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Something Like A War (SLAW) by John Kalogerakos

Enjoy this weeks edition of SLAW with your new cartoon favorites
Evans and English

is the fucking future....
that creeps me out...
in an existential
kind of way.

Wild At Heart weekend

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

Wild At Heart

Tune in Saturday morning for interviews with bassist Eric Allen of Apples In Stereo and also the Glitch Mob. The show is 8-10AM Saturday morning on WXOU 88.3FM or

Recently I saw the movie "Little Traitor" by director Lynn Roth which is based on the novel "Panther in the Basement" by the world-renowned author Amos Oz. As long as I can remember, there has been a conflict in Isreal. In November 1947, the United Nations voted in favor of the partition of Palestine, proposing the creation of a Jewish state, an Arab state, and a UN-administered Jerusalem. Partition was accepted by Zionist leaders but rejected by Arab leaders, leading to civil war. Israel declared independence on 14 May 1948 and neighboring Arab states attacked the next day. Since then, Israel has fought a series of wars with neighboring Arab states. The Jews in Isreal complained about British patroling of their contry despite the fact that Britain helped free the Jews in WWII. This movie takes place in the months prior to Israel becoming a state and puts it's focus on a young Jewish boy, Proffy Liebowitz, who wants nothing more than for the occupying British to get the hell out of his land and is plotting with some classmates for acts of freedom/terrorism to make this happen. One day, late for curfew, he is picked up by Sergeant Dunlop (the talented Alfred Molina) who instead of arresting him, takes him home for a worse punishment. Not expecting this kindness, Proffy is intrigued and starts what becomes a friendship with this soldier. When his friends find out, he is accused of being a 'traitor' and put on trial by his own people. He is eventually found innocent but these experiences shape him for life;especially the shock that he could have such genuine affection for the enemy. The movie has some real nice moments and looks at a part of history we haven't seen too often in cinema. The movie is a little simple at times as Molina is the main force behind this movie. The movie takes an interesting look at the real conflicts and friendships that can form between people who are supposed to hate each other due to their background. While the movie is safer than many other war films ("Hurt Locker" for instance), it can be appreciated for what it is. My grade is a B-.

If you rather be in movies than watch them, Los Angeles based Casting Director Tracy Dixon is holding an open casting call to meet and greet those interested in working on the major feature film, “Real Steel.” Shooting begins in mid-June and the production is looking to hire thousands of Detroit locals to work as extras on the film. The casting call will be open to men and women of all ethnicities, ages 18 or older. For those who are wondering what the movie is about, “Real Steel” is directed by Shawn Levy (“Night At The Museum”, “Date Night”) and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The new sport of robot-boxing is the backdrop for this sports drama about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his long-lost son (Dakota Goyo) to train a unique robot for the upcoming Real Steel World Championship. The open casting will take place on Saturday, May 15th From 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM @ 1501 Maple Lane in Troy. For more info, call 310-225-5196.

See you Monday for my next blog. Enjoy the nice weather tonight!

Detroit Dizzy Dames Variety Show - Cliff Bells Detroit - Sunday May 2nd

After a long hard weekend
its nice to sit back
and get dizzy with the dames

UPCOMING: Honky Tonk Throwdown feat. Wayne Hancock

Wayne Hancock is never to be missed... and to see him at a cozy spot like the Lager will be a special treat.

May 14-15-16
PJ's Lager House
1254 Michigan Avenue
three blocks East of old Tiger Stadium and two blocks West of MGM Grand
$10 each night (at the door)
$25 for all 3 days (available in advance at PJ's)

Friday May 14, 2010
Whitey Morgan and the 78's
Doop and the Inside Outlaws - Eddy Francis and Freight Train - Horse Cave Trio - Ned Van Go - John Holk and the Sequins - Texas Paul Sutherland

Saturday May 15, 2010
Deadstring Brothers
The Muggs - Scarlet Oaks - Dirt Road Logic - Doc Ellis Band - Fifth of Country - Matt Dmits - Afternoon Round - Pole Cats Big Band - Honky Tonk Heroes - and more!

