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Tuesday
Sep162014

Bob Mould with Jason Narducy & Jon Wurster / Cymbals Eat Guitars

Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Bob Mould is as relevant, ferocious, and poignant as he has ever been on the compact epic that is Beauty & Ruin. Instead of sitting idle and going quiet, Bob chooses to confront head-on and plow through the psychic turbulence that comes with this stage of life. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals with the passing of Mould’s father in October 2012, Bob’s struggle to come to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living. Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss, reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty—and may well be Bob Mould’s finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook. WSG: Cymbals Eat Guitars

$20 Cover | All Ages | 7pm

Thursday
Sep182014

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse’s art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be somebody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat “King” Cole. In Waterhouse’s view, emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, “You become something on the way there.”

$17 Advance / $20 Day of | All Ages

Friday
Sep192014

Shonen Knife / Habibi / YUM

Shonen Knife, Osaka Japan’s legendary queens of indie sunshine, are back with a brand new  album for 2014.   Their newest release, “Overdrive”, is a tip of the hat to 70’s Hard Rock, and a continuation of  Shonen Knife’s journey into the musings of food, fantasy and daily life in the Far Eastern metropo- lis of Osaka we’ve come to know and love.  WSG: Habibi & YUM

$12 Advance / $14 Day of | All Ages

Friday
Sep192014

Kokane / Phat Kat / Guilty Simpson

Kokane | Phat Kat | Guilty Simpson

$20 Advance / $25 Day of / $50 VIP

Saturday
Sep202014

Howling Diablos featuring Royal Blackbirds / Awesome Jarvis & The Whales / Nikki Corvette / Hosted by Linda Lexi

The Howling Diablos rockin, funky, blues jam style is well known in Detroit, and everywhere they have toured, as a great live music experience. Since their formation in the 90’s they have toured with and opened for acts including George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, Alice Cooper, Albert Collins, Ben Harper, Hank Williams Jr, NRBQ, Incubus and The James Gang as well as headlining their own shows.

 

$5 Cover | All Ages


Sunday
Sep212014

Detroit Bacon Take Down - Sample Unlimited Bacon Dishes!

Home of techno (yow!), Coney Island Dogs (oo!), The Gories (mama!)… and now The Detroit Bacon Takedown!!!!  At Magic Stick - May 18 2-4PM!!!  Every possible bacon invention, concoction, and innovation REVEALED!!!  I’m calling all Detroit home cooks to compete- and I’ll give you each  a FREE 15lbs of Hormel Black Label Bacon to make any bacon dish (im)possible!!!! How does Detroit’s underground cooking scene do???!!  Email me at chilitakedown@gmail.com if you’ve got a super smart recipe- sign up and compete for cookware prizes (Wusthof, Anolon, Microplane and more!!!!) and fame!!!!

 

$10 Cover | All Ages Welcome | Doors 1pm

Sunday
Sep212014

Justin Townes Earle (w/ Full Band) / American Aquarium 

After two and a half years, Justin Townes Earle will release his sixth studio album (and first ever on Vagrant Records). Entitled Single Mothers, the record will be released nationwide on September 9th, 2014 and Justin will be on the road in the US throughout September and early October. Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana.

$20 Advance / $22 Day of | All Ages

Tuesday
Sep232014

Freeman (feat. Aaron Freeman of Ween) / Arc Iris

Listening to Marvelous Clouds, Aaron Freeman’s 2012 debut under his own name, fans might have felt that he was ignoring an elephant in his room—a drug-and-alcohol-related onstage flame-out that made viral headlines the year before. But Clouds, a deceptively chill Rod McKuen covers record, was just a warm-up for the artist once known as Gene Ween. In the opening minutes of FREEMAN, the self-titled debut from his new band, Freeman addresses addiction and its aftermath with the combination of merciless self-inventory and artful songcraft that earned Ween one of the most devoted fan bases in contemporary pop. WSG: Arc Iris

$15 Cover | All Ages

Wednesday
Sep242014

the Black Lips / The King Khan BBQ Show / Duane: The Brand New Dog

Atlanta's beloved sons the Black Lips entered last year through a screaming  cloud of sweat, smoke, blood, and beer mist, in front of a dangerously packed   hall in New Orleans' French Quarter. If a band's bipolarity runs on a touring vs.   recording-an-album spectrum, then the previous year was the mother of all manic   spells.   After a spring and summer running the usual festival circuit in North America and   Europe, the Lips embarked on a two-month fall tour of the Middle East. They were tailed by Georgia rock-doc royalty Bill Cody, of Athens, GA - Inside/  Out fame, who filmed the band playing for kids in Tunis and Cairo who had just  overthrown their government, kids in Iraq who barely have a government, and kids in Dubai whose government is richer than God (and might control a genie).  WSG: The King Khan BBQ Show | Duane: The Brand New Dog

$20 Cover | All Ages

Friday
Sep262014

Hawk & Son / Loose Planes / The Most Dangerous Animal / Calumet

Hawk & Son | Loose Planes | The Most Dangerous Animal | Calumet

$8 Cover | All Ages

Saturday
Sep272014

Echoes of Pink Floyd, A Benefit for Musician Friends of Porter Echoes of Pink Floyd: A Benefit for Musician Friends of Porter

Echoes of Pink Floyd performs the classic uplifting, emotionally resonating music of Pink Floyd in stunning detail set to a colorful, shifting, brilliant lasershow, the largest of any performing band today.

