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Zebula Avenue - Jazz Cafe - Sat Feb 2nd 10 pm FREE SHOW!!

Saturday February 2nd 2008
350 Madison
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 887-8503
No cover! playing 'Life Will Be Fine' in it's entirety on Megawave Records

SCHAEFFER - Pike Room Crofoot - Sat Feb 2nd 8pm

COVER: $8 (buy tickets)


SSM Record Release - El Comal Mexican Restaurant - Fri Feb 1st

SSM Record Release Party
Friday February 1st 2008
El Comal Mexican Restaurant
3456 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, Michigan 48216

Cover: $10 guys/$8 girls
w/ Serenity Court, Eons + Bad Party

for directions call (313) 841-7753
Whoever came up with the idea for the mexican food record release party should get the free tacos for the night....sponsered by

LET’S MAKE LOVE A Masquerade Dance Party! - The Magic Stick - Sat Feb 9th

LET’S MAKE LOVE A Masquerade Dance Party!
Saturday February 9th 2008
The Magic Stick
Woodward Ave - Detroit

"The creeps that brought you ZOMBIE DANCE PARTY are proud to present "LET'S MAKE LOVE A Masquerade Dance Party!" An alternative "Valentine's Day" dance.

Saturday, February 9th at The Magic Stick. Bring a date and slow dance. Meet people and really jive. A chance to go all-out in costume outside of Halloween time. Pink & Red tuxes & leisure suits, gowns, dresses and full-bodied jumpsuits are all encouraged!

The Witches and The Volebeats
DJ Anytime will be spinning music to move to.
The ladies from LOOP are busy crafting custom Masquerade Masks for us to hide behind. Detroit's own Gwen Joy has painted our lovely show painting, which will be raffled off, along with a few other surprises.There will be a catered appetizer spread at midnight! Looking for love?

$8 Cover
Doors - 9pm

Don't miss the dance party of the year (well until ZDP 2008)

s There Room For Me...On Your Couch? - Majestic Cafe - Thur Feb 7th 8-10pm

Is There Room For Me...On Your Couch?
Thursday February 7th - 8pm-10pm
The Majestic Cafe
4021 Woodward Ave
Detroit MI
Is There Room For Me...On Your Couch?
an Art Show by Wendy Case and Dan Mulholland
Free Admission

Dan Mulholland (the Urbations/Watusies/Stomp Rockets/Kentucky Chrome)
Wendy Case (The Paybacks/Ten High)
These artists have been making music in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area for a very long time. They’ve been making art for even longer.

"On February 7, Is There Room For Me... On Your Couch, an expansive dual showing of Mulholland and Case’s work, will take up residence in the Majestic Cafe for the remainder of the month. Featuring the out-to-lunch, post-camp collages and pop culture collisions of Mulholland’s uniquely skewed vision, along with a retrospective of Case’s surreal portraiture and mordantly self-conscious drawings and paintings, it’s sure to be a colorful and revealing evening of eye-popping entertainment.

Mingling and ogling will be accompanied by the majestic sounds of the one and only DJ Freddy Fortune – along with tasty consumables from the Cafe’s kitchen.
Oh, and BOOZE! Don’t miss it."

Art Poster: Poster for the show by Michael Segal
Mulholland 1: Ramjet Mows His Lawn, by Dan Mulholland
Edie: Edie, by Wendy Case

7th Annual Ferndale Blues Festival - Downtown Ferndale -

Downtown Ferndale through Saturday February 2nd
Click here to check out the list of great performers this weekend at the 23 participating venues.
There will be a shuttle bus running between the bars and of course visit the blue pigs onsite to help raise money the local charities. Enjoy!

Shiver on the River - Belle Isle Casino - Sat Feb 2nd

Shiver on the River
Saturday February 2nd 2008
Belle Isle Casino

"The 9th Annual, "Shiver on the River" will be held on Belle Isle Saturday, February 2nd, 2008, at the historic Belle Isle Casino from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This event is free to the public and has fun exhibits for the entire family. There will be environmental arts and crafts along with special entertainment for the kids.Our winter ecological family fair is a 'one-of-a-kind' event. Many exhibitors will be available to answer questions at their organization's displays. This is an annual co-sponsored event presented by: The Friends of the Detroit River, Friends of Belle Isle, Detroit Recreation Department, and Wayne County Department of Environment – Watershed Management Division.Mark your calendar and watch for additional updates on this event.
For additional information and tickets, contact The Friends of Belle Isle Office at 313-331-7760.

