Tag: Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife

DJ Fixed (Single release party) wsg/ DJ Disc Detroit and ‘The Don’ Jeffrey Woodward

Friday, March 30 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
DJ Fixed (Modern Tribe)
DJ Disc Detroit (Detroit Deep Sessions)
‘The Don’ Jeffrey Woodward (Detroit Deep Sessions)

DJ Fixed is an accomplished underground DJ & Producer. Performing Techno, Minimal and Tech-House, he has performed continually at the annual Flint Drop Fest, and with a variety of shows for promoters Strange Luv Productions, Modern Tribe & Deep Sessions. Including, but not limited to Meltdown 6.5, Detroit Wave City, Beats & BBQ, Bass Market and many more.

Currently finishing his debut single for the Modern Tribe Label, DJ Fixed is poised to become an international superstar.

DJ Disc Detroit: Detroit Deep Sessions is a project by Dj Disc…Detroit with the help of a group of DJs in Detroit. It aims to set a stage & give exposure and promote electronic music our Guys & Dolls spin (Deep House &Techno) in the city, and play a role in sparking Detroit’s renaissance and all over the world.

“The Don” Jeffrey Woodward: Coming up from the north side of Flint, Mr. Jeffrey Woodward got his musical education from an early age. Growing up he listened to Rock &Roll until the age of 12, when he crossed over to R&B. By the age of 16 he was visiting Disco clubs on a regular basis. In the process, he got hooked on the Detroit R&B DJ’s of that era, such as Tiger Dan, Marvelous Marv, and The Electrifying Mojo. Working his way up from shop bars and roller rinks, the 80’s turned into a pivotal point in his career. Disco had faded into the newest craze, House Music. Listening to DJ’s like Duane Bradley, Barry Michaelton Grant, Ken Collier, and Jeff “The Wizard” Mills. In 1986, Mr. Woodward was the first DJ north of Detroit to play House Music at the old Blackstone’s. 1988 he worked at Buy-Rite Music where he was immersed into Detroit’s House and Techno scene. By 1992 Jeffrey made the move to Detroit and continued his passion for House and Techno. In 1996 he started The Detroit Housing Commission and became a co-resident at the legendary Club 246 when he first started playing U.K. Garage. By ’98 he brought UKG to Lush Lounge in Hamtramck, pulling massive crowds and packing the dance floor with this new sound, and started working at Melodies and Memories in Eastpointe. While hustling records there, he met DJ CDX who introduced him to Detroit’s underground rave scene with the DubTech Crew. For the next 3 years, his skills and passion for his art, led him to gigs playing with the likes of DJ Pierre, Roy Davis Jr.,Terrence Parker, Paul Johnson and Frankie Bones and has cemented his reputation as a true Detroit legend and the status of The Don of UKG. With the changing laws of the early years of the 2000’s brought on many changes. In 2001 DubTech broke apart and sent Jeff on a new path. He continued doing gigs under the DHC banner. By 2006 he became involved with newdetroitradio.com, which eventually turned into burstradio.com, where he is a featured DJ and co-host. He is currently a member of the Deep Sessions crew and the Convergent Sound Family. In the new decade, Mr. Woodward is bringing his classic Detroit style UKG to new generation of electronic music fans. UK Garage. Imported from Detroit. [Blend-FM]

Sarah Borges

Friday, March 23 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Sarah Borges (Rock and roll)

Sarah Borges: To watch Sarah Borges strut and howl onstage is to participate in rock n roll communion, all glistening sweat and high kicks, soul-shaking and sassy antics. She’s a modern-day retro spitfire, red lipstick curled in a smirk as she summons her six-string to conjure a host of fiery spirits, leaving a stunned and ecstatic audience in her wake.

This same raucous energy shoots through her fourth studio album, Radio Sweetheart, which is a statement of Borges future as much as it is a reflection of her past. Funded entirely by fans, the new album is a sea change marking a split from both Sugar Hill Records (the label that released her two most recent albums) and her longtime band the Broken Singles, all set in motion by a road weariness bred from six years of constant touring and the home-is-where-the-heart-is lure of brand new motherhood.

Nesting in with her husband and infant son, Borges wrote from a fresh perspective, composing in relative solitude in contrast to those years spent on the road. Alone with guitar and pen, Borges unearthed demos written in her teens and fell back under the sonic spell of the Boston-bred indie rock luminariesMorphine, Juliana Hatfieldthat marked her musical coming-of-age in the 90s.

