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Rockstar is on fire this summer. Look at this line-up. And for a limited number of shows, Hatebreed will perform. The DTE show is one of them.
When you're there make sure to check out In Flames and Red Rage.
So, are you ready to have some fun?
Get yourself some to show and come to this event.

Where: DTE Music Theater

7774 Sashabaw Road

Clarkston, Michigan

When: August 6, 2011

PHOTOS: Jessica Lane's Birthday Show at The Painted Lady

We sweat and danced our asses off at the Painted Lady last night. Special thanks to Michelle and Sue at the Painted Lady for holding it down. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA - I'd do another lemon drop with you any time!

Pink Lighter B'hoys

Eight Ball Death

Swine Flu

Best Idea Ever!

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Rubblebucket Interview


We interviewed Alex from Rubblebucket and we talk briefly about the Electric Forest, how it went for them, and will they return to next year’s adventures in the forest.

We spoke about the electronic music scene and how dub step is changing the scene, and Alex explains how he can appreciate the dj scene more by being around it and thinking about incorporating more electronic with Rubblebucket’s music.

We get the story on how Rubblebucket became and what they’re in for this summer. Alex spoke to us during his time on the road heading to D.C for a show. We learn quickly that they are not just doing shows but they’re also playing tons of festivals as well.

They just released a new album Omega La La and are on tour right now for the summer and will eventually have some Michigan dates for the fall so keep your eyes pealed.

FREE TICKETS: Alkaline Trio - KMFDM - Iceage (Kickoff Fucking Awesome Fest)

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KMFDM, the legendary German electro-industrial outfit helmed by Sascha Konietzko, embark on their first North American tour since the April release of WTF?! on Metropolis Records.

"We are putting together one hell of a playlist for this tour with lots of fresh material from WTF?! as well as some killer classics and maybe even a surprise or two," Sascha shared.

Joining KMFDM on the WTF?! tour are Army of the Universe, 16Volt (Aug. 3 to 14 only) and Human Factors Lab. Army of the Universe, an Italian industrial duo, recently released their debut album Mother Ignorance on Metropolis Records. The band features renowned European DJ Albert Vorne aka Trebla. Chris Vrenna (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM), will join Army of the Universe for a handful of dates (noted below). 16Volt released Beating Dead Horses, the Portland band's seventh studio album, in May. Human Factors Lab will be debuting their new EP We All Fall Down on the tour.

William Wilson of Legion Within is performing with the current KMFDM line-up of Sascha, Lucia Cifarelli (vocals, keyboards), Jules Hodgson (guitars), Andy Selway (drums) and Steve White (guitars).

KMFDM also recently released a collection of their best known tracks in a single disc version titled W├╝rst and a double disc edition called Greatest Shit. Both releases feature songs from their time spent on WaxTrax! and Metropolis/KMFDM Records.

WTF?! tour dates:

August 3 Seattle, WA El Corazon
4 Portland, OR Wonder Ball
5 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
6 Anaheim, CA Grove of Anaheim
7 San Diego, CA Belly Up Tavern
8 Los Angeles, CA The Mayan*
10 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
12 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
13 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
14 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
15 Detroit, MI The Crofoot
16 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
17 Boston, MA Royale*
18 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts*
20 Baltimore, MD Recher Theater*
21 Cincinnati, OH Radiodown
24 Salt Lake City, UT Complex
25 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory
26 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
27 Victoria, BC Sugar Nightclub
* = Chris Vrenna joins Army of the Universe

Not only do you get tickets to check out Iceage at the Pre-Party on 8/10 but your tickets are good for the entire 4 days of FUCKING AWESOME FEST at The Majestic Complex

Danish punk group Iceage formed in 2008 when the bandmembers averaged 17 years in age. Influenced by early hardcore and no wave, and with a sloppy, anarchic style of playing not too far removed from West Coast indie/punk bands like No Age and Abe Vigoda, the band’s short and raw debut, New Brigade, was released in 2011 on What’s Your Rupture in the U.S. and on Tambourhinoceros in Europe.

New Brigade is Iceage’s debut album , 26 minutes of anthemic stress, of tension undiluted by worldly wisdom or amassed experience, (its members are teenagers, presently ranging from 16through 18 years of age. New Brigade displays a conidence that substitutes worldly experience for the thrills of discovery, of knowing that it is possible to forge your own path in light of adults, the establishment, and prevailing wisdom telling you to do otherwise. Iceage mixes ’77 punk, ’79 post-punk, Goth and hardcore as if they invented it, and does such an excellent job of blending these tropes with the pent-up energy and frustration of the just-post-pubescent years of young mens’ lives, that they might as well have. In this tradition, New Brigade’s twelve songs rushpast, long enough to hit you in the chest and short enough to make you wonder
what happened.

