I had the chance to chat with Daniel James: lead singer and guitar player of Leopold and his Fiction after a show at the New Way Bar in Ferndale a short while ago. Their music is a blend of modern blues rock and soulful Motown R&B with a touch of dark Americana. Trying to pinpoint where they stake their claim and you'll find a few different cities- San Francisco, L.A., Austin and Detroit. Leave it at- they're on the road, with 200 plus shows a year.
Leopold and his Fiction play the Metro Times Blowout 17 Thursday May 1st at the New Way Bar
CV: I read you're from Michigan. Born and raised?
Daniel: Yes born in Detroit. Lived all over ferndale, southfield, royal oak, detroit, Until I was 20
CV: When and what made you move?
Daniel: 13 years ago. California.
CV: Anything to do with music?
Daniel: I wasnt playing much in a band before 22, but I moved to los angeles at 20 and as soon as i moved to SF at 22 i started Leopold and his Fiction. and i'm stubborn and excited enough to still have it as my true one and only.
CV: Also, people usually have unique reactions to someone saying they're from Detroit, any experience with that anywhere along your way?
Daniel: All the time. all the time. its immediate street cred but its laughable, because they don't know what its like. most people get their information from the televised news and Robocop. most people will never know what its like.
CV: With Leopold and His Fiction and touring, have you returned to play Michigan or Detroit since having resided here?
Daniel: In the past 12 years Leopold has played in Michigan about 6 times.
CV: Any particular bands, places or people you have fondness for here?
Daniel: The entire MOTOWN catalogue, specifically Stevie Wonder's 1968 album, "For Once In My Life". He was 18. i cant believe it. The song, "I Wanna Make Her Love Me" in my opinion is one of his best recorded performances ever. As is, "I Don't Know Why"
there a million and a half others too. i tried so hard to be inspired solely by all the places I moved to but the longer i was away from Detroit the more i realized it inside of my songwriting. There isn't a song we write nowadays that we don't ask, "What would they have done in Studio A?"
CV: What's to come from the band in the near future? Upcoming studio time or anything?
Daniel: We are wrapping up our 4th album in Austin, Texas. should be out pretty soon. Glad to be coming back to Detroit more often as we are touring 200+ dates a year.
4-24 | Grand Rapids, MI – Mulligans w/ Heaters & Matt Ten Clay and The Howlers
4-25 | Milwaukee, WI – MKE Psych Fest w/ Beast in the Field, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate & more
4-26 | Chicago, IL – Observatory Studios w/ Virginia Trance & Killer Moons
4-27 | Ft. Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail w/ Heavens Gateway Drugs
4-28 | Cincinnati, OH – Motr Pub w/ Ppeell
4-29 | St. Louis, MO – Foam w/ Troubadour Dali
4-30 | Norman, OK – Opolis w/ Depth and Current & Luna Moth
5-01 | Austin, TX – AUSTIN PSYCH FEST kick-off party w/ Flamin’ Groovies, The Warlocks, Asteroid #4
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Wed 04/23/14 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Thu 04/24/14 Cincinnati, OH Northside Tavern
Fri 04/25/14 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sat 04/26/14 Kalamazoo, MI 411 Pub
Sun 04/27/14 Chicago, IL Wire
Mon 04/28/14 Detroit, MI Small's
Tue 04/29/14 Iowa City, IA Trumpet Blossom
Wed 04/30/14 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Thu 05/01/14 St. Louis, MO Firebird
Fri 05/02/14 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Mon 05/05/14 Denver, CO High Dive
Tue 05/06/14 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Wed 05/07/14 Boise, ID Neurolux
Thu 05/08/14 Seattle, WA Highline
Fri 05/09/14 Portland, OR TBA
Sat 05/10/14 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl
Tue 05/13/14 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
Wed 05/14/14 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place
Thu 05/15/14 Long Beach, CA Alex's Bar
Fri 05/16/14 Los Angeles, CA Satellite
Sat 05/17/14 San Diego, CA Casbah
Thu 05/22/14 Houston, TX Rudyard's
Fri 05/23/14 Austin, TX Mohawk
Sat 05/24/14 Dallas, TX Three Links
Rediscover Pinball @ The 15th. Annual "Pinball at the 'Zoo". It will be held at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday April 24th. Friday April 25 th. & Saturday April 26th. 2014. It will feature a Multiple Pinball Tournaments and Vending Booths with Parts and Machines for Sale. All games will be set on free play. Auction will be held on Saturday the 26th at 3:00 PM. Spread the Word - Pinball at the 'Zoo Flyer Thursday 2 pm to 10 pm --------- Friday 1 pm to 10 pm Saturday 9am to 6 pm
Last year MOTORCITYBLOG hung out with Graveyard and The Shrine at The Shelter for a kick ass rocking time that ended up with a bowling session at Garden Bowl. This Sunday, Graveyard returns with the "in your face, no excuses rock and roll, drink some freaking beer and party your asses off with us" band, Bombus
The story of BOMBUS begins in Gothenburg, Sweden where a bunch of friends who shared the same obsession for heavy music got together with a rough idea. They had the vision to play their own unique kind of "no bullshit metal and hard rock served with a slice of punk rock energy."
With their first U.S. Tour kicking off tonight in Portland, the band has delivered us a killer new video for their song "Let Her Die" from their debut album THE POET AND THE PARROT (2013 Century Media).
A tradition at the Ann Arbor Classic Bike Show is the contest for “Best of” bicycle, there are eleven categories in all, and entries are judged by show attendees. Last year there were approximately seventy-five entries in categories such as (but not limited to): Best Unrestored, Best Motorized, Best Early Classic, and Best BMX Old School. Awards are presented for each category, and there are also cash awards for Classic Bike of the Year in two categories, Best Restored, and Best Preserved. Cash awards will also be presented to runners-up.
