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Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men - New Video and Record Release Show

Check out the hilarious new music video for "Passing Strange" by Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men and be sure to catch their record release show at The Loving Touch Saturday Aug. 8th. 


SHOW REVIEW- Mickey Avalon at Meadow Brook Music Festival on July 25 (with photos and video)

Rapper Mickey Avalon was back in town for some local shows and Motorcityblog was there to soak up all the activity.

Mickey kicked off his Michigan ride on Saturday, July 25 at the 7,700-capacity Meadow Brook Music Festival outdoor amphitheater in Rochester opening for Sublime with Rome. It was a sweltering 88 degree summer day in Michigan, and the crowd got the party started early in the parking lot with tailgating quite prevalent. Libations were in full effect and everyone seemed to be ready for a night of music and fun.

Mickey was first up on a four band bill. He hit the stage only a half hour after the gates opened so many spectators were still coming in as The Ave belted out songs from his short 20 minute set. This is all the time that is allotted for him on this summer tour package, but Mickey made the most of it. Mickey was without any stage dancers this time around and was joined only by his DJ on stage. His set was filled with hits such as Mr Right, Jane Fonda, and Stroke Me. Mickey also found time to perform one new song during his set and closed out with his most recognizable song for even the most lukewarm fan- My Dick. 

After his set Mickey stopped by the merch booth to sign autographs and pose for photos. It was hard to find Mickey's fans spread sporadically around such a large venue, but the post show meet and greet brought them together and a few dozen were their to show their love.

At the merch booth, Mickey had his new 5 song EP on a plastic download card comple with a lanyard.The artwork was designed by his own daughter. Very cool merch item for only $5.00.         

Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing Jane Fonda live from the show...


Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing Stroke Me live from the show...


Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing My Dick live from the show...


Mickey Avalon has two headlining dates lined up including a stop Sunday, July 26 at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI and on Monday, July 27 at Frankies in Toledo, OH. His summer tour with Sublime With Rome continues on and concludes on August 30


UPCOMING- A Trio of MICKEY AVALON shows from Sat. July 25 - Mon. July 27

                                                                  *Photo by Matt O'Callaghan*

MCB'S favorite Cali rapper MICKEY AVALON is in the area the next three days.

Mickey kicks off his Michigan ride on Saturday, July 25 at Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester, MI. At this show he will be opening for Sublime with Rome. Mickey is first on the bill and will be hitting the stage at 6:30 PM, so get there early to catch his set.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE

His next Michigan stop on his tour is a headlining gig on Sunday, July 26 at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI. Ajax Stacks and Nate Paulson will be opening for Mickey at this show.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE

Mickey then finishes his three day run of local shows on Monday, July 27 at Frankies in Toledo, OH. This is another headlining show with Harry and The Hood opening up.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE.

Want to know what a live Mickey Avalon experience is like?
Be sure to check out these past Motorcityblog show reviews....
His 2012 stop at the Crofoot in Pontiac, MI is reviewed HERE. 
His 2015 stop at the Magic Stick in Detroit, MI is reviewed HERE.


TONIGHT!! SUMMER SMASH 2015 at Pj's Lager House

doors at 9pm 


Award winning folk singer-songwriter Audra Kubat will be a featured performer at the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of their ongoing Sunday Music Bar series. There will be two afternoon performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 16. The show will also feature fellow songbirds Emily Rose and Michelle Held accompanying her.

The concert is part of the DIA's Sunday Music Bar series of showcasing some of the city's finest talent. It takes place in the relaxing atmosphere of the magnificent Kresge Court inside the museum where you can enjoy a coffee, wine or mixed drink while basking in the sound and beauty of the surroundings.

Audra will perform a set of new songs and old classics backed by musical cohorts Emily & Michelle. The three songwriters have been performing select shows together for the past year and a half and have delighted audiences at each event with their powerful emotional performances.

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. 313-833-7900, Admission to the show is free with free entry to the museum if you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties with your valid I.D.

Audra is currently in the studio putting the finishing touched on her sixth album due to be released this fall. She is host of the monthly DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) open mic nights at the school where she also teaches music to a new generation of budding musicians.

