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Kresge Artist Fellowships - Supporting Detroit Artists!

Are you an artist?

Is your stuff so kick ass that it would silly not to deliver it to the world?

Wouldn't it be awesome to have $25,000 to pursue your work?

MCB has the answer - Apply for a Kresge Artist Fellowship !!!

Click on the flyer above for all the details - go ahead - you can do it!

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HALLOWEEN FUN: Broadzilla // Cinema 3956 // MONSTERMASH w/The Tickled Fancy Burlesque Co

And people say there is nothing to do in DIETROIT


Just in time for Halloween comes O'Death's new video for "Lowtide" being premiered exclusively on Pitchfork TV. The dark and downright spooky clip was directed by Benh Zeitlin, who won the Wholphin Award at SXSW for Best Short Film. Zeitlin used stop motion animation, taking the entire band on a journey to the center of the earth.

October 31 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
November 1 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
November 2 - T.T. The Bears - Cambridge, MA
November 3 - II Motore - Montreal, QUE Canada
November 4 - El Mocambo - Toronto, ONT Canada
November 5 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
November 6 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
November 7 - Space 101 - Bloomington, IN
November 8 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
November 9 - Hideout - Chicago, IL
November 10 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
November 11 - The Picador - Iowa City, IA
November 12 - The Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS
November 13 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
November 14 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
November 15 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
November 17 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC Canada
November 18 - High Dive - Seattle, WA
November 19 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
November 20 - Jambalaya - Arcata, CA
November 21 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
November 22 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA
November 23 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
November 24 - Modified Arts - Phoenix, AZ
November 26 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
November 28 - Marquee - Tulsa, OK
November 29 - Off Broadway - St. Louis, MO
November 30 - Hi-Tone Café - Memphis, TN
December 2 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
December 3 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
December 4 - Black Cat Backstage - Washington, DC

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FREE MP3: Juliette Commagere's "OVERCOME"

Maybe you don’t know her name, but chances are you’ve heard her voice.

Los Angeles’ Juliette Commagere has lent her siren of a voice to Maynard James Keenan’s Tool side project Puscifer, the latest self-titled record from road metal baddies Avenged Sevenfold, and, of course, her own band Hello Stranger, who’ve spent the past few months opening for the Foo Fighters across America. So, yeah, Commagere is a busy girl. But after the Fighters tour, she somehow found time to whip up a record of her own. Written in the beautiful reaches of Cali – Big Sur and the Mojave are pretty beautiful – the album features contributions from Joachim Cooder, Martin Pradler, and Jaochim’s dad, some guy you maybe have heard of named Ry Cooder, who played slide on “Nature of Things,” before leaving Commagere with the below quote:

“Juliette is a young modern person writing R&B ballads like Dan Penn. Nobody’s doing that anymore. And that’s 100% true — not 10% true like all that hype bullshit out there.”

FREE MP3: Overcome

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MC5 Events: Crofoot Thursday October 30th // Park Bar Saturday November 1st

“40 YEARS TO THE DAY” KICK OUT THE JAMS celebration in the Crofoot Ballroom

Crofoot Complex - Pontiac MI

doors at 7 PM, show at 7 PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

Detroit Music Revolution Concert “40 Years to the Day”, is a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the MC5's "Kick out the Jams".

DARK GREENE ENTERTAINMENT has been working feverishly on a film documentary of the song, the band, Detroit's music revolution of the late 60's and their filming will culminate at the crofoot in this very special concert.

All on one stage in one night….. The Muggs, The Orbitsuns, Paper Street Saints, 60 Second Crush, Powertrane, Critical Bill, Lies Unknown, Overloaded, Ingray, Mazinga, Stellar Drive, Smoking Moses, Pillar of Autumn, Duende, Soul Circus, Ray Street Park, Lithium

The event is hosted by John Sinclair with Leni Sinclair, Reverend Righttime and Brett Callwood, author of "MC5 Sonically Speaking"

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Also THE NIGHT MOVE will be providing transportation from Royal Oak and Ferndale to The Crofoot. Click this sentence for more info!

recover all day Friday and then head to this:

WILDCATTING recreates MC5's "Kick Out The Jams"
Saturday November 1st 2008

The Park Bar w/ John Sinclair, Pinkeye & Duende!

Join us for this rad event. John Sinclair singing with Pinkeye, Duende’s CD release & we’re going to play MC5’s KICK OUT THE JAMS in it entirety!!! Holy shit!

Park Bar Detroit

2040 Park Ave

Detroit, MI 48226

(313) 962-2933

Get directions

Photos thanks to MCB's Paul Hitz

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13th Annual BIG 80s Flashback Halloween Bash!!! by STATIC RECORDS - PAYCHECKS LOUNGE - Fri Oct 31st

STATIC presents………
The 13th Annual
“BIG 80’s Flashback Halloween Bash!”

Static invites you to go back in time for the night with the return of thee retro party of the year. On FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, be prepared to get flashbacked to the 80’s with the 13th Big 80’s Flashback Halloween Bash! The only Halloween party of its kind in Detroit.

The Big 80’s Bash started as a jam session of bands playing songs from the 80’s in their own style. It has now turned into a must- see event and a tribute party you won’t want to miss! This year features 5 local acts performing 80’s songs like you’ve never heard them before. So expect the unexpected!

Performing will be:

Along with the bands, there are other surprises to keep you entertained,
as 80’s music will be showcased all night long.

Dress as your favorite 80’s character and get free door prizes.

The party starts at 9pm at PAYCHECKS LOUNGE, located at 2932 Caniff in Hamtramck. Call 313-874-0254 for info and directions.
18 & over are welcome and cover is $6 and benefits Paws with a Cause.

