Moogfest is Your Pre-Movement Destination

February 10, 2016 by  
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Just a week before Movement storms back into Hart Plaza with a slew of electronic artists and DJs, Moogfest 2016 will take place in Durham, North Carolina May 19 -22. Like Movement, Moogfest 2016 features some of the best electronic artists that ever set finger to knob. Gary Numan will be performing 3 nights and other legendary artists include Laurie Anderson and The Orb will also perform. The list of artists is very expansive and just added some new tremendous acts this week like Grimes and Miike Snow.


In addition to the many electronic artists that will there will be lectures of electronic music and future technology and theory with some of the leaders in innovative thought and education. There will also be exciting art on display and film previews.

To get an early preview of what you will be hearing Moogfest is offering  “Translational Drifts: Volume 2,” a free digital EP series featuring Moogfest artists - past, present and future. Calling on five contemporary Moogfest artists to remix covers of tracks by seminal electronic musicians, Volume 2 spotlights the sonic collaboration and creative cross-pollination that is central to Moogfest’s diverse lineup.

And lastly for some local flavor, several Michigan artists such as Heathered Pearls, Adult., and Kyle Hall are taking part at Moogfest. For an electronic music nerd such as myself, Moogfest is a bucketlist destination that cannot be missed.

Mikel OD Pfeiffer

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without it: DIRTY SHOW opens this weekend!

February 9, 2016 by  
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International Erotic Art Exhibition
February 12-20, 2016 • Detroit

1600 Clay St. Detroit, MI

The Dirty Show® returns for the third year to the 36,000 square foot Russell Industrial Exhibition Center.
The Show has become more than a yearly Erotic Art event, it’s now a major Detroit cultural event as well as a rite of passage for more than a generation.

Our Valentine’s Celebration this year marks the return of an 18 & Over night – Sunday, February 14th. Some have asked what the difference is between the nights, and our answer is simple, other than possibility of differing stage performances… the art is the same, the fun is the same, the people are the same (some a little younger). All nights are 21 & Over (Except where noted), a Valid Photo ID is required of everyone.
No Cameras or Video Cameras Allowed.


Dirty Show 17 – will feature Special Guest artist Colin Christian the London-born 3D sculptor, now living in the States, who’s work dances on the edge of Sci-Fi Cartoon Erotica and the Fetish Sex Toy worlds. No stranger to the Dirty Show, first showing here in the mid-2000’s with the shop-stopper “Snackcake Fruit Salad” a life-size 3D sculpture made of fiberglass and silicone. Since that time his work has appeared in multiple Dirty Shows, as recent as 2015. Over the years the caliber of Colin’s work has earned him the status as one of our Favorite Artists!
For more details visit
Russell Exhibition Center
1600 Clay St. Detroit, MI 48211

Located just north of I-94 off I-75 MAP

UPCOMING (Sat., Feb.13): A Tribute To Lemmy at The Token Lounge in Westland

February 8, 2016 by  
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Join the bands Dead in 5, Mound Road Engine, White Shag, Paula Messner (Candy Band/Motor Dolls/Vertical Pillows) and Mary Cobra (The Detroit Cobras/Vertical Pillows/Motor Dolls), HafLife, Wild Savages, SCREW, Shameless Tramps, One Last Crime and special guests this Saturday (Feb 13) at the Token Lounge in Westland as they pay tribute to rock legend Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead. Each band will play 2 Motorhead songs and 2 originals.
VJ Strokenfold will be spinning Motorhead influenced bands and showing clips of Lemmy interviews between acts.
They will also be raffling off 2 DVDs of Lemmy (film), a custom LEMMY drumhead courtesy of Vernon Glen Blevins of HafLife, a 16 X 20 Lemmy Photo (by Terence Cover) with Ace of Spades frame, and a Lucky Monkey Tattoo prize pack. Blackport Speaker Cabinets and Music Castle are donating an Eminence Speaker LLC Texas Heat speaker to the raffle!  

All raffle proceeds and Partial door proceeds will benefit Anthony Tolson's children. Anthony Tolson was a Detroit bass player, brutally murdered on Christmas Eve.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their Motorhead gear, and share their favorite Lemmy/Motorhead moments/personal stories!