UNDEREXPOSED - River's Edge Gallery - Through March 18th 2008

Although we try to cover all the bases here at MCB we failed to post this opening last week.
We were aware of the event and had the flyer but it fell through the cracks. Still plenty of time to check out the great work from Marianne Letasi and a list of others at River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte.

Jan 18th - March 18th 2008

River's Edge Gallery
3024 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte MI 48192
734 246 9880

"The purpose fo Underexposed is to show some of our favorite artists. These could be artists that are already in the River's Edge Gallery but haven't had a show here, those who were in our summer festival or those who we have just met and really liked their work. We feel these artists set the scene and are ready to do bigger things but this is the first taste."Those featuring work in the show are Shannon Burnett, Kelly Darke, Howard Davy, Emily Duke, Jeremy E. Hansen, Ryan G. Hill, Larry Larson, Brett Scott, Erin Suess, Haley Vining and Robert Wright."


MCB-VIDEO - Lowfish Interview - Detroit Jan 2008

Got a nice little interview from "Tobias" repping for MOTORCITYBLOG over at Scrummage with the infamous LOWFISH on tour promoting the demise of the label.

Thanks to LOWFISH and "Tobias" for the interview!

Catch the tour in Hamilton and Cleveland OH (Feb 1st - Feb 2nd 2008)

MCB-VIDEO - Wood To Your Mother Show - Sat Dec 22nd 2008

Watch the video from "The Wood to Your Mother Show" put on by local artist Derek Ecker.

Who says the art scene is dead in Detroit ? Lots of killer artwork out there at motorcity prices... Get out and support our local up and comers and the old skoolers by visiting the shows and BUYING the artwork they are producing for our enjoyment.

Here is the original posting for the show

Beth Ambers Retrospective Art Show - Belmont Bar - Wed Jan 30th

Amel Larrieux wsg Dwele - Music Hall - Thur Jan 31st

Amel Larrieux
Thursday January 31st 2008

350 Madison
Detroit, MI 48226
313 887 8500

with Special Guest Dwele who hails from Detroit

B*tch I'm Broke - Northern Lights Lounge - Fri Feb 1st

B*tch I'm Broke
Friday February 1st 2008

Northern Lights Lounge
660 W. Balitmore St.
Detroit MI 48202
313 873 1739

Every Friday Night
w/DJ Frankie Bank$ Booty, BMore, Juke, Crunk

SOLO Salon Style - The Future Gallery - Fri Feb 1st-Sun Feb 3rd

Friday February 1st - Sunday February 3rd

25744 Van Dyke Ave (between 10/11 miles)
Centerline MI 48015
586 838 0072


Overheadspace - Blasternaut - NEW WAY BAR - Sat Feb 2nd

Saturday February 2nd 2008

23130 Woodward
Ferndale, Michigan 48220

$5 for a great time

SHE - 2500 Club Detroit - Fri Feb 1st

SHE the band
Friday February 1st 2008

2500 Club Detroit
2500 Park Ave.
Detroit MI off woodward/henry

w/Empty Arms + TBA

Get down to the 2500 and check out the SHE as they kick out classic MISFITS covers that we all know and love....

STELLA 13 from Liz Larin - Goodnight Gracie - Wed Jan 30th 10pm

Music of STELLA 13 from Liz Larin

Wednesday January 30th 10pm

Goodnight Gracie

222 S. Sherman Drive

Royal Oak MI

248 544 7490

WOLF-EYES Month Free Concert Series - UFO Factory - Sat Feb 2nd 9pm

UFO FACTORY - Wolf Eye's Free Concert Series
Saturday February 2nd 2008 - 9 PM

View Map


Check out the Video Interview of Alivia Zurich at UFO Factory this month


FIT - Elbow Room Ypsi - Tues Jan 29th

Tuesday January 29th 2008
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI
Last Tuesday of the month is FIT - a monthly indie dance party
.Its the last Tues of every month.It all starts March 27. "Ass poppin in ypsi's premier jiggle-down"

Louis XIV Interview - Detroit MI Sat Jan 26th

“I very nearly had to wait”. – King Louis XIV

Louis XIV Kicks Royal Rock Ass at The Majestic
They’re back with a new album, but which king would win in a fight:
Louis XIV or Franz Ferdinand?

By Sidonia Sometimes

Louis XIV rolled into Detroit with The Editors and Hot Hot Heat for a show at The Majestic and I waited over an hour to chat with guitarist Brian Karscig, aka Brian XIV. Their tour manager was still on Chicago time when he asked me to arrive during soundcheck. But that’s life on the road. It’s like that sometimes.