For more information on the event please call STATIC @ 313-886-7860.
Or check out the website at:

PHOTOS: YOUMACON 2008 - Hyatt Regency Fairlane - Thu/Sun - Oct30th/Nov2nd

"Start your engines."

MCB's Alex Conley was down for YOUMACON2008 and snapped these cool pics
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Metro Detroit's first and only anime convention is returning for its fourth year, and it's bigger and better than ever.

Youmacon 2008
Thursday October 30 - Sunday November 2, 2008
Hyatt Regency Dearborn at Fairlane Town Center
Dearborn, Michigan 48126-2793

Here at Youmacon, thousands of otaku from Michigan and beyond meet anime voice actors face to face, compete for masquerade and cosplay trophies, and shop for treasures of their favorite fandom. Youmacon's original events immerse you in the experience of becoming a Japanese chess piece in a game of shougi, leading a team to the Star in a live action Mario Party battle, and being served by maids in a relaxing cafe. And the fun keeps going, because Youmacon provides nonstop 24-hour gaming, anime music videos, and video programming.

Check the schedule here

Caution: Amazing convention ahead.

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Wild At Heart - Thursday October 30th 2008

Hey Kirk -
I am posting an extra Halloween blog - "BOO" - Bill

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
He has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

Halloween is almost here and I thought I would get a few things out before the weekend.

Halloween did not become a holiday in the United States until the 19th century, where lingering Puritan tradition restricted the observance of many holidays. The holiday came here during the time of the great migration after the potato famine in Ireland where it originated, and is known in Irish as Oíche Shamhna. Pre-Christian Celts had an autumn festival, Samhain which celebrated the end of summer. The festival is an agricultural "fire festival" or feast when the dead revisited the mortal world. Large communal bonfires would hence be lit to ward off evil spirits. Pope Gregory IV standardized the date of All Saints' Day, or All Hallows' Day, on November 1 in the name of the entire Western Church in 837. Kids there traditionally dress in costumes of various underworldly creatures and enjoy lit bonfires and fireworks.

Of course, today in America, we mostly like to dress up and party. I am looking forward to going to the annual Halloween show by ICP which should be interesting. The Crofoot will be having a special Halloween program going on with the Von Bondies and Wolfman Mac. Upstairs in the Pike Room will be the Javelins, Prussia and Wildcatting all doing tributes to their favorite bands (the Strokes, Smiths and T Rex respectfully). The Pop Project will be at the Phototropic Lounge and there will be free candy (sounds like a bribe to me). Don’t forget to dress up.

It is also the start of the Roller Derby season on Nov 1st with a Halloween themes derby between the Detroit Pistoffs and the Devil’s Night Dames. Doors at 6PM and the match starts at 7PM. These are always fun events so get your lazy butts over there and cheer on the women. The featured charity is Alternatives For Girls which helps homeless and at risk girls avoid teen pregnancy, violence and exploitation so it is a worthy cause getting out there.

Crash Baby, who now runs the Derby girls, is currently helping the prop division on the current filming of the new Rob Schneider movie being filmed around Greektown. I was down there as an extra which was fun. We got to film some outdoor party scenes with Rob of which yours truly might actually have some face time when the movie (tentatively titled American Virgin) comes out next year. It is all in the placement. I even got a set nickname which was cool. One of the set guys started calling me Blue, which might have been the color of my skin after being outdoors without a jacket all day in the cold Detroit weather. Most everyone was really nice including Rob who took some time to talk to fans and sign autographs. I met a lot of cool people (or should I saw people who were cool) though the line for the catered food line reminded me of high school through less organized. It is amazing how idiotic people can get when they don’t get their way. Kudos to the female cop who came along and organized the line. You go girl!! I plan on going back down today after my show.

On my Monday show, I will be having a talk with singer Jessica Lea Mayfield who was in town last night at the Pike Room. Tune in between 8-10AM for that and I will be giving out tickets to see Brian Wilson in Ann Arbor on the 12th. Later everyone and have a safe holiday.

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Got the new EODM in the mail Monday and its always a good gauge of a new album to listen in the car and see how it hits me...There aren't many records out that I would be so anxious for arrival but it is EOMD and the third time around is always a charm.....

Had a few in me at home and was feeling good so I decided to take the Challenger out for a drive and give it a listen....some of the best times are the "Solo Flights" out on the road and I hit the freeway by time "Live in LA" was blaring // before I knew it we were doing well over 100 as I rolled down toward the Davison...

DIETROIT always seems like a blur of broken boards and burned blackness when "I'm a Torpedo" barreling down the FWY and listening to a great record lending itself as rose colored feel hopeful that the hardship that plagues the city will recede / smiling faces / kids playing in the street...

Figures, your out getting "Cheap Thrills " and thats when the flashing lights come up in the rear view and I'm thinking "Now I'm a fool" for doing this and I knew things were gonna get interesting from that point on....

Was wearing my heart on my sleeve as I pulled up into the pack and eased over squeezing between a rusty ol' caddy and a dirty white van but the citizen on patrol was still behind me so I punched it past the rig on the right and braked hard pulling back and off the exit with the rear barely keeping pace racing down the ramp. Thinking fast and moving fast are one in the same so I jumped back on the freeway and could see my pursuer just ahead of me probably on the radio making waves to the street to keep on the lookout...I just doubled back on the Lodge and was home free "Prissy Prancin'"

Eagles of Death Metal play November 11th at Small's

It's sold out but we are working to get a video interview and a ticket or two for giveaway

dont hold your breath - its tight just like the new record

no review here - only a fav track listing...Cheap Thrills // Solo Flights

If you want my copy of "Heart On" you can have it - ask me after the show and its yours.

