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PHOTOS: 32nd Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival by Brett Lawrence

MCB's LAWRENCEcreative was on a road trip to go see Jeff Tweedy perform and "I was able to gain Photo Access for the entire nights performances.Thank you Barb Authier at The Ark for the late notice request and permission.

Shot this for myself. eftheblog

The nights line-up (in no particular order) was as follows:Jim Lauderdale, MC of the EventThe RagbirdsChelsea WilliamsKatie HerzogJoe PugRyan Montbleau BandCarolina Chocolate DropsOld Crow Medicine Showand last but not least...Jeff Tweedy.
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Hamtramck Blowout Schedule 2009

1.Beard of Bees (headline)
3.Much Too Much

1.Timmy's Organism (headline)
2.The Rue Moor Counts

1.The Interrupted Lovers (headline)
2.Trick 9
3.The Codgers
4.The Straightbacks

1.The Dial Tones (headline)
3.Jesus Chainsaw Massacre
4.The Pantones

KofC Hall
1.The Silent Years (headline)
4.Rogue Satellites

KofC Lounge
1.Zoos of Berlin (headline)

3141(Locker Room)
1.Divine Comedians (ex dollfaces) (headline)
2.Steven and the Reelers
4.To the Bat Cave

New Dodge
1.Love Meets Lust (headline)
2.Marco Polio & the New Vaccines
3.Millions of Brazilians
4.Fields of Industry

Painted Lady
1.The Pizazz (headline)
2.The Plain Dealers

1.The Decks (headline)
2.The Prime Ministers
3.Last Tourist
4.The Darts

1.Mick Bassett & the Marthas (headline)
2.Solitary States
3.SikSik Nation
4.Firs and Spruces

Trowbridge House of Coffee
1.Sex Ghost! (headline)
2.Charlie Slick
3.Ms. Creme
4.Public Pubes

Whiskey in the Jar
1.Slow Giant (headline)
2.Lull Tucker
3.Wild Years
4.The Lessmores

1.Great Lakes Myth Society (headline)
2. Four-Hour Friends
3. Battling Siki
4. Matt Jones

1.Universal Temple of Divine Power (headline)
3.St. Thomas Boys
4.A Working Model

1.Circus Boy (headline)
2.I, Crime
3.Tone & Niche

1.Bill Bondsmen (headline)
2.The Crumz
3.The Cavity Creeps
4.Country Bob and the Bloodfarmers

1.The Hadituptoheres (headline)
3.Man at Arms
4.Elle and the Fonts

KofC Hall
1.The Dirtbombs (headline)
3.Terrible Twos
4.The Uproars

KofC Lounge
1.City Center (Fred Thomas of SLGTM) (headline)
2.Aran Ruth
3. Kelly Jean Caldwell
4.Allan James & the Cold Wave

3141(Locker Room)
1. Jason Croff Family Band (headline)
2.Switchblade Justice
3.The Mantons
4.Rachel and Junk

New Dodge
1.Broadzilla (headline)
2.Vivian George
3.The Tarkanians
4.The Detroit Pony Express

Painted Lady
1.Volebeats (headline)
2.Scarlet Oaks
3.Alan Scheurman
4.The Blueflowers

1.Dutch Pink (headline)
3.Jehovah's Witness Protection Program

1.The Grande Nationals (headline)
2.The High Strung
3.Running with Panthers

Trowbridge House of Coffee
1.Blackreign and Ohkang (headline)
2.Asylum 7
3.Madame XD

Whiskey in the Jar
1.Il Segreto String Quartet (headline)
2.Audra Kubat
3.Give Up Solution
4.Jeff St. John


1.Scotch Bonnet (headline)
2.Dale Beavers and Bootsey X
3.Black Jake & the Carnies
4.Blue Black Hours

1.The Swamp Sisters (headline)
2.Spitting Nickels
3.Doop & the Inside Outlaws
4.Old Empire

1.Friendly Foes (headline)
3.Lightning Love
4.Leaf Erikson

Cafe1923 (DAYTIME)Family Hootenany

1.Satori Circus (headline)
3.Caroline Striho
4.Romeo Flynns

1.Los Viking Del Muerto (headline)
2.Cougar the Tiger
3.The Meltdowns

KofC Hall
1.The Detroit Cobras (headline)
2.The Readies
3.The Magic Shop

KofC Lounge
1.Carjack. (headline)
3.Sisters Lucas
4.The Displays

3141(Locker Room)
1.The Mourning Voices (headline)
2.The Actor Repents
4.Motor City Sidestrokers

New Dodge
1.City Chicken Orchestra (headline)
2.Beverly Fresh
3.Jennie Knaggs and the Sure Shots
4. Rodriguez

Painted Lady
1.Druid Perfume (headline)
2.War. (Warn Defever)
4.Smashed Windows

1.Pinkeye w. John Sinclair (headline)
3.Oscillating Fan Club
4.Red China

1.Bluesong (headline)
4.I Speak in Calculus

Trowbridge House of Coffee
1.60 Second Crush (headline)
3.They Never Sleep
4.The Ruiners

Whiskey in the Jar
1.Jo Serrapere & Willie Dunns (headline)
2.Bone Orchard Revival
3.Misty Lynn & the Big Beautiful

A few extra saturday night events....Detroit Derby Girls vs St Louis // Class Three Overbite CD Release Show @ Smalls

Sat Jan 31, 2009 - doors open at 6:00PM
Game begins at 7:00PM
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Featured Charity: Alternatives for Girls
Entertainment by:The Streamliners, DJ Clark Eagling
and the Motor City Rah-Rahs
National Anthem: C-S#arp & Tiny Terror
Class Three Overbite CD Release Show
Saturday January 31st 2009
Smalls Bar Hamtramck
10339 Conant
w/The Vamps , Shaun Wise & MEGAWEEDGE


The Night Move Bus has something to say to you!

