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7/31/09 - go have a look!

check out the latest in Detroit websites
just launched today

Smell you later....time to disconnect from the grid

here is my view for the next week or more
vacations are for taking artsy photos like this one
Its after 3pm on Friday
time to split for vacation
look for one post from me next week
planning to drop that on wednesday
hopefully all the other contributors to MCB
will be on their best behaviour
and posting up to keep you in the loop

"MCB was DETROIT but is now on vacation"
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Sat - 8/1 - DALE BEAVERS @ Atlas Bar Hamtramck

Dale Beavers is playing a show tomorrow night over at The Atlas Bar in Hamtramck
How do we know this?
Eli Green was out gambling last night and winning big
playing dice in the back of the WAB listening to Duende! and the tail end of Silverghost
(who have really turned it up a notch with the addition of Ben the new drummer)
anyway in his haste to leave Eli Green mentioned this Dale Beavers
show so get on out and support local Dietroit music at its best.
Dale Beavers LIVE!
with The Phantom Shakers and Subourbon Son
Saturday August 1st 2009
Atlas Bar
2363 Yemans
Hamtramck MI

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MP3 Mondays on MOTORCITYBLOG - early drop as usual

bottom line we try to do these whenever we have time
besides - Mondays suck ass and we are going on vacation
Photo by Paul Hitz

take a look / listen

Check out Aluminum Babe who are releasing the new record "17" in Sept 2009

1st emailer to ask for it can have our advance copy

its a little worn out since the GGBB girls have been shaking some ass
to it for the past few weeks but still plays
Download the track “Repetition
for a taste of what to expect.
New album due out on Oct 6th 2009
Los Angeles’ The Willowz are back with their vibrant energy and vintage inspired new wave sound. The band’s new album, Everyone, is a strong statement of musical evolution. While staying true to their no-strings-attached soul infused garage rock sound, the band has incorporated stronger crafted pop hooks than ever before.

When The Willowz formed in 2002, they were just teenagers with ambitious dreams. Fast forward seven years and the band has found itself featured on the soundtracks to such award winning films such as “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” and “The Science Of Sleep,” and on numerous publications’ “best of the year” lists. Nominated for L.A. Weekly’s “Rock Band of the Year,” making Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of the Year, and coveting the O.C. Weekly’s “#1 Rock Album of the Year” for their 2007 record, Chautauqua, The Willowz are gearing up for the release of their eagerly anticipated forth album, Everyone.

Opening the record is “Break Your Back,” a track that starts out with simple percussion and colorful vocals before crescendo-ing into a massive, heavily layered song, paving the way for the remainder of this dynamic rock album. “I Know” rides the waves between garage rock vigor and an undeniably addictive, anthemic chorus. “Way It Seems” highlights lead vocalist Richie James Follin’s incredible range as his falsetto accompanies the always tempo changing song, making it stand out as an original track that can’t be qualified as either fast paced nor a ballad, but rather manages to be both.

The Willowz once again challenge the rock genre with their unique and beautifully crafted sound. Their luscious harmonies and fiercely rocking melodies make Everyone a gem in their already expansive discography.

We are Vovete
a duo from New York and other places.
We've got an album of tunes coming out soon, self-released of course, and made with nothing but love, dreams and late nights.
get the MP3's here -
Shades and Shadows is a chorus of voices, a layered prayer, incantation, or hope for guidance
House Of Dreams is a lonely island built for two.
The record will be out this fall, recorded by that wizard of sound - John Kilgore.
In local news - We've been asked to play at The Delancey, in nyc,
as part of the awesomeness that is SMALL BEAST -
which has been given much love by Brooklyn Vegan and others
We'll be there Monday, Aug 3rd, the show starts at 8PM,
we take the stage about 10 PM.
We're honored, humbled, excited - all those things.
xo danny/Vovete
and catch them at Vans Warped Tour this weekend
Check out Inward Eye @ WARPED Tour Detroit

Canadian rockers Inward Eye are set to release their debut album "Throwing Bricks Instead of Kisses" through J Records on August 18, 2009. The band, which consists of the Erickson brothers, Dave (vocals/bass), Kyle (guitar/vocals), and Anders (drums) will be on the Vans Warped Tour starting July 28th through August 14th. Inward Eye also have touring commitments with Flogging Molly for two weeks in October throughout Canada.

The same day the band is set to embark on Warped Tour,
they will be premiering a new video for the song "Day After Day"
off their forthcoming album.
Head on over to to watch the video.
After watching the video, go over to the band's website to download the 4 song "Inward Eye" EP completely for FREE which features the hit song "Shame."
Don’t Be Scared, Tune In As HOLLANDS Play Fearless Music TV!

Download Hollands’ song “Coughing Boy” here

Everyone is looking for the next big band, the next group that is poised to create a shift in the musical cosmos. For several years now Fearless Music TV has been at the forefront of that search. And the Brooklyn rock/folk group, Hollands, are their newest candidate for success as they cross the East River to perform on the Fearless Music Stage at Manhattan’s Crash Mansion on August 19.

The performance will be airing later in the fall on the internationally syndicated television series, so be sure to stay tuned. Other acts that have recently taken the Fearless stage have been Gogal Bordello, DeVotchka, and Metric.