To realize this musical shift, Borges turned to Steve Berlin, an admirer and longtime member of Los Lobos, to produce the new album. Recorded in a week at Bostons Woolly Mammoth studio, Radio Sweetheart is nine originals (plus a cover of Lloyd Prices Heavy Dreams) all imbued with lessons learned from a decade of rock and roll, countless miles spent on the road, and the range of emotions surrounding the dissolution of a band and the growth of a family.

In essence, the new album is just another step in the continual evolution of Sarah Borges. Like most kids, she grew up surrounded by her parents record collection, a mix of Bob Dylan and classic rock, Joni Mitchell and Gene Autry, which she supplemented with her self-proclaimed drama geek affectation for Rodgers and Hammerstein and the guitar- and fuzz-driven spoils of 90s alt rock.

Borges played in her own fledgling indie rock bands in her teens and early 20s before taking a detour into the newly emerging genre of Americana. I felt like I had spent all of this time trying to couch everything in metaphor, and when I started writing Americana songs I could finally say it plain.

Those years spent playing in black box rock clubs and rented VFW halls informed Borges’s style, and she soon found a believer in producer Paul Q. Kolderie (Hole, Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo), who offered to record some demos, which in turn drew the attention of Texas’s Blue Corn Music at the annual South by Southwest music festival. The label released her debut full-length Silver City in 2005, which launched her onto the Americana world’s radar, kicking off a whirlwind of touring where Borges and her band opened for greats like Dave Alvin and Alejandro Escovedo.

Borges’ second outing, Diamonds in the Dark, was released on indie label Sugar Hill in 2007, yet another deal garnered on the merits of a South by Southwest performance. With Kolderie once again at the production helm and her touring bandthe Broken Singlesjumping back into the fray, the resulting album again earned Borges a wide array of critical acclaim.

It was around this time that Borges began to resurrect those rock n roll roots you hear on Radio Sweetheartfirst in her live show, which more often than not found her straddling her guitar atop a table or surrounded by half the audience on stage, and then on her following album, The Stars Are Out, which was released in 2009 on Sugar Hill. While retaining the honesty of songwriting and sense of tradition that permeated her earlier releases, Borges bid adieu to the confines of Americana with free-spirited abandon and an almost punk-influenced grit and growl, a six-string salute from a woman who continues to defy classification and push musical boundaries at every turn.

The History of Gunpowder / Nina & the Buffalo Riders / Scarlet Lies

Friday, March 2 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
The History of Gunpowder (Freak out rock and blues)
Nina & the Buffalo Riders (Psychedelic blues/Hard rock)
Scarlet Lies (Detroit Glam Pop Rock)

The History of Gunpowder is a five piece swamp-pirate blues, freak out troupe from Montreal. Drawing inspiration from blues, soul, jazz, funk and punk, the music exists as an ordered chaos; elevated by the band’s affiliation with Montreal’s finest burlesque dancers and performance artists, who often perform original numbers alongside the band.

Nina & The Buffalo Riders was formed in 2013 from a chance meet-up between Nina Ledesma (vocals) and Adam Enriquez (guitar) at a Detroit, MI watering hole. Nina had a weekly gig there, and Adam…well that was his favorite bar. After one of her shows, Adam invited Nina to a jam session to try out some original music, and the results were magic.

The rest of the boys were picked up along the way: Mike Fritz (keyboard), Ramiro Romero (bass), and Chris “Kaz” Kaszuba (drums).

NBR music is wild and free just like Nina’s hair.

“Catch them now before they go supernova. The band’s sound is bluesy and psychedelic while Nina Sofia’s powerhouse vocals are soon to be classified one of the seven wonders of the Midwestern world” (Detroit Metro Times).

Scarlet Lies is a glam rock pop band that has been taking the Metro Detroit area by storm. In June of 2016 they made their debut closing the main stage at Ferndale’s Pride Festival and have hit the ground running ever since. Scarlet Lies started off 2017 releasing their debut album “Monsters Coming Out” which has had great success with digital and physical sales. The band recently also broke into Reverb Nation’s top ten Detroit rock charts, climbing up to number five (as of 1/20/17) and steadily rising.

