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  • City Slang: Music review roundup

    Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to bcallwood@metrotimes.com. Ricky Rat’s Tokyo Pop/Glitter People (New Fortune) 7” single highlights all that’s great about the Trash Brats guitarist, but also his limitations. The man can write a bubblegum rock ’n’ roll song to match anyone in the city and most beyond. He’s also a killer guitarist, ripping out one throwaway riff after another with reckless abandon. He’s a machine. On his own though, without Trash Brats frontman Brian McCarty, his voice doesn’t have enough strength to do the songs justice. Not that you need to have the greatest voice in the world to sing this stuff – you don’t need to be able to perform vocal gymnastics – but you do have to be able to wail the tunes out. Both of the songs on this single are great, but you can’t help but wonder how much better they would sound with McCarty or somebody similar talking the mic. Still, as they are the songs are great fun. We’re just being picky. The Paper Sound’s Trajectories is a dense, atypically dark Americana-tinged album, unrelenting and […]

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  • Detroit launches website to auction city-owned homes

    “Neighbors wanted.” That’s the message on the homepage of buildingdetroit.org, a new website launched by the City of Detroit today to auction off city-owned homes to prospective buyers who pledge to fix them up and move in. “We are moving aggressively to take these abandoned homes and get families living in them again,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement today. “There are a lot of people who would love to move into many of our neighborhoods. Knowing that other people are going to be buying and fixing up the other vacant homes at the same time will make it a lot easier for them to make that commitment.” The website to facilitate the auctions went live this afternoon. The first auction is scheduled to take place Monday, May 5. Officials said in a news release that one home will be auctioned per day, Monday through Friday. Fifteen homes are available for sale on the site, a dozen of which are in the East English Village neighborhood. Any Michigan resident, company, or organization that can do business in the state can bid, according to the website. Properties will be for sale for only one day, with bidding taking place from 8 […]

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  • Tickets for Steven Spielberg, John Williams summer concert sell out in 15 minutes

    In case you haven’t heard, two of the biggest names in film, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, are collaborating to put on a benefit concert for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this summer. In case you wanted to go- well, you’re too damn late. The DSO says tickets to the June 14 concert were snapped up in a record-breaking 15 minutes after they went on sale at 9 a.m. today. The DSO has since released this statement to fans who didn’t snag seats: Our apologies to everyone who was unable to buy tickets this morning for our historic benefit concert featuring John Williams and Steven Spielberg. Despite increasing our phone and internet system capacity for the day, a surge of hundreds of ticket buyers purchased tickets in a matter of minutes, filling the phone lines and temporarily maxing out our web servers. After a one-hour pre-sale made available to donors and subscribers at 8am, we released additional seats at 9am to the general public, including seats available for as low as $30. All seats sold out immediately. The concert program seems nothing short of top notch: Williams will conduct the orchestra as it performs some of his most iconic tunes, such […]

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  • Blowout 2014 schedule available to view now

    The schedule for Blowout 17, taking place Wednesday April 30 to Saturday May 3 in Hamtramck, Detroit and Ferndale, is available to see now. Visit MtBlowout.com to see the schedule and plan your festival. Follow @City_Slang

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  • City Slang: Trash Brats get sleazy at Small’s

    The Trash Brats hardly ever play live anymore, so each show feels like an event. Wandering around Small’s in Hamtramck late Saturday night, there’s a near-carnival atmosphere in the air. The Brats were never supposed to be taken seriously, but years on-and-off the radar have given the band the gift of respect born out of longevity. We’re not being dismissive at all. In fact, no amount of kooky faces from guitarist Ricky Rat and bassist Toni Romeo can hide the fact that these boys can play and the band writes killer bubblegum sleaze-rock tunes. The fact that the venue was packed compared to, say, a recent show by internationally known punk icons Sylvain Sylvain and Glen Matlock (which you would think would attract a similar audience) is testament to the fact that, in Detroit, the Trash Brats command a certain reverence. Before the Trash Brats took to the stage, local punks The Dives kicked off the night with a set of sincere, energetic and well-performed, if standard, punk rock. No frills (besides frontman Ron McPherson’s dapper suit), the band features members of the Junk Monkeys, the Black Mollies and the Joint Chiefs, and it drives through a set of catchy, […]