In preparation for their next release, Mother EP, in October, Hollands has been playing shows all summer and we’ll be wrapping up the season with a show at Brooklyn’s Pete’s Candy Store on August 21.

Show Details
8/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Pete’s Candy Store @ 11:45pm

Fearless Music TV:

this band kicks the shit out of all these other bands - KR
free cd to the 1st emailer

currently on tour with Dave Mathews Band

New Download “RAMBLIN” Live Performance

Video for “You Can Make It”: Click Here

Formed in 2008 by Cody Dickinson of the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue are the "modern blues band for the new generation." HCR represents a return to the juke-joint one-chord trance blues of north Mississippi, styles made famous by local blues legends like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Drawing from the traditional songs and modes of the Hill Country, the band stays true to its roots yet pushes the boundary by incorporating new songs and elements for the next generation. HCR’s debut album, MAKE A MOVE, was released in May 2009 and the band continues to tour in support.

Hill Country Revue’s You Tube channel.
Hill Country Revue on iTunes
Hill Country Revue on Amazon

If you haven’t heard French Miami yet, enjoy your last few minutes of peace.
Once their songs get inside your head, they start a permanent loop and you will wake up and go to bed singing along. The only way out of this musical addiction is sleep deprivation.

French Miami’s raucous live shows use rock music structures to hold together more technical musical ideas. Jagged guitars, pulsing synths, and precise stop-start rhythms launch seductive refrains that have forced the crowd’s feet off the floors in post-punk singalong deliriums from SXSW to CMJ. The first time you catch their live show you might be shocked to discover there’s no bassist as their ménage a guitar-synth takes the low end as far as it can go with the head-nodding precision of a mathematical equation.

How is this possible? It helps that they’re multi-taskers. Onstage, French Miami show off the technical cred behind their sound by moving non-stop and playing an average of two instruments apiece, usually at the same time. Singer Jason Heiselmann slides effortlessly between baritone guitar and keyboards while delivering vocal melodies in memorable strands too gritty to be called pop, too irresistibly catchy not to be. Multi-instrumentalist Roland Curtis is usually playing a guitar with one hand and a synth with the other with freakish proficiency. Meanwhile, drummer Chris Crawford does precisely what a drummer should do by anchoring their sound in a minimalist beat, knowing when to let loose and when not to.

This was no easy live show to wrangle onto a record, but French Miami knew the right man for the job. Phil Manley (Trans Am, Fucking Champs) committed their self-titled debut - a unique blend of prog, post-punk, and synth-art rock - to eternity. The album waxes nostalgic on anthemic 90s sounds from Archers of Loaf and Trans Am, tastes the angular grooves of Battles and Holy Fuck, and throws in the earnestness of the Boss and Fugazi to balance the sweet with the sour. The result is terse, jagged rhythms fueled by great hooks fulfilled in noisy abandon.

Download 'God Damn Best' taken from their
self-titled debut album: HERE

These guy play PJs Lager House on

To listen to Blacklist is to listen to people who have chosen to stand in opposition. Complex and modern themes are wound tightly inside impressionistic lyrics, available to be unravelled by the curious listener or ignored by those who find themselves moved primarily by the force of the music. The band's debut LP, Midnight Of The Century, is raw ambition mixed with raw power. Mixed by Ed Buller (Suede, Slowdive, Pulp, White Lies) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Muse, Jeff Buckley, Iron Maiden, U2, Nirvana), it is a potent dose of rock and roll maximalism.

When the revolutionary Victor Serge coined the idea of a midnight in the century, he was referring to the dark pact between two of the cruelest tyrants the world had ever seen. And yet Serge is perhaps best known for his rambunctious, stubborn attitude in the face of such darkness: "the course is set on hope," he wrote. It is precisely this marriage of extremity to romantic optimism that characterizes Midnight Of The Century -- not just in the realm of ideas, but musically as well. Despite its density of sound and shadowy atmospheres, the record is the soundtrack to an uplifting journey that is as personal as it is universal. It is also a fitting manifesto announcing the arrival of Blacklist.

"icy sound and quaking bottom end is
counterbalanced by a more inviting, anthemic impulse"

FREE MP3 of "Flight of the Demoiselles"
HERE to Download

EXPOSURE.Detroit ~ August 7th Exhibit Opening PARTY ~ FREE!

EXPOSURE.Detroit Photography Exhibit Opening ~ In 3 Weeks
killer flyer design by MCB's own RebeccaMich

Come on out to the Bean & Leaf Cafe Friday August 7th for
"A Photographic Exposé of our Great City"

Detroit Exposed
A Photographic Exposé of our Great City
August 7th 7-10 P.M.
The Bean and Leaf Café – Royal Oak
106 S Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067-2630
(248) 586-9602

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Anne Frankenstein: The Musical FINAL WEEKEND

I'm almost disappointed I'm all booked up this weekend, because this would be a show to see for the title alone -- even if you don't share Your Dear Narrator's various fixations on Frankenstein and Nazis.

She's a girl after my own heart... not to mention my brain and various other organs. --DC in Detroit

Anne Frankenstein: The Musical

Poor Anne Frank. She's bored hanging out in that dusty attic hiding from those Nazis. What's a girl to do? Why, make a monster version of herself and sing, of course!!!

Brought to you by Who Wants Cake?
at the Ringwald Theatre
22742 Woodward
Ferndale, MI

Fri & Sat

ONLY $5!