MCB gets these messages from The Night Move Bus every a sponser of TNM Detroit we here at MCB try to take a ride on it downtown as much as possible
Sometimes the Bus calls us up late at night after it has made all her rounds and wants us to come over and just talk - we keep telling her that we are married with children but she doesnt want to listen to any of that....

Reason #11 to ride the Night Move:

You can take the People Mover for FREE to Taste Pizzabar in Times Square!

Ask your driver for details. Mm, pizza...

What's your favorite reason to Night Move?

TGIF*, Night Movers!

Bus here, signing in.

Happy Friday!Looking for an excuse to ride the Night Move?Take a hint from Matt, our "Year of Free Bus" winner, and ride the Night Move down to the Detroit Roller Derby, to watch those roller girls kill St. Louis at the Masonic.
If you've never gone, now is certainly the time do it. Especially since you won't need a ride -- the Night Move's got you covered.
Get excited. Winter Blast is almost here! It's February 6-8, from 11am to 9pm. Come check out the Night Move booth for bus-shaped cookies, high-fives, and the latest issue of Ambassador magazine. AND enter our karaoke contest to win a FREE night at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, courtesy of Ambassador, MotorCity, and yours truly. Guess what song you'll have to sing to win? If you can't guess it, then we can't be friends. Just kidding, I still like you. While you're Blasting, be sure to check out Bar Blast Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm to 2am. Please note: the Night Move won't be running its regular route those nights in order to provide FREE transportation between stops on the Bar Blast pub crawl.If you haven't booked a spot on this weekend's Taste-full Tours "Culinary Road Trip," aboard the Night Move, then you're out of luck, kiddos. The BBQ and Beer Tour is SOLD OUT. You and your sweetheart should book in advance for the Valentine's Tour on February 14, or you could hit up the Grocery Tour on February 10. Check out Ese's write-up on for info, and then sign up on the Upcoming Tours page of their website. Don't miss out. Seriously.A couple more ins, outs, ups, and downs, per usual:

Looking for more reasons to ride the bus? Go to MotorCityBlog for Detroit's own anti-blog, always up to date on stuff you definitely need to know. And check out After 5 Detroit and Metromix for other fantastic excuses to ride the Night Move.

As always, flash your Night Move ticket to take advantage of this stuff:
$2 off of well drinks at Mosaic on Fridays

No cover at Fifth Avenue, plus Night Move drink specials
20% off your fare in a Michigan Green Cab

And remember: if you work at Moosejaw, Quicken, Google or ePrize, use your coupon code for a discount. Work somewhere else, but want your company to get a discount? Let us know, and we'll work something out.*Remember TGIF from when we were young and innocent? Full House, Boy Meets World and Step by Step all in one night?!

Those were the days...Good talk. See you out there!
Kisses,The Bus

"The Night Move Bus IS DETROIT"
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FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS landing in Detroit April 24th

For those of you who dig Flight of the Conchords,
featuring New Zealand comedy folk duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, they are set to perform at the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, April 24.

Flight of the Conchords’ comedy and acoustic folk music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American television series on HBO in 2007, also called Flight of the Concords.

Tickets ($38.50) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, February 6th 2009 so if you dig these guys get ready to cough it up for a good laugh.

Isnt that the marco polio and the new vaccines in disguise?

32nd Ann Arbor Folk Festival - TONIGHT!!!

featuring Jeff Tweedy and Old Crow Medicine Show

Show starts at 6:30 pm
Doors open at 6 pm

"A fundraiser for The Ark"

The Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark,
will celebrate its 32nd year with some of the
finest in traditional and contemporary artists.
The Festival returns to Hill Auditorium
for two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music
on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31,
beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.
Line up for Friday, January 30
Jeff Tweedy
Old Crow Medicine Show
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Ryan Montbleau Band
Katie Herzig
Chelsea Williams
The Ragbirds
Joe Pug
Jim Lauderdale, MC

FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD: Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship - TONIGHT @ PHONOTROPIC - Crofoot Pontiac - Fri Jan 30th 2009

Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship plays tonight at PHONOTROPIC - Vernors Room inside the Crofoot Complex out in Pontiac....they have released a new record on RARC and its available for download just for you for to some and not to others - get to double clicking

Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship is the duo of Trevor Naud and Little TommyDaniels, both of Pas/Cal. LTD drums, and Naud layers on the guitar,atmospherics and ghostly vocals.
Their self-titled debut album --available for a limited time as a free download from Romantic AirRecording Company -- is a series of mysterious, dizzying avant-popvignettes.

FREE CDs: Circus Boy & The Ruiners

Last Saturday night we managed to squeeze in some Circus Boy and Ruiners and both bands gave us a couple of freebies to give away to you - the lovely readers of MCB...

