist opens in the Allesee Gallery of Culture. The Grande Ballroom on Detroit's east side became the hot spot for counterculture music during the late 1960s and early 70s. Local radio disc jockey and Grande Ballroom promoter Russ Gibb wanted to emulate the rock and psychedelic scene of San Francisco through concert posters. Artist Gary Grimshaw designed posters that fit the bill perfectly.
Grimshaw (1946-2014) grew up in Detroit and spent his career working and living in both Detroit and San Francisco. He worked for newspapers and magazines, and designed posters for concerts and album covers. Grimshaw was an authentic Detroit original and his poster designs have become legendary.
To celebrate the opening of this exhibition, join the Detroit Historical Society on Thursday, October 30 at 6 p.m. for a free special event, featuring a screening of the film "Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story," a Gary Grimshaw poster sale and the opportunity to meet the woman keeping his legacy alive – his wife Laura Grimshaw.
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center (SVSF) is celebrating 170 years of service to Southeastern Michigan this year. In reflecting upon its history as one of Michigan's oldest organizations, SVSF recognizes that it has stood the test of time because it has evolved as the needs of the community have evolved. Although the Center's services may have changed over the years, its core mission to serve the needs of at-risk children and families has never changed. It is for that reason SVSF has chosen a beautiful and unique part of its past to symbolize its future.
In 1929, Charles and Sarah Fisher added their name to the organization by rebuilding the residence which had been destroyed by fire. Part of the reconstruction was the creation of unique Mother Goose nursery rhymes depicted in stained glass windows for the kindergarten classroom, designed by Detroit Stained Glass and built by Fisher Body. Like the Center itself, these windows have stood the test of time and represent the Windows of Opportunity that SVSF is still providing to the residents of Southeastern Michigan. This exhibit is open now through December 28, 2014 in the Community Gallery.
Detroit has long been a fertile ground for artists and other creative individuals. Many of these artists' paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings document unique moments in our region's rich history and capture the essence of our diverse community. In connection with the Detroit Institute of Arts' upcoming presentation of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, Detroiters Paint Detroit: 1930s will showcase Detroit urban landscape paintings by local artists. The paintings reflect the city as it was in the 1930s, when Diego and Frida visited the DIA and spent a year creating art in Detroit. Additionally, these paintings offer a snapshot of what the Detroit art "scene" was like during that time.
This exhibition includes works by E.H. Barnes, John Gelsavage, Amy Lorrimer and France Murray.
The Collections Corner showcase on the Museum's second floor gives the Society a chance to showcase the rich stories of our region through our rare and often priceless artifacts that have not been seen in quite some time or have never been on display. Additionally, this exhibition highlights a sampling of our newly acquired objects. New items on display include the Adams Theatre marquee circa 1930, the 19th century iron gate from Mariner's Church and many more items.
The Adams Theatre was designed and built in 1917 by architect C. Howard Crane. After its opening, it was quickly turned into a movie theater. The theatre was known as the Alley – Jumper because the lobby was located in the Fine Arts Building on Grand Circus Park. The theatre was located "across the alley" on Elizabeth. Patrons would purchase their tickets and concessions in the lobby of the Fine Arts and then patrons with seats in the balcony would walk upstairs and cross a sky walk over the alley. For seats below, patrons would walk down some stairs and walk through a tunnel under the alley.
The will of Julia Anderson provided for Mariner's Church -- she wanted a church dedicated to serving Great Lakes seamen. Mariner's Church was founded in 1842 and remains open to this day.
These exhibitions are all supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for all, all the time. Parking in the Museum's lot is $6 at all times. Group tour pricing and information is available by calling 313.833.7979. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The "Arsenal of Democracy," the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America's Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. For more information, call the Museum at 313.833.1805 or check out our website at detroithistorical.org.
A triple billing of buzzworthy up-and-comers take over Detroit’s Saint Andrews Hall next Wednesday night October 22, 2014. Waters, Magic Man and Smallpools are bringing their indie sensibility to Detroit and MOTORCITYBLOG is sending you there!