Tickets can still be reserved online.

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Sat 8/1 - Doop and the Inside Outlaws CD release @ Park Bar Detroit

release “Everett Belcher”

Get ready to hear Americana-Detroit style when Doop & The Inside Outlaws take the stage at their CD release party for their second album “Everett Belcher.” The performance and listening party takes place on Saturday, August 1 at 9pm at the Park Bar. Joining the Outlaws for this show are friends Matt Dmits, and Whitey Morgan and the 78s. To kick off the album release, Doop will perform on the Fox2 News Morning Show on Friday, July 31 at 7am.

Doop & The Inside Outlaws hail from downriver Detroit enclave of River Rouge. A firefighter by day and singer/songwriter by nig ht, Don “Doop” Duprie and his band play a mix of outlaw country and rock n’ roll that comes straight from the soul. The band has steadily made a name for themselves this year, here in the city and beyond. They received three country nominations in the Detroit Music Awards; performed at the Downtown Hoedown; and their debut album, “Blood River,” was named one of the top local records of 2008 by the Metro Times. The album received critical acclaim by numerous radio stations and music websites worldwide.

Doop and the Inside Outlaws recorded the second album, “Everett Belcher,” at Ghetto Recorders studio with engineer/producer Jim Diamond at the helm. The album features many of city’s hardest working musicians helping him out including: Eddie Baranek, Bobby Emmett, Dave Shettler, Chris Codish, Whitey Morgan, Pete Ballard, Matt Dmits and Ty Stone. Doop is dedicating the album “to all the hard-working people in this town that spent the better parts of their lives busting their asses only to see it all fall apart.”

The Park Bar is located at 2040 Park Ave. in Detroit-(313) 962-2933 21 & over are welc ome and cover for this show is $10. The new CD will be available for purchase there for $10.

Another upcoming show is with Nashville’s Ned Van Go and Ben Cyllus on Friday, August 28, 9pm at PJ’s Lager House located at 1254 Michigan Ave. in Corktown (313-961-4668).

For information on Doop and The Inside Outlaws, check out the websites: and

Photo of Doop taken by Peter Schorn

UPCOMING: Emily Wells @ Majestic Cafe Detroit - Wed Aug 19th 2009

MCB has a few copies of the latest single release from Emily Wells
ready to roll to emailers #1 and #2
Check out this girl's live show
its really something not to be missed...
she samples such curious instruments
as toy pianos, glockenspiels and vintage synths,
while showcasing her classical violinist chops
and looping it all together to create a
lush, multilayered sound that is truly original.
Plus, she sings and even raps!
Spin magazine had something to say here

See for yourself
Emily Wells is playing at Majestic Cafe in Detroit
on Wednesday August 19th.
MCB will be on the spot for

Catch Xiao Dong Wei and Yuki Mack @ Friday Night Live! - DIA and Madame XD @ Crofoot Pontiac on Sunday Aug 2nd

Vintage MCB Video from AANM

Check the 2 very different shows that will be happening
this weekend from XD Wei before taking a break from performing live.

The 1st show is Friday (7/31) at the Detroit Institute of Art at 5200 Woodward Ave. Along with Steinway Roster pianist (and good friend) Yuki Mack will be playing 2 full and completely different classical sets at 7pm and 8:30pm.
Tickets are $8 for adults and includes full museum access.
For more info:

Then on Sunday (8/2) her band 'Madame XD' will be playing their last show together
at the Pike Room (Crofoot) located at 1 S. Saginaw St. in downtown Pontiac.
Tickets are $10 adv and $12 at the door.
Doors open at 5pm and they go on at 6pm.
For more info:

During her down time, she will be laying down tracks for a new project
that she plans to unveil early next year.

Get on out and support local Detroit music!

The Gories meet The Ice Cream Man - video from Babelgum

Check out this video of The Ice Cream as he chats with the Gories and passes out free ice cream

"Here it is! The Gories, Detroit's legendary garage rock band back together for the first time in 17 years! Amazing. We knew it was going down so, on route from Bonnaroo to Athfest, we stopped by Memphis and rocked out to ""Telepathic"". This is one of the songs that got me into them when I first found the album, Outta Here, in a stack of trade-in records at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA. Needless to say... Something worth celebrating for sure. Check out more videos at song: The Gories "Telepathic".

Corktown Creature Feature 2009 - Detroit - GET TO THIS PARTY!!!


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FREE TICKETS: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo w/ The Donnas @ Sound Board Detroit (MOTORCITY CASINO) - Sunday August 16th 2009

Pat Benatar returns to Detroit for a one night stand
at Sound Board Detroit in the Motorcity Casino
with openers The Donnas kicking off the evening
You want to go ?
You want to go for free?
Only the lucky ones win...(hey - this isn't a Loverboy contest)
Be the 9th emailer asking for the tickets and they are yours...
MCB will be onsite with photos and possible interviews
Sunday August 16th 2009 @ 8PM
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Opening: The Donnas
Find Tickets
Package Info

FREE CDs: Love and Rockets Tribute CD "New Tales To Tell"

the 1st 2 (two) readers who email us
get a copy of this killer tribute album
(must include full name and mailing address)
"New Tales To Tell"
A Tribute To Love And Rockets

