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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.
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.
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
Be sure to check out these past Motorcityblog show reviews....
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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
Dying For A Living
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
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.
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 mediacityfilmfestival.com or view an online version of the festival's 90+ page catalogue.
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
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: www.sofaburn.com
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.
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.
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.
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 thesatanictemple.ticketleap.com.
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.
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
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
7:00pm Blind Haven
7:30pm Wizard Union
9:00pm We Will Rot
9:30pm Spooney SP
9:40pm Obie Iyoha
10:30pm Spunky Smith
12:00am Living Like Robots
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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.