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MCB-VIDEO: Ro Spit at Detroit Institute of Arts Interview & Live Footage by Nardo

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Last month I got a chance to sit with Ro Spit co-owner of Burn Rubber Detroit at the DIA to talk about his song with Monica Blaire (Renaissance State of Mind), Burn Rubber and, of course, Detroit!
*Check out what went down right here*

MCB has a pair of tickets to "The Already Home Show" & a signed copy of his latest CD to give away thanks to Ro Spit
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“Ro Spit Knows”
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The Already Home Show

February 5, 2010

iLounge (Clutch Cargo's basement)
Pontiac, Michigan


Ro Spit w/ Gorilla Funk Mob LIVE at iLounge in Pontiac on Feb 5th. Special Guests include: One.Be.Lo, Jwan, Earl Mac, Yung Good with sounds by DJ Ray and hosted by Cliff Skighwalker.

iLounge 65 East Huron St. Pontiac,MI 4834265 East Huron St. Pontiac,MI 48342

18+ tickets are available at Burn Rubber!

Burn Rubber 10

The tickets are $12 and $1 will go to Haiti benefit. Cop them at Burn Rubber. 202 W.Fourth St. Royal Oak, MI 48067

Burn Rubber

Official Website

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Download “The OH S#!T Project” by: Ro Spit

photos by MCB's Amy Palomar

PHOTOS: Central United Methodist Church Detroit - Jesse Jackson visit

Central United Methodist Church Detroit celebrates its 200th year Anniversary/Bicentennial with year long events. History happening right in front of you

Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody

...w/Oblisk, Solar Temple Cult

Another great night at PJ's Lager House with Oblisk and Solar Temple Cult opening for Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody.

PHOTOS: Karalavara @ Smalls Hamtramck by Dan Sultana

MCB's Dan Sultana was down for the Karalavara show at Small's
this past Friday and tore it up just like the bands did....
Catch more from DanS here

MCB Detroit Artist Spotlight: Nick Adams, The Dirty Show 2010; by Riaz K

MCB sent out a little message through its grapevine recently for artists taking part in the upcoming Dirty Show to stand up and get noticed. Nick, being showcased for the first time at this exclusive annual art event, agreed to a photo session and an anti-interview with Detroit's only muthafuckin anti-blog.

Nick is 23 years old and has studied print-making for four years. The piece that has been accepted at The Dirty Show, is called "Breach" - an abstraction that winks suggestively at the subtle sexual tension that lies in the underbelly of 'respectable' society.


Detroit Rock for Haiti - Night One

The Detroit Rock for Haiti benefit's first night of concerts turned out to contain both a great list of bands and for a great cause. Set up so that they music never stopped, the night consisted of 11 bands non-stop from about 8.30pm - 1am. Check out night two of the Haiti benefit tonight at the Magic Stick!
Bands: Designasaur, The Handgrenades, The Cold Wave, Fawn, Black Jake and the Carnies, Old Empire, Charlie Slick, Secret Twins, Four Hour Friends, Copper Thieves and the Friendly Foes.

PHOTOS: The Beggars @ New Way Bar 1-29 by RebeccaMich

PHOTOS: Sebastian Bach @ The Blind Dog, Windsor, ON 1/29/2010

Former Skid Row front man, Sebastian Bach, rocked the house last night at The Blind Dog in Windsor, Ontario. Photos by MCB photographer, Gene Schilling.

Something Like A War (SLAW) by John Kalogerakos

Enjoy this weeks edition of SLAW with your new cartoon favorites

Evans and English

As they discuss the making and breaking of new years resolutions

You know you made them

but did you break them?
Evans & English break the
"no visits to 8 mile strip clubs" resolution

Hamtramck Blowout schedule not a factor

I moved back here in 2003 and really thought the Blowout was one of the funnest few days I had for a few years
It was pretty diverse and the shows I happened to attend had large signs that read

after MCB's mini fiasco last year that cost me an additional $140 thanks to the MT staff who wouldn't transfer a photographers bracelets I am unsure if we are going to even cover the blowout at all

out of all of our peeps we have 7 photo of them ready to roll
tall kiwi girls want to do interviews for a newspaper in Chistchurch NZ and GGBB are always good for a smooch or two so its still up in the air

sure its a great event that celebrates detroit music and I could care less who plays or who is accepted because we cover everyone but after destroying 4 hours of video from last years shows due to the unprofessional and shit attitude at MT that we had to deal with its better just to pay for our entry and not have to hook in with people who act like they own you - fuck off

the best thing we heard so far is bands are going to sneak up on stage and play anyway without acceptance
Hamtramck rules.

if you would like someone from MCB to cover your set at the Hamtramck Blowout
email us and we will be there...