If you know anything about motorcity music then you know who these bands are and if not well here is your chance to open up those eyes and ears to some great detroit music.

1st emailer gets the goods -

The Ruiners played 3 or 4 songs from the upcoming new record and I have to say they are one of the funnest bands in town - just pure detroit rock and roll - the new CD is going to kick some ass and make you shake yours ...

Circus Boy finally have the new CD available and its great - they always put on a great show and they will be out playing the new songs from "Are You For Real" over the next few months
Go check them out!

More downloads to drop before skipping town

A new name to some of you, probable underground heroes to many, Manchester's (We Are) Performance are returning in 2009 armed with some of the most undeniably brilliant pop songs you'll be lucky enough to hear all year. A bold claim we know, but this is one claim we've 100% faith in, such is the quality of album that's been on our office stereo this week

The first evidence of this brilliance is available now, with the track 'Let's Start' available to download completely free. Further evidence will also be audible when the band play their first London headline show of the year at 93 Feet East this coming Thursday (January 29th).

2009 looks set to be an exciting year for (We Are) Performance, and it's not just about the music. Frontman Joe Stretch's first novel 'Friction' was published last year to cult success and critical acclaim, and his second novel 'Wildlife' (Vintage) is released on March 5th. Bassist/Programmer Joe Cross is making a name for himself as one of Manchester's most exciting remixers, working with bands like Daggers and The Whip, while sisters Laura and Hilary Marsden continue to promote some of Manchester biggest club nights.

The band also feature in the film 'Unmade Beds', which is tipped to be one of the highlights of this year's Sundance Film Festival.

If we had our way here at MCB, every child would be weaned on Jagger, The Kinks and The Clash. Just ask Inward Eye, a troupe of three brothers — Dave (vocals/bass), Kyle (guitar/vocals), and Anders Erickson (drums) – what cutting your teeth on the classics does for you. At 5 years old, the Erickson brood would dance around in their underwear to their dad’s old vinyl of “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out,” and it still shows some 20 years later. As Inward Eye, the brothers craft snarling, revved-up rock music that could get comfy on a playlist from any era. Their eponymous debut is a front-to-back study in rebellion and high-voltage swagger.

download MP3: "Shame"


freeeee copy of the new EP to the 4th emailer

Antony asked his friends the Wachowski Brothers to work with him on a video for his new single "Epilepsy is Dancing". They in turn invited painters Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paradiso to create costumes and a mystical environment and choreographer Sean Dorsey and his dancers to bring the dream sequence to life. Antony's artistic partner Johanna Constantine stars as herself in the role of "Deer Monster". The video was lit and shot by the up-and-coming directors of photography, Chris Blasingame and Banker White, and produced by Jim Jerome. The production team collectively named themselves AFAS.
Please enjoy the fruits of their San Francisco art party.

The video premiered a few days ago on

Antony and the Johnsons’ highly anticipated album, “The Crying Light”, is released last week in the US by Secretly Canadian and is available in Europe and the UK on Rough Trade.
Kemado Records is proud to announce the latest release from renowned Boston singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler: Little Hells.

On her fourth solo album, to be released on March 3, Marissa Nadler finds multiple ways to envelop the listener in splendid gauzy moods without becoming monochromatic.

“The songs take on different personalities at different points in time,” says Nadler. “If a song is good, you should be able to do it in any style and transform it, take a risk and have some fun."

DOWNLOAD "RIVER OF DIRT" FROM LITTLE HELLS is giving away a track from The Answer’s upcoming FULL length album, Everyday Demons. Download the track experience the awesomeness that is The Answer.

My view for the next 2 weeks

Ol' Man Winter got you down? Just Curl Up & Dye!!

"helping detroiters look like detroiters"
Check out Curl Up & Dye in the Cass Corridor for the total hook up
4215 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI
Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 9pm
Friday 10am - 6pm

They can cut, color, chop, style, blow, tame, trim, tint, curl up & dye ALL types of hair
manicures, pedicures, eye brow sculpting and massage therapy!!!

"Kill Audio" toy signing @ LIFT DETROIT - Sat Jan 31st 2-4pm

(in Royal Oak fools!)

Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria
will be signing his new "Kill Audio" vinyl toy.
Limit 1 per customer
The festivities start at 2:30 and go till 4.

The figure is $50 and supplies are limited
so hurry and get you before we sell out!

Closing Reception - Winners to be Announced @ CPOP Gallery's Cpoportunity2 - Sat Jan 31st

©POP Gallery’s Second All-Media Exhibition
For New And Exciting Artists!
©POP is extremely excited to announce the 4 winning participants of ©POPpor2nity 2008at the Closing Reception on Saturday, January 31, from 7PM - 11PM.

©POPpor2nity – The second groundbreaking, all-media exhibition for all artists who have never shown at ©POP before concludes by announcing the four winning participants at a gala Closing Reception on Saturday, January 31 from 7 PM until 10 PM. These four out of almost one hundred participating artists will earn a place in the as yet untitled “showcase of champions” exhibition to be held at the storied Detroit gallery in April of this year.
Like the first ©POPpor2nity in March of 2007, submissions were culled primarily over the internet through social networks like, MySpace, Craigslist and, and once again ©POP has received nearly a hundred submissions from everywhere in the US as well as Turkey, Greece and Canada to name but three of the many countries where ©Pop is well known.