For more information on Audra Kubat please visit

THIS WEEKEND! The Michigan Glass Project at the Russell Industrial Center

Gentle Reminder: BFF Fest 2


REVIEW: Esham and Mastamind- Meet and Greet Instore at Rock Of Ages in Garden City (with Photos and Video)

Detroit rap legend Esham had a busy day ahead of him on June 26. With a live concert and after party scheduled later that evening, he decided to kick things off with a special Meet and Greet at Rock Of Ages in Garden City earlier in the day. Motorcityblog was on the scene to catch all the action. 
Dozens of fans were already eagerly lined up as Esham and his fellow NATAS group member Mastamind arrived for the special instore. Many fans had merchandise in hand including rare items dating back 25 years such as Esham's debut album Boomin Words From Hell on a red cassette tape.

For one hour Esham and Mastamind had a nonstop line of people wanting to meet the Acid Rap legends. Some came from out of state and even out of Country (Canada Eh!). One fan brought books that he wrote and self published as a gift and signed them for the duo. Esham was sincerely thankful for the effort. 

They were accommodating with autographs and photos, even to the point of Esham asking the fans if they wanted a photo with him without them even asking. CD's, posters, body parts, and even the Holy Bible was signed during the meet and greet.    

Esham and Mastamind were very gracious with all their fans and left pleasing hundreds of them. 
For your viewing pleasure,enjoy this footage from Esham and Mastamind's meet and greet instore courtesy of Ambervillain Films...  

UPCOMING: Friday. July 24-General Bastard/Hemi Devils/Dying For A Living/Camouflage Junkie/Rock and Rummage at Dirty Syders in Taylor

Downriver is bringing on the rock this Friday (July 24) at Dirty Spyders. 
Live bands for the evening include
General Bastard
Hemi Devils
Dying For A Living
Camouflage Junkie

Local traveling rock n' roll inspired flea market Rock N Rummage is also on the bill and will be setting up inside the bar.

21 and over 
$5 at the door

Dirty Spyders is located at: 12900 S Beech Daly Rd, Taylor, MI 48180

THURS/FRI: Tipsy Oxcard in Detroit and Ypsi

Thursday 23 July @ Crossroads Bar & Grill — 517 W Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This Brooklyn-based outfit plays Balkan and Eastern European roots blended with funk, rock, and reggae.  Check out the event details and links below.  Their new album Upside Down is informed by first-hand experiences with all-night Turkish weddings, hitchhiking races, cheating death with peach farmers, and other adventures living and traveling in Eastern Europe and Turkey.

NEXT WEEK: Media City Film Festival Windsor/Detroit

Various Locations in Detroit and Windsor
July 28-August 1, 2015

Media City Film Festival, Windsor's annual international festival for artists' film and video will celebrate its 21st edition this July 28- Aug.1, after resounding support for its successful Kickstarter campaign.

Media City Film Festival opens Tuesday July 28 at 8 pm, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward) with performances from renowned trail-blazing US composer and saxophonist Matana Roberts, who recently opened the new Whitney Museum alongside first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries. Opening night will also feature live multi-projector performances by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Malcolm Le Grice.

This year’s celebration will showcase more than 60 filmmakers from around the world including historical films by legendary American pioneers Ken Jacobs, Barbara Hammer, Andy Warhol, and new films by artists from China, Thailand, Argentina, Portugal, Palestine, Spain, Colombia, Germany, Brazil, Iran, Austria, South Korea, and more.

The 21st Media City will also feature works by filmmakers from across the USA and Canada, along with a program of Regional Films, generously sponsored by the City of Windsor, including a film shot in 1978 on Regular 8mm offering historic views of Windsor courtesy of local artist / musician Scotty Hughes.  

Festival staff are bracing for a very large number of out-of-town guests this year. Over 110 room nights are currently booked at downtown hotels, and Media City's Guest Services Coordinator has been working around the clock to find additional accommodations for the many cinema lovers travelling to Windsor from all corners of the globe.

“Media City is a truly unique festival, and the only film festival in the world that takes place on both sides of an international border. The festival is recognized and celebrated worldwide, and we are very proud to continue to feature so many significant artists and filmmakers here in Windsor each year. We’re very grateful for the support of a local and international community of cinema lovers.”, says Jeremy Rigsby, Media City Program Director.