TONIGHT at Vain Ultra Lounge: Dan Stark, Tez and Traska, Saxtaxi and Brandon Blank

21+ Doors @ 9pm
1500 Woodward Ave

OTEP @ Harpos - Feb 26th

The "Rise Rebel Resist" road trip launches Feb. 15 in Tempe, AZ, and takes the rockers from coast to coast through early April, visiting 25 cities before all is said and done. The full schedule is shown at right.

Also along for the ride are label mates Bury Your Dead and Destrophy, as well as Through the Eyes of the Dead.

Get out to see OTEP on Feb, 26th at HARPOS...nothing is more hardcore than that place.

TONIGHT & SATURDAY: Ann Arbor Folk Festival @ Hill Auditorium

As we mentioned last week, the AA Folk Festival returns tonight to Hill Auditorium for two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music on Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night. In keeping with the Festival's longstanding reputation, each night will feature a blend of renowned and up-and-coming performers, providing audiences with the opportunity to hear popular artists working at the top of their field while discovering terrific new talent. All funds raised through the Festival benefit The Ark, Ann Arbor's non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music.

MCB's Drew Bender will be on the scene tonight shooting the goings on - if you see him around, tell him you like his hat - he'll be less likely to spend the night blocking your view.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival Highlight: Jer Coons plays on Friday evening with Iron and Wine and Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) & Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) performing as a duo.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival Line Up:

Friday, January 29
Iron and Wine
Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard
Band of Heathens
Hoots & Hellmouth
Po' Girl
Jer Coons
Nervous But Excited
Patty Larkin, MC

Saturday, January 30
Rosanne Cash
Richie Havens
Doc Watson
Raul Malo
Hot Club of Cowtown
Enter The Haggis
Patty Larkin, MC

REMINDER: Gorvettes CD Release Party @ Park Bar-Detroit TONITE!


Gorevette CD Release Party @ Park Bar - TONITE!

Come out and celebrate Gorevette's debut release
Lustfully Yours EP
w/ Easy Action in Detroit!

Be the first to get a copy of the limited-run CD/EP release tonite!

See you there!  Doors at 9pm.

HOT TICKETS ON SALE: SIA @ St Andrews // STEVEN STILLS @ Michigan Theatre

Popster SIA just announced a new headling tour and will stopping to say hello to Dietroit playing a show at St Andrews Hall Detroit on April 26th 2010

Sia has been hard at work on the highly anticipated follow up to her smash breakthrough album, Some People Have Real Problems, which will be out later this year.

In the meantime, she is bringing her inimitable live show back to the US with her “The We Meaning You Tour” including a performance at the 2010 Coachella festival.

Sia’s soul-stirring voice and repertoire that goes from spellbinding ballads to dance floor bangers make this one of Spring’s most exciting tours.
Get tickets at

Legendary performer Stephen Stills returns to Ann Arbor!
With special guests to be announced

Saturday March 6 at the Michigan Theater
Doors at 7:00 PM
Reserved seating- Tickets $45.00 and $35.00 – on sale at 10AM
this Monday Feb. 1 2010 at

Best known for his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Buffalo Springfield, Stephen Stills has kept himself at the forefront of the American music scene for over 40 years. Stills is the distinctive voice on such hits as “Carry On” , “Suite- Judy Blue Eyes” Everybody I Love You”, and his solo hit “Love the One You’re With” is a mainstay on classic radio stations across the country.

Stills will be performing with a full backup band and will showcase solo as well as greatest hits material.


US Social Forum in Detroit @ Cobo on June 22-26

Another World is Possible. Another US is Necessary. A New Detroit is Underway
The US Social Forum is more than an event, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression. The USSF will provide space to build relationships, learn from each other's experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and bring renewed insight and inspiration. It will help develop leadership and consciousness, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world.

Get Involved

* Host an Info Session for your Organization or in your neighborhood
* Sponsor attendees
* Join a local or national working group
* Plan a work brigade to Detroit
* Plan a workshop to share at the Forum

Visit to join the planning for the road to Detroit 2010.

