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NEW MUSIC: Johnny Marr Debuts New Single "Easy Money"

Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr has released "Easy Money" - the first single from his upcoming album Playland due out October 7 via Warner Music Group.  Rolling Stone explains the song has, "...throbbing bass, funky guitar and a catchy melody to mask lyrics about the downfalls of greed."

Johnny describes the video as, "A 'high times in low rent England' kind of thing whereas the song 'Easy Money' is more of a 'low times in high rent England' kind of thing." Marr adds: "I like the idea of sneaking a serious concern into the mainstream, disguised as a big pop tune. The riff was so catchy and infectious that I wanted it to be about something that appeared to be trite but was actually quite universal. Money is a preoccupation of everybody, and it took me quite a long time to write something that appeared to be simple. If you were to ask anybody in the City what they're after, essentially the root of it is money. It's the age-old thing of people thinking that it will make us happy."

'Playland' is Marr's second solo effort and the follow up to last year's critically acclaimed (included the honor of being named as NME's Godlike Genius) Top 10 debut album 'The Messenger.' Work on the album commenced in London in spring 2014 as soon as the year of touring in support of 'The Messenger' came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on 'The Messenger' with collaborator and co-producer Doviak, as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.



This Friday Inner State Presents Ales “Bask” Hostomsky's "Location Location Location" August 22nd from 7-10pm


             Czech-Born Artist Bask Returns To Detroit For Solo Exhibition
"Location, Location, Location" Features An Entirely New Body Of Work & Massive Installation

Opening Friday August 22nd at 7pm, Inner State Gallery welcomes Czech-born artistAles "Bask" Hostomsky as he returns to Detroit for his first solo exhibition in over 2 years. An entirely new body of work "Location, Location, Location" showcases Bask's blend of graffiti, punk and DIY styles into his latest exploration of Detroit's unique textures and vast urban landscape.

"The inspiration for this show was to showcase Detroit's strengths, struggles, and landscape. Overall the esthetic of my work is very similar to the city of Detroit. The repurposed nature of my art plays off of panels, wood and signs that once were proudly displayed, but over the years stopped serving their intended purpose and were thrown out. That is until I come across it and drag it back to my studio, where hopefully I'll be able breath a second life into the object.  This is how I see Detroit and all the people that are fighting tooth and nail to pull the city back to the greatness it once represented." Bask said putting the finishing touches on his latest body of work in Detroit's historic Eastern Market.

Known for his massive murals across the globe, over the top gallery installations and tireless work ethic, Bask's latest solo exhibition is his most ambitious to date. Created over countless late nights and early mornings over the summer Bask has assembled nearly 300 pieces of original artwork for Location, Location, Location.

With his latest hand-painted multiple series "Face Invaders" Bask provides his die-hard fans with a collection of 200 - 12x12 inch original works of art that embrace the iconic language he has developed over his 15-year career.

"I wanted to do something special to coincide with the show. So the idea came to mind to to make a series of pieces in sets that were all hand painted. No stencils or silkscreens. I just wanted to offer actual painted pieces that are affordable to anyone who wants it. From there I had the idea of bringing back some of the faces that have appeared in my past works along with characters that Detroit inspired me to create. There are over 500 hours in these between myself and my assistant. Each panel was painstaking worked over and my focus to was to make sure that each piece is a one of a kind." Bask said.

Along with these hand-painted multiples, the solo exhibition will feature a massive installation as well as new large scale work from the Florida based artist who himself once called Detroit home.

"I took the opportunity to move to Detroit fourteen years ago, but my stay lasted only 4 years. However, during that time the city had a profound impact on my work, as well as my consciousness towards social and political issues. It was this appreciation for the influence that Detroit has had on me that inspired the work I made for the show," Bask said.

Recently, Bask's work was personally selected by Robert Downey Jr. and was featured in the blockbuster Iron Man 3 with Bask's artwork featured throughout the movie and lining the lair of the movie's villain Mandarin. In addition Bask has been commissioned Evan Longoria, Death Cab For Cutie, Primus, the estates of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG, Art Basel Miami, MTV, Vans and Red Bull among many others.


"Bask's dedication and work ethic is second to none and we've been honored to watch his work evolve into an internationally recognized talent. We couldn't be more excited to present his most ambitious show to date," Inner State gallery co-owner Jesse Cory said.

Please join us at from 7-10pm for an artist welcoming reception and opening night.

Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI. 48207

About Bask:
Bask has been working as a professional artist for 15 years. His work has been featured in countless books and publications. His work has also been personally selected by Robert Downey Jr. to be featured in Iron Man 3 and commissioned by the likes of, Evan Longoria, Pow Wow Hawaii, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Death Cab For Cutie, Primus, the estates of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG, Ride Snowboards, Art Basel Miami, MTV, Vans and Red Bull. Bask's work has also been viewed around the world in solo exhibitions and group exhibits.

About Inner State:
Inner State Gallery is Detroit's premier art gallery for both established and emerging artists, both locally and internationally. Located in Eastern Market, the 1800 square foot gallery is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist live/work space and the gallery's publishing company 1xRUN.

More information can be found at:


"Menagerie: A Group Exhibition"
Presented by the Ferndale Public Library Arts and Exhibitions Committee
When & Where: Monday, August 25 – Saturday, October 11, 2014
Artist's Reception: Thursday, August 28, 7-9pm - Free to the Public
The Ferndale Public Library will be presenting a zoo's worth of art with its latest group exhibition.
"Menagerie" is the seventh art exhibit hosted by the library and it runs Mon., Aug. 25 – Sat, Oct. 11, 2014.
There will be an Artists' Reception held at the library on Thu., Aug. 28, 7-9 pm.
Creatures from every kingdom, from insects to jellyfish to birds and mammals, will be captured in frames and in form at the library. Two-dimensional works include photographs, drawings and paintings in numerous mediums. Animals are represented in folded paper, mixed media ensembles, stone, and more. Artists from throughout the metro Detroit area found inspiration for this exhibition.
Contributing artists include:
Lara Alami, Kia Arriaga, Abida Blaze, Alana Carlson, Joseph Ferrarro, Faye Gibson, Jeremy Harvey, Julie Howells, Peggy Kerwan, Brigid Kilcoin, Debby Kobayashi, Brian Lewandowski, Terri Light, P. Mari, Kathy Meloy, Katherine Montalto, Deandra Norman, Rafael Pacheco, Matt Paw, Catherine Peet, Marion Richter, Kathy Ritter, Stella Rothe, Joseph Smedo, Jenny Snyder, Jeremy Wilson and Kelly Wojdyla.
The Committee will not be involved in the sale of any artwork in the exhibition beyond providing interested buyers with the artist's provided contact information.
The Ferndale Public Library Art and Exhibitions Committee's mission is to promote and foster an appreciation of two and three-dimensional art for library patrons, through exhibits, lectures, and an expanded collection of art books.
Find out more about art in the library in the community on facebook:


THIS WEEKEND: Puerto Rican Family Festival - Saturday - 08/23/2014

IT's  FREE -
- P.R. Fst - Saturday, August 23rd, 3-8PM Clark Park in southwest Detroit

Saturday, August 23rd, 3-8PM Clark Park in southwest Detroit

Saturday, August 23, 2014
  • 3:00 PM
  • Clark Park

    1130 Clark Street, Detroit, MI (map)
    42.315075 -83.092094
  • Saturday, August 23rd, 3-8PM
    Clark Park in southwest Detroit

  • Live music from
    Grupo Estilo,
    La Inspiracion,
    Los Pleneros de Detroit.

  • Dance Troupes
    Bachata United
    YA Salsa,

  • MC Ali Cashius
    DJ Tony Toca (Cruz)
    will provide entertainment.

  • Fun for the whole family,
    bring your friends!

THIS THURSDAY: The Scarab Club Emerging Artists Series Presents...DEGRADATION - The Artwork of Matt Fields - 8/21/14


DEGRADATION by Matt Fields
Works of Stress, Rebirth, and Understanding

Selected for the 2014 Emerging Artist Series, curated by VATO and Adam Owen Layne.

Thursday, August 21st
6:00pm - 10:00 pm
As a part of "Emerging Artist" series of shows, the historic Scarab Club (located behind the Detroit Institute of Arts) will host a one-night solo show displaying the artwork of Matt Fields.

Free Admission

This one night show runs in conjunction each third Thursday with the Dr. Sketchy Art Class on the first floor of the Scarab Club, and the lower level art nude Sketch Sessions.

Matt Fields is a photographer who has spent most of his life growing as an artist in the Detroit Metro area. For him, art is something to be used to help one understand the things we have trouble coming to terms with. He says: "Life can be chaotic sometimes. I think we as people spend a large portion of our lives perfecting our own abilities to deal. I don't think I will ever fully get to the end of that road, but for me, art is a huge help in understanding it." His recent works deal with photographing temporary installations that use string, paper, and wire as a medium.