Sunday May 16, 2010
Wayne Hancock
Billy Don Burns - Orbitsuns - Texas Paul Sutherland - Dust Belt Ramblers - Rachel Brooke - Bull Halsey - Pat V and the Detroit 3 - Fifth of Country - Honky Tonk Women

Another MCB Pick of the Week: Yosil Rosenzweig Concert - Pontiac - Sunday May 2nd 5pm

After 40 years of writing music, playing hundreds of concerts, lending his songs to others musicians and bands including the Diaspora Yeshiva Band who won the Hassidic Music Festival (equivalent of Grammy's in Israel) in 1976 and 1978 with his songs Yosil Rosenzweig is finally recording an album/DVD...
Check out this absolutely incredible band comprised of some of the best local musicians.
Joe Stanley, Marcus McGlown, Dan Wolak, Mark Betz, David Appelman and Special Guest Ruby Harris who is coming in from Chicago to play at this show.
This is not a typical jewish/klezmer show.
This is a rock and roll/jazz/blues band...
there are going to be classic songs you may know, and a number of new songs you have not heard. Either way you have never heard these songs done this way...
This is truly going to be a unique show.
The proceeds from the show are going to the Friendship Circle.
We are also going to have a fantastic local artist Jacquelyn Elser painting during the concert, afterwards the painting is going to be auctioned off,
and money going to the Friendship Circle.
Tickets can be purchased here.

UPCOMING: Zummer Zoomance

Summer Zoomance
Thursday, July 15 6:00p to 9:00p
at The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak, MI

Fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again at this exclusive after-hours event for guests 21 years and older ONLY. Summer Zoomance invites guests to revisit their childhood memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones during a peaceful twilight stroll among the Zoo’s award-winning habitats from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The evening will include live entertainment and animal enrichment.
Adult beverages and food will be available for purchase.

Guests must be born on or before July 15, 1989 to enter event. IDs will be checked at the Main Gate entrance. Admission is $8 for all guests and parking is free for Detroit Zoological Society Members. Parking is $5 for non-members. This event takes place rain or shine.

Tickets go on sale June 1 at or through Guest Relations at the Zoo's main admissions.

FREE VINYL: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Majestic Theatre May 18th

We told you about this show on April Fools Day (4 weeks back)
and we are feverishly working on getting some free tickets for you
in the meantime be the 7th emailer to ask for some

Also opening up are The Heavy
featured in the Kia Sorento TV spot with kids toys partying it up

Dont be a fool and miss out on this killer show

Its going to sell out


Taco Birthday Bash

Get to this birthday bash in Mexican Town

"It's Like An 80s Movie": Public Image Limited at the Crofoot by DC-in-Detroit

DC is a longtime contributor to the MCB
She can be reached at [at]

John Lydon wants nothing to come between you and him. No record labels. No opening acts. No attitude.

Okay, maybe attitude. Just don't talk during his show. Or lean on his stage.

PiL rolled into Pontiac on 28 April, 18 years to the day from their last Detroit show, so the legend goes. I can buy it; I can also believe that half the crowd last night was at that show, too. I personally talked to a good handful of people who had seen PiL in the 80s and a couple who had seen them in the 70s.

That's a hint that this crowd wasn't what one may have anticipated. I was expecting the hardcores, those crusty punks that periodically emerge from the mists of time to appear at local shows, only to immediately vanish with the sound of the last sacred chord; the ones I always wonder where the hell they are the rest of the time. (They can't ALL work at Noir Leather, can they?) But no. This was a mature, energetic crowd, happy to be out on a weeknight, and fully in the palm of the legendary John "Don't Call Him Johnny" Lydon.

Doors were at 8, and I was pulling up to the Crofoot at around 9 to find a line of people around the edge of the building. "The show is NOT sold out!" the wrangler announced, to calm us down. That worked for a minute... until at 9:12 the unmistakable squall that begins "This Is Not A Love Song" came rolling out of the open doors.

Aaaaahhhh! We're still outside!!

Before we instigated a trampling situation, our helpful wrangler once again announced, "They're doing a TWO HOUR SET. You have plenty of time!" The beasts, we were soothed. And, spoiler alert! They played two STRONG hours, without a break (other than Lydon's periodic Hennessy gargles).

I slid in to the Crofoot to an unfamiliar sight: A full venue. I like the Crofoot Ballroom as a theatre -- nice open main room, catwalk upstairs for the sitty-types, easy bar access. It's laid out very much like the main room at St Andrew's, but smaller, cleaner and with better parking. I've seen several shows there over the past year, but I've never been in the room this full. I loved it. And with PiL absolutely blasting the shit out of the place, it felt a little like home.