The participants will be judged by a panel of 10 locally and internationally renowned artists, media folk and celebrities with the winners to be featured in their own 4-person “showcase of champions” exhibition in April at the storied Detroit gallery. A few of the judges are: Artist/Chantuese Niagara, Murdercap Records impresario, Jerome Almon, DEMF Founder and global events producer, Carol Marvin, Musician/art collector, Ken Stanley & Dirty Show Head-Honcho, Jerry Vile and ©POP’s own Tom Thewes.

Some of this years confirmed artists include, Brandi Read, Kelley O’Hara, Jeff Van Buskirk, Nina Friday, Lisolette Gilchrist, Bruce Finsilver, Rudy Fig, William Roberts, Lisa Goedert, Maria Reiter, Kostas Mistilis, Greg Loselle, Kevin Bourgeois, Ryan Cronin, Tony Roko, Patrick Harris, Nick Fisher, Audra McKean, Dale Drieling, Dennis Jacobs, Joshua Gaudette, Daniel Pearson and Matthew Martin who was a judge last year, but oddly has never before shown at ©POP.
The following is a video of the first ©POPportunity winners’ exhibit entitled,

©POP Gallery is located at 4160 Woodward Detroit, MI 48226.Phone us at (313) 833-9901, contact us by email at or visit us on-line at .

FREE TICKETS: Mitten Movie Project @ Main Art Theatre - Tue Feb 3rd 2009 7pm

email us for this months pair of free tickets to MMP -
5th emailer gets the freebies - need your full name for will call list


It’s documentaries and animations this month at the February 3rd Mitten Movie Project (with a couple narrative shorts sprinkled in). Headlining the night on the documentary side is “It All Adds Up,” the latest production by Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Sue Marx, along with Detroit filmmakers Bob Berg and Allyson Rockwell. “It All Adds Up” showcases the story of Wayne State University’s Math Corps, a program that has helped thousands of Detroit inner-city school children become math whizzes and ultimately graduate from both high school and college.

Conceived by Wayne State faculty members Steve Kahn and Leonard Boehm in 1992, the Math Corps model is predicated on a simple concept: create a nurturing, supportive environment where students are held to a standard of excellence by both adult professional instructors and their older peer mentors. The concept works. Students entering the Math Corps with low math skills (30 percentile) raise their score to the 90 percentile in just six weeks. Since 1995, an estimated 90 percent of Math Corps students have graduated from high school. An extraordinary 80 percent have gone on to college.

“Parents, teachers and school administrators in every city need to see this film,” said Marx, who spent nearly two years researching and shooting the documentary. “The founders of Math Corps, Steve Kahn and Leonard Boehm, are my heroes as are the children they teach. Sure, members of the Math Corps are passionate about helping each other – in school and in life.”

Headlining the animation side of this month’s Mitten Movie Project is the latest claymation short from filmmakers Tom Gurisko and John Mollon. Painstaking to make and cleverly written, this installment in the Snippy series follows Snippy during the holiday festivities as he deals with the effects of alcohol.

Gurisko and Mollon were also the recipients of the Audience Choice Award at December 2008’s Best of the Mitten Movie Project for their kitchen safety short, “Snippy.” Gurisko was “totally taken off guard, very surprised and encouraged” at receiving the Audience Choice Award, an award that beat out 123 other short films that screened at the Mitten Movie Project from Nov 2007 to Oct 2008. “In a town like Detroit, it’s so hard to find people interested in making films and completing them. The Mitten Movie Project is a great venue for struggling, aspiring filimmakers to get an audience and real feedback,” Gurisko said after receiving the award.

In other Mitten Movie Project news, the November 11th Zombie Night was a near sellout with over 260 zombie enthusiasts packing the house at the Main Art Theatre.

The Mitten Movie Project is a monthly film night dedicated to screening independent films the first Tuesday of every month at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak. Presale tickets are available for $8 at Tickets at the door are $10. A pre-screening reception starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Art lobby where moviegoers can mingle with the directors, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. After the screening, a Q&A session will be conducted with the filmmakers in the theatre. An afterglow party will be held at Mr. B’s Pub (215 S. Main Street – 2 blocks south of the Main Art Theatre) to end the night’s activities.


Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak, MI - 7:30 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets $8 at , Door $10

The Mitten Movie Project is a monthly film night dedicated to screening independent films the first Tuesday of every month at the Main Art Theatre (118 N. Main Street, Royal oak, MI 48067). Presale tickets are available for $8 at Tickets at the door are $10. A pre-screening reception starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Art lobby where moviegoers can mingle with the directors, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. After the screening, a Q&A session will be conducted with the filmmakers in the theatre. An afterglow party will be held at Mr. B’s (215 S. Main Street) to end the night’s activities.

FINAL LINEUP. Total running time: 1 hr, 42 mins. In order of screening:

LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON-DOG: A SOUTH POLE DIARY [trailer] – Directed by Paul Daniels (01:00) (Antarctica) Moon-Dog captures the winter over the life of 15 scientists and 35 crew members at the U.S. Antarctic research station “South Pole,” located on the harshest continent on the planet. A combination of -100F temperatures, fierce storms, hypoxia, stress and the unexpected illness of the station’s doctor all conspire to push people to their limits.