$20 Advance / $25 Day of | All Ages | 7pm

Saturday
Sep272014

Balance & Composure / Seahaven / Creepoid

According to Balance and Composure, they can be loud, quiet and everything in between. A pretty apt description in a nutshell. Once you get down to an intricate school of thought, the lyricism of singer/guitarists Jonathan Simmons and Andrew Slaymaker show things in a different light. Having all met in the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, PA through mutual projects during their high school years, Balance and Composure decided to start what they called a "real band" once former projects dissolved. Once completing the formation of the band, Balance and Composure hit the ground running and have yet to look back. WSG: Seahaven & Creepoid

$13 Advance / $15 Day of | All Ages

Tuesday
Sep302014

Cloud Nothings / Tyvek

Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a breathtaking ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. When an opportunity presented itself to open a small show in Brooklyn, Baldi abandoned a still-in-progress final project to be there. The gamble paid off — he’s been touring ever since, using every available break to write and record more. WSG: Tyvek

$15 Cover | All Ages

Wednesday
Oct012014

Austin Lucas / Jon Snodgrass / Northcote / Jayke Orvis

Raised in the backwoods country of Monroe County, Indiana, Austin Lucas was born into a folk and bluegrass lineage. His father, Bob Lucas, is an accomplished musician and performer in his own right, having earned songwriting credits on two of Allison Krauss’ albums. Learning to harmonize before learning to read, Lucas honed his vocal control as a member of the nationally-acclaimed Indiana University Children’s Choir. In a narrative as well-worn as it is true, Lucas rebelled against his upbringing, leaving his Americana roots for the catharsis of punk rock. After the better part of a decade spent criss-crossing the globe with a series of bands in broken-down vans, Lucas hit a musical glass-ceiling, eventually finding respite for his ringing ears in the delicacy of traditional songcraft. WSG: Jon Snodgrass | Northcote | Jayke Orvis

$10 Advance / $12 Day of | All Ages

Wednesday
Oct012014

Downtown Brown featuring Zak & What Army?

Exploding from (the suburbs of) Detroit rock city in 2001, and venturing to the absolute bottom of the rabbit hole by 2014, Downtown Brown has carved a unique saga over their 13-year existence. Jamming a mutant style that splices together punk, funk, metal, rock, experimental, and hip-hop, DTB garnered immediate results. People either loved them or hated them for their often politically incorrect, outrageous lyrics coupled with genre-hopping technical skill. WSG: Zak & What Army?

$8 Advance / $10 Day of | All Ages


Wednesday
Oct012014

Code Orange Kids & Twitching Tongues with Discourse

Code Orange Kids are a lot of things: they're from Pittsburgh, they're all teenagers, they play hardcore. One thing they certainly aren’t is pretentious. The sound that they've developed over the last year and half’s three releases— CYCLESEMBRACE ME//ERASE ME — CS, a 2010 demo — pulls no punches. It takes no prisoners. It brings no relief. It is hardcore the Code Orange Kids way, and we’d be damned if you can find anything that will leave you feeling the same after one of their notorious shows.

Twitching Tongues has been alienating listeners since 2010. The instantly polarizing band's first album, Sleep Therapy (I Scream Records 2011), turned listeners' heads upside down with it's blend of hardcore and melody. From the sarcasm overload of "Astigmatism", to the ultimate sad-guy anthem of "Insane & Inhumane", the band gathered a fanbase of like-minded individuals who understand their pain. Now Twitching Tongues have unleashed their second beast, In Love There Is No Law (Closed Casket Activities). The album takes their previous sound and whoops it's legs into submission. The hooks have more "hook" and the pits have tripled in size, proven by the tracks "Good Luck...", and "World War V". Twitching Tongues plans to hit every city that will have them, so be prepared in every way possible.

