See How Ben Affleck Reps Detroit While Taking The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 18, 2014 by  
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5 Questions with Bryan Minks (Those Crosstown Rivals)

August 18, 2014 by  
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THOSE CROSSTOWN RIVALS are a Lexington KY band making quite a name for themselves across these United States, supporting their latest record HELL AND BACK, melting faces and emptying bottles of cheap bourbon.  They’ve got the ear of people who dig bands like LUCERO, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, TWO COW GARAGE and MOTöRHEAD.  They’re playing Detroit for the first time on Friday and we caught up with front man Bryan Minks for 5 questions.

Hey Bryan – Detroit is stoked about TCR’s first show here.  How about breaking the ice with these 5 questions?
let’s do it!

 

1) In a couple sentences, tell me what TCR is all about musically and personally:
I think we can answer musically and personally together.  Our music is very personal and sincere, we play unapologetic rock and roll, driven on conviction, at a volume that demands your attention. And if you really want to know what TCR is all about, you have to attend a live show.  There is a lot that just doesn’t translate to recording.  Our live shows are intense, packed full of energy, and usually an infectiously good time for everyone attending.  

 

2) What’s on your turntable these days? What’s getting played in the van?  
As of today, I’ve been listening to Get Hurt (the new Gaslight Anthem) pretty much non stop.   I’m a big fan of theirs, and have been excited for this release.  I also think Brian Fallon is one of the best lyricists out there. The other record I cant put away is the new Chuck Ragan (Til Midnight), I cant say enough good things about that album.    

 

The music of the van is totally at discretion of whoever is at the wheel.  But, we spend so many hours on the road, we have a lot of headphone time.  No main radio, and everyone just pops on their earphones and listens to what they want.  It’s great to have a break of silence, so if you wanna catch up on some albums you’ve been wanting to hear no one’s gonna disagree.  Also makes van napping a little more possible.  However – if it is 5:00 am and you’re driving the red eye – there’s usually some pretty crazy shit cranked to try and stay awake.  Anything from stitches to Johnny Paycheck may be in rotation.  

 

3) What’s your history around Michigan and Detroit?  Roots here? Gigging history? Favorite urban myths you need to follow up on when you’re in town?  
This is actually only our second time in Michigan, but we are really excited to be back.  We played Kalamazoo last year, and had a great time.  I do have some family that lived in the north Detroit area, but most have either passed away or aren’t there now.  I’m from eastern Kentucky, and there we’re lots of people who moved up during the peak years to work at the auto plants.  I’m really just excited to be in Detroit, it’s such an important part of American history and I’ve got a good tour guide to show me around.  (Jeremy)  Also – what’s the deal with the RoboCop statue?  Is that really going to happen?!?

 

4) What’s happening in Lexington that’s got you excited these days?   
Lots going on here that I am really excited about.  There are tons of great musicians from the area putting out great material right now! I also feel a sense of community beginning to develop here, and I believe it’s going to lead to plenty of great things for everyone involved.  Beyond that we just played the Well Crafted festival, which was a craft beer and music festival, and was excellent!  Also – I’m putting on a charitable event named SquallFest.  It is September 20th, in Lexington, KY.  There are sixteen bands, including Detroit’s own Jeremy Porter and the Tucos, for only $20 bucks, and we will be making a donation to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.  I’m really excited on so many levels about this event. 
 

5) Where can people check you out before the show – streaming music, videos, etc?  

You can listen to all our releases, and purchase all our merch at http://thosecrosstownrivals.bandcamp.com
 
We have some videos scattered around youtube as well, just do a search for Those Crosstown Rivals and see what you find.  

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New Dodge Lounge
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Friday Night – August 22 – New Dodge Lounge

Jeremy Porter & The Tucos with: Those Crosstown Rivals (Lexington KY), The Vamps & The Devil’s Cut

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Doors at 9PM and the amazing VAMPS hit around 9:30.  Don’t miss it – and don’t be late!!!!!!!

 

Not One To Advocate Copying, But Detroit Needs One Of These…

August 13, 2014 by  
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When Copenhagen started building a new network of separated bike lanes in the early 1980s, it quickly became a model of how to take a city back from cars. Now, more people bike than drive in the city center, and in the city as a whole, more people commute to work by bike than in the entire U.S. combined. But the city is aiming for even more bike commuters, and keeps building new

Meet The Detroit Activist Who Stars In Apple’s New iPad Ad

August 11, 2014 by  
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Photo via Apple Apple's newest iPad commercial turns the spotlight on Detroit community activist Jason Hall, co-founder of a massive weekly group bike ride through the city. The 30- and 60-second spots — part of the "Your Verse" campaign that focuses on how creative folks use the iPad — shine a lyrical light on Detroit too, where Hall's Slow Roll bike ride is attracting upwards of 3,000

Tomorrow! Once Around Belle Isle Beach Fest

August 8, 2014 by  
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DIY Street Fair is Back!

August 6, 2014 by  
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We are very happy to hear that DIY Street Fair has announced that the fair is back on for 2014! Crafters, you can get your application in now on the new DIY Street Fair site.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair Applications are Open!

August 1, 2014 by  
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Applications are now open for the 9th Annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair! This year’s DUCF will be on December 6th & 7th at the historic Masonic Temple in Detroit, and we are looking for all kinds of indie crafters, makers and craft food sellers to be part of Michigan’s largest and longest running indie craft fair.

Apply online after reading our FAQs, and make sure to get your application in by September 25th at midnight.

Get your Tix For Riviere28 Soiree on the Greenway 2014, Thursday August 7!

August 1, 2014 by  
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Event Details The second event of our summer series will take place on the Dequindre Cut Greenway featuring food trucks, beer &  wine bar, live entertainment, and the chance to contribute to a community art project on this former Grand Trunk Railroad line. Now the 1.35-mile Dequindre Cut greenway offers a pedestrian link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential

SI: Tampa News Station Tweeted An Awful Joke About Detroit, But Detroit Got The Last Laugh

August 1, 2014 by  
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The Rays traded David Price to the Tigers yesterday. Price handled the situation well, tweeting a message of thanks to the Tampa fans. The Tampa FOX affiliate was not nearly as gracious, though: Ha! Poverty! Hilarious! Good thing Florida is such a pristine tropical paradise. The FOX affiliate in Detroit had spectacular comeback, though: Detroit, 1.  Tampa, 0. Click HERE for the full

According to Buzzfeed, The Greatest Wedding Photo Was Take In Detroit

July 25, 2014 by  
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