CROSS SWORDS – Directed by Bradley Jones (04:14) (Michigan) Japanese "chambara" films were movies that exploit the tales of the mysterious. They often depicted Samurai or Ninja in crucial times of their lives. Cross Swords is a story of two men with no explained history or relationship engaging in a fight to the death.

LE DERRIERE – Directed by Steven Karageanes (09:18) (Michigan) Annie is a theatrical star who discovered she's been replaced on stage (and off) by a younger starlet. Annie then learns her producer, who fathered her child, is behind it all. Annie confronts her rival on stage, where they both realize who the true enemy is.

STICKY FINGERS - Bargain Basement Productions (03:20) (Michigan) Written and Directed by Jason Roth. Guy is fed up with his job. But quitting may be more difficult than he thought! Rockabilly animation at it's most, um... billy...

978 E. WOODRUFF – Directed by Jeremy Stefanski (12:38) (Michigan) A hitman’s recurring dream.

IWO JIMA DIARY - Directed by Michael Pfaendtner (23:00) (Michigan) Part character study, part oral history, Iwo Jima Diary uses the cartoon drawings of 84-year-old Edward “Mort” Denell to dramatically illustrate his combat experiences as a Marine in the closing months of World War II. With excerpts taken from Denell’s combat journal, the story develops into a chronological tale of bloody invasions, differing battle tactics and terrifying accounts of hand-to-hand combat with Japanese soldiers. The story also weaves in several humorous anecdotes and the close calls and near misses that nearly all soldiers experience on the battlefield. Iwo Jima Diary is told in Mort Denell’s own words, both on camera and as narrator.

FEET – Directed by Natalie Milbrodt (13:00) (Michigan/New York) Meet several people with little in common besides an unusual interest in feet. A podiatrist, a shoe fetishist, a reflexology expert, a podophobic, a yoga instructor, an artist with severely injured feet, a cultural historian, a pedicurist and a neuro-psychologist, join with others in a lively conversation about the very bottom of our bodies.

GHOST WIRING – Directed by David Moroski (03:00) (Michigan) Neko Case’s haunting music, lyrics and vocals provide the inspiration for this “Folk Art Animation” film about the introspective dialogue between an adult and her childhood memories. Created and animated by David Moroski.

IT ALL ADDS UP – Sue Marx Films (30:00) (Michigan) In 1992, a small group of Wayne State University faculty members developed a program where college students along with Detroit high school and middle school kids teach and learn vital skills in math – and in life. The results after 16 years are astonishing. Thousands of Detroit’s inner-city kids have graduated from high school and gone on to college. This upbeat documentary showcases the teathcers and students whose lives have been changed forever.

SNIPPY’S NEW YEAR - Skeletons in the Closet Films (02:42) (Michigan) Written, directed and animated by Tom Gurisko and John Mollon. Snippy takes a closer look at the effect alcohol has on holiday festivities.

The Academy Award Short Films Series @ DFT Feb 6-7-8-14-15

The Academy Award Short Films Series @ Detroit Film Theatre

Feb. 6-7-8
Fri. & Sat. @ 7:00
Sun. @ 4:00

Feb. 14-15
Sat. @ 9:00
Sun. @ 4:00

The Academy Award® short-film nominees are traditionally among the year's most creative and surprising films of any kind, yet they're also the most difficult to find. Back by popular demand, the DFT will present them all in one eye-popping program, with a brief intermission between the animated and live-action categories. Here's your ticket to a satisfying banquet of Oscar® nominated short films, as well as your chance to predict the winners before the awards are handed out on February 22nd!

Note: The first portion of the program will consist of the five nominees in the animation category, plus a few surprise bonus films. The animation program will run approximately 80 minutes and is suitable for persons under 18. The live action shorts - the final half of the program - are recommended for adult audiences only.


Lavatory Love Story - dir. Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi - dir. Julien BocabeilleLe Maison en Petits Cubes - dir. Kunio Kato
This Way Up - dirs. Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith
Presto - dir. Doug Sweetland
Estimated Animation Running Time: 80 min


Auf Der Strecke (On the Line) - dir. Reto Caffi
New Boy - dir. Steph Green
Toyland - dir. Jochen Freydank
The Pig - dirs. Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
Manon on the Asphalt - dirs. Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
Estimated Live Action Running Time: 94 min

FUNK NIGHT DETROIT - Scrummage Insurance Agency - Fri Jan 30th

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PHOTOS: Scott Weiland @ St Andrews Hall Detroit by Diana Price

MCB's Diana Price was able up close and personal with Scott Weiland
this past Thursday night over at St Andrews Hall in Detroit

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MCB-VIDEO: Sugarcoats @ LJ's Lounge Dietroit Jan 2009

MCB was hit up last Saturday about a last minute show from the Sugarcoats
over at our favorite corktown watering hole - LJ's Lounge....
so we made our way over to the show starting at Memphis Smoke in RO -
then over to The New Way Bar to catch Circus Boy
followed up by cruising eastside for Madame XD at Cadieux Cafe
then racing over to corktown
(stopping in for a quick dose of metal night at Lager House)
for Sugarcoats who put on a great show -
after 4 songs we jumped back in the MCB Challenger
and headed back to Ferndale for the end of the Ruiners set at New Way Bar

the quality of this video speaks for itself - we dont care
LJs has terrible lighting and being jammed up next to the speaker doesnt help the sound quality but you'll get the drift - these guys are rock and you will be seeing a lot more from them
Check out the Sugarcoats real soon
these guys really know how to bring it on.

