1/21 • ROMT
Who could forget a band after something like getting one of their songs and videos removed from ALL media outlets? The controversy surrounding this heavy metal band is incredible and now they're back for the first time since 2007. It's a rarity in this day and age to find a band that is as unapologetically original and hardcore as Machine Head. They recently released their latest album, Unto the Locust, receiving rave reviews and even being hailed by many as the most significant metal bands of 2011. In honor of this album, the band has hit the road for the American leg of their Eighth Plague Tour, which is inevitably going to be the best heavy metal show this year. With supporting performances from Suicide Silence, this will definitely be a must-see adrenaline packed show, and we wouldn't want you to miss out. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. More info at romtlive.com.
1/19 • Scarab Club
Often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of downtown Detroit is an unassuming non-descript building with a sign that reads "The Scarab Club", right between the Detroit Science Center and The Detroit Institute of Art. One of the city's hidden treasures, The Scarab Club is a place full of wonderful art, music and literature. On top of having one of the most prestigious art galleries in Michigan, they host cool events and exhibits to promote the art industry in Detroit. On the third Thursday of every month, they put on an exhibit called Emerging Artist Showcase, where up-and-coming artists can display their work. On Thursday, Cheryl Willard (of Spilt Sugar Photography) will be presenting her photographic work. Not only is this a good way to branch out and see some refreshing perspective on photography – it's also a way to learn and connect with Detroit through the rich history that this place holds.
1/21 • iLounge
If there's one thing you can say for the music of Paper Diamond, it's that the tunes will definitely keep you moving. The Colorado-based producer, otherwise known as Alex B, relies heavily on high-adrenaline beats to propel his dance-y electronica. Avoiding the repetitiveness that can often make this kind of music a bore, Paper Diamond has a definite knack for building up and releasing the energy in a jam. Layers of spaced-out synths wash over each other, colliding in a wild explosion of energy. The producer has also done his share of remixes, doing his thing with artists from Kanye to Drake to Keri Hilson; most recently, he released a remix of The Weeknd's "Same Old Song." Paper Diamond's latest EP, Levitate, is being released for free download on 1/25. Doors for the show are at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. More info at thecrofoot.com.
Solid Dudes Kitchen
1/19 • Belle Isle Casino
What began as an internet experiment has spiraled into something a lot bigger. Solid Dudes Dave Graw and Derek Swanson have garnered a massive following with their irreverent humor and ability to identify with average guys. The two have had no formal training in cooking, but certainly know their way around a kitchen, not to mention that they're wildly entertaining. We can't wait to see what they have in store for season 2, premiering at Belle Isle Casino at 9 p.m. More info at soliddudeskitchen.com
1/20 • Magic Bag
Not only does this Michael Jackson tribute band recreate the glitz and glamour of the pop star's unique style, they also manage to reconnect their audience with the resurrection of the late singer's unforgettable music. Knowing that we will never have the chance to see MJ perform again is difficult to come to terms with, but Who's Bad has made this realization a little easier in recreating his unique style and performance. Don't miss them performing at The Magic Bag on Friday, doors at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to see this spectacular performance AND openers The Infatuations! More info at themagicbag.com.
Masters of The Universe 2
1/21 • Bert's Warehouse
Brace yourself for this stacked lineup, bringing back Masters of the Universe for the first time in four years. Stanton Warriors, Juan Atkins, DJ Dan, Dieselboy, DJ Funk, Keith Mackenzie, Jesse James and a ridiculous amount more of some of the most talented DJs from all over the universe are brought to you courtesy of THE party people – NightSneak Entertainment. If there's anyone who knows how to throw a party, it's these dudes (the party does, after all, run from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.). More info at nightsneak.com, and to buy tickets, head to clubtix.com.
1/19 • Magic Stick
"I got 99 problems and a bitch is about 10 of 'em," Goldzilla! raps on the Anonymous' track "Too In the Pink." That dry, sardonic approach to hip-hop is pretty much par for the course for this metro-Detroit duo. The Anonymous first appeared on the scene in the early '00s and they're back at it (and on Woodbridge Records) after a short hiatus. You also get the bonus of local superstars Bars of Gold, Coyote Clean Up, Andrew Remdenok and DJs Sara Aldridge and Richie Wohlfiel. All that for only $5 – that's insane! Doors at 8 p.m., more info at majesticdetroit.com.