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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

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  • Detroit’s grand bargain still needs Lansing’s approval

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  • City Slang: Local releases for Record Store Day on Saturday

    This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, and there is plenty going on in metro Detroit and Michigan. Of special interest to us is Chiodos’ 7” single “R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel,” Mayer Hawthorne & Shintaro Skamoto’s 7” “Wine Glass Woman/In a Phantom,” Chuck Inglish & Action Bronson’s 7” “Game Time,” Chuck Inglish & Chance the Rapper’s 7” “Glam,” Chuck Inglish & Chromeo’s 7” “Legs,” Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller & Ab-Soul’s 7” “Easily,” James Williamson’s 7” “Open Up and Bleed/Gimme Some Skin,” Black Milk’s 12” “Glitches in the Break,” Mayer Hawthorne’s 10” “Jaded Inc.,” Wayne Kramer & the Lexington Arts Ensemble’s 12” “Lexington,” and best of all, Ray Parker Jr.’s 10” “Ghostbusters.” We wrote about James Williamson’s release this week. Go shop. Follow @City_Slang

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Halloween 2012

Get yourself spooked

A select list of haunts, mazes, costumed events and more

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Haunted Farm of Terror. Hayride, haunted house, paintball shoot zombies and targets. Alongi's Greenhouses, 28405 26 Mile Rd, Lenox, 586-749-1002. $22.00 Adults, $15.00 Kids (10 & under). (10/26-10/28)

Haunted Hallows. Westland Haunted Hallows, 6440 Hix Road, Westland. $15. (10/26-10/28)

HAUNTED IN THE HOUSE. Beats from DJ Tom T, specialty drinks, a performance by the Detroit Circus, and fortune telling from the Boston Tea Room. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit, 313-961-3500. $35 advance ($40 day-of); VIP $75 ($80 day-of) . (10/26, 8 p.m.)

Haunted Theatre. Join the Matrix Teen Company, a part of Matrix's School of Theatre, for a dark and dangerous urban adventure! Matrix Theatre Company, 2730 Bagley St., Detroit, 313-967-0599. $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for students/seniors. (10/29-10/31, 8 p.m.)

Hazel Park Zombie Walk. In 2011 we had almost 500 zombies! Hazel Park City Hall, 111 E. Nine Mile, Hazel Park, 248-269-3811. FREE. (10/27, 6:30 p.m.)

Heck of a Haunted Barn. Just try to find yer way through 8 acres of maize in the dark. Heck of a Haunted Barn, 4309 W. Albain Rd, Monroe. (10/26, 7 p.m.-midnight; 10/27, 6 p.m.-midnight; 10/28, 7-10 p.m.)

Hidden Agenda. Masquerade Party. MGM Grand - Int Ice, 1777 Third St., Detroit, 877-888-2121. (10/27, 9 p.m.)

Horrified Glow. Bleu Detroit, 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-974-7799. (10/26)

Imperial's first annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Imperial, 22828 Woodward Ave, Ferndale . (11/1-11/2)

M&M Halloween Bash. Performances by Cobra Frank, 5th Wall Concept, A.I.D.S, and Babe Miller & His 4 10's M&M Sports Bar, 13837 Conant St, Detroit. (10/26, 8 p.m.)

Magic Bus Halloween Bash. Bakers of Milford presents the Magic Bus Halloween Bash. Baker's of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Rd., Milford, 248-685-3300. (10/27, 7 p.m.)

Me Vs The Zombie Attack. Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Rd., Westland, 734-513-5030. (10/30, 8 p.m.)

MILLER'S BIG RED HAUNTED HAYRIDE. Miller's Big Red Orchard and Cider Mill, 4900 W. 32 Mile, Romeo, 586-752-3327. Adults $14, 10 yrs and younger $10. (10/26-10/28)

Moonlight Wagon Rides. Preregistration and prepayment required. Stony Creek Metro Park, 4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Township, 248-650-5300. $6. (10/26, 7:30 p.m.)

Mount Clemens Zombie Walk Oct 27th. Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens, -. (10/27, 7:30 p.m.)

Native Signal. With the Ferdy Mayne, the Handgrenades and Gun Lake, plus Halloween costume contest. PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 313-961-4668. (10/27, 9 p.m.)

Night Terrors. Wiard's Orchard and Cider Mill, 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti, 734-482-7744. (10/26-10/28; 10/30-10/31)

NIGHTMARE ON WOODWARD. Bleu Detroit, 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-974-7799. $15. (10/27, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Panic at Pine Stump Hollow. *Pine Stump Hollow, 6310 Gratiot ave, St.Clair. $10 for the Haunted Forest. $12 for the Haunted House. $20 for Both. (10/26-10/27)

Phantom Forest Hayrides. The oldest farm in Michigan. Tractor pulled hayrides through 13 acres of woods filled with witches, ghost & goblins. Westcroft Gardens, 21803 West River Road, Grosse Ile Township. $10 adults; $7 for ages 5 and under. (10/26-10/28)


Radio Opie Halloween Bash. w/ Always Something/SIN THEOREM/3 PHASE New Dodge Lounge, 8850 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, 313-874-5963. 21+ $5, Under 21 $10. (10/27)

Rave from the Grave. Elektricity Nightclub, 15 S. Saginaw, Pontiac, 248-599-2212. $10. (10/27, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.)

Rock O'ween. Featuring Lew Echlin and Dads Who Rock. Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-576-5100. (10/28, 2 p.m.)

Rocky Horror Picture Show. Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-263-2111. (10/26, 11:45 p.m.)

Scream Machine. *Scream Machine, 21207 Eureka Rd, Taylor. $15. (10/24-10/31)

Sexual Psycho Circus. A variety of opulent entertainments. Como's, 22812 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-548-5005. (10/25, 9-2 p.m.)

Sinister Haunted House. 6991 Auburn Road, Utica. $12. (10/26-10/28)

Slacktoberfest. Slack Jaw Punks will be hosting our first live podcast, double movie feature and costume contest and FB! Cass City Cinema, 3420 Cass Ave., Detroit, (10/27, 7 p.m.)

Slaughtered at Sundown. 71800 Romeo Plank Rd, Armada, Adults - $15 per event or $22 for both. Children (10 & under) - $10 per event or $16 for both. (10/26-10/28)

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