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FREE MP3: Third Eye Blind's "Non Dairy Creamer"

FREE MP3: Third Eye Blind's "Non Dairy Creamer"

Third Eye Blind are about to release their first batch of new songs in five years via a digital EP, entitled Red Star, on November 18th, 2008.

The material, which includes three new tracks along with additional video content, will be followed by a full-length release, Ursa Major, in 2009.3EB have been inspired by the possibilities and potential that new media provide, and are discovering their own paradigm on how they create and reach people with music.

They have toured consistently over the past two years, and sold out every show, playing in front of crowds of up to 11,000 fans, in response to an entirely new fan-base who have discovered this music on the web. These new fans have proved that, despite a 5-year hiatus between albums, 3EB has in fact deepened its connection with its community.

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ALL SAINTS LIKE TO PARTY with The Drinking Problem - Baker's Streetcar Hamtramck - Sat Nov 1st

"You all better come to this show!" - Dave from TDP

Saturday, November 1st 2008
All Saints Day Party in Hamtramck
w/ The Drinking Problem, Four Hour Friends and Copper Thieves
Bakers Streetcar
$5. 9pm doors, 10:30 music.

Baker's Streetcar is one of those Hamtramck bars that usually only hosts live music once a year for the Blowout. It's tiny, the band plays on the floor, and the walls are primed for sweat. We're looking forward to it.

The Drinking Problem is Eddie Baranek (The Sights), Dave Lawson (The Pop Project) and Jeremy Stork (Solitary States / 4 hour Friends). Korin Cox is in the band sometimes, but she's got a show in Madison that day with her "other band," the Hard Lessons.

The Four Hour Friends are Dale Wilson (ex-Expatriates), Steven Palmer (ex-Ghost City, Back in Spades, Fletcher Pratt), Jason Croff (Dead Bodies, Croff Family Band), Brandon White (Actionbasic), Jeremy Stork (Solitary States / Drinking Problem), and Jenna Cook (a monogamous anomaly in detroit music?).

Copper Thieves are John Nelson (New Grenada), Christian Doble (Kiddo, Child Bite) and Andy Roy (ex-New Grenada).

"I drink at Bakers every single night because it's a great venue," belched Jeremy Stork, drummer in bands. "Now they've even booked a show. I love this place."

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WAR - Arturo's Jazz Theatre Southfield - Fri/Sat/Sun Oct31st/Nov1st/2nd

WAR is playing a bunch of shows this weekend over at Arturo's Jazz Theatre in Southfield
These guys are classic and with the election right around the corner what better time to go to a WAR concert in Detroit?

Arturo's Jazz Theatre & Restaurant
25333 West 12 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48034

Check the website here

2 shows each day:
Friday October 31st 2008 8pm & 10pm
Saturday November 1st 2008 8pm & 10pm
Sunday November 2nd 2008 6pm & 8pm

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FREE CD: DETROIT COBRAS - Benefit Concert for Detroit Homeless Shelters - Thur Nov 11th 2008

The Detroit Cobras are having a benefit show next month to help out the homeless shelters here in the city of detroit...we want you to go to this show not only to check out the motorcity's coolest band but to help the homeless that need it...

So we are going to help you by giving away a copy if Tried and True to the 1st emailer who asks for it thanks to Bloodshot Records - gone!!!

Detroit Cobras Live - (Homeless Shelter Benefit)
Thursday, November 27th 2008
The Magic Stick
4140 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI

Show Time 9pm

get tickets here
see more of The Detroit Cobras on MCB here
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MORE HALLOWEEN EVENTS: Snakeout - Live @ Smalls / SHE@Blondie's / Hallopolooza @ RIC

Snakeout @ Small's Bar // Sat Nov 11th 2008
Small's Halloween Ball also w/Queens of the Static Age / Redshift
Best costume wins 2 tickets to every smalls show for a year

SHE (MISFITS COVER BAND) @ Blondie's Detroit on Halloween Friday Night

Hallowpolooza at Russell Industrial Center
Building 1 - 5th Floor
1st 200 free entry with costume

Thursday View @ 555 Gallery - Frank Joyce - Thur Oct 30th 7-10pm

Thursday's View @ 555 Gallery
October 30th
7pm - 10pm

Frank Joyce

... is a journalist, writer, artist, communications expert and political activist. He currently works as a communications consultant to several labor and public service organizations. Previously he was a member of the UAW International Union staff for eighteen years, including twelve years as director of the Public Relations and Publications. He has worked at factories, retail stores and a number of media organizations including WDET and WTVS. He has won journalism awards in print, radio and television. He is a member of UAW Local 1981, the National Writers Union (NWU).
4884 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48208

Funk Night returns on Halloween to The CAID

Everyone's favorite dance night has returned to The CAID this coming Friday night

5141 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit MI

Friday October 31st 2008

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Detroit Clay Company Studio Sale - Saturday Nov 1st

Detroit Clay Company Studio Sale
Saturday November 1st 2008

Wheel thrown pottery // Nice functional gifts for the home.

Mosaics. Concrete and Clay // Great in the Garden !!

Gift Tiles

Detroit Clay Company Studio
6827 Burwell St.
Detroit MI 48210
(Big Tree)
( Off Warren south of Livernois )
(Off Martin)

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PHOTOS: Theatre Bizarre Detroit 2008 from Brett Lawrence

Didn't make to Theatre Bizarre this year?? well wipe away those tears and feast your eyes on these fresh pics from MCB's Brett Lawrence

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FREE CD: These United States - Lager House - Nov 13th

Free copy of These United States' latest release "CRIMES" to the 1st lucky reader to ask for it and include a shipping address and full name - gone!!!
These United States
Thursday, November 13th 2008
@ PJ's Lager House
Corktown Detroit MI

FREE - MP3 for "Get Yourself Home"
the iLike Video for "Get Yourself Home"

"Sick, tired, torn, and frayed, These United States let no dust settle under their soles this spring as they made the pilgrimage from DC to Lexington, KY just 9 weeks after the release of their debut album, sights set on a rock-and-roll reformation. The result is Crimes, TheseUS's sophomore album, recorded in six short days at Shangri-La Studios, and out to the world September 23.

