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Night of 100 Cracks: Hellbound @ Small's by DC-in-Detroit

DC is a longtime contributor to the MCB
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Noir Leather's "Hellbound"
Small's Hamtramck, 25 September 2010

I've been attending Hellbound events since, oh, the 1940s. Back then (before the war), the events tended to be more like fashion shows with a few appreciative freaks in the audience, and a lot of gawkers. I like what these parties have evolved into.

Small's is a favorite venue of mine. The layout of the bar, and its three discrete areas and countless corners, is well-suited for this sort of party. The dark, cozy booths in the main bar area are perfect for shadowy canoodlings. A spanking bench was set up in the small mid-room, leading to the big performance area with a DJ setup, gogo cage, a little more naughty furniture, a small platform for some more eye-level performance, and the big stage.

This being my first Hellbound at Small's, I wasn't sure when folk would start arriving, or who they would be. I got there around 10 and that turned out to be early, as only a handful had beaten me there (and weren't yet beating each other at all). But I was glad to see that those who were in attendance were clearly not the gawker types -- these were participants.

After fetching my first Red Fish and soda of the night, I clopped my little platforms back toward the main stage and waited for things to get started. Right about then, I heard the unmistakable pop of a sonic boom in my presence. My ears perked, and yonder my glassies swivelled to the young cutie in the mid-room, doing a little demented target practice on the (empty) spanking bench. I set my drink on the ledge, propped my chin on my hand and just nakedly observed him. Because, you know, I'm smoove like that. He noticed me watching (smooooove) and made a gesture as though to ask if I'd like to try my hand. Would I? Would I! (Big nose!)

It had to be after 11 at this point, and there were still no people in the stage area, which was pretty handy considering I was going to need all the space. My guide showed me a basic overhand technique, then handed me his weapon. As I was standing there feeling the heft of the handle, I realized... I'd never done this before. At all. How is that even possible? I extended my arm fully for my first attempt and was reminded -- oh, right, that's why. I'm a natural clod, and it seemed entirely likely that I'd put my own eye out with the thing. My new sensei was patient, though, advising me to snap my wrist later on the stroke (that's what she said [oh I so gravely apologize]). After another few limp attempts, ah-ha! The snap! I was just giddy (in other words, dorky). This calls for another drink!

Back in the main bar, my black-clad brethren were beginning to arrive. Some were the folk you'd usually see at Small's on a Saturday. Some were fresh young faces. Some were kinkster aristocracy. There was leather, of course, and lace and latex, but also denim and thin cotton and -- oh joy to my soul! -- feathers.

There were certainly the usual contingent of the head-to-toe latex-clad, the human doormats, the crossdressers and the plumbing fetishists. Wait, what? All right, that was a new one on me even. Boy wore a mean pair of cutoffs though.

I'm pleased at the direction the stage shows have taken, too. Yes, they're beautiful people. Yes, they're stunningly garbed. But I'll let you in on a little secret: these aren't just performers. I recognize some of these people; this is really what they do. The saddle that was on that burly boy's back? They own that.

There is, I think, a misbegotten notion of these fetish/fashion-friendly events that it's all furtiveness and dirty secrets. It's not; I mean, unless you want it to be (hot). The Detroit fetish community is a bunch of friendly people, and a lot of familiar faces (including, no joke, the man who did my drywall). It's never once occurred to me at any of these events that "oh I hope I don't see someone I work with!" For one thing, if they see me there, it means they are there, too. For another, I look pretty good in PVC and pink fishnets. But beyond that, there is nothing shameful or untoward or weird about what goes on at these parties. Okay, I admit, my weirdness slider may be a little further down one side than your average schlub, but the point is, these are people having fun. And what could be more wholesome?

Confidential to Our Young Whipmaster: You owe me a pair of fishnets.

PHOTOS: TEDx @ D.I.A. 9/29/2010

Get your tickets now - Black Dub - Magic Stick Detroit - Nov 22

We are working on some freebies so stay tuned

Special Vinyl Edition of BLACK DUB

In Stores on 9/28 Album Available 11/2

Black Dub, the enigmatically eclectic new quartet helmed by acclaimed guitarist and Grammy award-winning producer Daniel Lanois, hit the road this November in support of their self titled debut album. The tour will kick off November 15th in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club and finish up in Minneapolis on November 24th.

The tour launches in conjunction with the release of the band's self-titled JIVE debut, landing in stores on November 2, 2010. Black Dub combines tripped-out soul with flourishes of rock 'n' roll and Jamaican dub for a sound that's elegant and entrancing.

Black Dub have also plotted a special vinyl release of Black Dub for September 28. This edition is pressed on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl and an album digital download card is included.

With their hypnotic live chemistry, Black Dub's fall tour promises to be as unforgettable as their debut album.

The band features Lanois on guitar, New Orleans virtuoso Brian Blade, a seasoned musician who has performed with jazz titans such as Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, on drums, the incendiary and impassioned vocals of Belgian born Trixie Whitley, the beautiful 22-year-old daughter of the late, great Texas bluesman, Chris Whitley, and rounding out the quartet is famed Louisiana bass player Daryl Johnson.

