2014 Metro Times Blowout schedule
Three cities, four nights, and 300 awesome bands.
Published: April 29, 2014
After months of buildup and a certain amount of hoo-hah, Blowout 17 is finally here. The format is different — this year the festivities will be spread over three cities inside of one long weekend. We’ve incorporated the city of Detroit into the main portion of the festival while remaining firmly in Hamtramck and Ferndale. There’s enough kick-ass music to go around, and the contrast in environments is going to be exciting.
You may have heard us harping on about the fact that this will be the “biggest and best” Blowout yet — that’s been the company line. It’s true though, and the proof is in the pudding. Just look at that list of headliners! Punk veterans are rubbing shoulders with iconic garage bands, and there are even a couple of big-name national acts. For your pleasure, we have hip-hop and electronica, hard rock and heavy metal, punk and indie, folk and country, pop and blues, rock ’n’ roll and R&B. Shit, if you can’t find something you like, you probably don’t like music at all.
Frankly, we’re proud to bring this enormous event to you, metro Detroit. Without your legions of adventurous fans wanting to feast on our local talent, Blowout wouldn’t be able to grow the way it has. Bigger and better? You betcha. Music has the power to straddle even our deepest local divides and bring us all together — all over town. —MT staff (with help from Pulp Detroit’s Adam O’Connor)
(Set times subject to change, be sure to check the Blowout website for the latest schedule.)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
12:15 A.M.> SNAKEWING
Heavy, fast and in-your-face, Snakewing is intense (to say the least). Growling vocals sit comfortably with aggressive guitars and crashing drums. Are you ready for this?
11:15 P.M.> SIZE QUEEN
Riotous punk rock featuring Drew Podgorski, formerly of Running With Panthers and Just Ask — so expect catchy-as-fuck tunes and hyper-fast guitar.
10:15 P.M.> TALKING DOLLS
“We’re the sexiest shit ever,” says Talking Dolls singer and guitarist Anastasia Gold, who played last year’s Blowout as a solo artist. Who are we to argue?
9:15 P.M.> ELECTRIC CORPSE
Moody, Joy Division-inspired Gothic(ish) rock.
Magic Stick presented by SVEDKA
12:15 A.M.> DJ GODFATHER
Voted 15th Best DJ in America by the readers of DJ Times and Pioneer Pro DJ for 2011 and 2012, DJ Godfather has displayed a surprising versatility throughout his career. One of the founding fathers of “ghetto tech,” Godfather has earned his name.
11:30 P.M.> LOCAL H
You remember the alt-rock duo from Illinois, right? How about “Bound for the Floor”? That was the jam. It’s a song that stands the test of time. Actually, all of their music has held up. Check it out.
10:30 P.M.> DUTCH PINK
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s physical being might not be with us anymore, but his spirit is safely tucked away in the form of blues-rockers Dutch Pink. These guys got really smart, though, and added a killer set of soul pipes to the vocal lineup. Now they’re incredible.
9:30 P.M.> RO SPIT
An exceptional talent in the realm of hip-hop (a giant among talents, really), Ro Spit has worked with the likes of Bun B, Big Sean, Monica Blaire, Black Milk, and Guilty Simpson.
8:30 P.M.> RYAN DILLAHA & THE MIRACLE MEN
It is physically impossible to not get “Watchin’ ’em Fall” stuck in your head. Catchy beyond belief, Dillaha knows how to craft hooky country tunes. A hit machine in a porkpie hat — do not miss.
MAGIC STICK LOUNGE
11 P.M.> PONYSHOW
Does it need to be said? The Von Bozndies, the Hounds Below … the Jason Stollsteimer Midas touch strikes again.
10 P.M.> GEORGE MORRIS & THE GYPSY CHORUS|
George Morris is a compelling frontman and an incredibly talented songwriter and performer. After bubbling under with the Satin Peaches and then going away, Morris is causing a stir once again. Definitely one to watch.
9 P.M.> RONNY TIBBS & THE 305’s
Dusty, twangy and melodic, Ronny Tibbs & the 305’s adds an alt edge to punk ’n’ roll.
8 P.M.> OSCILLATING FAN CLUB
Gooey pop music delivered in a crunchy rock ’n’ roll shell, Oscillating Fan Club has been laying it down for nearly a decade. And they’ve yet to disappoint.
THURSDAY, MAY 1
11:30 P.M.> SROS LORDS
Churning guitars, melodic vocals and high-voltage garage punk rock. Enjoy it all. Drink it up, it’s not often you get your face rocked off these days.
10:15 P.M.> ST. THOMAS BOYS ACADEMY
High-energy punk that’s entirely listenable and devilishly raw. While their recorded antics are enjoyable, the live show is where it’s at.
9 P.M.> THE HANGDOWNS
Four guys from Warren playing hyper-fast punk rock. Think the Descendents and Bad Religion, trying to get through the set early so that they can go drink on the bus.
NORTHERN LIGHTS LOUNGE
11:30 P.M.> POOL
The electro-noise is exciting enough, but buried under there is a ton of sugary melody. It’s catchy, and you can’t figure out why. Think of it as subliminal-pop.
10:15 P.M.> CRAPPY FUTURE
Nothing like a bit of positivity, huh? Weird thing is, Crappy Future is actually quite upbeat and fun. (Must be irony.) Experimental synth rock from Ferndale — these guys won’t sound like anybody else you’ll hear all weekend.
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