All In My Mind - Black Francis
Holiday On The Moon - Puscifer (MJ Keenan)
Love Me - War Tapes
No New Tale To Tell - Blaqk Audio
I Feel Speed - Dubfire
Inside The Outside - The Dandy Warhols
Kundalini Express - The Flaming Lips
Life In Laralay - Sweethead
An American Dream - Film School
The Light - A Place To Bury Strangers
Mirror People - Monster Magnet vs Adrian Young
Fever - The Stone Foxes
No Big Deal - Frankenstein 3000
It Could Be Sunshine - VEX
So Alive - Better Than Ezra
Lazy - Chantal Claret vs Adrian Young
Sweet F.A. - Lossy Coils w/ Ian Moore
No Words No More - Snowden

(Physical release date 8/25)
featured front page release:





Sat 8/1 - The Bill Bondsmen @ Northern Lights Lounge Detroit

Phonotropic's Wicked Awesome Barbequed Musical Safari presented by Single Barrell Detroit

The exciting follow up to
and the official launch concert of
this one is going to be wild!

BANDS:(in the Ballroom and the Vernors)

with the official release of their new album, "Taxis"

with video by THE FACTORY

The Vernors Room will feature a retrospective
by design/screen printing enfants terribles


OBLISK CD Release Phreak out

with special guests

with psykedelic visuals by

The Crofoot Patio will feature an art installation

The following DJs will be ubiquitously thumping
throughout the building all night!:

FOOD and DRINK specials:
FREE TACO BAR (vegan/vegetarian available)
from 5PM-7PM on the Patio
$2 homemade Sangria ALL NIGHT!!!

Sat 8/1 -- REUNION SHOW: The Paybacks - The Octopus - The Sugarcoats - Go Go Yugo @ The Magic Bag Ferndale

Saturday August 1st 2009
Magic Bag
22920 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, Michigan
Benefit show w/Sugarcoats Octopus and the Pay Backs

PHOTOS: Dave Matthews Band @ DTE, July 28, 2009

Dave Matthews Band played to a packed house at DTE last night,
touring to promote their latest album
"Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King".
Backed by a full band with horns and strings,
Dave was in fine form playing as comfortably and casually
as if he was around a campfire with a few friends.
MCB photographer, Gene Schilling, was there.

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CASEY & BRIAN ++ Unicorn Basement play Trumbullplex Theatre Detroit

its the 1st fucking monday show in the month of August!!!
CASEY & Brian
w/ Unicorn Basement, The Missoula Oblongata
Monday August 3rd 2009
Trumbullplex Theatre
4210 Trumbull Ave
All ages Detroit, Michigan

MCB was asked to cover this show
lets send a few folks to hook in

Unicorn Basement putting your ears to the test

Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition

This and other photos from Vinotecca's 4th Anniversary Crush by Amy Palomar

Vinology’s Kristin Jonna to judge Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition August 4 in East Lansing

Kristin Jonna, a co-owner of Ann Arbor’s Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant, will serve as one of 22 judges selected for the 2009 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition, set for Aug. 4, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

This is the third time she has judged the event, which is sponsored by the Michigan Wine Industry. Her father and a co-owner of Vinology, John Jonna has also judged the competition three times. Both Kristin and John Jonna are certified wine specialists.

The event shines a light on Michigan-made wines. “The industry is growing so quickly and in the right ways,” Kristin added. “Better growers, more developed plots of land, investment in proper equipment – all of this will result in lower prices for better wines.”

The father-daughter team behind Vinology believe the experience of learning about and drinking wine should be an accessible, easily enjoyable one. They draw both novices and wine experts to Vinology by hosting such special events as Summer Patio Tastings where guests can sample the best summer wines in the open-air.

The tastings are set for Thursday July 23, 30 and Aug. 13.

In addition, Vinology offers daily Happy Hour specials including half-off wines by-the-glass, $3 pints of beer and more from 4-6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close on Wednesdays. Every Sunday from 4-10 p.m., guests can enjoy 50 percent off 50 wines.

Vinology is located at 110 S. Main Street, south of Huron, in Ann Arbor. Call (734) 222-9760 or visit

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Natives of the New Dawn 8/1 @ the Magic Stick


Drinking from the same water and breathing the same Detroit Rock City air as the White Stripes, Eminem and Kid Rock -- not to mention predecessors such as Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, George Clinton andthe entirety of the Motown roster -- NATIVES OF THE NEW DAWN were formed in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale from the ashes of a rap trio that included MC Vince Mann and Gary “DJ Goo” Hoenicke.
Evolving into a dynamic package of sounds and influences, Natives tightly pocketed rhythm section consists of bassist Mic Rob and drummer Tom Wachter, while the fierce guitar work of Joe Fikany, soulful singing of Tony Nouhan, and raw intelligence of MC Vince Mann create the band’s unique, genre-bending style and sound.

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This week in MoneyPenny - Tuesday July 28th 2009

This week in Moneypenny:
Hey, kids. shake it loose together...

Miss Moneypenny has been working hard for ya.

As a lover of Michigan, I always seek to discover the best that the Mitten has to offer.

This time, I discovered WINE!

And the discovery was really fun.

