July 7, 2015 by  
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THIS THURSDAY, June 9, 2015 some of southeastern Michigan's finest at the Majestic Café. Cheerleader, The Ill Itches, and The Savage Seven will be playing their brand of LOUD, RAUCOUS, and FUN rock n' roll.
This is a FREE show at The Majestic Café. How can you go wrong?
Cheerleader are a raucous punk band out of Flint. The Ill Itches are rowdy rock band from Detroit. The Savage Seven are the wild card for me. But if they are anything like the other, it should be a wild night to start the weekend early. I expect to see you Thursday.

The Ill Itches
The Savage Seven
Doors: 9:00pm
Absolutely FREE
Majestic Café
4120 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI

TODAY! 1xRUN Presents: Murals in the Market

July 7, 2015 by  
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Today, Tuesday, July 7th at 10:30am, meet many of the participating artists and see the unveiling of a new mural by Australian artists Meggs and the announcement of the full artists roster for Murals in the Market.  

September of 2015 will be a month to remember as Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market District will be the epicenter of Detroit’s burgeoning public art movement. Eastern Market-based fine art publisher 1xRUN has teamed up with the Eastern Market Corporation to assemble more than 40 local and international artists to Detroit to paint large scale murals throughout the district. The inaugural Murals In the Market festival will kick off on September 17th, as these artists will extend the market’s vibrant history of public murals by adding new large scale work that will embody the spirit of Detroit and the Market’s rich heritage.

Public art has long been an integral part of the Eastern Market district and experience. The Murals In The Market festival will expand on 40+ years of large scale public murals by inviting world class local and international artists to join with local artists to add exciting new works throughout the market. With a diverse group of artists from around the world Murals In The Market will enhance the market experience and help continue the transformation of the market district into a must-see destination.

Over the past 4 years 1xRUN and the company's fine art gallery Inner State, have curated and produced over 30 murals in Eastern Market alone, with more than 100 murals throughout the City of Detroit, including the 2011 city-wide Detroit Beautification Project. With the creation of these murals, each area has seen a significant visual impact on the surrounding neighborhood as well as increased traffic, additional economic development and increased safety.

In addition to creating new murals, the market will also host a series of events including discussion panels with artists and local farmers, a cultural tour with Detroit’s famous Slow Roll bike tour, a movie premiere, an Eastern Market block party, as well as nighttime activities coinciding the neighborhood's yearly Eastern Market After Dark.

Similar to many public placemaking projects Murals In The Market will unveil their “Adopt A Mural” program. Local businesses and arts supporters will have a chance to sponsor an individual mural from their favorite artist and be commemorated with a special plaque. More information on the “Adopt A Mural” program is available at

Murals In the Market is Supported by Aptemal, Behr Paint, Metro Times,Paxahau, Brooklyn Outdoor, Slow Roll, Town Partners, Detroit Sausage Company, Hostel Detroit, Zipcar, Montana Colors, 1xRUN, Inner State Gallery & Eastern Market Corporation.

SHOW REVIEW: ESHAM at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac on June 26, 2015 with Photos and Video

July 5, 2015 by  
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Local Acid Rap legend ESHAM performed a rare local show on June 26, 2015 at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac and Motorcityblog was on the scene to catch his performance.

A couple dozen fans were already lined up before doors opened, eager for his performance that night. Esham has a very loyal following and the Crofoot filled up nicely with people eager to catch the evenings entertainment. Many fans in the crowd donned hats and shirts emblazoned with Esham's Reel Life Productions logo displaying the Devil and the Moon. 
After MCB's pre-show interview with Esham concluded, he headed straight to the merchandise booth to meet with his fans. He was happy to pose for pictures and sign autographs for hours. The night was extra special because it marked the advance release of his new album Dichotomy which isn't being released until July 31st. Between the CD release and Esham being present to meet them, the flow of fans never ceased.

