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PRE-ORDER/FUNDING OPP: Bring Detroit's Orbit, Fun & White Noise Home!

Bring Orby's Story to Your Home!

Help celebrate Orbit's 25th in style 

15 years after Orbit was laid to rest, the time has come to tell the shocking true tale of Detroit's greatest alt-publication in Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology from Wayne State University Press.

Your tax-deductible support will help create a lasting document to over 35 years of vital Detroit cultural history as told through OrbitFun, and White Noise magazines. This deluxe illustrated edition will not only feature reprints of popular articles but also tell the behind-the-scenes stories of how these landmark magazines covered Detroit's music film, art, food, and creative scene like no one else dared with a healthy dose of humor.

Your support of $60 gets your copy of the book, a partial charitable deduction (just in time for tax season), and the knowledge that you have done your part in helping to preserve this important cultural history.

We are also offering cool things and events including new Orbit t-shirts, original art from Jerry Vile and Niagara, a complete set of Fun magazines, tickets to a special party, and more! You can also expect a large portion of your gift will be tax deductible at any level.

"...Fun magazine and Orbit felt a lot more supportive and positive to me and also full of satire as well - which is the positive side of that sort of 'hip' culture." - Jack White 

You can give now by clicking Orby's head!

Please tell your friends, neighbors, and other fans about this campaign.
Let's celebrate Orby's 25th birthday in style in 2015!

Rob St. Mary - Author, Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology
WHITE NOISE (1978-1980) covered Detroit's punk scene in and around Bookie's Club 870 and visiting national acts such as the Ramones, DEVO, Patti Smith, the Dead Boys, and more! 
FUN (1986-1990) was America's first free humor magazine - a true Detroit innovation! Satire, music, film, art, culture, and more. Fun's humor was too good to last and too great to be forgotten! 
Bringing humor to alt-publishing, ORBIT(1990-1999) covered Detroit like no one else dared and shined a light on techno, Kid Rock, ICP, Jack White, EMINEM, and many more.
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The Leonard N. Simons Building
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Detroit, Michigan 48201-1309.


Big Wreck’s reunion has now turned into a full-blown second coming.

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.

Big Wreck’s new album Ghosts is now available in the US on iTunes, Amazon, select digital partners and in F.Y.E. stores across the country. Big Wreck headed into Revolution Studios and Vespa Studios in Toronto to record the 13 new songs that make up Ghosts. The band approached the making of this album with a renewed sense of wonder toward the very things that turned them on to rock and roll in the first place. While the album stays true to the driving intensity, booming drum sound and unbridled guitar virtuosity that has always made Big Wreck so appealing, it also explores bold new aural territory which sees the band letting their guard down for the first time to return to the seeds of long forgotten ideas.
Singer/guitarist and founding member Ian Thornley had this to say about the fall tour, “We are very excited to hit the road and hear these songs grow with the fans. This is still only our 4th studio album, there is still a lot that we want to accomplish, and much of that growth must come from live performance.”

Check out more Big Wreck right here.
Check out Detroit's own Ignoring The Echoes right here.
Grab some tickets right here.


Ex Cops opening for Dum Dum Girls @Magic Stick

Ex Cops
Opening for Dum Dum Girls
Saturday, October 25th, at the Magic Stick
$15, doors at 8

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.

LIVE REVIEW: FOXYGEN live at Crofoot Pontiac - Words/Jeff Howitt Photos/Sarah Cook

I must admit upfront that my girlfriend sent me a "First Listen" link on for the new FOXYGEN record a mere 24 hours before their performance. I wield that word tamely, as it was, truly something to behold.  I listened to Thurston Moore's new album, "The Best Day" first, which was sweet and what I hoped for after him playing with a doomier approach. Then I tackled the FOXYGEN record, "…And Star Power", which had me laughing at myself as I kept going back to my desk top to check if it were still them with all it's Sebadoh-ey lo-fi playfulness and classical Pysche-Pop ala Tommy James and The Shondells.


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.





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.






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.
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THIS SATURDAY- The 4th Annual Flint Horror Convention

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


DANNY HICKS - Evil Dead 2

TOM SULLIVAN - Special FX artist on The Evil Dead


LUCIFER FULCI - musician, actor, and author


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...

12 PM - 9PM
at the RIVERFRONT BANQUET CENTER (1 Riverfront Plz, Flint Township, MI 48502)
Admission is only $10.00
For more details visit:


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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.


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.

Doors: 7:00pm
All Ages
Diesel Concert Lounge
inside the Premier Bowling Complex
33151 23 Mile rd.
Chesterfield, MI


Show Map
Diesel Concert Lounge Detroit
33151 23 Mile Rd, Chesterfield, Michigan 48047




Michigan's own Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
are set to return to Ann Arbor Friday, October 24th
for a night of unbelievable revelry at The Blind Pig.
Following a whirlwind year that included SXSW, Electric Forest, Summer Camp,
Blissfest, Harvest Gathering, and a headlining spot at Ann Arbor Summer Fest,
the band is gearing up for the fall with a small string of Michigan shows to promote the release of their forthcoming record,
TERRA INCOGNITA, which is due out later this fall.

Live video for an unreleased track from TERRA INCOGNITA can be seen here.
Friday, 10/24
The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
wsg. Big Sherb
Ages 18+
Doors open at 9 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased here.