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FREE CD & MP3: Heartless Bastards "The Mountain"

Ohio rock trio Heartless Bastards return with their third album
The Mountain
on February 3 via Fat Possum.
Following the critical acclaim of their two previous albums Stairs and Elevators and All This Time, fans have a lot to look forward to ....
(if you send an email without a mailing address
we delete your email even if you are the 3rd one)

Check out this previously unreleased footage of Heartless Bastards

As always, Erika and the band are rocking hard, but this gives you an idea of what to expect from Heartless Bastards at SXSW as well as the rest of their national tour.
Check the updated schedule here:
01.30.09 - Young Ave Deli - Memphis, TN *
01.31.09 - Martyr’s - Chicago, IL *
02.03.09 - Great Scott - Boston, MA *
02.04.09 - Maxwell’s - Hoboken, NJ *
02.05.09 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA +
02.06.09 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY +
02.07.09 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY +
02.11.09 - Gravity Lounge - Charlottesville, VA *
02.12.09 - Bottle Tree - Birmingham, AL *
02.13.09 - Government Street Grocery - Ocean Springs, MS *
02.14.09 - Last Concert Café - Houston, TX *
02.26.09 - Sam’s Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX *
02.27.09 - Langhorn Saloon - Fort Worth, TX *
02.28.09 - Hailey’s - Denton, TX *
03.15.09 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO @
03.16.09 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS @
03.17.09 - Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, OK @
03.18.09 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.19.09 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.20.09 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.21.09 - House of Blues - Houston, TX @
03.23.09 - The Lyric - Oxford, MS @
03.25.09 - Madison Theater - Cincinnati, OH *
03.27.09 - Webster Hall - New York, NY #
03.28.09 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA #
03.29.09 - Mr. Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA #
03.30.09 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH #
04.01.09 - St. Andrew’s Hall - Detroit, MI #
04.02.09 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI #
04.03.09 - The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL #
04.04.09 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN #
04.07.09 - The Warehouse - Calgary, AB #
04.08.09 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB #
04.10.09 - Plaza Club - Vancouver, BC #
04.11.09 - Crocodile Café - Seattle, WA *
04.13.09 - Berbati’s Pan - Portland, OR #
04.15.09 - The Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA #
04.16.09 - Slim’s - San Francisco, CA #
04.21.09 - The Clubhouse - Phoenix, AZ #
04.22.09 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM #
04.23.09 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO #
04.24.09 - Gothic Theater - Denver, CO #
04.25.09 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO #
04.28.09 - Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX #
04.29.09 - Antone’s - Austin, TX #
05.02.09 - The State Theatre - Tampa, FL #
05.03.09 - The Social - Orlando, FL #

* Heartless Bastards headlining
+ Show with The Black Keys
@ Show with Andrew Bird
# Show with Gaslight Anthem

FROSTFEST - A Night of Punk Rock - The Ritz - Sat Jan 31st

The Crooks - Corktown Tavern - Fri Jan 30th

This Friday night if you want to see some great guitar work
get on over to the Corktown Tavern to check out

The Crooks & CETAN CLAWSON Revolution

Corktown Tavern
1716 Michigan Ave.
Detroit Mi


PHOTOS: Trick9 @ Northern Lights Lounge by Lawrence Creative

MCB's Brett Lawrence wouldn't miss the debut of TRICK9
who kicked some ass down at Northern Lights Lounge this past weekend.
Take 3 ex-Badways, 1 Desolation Angel, and hot rocker chick Kate...
and you've got Trick9.
Better than before.

PHOTOS: Lola Morales at The Whitney's GHOSTBAR by Amy Palomar

MCB's Amy Palomar was chilling at the semi-new GHOSTBAR
for the latin jazz show thrown down by MCB fav Lola Morales.....nice!

Check out more MCB-VIDEOs here

Night of Knockouts 4 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Sat Jan 31st

Night of Knockouts IV
Pro Boxing 4
Saturday January 31st 2009
Doors: 8:00pm, All Ages Welcome
Tickets: Reserved Seating - $500, $60, $50, $40, $30
Royal Oak Music Theatre is host once again to the return
of a regular professional boxing night here in the motorcity
....more details to follow on the card ASAP

Check out MOTORCITYFLICKS for the real deal on the film industry here in Detroit

You have been hearing all over the place how Detroit is the new Hollywood right?

Well there is a website right here in town that is all over that like the last "bagel buddy" over at Clint Eastwood's STARWAGONZ trailer....
Check them out to get the latest dish on all the happenings around town that have to do the movie industry...take it from someone who worked in the business for over 20 years - MOTORCITYFLICKS is on the ball - now thats the Reel Detroit.