YouTube shows Iceage’s live shows to be frenetic, sometimes violent affairs with very little compromise in the way of sound or concept. You may get pushed around. Deal with it. This is a punk record from a punk band that plays punk shows.
American audiences will get their first chance to see them play this summer.

Vocals Elias Bender Ronnenfelt
Guitar Johan Surrballe Wieth
Drummer Dan Kjaer Nielsen
Bassist Jakob Tvilling

Iceage - New Brigade from iceage on Vimeo.

Alkaline Trio is going to be a great show but we want to get there early to check out the opening act Smoking Popes - read below and win tickets by emailing

Alkaline Trio has announced their 15th anniversary tour, inviting Smoking Popes (one of their greatest influences) to join them. Smoking Popes built a relationship with their legion of fans and fellow musicians by melding raw songs about bittersweet heartache with soaring melodies, power chords and punk spirit. Inspired by the Popes, Alkaline Trio emerged onto the scene and have built an immense cult following. Matt Skiba, vocalist of Alkaline Trio,said, “The Smoking Popes were a good band that only wrote good songs. They have always been a big influence on Alkaline Trio and are a huge reason a lot of us started bands in the first place.”

The Smoking Popes and Alkaline Trio have recently released new albums. Smoking Popes released, This is Only a Test, which is their first ever concept album, exploring the life of a fictional high schooler. This is Only a Test is perfect proof that their sparkling lyricism and ineffable charm is still intact. The tour kicks off in Omaha, Nebraska and arrives in Pontiac on August 4th at the Clutch Cargo's.

This is Only a Test's songs explore themes of identity, musical aspirations, love and teen suicide. Singer/Guitarist Songwriter Josh Caterer explains, “When I first got the idea to write from a teenage perspective, the individual songs came really quickly. I wrote a song a day for five days. That’s half the album in less than a week. I never write that fast! Each song stands alone asa snapshot from this kid's life. The story doesn't unfold like a narrative. It's more like a collage." Recorded at Chicago’s Atlas Studios in 2010, the album was produced by Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms, Less Than Jake).

Some may assume that This is Only a Test is autobiographical but Caterer lays that notion to rest, saying, “The main character on this album is definitely a creation. He’s not me. Well…he’s similar to me, but he’s not limited by the realities of my own experience. I created a character that basically has the same view of the world that I had when I was in high school, but he’s his own person and he does some things that I never did.

Smoking Popes first burst onto the scene in 1991 and released several albums on various local labels. They signed to Capitol Records in 1995 and re-released Born to Quit¸ one of Smoking Popes landmark albums, to an even larger fan base gained by touring with bands like Jawbreaker and Jimmy Eat World. Praise from SPIN, Alternative Press, Rolling Stone and Billboard arrived with the re-release and later that year, “Need You Around” was also featured in the hit movie Clueless. Musical icon Morrissey raved: “Did you ever hear Born to Quit? It’s by the Smoking Popes. I thought that album was extraordinary, the most lovable thing I’d heard in years”.

In 1997, the Smoking Popes released Destination Failure. The album challenged the idea of what a pop punk band could do, with lyrics that told tales of love and longing with heartbreaking details. To the shock of many, Smoking Popes decided to throw in the towel in 1998. In 2005, rumors started flying that the band would perform again. Their sold out reunion show at Chicago’s Metro on November 11th sparked a resurgence of Smoking Popes fans, leaving the crowd yearning for new material. The band was re-energized and reformed for good, releasing Stay Down in 2008 and in 2010, Its Been a Long Day, a compilation of songs released on rare vinyl singles.

Thursday, August 4th
Clutch Cargo's
65 E. Huron
Pontiac MI 48342
$20 (adv) $23 (door)

UPCOMING: 3rd Annual Michigan Roots Jamboree

On Friday August 5th, the Michigan Roots Jamboree returns to Riverside Park in Ypsilanti for 2 days of amazing homegrown music from Michigan and beyond. Like last year, the festival will feature urban camping on Frog Island, crafts and activities for kids, and late night sets at venues in Ypsi.

Check out the lineup for this year's Jamboree:

Friday, August 5, 2011
Ella Riot (Formerly My Dear Disco)
The Ben Miller Band
Dragon Wagon
Black Jake and the Carnies
Theo Katzman and Love Massive
Drunken Barn Dance
Red Tail Ring
Cloud Magic

Saturday, August 6, 2011
The Werks
Steppin’ in It
Frontier Ruckus
Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise
Hoots and Hellmouth
October Babies
The Floorwalkers
Caravan of Thieves
Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds
The Afternoon Round
Sista Otis
Kerfuffles and Community Records
16 More Miles (Frog Island Camping Stage)

Early bird ticket sales end today:
VIP Passes: $100
Weekend Camping Passes: $50
Weekend Day Pass: $30
Friday Day Pass: $15
Saturday Day Pass: $15
Kids 12 and under are always FREE!