THE MOTH: Detroit SLAM @ Cliff Bells - Feb 4

Upcoming Detroit SLAM
Come join us on...
THURSDAY, February 4th
"LOVE HURTS" on February 4th
Host: Alex Trajano

7:00 Sign up
7:30 Stories begin
$5 at the door

at Cliff Bell's
(opens at 4p for dinner! come early to eat and get a seat!)
2030 Park
Detroit, MI

Love Hurts: our annual celebration of heartbreak because what doesn’t break you, makes you eager to vent! (But please, make sure all venting is in story form!) Prepare a five-minute tale about a love that made you go OUCH. The agony of deferred love! The misery of good love, gone bad! The anguish of one-way love! Bring stories of your heart, kicked to the curb by the people or places or things you love...or used to love. Love that "Hurts So Good" also welcome.

How it Works:
7:00*sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. 7:30* (SHARP), we'll pick the first name and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year's other winners in our next GrandSLAM Championship.

Be forewarned:
The Moth is for TRUE STORIES. OK, there won't be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won't dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves ARE part of our "true stories" but that one about you, Obama, Ghandi and Einstein up in a spaceship eating brownies... not so much.

The Moth is NOT a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks -- one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story tips:
No standup routines please:
The Moth LOVES funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny STORIES.

Steer clear of meandering endings:
Your last line should be clear in your head.

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“Let’s Go Fucking Mental”

The band’s tenth album Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? is due on February 23rd, with their U.S. tour kicking off May 28th in Minneapolis.

BJM tour dates:
5/28: Cabooze, Minneapolis
5/29: Turner Hall, Milwaukee
5/30: Metro, Chicago
5/31: Grog Shop, Cleveland

no detroit date fuck!!!!

6/02: Phoenix Concert Hall, Toronto
6/03: La Tulipe, Montreal
6/04: Paradise Rock Club, Boston
6/06: Webster Hall, New York
6/08: TLA, Philadelphia
6/09: 9:30 Club, DC
6/10: Mad Hatter, Cincinnati
6/11: Off Broadway, St Louis
6/13: Bluebird Theater, Denver
6/14: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City
6/15: Knitting Factory, Boise
6/17: Crystal Ballroom, Portland
6/18: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
6/19: Neumos. Seattle
6/21: Fillmore, San Francisco
6/22: Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles

Download Savoir Adore "Bodies" now!

In The Wooded Forest, Savoir Adore’s debut, is an impressive foray showcasing Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer's songwriting abilities with intricate rhythms, layers of sound and a multitude of instruments. They have come into their own and are ready for you to discover them.

The launch of the Cake Shop residency presents a special opportunity for both Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion, who work closely together in and out of the studio. Since Savoir’s Deidre is featured on vocals on some beloved French Horn Rebellion tunes, you can expect her taking hold of the mic for both FHR’s new single "
Beaches and Friends" (currently getting a lot of love on BBC1), as well as their last single "Up All Night". Paul drums for French Horn Rebellion, and David Perlick-Molinari (from French Horn Rebellion) plays in Savoir Adore's live line-up. Obviously, the Savior Adore residency will be a special treat for fans of both bands!

The band is currently crafting their own video for live favorite"Bodies", the fashionable tune seeing love from the likes of Marc Jacobs and Urban Outfitters. Dates will soon be announced as they embark on a US tour this March in selected markets with friends Mon Khmer before hitting up SXSW.

New Hardcore Project Find Steve and Bob
Going Back to Their Roots!

Free MP3 of “Sperm Donor”

Rifoki is the New Punk Hardcore project of Steve Aoki & Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, better known as The Bloody Beetroots. Recorded in Italy with Giulio Favero (ZU), Franz (Il Teatro Degli Orrori) & Rocco Rampino (La Quiete, The Death Of Anna Karina), Rifoki is the maximum level of expression of a lifestyle that has brought them to be two of the most recognized DJs & producers in the world.
But before they were DJs and producers, before electro, and before the rocked the clubs, Steve Aoki and Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo were punk rockers.
Rifoki is a return to their roots: hardcore punk, pure and simple. The EP features artwork by Mark McCoy, a visual artist and vocalist for numerous punk and metal bands including Das Oath, also part of the Dim Mak family. Dim Mak will also celebrate the release of Rifoki with a special edition tee shirt.

MP3 of “Lady in the Hall” HERE

Limos Were Cool In The ’90s

Emerging from a thick haze of hallucinogenic rhymes and vintage beats comes Rich Hil,

the latest ground-breaker riding the next wave of hip-hop.