Vista Kicks

Saturday, February 24 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Vista Kicks (Bootie shakin’ rock and roll)

Vista Kicks, originally from Sacramento, had released 3 tracks on their own between 2014 and 2015, which have amassed 3.4 million Spotify streams and over 3.2 million YouTube plays. They’ve since relocated to Hollywood and in early 2016, released the self produced 6 track collection, ‘Chasing Waves’, on their own imprint Little Hook Records.
About ‘Chasing Waves’, vocalist Derek Thomas says, “We made it in Sacramento in the presence of our closest friends and family, this first EP is the most honest representation of ourselves currently.”

Chasing Waves (2016) made Apple Music’s Featured New Artists page and lived on the homepage of iTunes for four consecutive weeks. They’ve toured the US with Swim Deep, and now they’re touring the West Coast and Southwest this spring with Save Ferris. Vista Kicks’ music is a fast blend of good ol’ Rock N’ Roll, Funk, and Pop. Their shows are electric, they make impossible not to dance and have a great time.

“…Chasing Waves has all the warmth, the fun, and the strife of a young band reeling from the unadulterated struggles of being twenty-somethings just trying to get by in a fucked-up twenty-first century world..” – Mitch Mosk, Atwood Magazine

The Lucid Furs

Friday, February 16 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
The Lucid Furs (Detroit freak rock)

The Lucid Furs: Five bereaved souls here to wash your minds with their hard rock, psych and blues concoctions. To hold on to your morality, virtue and chastity DO NOT listen to The Lucid Furs!

[Photo credit: Erick Buchholz]

Rooftop Love Club / The Philter / Warhorses / Krillin

Thursday, February 15 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $7
Rooftop Love Club (Garage rock/Blues)
The Philter (Surf/Shoegaze/New wave)
Warhorses (Heavy trance rock)
Krillin (Indie garage/Surf)

Rooftop Love Club: Toronto garage blues duo, Rooftop Love Club, thicken their reverberant riff-rock with Jake’s fuzzed-out baritone guitar and Jacob’s versatile, swampy drums. Catchy hooks and vibrant colours pair a mod-pop sensibility with stadium-worthy raw, authentic rock. They are visceral and loud, to say the least.

The Philter: Their music is further defined by lush swells of ambient sound and dark, melancholy lyrical content.

“There’s nothing SoCal about this band. Rather, this is very much surf rock with a Detroit edge. If these guys are surfing, they’re riding their boards through waves of oil, gasoline and grit.”
– Brett Callwood, MetroTimes

“The band has elements of shoegaze, chillwave, and surf rock. It mostly pays homage to surf bands such as The Ventures and Dick Dale while at the same time being as catchy as the Raveonettes.”
– Detroit Blackout

Warhorses: Psychedelic, sludgy, hypnotic space rock from Detroit.

“……Warhorses are an incredibly impressive psychedelic rock band. They will no doubt continue to progress and push their genres boundaries; hopefully forcing it into the limelight and out of its relative obscurity. Keep an eyes and ears on this group, something tells me they can’t be stopped.” Logan Bailey – Listen to the Mitten 6/21/13

Krillin: A group of multidimensional extraterrestrials from the Underspace. Wanted for being a rogue wave of chaos across the cosmos. The chase is on…..

The Grim Feeder Valentines Day Edition

Tuesday, February 13 / 6pm / No cover

The Grim Feeder is your 100% vegan pop-up in Detroit City providing a food service for both body and spirit. Join us in eternal health through vegan cuisine at one of our dining events.

Catering, meal planning, kitchen takeovers, pop-ups & plant-based education as a 100% vegan chef. Cookbook 2018!

Dirty Fences

Saturday, February 3 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Dirty Fences (Garage/Punk rock)

Dirty Fences: New York City’s favorite hard-working band. Dirty Fences’ fast, catchy, street-level, rock n roll will LIGHT THE FIRE OF YOUR DESIRE.

“It’s a shame there aren’t more bands like Dirty Fences these days. You know what we’re talking about: Acts made up of musicians who know how to play their instruments, write timeless songs and have a blast while doing it. Fresh off releasing a well-received self-titled EP on Volcom last year the band are now ready to unleash their full-length Too High To Kross—and if you think rock n’ roll is dead, get ready for your world to be flipped off its axis.

Bassist/vocalist Max Comaskey, vocalist/guitarist Jack Daves and drummer/vocalist Max Hiersteiner began playing together while attending high school in Boston and in 2009 they moved the band to Brooklyn and recruited Max Roseglass on guitar/vocals. Dirty Fences refer to themselves as a gang and that mentality is evident in every razor sharp riff and perfectly executed harmony on Too High To Kross, an album that evokes early American rock and punk acts such as Red Kross, MC5, Johnny Thunders, The Ramones and The Stooges.