November 15 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
November 17 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
November 18 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
November 19 Vienna, VA Jammin' Java
November 21 Charleston, WV Mountain Stage
November 22 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
November 23 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
November 24 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center

FREE TICKETS: Dungen at Magic Stick Detroit and HELMET at Smalls Hamtramck and Motorcity Special #3 at Northern Lights Lounge Detroit

my apologies for being busy as of late
you may not have noticed thanks to the many other awesome contributors here at the ol MCB BUT to be honest I have felt a little Slacktastic lately and to make it up to you here are a few ticket giveaways to help ease the pain.... email to win a pair of tickets to one of these shows
List in the subject line the show you would like to attend for free on the MCB

Everyone knows about HELMET
but check out some info on Intronaut who is the tour openers
Southern California’s INTRONAUT are truly one of the most intricate and exciting bands to come along in quite some time. Incorporating an intelligent-yet-psychedelic instrumentation, incredible polyrhythmic moments and the awe-inspiring vocals of Sacha Dunable, the band has become one of the most respected groups in the modern progressive (or Thinking Man’s Metal) scene. Now INTRONAUT is preparing to unleash what is perhaps their greatest work yet with the release of Valley of Smoke on October 12th via Century Media Records. The highly anticipated album is full of surprises, including the title track, which is the focus of their latest installment of the In The Valley of Smoke web series. The instrumental track employees the use of two drum sets and two bass guitars resulting in one of the band’s most epic pieces yet. You can look at the making of this track at the following location:
Motorcity Special #3 will be one killer show
MCS#2 12" Double Sided Live Vinyl Record Release
w/ Black Lodge,The Beggars,WOLFBAIT
Marco Polio & The New Vaccines
The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre
there will be only a very limited amount of these on hand
Live detroit music all night long being recorded live!!!!!
The Meltdowns
Troy Gregory
The High Strung
The School of Rock
Northern Lights Lounge is the swankiest place in Detroit
come on out for free on the MCB
there will be some freebies and great drink specials all night long
plus a very special birthday celebration

Dungen released their new album Skit I Allt on Mexican Summer, it's a collection of gorgeous rippers and graceful jazz filled polyrhythms. The band has toured with Fleet Foxes (singer is a fan), and were picked by Jim Jarmusch the founder of All Tomorrows Parties to play the festival.

Dungen - play a show on Friday October 8th at Magic Stick Detroit

Get tickets here

Scharolette Chappell Display Opening - Oct 1st - Salon Retro in Royal Oak

UPCOMING SHOW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Parlotones @ Emerald Theater on October 9th

Next weekend, South Africa's indie rock-pop sensation The Parlotones will be appearing at the Emerald Theater in Mt. Clemens, opening for alt-rockers Blue October, and MCB has two pairs of tickets to give away to some lucky readers.

Send us an email to
to be entered into the drawing.

Even if you're not one of the lucky few, you can
Click here to buy tickets for The Parlotones and Blue October
$25 in advance or $28 day of show (All Ages).

About the Parlotones:
The Parlotones have shared the stage with musical greats, including: Kings of Leon, The Gossip, Violent Femmes, Jimmy Eat World, New Model Army, Evanescence, Staind, The Rasmus, UB40 and Collective Soul. They have achieved multi-platinum-selling status in their home country of South Africa, selling more records there than Coldplay, The Killers, and Oasis combined. Their big-budget music videos have won them a string of MK and SAMA Awards, including a 2010 SAMA Award for “Best Music Video of the Year” for the song “Push Me to the Floor.”South African sensation mixes atmospheric pop-rock with educated lyrical themes, join Blue October on tour September 17.

The release of Stardust Galaxies marks the U.S. introduction of a group that has spent the last 18 months on a sold-out, 300-date world tour, packing out 1000+ capacity venues in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Russia, and the UK. Most recently, the band performed in front of a global audience of over 1 billion viewers at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert.

Stardust Galaxies’s lead single, “Life Design,” serves as an “ode to those who have created success despite adversity,” says The Parlotones’s front man, Kahn Morbee. “It’s a celebration of those people who have an innate exuberance for life, and pursue the betterment of their own lives and the lives of those around them.”

The band practice what they preach, having become activists against two of the most deadly epidemics in their home country of South Africa: AIDS and malaria. The band has raised funds for The StarFish Foundation and performed at a number of AIDS awareness concerts, including POSI+IVE Rocks. Each year, The Parlotones speak at grade schools in South Africa, educating younger generations on AIDS prevention, and donate all revenue from on-site performances back to the schools themselves for facility renovation and community development. The band also champions for United Against Malaria, an initiative which is attempting to eradicate malaria in Africa.

The South African natives have weaved themselves into the fabric of their home country’s history with performances at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Jacob Zuma, Africa Day, Live Earth, and a record-breaking show at the Dome in Johannesburg, where they wrote their own piece of African history by becoming the first South African band to ever headline the venue.

From their origins in Johannesburg, South Africa, the rock 4-piece have achieved multi-platinum-selling status with their darkly romantic lyrics, atmospheric pop structures, and ambitious live shows that have earned them rave response from fans and critics alike.

Whitney Garden Party - The Sights / The Crooks / Danny Kroha - TONIGHT!