They got us stragglers (I was there by 9!) inside by the third song, and by then, Lydon was already hollering at some sap on the upper level. I missed the grievous offense for which he was being punished, but couldn't keep myself from cracking up at Lydon, on the mic, sneering at the guy "we didn't come here to listen to you talk! you cunt!" That quickly answered one question of the night -- did he still have that attitude? Yes. Yes he did. On the other hand, Lydon quickly broke into a broad smile after his little tirade. Could it be... theater? Whatever it was, it was working. The near-capacity crowd was all his.

John Lydon is a charismatic motherfucker. The term "larger than life" is pretty well applied here, as it always has been. Even beyond the crazy eyes and screechy-warble, it's hard to take your eyes off him. Whether you're a fan of his or not, you're at least probably hoping you stay on his good side.

Not that he was alone up there. The "and the rest" of PiL have been on the roster since the 1980s (but for a new bassist) and should really not be glossed over. An incredibly talented group of men putting out a LOT of sound.

Awash in all that sound, feeling both nostalgic and modern, I was re-anchored to the room by the appearance of a friend who had driven 200 miles that night just for the show. (Well, also maybe to escape Dayton.) He'd somehow managed to drag himself away from the bouncy-but-not-thrashy front floor to my eye-on-the-crowd perch at the main bar -- and I'm glad he did; these things are always better when shared. After some mutual wonderment at the awesomeness of the show, some jokes at the headliner's expense ("I was going to ask if you think John still has his voice, but John never really HAD a voice, did he?") and a little bit of canoodling, he remarked, "This is like an 80s movie!"

"But which of us is from the wrong side of the tracks?" I asked.

"...Have you ever BEEN to Dayton??"

He was right, though. The night made me think of the idealized, well-lit and -polished version of punk and new wave in the 80s -- no dressed-up anger, no spoiled boredom, just a lot of bouncy people, smashed into one big room, each waiting for his or her own anthem to hit the soundtrack. (I got mine with "Flowers of Romance.")

For two strong hours, it was 1986 for all of us.

Photos by MCB's Brett Lawrence

P.S. This photo of Brett's makes a perfect iPhone wallpaper!

FREE TACOS: Jessica Hernandez - Crofoot Ballroom - Fri May 7th

and KOJI
at the Crofoot Ballroom
doors at 9pm
show at 9pm
tickets: FREE

For the second mission of the Ford Fiesta Movement
Team Detroit is throwing a totally FREE multi-genre show in The Crofoot Ballroom.
Giveaways, free tacos, drink specials, and more.
You want to be here.
RSVP HERE on the Team Detroit's Fiesta Movement Profile then come to the event for a chance to win: a 16gb iPad giveaway, 120gb Playstation 3, and a 1 year subscription to Netflix compliments of Team Detroit.

(You MUST RSVP to the event to be entered into the drawing for the giveaway. Follow the link HERE to RSVP.)For more information about what the Fiesta Movement is all about, go here:

DEADMAU5 - Returns to the Fillmore - Saturday July 3rd

In 2008, Deadmau5 was the young firebrand whose genre trashing electro-trance-house chimeras were making everyone from Pete Tong to François K sit up and take notice. In 2009, he's released two albums ('Random Album Title' and 'For Lack Of A Better Name'), signed to Virgin Records, and currently commands huge crowds of Mau5-mad fans with his outlandish, freaky mouse-head mask, replete with flashing eyes and rictus smirk.

Tickets are on sale TOMORROW - Click Here to Purchase

with Rye Rye
Saturday, July 3
The Fillmore Detroit
18+ Welcome

On Sale: Friday, Apr 30 at 10:00 am!

Cass Cafe Art Exhibition - Sat May 1st - July 10th 2010



MAY 1 – JULY 10, 2010


Building on the abstract, the current exhibit at the Cass Café features 5 artists with strong Detroit roots. Each artist’s work elicits a variety of unpredicted responses found in the structural space.

The finished pieces reference what can be done to a material form. The layering techniques seen throughout this exhibition reflects the artists’ interest in texture, color, shape, line, light and language to co-exist with elements in a single form.