Doors open at 7pm
18+ w/proper ID
Admission $10

The Token Lounge is located at 28949 Joy Rd, Westland, MI 48185 

The first 100 attendees get a free collectible Ace of Spades card!   


Chasing that little bugger: Mardi Gras en Rouge by DC in Detroit

February 8, 2016 by  
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DC is a longtime contributor to the MCB.
She can be reached at [at]

6 February 2016
Detroit/Hamtramck, Michigan

What you need to know about the Nain Rouge is that everything bad that’s happened to you in the past 3 months is his fault. That’s because winter — and any other misfortune — is his doing, and as much as Detroiters tough it out every year, there’s no one who wouldn’t prefer to skip it and head straight to spring. That’s where the Marche du Nain Rouge comes in, chasing the little bugger back into the Detroit River on the first Sunday of Spring.

It’s easy to forget Detroit’s French roots, but you don’t even need it to enjoy a good Mardi Gras party. And that’s what we got on Saturday, 6 February, courtesy the Mardi Gras en Rouge. We don’t have to work hard to find a good reason to party, but in this case, we also got an excuse to feel good about ourselves — the party was a fundraiser for restaurant/museum/music nonprofit Gabriel Hall and one of our favorite recurring events, the Marche du Nain Rouge.

We were asked to “dress to impress, with a touch of red,” and impress we did. The smallish space was comfortably packed with good-lookers in their finery and mandatory masks, bouncing to a regular stream of live music and other entertainment, pressing the flesh, and being merrily mysterious. Soon enough, we were happily munching from the Gabriel Hall buffet, and super tasty Belle Isle Pizza who showed up with a specially-concocted spicy Nain Rouge pizza. It’s not on the menu, but legend has it, if you call and request it, they’ll make one special for you. By the time I was 3 or 4 hurricanes in, that pizza was the highlight of my night.

Oh and the Nain Rouge? Yeah, he had the nerve to show his snarly little face in the midst of our merry-making. We chased him out, but I’m afraid he’s just hiding, waiting to wreak more havoc if we aren’t vigilant. Our chance to banish him for another year is fast approaching, so prepare your battle gear and make sure to come out and make some noise with us in the Marche du Nain Rouge on March 20th.

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UPCOMING (Fri. Feb.5): Turn Up The Love- A Steampunk Valentine in Downtown Monroe

February 3, 2016 by  
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Join First Friday Downtown Monroe for a Steampunk Valentine adventure in Historic Downtown Monroe on First Friday, February 5th beginning at 6pm.

Dress to impress and indulge your inner Steampunk by stepping out in your fantastical attire.

Events will include: Live music, art demonstrations, kids activities, restaurant & retail promotions and contests including:

10 W. 1st St.
6pm to 9pm
Two great forces are coming together to offer some fun on your night out. Dress up in your favorite steampunk outfit and visit Floral City Images Photography at 10 W. First St., enjoy complimentary tea tasting and treats from Agua Dulce and have your picture taken.

40 S. Monroe St.
7pm to 11 pm
18 &Up
Join us for a night of music, magic & more as we celebrate Turn Up The Love: A Steampunk Valentine In Monroe put on by First Friday Downtown Monroe. We have a very limited amount of tickets available to this event (so buy them now!) The event will feature poetry by Madhouse Sessions wordsmiths Leo Todd Jarret and Barry Graham, live acoustic music by two local and talented solo artists Frank Shock and Leo Jarret. The main event is a magnificently magical stage show by Steve the Amazing!
Refreshments will be available for purchase on site.

36 W. Front St.
Live music by Frank Shock
9 pm

34.5 S Monroe St.
Live Music 7 pm -The Pin-Ins
Art Show 6 to 9

35 S. Monroe St
5 pm to 8 pm
Raffle with purchase, 10% off tonight's purchase and future purchases when you buy a reusable HCHH purple shopping bag. CHAIR MESSAGES BY JEREMY

110 S. Monroe St.
3 pm to 7 pm
$5 Parafin Wax Hand Treatments on First Friday, February 5th from 3 pm on to 7 pm. Stop in and tour this beautiful new salon and put some much needed moisture back into those dry winter hands.