Catch The Sights
w/ The Crooks and Danny Kroha
at The Whitney Garden Party

4421 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-5700
Music starts at 5:30pm

-jr-MusicRevue 09/30/2010

read more -jr MUSICREVUE here

A Logocentric Detroit Rapper

Here's a video of Doc Waffles performing "Eleanore" last night at Club Bart in Fabulous Ferndale. Doc has a new album "How To Shoot Quail" due out in November. Download some freebies over at his website




-jr is a musician/dj/blogger/writer from Detroit, MI. He performs in the bands The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre and Sheefy Mcfly & The Delorean. He also writes a cultural blog covering the ins and outs of the Detroit Music Scence as well as pop culture. 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.


Photos: Outrageous Cherry live @ the DIY Arts Fair ~ Dan Sultana

One of the best song writers in the Detroit area..Matthew Smith and his band Outrageous Cherry played a fantastic set of music at the DIY Art Fair Friday night. Matt has been a staple in the Detroit music scene for many years. Outrageous Cherry plans on heading into the studio soon to record a new CD. Here are a few shots from the show ..Enjoy !


Portugal. the Man - Fillmore Detroit - Sunday Oct 3rd

MCB gave away at least 10 sets of tickets for the upcoming Primus show
where Portugal. The Man and Split Lip Rayfield open
Check them out below and get to this show at The Fillmore Detroit
Sunday October 3rd 2010

Portugal. The Man - People Say from Aquarium Drunkard on Vimeo.

TONIGHT Hip Hop Open Mic - New Way Bar Ferndale

Think you have what it takes?

WOLFBAIT opening for Valient Thorr tomorrow at Smalls Hamtramck

Wednesday, September 29th 2010
Valient Thorr
wsg Junius, Howl & Wolfbait
$10 adv - $12 door

FREE EP DOWNLOAD: Robin Goodfellow – Susannah, You See Beyond EP

TO: All
FROM: The desk of the Romantic Air Recording Company
DATE: Tuesday ~ September 28, 2010
RE: Robin Goodfellow – Susannah, You See Beyond EP

Clouds part and the stars come out.
Somewhere in a forgotten forest, creatures of unknown origin dance and dine.
They feast upon hearty board and a wash of dandelion wine.
A rhythmic decay of insect voices and woodland scurrying gives way to a near silent night.
With the seasoned crackle of burning timber,
the tribe eases into an untroubled and merry collective dream.
Not far off, but not too close,
the throaty call of an ancient predator breaks the silence.

For some minutes, reverberations of the distorted howl hang.
Echoes swirl, tripping through the tangled arms and legs of dream-state lovers.
Oh, how the wolf longs to become the chimera in the rainbow trance of the group.
But not tonight.
And so, without a host, the echoes rise into the night sky.

It is a new moon.
That final guardian of earthly sound and light is on leave
as songs of hope, loss and longing simply drift into space.
Into nothing.

Once, you wondered what would exist if the world did not.
But you couldn't really imagine that, could you?
So picture the smallest thing, perhaps the end of a record needle.
Of course, even the sharpest point has some volume.
But is it there or is it not?
This is the point at which Robin Goodfellow enters our world.
We sing their gentle harmonies as a mysterious woodland clan once did.
We ride their waves back and forth and back again in ritual tribute to relations long since passed. We gather beyond the moon as a symphony of synths burst into an infinitesimally small concussion of sound and noise.
Meanwhile, ancient signals expand further and deeper into space.
And as they reach the stars, what knowledge will be transmitted back in time?
Indeed, the stars do not lie to you.

Detroit Party Marching Band Benefit Show - PJs LAger House Detroit - Sat Oct 2nd

an ever-evolving, spontaneously-assembling collective of Detroit area musicians and non-musicians devoted to spontaneous revelry, driving jams, and loose-limbed brass in & around the dear city of Detroit will be playing PJs LAger House on Saturday Oct 2nd 2010
The 18-piece ensemble is preparing for it’s most ambitious excursion yet: a cross country jauntto appear at Boston’s legendary Honk! Fest, an international showcase featuring 30+ activist & renegade street bands. Help the band raise funds to cover the trek by attending a blowout dance party at PJ’sLager House in Detroit! The show will feature the glitter-drenchedelectro-pop of Charlie Slick, a dance party hosted by the impeccable Larry Williams and, of course, a rare billed performance by the Detroit Party Marching Band themselves.
Detroit Party Marching Band HONK! Fest Benefit Show & Dance Party
Featuring Charlie Slick, DJ Larry Williams & more
Saturday, October 2nd
PJ’s Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave
Detroit MI 48226
Doors 8pm

UPCOMING: Fearless Friends Tour hits St Andrews Detroit on October 28th

Check out local bands Every Avenue and The Victorious Secrets

Fearless Friends Tour 2010 presented by , is sponsored by Journey's, Peter Says Denim, MerchNow, Atlantic Records, LiveNation and Substream Music Press.