Brian and I chat backstage in a cold, tiny dressing room. He’s bundled in a black Peabody coat, fedora and a thick scarf. He rubs his hands together to warm them. The only real heat in the place at 4 pm is Hot Hot Heat. We hear them in the background during soundcheck.

Louis XIV puts the Mick Jagger swagger back into the indie rock mix. With their supercharged sex lyrics, plucky, jumped-up guitar lines, melodic vocals and attitude to match, the band is in town to kick some royal rock ass on the eve of the release of their new album Slick Dogs and Ponies.

On the new album, the band uses strong guitar parts, orchestral arrangements and songs that are intricately woven to create an original work from beginning to end. Air Traffic Control tips its hat to Bowie and the Spiders From Mars with its sweeping orchestral soundscapes while tracks like Guilt By Association get down-on-the-floor dirty with frantic guitar lines and hints of harpsichord.

Originally, as the band recorded the album, they had to choose 10 songs by May. Then the song lineup changed when the band didn’t finish until August. Then it changed again. And again. And again.

“We made seven different records and I don’t know if we could do that again,” Brian says. “I think we made an album we can never duplicate. It’s not for good or for bad. I just don’t think we could make it again.”

In the end, the band recorded 63 tracks at their studio in San Diego. Eleven made the album, eight were released as B-sides and four landed on an EP released on September 11. The band went a little mental in the studio. They had to go to the edge to jump off and land in the lake.

“Once you start to think about music, it starts to suck,” Brian explains. “We had to stop thinking about other peoples expectations and just kind of do what we wanted to do.”

Meanwhile, the stage on the other side of the dressing room door goes silent as Hot Hot Heat finishes their soundcheck and our conversation drifts into Paris and King Louis XIV. One of the guys in Hot Hot Heat opens the door.

“Oh, sorry,” he says as he ducks out again. “Don’t get Brian started about Franz Ferdinand.”

So, who would win in a fight? Louis XIV or Franz Ferdinand?

“Franz Ferdinand,” Brian says with a smile. “We’re lovers not fighters.”

And they are. The band loved Paris so much that they wrote their entire first album there. In two weeks.

“We wanted to get out of our hometown (San Diego). We had a free place to stay in Paris and wanted to find some inspiration. That’s kind of how it started.”

So the band put their gear on a plane and set up shop in the historic Latin Quarter of Paris. They recorded eleven songs. They self-released a namesake EP, passed out free MP3s, caught the attention of Atlantic Records and ten of the Paris tracks went on to become The Best Little Secrets Are Kept, their debut CD. They would later share stages with The Killers, The White Stripes, The Pixies and do a couple of festival dates with The Von Bondies.

We’re still talking about Paris when the tour manager cracks the door. They need him on stage for soundcheck in a couple of minutes.

So, is there any truth to the rumor about the 15-minute impromptu set in the parking lot of the old Gold Dollar with The Von Bondies later tonight?

Brian thinks it over. He’s not sure. I’ve asked him a fake question about a place that doesn’t exist anymore.

“Yes!” he says with a big dose of conviction.

On second thought …

“Hmmm … I’m not sure.”

I tell him I’m not sure either. I’m kidding him. He laughs.

“It was great to meet you,” he says as he stands up.

Brian and Louis XIV went on to play for a packed house at The Majestic.
The new album drops today.
Test-drive it at
Photographs by Sean Snyder

HATCH Call for Entries - ONLINE

Hatch! the Hamtramck Arts Collective, announces opencall for entries for Group show in March.

Winterglow Community Arts Celebration 2008 Meet the Artists Soiree - Oakland Steiner School - Fri Feb 1st

Winterglow Community Arts Celebration 2008 Meet the Artists Soiree
Friday February 1st 2008 - 6pm-10pm

Oakland Steiner School
3976 Livernois at South Boulevard
Rochester Hills 48307
RSVP 248-299-8755

ADMISSION - $25(call for advance tickets, $30 at the door)
Frank Pahl and The Little Bang Theory. Interactive food and beverage tasting

Family Art Day: Saturday, February 2nd, 1-4pm
Hands-on Workshops, Live Entertainment, Gallery Tour, Artist Demonstrations
Book signing by Dzvinka Hayda, award winning author~artist of The Angel's Journey Featuring a special presentation by Tracy Gallup, author~illustrator of The Crazy Little Series of nature books. Warm snacks and beverages available.

FREE ADMISSION (Individual workshop fees apply)3976 Livernois at South Boulevard, Rochester Hills 48307 RSVP 248-299-8755


MCB-VIDEO - CARJACK - The Crofoot Pike Room - Sat Jan 26th

MOTORCITYBLOG caught up with Lo-Fi Bri from CARJACK for an interview at The Crofoot Pike Room in Pontiac last saturday night January 26th 2008.

