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TONIGHT/SAT: Musician/Storyteller Jill Tracy to appear at the 5th annual Corpus Illuminata Exposition of Anatomic Interpretation

DETROIT, MI - The Corpus Illuminata Exposition of Anatomic Interpretation is proud to announce and welcome a special honored guest to it's 5th annual event...composer, musician, storyteller, and sonic archaeologist JILL TRACY (San Francisco).  Since 1995, Jill Tracy has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her eerie and beautiful cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales.  She has been hailed by the LA Weekly as the "cult darling of the Underworld," and San Francisco Chronicle has named her the "femme fatale for the thinking man."  With six albums to her credit, her dark seductive music has appeared on CBS, NBC, PBS, and numerous independent and feature films.
Within Corpus Illuminata on 14-15 August, Jill Tracy will share her intimate experiences with the renowned Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, the nation's foremost collection of medical oddities, to which she became the first musician in history to receive a grant to compose within the museum itself.  Then she will close the exposition with a rare solo performance within the gallery amidst the anatomic/medical-inspired artwork.
This will mark Jill Tracy's second visit to Detroit since her well-received performance at the DAMNED Exhibition's Masquerade Ball in 2009.
Visit Jill Tracy's official website:
Corpus Illuminata is held on 14-15 August at Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom  in Detroit and consists of one part exhibition of anatomic-inspired artwork, one part academia of accredited presentations and one part bazaar of medical antiquities and oddities.
For further information and updates, please visit any of the links below to the Corpus WebsiteFacebook newsgroup or Facebook event page.
We look forward to your attendance.
Corpus Illuminata V ~ An Anatomic Interpretation
Artwork / Antiquities / Lectures / Bazaar
August 14 & 15 2015 - Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI 48202

Jill Tracy - YouTube
"the elegant side of the netherworld."-- composer, pianist, singer, storyteller, musical evocateur, woman of mystery... Jill Tracy will transport you into a seductive and magical realm far beyond the Everyday. The place where we wished we lived. A dark, elegant netherworld full of hidden passageways, wonder cabinets, and opium dens.

Mailing address: Corpus Media, 2679 E Grand Blvd‎, Suite 304, Detroit, MI, 48211, USA

Call For Art - The 8th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness

damned -adj. 1. condemned to eternal punishment.
2. detestable; loathsome. 3. complete; absolute
Within the word, it is easy to envision devils and hellfire. However, it also reflects the eternal condemnation of self and the subtle mind against itself. It may reflect the emotional trappings within the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps the binding tendrils of our deepest longings or deprivations.
DAMNED is an exhibition of those extraordinary artists who know that without darkness, there is no light, that beauty does reside within the repulsive and enlightenment within our darkest hours. This art may be the one true reflection of self that make us balanced within our personal damnations...or possibly it is an expressive visual therapy...or simply a sign that there is amazingly inexplicable inside without comparison.
Artists of all mediums from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit their work for DAMNED. There are no restrictions on genre or content but the more deeply personal and powerfully introspective, the better. There are no fees to submit and the deadline is September 13 2015.
For further information and to submit, please visit: 
For further details on the DAMNED Exhibition, please visit "" or email us at "".
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DAMNED VIII - An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
Fine Art + Performance + Fine Dining + Masquerade Ball
October 29/30/31 2015 - Tangent Gallery - Detroit
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MCB INTERVIEW with MICKEY AVALON on his 2015 summer tour

MOTORCITYBLOG had the opportunity to interview rapper Mickey Avalon this past Sunday after his performance at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


We shot questions through the smoke and libations backstage to discuss his brand new EP, his most recent collaboration with Dirty Nasty, the story behind his infamous I Get Even album cover, and what he enjoys in Detroit Music.


Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men - New Video and Record Release Show

Check out the hilarious new music video for "Passing Strange" by Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men and be sure to catch their record release show at The Loving Touch Saturday Aug. 8th. 