Since bursting onto the scene, Rich has made his mark with a series of mixtapes that show off his raspy croon and stream of consciousness narratives. An East Coast transplant now living in L.A., Rich Hil ambitiously fuses classic pop influences with hip-hop rhythms and blunted West Coast cool. On Limos Were Cool In The ’90s, he doles out frank rhymes about the highs of fame, power, and money — as well as that epic comedowns that come hand-in-hand with the lifestyle. Tracks like “Until We Bleed” and “All the Hippies Say” are spaced-out, down-tempo synth jams that walk the line between R&B and rap and delve into love and loss. On “Getting In Them Thangs” Rich wraps slinky verses around a hook featuring fellow artist Phlo. Rich is inspired by a variety of artists ranging from Memphis Bleek to Jimi Hendrix, and his sound draws from everything from classic soul to West Coast electro. It’s this idiosyncratic style that Rich Hil has dubbed “hippie,” a mix of vintage beats, unabashed tributes to drug culture, and a laid back flow that reflects his rejection of hip-hop’s blinged out, bottle-service past, embracing instead a back-to-basics lifestyle not unlike his indie rock counterparts.

Rich Hil and his distinctive croon have already caught the attention of artists like Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi and Swizz Beatz, and earned him praises from The Smoking Section, Nah Right, and OnSmash. His latest mixtape, Limos Were Cool In The ’90s was produced in collaboration with Atlanta’s legendary producer Don Cannon, and is a prelude to Rich’s upcoming debut full-length, set for release later this spring via Limo Life Records. The album will feature “Trippy”, Hil’s psychedelic collaboration with Kid Cudi.

Orenda Fink Offers Album Invisible Ones for Download

to Encourage Haiti Relief Effort Donations

Saddle Creek recording artist Orenda Fink has made her album Invisible Ones available for download on her website now through the end of January in an effort to encourage relief effort donations for the current crisis in Haiti. In a very personal letter posted to her site that recounts her time in Haiti spent making music, art, and - most importantly - friends, Orenda asks that people make a donation to a relief effort organization in return for downloading the album. Invisible Ones, her solo debut, was inspired by and mainly written during her travels there in 2003.

Orenda's letter - as well as links to multiple humanitarian organizations that accept donations

- can be read and linked to here.

MP3: Internet Warrior

Oh No Ono is an experimental pop quintet from the tiny Danish town of Aalborg. Their music, intricate and other-worldly, defies conventions and expectations (and some-times gravity). The ten dense, hypertextured sour-sweet- sad opuses found on their US debut album, Eggs, are truly breathtaking to behold; the band creates bewitching pop symphonies that unfold themselves more with each successive listen. Already stars in their home country of Denmark, Oh No Ono (which consists of Aske Zidore, Nicolai Koch, Kristoffer Rom, Malthe Fischer, and Nis Svoldgård) has capitalized on a wave of Scandinavian press, touring extensively, and receiving surprising amounts of radio and video airplay for a group so focused on an aesthetic of capriciousness and experimentation. After receiving the "Breakthrough of the Year" award from the DR (the Danish equivalent of the BBC), the band jumped into the Scandinavian festival circuit, drawing the attention of, among others, NME, who said of the band: "[T]hey sound like Devo sticking their fingers in a powersocket... at a helium balloon factory... on the moon." But the members of Oh No Ono were always trying to attack something bigger. And Eggs, their US debut on Brooklyn-based Friendly Fire Recordings, is nothing if not bigger - it is nothing short of virtuosic. To record the album, the band locked themselves away in a small country house on the Danish isle of Mon for nine months. And yet Eggs is the anything but claustrophobic; reaching beyond traditional guitar/bass/drum textures, the band weaves myriad environmental sounds, samples, and nonstandard instrumentation into the mix. The sound of bird flocks taking flight are followed by woodwind players. Percussion is played on a water-filledtub. Elephants are heard, being elephants. A massive choir of Oh No Ono's friends sing along with the organ in a 300-year-old church. Which is not to say the band spent all nine months cuddling trees and Pinking their Floyds. Like their contemporaries Animal Collective, the propulsive yet fundamentally beautiful pop Oh No Ono creates ties together all the ear games. Eggs' vivacious, even lusty approach to songcraft is the trademark of a band determined to approach pop music via the hard road, without ever losing track of the fact that they are creating pop music. From the shimmering textures of "The Wave Ballet" to the operatic splendor of "Icicles", from the cacophonic underwater pop of "Eleanor Speaks" to the falsetto singalongs of "The Tea Party," this is a band whose command of melody is superlative, and whose ability to channel and transform their myriad musical influences into something genuinely unique and entrancing is thrilling. Other talented artists have begun to take notice of Oh No Ono - the packaging for Eggs, lovingly crafted by Malene Mathiasson, features embossed, egg-shaped artwork and a series of darkly sexual, mix-and-match paintings that would do Francis Bacon proud. And the aesthetically beautiful - albeit slightly disturbing - video for lead single "Swim," directed by rising Danish director Adam Hashemi, managed to top's charts (Tobias Stretch, whose video credits include Radiohead's "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi," is already hard at work on a new video for the band). But ultimately it's the songs on the album - bizarre, melodic, catchy, beautiful - that make Oh No Ono shine. There are wonderful hatchlings waiting to emerge from Eggs.