$10 Advance / $12 Day of | All Ages

Thursday
Oct022014

Perfume Genius / Matteah Baim

Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed. WSG: Matteah Baim

$13 Adv./ $15 Day of | All Ages

 

 

Saturday
Oct042014

Lagunitas Couch Trippin' to NOLA: Detroit featuring White Denim / You, Me & Apollo

Lagunitas is hittin’ the road to New Orleans with a special #CouchTrippin Fusion Ale, our friends at O+, some freaktacular entertainment from our Beer Circus, and even some couches from our Loft.   Join us in Detroit at Magic Stick for a big freakin' party with the two bands: You, Me, and Apollo & WHITE DENIM  It wouldn't be a party without a few of our brews, so expect a delicious lineup on draft too!     Parties are 21+ over only. So if you’ve got a valid ID, RSVP now. Then be sure to show up early ‘cuz RSVP only gets you on the list … once the party’s full, it’s full.  *****RSVP HERE TO ATTEND*****

 

Sunday
Oct052014

il songo del marinaio (with Mike Watt)

from guitarist stefano pilia:

I met Mike Watt for the first time in 2005. He was touring italy with Raul Morales and Paul Roessler. i got very nice time in tour with them ...my role was to be "the road manager" - actually not a real good one since i was often missing the right direction. I was really amazed by Mike curiosity and admiring the big respect and attention he was giving to everyone and everything he was meeting along the trip... a real gentleman i thought ..and a great Dante Alighieri connoiseur! I immediatly felt a strong sense of familiarity even if i did not know very much of him out of his music. i thought further than my admiration maybe there was some italian blood in common to explain my feeling but then i understood that more than everything else the reason was more into what music and playing means for us... a way to liberate the mind beyond any other categories.

   From that italian time we kept in contact sharing moments of our lifes: photos, music, ideas, and all of our best wishes and respect has crossed the ocean in between...sealing a little by little... and so il Sogno del Marinaio did but now is not anymore just the two of us..now we are a trio!

   My friend Andrea Belfi is joining us with his great drumming. A musician I really admire for his talent and his great musicality. We both growed with punk and rock and all the electroacustic sound world. In these years we often played togheter in many projects sharing and working on music and soundwork on the fringes of research and experimentation.

   I feel very honoured to play with Mike and Andrea and very proud for il Sogno del Marinaio....big Respect to them.


from drummer andrea belfi:

   My name's Andrea. I've been playing drums since 1995. I started playing with hardcore/punk bands, then I moved to rock, electroacoustic music and so on. I've been playing with a rock'n'roll band called Rosolina Mar for seven years, and I've been playing as a soloist for almost 5 years.

   I met Stefano in Florence, when we played together a bed box spring with bows in front of a hundred people, in a 40 centigrades hot room. I've seen Mike playing a few times, once together with a few other people and once with a few other thousands people. I'm honoured to play with a such skilled and experienced musician as Mike is, and with Stefano with his amazing guitar and bass sounds besides me again.

I'm ready to have fun, to play, to learn, to tavel, to talk, to create, to drink, to eat, to r'n'r, to take pictures, to listen to music, to sail for new routes, to record, to drive with, to etc. etc. etc. together with Il Sogno del Marinaio fellows!


from bassist mike watt:

   I was born in portsmouth, virginia in 1957. my pop was a sailor in the u.s. navy. at ten I moved to san pedro, california and a few years later got into music through my best friend d. boon - his mother put me on bass. me and d. boon started the minutemen in 1980 were part of los angeles punk scene until he was killed in a van wreck in 1985. I continued to work my bass w/fIREHOSE up to 1994 and then went on to work on many solo projects and collaborations - I currently front two active trios, the secondmen and missingmen. I've also helped out as a sideman w/porno for pyros, j mascis + the fog and most recently iggy + the stooges - all on bass, which I continue to learn on. I believe everyone has something to teach me and therefore try to keep myself in challenging situations to further inspire that endeavor and my expression through music. more can info can be found at the website I maintain, mike watt's hoot page.

   il sogno del marinaio ("the sailor's dream" in italian) is the name I picked for this collaboration w/musicians stefano pilia and andrea belfi and why did I pick it? first off, it's in italian and this important cuz it's the first time I collaborate w/artists from that land and also in their land (by the way, my ma's people come from italy). I am the son of a sailor and so you now know a little about both my parents! my first time playing in italy was in 1983 and I've done lots of gigs since but never like this, collaborating w/her native sons. I am intrigued by the works of both stefano and andrea and am quite interested in sailing their seas of music and how they merge w/mine. I think I learn more about myself this way, that is my dream - and to do the best I can for them. I feel for me it's a voyage back home in a trippy sense, a sailor's dream of discovery through connections that baffle linear thinking... that is part of the magical ocean of music I dearly believe in.

 $15 Cover | All Ages

 

 

Tuesday
Oct072014

Agent Orange / Architects / Devious Ones / Stale Fish

Punk to the core, yet with audible influences from early heavy metal and surf rock, Agent Orange formed in Fullerton, California at the end of the '70s, with vocalist/guitarist Mike Palm, bassist James Levesque, and drummer Scott Miller. The first Agent Orange record, released in 1981 on Posh Boy Records in the midst of Southern California's already hectic hardcore community, cemented their reputation as one of the best skate-punk bands around the area. Two EPs during the next few years were all the band released until 1986's This Is the Voice, for Restless/Enigma. A much less energetic LP with brighter melodies and an emphasis on vocal audibility, it was also Agent Orange's last for quite awhile, except for a 1990 live record. WSG: Architects | Devious Ones | Stale Phish

$15 Cover | All Ages