Check the event out on Facebook at:
DEGRADATION by Matt Fields
About the Emerging Artist Program:
The Emerging Artist program started in January of 2012. Curated by veteran artists and Scarab members, VATO and Adam Owen Layne, the program was created to spotlight metro Detroit artists of all mediums who are up-and-coming or considered the Who's Who of their inner subculture, but may lack the necessary exposure they need to get in front of the mainstream public.

The Scarab Club is using this program to help the community see and appreciate art that they may not have the opportunity to see or know about. Budding artists need exposure, need to be cultivated and supported, and this program hopes to do so. It also helps entice new membership to the Scarab Club, since the century-old non-profit has opened doors for many artisans over the years, and being a part of their regular showcases can be win-win since it also adds new blood to the mix, and a fresh perspective on today's art.

Although Scarab Club has had decades of events and exhibitions that cater to all ages, this Emerging Artist Series is the first of it's kind. The spotlighted artists are hand picked and given the freedom to display and represent their work in their own solo show, with NO COMMISSION taken by the Scarab. There are so many stories to be told in metro Detroit, and this showcase allows the artist sole freedom to show their vision and perspective of life, without a jury deciding what the public wants to see. It's fresh and it's raw.

This 2014 Series will be hosted and curated by VATO and Adam Owen Layne

August 21 - Matt Fields
September 18 - Mariuca Rofick
October 16 - Jayde Williams
November 20 - Kim Hoxworth
December 18 - Holiday Group Exhibition

217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202
located behind the Detroit Institute of Arts at the corner of John R. and Farnsworth
Phone: 313.831.1250

Red Bull Battle Grounds meets Detroit Gamers @ The Garden Theatre Midtown Detroit - August 22nd – 24th 2014




WHAT:          Red Bull Battle Grounds is a professional gaming tournament circuit featuring Blizzard Entertainment's award-winning real-time strategy game, StarCraft® II. The second stop on the Red Bull Battle Grounds circuit in Detroit, Michigan features an open format, giving up-and-coming StarCraft players a shot to compete alongside the pros and earn one of eight spots for the Grand Final in Washington, DC this September.


Registration is open and will close when all 128 spots are filled. There is no qualification process; all you have to do is sign up!


WHO:             128 StarCraft players


WHERE:       The Garden Theater at Midtown

                        3929 Woodward Ave

                        Detroit, MI 48201


WHEN:          August 22nd – 24th 2014


TICKETS: 3 day passes only at $35

Single day passes $15




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Hashtags: #BattleGrounds

Handles: @redbullESPORTS @RedBullDET


You are probably just about to head to lunch on this fantastic Motorcity Monday but before you sprint out the door enter to win some tix to SPOON who will be playing ROMT next month September 14th 2014


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They're So Good They Were Worth Waiting For: Mogwai & Majeure @ St Andrew's Hall Show Pics

Mogwai, the Scottish force of drone and intensity, played St. Andrew's Hall in May (yes, May. Yes, I know it's August) and my photographer took some gorgeous pics of them and their opener, Majeure. The show was incredible, it was loud, and we felt the music literally blow us away from the speakers. If you haven't seen these guys in concert, do yourself a favor and see them, but bring earplugs.

photos by Brenna Landry

BarryBurns/Mogwai photo © Brenna Landry
Barry Burns

photo © Brenna Landry
Luke Sutherland

photo © Brenna Landry
Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite 
John Cummings

photo © Brenna Landry
Barry Burns

photo © Brenna Landry
Luke Sutherland, Barry Burns 
photo © Brenna Landry
Dominic Aitchison



photo © Brenna Landry

photo © Brenna Landry


Flyer Dump- Small's, PJ's Lager House, The Magic Stick, Jumbo's, The Berkley Front- GET THERE

Wishing Kat a very happy birthday 

MCB Ticket Giveaway- The Polyphonic Spree

Email for your shot at tickets

this will be amazing

The Polyphonic Spree make a very rare intimate small club appearance at the Magic Bag on Friday, August 22
doors 8pm $23 adv

Check them out covering Nirvana's "Lithium" 

The Magic Bag 
22920 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220


NEXT MONTH: FUnky Ferndale Art Fair is back September 12-14 2014

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair returns September 12-14.   It's not surprising that Ferndale Michigan is home to a Funky art fair, since that's one of the many adjectives used to describe this progressive and vibrant city.