You can catch CARJACK next over at Record Time in Ferndale this coming Friday night.

Johnny Mundane and the Sweetspots - The Berkley Front - Sat Feb 16th

johnny mundane and the sweetspots
Saturday February 16th 2008

The Berkley Front
3087 W. 12 Mile Rd
Berkley MI

9:00 doors
10:00 Paradisiac
10:45 Blue Eyed Gunslingers
11:30 Johnny Mundane
12:15 Kadro

Mark Arminski's "A Rogue’s Gallery" - Northville Art House - Fri Feb 1st

Mark Arminski's "A Rogue’s Gallery"
Friday February 1st 2008

Northville Art House
215 W. Cady Street
Northville MI

"Be a pART of it! The Northville Art House is proud to present the latest works of Detroit native Mark Arminski. Over his 25-year career, Mr. Arminski has explored a diverse range of outlets for his creativity, including print making, murals, body painting, sculpture, product design and poster design. He is viewed as one of the leading rock concert poster artists of the 90s and has works in the permanent collection of the German museum fur Kunst und Gewrbe.

His latest creations incorporate type, collage, fabric and other materials that coalesce in paintings that are striking, colorful and iconic. He uses his paintings to explore and research subjects who fascinate him, with the final product an interpretation and reflection of his new knowledge.

The show will open with a reception Friday, February 1, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. during Northville's First Friday Art Walk. The show will continue through February 24 during the Art House Gallery hours (Thursdays-Sundays 1-5 p.m., First Fridays only 1-9 p.m.)

For additional information, call 248-344-0497 or visit
Admission to Art House shows is always free and open to the public.

Real Detroit 9 Live Birthday Bash - Majestic Theatre - Sat Feb 2nd

MOTORCITYBLOG asked Real Detroit about thier thoughts turning 9 freakin' years old

'from Real Detroit music writer jeff milo'

"Real Detroit Weekly turns 9 years old this month and as the city becomes besieged with snow, we decided that instead of us coming over to your place, and expecting you to give us presents while we enjoy cone hats, a balding clown on his way back from an AA meeting and your slouched cupcakes with candles stuck in them, maybe it'd be better if you all came to the Magic Stick and instead of presents, just come toast a drink with us and enjoy the measured madness of 5 stellar live acts that have consistently been some of our favorite bands in our still pre-teen existence:

The aristocratic 60's pop-psyche-garage rockers The Go; the eastside hard-driving, blues-inflected classic rock-lovin trio the Muggs; the space-pop quirk-rock The Dead Bodies; the staggering and theatric neo folk rock The Silent Years; and electro-songsmith and ambio/dance-pop mastermind Deastro (aka Randy Chabot, who will also be playing as his side-project Our Brother The Megazord.)

Most importantly, the celebration is a thank you to all local bands and all music fans for their dedication and camaraderie over the years. We appreciate all the support.
See you there. 2/2 magic stick"

Now how can you turn down that invitation? Better show up early as this one is gonna go late!

Thanks JM

FREE CD GIVEAWAY: Jukebox the Ghost - Belmont Bar - Thur Jan 31st

We gave a pair of these tickets away Saturday night over at the Wood to your Mother show
But we have copy of the new CD to offer up to the 1st emailer
the tickets and CD are gone - thanks for all the emails!

Thursday January 31st 2008
The Belmont Bar
10215 Jos. Campau
Hamtramck MI

This is their first show after the Washington DC cd release party
Visit them over at

Check out the rest of the artists over at The MuseBox

The Blank Show - 4731 Gallery - Fri Feb 1st

The Blank Show
Friday February 1st
5:30pm - 11:00pm
4731 Gallery
4731 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48208

The Spilled Milkshake Art Company is hosting its first art show entitled The Blank Show at the 4731 Gallery. The 4731 Gallery is located at 4731 Grand River Ave in Detroit, MI 48208 (located near the 555 Gallery).
The exhibit runs from Friday, February 1st to Thursday February 28th.
The opening reception is at 5:30 pm on Friday February 1st, 2008 and will end at 11:00 pm the same night. The fee for entry is $5. The 4731 Gallery doesn't have set times, but does take people by appointment.
There will be a DJ spinning all night - food - wine - and a mime for a few hours.
Here is the list of all the participating artists:
Kristie Agar
Domenique Cherry
Don Kilpatrick III
Stephen Schudlich
Maria Filar
Jillian Pulford
Dustin Maciag
Corine Newman
Chelsea Kirchoff
Alen Catolico
Sam Turgeon
Rolando Garcia
Ryan Gitter
Alonzo Edwards
Matt Bisset
Kristina Rafalski
Dani Douglas
Emily Pelton
Crystal Fiss
Leigh Ann Foshee
Alyssa Cieslak
Jeff Nolan
Bridgette Short
Raechel Matyas
Alex Matyas
James Noellert
Joe Schlaud
Lauren Moyer
Michelle Oestman
Dave Tell
Andy Gabrysiak
Angela Michell
Chris Houghton
Mike Burdick
Vince Joy
Allison Vince
Heather Hansma
Derek Ecker
Matt Byle
Kevin Thomas
Kyle Young
Steve Smith
James Peace
Buffy Meiller
See Hang