Visit the Michigan Roots Jamboree website for more information, or to buy tickets.


Saturday - St. Albertus Fest, Too Much To Do Weekend

Part 3 of "Too Much To Do Weekend"

St. Albertus Historic Site

Music Schedule:

Inside the church:
1:00 p.m. Brett Hoag - classical guitar
2:00 p.m. Double Bass Classical Sextet

Outdoor stage:
3:00 p.m. RJ Spangler's Planet D Nonet - swing/ jazz
4:00 p.m. Gretchen Wolff w/Evan Perri and Francis Jaramillo - acoustic originals and covers
5:00 p.m. School of Rock - rock classics, students from the St. Clair Shores music school
6:00 p.m. Ernie Douglas - acoustic music
7:00 p.m. Dondo de la Macha
8:00 p.m. Tone n Niche - acoustic band
9:00 p.m. Darrin James - singer songwriter
10:00 p.m. Eric Villa and the Vista Marias

Once again this summer, P.A.H.S.A. will be hosting the St. Albertus Fest on Saturday July 30. The festival will feature a day full of music, craft artists, face painter, kids play area, Polish food, festival fair and beverages for youth and adults. The day will start with classical performances in the Church from 1 to 3pm., followed by a day of outdoor music featuring Planet D Nonet, Gretchen Wolff w/ Evan Perri and Francis Jaramillo, Ernie Douglas, the St. Clair Shores School of Rock, who will be playing a set of rock classics, the infamous Dondo de la Mancha, Tone and Niche, Darrin James Band, and Eric Villa and the Vista Marias. Also there will be tours of the Historic St. Albertus Church (1884) throughout the day. Please join us for a fun filled day and an opportunity to enjoy the ambiance and beauty of St. Albertus.

Saturday - Canfield Street Market, Too Much To Do Weekend

Part 2 of "Too Much To Do Weekend"

Join us outside for some good old-fashioned summer fun on West Canfield Street! Sidewalk sales & games for city kids of all ages.

+ New art & merch from Detroit Lives, Nichole Christian, Dante Stella & Don Kilpatrick
+ Tasty treats from Astro Coffee, Detroit Institute of Bagels, Good People Popcorn, Frozen Mitten Sorbet, & Pete’s Chocolate Co.
+ Book-signing for “Symphony City,” Amy Martin's beautiful new children's book from McSweeney's
+ Fashion & accessories from The Peacock Room
+ Local brews from Motor City Brewing Works and Traffic Jam & Snug
+ Connect 4 Challenge hosted by Melinda MeMe Anderson
+ Interactive chalkboard mural by Amy Kaherl
+ Cornhole, hula hoop & hopscotch
+ Beats by DJ Big Time America

Better Yet: A percentage of your purchases will benefit Alternatives for Girls, Ruth Ellis Center, Detroit Waldorf School and Detroit Public Schools Foundation.



Hang around after for a special outdoor film screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” in the Green Alley behind Motor City Brewing Works! Free to the public, all ages welcome. (9-10pm) http://greengaragedetroit.​com/

Make it an afternoon in Midtown! Check out the grand opening of the new 71 POP shop at 71 East Garfield Street (2-5pm).

For a directory of local independent shops & galleries, visit or become a fan at​opMidtown.

Saturday - Pig & Whiskey (The Detroit Cobras), Too Much To Do Weekend

There's too much going on this weekend. I wish some of these events had been spread out over the course of the month, because it's not likely that I'll be able to attend everything that interests me. This is part one of "Too Much To Do Weekend".

15 Barbeque Joints. 40 Whiskeys, Bourbons & Scotches. How can you go wrong?

Saturday, 7/30
Pig and Whiskey Event Hours: 12-8 p.m.

Whiskey and BBQ will be available to sample from 12-8 p.m. Live music begins at 5 p.m. and will end with the Detroit Cobras at 9:45 p.m. The beer tent will stay open through the entertainment! Pig and Whiskey is free to attend!

Metro Times is partnering with the Woodward Avenue Brewers (WAB) and the Emory to close E. Troy Street for this event and the event will be free to attend. Pig and Whiskey will be the premier regional barbecue event with a whiskey-drenched twist.

Whiskeys will be available to sample by purchasing drink tickets. Drink tickets are $2.50 for 1 ticket or $20 for 10 tickets. The beer tent will also feature several selections of WAB beer. All beer tent selections are 2 tickets for a 16oz beer cup.

Restaurant samples will be available via cash purchase for around $2. Some of the restaurants will offer larger plates for around $7.

Whiskey Brands

Makers Mark
Red Stag
Devils Cut
Jim Beam
Knob Creek
Basil Hayden
Canadian Mist
Early Times
Gentlemen Jack
Jack Daniel's
Old Forester
Southern Comfort
Woodford Reserve Bourbon
New Holland Distillery

…and more!

