Posted by: Ryan Allen on March 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm


Caught the last half of Fontana — one of those X! Records bands people on other blogs seem to really believe in. We believe, too. But we’re not sure Fontana’s puke-punk totally does it for us. Still, we were impressed with their dedication to angularity, and, well, the entire SST catalog. We were also impressed with the bassist’s boots.

Plain Dealers — no “the”, as they pleasantly informed us — were half stand-up comedy act, half 90s post-core assault machines. They had a song that brought to mind Blue Oyster Cult, mashed-up with the screaming hardcore of Swedish experi-metalists Refused. They played their asses off, despite all four band members being on the verge of a massive heart attack. Gotta love that. Oh, and the place was PACKED.

Hopped in the Acura and hoofed it over to the Knights of Columbus, and got the most amazing parking spot ever.

Walked in while Deastro and band were sprinkling their tight-as-fuck electro-pop over a healthy crowd of head-bobbers. Randy wanted more keyboards in the monitor, and we wanted more Deastro in the room (the sound at KofC was less than stellar). On the bright side (literally), Randy’s shirt looked like he swiped it from an LA Lakers cheerleader in 1985, and the drummer played sideways on the stage, which always looks cool.

Ducked into the lounge area to catch most of Zoos of Berlin, who have really come into their own these days. Smoove jazz-pop gems that just don’t quit. A band so classy, their mic stands had cup holders attached to them.

At one point, ran into the now-infamous Bryan Metro of Jesus Chainsaw Massacre, who was wearing a graduation gown, minus clothing underneath, Tommy Lee style. Found out some interesting things about the guy: A) his real name is is not Bryan B) his favorite movie is The Shining C) his knowledge of B-movie actress Shannon Whirry was impressive and D) he carries around bottles of beer in a backpack, and if you ask nice enough, he’ll totally let you have one.

Ended the night catching most of the Silent Years set, which would have been totally amazing if it were at the Crofoot Ballroom. The sound in KofC’s big room is just bananas, and we wish we could have heard more of the horn section they were touting on stage. Still, though, the band seemed like they put tons of work into the show, and Josh Epstein can sing like a motherfucker. He was also wearing a belt that was, we think, made out of a giant toy car. Another thing we noticed was that TSY are a band with FANS. Like, people sing along to their songs when they play, and want them to keep playing, even after they stop. It’s easy to look to them and think, “This is how it’s done.”

Last thought: Could somebody please buy Steve-O a fucking Segway? His feet hurt, and it’s only Thursday.














Pics: Trever Long

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Who likes free shit? If you raised your hand, well, you’re pretty gross. Who likes free music, though? Oh, now everybody raises their hands. Well, lucky for you, our boy Deastro has just put up some free jams he calls Voyager (which, coincidentally, was the name of the cover band one of our dads played in back in the 80s) on his blog. Download it here — oh, and click on the cover for the good stuff. — Ryan Allen

Deastro plays tonight w/ Pretty & Nice + Snark & Skirt @ The Lager House

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Headed up by Detour faves like Maps & Atlases, Anathallo, Child Bite, Deastro, and Great Lakes Myth Society, Midwest Fest 2008 starts tonight! Think of it as a little like Rock City, except in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and at one solitary place (Rubble’s Bar, where Black Flag and R.E.M. both played; no, not together). It’s still really close to a casino, though. But we’re willing to bet you’re going for all the sweet bands, right? Right. Peep the full line-up and schedule here. Oh, and while you’re up there, stay far away from the Wayside Bar. Trust us. — Ryan Allen

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Jeff Howitt — founder of Loco Gnosis Records, and lead singer of Detroit rock weirdos Duende! — is crazy. Or maybe crazy isn’t the right word. Perhaps “passionate” is a better fit. Either way, the sporadic, stream-of-consciousness style answers he gave to our questions about him, his label, and his involvement Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 17, 2008 at 9:00 am

Rock City Mega Picture Post @ the Majestic Theatre Complex, Detroit, MI – 6/12/08 Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 13, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Pic By: Trever Long

Rock City Recap: Day 1

The opening night of Rock City went down with a gigantic bang, and if you weren’t there, then we’re going to assume that you somehow locked yourself in the bathroom getting ready for the big event. Lucky for you, we were there (well, we kinda had to be, right?), and despite a night spent having our brains zapped by some Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Enough has been said about boy-wonder Deastro and his never ending bag of songs, tricks, shows, masks, broken laptops, and charm. So we’re going to step out of the way, and let “Light Powered” — his Kraut-y Read more

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