Current album: Anywhere But Here
New single: "Kids In Love"
Why they rock: Tallahassee-based infectious rockers, Mayday Parade are currently on the Van's Warped Tour for the duration of the summer to support their breakthrough major label debut Anywhere But Here. Produced by produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, All Time Low), the album made a stunning chart debut upon its release entering the Billboard 200 at #31. In addition, the band has been featured on the cover of Alternative Press Magazine and has received video support from MTV2 and mtvU.
For more information:

Current album: Hello Fascination Deluxe Edition
New single: "I.D.G.A.F"
Why they rock: Having turned Vans Warped Tour into a dance party for a second year in a row, dynamic Denver, CO duo Breathe Carolina is ready to continue the celebration on the Fearless Friends Tour this fall. Making waves worldwide with their unique blend of electro-pop rock, the band just premiered the video for summer anthem "I.D.G.A.F." on MySpace Music, taken from acclaimed album Hello Fascination. Check it out here!
For more information:

Current album: Picture Perfect
New single: "Tell Me I'm A Wreck"
Why they rock: With the stunning video for new single "Tell Me I'm A Wreck" resonating with fans worldwide since it's premiere on MTV2 last week, and the track picking up traction at pop radio, Michigan's Every Avenue is rising to the top of the latest crop of hot pop-rock acts. Currently Kerrang! TV's Video of The Week in the UK, the band has gained international acclaim, touring with Boys Like Girls, Metro Station, Hey Monday and The Maine. Having already wowed crowds on the Alternative Press Spring Tour with Never Shout Never, get set for this euphoric pop-rock quintet to slay you this fall!
For more information:

Current album: Damn Rough Night
New single: "Adorable"
Why they rock: Emerging from a whole summer on Vans Warped Tour with a whole new legion of fans, Artist Vs Poet has proved just why this Dallas, TX power pop-punk quintet is one of the most talked about bands in the scene. Taken from new album Favorite Fix, produced by Mike Green (Paramore, Breathe Carolina), Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Cartel), new single "Adorable" is the perfect song to take the sunshine of summer straight on into the fall. Look out for the video soon!
For more information:

Current EP: Do Overs And Second Chances
New single: "Goodnight Moon"
Why they rock: Having played dates with Secondhand Serenade this summer, and A Day To Remember this spring, Go Radio is ready to win over fans this fall with their stunning musicianship and impressive collection of honest, melodic songs. The Tallahassee quartet features ex-Mayday Parade singer/gutarist Jason Lancaster, and is one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from Florida's hotbed of rock n' roll talent. Signing to Fearless Records at the start of the year, the band's new EP Do Overs And Second Chances is the perfect showcase for this awesome new band, who head into the studio this month to record their debut album, set for release early 2011.
For more information:

Current Album: In development
New Single: "Riding on a Falcon" / the songs
Why they Rock: The Victorious Secrets emerged as America's favorite band in the summer-long, nationwide search for the freecreditscore.comTM band. The competition began with more than 100 hopefuls that performed in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The Victorious Secrets had the distinction of being the only finalist to enter the search through online submission. The band prevailed over the other groups with their originality, pop-rock style and tongue-in-cheek humor. They will star in the national ad campaign created by The Martin Agency, with commercials debuting during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
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ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - Jazz Cafe Detroit - Thurs/Fri Sept 30th-Oct 1st 2010


Jazz Café is extremely proud to welcome back, the incomparable, genre-bending guitarist, Allan Holdsworth, for two nights and four shows, Thursday, September 30th and Friday, October 1st at 8PM and 10PM each night, in the cozy confines of the Jazz Café at Music Hall.

Along with his longtime rhythm section stalwarts, Ernest Tibbs on bass guitar and Chad Wackerman on drums, this is a power trio that not only swings, but burns. Holdsworth possesses an incredible physical and technical prowess, and also is a master of digital guitar synthesizers that expand and enhance his style, while pushing the limits of what an electric stringed instrument can musically produce. The saxophone, and not the guitar, seems to be his biggest influence, specifically, John Coltrane’s improvisational excursions and his phrasing, which Holdsworth translates seamlessly to the energetic blasts of the electric guitar.

Born in Bradford, England, Holdsworth cut his teeth in early 70’s progressive Rock bands like Tempest, Gong and the legendary, Soft Machine. In 1978 he would form arguably the last of the great Prog-Rock super groups, UK, along with former King Crimson and Yes Drummer, Bill Bruford and bassist, John Wetton also from Crimson- as well as violinist/multi-instrumentalist, Eddie Jobson who had played previously with Frank Zappa and Roxy Music.

As Progressive Rock gave way to the DIY aesthetic of Punk Rock, Holdworth gravitated toward improvisational instrumental fusion, pioneering a sound and lead style that guitar virtuoso, Eddie Van Halen would deem as a major influence.

Upon the urging of former Miles Davis drummer, Tony Williams- who was responsible for nudging Davis’ work to include Rock-based riffs and motifs, featured Holdworth on his hallmark album, “Believe it”. Holdworth continued blurring the boundaries between Rock and Jazz in the 1980’s with his next primo instrumental guitar and experimental group, IOU - which was also the name of his first solo record, with drummer Gary Husband and bassist, Paul Carmichael. The group would also include stints by Jeff Berlin and Cream vocalist, Jack Bruce, who would contribute vocals to their 1984 Grammy- nominated, “Road Games”.