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  • Cycle 7 opens at the Red Bull House of Art

    By: Ayana Bryant-Weekes The Red Bull House of Art, a multidisciplinary and collaborative art project, relieves the stress of financial limitation or lack of tools and space so budding artists can manifest their creative dreams right here in Detroit. Six artists are selected for a three-month residency where they are provided individual studio space and materials, allowing their artistic concepts to flow freely. At the end of each residency is an unveiling and public display at the Red Bull House of Art Gallery. As show curator Matt Eaton told us in a 2013 interview, “The selection process for the current crop of artists was just the same as every round. The goal is not to find the hippest, coolest artists (though I think they are all very cool), but to find the people who may not typically have a voice.” This year, for the first time, Red Bull House of Art will showcase more than just Detroit artists. National artists from across the country in a special artist-in-residency program will have the opportunity to showcase their work to a much broader audience, and bring a national art stage to the Motor City. Since opening, 54 Detroit-based artists have been given the […]

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Spend the Night - Reader's Choice

Best of Detroit 2012: Reader's choice for nightlife in Metro Detroit By MT Staff 4/25/2012

Best Electronic Club

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Elektricity 4/25/2012

Best Tequila

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Patrón Tequila 4/25/2012

Best Gin

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Tanqueray Ultra Premium London Dry Gin 4/25/2012

Best Bourbon

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon 4/25/2012

Best Scotch

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Johnnie Walker Black 4/25/2012

Best Vodka

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Valentine Vodka 4/25/2012

Best Local Liquor

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Valentine Vodka 4/25/2012

Best Beer

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: PJ's Lager House 4/25/2012

Best Microbrew

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Bell's Brewery / Bell's Oberon 4/25/2012

Best Local Beer

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Atwater Block Brewery 4/25/2012

Best Sports Bar

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Rosie O' Grady's 4/25/2012

Best Folk Venue

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: The Ark 4/25/2012

Best Comedy Open-Mic

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Go! Comedy Improv 4/25/2012

Best Comedy Club

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Go! Comedy Improv 4/25/2012

Best Rock Club

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: PJ's Lager House 4/25/2012

Best Rock Club

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: PJ's Lager House 4/25/2012

Best Hip-Hop Night

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Blue Collar Gentleman, Old Miami 4/25/2012

Best Hip-Hop Venue

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: St. Andrew's Hall 4/25/2012

Best Casino to See a Show

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Motor City Casino 4/25/2012

Best Casino Poker

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: MGM Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Casino Craps

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: MGM Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Casino Slots

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: MGM Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Casino

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: MGM Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Bar for Trivia Night

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Woodbridge Pub 4/25/2012

Best Jukebox

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Gusoline Alley 4/25/2012

Best Bar for a Classic Cocktail

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: The Oakland, Ferndale 4/25/2012

Best Bar for Bloody Mary

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Vivio's Food & Spirits 4/25/2012

Best Bar for a Martini

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Goodnite Gracie 4/25/2012

Best Draft Selection in a Bar

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: One-Eyed Betty's 4/25/2012

Best Bottled Beer Selection in a Bar

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: One-Eyed Betty's 4/25/2012

Best Musical Open-Mic or Jam Session

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Black Lotus Brewery 4/25/2012

Best Blues Club

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Cliff Bell's 4/25/2012

Best Jazz Club

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Cliff Bell's 4/25/2012

Best Burlesque Troupe

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Detroit Dizzy Dames 4/25/2012

Best Brewpub Food

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Jolly Pumpkin 4/25/2012

Best Strip Club

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Penthouse Club 4/25/2012

Best Gay Bar

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Menjo's 4/25/2012

Best Lesbian Bar

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Stiletto's 4/25/2012

Best Dance Club, Washtenaw County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Necto Nightclub 4/25/2012

Best Club Night, Washtenaw County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Necto Nightclub 4/25/2012

Best Club Night, Macomb County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Score's Ultra Lounge 4/25/2012

Best Club Night, Wayne County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: L!V Resto 4/25/2012

Best Bar for a Last-Call Hookup

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Boogie Fever 4/25/2012

Best Dance Club in the Suburbs

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Luna 4/25/2012

Best Club Night, Oakland County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Luna 4/25/2012