MCB-VIDEO - Wildcatting @ Pike Room Crofoot - Sat Jan 26th 2008

Caught up with the guys in Wildcatting who put on a great show opening up for CARJACK over in the Pike Room Crofoot this saturday night ....if your in the chicago area check them out soon or next time over in Ypsilanti....

MCB-VIDEO - Ungdomskulen live at the Crofoot Sat Jan 26th 2008

Ungdomskulen are 3 dudes from Norway and they jammed the Pike Room this saturday over at The Crofoot and the songs I didn't catch on tape were even better....they will be in the states for a few more shows (through Feb 6th ending the US dates over at Spaceland in Los Angelesso if you get chance to go see them - hook in! The are pretty tight and mix it a bit with some nice changes - plus 3 of the nicest guys you will meet to boot.

Guys, thanks for putting on a great show and visiting the motorcity - come again!

SuperSuckers MEET & GREET - Rocket Printing in Royal Oak - Sun Jan 27th 3:30-4:30pm

Sunday January 27th
3:30pm - 4:30pm

605 South Washington Ave
Royal Oak, MI
(248) 336-3636

Raffle for new iPod loaded with supersucker tunes


Commerce & Hiller - Corktown Tavern - Fri Jan 25th

Commerce and Hiller

Corktown Tavern
Michigan Ave Corktown
1716 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216

another classy Loco Gnosis Production s

Shop Detroit - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick - text detroit Ends Jan 31st

SHOP DETROIT 2008 ends Thursday January 31st 2008

Please enjoy your shopping at these Detroit based businesses and use The Next Detroit Dollar.
The Next Detroit Dollar is good until January 31, 2008.

New places to shop are being added to the list daily and hope you stop in before the deadline.
Please shop at these businesses all year long and help support these participating local Detroit retailers. Pick up something romantic for your special someone - maybe a new phone for texting or tickets to an event downtown and stay at a nice hotel. The retailer list covers the spectrum.
It would be a scandal not to take advantage of these discounts - Too busy to get out and shop???? Lie about where you are for a few hours - leave a few messages to your aide and get out to these great shops before the end of the promotion to help promote these uncovered gems.

Another activity by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in the City of Detroit that creates an impact on the local economy and throughout the motorcity. Generating interest within the city and creating a personal relationship between shopper and shop owners. Getting steamy over what to buy your spouse for her birthday? Get downtown and shop! Make it a family affair or go alone as not to reveal that 1 out of 14,000 gifts that could be exchanged... there is no denial..use The Next Detroit Dollar before time runs out.

Support Our Detroit Businesses Through January 31 with The Next Detroit Dollar

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick encourages area residents to Shop Detroit.
For a list of participating Detroit businesses and more information click here

Whipboy & Friends Variety Show! - Unvieled Dance Studio - Fri Jan 25th 8pm

Whipboy & Friends Variety Show!
Friday January 25th 2008

Unvieled Dance Studio
36 N. Huron St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Also performing:
Lunatic Vagabonds
Bellydancer Trix who dances with Fire
Shetan Noir
Gypsie Violinist Dixon
Razors & Fire by Elton & Jess
Music by Reality Drift who perform "Oh Dear God, What Were We Thinking?"
BYOB - Performer Meet and Greet after the show
18+ Adults Only
Doors 8pm
Show 8:30pm
$5.00 @ the door

Tony Cromie - Live P.A(ImperialEmpire) - LJs Superstar Lounge - Sat Jan 26th

Tony Cromie - Live P.A(ImperialEmpire)

Johnny Saco (mcm)
Alan bogl (mcm)
Preset (imperial empire/Kenobe)
J.L (Imperial Empire)
Saturday January 26th
2114 Michigan Ave
Detroit MI (next to Slow's BBQ)

$3 w/ admission gets free ticket into Tania and Josh's Going Away Party
Corktown Tavern
from 9pm to 4am or later