To Bed To Battle was written and recorded this past summer in Look Mexico's former hometown of Tallahassee, FL. With the converted basement of a local pizza shop dedicated as their studio space, the band was able to take their time throughout the recording process, experimenting with and expanding their sound, and adding new instrumentation such as electric piano, organ, pedal steel, violin, cello, and horns. The resulting album - which deals with struggle and pressing on in the face of adversity - is an incredibly catchy, diverse yet cohesive set of ten songs. To Bed To Battle ranges musically from anthemic pop/rock and explosive ballads ("You Stay. I Go. No Following," "Until The Lights Burn Out?"), to alternately edgy and dreamy math-rock ("No Wonder I'm Still Awake," "Time For You To Go Do Your Own Thing"), to blistering, barreling modern rock ("I Live My Life A Quarter Mile At A Time," "They Offered Me A Deal (I Said No, Naturally"), and even acoustic, chamber pop-laced Americana ("Take It Upstairs, Einstein").

An exclusive stream of "You Stay. I Go. No Following."

can be heard now on here.

As evidenced by The Times of London saying that [Arabia’s], “stock trade is classy, intelligent pop-rock,” and Mojo commenting on an, “effortless way with melody, harmony, multi-tracking and forlorn lyrical romance,” in their four-star review, Lawrence Arabia continues to rack up critical British praise for his album Chant Darling (Bella Union, 3/9).

Q Magazine says the album, “will charm your socks off,” and compared him to, “a Flaming Lips without the increasingly brittle kookiness, Gradaddy’s Jason Lytle without the fear of technology’s cold march, or the Eels’ Mark Everett where the happy drugs do work.” In another four-star review, Uncut says Chant Darling has, “Abbey Road ambience,” and The Sunday Times calls it, “bright harmony-rich pop.”

Despite the well-deserved praise, Lawrence Arabia is more than a collection of superlatives. The New Zealand popsmith is all about the music. Touring tirelessly in the UK now and through the spring, he’ll make is proper U.S. solo debut - Arabia was formerly in bands The Ruby Suns and The Brunettes as well as Okkervil River’s touring band – at this year’s SXSW Music Festival, March 17-20 and will be announcing more U.S. dates soon.

Last week, NPR All Songs Considered tastemaker, founder and host Bob Boilen gave the U.S. its first taste of Lawrence’s “simple but hard to pull off” pop music on the streaming web show and podcast’s latest installment.

Listen here:

"Have You See My Sister Evelyn?"


Nashville-based rock band DAY OF FIRE have just released their third CD LOSING ALL--a powerful hard-rock record that explores the meaning of rebirth--January 26 via Razor And Tie. After four special CD release shows in the Southeast, DAY OF FIRE will join Cold and Nonpoint on the road February 16 for a run of U.S. shows.
LOSING ALL's first single "Lately" is currently at #35 and climbing on R&R's Active Rock Monitor chart. Drummer Zach Simms, who wrote the chorus during a time of turmoil surrounding the band, reveals that the song is about "letting go of the things that have been clouding your mind." He continues, "hopefully it will give people a reason to chase their dream that may have been shattered by someone telling them that they could never achieve it."
DAY OF FIRE features Josh Brown (vocals), brothers Joe Pangallo (guitar) and Chris Pangallo (bass), and Zach Simms (drums). Brown grew up in Jackson, Tennessee, where he picked up songwriting and a serious drug habit at age 15. Two years later he became the frontman for Full Devil Jacket, and at 22, scored a major record deal. The band toured with Creed and Nickelback and made a splash at Woodstock '99, but on his way to success, Brown had a major crash: a heroin overdose in an Orlando bathroom which put his career on hold while he rehabbed and rethought his life.
In a recent feature in Billboard, Brown elaborates: "I was already a drug addict when I got my first record deal, and when someone gave me a pile of money I was like, 'Man, I'm going to do more drugs than I've ever done.' I did, and that lifestyle was killing me. I just came to the realization after OD'ing a couple of times I needed to change. (January 16, 2010)"
After several years out of the spotlight, Brown had a burst of inspiration, re-emerged with a new slate of songs and assembled Day of Fire. The group's first two albums--Day Of Fire (2004) and Cut & Move (2006)--sold more than 150,000 copies combined. LOSING ALL was recorded in 2009 near the band's Nashville home base with producer Rogers Masson (Marilyn Manson, Song Of America, The Early Hours).