All Media City Film Festival screenings and events are Pay What You Like or FREE. The FREE Opening Party in Windsor is Wednesday July 29 at 6 pm at the Capitol Theatre (121 University W.), and will feature drinks, light fare and remarks from this year's International Competition Jury; 2015 Guggenheim fellow Akosua Adoma Owusu, Havard Film Archive curator Jeremy Rossen and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre Director, Lauren Howes. The reception is followed by a retrospective screening of the films of Warren Sonbert at 7:30 pm, co-presented with the Harvard Film Archive and featuring a reading from celebrated Detroit-based poet, essayist and playwright, Carla Harryman.

The 21st Media City Film Festival continues until Saturday, August 1st with nightly screenings at the Capitol. Programs include more than 65 new international films with filmmakers in attendance from around the world. For full program details and schedule information visit or view an online version of the festival's 90+ page catalogue.


Sat. July 25, starting @ 2pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Tickets $10 all day! All ages!
$1 of every ticket will be donated to Detroit's Alternatives For Girls

R. RING, Blizzard Babies, Bonehead, Bonnie Doon, Cheerleader, Gashrat, Prude Boys, Sneaks & others 

This show and U.S. summer "Rad, White & Blue" tour is in advance of two new R. Ring 7" vinyl split-singles.  The first is with the Detroit-based post-punk band Protomartyr (out now on vinyl via Hardly Art) entitled A Half Of Seven, and features R. Ring's "Loud Underneath" (available now digitally here) and Protomartyr's "Blues Festival" also featuring Kelley Deal on vocals (stream here). R. Ring's second 7" split-single is with Kentucky-based garage rockers Quailbones and will feature the two respective songs "Singing Tower" & "A Tip to Trick the Tide." This single will be released this July in 7" vinyl & digital formats via Sofaburn Records.

R. Ring is Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery. It is voices, guitars and keys. It is sparse, chaotic, abrasive and lulling, often within the same song. It is new. It is, at the very least, a stark departure from the music they make in their other bands (Kelley with The Breeders and Mike with Ampline). Kelley lives in Dayton, Ohio. Mike lives in Dayton, Kentucky.

R. Ring's 7" split-single with Kentucky-based garage rockers Quailbones will feature the two respective songs "Singing Tower" & "A Tip to Trick the Tide" and will be released this July in 7" vinyl & digital formats via Sofaburn Records. To pre-order the vinyl, go to:

In addition, R. Ring also have a new 7" split-single titled "A Half Of Seven" with Detroit-based post-punk band Protomartyr out now on vinyl through Hardly Art and is available here. R. Ring's song from it "Loud Underneath" is available as a digital download here, and Protomartyr's track "Blues Festival" is available digitally here.

TONIGHT: Lazyeyes @ UFO Factory

wsg The Teen Age
Tuesday 21 July 2015

Brooklyn band Lazyeyes is playing UFO Factory on July 21st, and I wanted to see if you'd be open to running a preview of the show. I'm also happy to list one of your writers/photogs if you have anyone interested in coming out!

Lazyeyes plays hazy, psych-tinged dreampop made up of swirling guitar melodies and reverb-drenched vocals. The band released their New Year EP earlier this year to praise from Stereogum, Interview Magazine, NME, BrooklynVegan and more, and they just shared b-side "Fractals." The b-side will appear on a limited-edition cassette split with tour mates The Teen Age, to be released this summer on Brooklyn's Old Flame Records.

The band has previously shared stages with acts like Gringo Starr and Crocodiles, and their dynamic live set is a mix of upbeat, dance-worthy jams and pulsating slower songs.

THIS SATURDAY: The Satanic Temple of Detroit unveils BAPHOMET

Under immense and, let's call it what it is, hypocritical pressures and threats, The Satanic Temple of Detroit is moving forward with their plans to unveil the amazing Baphomet statue ultimately intended to take its rightful place in Oklahoma City. For those already familiar with this battle, the statue's unveiling in Detroit is an exciting development. For those unfamiliar, head over to TST's website and have a look at some of the (sometimes chilling) news coverage. This is a perfect example of people not understanding who the bad guys are in this fight. (Hint: It's the ones threatening "Let's burn it down!")

If you plan on coming to the party, get your tickets NOW, as they are expecting to sell out. I personally will do what I can to encourage that. These are some of the people fighting FOR our religious freedoms— don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

The Satanic Temple presents
Saturday July 25, 2015
Location Undisclosed
18+ Cocktail Attire Encouraged
Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

The Satanic Temple invites you to join us for a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery at The Unveiling, a hedonistic celebration introducing the controversial Baphomet monument accompanied by provocative performances and installations.