Best Dance Club

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Luna 4/25/2012

Best Sexed-up Waitstaff

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Tie between Luna and Hooter's 4/25/2012

Best Fetish Party or Fetish Night

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Shangri-La Midtown 4/25/2012

Best Bar for Sunday Funday

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: The Dirty Show: International Erotic Art Exhibition 4/25/2012

Best Happy Hour, Washtenaw County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Sidetrack Bar & Grill 4/25/2012

Best Happy Hour, Macomb County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Wiseguy's Bar & Grill 4/25/2012

Best Happy Hour, Oakland County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Kona Grill 4/25/2012

Best Happy Hour, Wayne County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Michael Symon's Roast 4/25/2012

Best Karaoke, Washtenaw County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Powell's Pub 4/25/2012

Best Karaoke, Macomb County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Limelight Sports Bar 4/25/2012

Best Karaoke, Oakland County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Sneaker's Pub & Grill 4/25/2012

Best Karaoke, Wayne County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Rockstarz Karaoke Bar & Grill 4/25/2012

Best Irish Pub

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Old Shillelagh 4/25/2012

Best Honky-Tonk Bar

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Diamondback Saloon 4/25/2012

Best Dive Bar, Washtenaw County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Tie between The Tap Room and Alley Bar 4/25/2012

Best Dive Bar, Macomb Countys

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Tie between Sandbaggers Bar & Grill and The Alibi Bar 4/25/2012

Best Dive Bar, Oakland County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Gusoline Alley 4/25/2012

Best Dive Bar, Wayne County

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Old Miami 4/25/2012

Best Bartender

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Jay Brown at Delux 4/25/2012

Best Club for the Libidinal (Horny) Crowd

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Leland City Club 4/25/2012

Best Dance Club in Detroit

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: Leland City Club 4/25/2012

Best Bar to Meet Someone

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: The Sugar House 4/25/2012

Best Bar for Under 30

Spend the Night - Readers' Pick: The Wurst Bar 4/25/2012
staff picks

Spend the Night - Staff Picks

Best of Detroit 2012: Our staff picks for nightlife in Metro Detroit By MT Staff 4/25/2012

Best Dive Bar with a Cocktail Menu

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: The Painted Lady 4/25/2012

Best Bukowskian Watering Hole

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Donovan's Pub 4/25/2012

Best Art Gallery Vim and Vigor

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Whitdel Arts 4/25/2012

Best Stylish Smorgasbord of Local Coffee, Music, Beer, Art

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Café Ollie 4/25/2012

Best Michigan Beer Bar, Downriver

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: The Rockery 4/25/2012

Best In-Yer-Face Music Venue, Burbs

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Berkley Front 4/25/2012

Best Night to Laugh

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Thursday 4/25/2012

Best Club That's Not Open at All

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Old Nasty Yacht Club 4/25/2012

Best Suburban Punk Hangout That's Not a Joke

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Woodward Avenue Brewers 4/25/2012

Best Place to Play With a Mother

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: RGB Trio's Thursday Jam at Bert's Marketplace 4/25/2012

Best Drinking Trend

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Craft cocktails 4/25/2012

Best Place to Drink Like a Viking

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Kuhnhenn Brewing Co 4/25/2012

Best Irish Bar, Kinda

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: St. CeCe's 4/25/2012

Best Place for Curious Claustrophobics to Feel Cozy With Killer Music Programing

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Woodruff's Bar 4/25/2012

Best Introduction to Opera

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Dr. Opera's Pre-Show Talks, Michigan Opera Theatre 4/25/2012

Best Proponent of Local and National Authors and Oddballs

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: M.L. Liebler 4/25/2012

Best Free Thing to Do on a Friday Night for WSU Students

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: The Detroit Institute of Arts 4/25/2012

Best Place for a 40-Ounce and Grub at Closing Time

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Honest John's 4/25/2012

Best Place to Get Yer Work on at Night

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Java Hutt 4/25/2012

Best New "Venue" for Inventive Music and Pool

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: The Loving Touch 4/25/2012

Best Club to Get It on

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: Elektricity 4/25/2012

Best Successor to Bohemian Home in Exile

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: It doesn't have a name yet 4/25/2012

Best Neighborhood Music Venue

Spend the Night - Staff Pick: The Shack 4/25/2012