On a recent Saturday we took a drive to Dundee, MI, to the St. Julian store. My folks swear by their red wine vinegar for salads and buy it by the case. They gave us a bottle and I immediately fell in love with the stuff. It makes salad dressing and marinades wonderfully delicious and easy. When I ran out, I went online and saw that St. Julian's has the largest and oldest winery in Michigan and that they have several different kinds of wine.

This was all it took for me to grab

my assistant and get in the car for an MCB roadtrip.

The actual winery is in Paw Paw and looks like a lovely place to visit with tours and events, but a bit much of a drive. So we went to the store in Dundee right across the street from Cabela's. It's a large wine store, with a nice tasting bar and plenty of stuff to pick from. They offered us case price, so we grabbed 6 bottles of their seasoned vinegar and took a trip around the floor to examine each wine and scratch our heads.

We admittedly don't know anything about wine.
Just that we like it a lot.
The nice girl at the bar noticed our struggle and let us taste several of their delightful products. We picked out our favorite 6, which took all of a few minutes, then merrily wandered over to Cabela's with our tiny buzz.
Nothing like roaming a colossal hunting goods store
when you're a bit tipsy.
Those creepy, omnipresent stuffed animals are trying to look all stoic,
but I'm convinced they're watching and listening as people shop.

When we got home, we didn't really remember most of what we had picked out. So in order to write to you fine folks about each wine, we had no choice but to spend the week drinking it. It was a tough call to action, but for the sake of journalism we braved through it.

St. Julian Simply Red: $8.49
A pleasant every-day red that is easy to drink. All of the Michigan reds seem a little sweeter, less dry than we're used to but I found it refreshing. This was perfect with snacks on a hot day.

St. Julian Michigan Cherry Wine: $7.99
I LOVED this. Slightly spicy and very cherry, my assistant was not a fan. But I'm a girl, and thought this was fantastic. The finishing taste is just like real cherry pie. I wanted to drink this in my backyard, so I just enjoyed it cold in a tumbler. It's that kind of unpretentious wine that still makes you feel like you're drinking something fancy.
If you like cherry, this is your Tenderoni.

St. Julian Red Wine Vinegar Salad Dressing:
This is THE stuff.
This is what we drove all the way out there for.
This makes the perfect base for marinade or salad dressing
and I love it so much I think I could drink it.
It makes everything a lovely color, too.

Miss Moneypenny's Ruby Salad Dressing:
Equal parts good olive oil and St. Julian salad dressing vinegar
with sea salt and cracked pepper to taste, and just a little bit of honey
Shake the hell out of it.

St. Julian Red Heron and Blue Heron: $7.19
These say semi-sweet on the bottle, which means sweet. I like the Red Heron, it is spicy and very grapey. This is good cold and could be good with dessert. It reminds me of sangria in a way. Which is a good thing.

Braganini Reserve Cabernet Franc: $19.99
This one was by far our favorite. Unfortunately it is the most expensive wine on my list, but we both really loved it when we tasted it at the store and just had to have it.

Drier than the other wines but still light.

We're actually saving this bottle for a good meal.

It deserves that much.

St. Julian Red: $8.49
Reminiscent of the Simply Red, this is a good table wine. My assistant drank this while I drank the Red Heron because he doesn't like much sweet, and he drank the whole bottle which means that this one must have been dry enough for his palate.

In the line of duty we've had a few wine-buzz adventures. My favorite was when we took a little walk down to the nearby train tracks to pick wild raspberries and busted a neighbor doing the same. She ran home and got us a fresh, deep purple jar of her homemade black raspberry jam; all made from wild Michigan raspberries. It is my favorite product of Michigan so far, and it made a lovely snack on toast with more of my wine.

Did I mention that this project was fun?

We will have to take on a few more of our editor's proposals
which is a leap of faith considering some of the last few thrown at us

To top it all off, we discovered recently that Faygo has four flavors still made with real sugar and bottled in glass. Sadly, none of the flavors are Rock n Rye, but we made due with Red Pop. After a long day of wine drinking and breezy Michigan summer, I was like a slap-happy, drunken little kid with my glass bottle of pop.

So from all of this I have learned that wine is fun and not snobby, that Michigan is bountiful, and only the BEST stuff comes in glass bottles and jars.

See? Drinking makes you smart.

Bottoms us, everyone!

Now it's time to dry out and pack. One assignment we never turn down is covering the EODM for MCB. We're off to Canada to see Eagles Of Death Metal in London and Kitchener! You didn't think I was gonna get all soft and boring, just drinking in my back yard all day, didja? Well, maybe someday. But not this week. Stay tuned for a mega-dose of super sexy rock-n-roll madness comin your way. The EODM never, ever disappoint. We'll bring 'em some Detroit Steam and give the Devil all your Motorcity love!


The Detroit 48 Hour Film Project

48 Hour Filmmaker: Detroit 2009

The Detroit 48 Hour Film Project
Exhausted Detroit Teams Submit Films

Filmmaking teams from throughout the Detroit area successfully completed a weekend of filmmaking. Films were due on July 26th, and the last few minutes before the deadline saw filmmakers, operating on little sleep and lots of adrenaline, rushing to get their films in on time.

All of the films that were submitted on Sunday night will screen on the dates below. Come see what Detroit area filmmakers can do!

Filmmaker Blog
Want to hear about the Detroit 48HFP from the filmmakers themselves? Then check out the Detroit 48HFP Filmmaker Blog, where Detroit 48HFP participants tell us stories of their wild weekend of filmmaking.