105 East Front St., Ste. 304
6 pm to 7 pm
Community Yoga
Donations for participation in this drop in class will benefit The Daughter Project (who fight human trafficking)

2 W. Front St.
6 pm to 8 pm
Will host award winning Michigan Steampunk author Cindy Spencer Pape for a book reading and signing. Books will be available on site for purchase.

113 E Front St
Will be open for retail from 12-5:30 on FIRST FRIDAY. They are featuring artist Becca Cochran. They will also have handmade Valentine mugs $15 each and ornaments $7 each in the gallery. Stop in!

120 S. Monroe St
Noon to 8 pm
They will be featuring a mini exhibit on Antique & Vintage Valentine's Day cards.

129 E. Front St.
HAPPY HOUR 5 pm to 7 pm
$2 domestic bottles, $5 cosmos & classic martinis, $5 wine glass pours.

42 S. Monroe St
FREE Steampunk Adult Coloring Book to the first 10 customers 16 years or older dressed in Steampunk gear after 7 PM.
FREE KIDS DRAWING to win "Pete The Cat Doll" and "Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Love" books.

SHOW REVIEW: Negative Approach live at Third Man Records in Detroit (with live footage)

February 2, 2016 by  
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Third Man Records in Detroit kicked off their live music series this past Saturday with a free show from Negative Approach. Negative Approach are one of the most important and influential hardcore/punk bands to come out of the United States.

Third Man Records reached capacity quite early once doors were open at 6:30. With roughly 300 people inside a line of people were left waiting outside anticipating entry. Third Man employees took precautions before the live entertainment began by removing merchandise in close proximity to the stage.  
The Craig Brown Band opened up the show as old school punks rubbed elbows with scenesters in their 20's in the beer and bathroom line's. 
As Negative Approach's lead vocalist John Brannon took to the stage he opened the set by saying "All right. Is everybody doing all right? Well check it out, that's all going to change right now. We're fucking Negative Approach". The band then went into a blistering version of 'Hypocrite' off the 1983 album 'Tied Down'. The crowd erupted in a large pit and the show was officially on. If you were anywhere near the stage it was fair game for bodies to be slamming against you.
  Negative Approach cut their teeth right around the corner from Third Man in the 80's at the legendary Freezer Theater which singer John Brannon pointed out from the stage at one point. He also pointed out that the area is the "Cass Corridor" and NOT "Midtown" as he shared his love for Detroit.  
The set 20+ song set list consisted of classic Neagtice Approach songs including 'Ready To Fight', 'Fair Warning' and 'Nothing'. Some of the cover songs performed during the set included 'Borstal Breakout' by Sham 69, 'I Got a Right' by Iggy & The Stooges, and 'Friends Of Rock & Roll' from Brannon's other band Easy Action. 
At one point during the set John Brannon asked if there were still people outside waiting to get in. He then requested from stage to let everyone in. The crowd agreed and started chanting "let them in". Third Man made it happen and those who stuck around were granted access.
This was a unique Negative Approach with three drummers taking part. Original drummer Chris "Opie" Moore played the majority of the set with fellow Negative Approach skin beaters John Lehl and Chuck Burns each doing a few songs to finish the 55 minute set. 
At this point in this review we here at MCB recommend sitting back and cracking open a beer to enjoy the sights of sounds of Negative Approach live at Third Man Records-Cass Corridor on January 30, 2016... 
"Hypocrite" LIVE 

"Ready To Fight" and "Nothing" LIVE

"I Got A Right" (Iggy & The Stooges cover) LIVE
"Friends Of Rock & Roll" (Easy Action cover) LIVE

**All live footage courtesy of Ambervillain Films**

CALL FOR ART: Cranbrook Arts & Crafts Market this July

February 1, 2016 by  
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Call for Artists: Arts & Crafts Market in the Gardens

Market Dates
Saturday, July 9, 2016 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 10, 2016 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Setup Dates
Friday, July 8, 2016 | 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 9, 2016 | 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Application Deadline
February 22

Apply now for Arts & Crafts Market in the Gardens, a juried event hosted by Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10, 2016. This outdoor event nestled in the beautiful Cranbrook Gardens is open to all mediums emphasizing natural materials, hand crafting, organic themes and above all, quality craftmanship. Arts & Crafts Market in the Gardens will attract art enthusiasts, the local community, and other visitors interested in purchasing quality fine art and contemporary crafts. Applications will be accepted until February 22.