Before Esham began his set, a video screen above the stage projected a montage of images behind his name. The screen and it's eye candy would accompany Esham's live set for the rest of the evening. Esham started his live set with the track Sleepwalker off his new album. It was the first time fans heard the track and the excitement and energy from them was hopping right from the start. It went from brand new to the old school as Esham laid down a portion of his song "Word After Word" off his 1989 debut LP "Boomin Words From Hell".
Esham was backed by his DJ Filthy Rockwell and performed a few more tracks off his new album throughout the evening as well as 26 years worth of career spanning tracks. There may have been newer tracks in the set, but Esham would offset the new with old school tracks off the Boomin Words From HellJudgement Day, and KKKill The Fetus albums. These albums are so iconic to the point that most of the fans knew and sang along to every single lyric to the tracks performed off of them.  
Esham also brought out opening act Mastamind from his group Natas to join him on several tracks. Mastamind joined Esham on the track "Charlie Manson" from his Dead Flowerz album as well as other songs including classic Natas tracks. This was as close to a Natas reunion as the fans were going to get due to the unfortunate passing of fellow Natas member Terry "TNT" Jones in 2014. The crowd's energy level never let up as the evening approached the end of Esham's 90 minute set. They sang along to "Fuck da World" off the Natas album Doubelievengod and were still ready for more as the closing song "FUQERRBDY" was performed from the last Natas album of the same name.

For your viewing pleasure, our review concludes with this live footage from Esham's set courtesy of Ambervillain Films.  



July 3, 2015 by  
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Email for your shot at the new WARHORSES 7" 
on Escape Velocity Records. 

Dig that vibe! Be sure to catch Warhorses at PJ's Lager House on Friday July 10th to celebrate their first vinyl release along with a video premiere for "Burning Desire" by Gold House Media.

Don't forget to bring your eco friendly vinyl record tote bag because you're going to need it. VSTRS is releasing their first full length "Pandemonium Seesaw"

Wait! That's not all. There's two stages of non stop music from Pewter Cub, Rogue Satellites, Night of the Night Bees and Pthalo Sky. All for $5. You read it correctly. $5.

PJ’s Lager House  1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit MI
Doors 8:30pm – Back to back music – 2 stages 
$5 cover   -----    21up

Exclusive MCB Interview with ESHAM!

July 1, 2015 by  
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MOTORCITYBLOG had the rare opportunity to interview Detroit Acid Rap legend ESHAM this past Friday before his show at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan.

Esham discusses the labeling of "Horrorcore" rap, his debut album at 16 years old and his success with his label Reel Life Productions, as well as his musical influences, his latest release, and even his earning of a degree in Culinary arts.

                                                   Interview produced by Ambervillain Films

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TODAY: ArtBeat at The Bosco wsg STACEY PULLEN!

June 28, 2015 by  
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ArtBeat is a platform that empowers artists by giving them an opportunity to sell their 
art or perform their music while encouraging them to keep creating.  

Taking place every Sunday at The Bosco in Ferndale, 
ArtBeat packs a fresh lineup of local talent each week!

TODAY join Detroit's legendary Stacey Pullen at a venue he has never played before. 
Enjoy a true household name in this amazing Indoor/outdoor space. 
Doors start at 4pm and is free to ladies with RSVP before 8pm.

Opening Sets by:
Marissa Guzman (DJ/Vocal Set)
(Defected/ Juicy Lucy)

Joe Gize
( City Air Detroit)

Guilty Pleasure- Roman
Dj Marinity (Detroit)

Hosted By
The Bosco
Art Beat
City Air

In conjunction with
Ryan Rankin
Austin Rogers
Jay Noonchester

Table Reservations: 248-541-8818

Location: 22930 Woodward Ave  Ferndale, MI 48220

Stacey Pullen

Stacey Pullen is the Kosmik Messenger. An innovator from the second wave of Detroit techno, he grew up under the mentorship of Detroit's legendary three: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Still continuing to produce his characteristic atmosphere laden electronic sound, Stacey Pullen compounds his reputation as a producer with that of being one of the world's most in demand DJs, playing weekly across the globe year in year out. With a font of passion for music and performance that never dries up, Stacey Pullen still plays every gig from the heart, seeking to surprise and engage, to provide an unforgettable experience, to offer his unique catalogue up without predictability, defying expectation. Above all, from his earliest attempts to the current day Stacey Pullen has stayed true to his one goal: to become and to always be an Innovator.

Marissa Guzman

Vocalist, lyricist, producer, live performer and label owner, Marissa Guzman, was raised in the Detroit suburbs with a father who was in the most successful all-white group on Motown Records, Eddie Guzman of Rare Earth. Marissa started going to concerts and singing when she was just a little girl, and the amazing moment when the band would call their kids on stage to help them sing their hit song, "I Just Want To Celebrate," was when Marissa realized she wanted to be a singer.