Cowboy Messiah - The Belmont Hamtramck - Sat Jan 31st

Cowboy Messiah
Saturday January 31st 2009

Official DETROIT DERBY GIRLS After Party

The Belmont 10215 Joseph Campau Hamtramck MI

wsg/ HAF/LIFE ~ ALL ABOUT THE FIRE & TONE ARM! Dance the night away with DJ CLARK EAGLE! Wholly Wow, Batmonkey!

ALL THE COOL KIDS WILL BE AT THIS SHOW, (you should come too).

Free admission with Detroit Derby Girls ticket stub.


ONLY $5 at the door. ($15 in advance)

Vintage Photo Set from MCB's RiazK of Cowboy Messiah at Hard Rock Cafe

Atmosphere by Auralgasms - Proof Martini Lounge Detroit - Thu Jan 28th

Join us Thursday January 29th at Proof Martini Lounge in Downtown Detroit for a truly unique event. You won't be hearing the same old tired tunes that other DJ's play, drinking the same watered down beers and well drinks and screaming over the music to hear your friends.
Atmosphere is the Alternative to those nights.

DJ's Zumby and MikeyLove and will be spinning their blend of Dreampop, Britpop, Triphop, Shoegaze and Electronica (think: Sigur Ros, Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Esthero, Saint Etienne, Massive Attack, Hooverphonic, The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Wolfsheim, Catherine Wheel, Ride, Slowdive and more)
We will also have a special guest DJ for the evening.
DJ Deornight will be spinning his flavor of the bliss in a set you won't want to miss!!
We'd like you to feel a sense of ownership in our monthly Atmosphere events.
Stop by the DJ Booth to introduce yourself and fill us in on the type of music you and your friends would like to hear or any interesting ideas you may have for future event promotions.
Check out now!

PHOTOS: Archetype/Core Effect/Chaos Theory/Cybertrybe/Powerman 5000 by Lawrence Creative

MCB's Brett Lawrence was out in Mt Clemens last Sunday
to cover the Cybertrybe / Powerman 5000 show at Emerald Theatre
check out these killer shots from the show above


The Iguanas - The Ark - Mon Feb 2nd

The IGUANAS are coming to Ann Arbor

New Orleans’ eclectic sons The Iguanas are back with their post-Katrina ode to love, loss and the city they call home.
Derailed by a hurricane and scattered to the four winds, The Iguanas fought through hell and high water (literally) to complete If You Should Ever Fall On Hard Times, their first album in five years.
Not since the stone-cold classic Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart in 2003 has the world heard the simmering blend of roots, swamp pop, tex-mex and rock that The Iguanas have perfected over the past decade. Much of IYSEFOHT was written while the band relocated to Austin, TX as a result of the storm but was recorded in New Orleans – the city that inspires them, the city that moves them, the city they call home.
After the storm it’s been said that the dance floors are dirtier, the nights are hotter and the drinks stronger, but then again, that’s how the Iguanas like it.

Monday February 2nd 2009

The Ark
316 S. Main
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

MP3 Mondays on MOTORCITYBLOG (ok - so its late already)

After 7 long years away from family, friends, and the world at large, John Forte' is home, writing, recording new music and embracing life again. Today marks the debut of his new bi-weekly column for The Daily Beast, with his note “First Day Out of Prison.”

Accompanying the post is video footage of Forté’s first day home – “Morning One” – along with a new song, “Life Has Just Begun” which you can check out here. Fans of Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer John Forté, know him best for his work with the multi-platinum group “The Fugees” and for two solo albums, PolySci (Columbia; 1998) and I, John (Transparent; 2002), which featured guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Esthero and Tricky, and included a duet with famed singer/songwriter Carly Simon on the song “Been There, Done That.” A classically-trained violinist and graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Forté recorded his last album while under house arrest awaiting trial; the album was released just as he was being sent to prison.

On November 24, 2008, Forté was granted a commutation by President George W. Bush after having served more than seven years of a fourteen-year federal prison sentence. Those who campaigned on his behalf include Carly Simon and Senator Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah.

On December 22, 2008, Forte walked out of Fort Dix Correctional Institution to resume his life and tell his story through music, film and prose. As noted in “First Day Out of Prison,” Forté wasted no time in returning to the studio – he was there by nightfall on his first day home, eager to begin recording the dozens of songs he’s written over the past few years, and being joined by many friends and fellow musicians. One of the first to drop in and drop guest vocals was Talib Kweli, who helped John celebrate his newfound freedom with “Homecoming”, featuring Kanye West on the backing track.

Check out a behind the scenes video of the recording of Homecoming, in which Talib discusses the borough from which he and his childhood friend, Forté, were raised, while Forté brings a broader frame of reference to the meaning of “home.” Bloggers and fans, we invite you to post and share the MP3 and videos to help us celebrate John’s homecoming!

Forté’s column for The Daily Beast will cover everyday matters through the eyes of a man who has been removed from everyday matters for so long. While working on his album and other projects, Forté is also working with at-risk youth through organizations such as “In Arms’ Reach,” a community-based arts, counseling and mentoring program for the children of incarcerated parents.

**Fake Shark Real Zombie

Download the Kevvy Mental (singer of FSRZ) remix of 16mm’s “SOS” here:

The Vancouver-based rock act, FAKE SHARK REAL ZOMBIE, has been busy over the past few months. Not only have they recently released a new digital EP (Angel Lust, January 9th), but the band members have also found themselves promoting their careers outside of FSRZ.