mp3: Weapons V

Classically-trained composer Son Lux (Ryan Lott) has kept busy in the wake of praise for his last album "At War With Walls & Mazes", capturing the attention of tastemakers as diverse as NPR, Okayplayer, Pitchfork and composer Nico Muhly. He will release his Weapons EP on anticon. this February while working up his sophomore follow-up. This week, Asthmatic Kitty will release multiple EPs of My Brighest Diamond remixes, one of which is all reworks by Son Lux. Lott also recently spent a good deal of time working on the upcoming These New Puritans album arranging brass and woodwinds. Much of what gave At War With Walls & Mazes its unique appeal was Lott's central objective: to create a body of songs that inhabited the pop spectrum whilst ditching binary form (verse-chorus) for something more akin to chant. On record, rhythms and words moved uninhibited around anchoring melodies; live, this freed Lott to reinvent each track during performances, either reorganizing bits solo via piano or arranging the parts for new ensembles and instruments.In the time since Mazes, Lott has stayed busy composing - among other things - hours of music for dance companies from New York to Paris. But for him, the chant-based concept of the Son Lux debut required further investigation.

The Weapons EP is Lott's self-issued challenge to do just that - to use Mazes standout "Weapons," whose primary melody haunts various points of that record, as a launch pad for a complete EP of material derived from a single source.

To this end, Lott built three new compositions around the original's essential kernel and enlisted three trusted collaborators - Anticon artists Alias and Polyphonic, plus Muhly himself - to do the rest. The result is not only six unique reincarnations of "Weapons," but a fractal work where melody becomes song becomes cycle, with one essence woven throughout.Opener "Weapons II" is a drumless specter of the original - a slowly cresting swell of strings that collapses in squelch just as familiarity sets in. For "Weapons III," Polyphonic leaves an indelible stamp, eroding the original's billowing percussion into a ricocheting set of Matmos-like bloops before dissolving the whole thing in a wash of warm ambience. Muhly is responsible for "Weapons IV," replacing Lott's rich sequencer melody with raw viola, isolating ominous organ tones, and weaving instrumentation through the huge, panning drums. It's a surprisingly beat- based contribution from classical's rising star.Then, on "Weapons V," Lott steps back in.

An orchestral gallop explodes into a completely reworked rhythm that pits its punk rock thrust against sweeping strings. Alias counters with "Weapons VI," where a boom-bap kit (including handclaps and cowbell) is chopped into glitchy bits that flow beneath the glacial keyboards and frenetic rap. Last and perhaps most impressive, Lott's "Weapons VII" wrangles horns, woodwinds and live drums for a six-and-a-half-minute take whose cacophony ultimately slows to an intimate, jazz-inflected crawl beguiling enough to make one forget these songs' common source.

Hi Speed Dubbing - PRUSSIA - Marco Polio & The New Vaccines - WAB

THURSDAY 1/28/2010
Ferndale, 48220

& Marco Polio and the New Vaccines

Euphoria - Arturos Southfield - Sat 1/30








The 2010 Sub City Take Action Tour, presented by Hot Topic, kicks off today in Atlanta, GA! The 2010 lineup features We The Kings, Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, There For Tomorrow, Call The Cops, and Stereo Skyline. The annual nationwide charity tour, now in its ninth year, raises funds and awareness for youth involvement in charitable action.

In an effort to make a difference throughout the Take Action Tour, Sub City along with and Driving For Donors have organized a series of charity events that allow bands to participate in local communities and take action. The bands will be visiting children's hospitals in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Texas for special meet & greets with patients, as well as an acoustic performance to brighten their day.