One part Rolling Thunder Revue, one part banged-and-bruised balladeering, two parts just plain strange, Crimessees the band hitch an American folklore ride down diverging tracks from A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the Garden of Eden's trembling psych-folk tendencies. Bandleader Jesse Elliott's casual croon careens more often towards a yearning yelp - desperate times, you know? - as his merry gang of Obviously Five Believers vamp all piss and vinegar, hoot and holler, multi-instrumental mischief and sly saloon smiles.

In place of Picture's lovelorn protagonists, Crimes supplants the classic characters of a world gone wicked: bad men in boots and boats, all-too-able Cains, wolves in fresh-shorn sheepskin, sold-out sirens of the seashore, knife-wielding big-talking drunk drinkers, Moriartys, don Quijotes, Samuel Clemenses, and all manner of disillusioned Appleseeds in between - with the occasional dogged optimist thrown in for good measure, of course; even the world itself can't be all bad all the time. As self-effacing as they are scathing, though, Crimes' critiques are ultimately an empathetic eye towards the sins, schemes, devils, and delusions that bind us all. Dreams, in other words.

Hot off pressing the '08 flesh from Paris to Portland and Glastonbury Fest to SXSW, These United States will of course continue their mad march to - well, any sea that will have them - in support of Crimes.

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DDG 2009 SEASON OPENER - Masonic Temple Detroit - Sat Nov 1st 2008

Sat Nov 1, 2008 - doors open at 6:00PM
Games begins at 7:00PM
Detroit MI

Featured Charity: Alternatives for Girls
helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.

DJ JPS, Royal Oak Ravens Sideline Cheer Team, and the Motor City Rah Rahs
National Anthem: C-S#arp feat. Tiny Terror
Afterparty: the Old Miami3930 Cass Ave, DetroitFeaturing: DJ K Fresh


FRIDAY OCTOBER 31, 2008 $5 8PM

This Halloween there is only one place to be, and that's at the Crofoot Creepy Cheapy Halloween Treat, featuring the Von Bondies, Nightmare Sinema’s Wolfman Mac, Prussia, Wildcatting, Javelins, the Pop Project, the Takeover UK, the Shys, Army/Navy and more, all for only $5 admission.

The night will be full of unique twists, and devilish treats, as Detroit garage rock heroes the Von Bodies headline the Crofoot Ballroom, with support from the Takeover UK, Army/Navy, and the Shys.

Beware! The Crofoot will also play host to Nightmare Sinema’s renowned fright meister, Wolfman Mac, host of classic 'B' horror and sci-fi movies on TV 20. Wolfman Mac will be marrying folks in front of Pontiac’s Erebus Haunted Attraction, then bringing the newlyweds to the Crofoot for the reception.

In the Pike room prepare for a night of costumed covers, as some of Detroit's most innovative musicians pay homage to their heroes. Prussia will be performing as the Smiths, Javelins will be emulating the melodic garage rock sounds of the Strokes, Wildcatting will perform the songs of T.Rex, and there will be a special late night
guest TBA.

The Pop Project will play at Phonotropic in the Vernors room, where patrons can feast on free candy and dance the night away to the wicked beats of Downtime.

In the Crofoot Café patrons can kick it old school with vinyl legend Handsome Sam spinning funk jams, soul, Motown, and classic hip hop, featuring The Phat Boy Chef & Voltron. From 9-10 pm the Waxxonia "power hour" sells house beers and wells for $1.

Sucker DJ's Mikel O.D., Tom Matich, and Jeff Milo will keep the night rolling on the Crofoot patio.

God awful costumes encouraged with prizes for the dumbest, awarded by Nightmare Sinema’s Wolfman Mac!

$3 beers and $2 specialty cocktails all night.

Sponsored by: Nightmare Sinema, Pita Pit of Auburn Hills, Most People Are Djs, Real Detroit, Detroit Rocks! and Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique.

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More Halloween Events: Wolfman Mac's Devil's Night Fur Ball // All Hallows Eve

Lots of choices as usual this are a couple more.


Still need a costume for Halloween?
Head on over to SHOWTIME CLOTHING in Detroit


Store Hours: Monday thru Saturday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Come to the store - have a laugh with Dan!
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MOTORCITYBLOG is a "Product of Detroit"

Are you a Product of Detroit?

Lots of good things have come from the motorcity including 313.JAC

We heard through the grapevine that they need a little convincing over there to keep the music alive up top with a few support letters to the ownership....

take a few minutes and write a little email of support for the Static/Sterling supercrew who have been putting on great weekends of music for years now.... and write a small letter of support for keeping the only "really" downtown venue that supports local music as they have and hopefully will continue to be doing for years to come.

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Kwame Kilpatrick - Detroit Mayor Jailed

No new news on this one from us but I thought that this hacked up flyer from the mustard plug show was funny and of course when MCB bombarded the Stefani lawyers just before the mayor was charged with his crimes.... at least we are moving forward now!


MCB-VIDEO: Circus Boy @ Stonehouse Bar Detroit

MCB stopped in at another favorite watering hole - The Stonehouse Bar last saturday night (4th stop of the night) to meet up with Circus Boy who kicked it out!