THIS WEDNESDAY! The Glitch Mob wsg The M Machine and Chrome Sparks at The Royal Oak Music Theatre

The Glitch Mob make their way back to Metro Detroit this Wednesday night, October 22, 2014, with support from opening acts, The M Machine and Chrome Sparks at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. The Los Angeles-based glitch-hop trio released their second full length album, Love Peace Immortality earlier this year, which impressively debuted at number 13 on the Billboard albums chart. Their live spectacle features a multimedia sensory overload called “The Blade”, a breathtaking state-of-the-art visual feat created by the same design team that has created legendary staging for Daft Punk, Kanye West, Deadmau5 and Kaskade. When making Love Death Immortality, The Glitch Mob aimed at creating an album that would thrill an audience in the live capacity. Their last Detroit area appearance happened 3 years ago at the Magic Stick. They spent much of 2014 performing at the largest festivals in the United States, including New York City’s Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, and Michigan’s own, Electric Forest. This is one of the biggest electronic music shows of the year! Don't miss out!

The Glitch Mob wsg The M Machine & Chrome Sparks

Wednesday, October 22 16+ / 8pm doors

GA $22 / $30 DOS

Win Free Tickets: Will Sessions - MOTORCITY FUNK NIGHT - 10/31/14

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Funk Night Records and Peoples Records Present:
Motorcity Funk Night
featuring Will Sessions / DJ Frank Raines / DJ Brad Hales /Hosted by: Fatt Father
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Doors
Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
18 years and over


Smirnoff Vodka and Spotify brought the ‘Ultimate House Party’ to Detroit's Corktown Neighborhood

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Sarnack

Smirnoff Vodka and Spotify invaded a spacious Corktown loft on Thursday night to throw the Smirnoff “Ultimate House Party” for contest winner, Nicole Margrif. Smirnoff pulled out all the stops with food catered by Royal Oak’s Pronto Restaurant, an elaborate game room featuring a giant Jenga and Foosball, personalized photographs utilizing Instagram and a giant dance party headlined by “VH1 Master Of The Mix" champion, DJ JayCeeOh. The apartment was transformed from an ordinary apartment into a super trendy mega nightclub. My favorite scene of the night was the functioning bar in front of the resident’s actual bed. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails from Smirnoff, including the delicious Smirnoff English Garden, made with Smirnoff Strawberry and Green Apple Vodka, lemon juice, cucumber slices and Tonic. This was the last Smirnoff Ultimate House Party of the year with prior stops in New York City, Portland and Dallas, all part of Smirnoff’s Exclusively for Everybody campaign. All attendee’s seemed to enjoy the fancy drinks and the delicious eats while listening to one of the world’s most talented turntablists. 


THIS SATURDAY (Oct. 18): 7th Annual HFCC Record Show in Dearborn


Attention Music Lovers! Get ready to start digging through those bins because WHFR will host its Annual Record Show.

The show takes place on Saturday October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Student Center at Henry Ford Community College.
  For attendees of the Record Show: 
$5 for early birds (early admission starts at 9:00 AM) and a sliding scale from $1-5 from 10-4.
Henry Ford Community College is located at:
5101 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48128 

  For more information visit:

TOMORROW: Sam Singleton, Atheist Evangelist @ Corner Brewery, Ypsi

Cats, Sheep and Goats: The Taxonomy of Atheists, Believers and Preachers
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Arbor Brewing Company - Corner Brewery

Brother Sam and his cousin Palmer have followed widely  disparate paths, Sam becoming an atheist evangelist, Palmer remaining faithful to their holy roller upbringing. Palmer is the one member of the Singleton clan who has stuck by Sam. And Sam is exasperated that anybody so smart and decent 
can be so misguided. Palmer feels exactly the same way.  Their conversations, as recounted in Cats, Sheep and Goats: the Taxonomy of Atheists, Believers and Preachers, are a fun-house-mirror view of relations between atheists and believers.

HALLOWEENIES: Night of the Living Nerds 23 Oct @ Tangent

Nerd Nite Detroit presents
Night of the Living Nerds
October 23 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30)
$10 (Cash/credit at the door, or buy in advance here)

Join us for a special Halloween treat! 

Local author John G. Rodwan, Jr. will be telling some spooky stories.

Maggie McGuire, our resident zombie movie expert, will introduce Night of the Living Dead with a short talk on how the film revolutionized low-budget film-making.

Then we’ll screen the film, accompanied by the Andrew Alden Ensemble. 

Throw in a costume contest, other Halloween-y activities and Monster Mash loaded mashed potatoes from Sidecar Detroit, and we’d say that’s a pretty fun night.

Cover is $10, all ages welcome!

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

WIN FREE TICKETS! Waters, Smallpools and Magic Man at Saint Andrews Hall on October 22!

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!

San Francisco standouts, Waters just released their new 4 song EP, It Might Be OK, this past Tuesday. Ok was produced by Grouplove’s Ryan Rabin in Los Angeles.  Waters have already scored radio success earlier this year with the single “Got To My Head” and they are currently promoting the hooky follow-up “I Feel Everything” to alternative radio. Rolling Stone magazine just featured Waters in their “10 Artists You Need To Know Now” list. Waters recently opened for Weezer and are finishing up 2014 with stints opening up for Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids and Delta Spirit. A full length effort is on its way, but for now Waters remain a act to keep your eyes on. 

“Got To My Head”

Waters with Smallpools and Magic Man

Saint Andrews Hall, DetroitMI

WedOct 22, 2014 07:00 PM

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FREE VINYL FRIDAY: The Shivas - Jumbo's Detroit - 10/19/14

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The Shivas are playing Jumbo's Detroit on Sunday October 19th 2014

The Shivas play upbeat, fuzzy surf-rock that's been compared to Thee Oh Sees & Black Lips, and they've played with bands like Spiritualized, The Dandy Warhols, The Fresh & Onlys, and La Luz. They're releasing their new record, You Know What To Do, October 28th on Olympia-based label K

Check them out here