In addition to off-site charity events throughout the tour, We The Kings, Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, There For Tomorrow, Call The Cops, and Stereo Skyline will be making special signing appearances at select Hot Topic stores. Dates can be found below.

To celebrate the kick-off of the tour, our friends over at Music Skins have graciously offered to donate 5% of gross sales from their website on January 26 to the Take Action cause, to help further the message of taking action! Visit today to get your Take Action skins and many more!

The charity spotlighted for Take Action in 2010 is Driving For Donors, the brainchild of now 14-year-old Patrick Pedraja who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 10. In 2007, at age 11, Patrick and his family started Driving For Donors and traveled around the country in a special “Donormobile” with the mission of signing people up for the National Marrow Registry to help find bone marrow matches for people in need of a transplant. Since then they have added over 22,000 donors to the registry and saved more than 24 people’s lives with matches. Sub City has raised millions of dollars and awareness for various charitable organizations that aim to make the world a better place and 5% of the suggested retail price for each Take Action Volume 9 set sold will be donated to further this cause.

10% of the cost of each ticket sold is donated to further Patrick's mission making each person attending the Take Action Tour an active participant in making the world a better place. In addition, Take Action is offering fans an opportunity to personally help save a life with onsite registration for the National Marrow Registry available at every tour stop. Registration is simple and only requires the donor to be between the ages of 18 and 61, have a desire to help save a life, and have time for a quick cheek swab and simple paperwork. Registering is much easier than most people think and information about the entire process can be found at Those that register will be given an exclusive Take Action Tour bracelet at the show! Those under 18 will have plenty of ways to support the cause as well, including buying a copy of the compilation or simply by texting! Fans can text "ACTION" to 85944 to donate directly to supporting this years cause! Those that text to give will also receive an exclusive Take Action bracelet, by visiting the Take Action merch booth at the show. Learn more about this years cause at each show or by visiting

The highly anticipated Take Action Volume 9 charity compilation is currently available via pre-sale at For $6 fans can pre-order the 2CD set and for $12 they will also receive, in addition to the two disc set, a special Take Action shirt. The tour compilation will be available at shows and in stores February 9, and will include exclusive songs, acoustics, and remix tracks from We The Kings, Mayday Parade, 30H!3, Cobra Starship, Taking Back Sunday, There For Tomorrow, Frank Turner, The Friday Night Boys, Anarbor, and Hit The Lights, among others.

Take Action thanks, our many great sponsors of the tour. Presenting sponsor Hot Topic has worked with the Take Action Tour since the tour's inception in 1999 and their commitment to helping make a positive impact continues to be as strong in 2010 as it has ever been. The music lifestyle mall retailer ( is a natural fit as a presenter, because they demonstrate a passion for music in everything they do. Expect to find the Take Action Compilation Volume 9 in your local Hot Topic store. Also generously supporting the 2010 tour is MySpace Music, Alternative Press Magazine,, Touch Tunes, Go Merch, Hopeless Records, S-Curve Records, Atlantic Records, Fueled By Ramen Records, and MySpace Records.

To date, Sub City, a registered 501c3 organization, has raised nearly $2 million for various charitable organizations; much of that a result of Take Action, driving home the fact that we can all help bring forth change and that making a difference can be as fun and easy as buying a CD or concert ticket.

The Sights - Blind Pig Ann Arbor - Sat 1/30

Get your butts and nuts down to the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor
this Saturday, January 30th for some live rock 'n' roll!!!!!!!!!

The Sights got some new jams & a kinky cover tune ready to roll --
plus all your golden oldies spit-shined and polished for your listening pleasure. 
The Sights will be sharing the stage with friends
the Satin Peaches and Timothy Monger (Great Lakes Myth Society).

AWESOME CONTEST: Find the Gold ticket in Woodman's 7" single and win this cool Fisher Price record player!!!

From our pals in Woodman comes the coolest contest to promote their new record which dropped on 1/16 @ Small's Hamtramck
Finder of the golden ticket wins this awesome 1972 Fisher Price Record Player - nice!
"You can now pick up our new 7-inch single at Carcity Records, Melody and Memories, Record Collector, Record Graveyard, Record Time and Stormy Records. In one of the records is a gold ticket. The gold ticket will get you a 1978 working Fisher Price record player. You'll also get to tour and own the Woodman candy factory.... Okay, that last part is a lie, but the record player is kinda cool. Cheers!"