CASS CAFE 4620 CASS AVE. DETROIT, MI 48201 313-831-1400


2RAW4FM w/Origix D.C Now on Psychopathic Radio Every Last Thursday

For over 8 years, radio veterans Origix & D.C have broadcasted The
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music, give-a-way’s and theme shows. Listen in for the industries
hottest independent artists on 2 RAW 4 FM as they drop knowledge about
the history and future of the music game.

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Photos by Riaz K : Fight XC @ The Fillmore, Detroit; 5/23

Syndone vs Boulware
Brown vs Shroyer
Maddox vs Woodford
Noble vs Rennert
Maffesoli vs Trombley
Rochelau vs Laramie

FREE CD: The Whigs - In The Dark - Fillmore Detroit - 7/15

MCB has a few copies of the new release from The Whigs
In The Dark just dropped and the band is coming to Pontiac Crofoot July 15th
OOOPS - this show has moved to Fillmore Detroit
win your copy free from MCB
email us - random winners get the goods


"Kill Me Carolyne" Official Video
The Whigs Jimmy Fallon Performance

In support of their critically acclaimed new album, IN THE DARK, Athens, GA trio The Whigs appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night and premiered the song “Hundred/Million.” You can download the track at the band's website. On the road since the beginning of the year, with artists like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls, the band is excited to join The Hold Steady for a run of dates beginning July 2nd in Hayward, WI.
In addition, the band has been invited to join the Kings of Leon for their Hyde Park (London, UK) headlining gig on June 30th. Other artists on the bill include The Black Keys, The Drums and The Features.

Both an accessible album and one that captures the band’s on-stage passion (something that has become synonymous with the band’s live show), IN THE DARK reveals another layer in the band’s songwriting and highlights what fans and critics have fallen in love with.


4/28/10 - The Mod Club Threatre - Toronto, ON *
4/29/10 - Live Lounge - Ottawa, ON *
4/30/10 - Studio JPR - Montreal, QC *
5/1/10 - Valentines - Albany, NY
5/2/10 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
5/5/10 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
5/6/10 - Jewish Mother - Virginia Beach, VA
5/7/10 - New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
5/8/10 - Pour House - Charlestion, SC
5/15/10 - Hangout Music Festival - Gulf Shores, AL
6/5/10 - Mountain Jam - Hunter, NY
6/12/10 - Riverbend Festival - Chattanooga, TN
6/17/10 - Belly Up - San Diego CA
6/18/10 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
6/19/10 - Velvet Jones - Santa Barbara, CA
6/30/10 - Hyde Park w/ KINGS OF LEON - London, UK
7/2/10 - Lac Courte Oreiales Convention Ctr - Hayward, WI *+
7/3/10 - Cabooze Outdoor Plaza - Minneapolis, MN *+
7/4/10 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN *+
7/6/10 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE *+
7/ 7/10 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO *+
7/8/10 - Santa Fe Brewing Company - Santa Fe, NM *+
7/10/10 - Granada - Dallas, TX *+
7/11/10 - HiTone Café - Memphis, TN *+
7/12/10 - Square Room - Knoxville, TN *+
7/14/10 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH *+
7/15/10 - Fillmore Detroit - Pontiac, MI *+
7/16/10 - Koolhaus - Toronto, ON *+

* = Dates with Band Of Skulls
*+ = Dates with Hold Steady

More On The Whigs:
Official SiteFacebook

FREE Signed CD: Visqueen - Message to Garcia - Majestic Cafe Detroit - May 16th

Its nice to give things away for free
and on this one we need to thank
Rachel who is the lead singer from Visqueen for the freebies

MCB has a signed CD up for grabs for the 1st emailer

Visqueen heads out on tour
and they're at the Majestic Cafe in Detroit on May 16th!
Get tickets here
Visqueen is heading out on tour next month and releasing Message To Garcia on vinyl on May 18th! That's right, the overwhelming success of their new album has fans all over the country begging for the band to play their hometown and Rachel Flotard and co. are happy to oblige!Having launched her own record label late last year, Local 638 Records, as a tribute to her Dad's New Jersey Steamfitters Union, she's ridden a massive wave of success. From playing shows with Muse, Spoon, Broken Bells, and Phoenix to having NPR name Message To Garcia the biggest surprise of the year! Their headlining tour of the US is just another feather in their cap.
We could reference/list the lengthly list of press reviews this band has stacked up
but does it really matter who else likes them besides you?