Comprised of a laundry list of legacy detroit musicians including the streamlined Margaret Dollrod on I was shooting and panning the camera to get all the band members I am pretty sure the other guitarist is one of the guys from The figure it out....but check out Circus Boy if you have a chance...bad ass detroit rock...check back for more on their CD release show coming up soon.

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(A Detroit mythological creature)
Izzy's Raw Art Gallery, Corktown
2572 Michigan ave. Detroit, MI 48216
Friday October 31st 2008
The whole project ends with a Halloween party in a 100 year old department store/manufacturer that has been turned into an art gallery.
You are now invited to our theater/ lounge for Le Nain Rouge

Horror movies / multiple DJs
COSTUME PARTY with no cover with local beer on tap or BYOB

Le Nain Rouge in various locations in Corktown and It may show up at the party....

Photography hanging throughout the building by Andrea Cesarek
(those insane bone photos over The Lager House)

MCB-VIDEO: Dooley Wilson @ PJLH Detroit

3rd stop of a semi-standard multi-stop MCB evening
Dooley Wilson opening Saturday night at PJ's Lager House who all week were celebrating the 1 year anniversary since PJ took the over the place

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WILD AT HEART - Monday October 27th 2008

Hey Kirk-here is this week's blog post - Bill

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
He has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

This past weekend was wonderful despite some occasional glimpses at bad weather. I actually saw a car with snow on it. I’m not sure where he was from, but I was glad I didn’t come from the same place. It is too early for me to be thinking about snowy weather. The opera Margaret Gardner was excellent and now I can look forward to the next production at the Detroit Opera House which is a group of dance numbers by the troop Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Some of the pieces will include an newly tweaked version of Alejandro Cerrudo's "Extremely Close," the world premiere of Toru Shimazaki's "Fold" and a updated revival of Israeli Ohad Naharin masterpiece "Minus 16”. This is one of the best contemporary dance ensembles in the country and shouldn’t be missed. I will hopefully get one of the ensemble on my show on WXOU 88.3FM (or online at this Thursday. I will however, have cast member Cole Porter (no relation to the “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” composer) who plays Brian in the upcoming Fisher Theatre production of Avenue Q (starts Nov 5th).

Musically, I was at a couple of cool shows but the best of the bunch was David Byrne who played a great set at the Michigan Theatre who was doing a tribute to the songs he did with Brian Eno. The set included some of my favorite Talking Heads songs such as “I Zimba”, “Burning Down The House”, “Heaven” and my personal favorite “Once In A Lifetime”. A number of the songs had him accompanied by dancers on stage which led to some fun moments like one song where they are whizzing between David and the microphone or where one of them leaps over David. This is probably my favorite show of the year so far and makes me strongly await the upcoming Brian Wilson show (also at the Michigan Theatre) on Nov 12th (I will be giving away tickets for the show next week on my radio program so tune in).

This week, my concert calendar looks at Janet Jackson & LL Cool J @ the Palace of Auburn Hills on the 28th (I finally get to see one of the crazy Jackson’s in person, I’m hoping for a wardrobe malfunction), Sara Bareills @ the Fillmore on the 30th and a Halloween show featuring ICP @ the Fillmore. Also, Nov 2nd @ the Magic Bag is Uh Huh Her (WXOU will be giving away tickets for this show also). If you go to the station in the basement of the Oakland Center, there are some free White Lion tickets on the promotions table for their appearance at the Emerald on the 28th. Other cool shows I can’t make it to are Jolie Holland @ The Crofoot (Oct 28th), Jessica Lee Mayfield @ the Pike Room (Oct 29th – trying to get her on my show), and WAR @ Arturo’s Jazz Theatre (Oct 31st-Nov 2nd).

Getting back to theatre, I saw a couple of fun plays for the holiday season. My first stop was at the Ringwald Theater for “Love And Human Remains” which is a comedy-drama that follows the lives of several sexually frustrated "thirty-something’s" who try to learn the meaning of love. This is somewhat dampened by the presence of a serial killer which might be known to some of the characters in the play. My favorite character is Joe Bailey as David, a homosexual waiter that is jaded on love but willing to make fun of his heterosexual roommate Candy and her experiment with lesbianism and his flirting with the barely of age busboy. We also have an otherworldly Benita who is a prostitute with psychic abilities and a good friend of David’s. We also have Bernie (David’s troubled best friend), Jerri (a lesbian who falls in love with Candy) and Kane (the busboy who seems to fall for David but denies being gay). This is a fun piece for the season and as Joe puts it, “we have some equal opportunity nudity in the show” which should appeal to the audience. The Ringwald is known for putting on some really unique productions and this is no different. Check out their website for dates (runs until Nov 10th) and ticket prices.

For those who want a little more blood in their theatre, you can check out the Oakland University production of “A Nightmare On Elm Street”, the last installment of a trilogy which included productions of “Halloween” and “Friday The 13th”. The 1984 horror film is diluted down to an hour long piece which sees Freddy take out his revenge on a group of five teenagers, one of which might have the power to bring him into the real world. Being a dream character, this makes Freddy a little different than Michael or Jason to pull off in a convincing fashion but the cast does their best and you can feel a true love for the project. There are a few things I would have liked to see them do differently to make the production a little scarier, but this show is like seeing a good friend and can be enjoyed for what it is. I know the girl behind me was going crazy as she was trying to keep her eyes opened despite the fright. The show does have a few good fights that have you cheering for the kids but in the end, Freddy gets his due including the memorable bed scene. The first show was a sell out so make sure you get their early or call ahead. The show runs until Oct 31st at 10:30PM every day in the basement of Varner Hall with a midnight showing on Halloween. Nightmare trivia - According to Wes Craven, his decision to cast Johnny Depp (yes that Johnny Depp) was influenced by his daughter and a friend of hers who thought he was the "cutest" of the final three choices (I think they have a good eye and should be hired by Hollywood execs right away).