Beer Tent

Selections of WAB beer
Big Sky
Liberty Street


Detroit BBQ Company
Real BBQ
Red Smoke BBQ
Roundhouse BBQ
Treat Dreams
Union Woodshop

Local entertainment featuring:
The Detroit Cobras
Big Mess
Dutch Pink

Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. The beer tent will stay open through all of the acts!

“Pig and Whiskey is a unique addition to the local lineup of outdoor summer events and we hope that it will be a favorite for years to come” Chris Sexson, Publisher of Metro Times, said. “Pig and Whiskey has the ability to really highlight the barbecue talents of our local restaurants. We are humbled to bring you such a tasty event.”

Pig and Whiskey will showcase Southeast Michigan’s best barbecue restaurants while highlighting unique and delicious pork, beef and barbecue dishes. In addition there will be plenty of bourbon, scotch, and whiskey brands available to sample.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

For up-to-date information on Pig and Whiskey, visit​ey!


Who doesn't love breasts? Who hates the scourge of cancer? Come out for a good cause. Have some fun rocking. Maybe win something, there are door prizes. Get your car washed.

When: Sunday July 31, 2011
Where: The Dawghouse
35965 Groesbeck Road
About 15 1/2 mile.
Clinton Township, Michigan


Check out the line-up. It's loud and heavy.

They rock hard, heavy and loud.

This show screams aural assault.

Do you have what it takes to attend this show?

Where: DTE Music Theater

7774 Sashabaw Road

Clarkston, Michigan

When: September 9, 2011


Anarbor, Valencia and Conditions at Pike Room Friday, July 29

It must be weird for Anarbor every time they play around here because I'm sure more than a few people think they are a local band or have roots in the area. Doesn't their name make that obvious? Well, from all the research I've done the answer is "no". Anarbor is a band from Phoenix, AZ that formed in high school around the year 2003. They play a kind of frantic pop punk that at times skates around the "screamo" tag but with hippie sensibilities that seep out of their sound - or maybe that's just their laid back tendencies from the West. Either way you go about it, Anarbor is a great band to see live because their energy is cranked up way past ten and the crowd gets more than a little crazy when they are on stage. You can check out Anarbor on their recent free mixtape release.
Sharing the bill with Anarbor is the very talented Valencia. Valencia is one of those bands that I'm left scratching my head wondering why they aren't more popular - and I mean more popular in terms of selling millions of records and getting mainstream radio play. Valenica is really that good and they've been working so hard on polishing their pop punk sound to a shiny brilliance that places them far above the standard pop punk fare. The video below is an interview I did with Valencia a few months ago the last time they played in town. They're a really nice bunch of guys that give it their all when they play on stage.

I wish I could tell you more about Conditions as they are on the bill as well, but I haven't heard much form or about them. So all and all a good show this Friday that starts early - 6pm, at my favorite place to see bands - the intimate and wonderful Pike Room.

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Wild At Heart - Rib Fest II pics

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog

Wild At Heart

Here is part 2 of my Rochester Ribfest pictures which include some great musical acts starting with soul artist Swamp Dog. He got his start as “Little Jerry” and “Jerry Williams” until he adopted the moniker Swamp Dogg in 1970. He looks at his style as more country and he does produce Country music. He was nominated for a Grammy for co-writing, along with Gary US Bonds, the Johnny Paycheck record "She's All I Got".
Swamp Dogg

Swamp guitarist

Swamp Dogg band

Swamp Dogg horns

Swamp Dogg and band

Swamp Dogg keyboards

Swamp Dogg and guitarist

Swamp Dogg standing with band

From the Uk is a very good blues guitarist in Matt Schofield who front a trio consisting of guitar, drums and organ, an unusual but effective format for a blues band. The closest they will be to Detroit is the 10/9 concert date for the Niagara Falls Blues Festival (can also see Savoy Brown and Coco Montoya that night).

Matt Schofield Trio

Matt Schofield

Matt Schofield guitar

Matt Schofield drummer

Matt Schofield Trio live

Matt Schofield in the light

Matt Schofield duo

Lastly was one of the most rocking bands I have seen this year with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. They have a lively, rocking set of Americana that will definitely get one’s feet a moving. On October 6th, the Big Damn Band is opening for Social Distortion and the Tossers in Chicago as part of Riot Fest 2011.

Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band

Damn snob

Damn cute

Damn glasses

Damn charge

Damn serious

Damn couple

Damn step forward

Damn raise

Damn band

Damn strain
Damn flaunt

Damn harmonica

Damn Grrrr

Damn drumming

Damn strength

Damn boarding

Damn Scream

Damn teeth

Damn finale

Damn yell

Damn smile

Damn end

Hope you enjoyed these pics and remember more are on the way for other shows like Chris Duarte, SWV and Al B Sure!