In the early 90s, Holdsworth also appeared in a jazz “supergroup” with other great jazz and fusion legends, including Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, and Michael and Randy Brecker among others. 1992's Wardenclyffe Tower furthered an exploration of Holdsworth's own designs for baritone electric guitars (built by luthier Bill DeLap) and broadened the use of his chordal orchestrations and solo phrasings via the SynthAxe.

The release of Holdsworth's next album project, None Too Soon (1996) marked a departure in style from this impressive string of previous group projects. It provided Holdsworth the opportunity to showcase his interpretation of some classic jazz standards and several originals by one of England 's best-known jazz pianists, Gordon Beck.

Holdsworth recorded some of his favorite, lesser-known jazz standards, along with several Gordon Beck originals, in a “straight-ahead” jazz vein, drawing upon Beck's talents as an arranger.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.

Drum Battle Series- Pick any 3 Jazz Café events for $75

Available at Music Hall Box Office (313) 887-8500 or

Jazz Café at Music Hall
350 Madison Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
313 887-8532


Detroit, Michigan
October 2nd 2010

The Russell Industrial Center features the Detroit-area's greatest artists and craft workers during Art Detroit Now's annual showcase Gallery Week. This special event runs from 6pm-10pm on October 2nd and is open to art lovers of all ages. There is no cost for this event and the entire campus will be available for attendees to explore and discover some of the area's most talented artists.

Showcasing in this year's Open House are their art collectives, painters, wood workers, clothing designers, metal sculptors and much more. Many internationally known artists reside in the Russell Industrial Center and will be on hand for people to browse their work spaces. The artists will open there studios to the public which is a rare opportunity for other artists and art buyers to get a glimpse at where and the Russell Artists create.

There is so much to discover in the Russell Industrial Center's seven building complex. Besides individual artist studios and workshops, there are a variety of galleries to browse through as well. The Detroit Industrial Project will be featuring "Mis•tak•en" which is new work by Brooks Harris Stevens. The installation consists of a pathway created by formed paper and suspended organza dresses artistically done. The MONA will also be featuring a very special show from Amanda Faye Cain. More information about the RIC can be found at

For More information on ADN or Detroit Gallery Week go to
About The Fall Open House during Detroit Gallery Week:
Date: October 2nd
Time 6pm-10pm
Address 1600 Clay, Detroit, Michigan 48211


The Klaxons are playing the Magic Stick on 29, September 2010.


Local band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is playing the D.I.A's TEDx event. It's from 5:00pm - 9:00pm on September 29, 2010.


Wild At Heart

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

Wild At Heart

Well, it’s getting to that time when the last show is right around the corner. This Saturday (10/02), I will be hosting my final show of Wild At Heart on the airwaves of WXOU 88.3FM ( I hope everyone can tune in. I don’t really have anything special planned in terms of music, but I might have an interview with RA Mihailoff talking about the new slasher film Hatchett II (to be reviewed here next week).

As my time here in Detroit gets shorter, I am still trying to experience as much of the city as possible. My most recent thing was a tour of the Detroit Yacht Club which is the private marina and sailing club in located on its own island off of Belle Isle in the Detroit River between the MacArthur Bridge and the DTE generating plant. The DYC clubhouse is a beautifully restored 1920s Mediterranean-style villa that holds the distinction of being the largest yacht club in the United States. The origin of the club goes back to the 1870’s, though the current building was built in 1923 by George Mason (the same architect who designed the Grand Hotel, GEM Theatre and Detroit Masonic Temple among other buildings in the area). The facility includes 2 pools (with Pewabic tiles), a large trophy room and a grand ballroom and is open for membership for interested parties and you don’t need a boat. On the tour I went on, they gave us a nice buffet to snack on which included meatballs and some wonderful desserts. If you are looking for a club to join, you can contact Jack Lyon by phone (313-824-1200 x233) or email ( At the club, you can even take lessons on how to race a yacht.

Detroit Yacht Club

Also, mentioning the Grand Hotel, it is time for Part II of my trip to the Upper Peninsula. Day 2 saw me wake up to catch an early morning ferry courtesy of Shepler’s Mackinaw Island Ferry service. The ride going over was a bit bumpy but not that bad as we got up close to the Mackinaw Bridge before heading over. We had a great view of the island including the Grand Hotel and the two light houses in the bay.


Upon landing, I walked around a bit including going through the Biddle House and Mission Church and some local stores before getting on my carriage tour of the island which included stops at the Wings Of Mackinaw Butterfly Conservatory, scenic Arch Rock, Fort Mackinaw and Grand Hotel. The ride itself was around 2 hours and very relaxing as we got puller by teams of 2 and 3 horses. The island itself doesn’t allow cars. The only cars on the island are a police cruiser and fire truck for emergencies. This dates back to 1900 when a vacationer brought his car to the island and caused an accident which killed a couple of horses. Ever since then, you have only horses, bikes and in the winter, snow mobiles. The trip through the State Park includes the local cemetery also. The Park is Michigan’s oldest State Park.