However those names are just reference points because what Dirty Fences is doing is truly unique and moreover it’s rambunctious, melodic, fun and dangerous… something that they managed to convey by recording the instrumentation for their new album completely live with Jake and Toby Vest at High/Low Recording in Memphis, Tennessee. “All the basic tracks were done in two or three takes and we just banged them out in order to try to capture the energy of the live show in the recording,” Comaskey explains. “I think that really comes across with these songs.”

While recording technology couldn’t capture the sweat and frenzy of Dirty Fences’ legendary live shows, sonically Too High To Kross is about as close as you can get. From instantly catchy, no-frills rockers such as “Heaven Is Tonight” and “Rose In A Vice” to the Alice Cooper-esque solid rock groove of “What’s That Strange?” and harmony-driven melodic numbers such as “Always On My Mind,” Too High To Kross is an album in the classic sense of the term; 13 songs, 32 minutes and not one second of filler.

Equally impressive is how relevant Too High To Kross sounds despite the fact that the members have steeped themselves in their knowledge of rock and punk history. “We like a lot of music that happened during a certain era but we’re also a product of the world we live in and I think both of those aspects play into our sound equally,” Roseglass explains. “I think the strength of our music comes from the fact that we like so many different types of bands and when we say we like something from 1977 it could be Thin Lizzy or Kool & The Gang; when it comes to good music, we don’t discriminate.”

When Dirty Fences aren’t on the road odds are that you can find them at their house in Brooklyn, complete with a practice space in the basement and a quarter pipe in the backyard. “If we’re not practicing downstairs we’re writing song, booking a tour or listening to records, we have a tireless work ethic,” Comaskey explains. “We don’t have careers; this is what we’re going to do for the rest of our lives and so it has to come first and everything else has to work around the band.”

Playing for three hours every day in the basement and touring alongside everyone from The Shrine to Cults has helped this foursome cultivate a relationship that’s as tight as their relentless rhythm section. “We are a rock n’ roll band in the traditional sense and only these four people can do what we do,” Daves adds. “There’s a reason why we play with each other and if we’re not playing together we’re all hanging out.”

Then there’s the aforementioned live show, which is a raucous explosion of riffs, energy and enthusiasm that makes every DIY venue feel like an arena. “It’s a party onstage and we have the entire crowd going completely insane then we’ll bring it down for a minute to get everyone’s attention before we bring it back and knock everyone on the floor again,” Comaskey explains.

Ultimately it’s the world that has to conform to Dirty Fences, not the other way around. “If you go to a show to hear useless banter, tuning guitars and all that bullshit don’t come to our shows because we’re not going to give you enough time to breathe,” Hiersteiner summarizes. “We dive in and we’ll be underwater the whole time, leaving you gasping for breath.” That said, if you make it to the end of the ride it’s more than worth the risk so sit back, crank it up and learn how good it feels to be Too High To Kross.” [via last.fm]

Pröwess / Trigger / Electric Huldra

Wednesday, January 31 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
Pröwess (Rock N’ Roll)
Trigger (Hard rock)
Electric Huldra (Rock and roll)

Pröwess is a straight on rock ‘n’ roll band hailing from Charlotte, NC. This savage army of seasoned road-warriors with dreams of conquest and world domination was unleashed in 2016. Pröwess is a supreme rock & roll band. We are the unicorn. The dragon. The mythical creature that you thought long extinct.

TRIGGER is a Detroit based heavy rock ‘n’ roll band that digs deep into the Earth’s core to construct a mesmerizing barrage of badass jams. Centered around thick rhythmic grooves swimming in a sea of guitar feedback & flange. The vocals soar over top like a vulture looking for it’s next catch…..new album BETTER OFF ALIVE coming soon!

Electric Huldra: Desert/Stoner Rock trio from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dr Sushi x Noodles Man (Pop-up kitchen)

Tuesday, January 30 / 6pm / No cover

Good evening, please join us for a night of food eating and ping pong at the Lager House. The menu will have some noodle dishes, some fried dishes, snacky things, some comforting and warm dishes straight from the soul.

We are sponsoring a Ping Pong tournament. Make sure to sign up before the tournament begins! The winner gets a prize.

Jay behind the bar!