Check the new video for The Capitol here on Paste

or here on MCB

Visqueen - The Capitol from A PLACE CALLED YES on Vimeo.

Detroit Breakdown or windy city shakedown on July 31st

Looks like a good time for a Chicago road trip!

The Ponderosa Stomp & Lincoln Center Announce
The Detroit Breakdown!
Two Shows – Saturday, July 31
Mitch Ryder, ? and the Mysterians, The Gories, Death, Eddie Kirkland
The Motor City Soul Revue features the Velvelettes, Dennis Coffey, Melvin Davis & Spyder Turner w/ The Party Stompers

The music fanatics behind the Ponderosa Stomp have long championed the myriad sounds of the Motor City; on July 31st they partner with Lincoln Center to bring audiences The Detroit Breakdown, a multi-genre tribute to the city's musical heritage. Sixties garage icons Mitch Ryder and ? and the Mysterians, iconoclastic rockers The Gories and Death, nomadic bluesman Eddie Kirkland, stirring soul singers Melvin Davis and Spyder Turner, Motown hitmakers the Velvelettes and Dennis Coffey and R&B all stars the Party Stompers will bring their multi-faceted talents to the Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ “Roots of American Music” day-long program, with performances on the Hearst Plaza Stage by day and Damrosch Park Bandshell in the evening.
There has long been an air of musical magic in Detroit, resulting in artists of the highest caliber springing from the city in the years following Henry Ford’s automotive revolution. As Irish, Poles, African-Americans, Italians and Latinos took their places side by side on the city's assembly lines, the co-mingling of cultural backgrounds produced an artistic renaissance of both chart-toppers and cult legends that -- despite the hard times the city has recently suffered -- continues to reverberate to this day.
When Motown put Detroit on the map, it was with an internationally influential sound best exemplified by pioneering girl group the Velvelettes, whose hits "Needle In A Haystack" and "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" defined the very core of swinging sixties culture.
Meanwhile, the Motor City underground thrived with countless smaller labels, most notably Fortune Records, who released dazzling singles by soul men Melvin Davis and Spyder Turner, as well as blues guitarist Eddie Kirkland. While Turner and Davis would go on to score chart-topping hits with "Stand By Me" and "You've Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)" respectively, Kirkland (whose career began in the early '40s alongside another Fortune artist, John Lee Hooker) became Otis Redding's bandleader, continuing to record for labels such as Stax, King, LuPine and Delmark. Meanwhile, guitar-slinging Funk Brother Dennis Coffey -- soon to make history with the funk masterpiece "Scopio" -- was defining hits like the Temptations' "Cloud Nine" and the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing."

With this heady musical mixture as a launching pad, the area's garage scene exploded. In 1966 alone, Mitch Ryder's high-octane soul shouting hit the top of the charts with "Devil With a Blue Dress" and Latino rockers ? and the Mysterians barreled to number one with the enigmatic million seller "96 Tears." The widely-hailed Stooges and MC5 would soon follow in their footsteps, and in turn, the torch would again be passed. Death, formed in 1971, were a quartet of black teenagers whose hard rocking proto-punk was the inevitable outcome of the racial cross-pollination long evident in the Detroit music scene. A recent reissue garnered rave reviews in the New York Times, re-igniting the band and the audience they were never afforded during their heyday. (again, the last sentence perhaps could be axed).
The following decade birthed yet another ahead-of-its-time aggregation in the Gories. Equally inspired by the the blues, R&B and garage punk pioneers who had come before them, their deconstructionalist approach may have been too incendiary for its time, but their influence -- Jack White has long named them as a prime inspiration to the White Stripes -- has been positively arresting on local, national and international levels.
The Detroit Breakdown showcases the spiritual continuum and musical progression that has long served as the hallmark of a true artistic metropolis. Having partnered with Lincoln Center for a successful series of shows last summer, the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation's tribute to Detroit comes at a time when the city's staggering economic challenges have reached the forefront in the media. “Detroit's various musical eras all feed from each other and continue to influence music around the world," says Stomp spokesman Ira Padnos. "We felt it only right that they should be honored and celebrated by as storied an institution as Lincoln Center."
For more information check out the Ponderosa Stomp site:
Saturday, July 31
2 p.m. – Hearst Plaza/Barclays Capital Grove
27th Annual Roots of American Music
Ponderosa Stomp presents The Detroit Breakdown
The Gories
Motor City Soul Revue featuring:
Dennis Coffey
Melvin Davis
Spyder Turner
The Velvelettes
with The Party Stomper
Eddie Kirkland
Saturday, July 31
6:30 p.m. – Damrosch Park Bandshell
27th Annual Roots of American Music
Ponderosa Stomp presents The Detroit Breakdown
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
? & the Mysterians