Although it took a few years after college and working in the corporate world to finally realize she had to pursue music wholeheartedly, she had a life changing revelation after a spiritual retreat in 2009 to quit her successful career in marketing to focus on being a musician. Marissa learned how to produce, write, record and release her first album, "Joy Road," and in 2011, her first single from the album, "Time To Go," was remixed by South Africa's famous producer, Black Coffee, and went straight to number one on Traxsource. It also beat Rihanna's "We Found Love" in the South African Top 40 charts. In 2012 the song was nominated for "Remix of the Year" at the SAMAs (South Africa's version of the GRAMMYs), and in 2013 "Time To Go" was part of the album "Africa Rising," which won "Best Dance Album" of the year. 2014 proved to be another successful year for Marissa since her song with Cuebur, "No Doubt," was number one on London's "BBC Radio One Extra" show for two weeks in a row, and was also played on the legendary Pete Tong's radio show.

Marissa's story is very similar to Rodriguez in the movie "Searching for Sugarman," except 40 years later: A musician from Detroit who gets famous in South Africa. Ironically, Rodriguez was a neighbor of Eddie Guzman's in Detroit and ran in the same circle.

Marissa headlined countless festivals in 2014, with her biggest show being the "Spring Fiesta" in Johannesburg, where she performed in front of 15,000 people who sang along to her songs verbatim.

After living in San Francisco for the last 8 years, Marissa decided to move back to her hometown of Detroit to be closer to her family and to start working on album number two. She also recently started ArtBeat, a weekly event every Sunday, all summer long at the Bosco in Ferndale. 

ArtBeat is a platform that empowers artists by giving them an opportunity to sell their art or perform their music while encouraging them to keep creating. Stay tuned! The future looks bright for this multi-talented songbird.

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NXNE Music Festival in Toronto Report

June 27, 2015 by  
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Words: Sue Static; Photos: Peter Schorn - Rock Out Shots

This past week Toronto (June 17-21) hosted the 21st edition of the annual North by Northeast Music Festival.Once again, the festival treated music fans to a multitude of music from just about every genre, enough to please everyone's pallet. Clubs around the city hosted hundreds of bands and songwriters from mainly Canada and the U.S. and even included a couple of bands from the U.K. as well. Many of the showcases went around the clock with some non-traditional venues hosting music during the afternoon and the music clubs continuing the shows well into the wee hours with a 3am slot!

We didn't arrive until late Thursday and missed Detroit's own Blaire Alise & the Bombshells play the Bovine Sex Club on the opening night. Our music weekend started out at the Comfort Zone a club located in the basement of the soon to be demolished historical building The Waverly Hotel. The Tranzmitors had already hit the stage with their power pop/punk/new wave stylings and antics. The Canadian band had the audience dancing and pogoing around to their sound. We were off to a promising start to our weekend.

The next band had one of the best band name's of the festival: Guantanamo Baywatch. This punky surf band certainly lived up to their moniker!

We only had to walk right next door to catch local Toronto band Elsa who played shoe-gazey dream pop that sounded like it belonged on Creation Records back in the nineties.

The Silver Dollar is another historical music venue known for blues and jazz that had been transformed into an indie rock club over the years. This venue also faced the wrecking ball - due to new condo development being built in that area - but the facade will be saved and hopefully the club itself, as it has always been a festival favorite. Many Toronto music mainstays have closed within the last few years most recently the legendary rock club the El Macombo who had hosted many past NXNE showcases. That entire area won't be the same as these longtime music venues get torn down to make way for more condos.

Next we headed down to the notorious Bovine Sex Club who despite it's provocative name is not a mating club for cows but one of the best rock clubs in the city. It always boasts some of the best hard rock/punk/glam bills of the festival and is always jam-packed. We squeezed in to see what we thought was a band listed - Midnight Towers - who had to cancel. We were instead treated to a band called A Primitive Evolution. This Toronto trio played goth-influenced hard rock with just the right energy and style that was just what we needed to end the first night on a promising note. They included a cover of "Ace of Spades", the heavy metal classic, that they re-envisioned in their own unique funky style and pulled it off; a ballsy move there! Their set even included an appearance by the Grim Reaper!

Night two we made a detour from the festival to check out a concert by UK pop punk stalwarts The Buzzcocks who played the Phoenix Concert Theater in support of their latest album, "The Way." For more on this show check out the review here.