SHOW REVIEW- Mickey Avalon at Meadow Brook Music Festival on July 25 (with photos and video)

Rapper Mickey Avalon was back in town for some local shows and Motorcityblog was there to soak up all the activity.

Mickey kicked off his Michigan ride on Saturday, July 25 at the 7,700-capacity Meadow Brook Music Festival outdoor amphitheater in Rochester opening for Sublime with Rome. It was a sweltering 88 degree summer day in Michigan, and the crowd got the party started early in the parking lot with tailgating quite prevalent. Libations were in full effect and everyone seemed to be ready for a night of music and fun.

Mickey was first up on a four band bill. He hit the stage only a half hour after the gates opened so many spectators were still coming in as The Ave belted out songs from his short 20 minute set. This is all the time that is allotted for him on this summer tour package, but Mickey made the most of it. Mickey was without any stage dancers this time around and was joined only by his DJ on stage. His set was filled with hits such as Mr Right, Jane Fonda, and Stroke Me. Mickey also found time to perform one new song during his set and closed out with his most recognizable song for even the most lukewarm fan- My Dick. 

After his set Mickey stopped by the merch booth to sign autographs and pose for photos. It was hard to find Mickey's fans spread sporadically around such a large venue, but the post show meet and greet brought them together and a few dozen were their to show their love.

At the merch booth, Mickey had his new 5 song EP on a plastic download card comple with a lanyard.The artwork was designed by his own daughter. Very cool merch item for only $5.00.         

Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing Jane Fonda live from the show...

Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing Stroke Me live from the show...

Snippet of Mickey Avalon performing My Dick live from the show...

Mickey Avalon has two headlining dates lined up including a stop Sunday, July 26 at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI and on Monday, July 27 at Frankies in Toledo, OH. His summer tour with Sublime With Rome continues on and concludes on August 30


UPCOMING- A Trio of MICKEY AVALON shows from Sat. July 25 - Mon. July 27

                                                                  *Photo by Matt O'Callaghan*

MCB'S favorite Cali rapper MICKEY AVALON is in the area the next three days.

Mickey kicks off his Michigan ride on Saturday, July 25 at Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester, MI. At this show he will be opening for Sublime with Rome. Mickey is first on the bill and will be hitting the stage at 6:30 PM, so get there early to catch his set.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE

His next Michigan stop on his tour is a headlining gig on Sunday, July 26 at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI. Ajax Stacks and Nate Paulson will be opening for Mickey at this show.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE

Mickey then finishes his three day run of local shows on Monday, July 27 at Frankies in Toledo, OH. This is another headlining show with Harry and The Hood opening up.
For show info and tickets for this show, stop by HERE.

Want to know what a live Mickey Avalon experience is like?
Be sure to check out these past Motorcityblog show reviews....
His 2012 stop at the Crofoot in Pontiac, MI is reviewed HERE. 
His 2015 stop at the Magic Stick in Detroit, MI is reviewed HERE.


TONIGHT!! SUMMER SMASH 2015 at Pj's Lager House

doors at 9pm 


Award winning folk singer-songwriter Audra Kubat will be a featured performer at the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of their ongoing Sunday Music Bar series. There will be two afternoon performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 16. The show will also feature fellow songbirds Emily Rose and Michelle Held accompanying her.

The concert is part of the DIA's Sunday Music Bar series of showcasing some of the city's finest talent. It takes place in the relaxing atmosphere of the magnificent Kresge Court inside the museum where you can enjoy a coffee, wine or mixed drink while basking in the sound and beauty of the surroundings.

Audra will perform a set of new songs and old classics backed by musical cohorts Emily & Michelle. The three songwriters have been performing select shows together for the past year and a half and have delighted audiences at each event with their powerful emotional performances.

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. 313-833-7900, Admission to the show is free with free entry to the museum if you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties with your valid I.D.

Audra is currently in the studio putting the finishing touched on her sixth album due to be released this fall. She is host of the monthly DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) open mic nights at the school where she also teaches music to a new generation of budding musicians.

