Dancin' Fool 15 years in the making. Radiohead FINALLY made their way back to metro Detroit last week to a sold-out Palace of Auburn Hills. Obscure setlist aside, this was a pretty amazing show especially considering Radiohead's sound isn't exactly conducive to an arena setting. Thom Yorke's subdued energy (seriously, that is the creepiest dancing we have EVER seen) combined with the audience's rabid approval of every move they made added up to make this show one of the most enjoyable and unique experiences in recent memory. Here's hoping we get to see them again before 2027.
Foster The People In direct opposition to Radiohead's melancholic atmospheric concert was the in-your-face bombastic energy of Foster The People. From the second they hit the stage, the crowd was moving with each subsequent drumbeat. As they played through their 2011 album, Torches, it became obvious what makes these guys so special - they are simply a fun group to watch. Their music is danceable and stage presence is infectious. When they finally played "Pumped Up Kicks" to end the evening, the crowd went insane. Everyone left with a smile on his/her face and so did we.
Food on Wheels D-Days hit up the food truck rally at the Royal Oak Farmers Market last Wednesday, and we're not even kidding when we say we were full for nearly the next 24 hours. After throwing back three pork belly confit tacos from El Guapo (one of our favorite culinary sensations in all of metro Detroit), we tried a couple sliders and Irish nachos from Green Zebra. All in all, it's tough to walk away from those rallies without having stuffed yourself like a piñata.
Detroit <3s Paxahau and the Movement Team The people of Detroit certainly showed their love for Paxahau and for those who helped put Movement Electronic Music Festival together during the Movement Team Appreciation Party at TV Bar last Thursday. Paxahau packed the house (tongue twister), both inside and outside. We were pleasantly surprised to see that TV Bar had expanded their patio section into the field behind it, giving us an even more gorgeous view of Detroit's wonderful skyline. The sight was nice enough that a telescope was brought in for people to take a closer look at the city lights. We also saw a few firecrackers go off (talk about going all out). Mike Petrack, Aran Daniels and Dan Bain played the inside room, while Ataxia, Joshua Harrison and Keith Kemp had the outside bumpin'. Chuck Flask even joined Keith Kemp to close out the night. Big ups, Paxahau, and thanks again!
Keeping Disco Alive DJ Dan at Bleu Detroit met our expectations and gave us everything we wanted, plus more – lots of funky/disco house and a seriously bangin' set last Friday night. Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones (Coyote Cuts) set the event off to a proper start and had us break in our dancing shoes quite early in the night – when do they not, though? Hearing remixes of The Bee Gees and Donna Summer (R.I.P. Disco Queen) had us smiling from ear to ear. And when DJ Dan took the stage, it was like the disco heavens opened up even further over Bleu. DJ Dan made the whole club dance – no one was idly standing around or awkwardly watching everyone else dance (you know what we mean). Nope, everyone was on the dance floor breaking it down and having a blast. We're already looking forward to DJ Dan's next appearance in Detroit.
Life's a Circus First, the recent acquisition of a proper liquor license has given the Hastings Street Ballroom a spirited lift lately – and we now think Faygo is a proper additive to Jack Daniels. Second, the Circus that came to the ballroom Friday evening was equally spirited and zestful, thanks chiefly to the efforts of Ringmaster Zeb and Joe Van Bael. We loved the bubble machines, the Weird Sisters (Happy Birthday again, Irina!), and the rare opportunity to see a Punch & Judy show with dialogue lifted (we presume) from the John Edwards trial.
M-E-T-A-L Everyone's favorite VH1 Classic show, That Metal Show, came to the famous I-Rock Nightclub in Detroit on Saturday night. This venue was the perfect fit for music aficionado Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson to meet and greet with Detroit's biggest metal fans. They entertained us with standup comedy, a Q&A session and even a game of Stump the Trunk! We laughed our asses off and rocked out the night with a killer Black Sabbath tribute performance from Banned from Earth. | RDW