For a change of pace, you can also go to the Henry Ford Museum to see the newest exhibition “Out Of This World” which runs through Jan 11th. The exhibit pays homage to the costume designers of some of Hollywood’s best known movie heroes and villains. Included in this exhibit is Margaret Hamilton’s witches’ hat from “The Wizard Of Oz”. Indiana Jones “jacket and whip”, Dan Aykroyd’s Ghostbusters II uniform, Clooney’s “nipple” batsuit and various costumes from Enemy Mine, Terminator, T2, Blade Runner, Highlander and Tron. This also includes one of the movie Batmobiles and the car from Ghostbusters. For Star Trek fans, you can see Kirk’s uniform from the “Mirror Mirror” episode, Seven of Nine’s jumpsuit and a Gorn costume among other things. On the Star wars side, we have Darth Vader’s costume, Skywalker’s severed hand and lightsabre and Obi-Wan’s cloak. My favorite piece is a Viper Suit from the new Battlestar Galactica series. If you look at the left leg, you can see a flight check off list sewn into the leg. Being a huge fan of sci-fi fantasy, I must admit to being a little geeked to see some of these items and I’m sure most movie fans will enjoy it to. The exhibit is free with admission and you can go to for more information. The last room is great for kids where they can get a free picture of themselves in Gotham or Oz (that’s one X-mas present for the parents down), watch old movie trailers or make their own comic strips and costumes. So grab a kid (hopefully your own) or inner child and get down to the Henry Ford. Also, if you haven’t been their recently, make sure you stop by the newly revamped “With Liberty And Justice For All” to see Lincoln’s chair and the Rosa Parks bus and “Heroes of the Sky” to see Byrd’s 1926 Fokker Trimotor among other amazing airplanes.

Now, there are also a couple of movies you can see. I personally recommend the new Bill Maher documentary “Religulous”, the title derived from blending the words "religion" and "ridiculous". Bill says he doesn’t believe in “God” but is open to anyone who can show him proof which of course when dealing with something faith based is hard to do. Bill seems to want to mock the kooks and give credence to those who can at least seem intelligent. He does a little traveling which I give him credit for going to such places as Jerusalem, the Vatican and Salt Lake City, and does interviews with numerous believers from a variety of backgrounds and groups, including Jews for Jesus, Christians, Muslims, former Mormons, Satanists, Hasidic Jews and a guy who believes Marijuana brings one closer to God. My favorite interview is with Father Reginald Foster (a Catholic priest, senior Vatican scholar and one of the great living experts in Latin literature) who gives Bill a no nonsense look at modern Catholicism (even telling Bill some of what he went through as a kid no longer applies – priceless). While sometimes he goes to far with his subjects, he does give enough information to start a dialogue about religion and what it means to us. The downside is that this film might only appeal to Maher fans (of which I am one) but even if you are a believer, this is one of the funniest movies of the year. It is also nice seeing Bill’s mom in the film and she adds a touch of class to it. It’s also funny hearing a Muslim tell Bill he is not very funny! Grade: A.

There is also the new comedy “Sex Drive” is a about a high school senior who goes on a cross-country road trip (what is with all the road trip movies nowadays) to hook up with a girl he met online. Ian (Josh Zuckerman) is an 18-year-old recent high school graduate who has trouble meeting girls and has some sexy talk with "Ms. Tasty" (Katrina Bowden) and agrees to meet her in person. The catch is that she lives in Knoxville and he doesn’t have a car. His best friend Lance (Clark Duke) convinces him to steal his brothers’ car without permission to go to her. One snag has his best friend Felicia (sexy Amanda Crew), tags along on this ill-fated trip. The movie is basic and has some laughs and seeing Seth Green as an Amish mechanic is quite fun, though like most movie post-Fast Times or Porky’s, it finds itself hard to sustain the big laughs or the cult status for longevity. Still, it isn’t a bad diversion though don’t expect much. Grade: C+.

Well, I think that is all for this blog. Have a good week everyone and I’ll see you next week.

Feel free to check out page at for any updates. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, this Wednesday I’ll be an extra in the new Rob Schneider film "Virgin on Bourbon Street" (might not be real title since not in imdb) which is filming over the next month down by Greektown. If you would like to be an extra in the film, please contact Nicolas at They are looking for college kids to be in some party scenes and parades. Look out Hollywood, here comes Wild Bill!!

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On Devil's Night (October 30) 2008 at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings St Ballroom in Detroit, there will be a congregation of 75 of the most malevolent fine art artists from across the nation and overseas to display over 150 of their darkest of creations at

DAMNED: A Macabre Fine Art Exhibition

From Swiss Surrealist and Oscar winner HR Giger to the freshest of talent, this sinister assembly will exhibit a diversity of artistries from the deeply depraved to the intensely introspective guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, captivate or repulse.

This is not Halloween-themed art but a submergence within the shadowed realms of consciousness within an intimate ambiance of haunting ethereal soundscapes, refined freakshow vignettes and cirque-inspired stage performances.

DAMNED will feature special performances by the tantalizing circus hellion Miss Pussykatt fresh from her "grinder girl" act on NBC's America's Got Talent. Other devilish treats include the femme fatale performance troupe Devil Dolls , new dementias from Satori Circus disturbingly exotic gallery teasers, Devil Girl hostesses, VIP area with an on-site chef, wine tasting, a gallery store to purchase art and much more!

Aurally, the exhibition will be laced with original compositions by Life Toward Twilight and the haunting solo strings of Dixon accompanying the gallery vignettes.Limited VIP tickets will be available for a most intimate of ambiances with a private two-hour preview of the exhibition with artist reception and special VIP-only vignette performances.