ALL LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS EVENTS ARE FREE AND TAKE PLACE ON LINCOLN CENTER’S PLAZAS between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted). Take No.1 IRT to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station) OR the A, B, C, D and No. 1 trains to 59th St/Columbus Circle.
Visit for complete schedule or call 212-875-5766 to request a brochure. Lincoln Center Out of Doors is sponsored by Bloomberg and PepsiCo, Inc.
Inaugurated in 1971 under director of community programming Leonard DePaur, Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater, in collaboration with Everyman Theater (co-founded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.) Former Lincoln Center President John Mazzola’s vision was “to bring the community to Lincoln Center and bring Lincoln Center to the community.” Gradually expanding to include music and dance performances, the re-christened Lincoln Center Out of Doors has grown into one of the largest free performance festivals in the U.S. Over its 40-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned some 90 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues and rock musicians, many under the auspices of its popular “Roots of American Music” mini-festival, and poets and storytellers as part of the annual “La Casita.” It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City with performances by established ensembles and up-and-coming groups and has partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations.
The Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, country, swamp pop, and soul. Founded in New Orleans and produced by the non-profit Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau, a diverse group of music fanatics who have presented over 50 concerts with over 200 musical legends, the Stomp always succeeds in exposing rare musical icons to their adoring fans and to new audiences. The Stomp itself has now become legendary in reviving careers and giving a new lease on musical life to so many performers.

Glitch Mob - Free The Robots - DENU - Majestic Theatre Detroit - Sunday May 2nd 2010

WE told you about the Glitch Mob coming to town a while back
well - they are hanging with a crew called Free the Robots
who just played Coachella and are ripping up records like Detroit traffic tickets
Along with Denu, FtR and Glitch Mob can be experienced this coming Sunday night
at the Majestic Theatre Detroit 5/2
$15 * AA * 8:00 PM
Taking influences from hip-hop, rock and experimental electronic genres, The Glitch Mob have crafted a new form of futuristic dance music. Their wicked combination of ferocious bass, neck-snapping drums and complex melodies has earned them a worldwide grassroots fanbase. What started as a loose affiliation soon stuck as edIT, Ooah and Boreta found themselves frequently playing the same shows, and eventually collaborating during sets. Their live performance is a complete reimagination of the laptop DJ paradigm as they flow like a seasoned jazz trio – each taking the lead at intuitive moments – layering chords, vocal snippets and drum patterns into an overwhelming digital wall of sound.

GOREVETTE scores opening gigs with BLONDIE !!

We heard a few hours ago that local ass kickers GOREVETTE will be opening a few gigs for legendary BLONDIE in southern California in early August
August 5 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
August 8 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre
September Dates TBA!
Lets hope the band is picked up to open for the Detroit show when Blondie teams up with Cheap Trick for a double bill that will be well worth the bucks
Check out GOREVETTE here

-jr-MusicRevue 04/28/2010

read more -jr MUSICREVUE here

Get The Smoke Outta HERE!!!!! This Friday marks the last day that people of Michigan will be allowed to smoke in a public facility (unless it's a smoke shop). So there are a bunch of local celbrations to give Johnny Tobacco the big-sendoff into the great outdoors.

SOYSV are back fresh from the Austin Psych Fest (which was curated by The Black Angels). Their star keeps rising greater and greater, tearing them away from our local scene and converting them to a national band. Also playing are my good friends and one of the best midwest surf bands, Tokyo Sexwhale. They play a gripping array of covers mixed with originals. A solely instrumental outfit with the exception of occasional crowd banter. The quintet is comprised of very very talented musicians where songs culminate based more off of feeling one another out and improvisation rather than playing a song verbatim. This will be the show I will be at. This is the show you should be at.