Horse carriage

Arch Rock

I had lunch at the Grand Hotel which was very expensive but one of those you just have to do. The buffet, priced at $40, includes a variety of salads, lunch meats, you-peel shrimp, carved beef, fish, chicken and a nice dessert bar. While the cost is high, you are paying for the beauty of the surroundings which are extravagant. I had a nice view of the water while dining and afterwards, went out onto the porch which is the longest in the world. The hotel has an on-site art gallery, tons of historic items on the walls and in display cases (including Christopher Reeves hat from the movie “Somewhere In Time” which was filmed there, a carriage museum and some gorgeous gardens. Of historic note, the hotel hosted the first public demonstration of Thomas Edison's phonograph on that very same porch. You just feel rich walking around the place and at over $250 a night, you should.

Grand Hotel

After dinner, I walked around Fort Mackinaw. It was a military outpost built by the British during the American Revolutionary War to control the strategic Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron (and by extension the fur trade on the Great Lakes). In use from the late 18th century to the late 19th century, it later became the scene of two strategic battles for control of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. During most of the 19th century, it served as an outpost of the United States Army and eventually closed in 1895. The view from the fort is very nice as it overlooks the town and the lakes. I have been through many forts in my time and the only thing that really separates this from others is the view. The grounds are well kept and they do firing demonstrations at regular interviews and have a nice history of the island in one building. If you enjoy this type of thing, this is a nice fort to tour.

Fort Mackinaw

Afterwards, I walked around town until the last boat was ready to leave. I got a quick ice cream and a relaxed downtown atmosphere as things were winding down. Back on the mainland, I stopped by a local pastry shop for a pasties before going to bed and getting ready for day three which will come at a later date along with some cool things I found in Windsor this week as I went on a day trip prior to a Bobby Vinton concert at Caesars.

Here is a list of some upcoming shows this week.

Tuesday (9/28) – Citizen Smile opens for Acorns @ Pike Room

Wednesday (9/29) – blues-harp master Charlie Musselwhite @ Callahans

Friday (10/01) – Fireworks w/The Swellers @ Magic Stick, James @ Royal Oak Music Theatre, Shirock @ Academy Of Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), Broken Social Scene @ Michigan Theatre, Jeffrey Osborne @ Fox Theatre, Savoy Brown @ Magic Bag

Saturday (10/02) – King’s X opens for Accept @ Emerald Theatre, Irish folk rockers Great Big Sea @ Chatham Capitol Theatre, LeAnn Rimes @ Macomb Center For The Performing Arts, Mustard Plug @ Blind Pig, Graham Parker @ Corner Brewery (Ypsilanti)

Sunday (10/03) – Primus @ Fillmore Theatre

Monday (10/04) - punk rockers DOA @ The Loop (Windsor), Ra Ra Riot @ Blind Pig

I hope you enjoy you week. I can’t recommend it enough to tour Mackinaw Island if you get a chance. I hear a nice time to go is when the lilacs are in bloom or during the islands jazzfest.


Photos: Another installment of Local Bands @ the DIY Art Fair ~ Dan Sultana

The Satin Peaches took the stage by storm in support of their recently released Digital Album "The Arsenic EP" available to download here .
The Satin Peaches jammed for a solid 4o minutes playing a wide range of their material. The strong guitars from George and Jesse plus the heavy drum rhythms kept the crowd moving and grooving through the entire set! TSP is another very talented group of musicians from the roots of Detroit.
Catch TSP live at Savoy in Ypsilanti Oct. 7th and

Come back tomorrow to the get a taste of Outrageous Cherry !

UPCOMING: HEDLEY - Monday Oct 4th @ Crofoot Pontiac


Multi-platinum Canadian band Hedley – who recently added another three MuchMusic Video Awards to their tally, including Video of the Year for their single "Perfect" – will be hitting the road in support of their October 12th U.S. release of their third studio album, THE SHOW MUST GO. Kicking off October 4th in Detroit, MI, Hedley will take their melodic, celebratory rock on the road with a headline tour across the U.S. (Tour dates below). Fans can also log into to for video updates from the band's Canadian arena tour throughout September, including messages to each market on the October U.S. tour!

THE SHOW MUST GO is preceded by "Perfect," Hedley's first official U.S. single release, which won two MMVA's in June (including Video Of The Year), impacted at radio on July 26th. "Perfect" became Hedley's 10th consecutive #1 video at MuchMusic earlier this year, a new record for a domestic artist at the video channel. The piano-based power ballad has received more than 1.5 million views at YouTube, and can also be seen on top-rated music site VEVO, as well as the band's website . The band also recently completed a sold-out Canadian arena tour, with US friends Boys Like Girls as direct support.

Hedley's second album, Famous Last Words broke platinum 10 days after its release in October 2007. The lead track, "She's So Sorry" (which won the MuchLOUD Best Rock Video Award), was followed by more Top 5 hits: "For the Nights I Can't Remember," "Never Too Late," and "Old School," all of which were #1 at MuchMusic (with the exception of Old School which had no video). "For the Nights I Can't Remember" swept the MMVAs that year, winning Best Video, Best Cinema­tography, and Best Director. At the Canadian Radio Music Awards, "For the Nights I Can't Remember" won the Fans Choice Award, Song Of The Year, and the Chart Topper Award.