Click here to download the application and for more information.

CALL FOR ART: Rejected: A Second Chance Art Show this April

February 1, 2016 by  
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REJECTED: A Second Chance Art Show
CALL FOR ART: Deadline Friday March 4

Have you been rejected?

Did the Big Sexy Show say you weren't sexy enough? Did some other show tell you "too darned bad!"? Have art agents sent the dreaded "thanks, but no thanks" response to your inquiries?

You're not alone. We're betting that it's happened to everyone, and that a show of "rejected" art might just be the best group show you'll see this year.

Coming Friday, April 1 to Detroit's Tangent Gallery, "Rejected;" a second chance art show and evening of live entertainment! Our goal is to respectfully showcase amazing art that didn't fit into some other curator's vision. We present here a chance for artists to show work that they have put
all their blood, sweat and tears into (or something like that!)

Send photos of up to four pieces of your rejected work to Along with your name and best way to contact you, for each piece submitted include:

Medium (all are welcome)
Price (pieces do not have to be for sale but must be available to be displayed at the show)
Name of show/gallery/agent that rejected the piece (Previous rejection IS required!)

There is no fee to submit (we might reject your work too, but we won't charge you to be rejected!) On acceptance, there will be a $10 fee per artist (not per piece) to assist with covering the cost of the show. Additionally, the show will take a 20% commission on all sales. Deadline to submit is Friday, March 4 at 12AM.

Also, this event is reaching out worldwide, so if you know any artists anywhere that may be interested, please let them know!

SHOW REVIEW: Elle King at The Majestic Theatre in Detroit

February 1, 2016 by  
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Singer/Songwriter Elle King finally made it to Detroit this past Wednesday night and MCB was there to catch the show. Elle had to postpone a scheduled performance back in November which seemed to have built the anticipation for many within the walls of the sold out Majestic Theatre.
Elle opened her set with the song 'Jackson' off her critically acclaimed debut full length album 'Love Stuff'. By the end of her second song she was proclaiming her love for Detroit and offered her apologies for the postponed show. She promised a special treat near the end of her set for those who stick around. She also stated the fact that she was "drunk already". A beer strategically located in a cup holder on her mic stand would help keep her in that condition throughout the set.
She would proclaime "I only go dumped once in my life and it won't happen again" before her third song of the set entitled 'Good To Be A Man' which ended up being the song that got her signed back in 2012. Elle put down the guitar and picked up a banjo for this song. Her alcohol consumption was most likely a factor in Elle forgetting some of the lyrics to the song, but she was quick to draw attention to the fact that she did and had fun with it. She stated that she "didn't feel bad about getting drunk in Detroit because Detroit is wild." The statement was proven true as the crowd kept their own beers flowing.   

Elle King would ask the crowd "Who knows the words to my album? Who's going to help me fuckin' sing this shit?" before breaking into the 'Where the Devil Don’t Go' . This was to be the first song into her set where she didn't have a guitar or banjo in her hands. With this freedom she proceeded strut around the stage and got right at the edge of the stage and on her knees as she sang to the crowd. At one point she laid down at the front of the stage and belted out the song that sounded much like her albums recorded version. Elle was truly having a good time performing and made a connection with the audience with her humor and openness. She asked the crowd "who saw up my skirt?" after the song.
At one point in the set Elle told her band to skip the "slow ass song" choosing to play a more upbeat song to continue the party as she told the crowd. She choose to perform a mashup of Nick Jonas’s 'Jealous' and 'Can’t Feel My Face' by The Weeknd. This would not be her only cover of the evening. Elle also belted out a version of The Beatles classic 'Oh! Darling' which she proclaimed as one of her favorite songs. She held her own with the song and did not disappoint.
Elle lived up to her tattooed statement to "have a good time all the time" as she continued to interact with the crowd between songs. She laughed with the crowd and asked them to raise their glasses because "She doesn't like to drink alone". Her genuine personality shined during the show and a good time was being had by all. She kept telling the how appreciative she was of everyone in attendance and the fact that she was having a great time. Her statement that she's from Ohio did get a fair amount of "boo's" from the audience which I assume is a result of Michigan and Ohio being big rivals in sports.   
Elle's band held their own during the set and were tight. They were there to provide musical accompaniment to the shining star that is Elle King. They adapted quickly to on the spot changes to the set list and lyrics that were dropped during the songs.