For more information on Audra Kubat please visit

THIS WEEKEND! The Michigan Glass Project at the Russell Industrial Center

Gentle Reminder: BFF Fest 2


REVIEW: Esham and Mastamind- Meet and Greet Instore at Rock Of Ages in Garden City (with Photos and Video)

Detroit rap legend Esham had a busy day ahead of him on June 26. With a live concert and after party scheduled later that evening, he decided to kick things off with a special Meet and Greet at Rock Of Ages in Garden City earlier in the day. Motorcityblog was on the scene to catch all the action. 
Dozens of fans were already eagerly lined up as Esham and his fellow NATAS group member Mastamind arrived for the special instore. Many fans had merchandise in hand including rare items dating back 25 years such as Esham's debut album Boomin Words From Hell on a red cassette tape.

For one hour Esham and Mastamind had a nonstop line of people wanting to meet the Acid Rap legends. Some came from out of state and even out of Country (Canada Eh!). One fan brought books that he wrote and self published as a gift and signed them for the duo. Esham was sincerely thankful for the effort. 

They were accommodating with autographs and photos, even to the point of Esham asking the fans if they wanted a photo with him without them even asking. CD's, posters, body parts, and even the Holy Bible was signed during the meet and greet.    

Esham and Mastamind were very gracious with all their fans and left pleasing hundreds of them. 
For your viewing pleasure,enjoy this footage from Esham and Mastamind's meet and greet instore courtesy of Ambervillain Films...  

UPCOMING: Friday. July 24-General Bastard/Hemi Devils/Dying For A Living/Camouflage Junkie/Rock and Rummage at Dirty Syders in Taylor

Downriver is bringing on the rock this Friday (July 24) at Dirty Spyders. 
Live bands for the evening include
General Bastard
Hemi Devils
Dying For A Living
Camouflage Junkie

Local traveling rock n' roll inspired flea market Rock N Rummage is also on the bill and will be setting up inside the bar.

21 and over 
$5 at the door

Dirty Spyders is located at: 12900 S Beech Daly Rd, Taylor, MI 48180

THURS/FRI: Tipsy Oxcard in Detroit and Ypsi

Thursday 23 July @ Crossroads Bar & Grill — 517 W Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This Brooklyn-based outfit plays Balkan and Eastern European roots blended with funk, rock, and reggae.  Check out the event details and links below.  Their new album Upside Down is informed by first-hand experiences with all-night Turkish weddings, hitchhiking races, cheating death with peach farmers, and other adventures living and traveling in Eastern Europe and Turkey.

NEXT WEEK: Media City Film Festival Windsor/Detroit

Various Locations in Detroit and Windsor
July 28-August 1, 2015

Media City Film Festival, Windsor's annual international festival for artists' film and video will celebrate its 21st edition this July 28- Aug.1, after resounding support for its successful Kickstarter campaign.

Media City Film Festival opens Tuesday July 28 at 8 pm, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward) with performances from renowned trail-blazing US composer and saxophonist Matana Roberts, who recently opened the new Whitney Museum alongside first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries. Opening night will also feature live multi-projector performances by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Malcolm Le Grice.

This year’s celebration will showcase more than 60 filmmakers from around the world including historical films by legendary American pioneers Ken Jacobs, Barbara Hammer, Andy Warhol, and new films by artists from China, Thailand, Argentina, Portugal, Palestine, Spain, Colombia, Germany, Brazil, Iran, Austria, South Korea, and more.

The 21st Media City will also feature works by filmmakers from across the USA and Canada, along with a program of Regional Films, generously sponsored by the City of Windsor, including a film shot in 1978 on Regular 8mm offering historic views of Windsor courtesy of local artist / musician Scotty Hughes.  

Festival staff are bracing for a very large number of out-of-town guests this year. Over 110 room nights are currently booked at downtown hotels, and Media City's Guest Services Coordinator has been working around the clock to find additional accommodations for the many cinema lovers travelling to Windsor from all corners of the globe.