Premiere Screenings (Groups A and B)
Date: Wednesday, July 29th
Time: 6:30pm to midnight
Place: Main Art Theatre, 118 North Main Street, Royal Oak, 48067
Notes: Tickets are $10.00 per screening group or just $17.50 for two screening groups (example group A & B= $17.50)

Premiere Screenings (Groups C and D)
Date: Thursday, July 30th
Time: 7:00pm-11pm
Place: Maple Art Theatre, 4135 W. Maple, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Notes: Tickets are $10.00 per screening group or just $17.50 for two screening groups (example group A & B= $17.50)

Best of the Detroit 48HFP
Date: Saturday, August 8th
Time: 8:00PM
Place: Detroit 48HFP Studio, 1600 East Grand Blvd. Detroit MI 48211
Tickets: $15.00

Check out their website for more info

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Sat 8/1 - Darling Imperial @ The Painted Lady Hamtramck

The Divine Comedians + Darling Imperial + The Handgrenades
Get your eardrums blown out and your heart spoken for at the ever undefinable space that is
Saturday August 1st 2009
The Painted Lady
2930 Jacob
Hamtramck, MI

The Divine Comedians:
" A heady collision of Mould, Weller and Black Francis —
lo-fi production getting trumped by amped up energy, swing and an excitable literary bent".
Darling Imperial:
"Driven, melodic goodness played with an unpretentious panache, passion and precision".
The Handgrenades:
Jangly chords and hooks galore. You couldn't go wrong and you wouldn't want to.

UPCOMING SHOWS: Bull Halsey's Big Weekend

First up East Lansing Michigan:
Thursday, July 30th:
Small Planet, with the Elevator Conspiracy. The BH set starts at 8 and goes to 9:30pm.

Ann Arbor
Friday, July 31st:
the Blind Pig (with the Blue Rubys and Ryan Racine), music starts at 10pm.

August 1st: Reggie's Music Joint, our set starts at 11pm and goes until Midnight.


UPCOMING: Stolen Media Festival V / Fri-Sat Aug 7/8th 2009

Stolen Media Festival V
Friday / Saturday August 7th & 8th 2009
this event is going to be off the hook fun
$10 / day or $15 for both
This event is being held at Theatre Bizarrre Dietroit

Thur 7/30 - DUENDE! kick off tour with show at W.A.B Ferndale

MCB favs - DUENDE! kick off a short east coast tour with a show this Thursday over at Woodward Avenue Brewery on Woodward...Silverghost and Pigeon open with an art show by Carl Lundgren

DUENDE! then hit the streets of NYC and will be playing a few shows including a gig at The Cake Shop with local bad asses WILDCATTING - if your in New York this weekend head on over to the MOTOR CITY BAR for the pre and after listening party with both bands.

MCB Sponsered Event: Sat 8/1 -- Corktown Creature Feature @ Corktown Tavern

Hand made flyer by Glenn Barr

Get on over to Corktown Tavern this Saturday

Corktown Creature Feature

this event will have everything anyone could want in a saturday afternoon
killer tunes
hot chicks
fast cars
bad ass bikes
and the MCB!


by RebeccaMich

The 160th Annual Highland Games: July 30th - Aug 1st

The 160th Annual Highland Games

About 160th Annual Highland Games:
The 160th Annual Highland Games is presented by St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Celtic heritage through education, musical presentations, and traditional competitions in athletics, piping and dance. The 160th Annual Highland Games is a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. As a part of this celebration the following events and activities take place:

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Movie Night
Sunset to 10:45 p.m.
Join us for an outdoor viewing of
The Water Horse:Legend of the Deep
Greenmead Historical Park, Livonia, MI
Free Admission. No tickets needed.
$5 parking fee.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Friday, July 31, 2009
Greenmead Historical Park, Livonia, MI
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 1, 2009
160th Annual Highland Games
Greenmead Historical Park, Livonia, MI
9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for our Pipedown after closing ceremonies!

5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Unwind at the end of the games
with live entertainment
in the Ceilidh Tent

Event Time

Amateur Athletes - Registration and Stone Put 8:30am
Pre-Premier Registration 8:30am
Piping and Drumming - Registration 8:30am
Piping and Drumming - Individual Piping and Drumming Competition 9:00am
Dance - Pre-Premier Competition 9:00am
Amateur Athletes - 28#Weight Throw 9:15am
Border Collies with Ducks and Sheep - Main Field 10:30am
Amateur Athletes - Stone Put 10:45am
Royal Scottish Country Dancers - Main Field 11:00am
Pro Athletes - 28# for Distance 11:00am
Choreography Dance Competition 11:00am
42nd Highlanders - Rolling Thunder - Main Field 11:15am
Amateur Athletes - 56# Weight for Height 11:30am
Pre-Premier, Intermediate, Choreography Dance Awards 11:30am