Never before seen in public, The Satanic Temple Baphomet monument is already the most controversial and politically charged contemporary work of art in the world. Weighing one ton and towering at nearly nine feet tall, the bronze statue is not only an unparalleled artistic triumph, but stands as a testament to plurality and the power of collective action. The event will serve as a call-to-arms from which we’ll kick off our largest fight to date in the name of individual rights to free exercise against self-serving theocrats.

Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making.

Featuring performances by:
WOLF EYES, Detroit noise legends

SADIST, Dark punk from Boston



Attendees are participants. 18+

NOTE: Event location will not be announced publicly. Tickets will not be sold at the door. All advanced ticket holders will receive address prior to the event. Photography is strictly prohibited.

VIP ticket holders will have an exclusive opportunity to be photographed seated on the Baphomet monument, and will receive a limited edition event poster which they can have autographed by Lucien Greaves.

For information on attending and to purchase tickets, go to


REVIEW: Warhorses live !!! by JLG

Warhorses PJ's Lager House, Detroit 7/10/15

Words / Photos: Joe La Grassa


As part of a twin release show with fellow local band, VSTRS, Detroit's Warhorses graced the intimate main stage of PJ's Lager House in a shadowy, hazy darkness.  To celebrate the release of their first 7" ,Burning Desire, and an accompanying video, Warhorses took to the stage after the 11:00 hour. The figures in darkness cranked out some moody and brooding tunes.  Self described as Heavy Trance Rock, Warhorses certainly fit the part. With a stage about as dark as a black hole, just a flickering green and blue can light/smoke machine illuminated the stage. Warhorses like the music to take precedence. The featured song, Burning Desire conjures up classic Love and Rockets songs in my head. Listeners may also hear tinges of The Cure, A Place To Bury Strangers and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club lingering around in  Warhorses sonic arsenal.


Warhorses played a set consisting of my favorite song Crawl, Bury Your Dead which is the B Side of the Burning Desire 7" and of course Burning Desire along with a slew of other songs. Fans were rather captivated by the silhouettes cranking out hypnotic and thrilling sounds on the main stage. After an exhilarating set, the band debuted the video for Burning Desire thanks to Gold House Media. As described by the band, "Incredibly sexy, spooky and visually stunning video that takes the viewer down into the darkness to summon your burning desire".  The Burning Desire 7" on Escape Velocity Records is currently available at Stormy Records and at Warhorses shows. The 7"features artwork by artist Camille Rose Garcia. There certainly will be more in the works by Warhorses. Get your army and go see Warhorses when they play.



Save the Date: Blackout BBQ at The Majestic

Malo Koniche
Multi Grain Reunion

August 15, 2015
*This shit is all ages!

This one's a 2fer as your tickets for the August 15th's Blackout BBQ also works as a ticket for August 16th show with Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Pretty Ghouls, and Bastardous.

Blackout with me baby.


Upcoming: Sunday, July 19- POYNTE with special guests at the Token Lounge in Westland

Looking for something to do on a lazy Sunday? National Rock Review has you covered.

National touring act Poynte with special guests Spiral Crush and Division In Time will be playing The Token Lounge in Westland.

Traveling Rock N' Roll flea market Rock N Rummage will be set up in house for the evening as well.

BBQ sandwiches will be provided by National Rock Review (while supplies last)!

Doors at 6PM 
$10 in advance/$13 at the door.

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

Call For Art - The 8th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness

damned -adj. 1. condemned to eternal punishment.
2. detestable; loathsome. 3. complete; absolute
Within the word, it is easy to envision devils and hellfire. However, it also reflects the eternal condemnation of self and the subtle mind against itself. It may reflect the emotional trappings within the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps the binding tendrils of our deepest longings or deprivations.
DAMNED is an exhibition of those extraordinary artists who know that without darkness, there is no light, that beauty does reside within the repulsive and enlightenment within our darkest hours. This art may be the one true reflection of self that make us balanced within our personal damnations...or possibly it is an expressive visual therapy...or simply a sign that there is amazingly inexplicable inside without comparison.
Artists of all mediums from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit their work for DAMNED. There are no restrictions on genre or content but the more deeply personal and powerfully introspective, the better. There are no fees to submit and the deadline is September 13 2015.
For further information and to submit, please visit: 
For further details on the DAMNED Exhibition, please visit "" or email us at "".
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DAMNED VIII - An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
Fine Art + Performance + Fine Dining + Masquerade Ball
October 29/30/31 2015 - Tangent Gallery - Detroit
@thatdamnedshow > Fb/G+/Tw


UPCOMING: Sat. July 18- BACK TO THE FIELD III Music and Art Festival in Ypsilanti

The Back To The Field III Music and Art Festival takes place this Saturday (July 18) in Ypsilanti.