“Media City is a truly unique festival, and the only film festival in the world that takes place on both sides of an international border. The festival is recognized and celebrated worldwide, and we are very proud to continue to feature so many significant artists and filmmakers here in Windsor each year. We’re very grateful for the support of a local and international community of cinema lovers.”, says Jeremy Rigsby, Media City Program Director.

All Media City Film Festival screenings and events are Pay What You Like or FREE. The FREE Opening Party in Windsor is Wednesday July 29 at 6 pm at the Capitol Theatre (121 University W.), and will feature drinks, light fare and remarks from this year's International Competition Jury; 2015 Guggenheim fellow Akosua Adoma Owusu, Havard Film Archive curator Jeremy Rossen and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre Director, Lauren Howes. The reception is followed by a retrospective screening of the films of Warren Sonbert at 7:30 pm, co-presented with the Harvard Film Archive and featuring a reading from celebrated Detroit-based poet, essayist and playwright, Carla Harryman.

The 21st Media City Film Festival continues until Saturday, August 1st with nightly screenings at the Capitol. Programs include more than 65 new international films with filmmakers in attendance from around the world. For full program details and schedule information visit or view an online version of the festival's 90+ page catalogue.


Sat. July 25, starting @ 2pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Tickets $10 all day! All ages!
$1 of every ticket will be donated to Detroit's Alternatives For Girls

R. RING, Blizzard Babies, Bonehead, Bonnie Doon, Cheerleader, Gashrat, Prude Boys, Sneaks & others 

This show and U.S. summer "Rad, White & Blue" tour is in advance of two new R. Ring 7" vinyl split-singles.  The first is with the Detroit-based post-punk band Protomartyr (out now on vinyl via Hardly Art) entitled A Half Of Seven, and features R. Ring's "Loud Underneath" (available now digitally here) and Protomartyr's "Blues Festival" also featuring Kelley Deal on vocals (stream here). R. Ring's second 7" split-single is with Kentucky-based garage rockers Quailbones and will feature the two respective songs "Singing Tower" & "A Tip to Trick the Tide." This single will be released this July in 7" vinyl & digital formats via Sofaburn Records.

R. Ring is Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery. It is voices, guitars and keys. It is sparse, chaotic, abrasive and lulling, often within the same song. It is new. It is, at the very least, a stark departure from the music they make in their other bands (Kelley with The Breeders and Mike with Ampline). Kelley lives in Dayton, Ohio. Mike lives in Dayton, Kentucky.

R. Ring's 7" split-single with Kentucky-based garage rockers Quailbones will feature the two respective songs "Singing Tower" & "A Tip to Trick the Tide" and will be released this July in 7" vinyl & digital formats via Sofaburn Records. To pre-order the vinyl, go to:

In addition, R. Ring also have a new 7" split-single titled "A Half Of Seven" with Detroit-based post-punk band Protomartyr out now on vinyl through Hardly Art and is available here. R. Ring's song from it "Loud Underneath" is available as a digital download here, and Protomartyr's track "Blues Festival" is available digitally here.

TONIGHT: Lazyeyes @ UFO Factory

wsg The Teen Age
Tuesday 21 July 2015

Brooklyn band Lazyeyes is playing UFO Factory on July 21st, and I wanted to see if you'd be open to running a preview of the show. I'm also happy to list one of your writers/photogs if you have anyone interested in coming out!

Lazyeyes plays hazy, psych-tinged dreampop made up of swirling guitar melodies and reverb-drenched vocals. The band released their New Year EP earlier this year to praise from Stereogum, Interview Magazine, NME, BrooklynVegan and more, and they just shared b-side "Fractals." The b-side will appear on a limited-edition cassette split with tour mates The Teen Age, to be released this summer on Brooklyn's Old Flame Records.

The band has previously shared stages with acts like Gringo Starr and Crocodiles, and their dynamic live set is a mix of upbeat, dance-worthy jams and pulsating slower songs.