Indulgences include an on-site chef courtesy of Centaur Bar with live preparation of delectable edible temptations, an exotic wine tasting compliments of Farmington Hills Wine & Liquor a bevy of Devil Girl servers and other treats to come. After the preview, VIPs will have full access to the lush private mezzanine overlooking the public exhibition with their own private cash bar, side chef, video feeds and live VIP entertainment throughout the night until 2am...and yes, the Devil Girl servers as well. VIPs also bypass the entrance lines with their own DAMNED special speedy entry!

The DAMNED festivities begin at 7pm with a VIP Preview/Artist Reception with the general public opening at 9pm until 2am. General admission is $6.66 at the door, $5 online or $5 with a donation of canned good for the Detroit Gleaners Food Bank or canned/dry pet food for the All About Animals no-kill animal rescue.

Discounted $5 tickets are also available at Showtime Clothing in Detroit, Noir Leather in Royal Oak and V-Male Vintage Clothing

VIP admission is $33 at the door or $25 in advance online. No Halloween costumes are necessary but red dressy/sexy Devil-wear is greatly encouraged. 18+ welcome.

Visit the DAMNED MySpace page at "" to get your tickets, enter our ticket giveaways and more! We hope you join us in celebration as we bring the infamous Detroit institution of Devil's Night back to our city...without the arson, of course.

DAMNED - A Macabre Fine Art Exhibition
Devil's Night - October 30 2008
DetroitTangent Gallery / Hastings St Ballroom
715 Milwaukee St E, Detroit, MI 48202

BENEFIT FOR MUSIC HALL: “Elaine Stritch - At Liberty” - Jazz Café - Fri Oct 31st-Sun Nov 2nd

“Elaine Stritch - At Liberty” in Jazz Café
3 Performances- October31-November 2nd
To Benefit Music Hall Center For The Performing Art’s Jazz Café

Native Detroiter and Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch returns to reprise her Tony Award-winning one woman show, “Elaine Stritch - At Liberty”, for three shows, Friday, October 31, Saturday, November 1st at 8PM and Sunday, November 2nd at 7 PM in the cozy confines of Jazz Café at Music Hall.

Born in Detroit in 1926, Stritch debuted on Broadway in the 1952 revue, Angel In The Wings, became Ethel Merman's understudy in Irving Berlin's, "Call Me Madam" and went on to a career that has spanned 6 decades. Stritch has had 4 Tony Award nominations, winning one in 2002 for "Elaine Stritch - At Liberty".“At Liberty” is a fascinatingly, bittersweet reminiscence of Stritch’s long and colorful career, replete with songs, stories and a self-effacing sense of humor that cover her life at The Actors Workshop (Dating Marlon Brando) on Broadway (creating her brash character, Joanne from Company) and her nearly 50-year battle with alcoholism, all delivered with honesty and in her trademark gorgeously gravelly voice.

Jazz Café at Music Hall, is the perfect setting for this Tony Award-winning one-gal show where you can enjoy, up close and personal and in a timeless atmosphere, an entertainment legend covering a career in which she was a bonafide, “Triple Threat” (Actor, Singer & Dancer) and a one-of-a-kind personality.The D.A. Pennebaker documentary of Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2004) combined rehearsal elements and her stage performance, and also won several Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Achievement in a Variety or Music Program.

Tickets for Elaine Stritch - At Liberty are $100 per person // seating is general admission and based on first purchased–first seated

Jazz Café at Music Hall is located at 350 Madison Detroit, Michigan 48226.
313 887-8500

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PHOTOS: Andy Warhol: Grand Slam - Cranbrook by Alex Conley

MCB's newest contributor Alex Conley was out at Cranbrook this past Friday checking out a few of the art exhibits // See more from AC //

Cranbrook Art Museum, located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, host the Andy Warhol : Grand Slam exhibit from October 9th until January the 11th . The exhibit features over two-hundred pieces of artwork that encompasses over twenty years of artistic creation, ranging from paintings and print work to motion film and photography.

Hours for the exhibit are Wednesdays to Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
And every fourth friday the museum is open 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
General admission is $10 for adults, $4 for teens, children 12 and under attend free.
For additional information, you can contact the art museum during business
hours at 248.645.3320 or by e-mail :

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2 FREE CDs/STICKER: Mostly Bears & DUENDE!


no graphics for this one - just the offer again to provide some great music to the readers
1st emailer can hit us up for 2 solid CDs of great music

I was over at Small's Bar last night for the Duende!/Mostly Bears/Los Vikings Del Muerto
no cameras / no video interview - just out to see a good show for a change

If you missed the show (you all did) then you missed a good one....
The sound at Small's has to be the best in the city

LVDM was really tight and Mostly Bears put on this wacked out black light show

Had to skip on the Duende! show this time but we all know how they roll

Music aside -here is a good rendition to read from 53DT

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LIVE: Los Minstrels del Diablo - The Painted Lady Hamtramck - Fri Oct 31st 9pm

Check out one of the motorcity's best this Friday October 31st 9pm

Friday October 31st Halloween Night Costume Bash

The Painted Lady
2930 Jacob
Hamtramck MI

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FREE TICKETS: WINTERSLEEP - Magic Stick - Wed Oct 5th

FREE PAIR OF TICKETS for the 1st emailer who asks for them - happy monday!

Magic Stick Detroit
Wed November 5th
$10/$12 all ages show

On the heels of an incredible run of U.S. dates with Wolf Parade, Halifax’s - Wintersleep is traversing the country yet again. This time, they’re out with Portugal The Man and Earl Greyhound.