Welcoming Ceremonies - Main Field
Wee Bairns, Clan Parade, Massed Bands
Pro-Athletes - 16# Hammer Throw 12:15pm
Dance - Premier Registration 12:15pm
Pro Athletes - Caber Toss and 56# Weight for Height 1:00pm
Tug O'War featuring USMC, Army Airbourne, Livonia Fire Department, Motor City HOGS,
Detroit Demolition and the Detroit Derby Girls.
Pipes and Drums Competition, Grade 2 & 3 2:00pm
Caber Toss Pro Challenge 2:30pm
Pro Athletes - Pro 56# Weight for Height and Pro Challenge Caber 3:00pm
Pro Athletes - Farmer's Walk and Haggis Hurl 3:15pm
Royal Scottish Country Dancers Demonstration - Blue House 3:30pm
Dance - Dance off, Best Sword of Day, Dance Off, Dancer of Day 4:30pm

Closing Ceremonies - Main Field
Raffle Drawing
Pipe Down – Large Entertainment Tent
NEW FOR our 160th anniversary!
5:45pm – 8:30pm

Check out more MCB-VIDEOs here

The 2009 International Caribbean Festival and Parade with African World Festival: August 14-16th

The 2009 International Caribbean Festival and Parade will be held as a joint venture with African World Festival on August 14, 15, & 16 at Hart Plaza. The Parade will be staged from Woodward and Mack to Hart Plaza on Saturday, August 15, 2009, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The feature country is Jamaica:

If you would like to learn more about Jamaica,

Check out more MCB-VIDEOs here


PHOTOS: Incubus at DTE Energy Music Theatre

MCB's photo pass was all used up after
the killer Incubus/The Duke Spirit show.
Thanks to 89X for hosting an epic band
for their Birthday Bash...

Wed 7/29 -- Rock & Roll Photo Show @ Belmont Bar Hamtramck

All female photographers exhibiting all detroit band photos!
This exhibit is going to be awesome!
Get to this show and support local dietroit photographers!!

SOUL POWER - Detroit Film Theatre

Detroit Film Theatre
AUG 1-2
Fri & Sat @ 7:00
Sun. @ 2:00

AUG 7-8-9
Fri & Sat @ 7:00 & 9:30
Sun. @ 2:00 & 4:00

The now-legendary boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman that took place in Zaire in 1974 (aka the "Rumble in the Jungle") actually turned out to be two spectacles in one. Complementing the fight was a three-day music festival featuring some of the greatest rhythm and blues talents of all time: James Brown and the Mighty JBs, B.B. King, Bill Withers, the Spinners, Sister Sledge, and the Crusaders, plus world renowned African performers such as Miriam Makeba and Afrisa. And though the concert was designed to coincide with the fight itself, an injury to George Forman caused the match to be pushed back; because of the artists' commitments, however, the music festival couldn't be delayed.

This historic concert was filmed with a lavish budget and state-of the art techniques, but the footage - assembled or unassembled - has never been unavailable until now. At long last, the knockout feature film version of the event, Soul Power, can be seen, heard, and most of all, felt. A joyous musical celebration and powerful evocation of a particular time and place, Soul Power on the big screen is well worth the three decade wait. (93 min.)

The complete DFT summer schedule continues through August 9th with a host of extraordinary films, all new to the Detroit area. Detailed descriptions can be found @

Fri 7/31 -- Deadstring Brothers // Junior Brown - Callahans Auburn Hills

Deadstring Brothers are playing a few shows this week with a blockbuster at Callahan's in Auburn Hills opening up for Junior Brown - check the details below

Deadstring Brothers Live
Thursday July 30th at The Ark
316 S. Main St – Ann Arbor, MI
Ticket Cost: $12.50

Deadstring Brothers Live
In support of Junior Brown
Friday July 31st at Callahan’s
2105 South Blvd. - Auburn Hills, MI
Ticket Cost: $25 ADV. - $35 D.O.S.
Showtime: 8pm
All Ages

Sat/Sun August 1st & 2nd -- Jazz On The River 2009

Wayne County and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
proudly presents
Jazz On The River 2009
Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd
Elizabeth Park , Trenton, Michigan
Noon until 10PM.
Free Admission.

Warm Days, Cool Music!
Jazz On The River welcomes families and groups, so bring a blanket, sit on the arena hill and spend a warm day with some cool music! This year’s lineup is a great mixture of Smooth Jazz, Pop, World and R&B sensibilities, in an idyllic setting on the Detroit River. The 2009 Jazz On The River makes the weekend of August 1-2 a don’t miss cultural event in one of Wayne Counties most beautiful parks, the gem on the Detroit River, Elizabeth Park in Downtown Trenton.

The Music!
This year’s headliners include ace pianist, Alex Bugnon, woodwind virtuoso, Nelson Rangell, and the sensuous saxophone triumvirate, Gentlemen Of The Evening, featuring Michael Lington, Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor. Other headliners includes, Saxophonist Randy Scott and premier bassist, Terrance Palmer which round out the main performers.
Other performers include, Angelo Primo and Kimmie Horne, Lola Morales who grabbed 3 Detroit Music Awards this year for her exotic mix of latin jazz, Soul and trip-hop. The sensuous sounds of Modern Tribe featuring Chuck and Gwen Scales, vocalist, Shiron Denise & Point Blank, Jesse Palter, and this years winner of Jazz Café’s, Discovery Series.
Visit for more information, schedule and directions.