"Ferndale is a creative and energetic town, open to many lifestyles and concepts.  It only makes sense that the art fair reflect some of those values", states event coordinator, Mark Loeb.  The show calls itself "twice as funky as the average fine art show."  This is reflected in the artwork selected.

For example, Scott Pakulski, the designer of this years cover image works with Lego "mini figs" and blocks to reexamine common scenes.  For this event he built a city art fair.  Pukalski has only been showing his photos at shows for three years and is already getting attention at major events.

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair includes about 120 artists in most every medium.  The selection process is similar to other major art events, but the criteria is a bit different. "We encourage our jurors to select work that makes a statement.  Art that invites conversation rather than staying in the background," adds Loeb.

The event is held along Nine Mile Road just to the west of Woodward.  Friday, September 12 it is open from 3pm until 8pm. Saturday 10am until 8pm and Sunday Noon until 5pm.

A few major focuses for this year's event:

Kobie Solomon, a well known local muralist (he created the five story Chimera on the side of the Russell Industrial Complex along I-75). Solomon will be curating a section of mural and street artists to showcase their talent and techniques.  It's a rare chance to converse with these area artists and learn about their work and message.

This year the Detroit Institute of Arts and Arts and Scraps are putting together some interactive art projects.  The projects are open to all ages and reflect on the theme of funky art.

About one quarter of the artists work in jewelry and fiber creating wearable art.  Loeb explains that as more people are looking for ways to stand out as individuals they are looking for clothing and adornment that reflects their values and shows off who they are.

The DIY Street Fair once again joins the art fair by synchronizing dates.  Held on the other side of Woodward, the Street Fair loosens up the traditional definitions of art even further as it explores the creativity inside of each of us.  While the "funky" focuses on visual arts, DIY also includes music and performance.

Information about the Funky Ferndale Art Fair is available at  The DIY Street Fair is at



Saturday, September 13

Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception: 6-10pm


@ Midtown MONA, Suite C

4130 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI  48201



@ Midtown MONA


Evading Chinese censorship, the Gao Brothers challenge authority through sculpture, painting, performance, and photography.

Beijing-based artists Gao Qiang and Gao Zhen are known as the Gao Brothers. They have collaborated on projects in a wide variety of media including sculpture, painting, performance, and photography since 1985. Much of their work is inspired by their family's experience during China's 1966-1967 Cultural Revolution. In 1968, brothers' father was arrested as a counter-revolutionary, and days later, died mysteriously in custody.

The Gao Brothers' work ranges from the political and satirical to questions of material and spiritual spaces, and takes a humanitarian stance that questions the role government and the individual play within contemporary Chinese society. They are not afraid to create controversial and contextually loaded works, such as "Arresting Prostitute" - now on view at MONA North.

The Chinese authorities frequently censor their exhibitions because they portray the wrongdoings of China's both current and past. The Gao Brothers are in a constant game of cat and mouse to exhibit and show their art.


Dissident and controversial, the Beijing-based Gao Brothers are some of those artists who personally experienced the events of the Cultural Revolution, by which they have been deeply affected. Their art develops in the post-Mao era and questions the role of the individual within society, bringing to light social issues and delving into the complex nature of human beings.


Leading the viewer to reflect about the notion of "social responsibility" their artistic creations also become an "allegory of human emotions". Their art is not only a social commentary but it also presents itself as a manifestation of romantic spiritualism and intense human values. Their wide body of work covers a large spectrum of media, which includes photography, oil painting, installation, sculpture and performance

Among the innumerable figures present in these photographic creations the nude plays a major role. Despite Chinese cultural taboos of nudity, the Gao Brothers' work often makes use of bodies completely or partially revealed. In works such as Echo, Lonely Summer and Black Space the bodies are far from being a flaunting of the nude; rather they are a "laying bare of humanity itself."


Embraced by urban environments and emerging from dark backgrounds these bodies evoke pure and uncontaminated states of mind, leading the viewer to penetrate the vulnerability of human beings and to explore between spiritual and material spaces.


The Museum of New Art (MONA) would like to thank Adnan Charara and all the staff at Galerie Camille for their continued support.


The Exhibition runs: Saturday, September 13 to Friday, October 17

@ Midtown MONA, Suite C,

4130 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI  48201