This is my contingency plan if Ypsilanti should get enveloped by the earth before I get there. What's really cool about this is the diversity. I am very familiar with The Beggars, Electric Fire Babies, and Sey Lui. All the rest are under my radar. Totaling 9 band, you are sure to find something you like. The Belmont is a bit closer than Ypsi, but I try to boycott The Belmont as much as possible. Why? you ask. For their refusal to pay bands agreed upon amounts after shows....really giving them nothing except for a bar tab. Perhaps that's why there are hardly any shows at The Belmont anymore. But, personal grievances aside, this show has all the makings to be a blast.

If you would like something revued by the legendary -jr, feel free to mail hard-copies to 11859 Sycamore, Plymouth, Mi. 48170....and I am partial to vinyl.

-jr is a musician/dj/blogger/writer from Detroit, MI. He performs in the band The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre and writes a cultural blog under the same moniker. When Dj'ing he uses the handle DJ JCM. He has been an integral part of the Detroit Music mechanation for the past 10 years. He knows just about everything about music on both a local and national level. His opinon is gold and is infallible. This is what's been in my ear lately.

FREE TICKETS: English Beat with 1592 - Magic Bag Ferndale - May 20th

MCB has a pair of tickets to giveaway to this show
email us to enter to win
Local Detroit rock-steady 1592 are opening for the legendary English Beat
at the Magic Bag Ferndale on May 20th
They will be previewing the new album at this show and then
the 8 member group heads to NY for a few gigs in June
before returning home for an official CD release set of shows here in town
Hailing from working-class Birmingham, England, Dave and The English Beat entered the music scene in the 1979. When The English Beat rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came they came, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance Beat.
The six member band consisted of singer/songwriter Dave Wakeling (vocals & guitar), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), Saxa (saxophone) and Ranking Roger (toasting). The band managed to fuse all of their respective musical influences - soul, reggae, pop and punk - into a unique sound that was highly danceable. Along with contemporaries such as The Specials, The Selecter and Madness, The English Beat became one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Ska movement.
Get to this show!!
English Beat w/1592
Magic Bag Ferndale
May 20th 2010

This Sunday: Real Big Hairball @ ROMT

This event has gone on for forever, and is always a hairy good time. Take a look at MCB's coverage from last year!

Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak, Michigan
Sunday, May 2nd
Doors at 7:00p.m. - First "skit" at 7:55p.m.
18 and up only.

The HAIRBALL® Show benefits
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (J.D.R.F)

To celebrate, create, re-originate and other wise "make a spectacle of an industry full of artists"

for artistic expression - be they elaborate, beautiful, absurd or Unrealistic.

What is HairBall®?

An avante garde Hair – Fashion – "Performance Art" Show and Benefit put on by local salons.

The skits the salons perform are crazy, mixed up and goofy (usually) and very similar to the first couple of weeks of "America’s Got Talent!"

You never know what to expect regarding the talent, hair, costumes or "skit" to appear.

You will see exquisitely beautiful and amazingly exciting fusions of hair and make up, design, choreography and style. OR sometimes, a complete lack thereof - which makes the show fun.

"Now That’s Fashion Entertainment!"

HairBall® show is a fashion entertainment event that allows Professional salons and Cosmetology schools to do "performance art" in a theater venue and benefits J.D.R.F.

There are awards for;

London Calling® has been producing this event in metro Detroit since 1986 & "REAL BIG HAIR BALL", "BIG HAIR BALL", "HAIRBALL", "HAIR BALL" and "HAIR BRAWL" are trademarks and an original concept/s of London Calling ltd.®

Sugar & Gold - Live at the Crofoot - Monday 5-3

Electronic/dance/rock quintet Sugar & Gold are prepared to deliver pleasure to music fans in many forms this Spring: live shows, new video and most of all, their full-length debut 'Get Wet'. Already exciting audiences with shows around their native San Francisco, including a show with !!! at Noise Pop, the band are prepared to hit the road for a U.S. tour and make a stop up North this summer for the Sled Island Festival! The band intend to show all of America exactly why they are frequently referred to as the "Best Party Band" in the Bay Area.


Sugar & Gold takes the stage at the Crofoot on Monday May 3rd. The GGBB will see you there up front and center, dancing our asses off!