"The American people are about to make a new best friend" says Hoggard, who came to prominence as a finalist in the 2004 season of CTV's Canadian Idol on a bet, and later asked fans to vote him off when it became apparent that he might win. The front man puts the credit for Hedley's success right where it belongs: "Much of what we've accomplished has been based on the relationship we've established with our fans. They've progressed and grown right alongside us." For further information go to

Hedley On Tour:

Mon 10/4/2010 Detroit, MI Pike Room

Tues 10/5/2010 Chicago, IL Subterranean

Wed 10/6/2010 Columbus, OH Basement

Thurs 10/7/2010 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar

Fri 10/8/2010 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

Sat 10/9/2010 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall

Mon 10/11/2010 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

Sun 10/17/2010 Seattle, WA El Corazon

Mon 10/18/2010 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre

Wed 10/20/2010 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord

Thurs 10/21/2010 Los Angeles, CA Roxy

Mon 10/25/2010 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court

Tues 10/26/2010 Denver, CO Soiled Dove


So you think you know Cage the Elephant?

How they got their name..where they came from..who influenced them.

You say "I'm their biggest fan ever!"

Well Detroit it's time to prove it!

MCB Photographer Dan Sultana will be heading down to The Starry Nights Music Festival in Bowling Green Kentucky to hang with the band and photograph the huge outdoor Party Fest that starts on Sept 30 and runs through Oct. 2
MCB is giving away a Cage the Elephant signed LP to the first two fans that get all the answer's right. If no one gets them all right then the two with the most right by midnight EST.Friday Oct. 1st will each get
a Cage the Elephant LP autographed by the band!

Email your answers to

All the answers can be found by searching the Motorcityblog and the World Wide Web

1. Where is the band from?
2. The band Cage the Elephant formed in what year?
3. Who are the brothers in the band?
4. What was the bands name before Cage The Elephant ?
5. What brand of Amplifier does lead guitarist Lincoln Parrish use?
6. What is the name of the Festival that Cage the Elephant will headline Sept 30-Oct 2?
7. Who is the drummer for CTE?
8. Who is the legendary Michigan born lead singer/front man Matt Shultz said has inspired him and would love to collaborate with one day? Hint (search "Cage the Elephant" on MCB for the answer)
9. What is Bass player Daniel Tichenor's nickname?
10. What high school did all five members of the band graduate from?
Bonus question: What is the origin of the bands name and what the hell does it mean?

So do You got what it takes to Cage the Elephant?

Remember to email your answers to The winners will be notified no later than Monday Oct 4, 2010 as long as my hangover is gone from the crazy weekend!

Meet Your Best Friend at the Detroit Zoo 2010! TODAY!

Need a best friend? Go get one at the Detroit Zoo!

"On September 25 & 26, the Michigan Humane Society and the Detroit Zoo will host the annual fall Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, presented by PEDIGREE®, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption at the largest off-site pet adoption event in the country. There is no charge for admission to the event or for parking. "

Here are some photos from last year:


The Wall Clocks wsg The Satin Peaches at Alvin's Tonight

Hometown Rockers Live at Alvin's Tonight!
Two of Detroit's up and coming bands are playing live tonight at Alvin's.

The Wall Clocks have been doing shows through out Detroit in support of their debut album "Odds and Beginnings"The wall Clocks are celebrating their 100 th live show tonight at Alvin's!

The Satin Peaches have been hitting stages all over the Detroit area including the DIY Art Fair last weekend. Catch the Satin Peaches tonight before they head out to tour the west coast!

This will be a great show in a historic venue!
Doors @ 8 pm

Photos: Millions of Brazilians at the DIY Art Fair ~ Dan Sultana

Millions of Brazilians were full of raw energy as they took over the stage at this years DIY Art Fair in Funky Ferndale. Guitar & song writing guru Augie Visocchi has joined the band along with original members Nicky Ciccheti and Chris "Zozzy" Gruse. George Morris (The Satin Peaches) joined them on stage making it a three guitar assault on the new songs MOB'z have been perfecting. Millions of Brazilians are heading to the studio very soon to lay down the tracks for a new CD. Stay tuned for more MOB'z on the MCB!!

Come back tomorrow as MCB continues the DIY Art Fair photo coverage featuring hometown Rockers The Satin Peaches


RATATAT rocked the house last week at ROMT in Royal Oak, Michigan.

A flawless performance with crazy visual displays, non stop, like watching your favorite movie and not wanting it to end but it goes by so fast! ya like that, sorry if you missed this one, MCB didn't!

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE, streaming music/videos, take a listen if you haven't already:


BOOKA SHADE Reurn to Detroit in Oct. 22nd

This past year, Berlin’s BOOKA SHADE—Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier—have cemented themselves as one of the most sought after international electronic live acts. On their last round of dates on this continent earlier this year, highlights included a sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York City which saw a stage invasion from the crowd (the New York Times (5/19/10) wrote, “This German electro duo is a perennial favorite of dedicated clubgoers – on a dark, sweaty dance floor, its slinky compositions become heavy with intrigue and promise.”), a Red Rocks Colorado performance that literally ‘rocked’ and stellar sets at Washington state’s Sasquatch and the Movement electronic festival in Detroit to close out each.

In support of their 2010 album More! (Get Physical) the electronic music producer/performers, armed with their keyboards, synths and electronic drum kit, will set off on a 10-date tour.

