Posted by: on August 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm

After taking a hiatus in 2007, the annual Detroit Summer Smash is back in action this weekend. Starting tonight, and lasting through Saturday, the Detroit Summer Smash features the hottest of the hot-shit locals — from rockers like Silverghost and the High Strung, to more eclectic fair from the likes of Prussia and Goudron — as well as the genuinely fun atmosphere that local music festivals tend to come jam-packed with.

Like other Summer Smashes in the past, the money raised at the even will go to a charity. This year, festival organizers are devoting all funds raised to a grant devoted to Detroit music and performance arts. The topic has caused a bit of debate on some of the local blogs, but still, local musicians are encouraged to apply for the grant money, which is designated to help pay for pesky expenses like touring, recording, and new equipment. Despite how you may feel about the charity, one thing is for sure: all the bands playing Summer Smash 2008 are great, and seeing them play alone will be well worth your money.

Speaking of which: The whole festival costs $16 for a weekend pass, $8 for the single Friday and Saturday shows, and a measly $5 for Thursday night’s show. It’s going down August 21-23 at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, located at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI.

Peep the schedule, and get ready for another weekend of rock and roll fun in the D. — Ryan Allen

Thursday August 21st
9pm- Bird Gang
10pm- 4 Hour Friends
11pm- Friendly Foes

Friday August 22nd
9pm- Sons of the Gun
10pm- Hotness
11pm- Beggars
12am- Oblisk
12:30am- DJ Afterglow

Saturday August 23rd
2pm- Whistling School for Boys
3pm – OHTIS
4pm- Elle & The Fonts
5pm- Always 17
6pm- dinner break!!!
7pm- Prussia
8pm- Electric Fire Babies
9pm- Goudron
10pm- Dead Bodies
11pm- The High Strung
12am- Silverghost
12:30am- dancing sounds by Dave Shettler and Scott Zacharis!

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Posted by: 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: on June 19, 2008 at 9:00 am

Rock City Mega Picture Post, Saturday BBQ @ the CAID, Detroit, MI – 6/14/08 Read more

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Posted by: on June 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm


Pic By: Trever Long

Rock City Recap: Day 3

On a day that featured 25 acts, and the largest Rock City crowds yet, Day 3 will go down in infamy as one of the most glorious closing nights we could have ever asked for. Keep reading as we try and remember it all, Read more

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