The outdoor event will feature over 20 live bands spanning 2 stages, DJ's, live painting, professional fire performers, vendors, booze and food!

It all goes down at The Field (2545 Coolidge Rd. Ypsilanti, MI) from 2PM-3AM .

Band Lineup for the event shapes up like this...
 3:00pm Mother Night
 3:30pm Jim Cherewick
 4:00pm Anthony Gentile
 4:30pm The Landmarks
 5:00pm Ministry of Boredom
 5:30pm Los Drogas
 6:00pm Parker Projection
 6:30pm Truman
 7:00pm Blind Haven
 7:30pm Wizard Union
 8:00pm Lament
 8:30pm TurnUpT
 8:40pm PriessLess
 9:00pm We Will Rot
 9:30pm Spooney SP
 9:40pm Obie Iyoha
10:00pm SNAFU
10:30pm Spunky Smith
11:00pm Downcast
11:30pm B-Pat
12:00am Living Like Robots
12:30am TriStarz
1:45am Dash Riot

$10 pre-sale gets you a FREE cup of the free flowing kegs
(otherwise $10 door and cup costs $5 or BYOB) MUST HAVE ID!

This event is 18+.
PRESALES can be purchased by paypal (be sure to include your name and you'll be listed at the door). Or stop by Depot Town and visit Tony and Aaron (The Long Hairs Upstairs) at 36 E Cross Ypsilanti, MI.

For more info visit their Facebook Event page HERE.


SHOW REVIEW: Lenka at The Ark, Ann Arbor, Sat. June 11

There have been many times I have seen an artist I like playing the Ark in Ann Arbor and thought about going to the show but for one reason or another I didn’t make it out. Last Saturday night, Lenka was playing the Ark and I decided it was the perfect night to make the trek out there. With her well-crafted pop songs and strong hooks, Lenka is an artist always worth venturing out for. The Ark is an intimate place where everyone one has a seat and actually stays seated. The setting is actually very similar to a movie theater, where all lights besides the stage are off during the performance. They even serve popcorn. I’m tempted to call it a “PG” rated show because many parents brought their young children and the concert almost had a “matinee” feel to it.

The warm up artist for the show was UK singer/songwriter, Nick Howard. Besides his acoustic guitar, the other thing that Nick brought with him was his terrific British humor. As a British singer/songwriter, I am sure that Ed Sheeran comparisons come up, but Nick’s songs are less pop and more acoustic. Besides his original songs, he did a very playful cover of Britney Spears “...Baby One More Time.”  It was a short set that everyone clearly enjoyed as they were laughing and clapping to all of his songs. At one point he even had the audience whistling. 

Lenka’s stage was already set up so it didn’t take much time before her band walked on stage and started to play. Lenka opened the show with her latest single “Blue Skies,” which reminds me a little of the sultry kind of pop Lana Del Ray plays. Lenka played a good number of songs from her set from her latest album, “The Bright Side,” including “Unique” and “Free”. The rest of her set included fan favorites like “Heart Skips A Beat” and “Everything At Once.” She also brought Nick Howard back on stage and played a song they wrote together and did a nice cover of Milky Chance’s “Stolen Dance,” which I think only a few people recognized. 

Lenka moved around the stage switching from keyboards to her over the shoulder keyboard with her unique grace and humor. She remarked how quiet we were but also one of the most polite audiences she ever played to. She finished her set with “The Show,” her usual closer that gets everybody singing and clapping along. Lenka came back for an encore with a special R&B version of “Blue Skies” that brought more funk and soul to the song. She did it just for fun but it came off really well and showed how great she and her band play together. She ended the night with the title track from “The Bright Side.” As a special treat to her fans Lenka stayed around and signed and took pics with her fans. It was a nice way to end the night at a great venue that I’ll definitely be visiting again.    

Text and Pics by Mikel OD Pfeiffer of MPAD Media