The tour hits Magic Stick in Detroit on November 5th and 39 other cities across the country in October and November. Show time is 8:00pm with tickets priced at $12.00 in advance and $14.00 day-of-show.

Critically acclaimed Halifax band Wintersleep has enjoyed a pretty amazing year thus far.

The band just wrapped up a run of U.S. dates with Wolf Parade and will release its third album Welcome to the Night Sky in the US on November 11th. Wintersleep kicked off 2008 by winning the Juno Award for Best New Artist and a MuchMusic Video Award for “Weighty Ghost”. Following the release of its 2005 self-titled sophomore album, Wintersleep spent months on the road touring through Canada, America and Europe. Upon return to their native Halifax, the band called upon veteran producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals), and retreated to the studio for April and May of 2007.

Welcome to the Night Sky reaches radical new territory for the band, and many critics have already hailed its ‘album of the year’ potential.

“Weighty Ghost” video:

Local musician composes for "Johnny Cash's America" documentary film

In case you missed it last week - there was a great documentary movie on the tube called "Johnny Cash's America"
Turns out that Dan John Miller of Detroit gothic country garage band Blanche served as Music Composer on the new documentary film which debuted on The Biography Channel this past thursday
The film screened nationwide in select cities last week and will be released on DVD on Oct. 28th by Sony/Legacy.Miller, also an actor, portrayed Cash's legendary guitarist Luther Perkins in the movie Walk The Line. He produced the music with David Feeny, and it is performed by Blanche and also features Kate Feeny and Lauren Semivan.


MCB-VIDEO: The Displays @ LJ's Lounge Detroit

MCB caught The Displays show at LJ's Lounge in Detroit last night...

If you havent seen them before - get out and do so ...they have a sound/soul well beyond their young years...old school raw detroit jams from the new schoolers - just the way we like it.

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PHOTOS: MADL Lift Detroit from RiazK

MCB's RiazK was over at the Lift Detroit MADL PBR Party in Royal Oak last night....

Lift is Metro Detroit's largest designer toy store.
check out Lift Detroit @

See more from RiazK -

Find them at 228 West 4th street in downtown Royal Oak // 248-545-5245

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SHOW TONIGHT! - Mostly Bears//Duende!//Los Vikings Del Muerto - SUNDAY OCT 26th -SMALLS BAR

Get on down to Small's tonight (Sun Oct 26th 2008) for a triple threat lineup
read all about it here


MCB was on the press pass this past Thursday for the MATISYAHU / FLOBOTS show at Fillmore Detroit - We have a VIDEO INTERVIEW on the way with MATISYAHU plus video show footage from both bands being processed and edited as we type...who else gets to shoot like this in a live nation show? WE DO! Check these awesome still shots from Scott Strelecki and come on back real soon for the video interviews/footage from the show!

See more from Scott Strelecki at the info below

Scott Strelecki

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PHOTOS: ANBERLIN @ Clutch Cargos by Scott Strelecki

MCB's Scott Strelecki was over at Clutch Cargos shooting the ANBERLIN show on Friday night and snagged these gems during a packed house that was going wild

See more from Scott Strelecki at the info below

Scott Strelecki

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The displays - LJ's Lounge Detroit - Sat Oct 25th 9pm

Speedy Greasy // The Displays
Saturday October 25th 9pm

LJ's Lounge
Michigan Ave.
Corktown Across from Train Station

another great kwame flyer!
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PHOTOS: Last Friday Night @ Crofoot/Pike/Vernors/Phonotropic/Mixonnia

MCB's RiazK was out at the Crofoot Complex last Friday night and here is a set that pretty much describes what that place is like every weekend....if you havent been out to the Pontiac staple...make the trip...its well worth it no matter what is going on.

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CIRCUS BOY - Stonehouse Bar Detroit - Sat Oct 25th

Are you heading to Theatre Bizarre this weekend? If so (or not) stop in over at MCB favorite The Stonehouse Bar just off W State Fair Dr and Ralston...head over early in the day and have some lunch....stay and drink some beers or a few shots....get so damn tanked that you forget to go to Theatre Bizarre and end up sticking around for the Circus Boy show happening around 10pm.....yeah!

Circus Boy
Saturday October 25th 2008

DETROIT, Michigan

The Halloween Horror Bang Mixtape Dance Party - The Blind Pig A2 - Sat Oct 25th

The Bang!
Saturday Oct 25, 2008 - 9:30 PM

Blind Pig
208 S.1st St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

On saturday October 25th, prepare yourself for the ultimate experience in grueling dancefloor gore in the getdown terror-zone - be afraid. be sexy. be horror. be ready for the most sexscarey dance dance night of your life as your 1 mixtape dance party shows you terror as you've seen before // at the blind pig. doors are at 9:30. arrive early. look evil spookysexy.
a bloody pit of dance horror. --- make song requests, see past bang! photos and posters and shout at the devil all at the
the bang! halloween horror!

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The Luckouts - new project from Liz Ruiner

Look for The Luckouts to start playing some shows soon around the motorcity scene
Its the new project from Liz Ruiner of The Ruiners/The Basements/Lizard

"...the Luckouts is my New Side Project- Matt Harbison is on Bass guitar, he has played in the Cavity Creeps-On Drums is Jim Faulkner, he also plays in the Winonnas, the Host, Velveteen Rabbit..On Guitar is Gary Chechak, he has played in Moisture and is a Former Lead guitar player from the Ruiners- We are working on some original songs that are kind of like Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/Pretenders/Ramones/& Iggy pop type of rock-Hopefully will have some songs recorded soon and start playing some shows....." - Liz Ruiner

Big thanks to LR for the info/update - keep your eyes out The Luckouts!

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