The band is releasing remixed versions of three of the songs. Portishead has remixed their tune Sour Times, while Ghost Frequency has a remix of the single Angel Lust, and lead singer, Kevin James Maher, AKA Kevvy Mental remixed 16mm.

They may have cribbed their name from a 1891 Thomas Hardy novel, and Chart Attack might have called them “rock music for smart people,” but there’s nothing egghead-y about The D’Urbervilles, a couple of pals that started a band for drink tickets and rock shows then wound up winning over critics everywhere from New Brunswick to New York. Following a self-financed EP and tours with Canadian heavyweights like Malajube and You Say Party! We Say Die!, the band bowed with their debut full-length, We Are The Hunters, a post-punky slab of anthemic guitar revelry on the Out Of This Spark label in 2008.

MP3: "Hot Tips"

Later this month the band will celebrate the Out Of This Spark Anniversary at the Tranazac in Toronto and the Albion Hotel in Guelph, along with Forest City Lovers, Timber Timbre and Jenny Omnichord. It’s a momentous start to a 2009 that’ll prove mighty eventful for the D’Urbs, currently hard at work on a follow up to We Are The Hunters.

Keep It Hid out February 10th on Nonesuch

On his solo debut, Black Keys singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach takes a simple approach: “I just wanted to do the things I loved.” For Auerbach, that means combining elements of bluegrass a la the Stanley Brothers, mournful country balladry, Memphis-style R&B, fuzzed-out psychedelic rock and low-down blues on this collection of 14 original tunes, which Auerbach self produced and recorded with friends and family at his newly built studio, Akron Analog.
“It’s all just soul music,” he says, and Keep It Hid is soulful indeed.


As a songwriter, Auerbach likes to prowl the dark end of the street; his gritty, impassioned vocals lend dramatic heft to these tales of romantic betrayal and suspicious minds. For this Akron, Ohio native, his state has always been blue.
Auerbach, like a more roots-oriented version of Tom Waits, mixes black humor with genuine poignancy in his lyrics and concocts some artfully oddball arrangements. He likes to crank it up on tracks like “I Want Some More” and the Bo Diddley beat-driven “Street Walkin’.”
But he isn’t afraid to keep things gentler, more intimate on songs like the aching, acoustic-blues opener, “Trouble Weighs A Ton,” and the unabashedly sweet “When the Night Comes,” a duet with protégé Jessica Lea Mayfield, possessed of a voice as full of character as Auerbach’s own (and a fellow Ohioan whose abum was recorded in Aerbach's studio). “My Last Mistake,” despite its morose words, has the happy pop swing of a classic Sir Douglas Quintet track, with just the rollicking organ missing.

The Black Keys are revered for their “two-man stomp,” as Auerbach calls it.
On his solo disc, though, Auerbach goes in a more expansive direction, working with a full band and tackling a wide variety of instruments himself. With engineer Mark Neill, he employed analog gear to record and mix. In fact, “Whispered Words,” which Auerbach co-wrote with his dad, was cut in mono. Vintage effects, however, are a means, not an end, helping Auerbach get down on tape the remarkable sounds mixing it up in his head 24/7. He’s planning to get those tunes on the road, too, embarking on his first solo national tour this February, backed by Hacienda, an Austin band he’s long admired, who will also serve as support act, along with Those Darlins.

2008 was a busy year for And Then There Were None. After a line up change, the addition of new members and a new sound, ATTWN is back and better than ever. Once known for boasting metal riffs and killer breakdowns, ATTWN has been reinvented, mixing euro-dance beats with a punk-rock backbone and ethic. Frontman Matt Rhoades comments, "Eventually I ran out of ideas for writing metal music and began to write what came more naturally. To me, dance music is positive, and still incredibly emotionally based. There are no rules or norms and this allowed me more creative freedom in the writing process. I finally feel as though ATTWN has found its own unique sound."

What separates ATTWN from its peers is the passion and moral behind the music. Unafraid to bring ethics and a message back into the music world, And Then There Were None has made it a mission to be heard. Not only is every member a vegetarian, but ATTWN has partnered up with Peta2 to educate and enlighten fans. "When I was growing up in the music scene, bands were passionate and had a message. You couldn't go to a show without being handed a pamphlet, or exposed to some sort of leftist activism. I feel like that 'punk' ethic has been absent over the years, and it only seems natural to stand for a cause. Furthermore, the unnecessary killing of animals for food is not only disgusting, but wrong. We all strongly believe in speaking out for animals, and refuse to be silenced to please the general public," says Rhoades. Bringing back the punk moral, ATTWN proudly sets up a table of Peta pamphlets and booklets, as well as stickers and promotional materials to inform fans. The band believes education is the first step to change, and is doing all they can to make a difference.

So what's next for ATTWN? Fans can expect a full-length album full-length record, "Who Speaks for Planet Earth?" available EVERYWHERE on February 24th 2009. The record contains 11 tracks produced by Matt Rhoades / Sean Sweeney and mixed by J.R. McNeely and David Bendeth. "I believe our inexperience brought an angelic quality to the record," says Matt. The result is a full-length full of passion, and sincerity, masked by fun, uplifting dance beats, sure to please.
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