Elle stated “Detroit! Y’all know how to party.” as she continued a set filled with more tracks off 'Love Stuff' including 'Song of Sorrow', 'Under the Influence', and 'Kocaine Karolina'.
Elle King is not only the vocalist, but is also the songwriter for songs that reflect her experiences with love and heartbreak. Tracks such as 'I Told You I Was Mean' may display love gone wrong, but Elle isn't apologizing on her end. She stated during the set that when she get's pissed off at someone it's better that she writes a song about them instead of stabbing them. Make's sense.
Before the song 'Last Damn Night' Elle shared with the audience that "I wrote a song about sleeping with a bunch of fucking dudes and I got nominated for two fucking Grammys." She recommended that the audience "Find ways to stand out" and for her it was being a "Big Slut". King is not above laughing about her wild ways and stated that she is glad she is a musician and doesn't have a "real" job.    
As Elle performed her chart hit 'Ex’s and Oh’s' (which happens to be nominated for two Grammy's this year) the crowd was infused with a wave of energy as they sang every lyric to the best of their ability and waved their drinks and cell phones in the air. It's a well deserved hit song and the performance of it was stellar.
Elle and band left the stage after 13 songs and would return shortly after to perform a few encores. The band returned to perform the special treat Elle promised to the Detroit crowd for the previously postponed show. The band started the music and was instantly recognized by most in the crowd as 'The Real Slim Shady'  by Eminem. Elle would soon join the band to deliver the lyrics to the song. It's not a easy song to rap to and is often like aerobics of the alphabet, but Elle nailed it and sang every verse with ease and used her body language to reflect the lyrics in the song.
Her second encore of the evening was another cover song. This time it was 'My Neck, My Back'  which was first presented as a live track on 'The Elle King EP'. Elle modifies Khia's rap version into a smooth rock sing along and stayed true to the sexually explicit lyrics.
Elle King concluded her show with 'America’s Sweetheart' which has a great chorus that could easily rival that of 'Ex's and Oh's'.  

At one point during her set Elle proclaimed "Tonights a shit show. Don't hold it against me. I just like to party" and the audience was just fine with it. If you were a Elle King fan based on her albums then the live show is not to be missed. She was able to pull off a vocal delivery of the songs that proved that she is indeed a fantastic singer in as well as out of the studio. The live show was a unique experience and it felt like we here in Detroit were being treated to something special. The lengthy, alcohol-induced tales between songs were highly entertaining and gave a glimpse into Elle's personality even so at times it was filled with many expletives.  Performances that are as raw as the one Elle was bestowing upon the crowd that evening are usually the one's you tend to remember long after the night ends. 
Can’t Be Loved
Good to Be a Man
I Told You I Was Mean
Good For Nothin’ Woman
Where the Devil Don’t Go
Song Of Sorrow
Kocaine Karolina
Oh! Darling (The Beatles cover)
Under the Influence
Jealous/Can’t Feel My Face (Nick Jonas/The Weeknd mashup)
Ex’s & Oh’s
Last Damn Night
The Real Slim Shady (Eminem cover)
My Neck, My Back (Khia cover)
America’s Sweetheart

TONIGHT (Fri. Jan 29): Wolf Eyes at the UFO Factory in Detroit

January 29, 2016 by  
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Experimental noise rock band Wolf Eyes has a headlining gig at the UFO Factory tonight.

The lineup for the evening shapes up like this...


$10 Admission at the Door
The UFO Factory is located at: 2110 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216


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