Admission is FREE
($5.00 donation for parking to benefit Wayne County Parks)

The Fun!
Along with the music from the main stage, Music Hall presents an expanded Educational Tent with an amazing array of performers and artists to educate, entertain and amuse “kids” of all ages. Everything from a puppet-making workshop and arts and crafts for kids, to Yoga, storytelling, dancing poets and clowns with balloons, this years Education Tent promises to be great fun for everybody! Legendary poet M.L. Liebler will preside over a poetry and Blues Workshop as well as the Rev. Robert Jones & Sister Bernice Gospel Deep River Blues for kids, Joanne K. Story Teller, Marge Prezzato, and Michael Jones The Dancing Poet, plus much more fun stuff!

There will be food and drink vendors for every taste, as well as a full compliment of alcoholic beverages available along “Vendors Alley”.

Saturday Aug 1

12:00 - Discovery Series Winner
1:30 - Shiron Denise
3:15 - Angelo Primo
5:00 - Kimmie Horne
6:45 - Terrance Palmer
8:30 - Alex Bugnon/Nelson Rangell

Sunday Aug 2

12:00 - Jesse Palter
1:30 – Ron English
3:15 - Lola Morales
5:00 – Modern Tribe featuring Chuck and Gwen Scales
6:45 - Randy Scott
8:30 - Marion Meadows, Michael Lington, and Paul Taylor

The Performers:

Alex Bugnon has created one of the most recognized styles in today's contemporary jazz piano. It is a sultry mixture of contemporary jazz, funk, and R&B with hints of gospel. In 1985 he moved to New York where he spent four years working as a session musician and touring with urban and jazz luminaries such as Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, James Ingram, Earth Wind and Fire, and Keith Sweat.

Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is "an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil." The Times of London notes "his extraordinary facility on a range of instruments and his undoubted virtuosity," adding that Nelson is "one of fusion's most accomplished exponents." Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo.

Gentlemen of the Evening Sunday, August 2
Featuring: PAUL TAYLOR
Expanding upon the sensuous and romantic smooth jazz vibe that has made him one of the genre's most dynamic saxophonists, Paul Taylor makes his fourth Peak Records release a true Ladies' Choice; creating his most soulful instrumental tracks ever and keeping company with three of today's most acclaimed female R&B vocalists-Regina Belle, La Toya London and Terry Dexter.

With his debonair looks, charm, and charisma to burn, MICHAEL LINGTON defines the contemporary jazz experience. Since the late 90s, he has scored hit after Top Ten hit while seducing fans with passionate performances that turn sax into a celebration of love and life. Fresh off the success of A Song for You, the prolific sax-man's dynamic, critically acclaimed collection of 70s pop covers featuring lush arrangements and a full orchestra.
He began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of eight. In high school, Meadows began to play the soprano saxophone and played tenor through most of his college years. Meadows collaborated up with numerous artists and musicians in the 80s, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, The Temptations, Michael Bolton and Angela Bofill.

Saxophonist and composer Randy Scott began his career with some of today's top jazz stars, including Nancy Wilson, Ronnie Laws and the group Hiroshima.
A record producer, composer and musician proficient on many musical instruments, Randy Scott has performed and/or recorded with Michael Powell, J. Moss & Paul Allen (writers and producers for Boys II Men, Brittany Spears, N’Sync and others), Grover Washington, Jr., Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Rance Allen, Dietrich Haddon, Men of Standard, Kirk Franklin, Norman Brown, Angela Bofield, Marion Meadows and many other artists on almost every major recording label.

Modern Tribe featuring Gwen & Gwen Scales
This creative duo brings to the music scene many years of experience, both in live performance and recordings. Gwen sings and writes and Charles writes, plays keyboards and is a musical arranger and producer. Both Charles and Gwen have toured worldwide and chose to make Detroit their home because as they put it, “we’re family centered and Detroit is where our families reside. The duos style is an ambrosia of mellow and romantic music, highlighted by Gwen Scales evocative voice.

Terrance Palmer
He’s played on the stages of Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, New Zealand and all throughout the United States. He’s played for nearly every major Gospel artist who has ever recorded. He’s won Grammy, Stellar, Dove and Soul Train music awards. He’s renowned bass guitarist Terrance Palmer.
Palmer was on stage with the likes of legendary artists Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin; while adding his rhythmic blend on albums for the gospel great Thomas Whitfield. Jazz, R &B and Gospel are all a part of this talented bassist, composer and producer’s musical mélange.

Angelo Primo
When his six-year-old friends were building Lego structures and joining sports teams, Angelo Primo was building his musical career. One year later, when he was seven years old, Angelo was performing on the Ed Sullivan television show, and recorded his first album for Capitol Records, in 1971. This accomplished guitarist has brought his diverse musical background to studio session work with various jazz/gospel artists such as Anita Baker, Fred Hammond and the Winans

Lola Morales
The San Francisco born singer/songwriter has traveled the world, from Ecuador to Tokyo, London to Detroit, creating a rabid fan base who just can’t get enough of Morales’ hybrid of Latin Jazz, Soul and Trip-Hop. Lola won 3 Detroit Music Awards in 2009 including her first full-length offering, “Write My Story”, which was produced by the Al Sutton who has also produced Kid Rock .

Kimmie Horne
Having been compared to such legendary artist as, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne, KIMMIE'S performances revitalizes their collective spirits. She has the sass of Shirley Bassey, the sensuous whisper of Sade, the octane drive of Josephine Baker and the sultry jazz interpretations of the great ones like Phyllis Hyman, Nina Simone.