Fri 10/22
St. Andrew's - DETROIT
Purchase tickets

Goober and the Peas at the DIY Art Fair

Goober and the Peas caught alive at the DIY Art Fair

Goober and the Peas will be hootin it up at Theater Bizarre Sat. Oct. 23

The show is sold out but you can still win free tickets! Check out the detail here. Theater Bizarre Tickets


Friday night Sept 24th @ Oslo I still love Detroit Vol 2 - Mixtape Release Party


The Secret Sisters vinyl giveaway!

UPDATE: All 3 vinyls have been awarded !!

ALBUM: The Secret Sisters
RELEASE DATE: October 12th
TRACK: “I’ve Gotta Feeling”
GENRE: Country


HOMETOWN: Muscle Shoals, AL
· Formerly known as the Roger Sisters
· 40s / 50s Inspired Country / Indie / Folk
· Barely twenty-something year old sisters – Laura and Lydia Rogers
· The Secret Sisters Self Titled debut album is presented by T Bone Burnett (Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Counting Crows, The Beach Boy; Grammy Award winner)
· Debut album to be released on T-Bone Burnett’s label Beladroit
· Debut Album was recorded in Nashville in the legendary Blackbird Studios.
· Produced by Dave Cobb (Waylon Jennings, Jamey Johnson).
· Laura and Lydia learned to harmonize and family picnics performing classical gems by Everly Brothers, Doc Watson etc. Also sang a cappella in The Church of Christ in Alabama.


The Boot, LargeHearted Boy, MySpace Music, Country California,, RoughStock, Twenty FourBit, Tennessean, LA Times Blog and more!

The Secret Sisters echo and promise better days. They are a breath of fresh air. - T Bone Burnett
· Debut Album Executive Produced by T-Bone Burnett
· Featured on Jack White 7” series – The Secret Sisters debut 45 - released on Third Man Records (w/ My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemmel on pedal steel and White on Guitar).
· Recorded PBS Special w/ T-Bone Burnett on September 1st

So what are you waiting for? Check them out! "Do You Love An Apple" by The Secret Sisters

**We're also doing a giveaway of The Secret Sister's debut album! **

**First three people to email us at:, will win a vinyl copy of The Secret Sister's debut album, The Secret Sisters. *Please provide mailing address with your email entry!* UPDATE: All 3 vinyls have been awarded !!

Terrible Twos - PJs LAger House Detroit - Tonight

Vintage Terrible Twos video from 2008

PJ's Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave
Corktown - Detroit

Thursday, 9/23

Strange Boys
Terrible Twos
Natural Child
Gentlemen Jesse & his Men
On The Strange Boys from Austin, TX "...There’s something very sixties and very Dylan-esque about The Strange Boys’ music. It might be the powerful harmonica...or the sense of urgency that hits on R&B-inspired title track “Be Brave,” or it could just be the commanding, croaky croon of lead singer Ryan Sambol himself. While Sambol’s ambling, off-kilter singing voice might seem couched in nostalgia, there’s an element of honesty and genuine appreciation that seeps through...electric organs, neat guitar melodies and a good balance between breezy and old-time, set off Sambol’s soulful voice. The band brings an intriguing, never pandering, blend of genres- from soul to blues to modern day indie rock-packaged as Texas blues." -
"The first act was the Terrible Twos. They came out fast and frenzied and hammered through a set. Although the keyboards sounded great, the remainder of the band sounded as if they had just received some news that a close friend had betrayed them, and rather than face legal repercussions for beating up said friend, they decided to release their aggression by savagely abusing their instruments"-some journalist guy, We couldn't say it better!
Natural Child wields a lumbering haze of low-speed cannabis-core steeped in '60s psychedelia. From amped up punky bouts of singable stoner pop, to simmering rumbles that sound like what things might have been if Black Sabbath hailed from sunny Tennessee instead of gloomy Birmingham (England, that is). "
Atlanta's Gentleman Jesse & His Men have found love in the rich, power-pop offerings of the 1970s. With an emphasis on pop more than say, power, Jesse & His Men re-imagine licks as dreamt up by the likes of Nick Lowe, the Modern Lovers, and the Nerves. But they aren't so much an update or study of 70s power-pop as a celebration of those sounds and all their jangling tentacles. While slightly less indebted to the punk kinetics of the Buzzcocks or Damned than the Exploding Hearts were, Smith and his bandmates still follow the same blueprint as the Hearts did so successfully and infectiously."

SATURDAY: Hellbound "Shackled" @ Small's

I love these events, but aside to the good people of Hellbound: We need more pretty boy eye candy!

Noir Leather Hellbound
Sat Sept 25
10339 Conant, Hamtramck

Sexy Slave Girls
Jail Bait Tarts
Back in the Saddle w/ M
Dance Beats by Spinny
Dark and Dangerous Dungeon Play
Complimentary Hors D'Oeuvers
Human Boardwalk
Cash Bar

18+ Doors 8:30pm
Adv. Tix @ Noir $15/
$20 @ Door
Dress Code: Fetish Wear
Get 15% off Fetish Attire w/ Tix
Noir Leather
124 W. 4th St. Royal Oak 248-541-3979