Night three found us at another legendary concert venue, Lee's Palace, who has been hosting shows for over three decades now. (The bass battle in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is set there.) We got their just in time for a set by Boston punk pioneers Mission of Burma. The trio launched into their set loud and fast playing songs from throughout their long career and they clearly were having a blast playing them! Their enthusiasm in playing their classics to just improvising was infectious and had their hardcore fans enjoying the show from start to finish.

They ended their blistering set with one of their most known songs "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" (covered by electro musician/DJ Moby) and "This Is Not a Photograph." The band who has influenced many other artists such as Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters and Yo La Tengo just to name a few, continues to release new music to this day. As I watched them I couldn't help but think who they were influencing right now and how many bands who play the festival try hard to and wish they could sound like this.

To cool down after the show we caught local DJ Johnny Martinuk close out his new wave meets Britpop set at The Bristol, a new English style pub located in the Great Hall concert venue. We high-tailed it up to the Silver Dollar in time for the 3am set by Smokes. This local band had the late night crowd still upright and dancing with their eclectic rock sound that included a violinist who rocked his instrument along with the rest of the band.

The legendary Detroit band, The Gories, also played the festival this year. Unfortunately we were not able to attend due to this show being at the same time as the Mission of Burma concert. I'm sure they put on an awesome show as they usually do every time I've seen them!

Sunday offered another full day of performances throughout the city and a rap line-up at YDS but it was time for us to return to home with the music of NXNE 2015 still ringing in our ears.

The Buzzcocks Rock Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theater 6/19/15

June 27, 2015 by  
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Words: Sue Static; Photos: Peter Schorn - Rock Out Shots

U.K. pop-punk stalwarts the Buzzcocks returned to Toronto for a show at the Phoenix Concert Theater this past weekend. The current line-up consists of two original members, vocalist Pete Shelley and guitarist Steve Diggle, with drummer Danny Farante and bassist Chris Remmington rounding out the band.

In late 2014 the band released their ninth studio album, “The Way.” They returned to their roots by self-releasing the album thru the crowd-funding website They have been touring worldwide since then to support the album and treat fans to some new songs as well as their old classics.

The band started out this show with the 1, 2, 3 punch of their early songs "Boredom", "Fast Cars," and "I Don't Mind," before launching into new material from the album. They continued to switch back and forth between their more memorable hits and newer fare, which was unrecognizable to most fans in the audience except for the die-hards who knew that the band had a recent album out.

These songs weighed the set down a bit as most fans were eager to hear the edgy pop classics that they came their for. The ever-animated guitarist Steve Diggle clearly was enjoying himself throughout the set and engaged the audience while the others held down the beat. The band ended on a strong note with their pop classic "Ever Fallen In Love" and a rousing rendition of "Orgasm Addict" which had the Toronto audience singing along.

Check out the new album “The Way” thru 1-2-3-4 Go! Records also check out for more information and to order music from their catalog.

TODAY- Fri. June 26- ESHAM Meet and Greet, Live Performance, and After Party.

June 26, 2015 by  
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Detroit rap legend Esham is going to have a busy day ahead of him on Friday, June 26. 
He kicks off the day with a special Meet and Greet at Rock Of Ages at 4PM. Meet the master of "Acid Rap" and finally get that Boomin Words From Hell cassette tape signed. Free to attend!
Rock of Ages is located at:
31015 Ford Rd
Garden City, Michigan
Later that evening ESHAM will be perfoming a live concert at the Crofoot Ballroom.  
Opening the show will be Mastamind (Esham's partner in Rhyme in the group NATAS), Moe Dirdee, SwayZz, and Microphone Phelps w/ Britney Stoney.
Doors at 8pm
All Ages Show
 $15 Advance / $20 Day Of Show
Tickets available at the Crofoot Box Office, and by Phone: (866) 468-3401. 
Tickets are also available fee-free with cash at UHF Records in Royal Oak MI 
 The Crofoot Ballroom is located at:
1 S Saginaw St, Pontiac, MI 48342
A after party will be held after the show at St. Brigid's Bathtub Pub from Midnight to 6AM.
$10 cover or $5 with your Crofoot Ticket Stub
129 Michigan Ave
Detroit, Michigan
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UPCOMING: Breaking Borders: Elements 18 July @ Tangent

June 25, 2015 by  
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Saturday, July 18th, 7pm–Midnight

$5 off with donation of non-expired canned goods

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