1592 @ New Bohemian Home FRIDAY 1/29/10

Come on out and ditch the cold
with Detroit's own Rocksteady and Dub band
With special guests the Pinstripes
the U.S. Beat
the redlights and Ironclad
New Bohemian Home
3009 Tillman Detroit, Mi 
All Ages,
$5 doors at 8:00pm 
Friday January 29, 2010. 


Le Ren confirmed to play Hamtramck Blowout 2010

Le Ren MySpace Music Videos

So we had to give a shout out to MCB's NARDO
for planning a trip back to Detroit in the midst of his usual
SXSW craziness to PLAY the Hamtramck Blowout.

Thats a total solid showing the detroit love
so if you do attend the blowout at all
make sure you find the time to check out Le Ren
and support the homeboys who run loose out of town
and still got the motorcity on the mind

FREE TICKETS: Evan Dando // The Candles - Majestic Theatre

MCB has a pair of tickets to giveaway thanks to Evan Dando
enter here to win with
"I would suck lemons to win these tickets"
touring with The Candles
Thursday February 18th 2010

Evan Dando, singer, songwriter, and guitarist of The Lemonheads,
will be setting out on a solo tour in early 2010
that begins January 29 at Maxwell’s in Hoboken
and wraps up March 6 back in New York at Mercury Lounge.

Evan will be performing an intimate set featuring songs from his solo album and plenty of classic Lemonheads tunes along with several inspired covers, including some from his most recent covers album, Varshons (06/09, The End Records).

Produced by Butthole Surfers ringleader Gibby Haynes, Varshons was inspired by mix tapes that Gibby used to send to Evan. The collection is filled with strange bedfellows - from G.G. Allin to Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt and garage rockers The Green Fuz. The Lemonheads make each track their own, with help from actress Liv Tyler, singing back up on Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” and Kate Moss, who sings over the dance groove of Arling & Cameron’s “Dirty Robot,” which also features lead guitar by John Perry on loan from The Only Ones.

Supporting Evan will be The Candles, the first solo project from Josh Lattanzi, encapsulating the varied styles and influences he’s picked up while recording and touring with the likes of Ben Kweller, Albert Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes) and the Lemonheads.
With the first significant free time he had in years, Lattanzi began the process of crafting his debut in June 2008, writing and recording demos in his New York City apartment. The recording process then moved to a studio in Celeste, TX and the album was finished in NYC this past Spring.
The west coast sounds of the seventies that snaked like a vine from Gram Parsons through Evan Dando and Ryan Adams nestle up nicely to Lattanzi on such tunes as “Let Me Down Easy” and “Between The Sounds” while “Here Or Gone” finds the singer delivering a big “roll down the car windows” chorus that would make Tom Petty smile.
Between the Sounds, the debut album from The Candles,
will be available in Spring 2010.

The Beggars - New Way Bar Ferndale - Fri 1/29

Spitting Nickels
The Beggars
School of Rock
Friday January 29th 2010
The New Way Bar
23130 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale MI

FREE CD: The Crooks - Cadieux Cafe Detroit - Sat 1/30

MCB has a fresh off the press copy of the debut CD from The Crooks

be emailer #1 to claim it for yourself
and catch these underage future rockstars
at The Cadieux Cafe Detroit this Saturday night
as they rip it up with recently signed guitar king Cetan Clawson
and The Handgrenades

New self-titled CD and limited edition colored vinyl

available January 2010 on the Detroit Cosmic Sounds label

The vinyl LP is currently available at Car City Records, Record Time, and Street Corner Music.

The CD just hit local stores this month so get on out and support not only local music but youngsters in high school rocking out !!!!

UPCOMING: Crystal Method, 30 Jan @ Vain

The Crystal Method
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Vain Ultra Lounge

1500 Woodward, Downtown Detroit

This Saturday, The Crystal Method is going to be performing a DJ set in support of their Grammy-nominated "Divided by Night" at Vain.

If you know this band, you know them. But if you don't know them? Guess what, you know them. I guarantee you've heard this duo. I know I've seen them before, but darned if I can remember much about the show. Hey, if you were with me, let me know about it, huh?


Feb. 20th - KsE at Royal Oal Music Theatre

Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada, and Dark Tranquillity will tour the U.S. together this February and March. You need to catch them when they stop at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Feb. 20th, so get your tickets here. NOW.

Full Moon Fetish Party

Northern Lights, February 27th, 2010.
Be there. You'll be bound to have fun.