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Wild At Heart
I was just surfing around the web and found out one of my college buddies, Chris Vaccaro, who teaches English language and literature in Vermont and has written about Tolkein and medieval literature is coming out with a book of poems about Montreal's sauna culture called "Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Beards". It might seem like an odd mix, but we were good friends at Hartwick College and took many English classes together. He was also the first openly gay person I knew which was an unique experience. I spent hours wondering if I would treat him differently knowing he was now out of the closet and when it came right down to it, I didn't have any chance in our relationship when I finally saw him for the first time after hearing the news. I even earned extra credit for my Sociology class by hooking him up as a guest speaker talking about coming out in college. I read a few of his poems which while good are not really my thing but would like to promote this link to an interview with him and some samples of his poetry: http://www.theurbanbear.com/read/shift-focus.
The Detroit Jazz Festival announced its 2014 Artist in Residence, Joshua Redman (who has toured with Pat Metheny and Clark Terry) and world-class group of headlining acts for the 35th annual Labor Day Weekend performances. The Festival will stay true to its roots of delivering a diverse lineup, featuring up-and-coming acts as well as jazz legends, from both Detroit and around the world. This year will see some great talents such as Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Belgrave, Diane Schurr, Chritian McBride Trio, Stanley Clarke, Esperanza Spalding, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more to be seen at http://detroitjazzfest.com/2014lineup.html. It looks to be a great line up!
The animated film "Ernest and Celestine" is currently set to open on April 25th at the Main Art Theatre so check back for a movie review later in the week. Of course, the Main Art Theatre also shows some cool Midnight Madness Movies and they just released a partial list which looks like this:
May 23-24 - PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE
May 30-31 - ROBOCOP (1987) - Digital restoration of the original film!
June 6-7 - EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP - Featuring renowned graffiti artist Bansky, whose Packard Plant piece is at the center of a local controversy.
June 13-14 - PRINCESS MONONOKE - an excellent animated film from the group who did last year's "The Wind Rises"
June 20-21 - THE BREAKFAST CLUB
June 27-28 - GOOD FELLAS
July 4-5 - GREASE SING-ALONG
July 11-12 - ERASERHEAD - David Lynch at his weirdest!
The series of new and classic cult films runs Fridays and Saturdays at midnight through Halloween. Tickets may be purchased at the door at Landmark's Main Art Theatre, located at 118 North Main St in Royal Oak or online at www.LandmarkTheatres.com/tickets/. Additional films will be announced at a later date.
I'll leave you with a few recommended concerts for the week:
Wednesday (4/23) - Ingrid Michaelson @ Royal Oak Music Theatre, Sunshine of Your Sunshine Vapor opens for Loop @ Magic Stick
Thursday (4/24) - Creepshow @ Smalls, Black Lips @ Magic Stick
Saturday (4/26) - Sam Roberts Band @ The Fillmore
Our homeboys made good, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., came to town last Saturday and played to a packed Royal Oak Music Theatre crowd of fervent fans. 89X made the affordable for everyone by making the ticket price $ .89, basically guaranteeing a sellout. However, judging from the enthusiasm of the fans I have a feeling this show would have sold out at regular prices.
Opening the show was local electro hip hop artist, Tunde Olaniran. A Tunde Olaniran performance is always a phenomenal experience and tonight was certainly no exception. With his dancers beside him and a parade of local guests, Tunde pulled out all the stops to make the show a celebration. Passalacqua joined him onstage and traded raps with Tunde while James Linck strolled on for their anthem “The Internet.” After his set I overheard several people who were unfamiliar with Tunde exclaiming it was one the best opening acts they’ve ever seen.
This post by Mikel OD of MPAD Media, see more photos here
|Haunted Leather at Fuzz Fest|
Lizerrd, a Punk/Noise-Rock group out of Ypsilanti, began their musical career as a The Jesus Lizard tribute band. These guys stayed true to their origin, and brought it hard. Lead singer Anthony Gentile’s David Yow-inspired performance thoroughly entertained, he was superb at engaging the audience. Fuzz Fest closed with The Amino Acids, reverb specialists from outer space.
Now that Fuzz Fest 2014 is a distorted, fantastic memory, some questions remain: with the closing of Woodruff’s at the end of April, will there be a Fuzz Fest 2015? Can the Fuzz momentum roll into a new venue? This writer is hopeful.
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Apr. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
Apr. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall**
Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**
Apr. 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ark**
Apr. 22 - Columbus, OH - Basement**
Apr. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Winery
Apr. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC**
Apr. 25 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939**
Apr. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy**
May 01 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City Festival @ Tea Leaf Shop
May 03 - Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds Festival @ Leeds College of Music
May 04 - Killkenny, IE- Killkenny Roots Festival @ Cleeres
May 05 - Killkenny, IE - Killkenny Roots Festival @ Pumphouse
May 09 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival @ Unitarian Church
May 25 - Brussells, BE - Botanique Grand Salon / Nuits Botanique*
May 28 - Paris, FR - Cafe de la Danse*
May 29 - Luzern, CH - Schuur
Jun. 01 - Koln, DE - Studio 672*
Jun. 02 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub*
Jun. 03 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet*
Jun. 05 - London, UK - Koko*
Jun. 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret
Jun. 27 - Norje, SE - Bravalla Festival
Jul. 27 - North Yorkshire, UK - Deer Shed Festival
Aug. 01 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival (Sub Pop Stage)
Aug. 29 - Cambridge, UK - Lodestar Festival
Aug. 30-31 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
* w/ Sharon Van Etten
** w/ Wake Owls
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The Fillmore Detroit
2115 Woodward (Next To the Fox), Detroit, MI 48201
Tickets: $15.00 - $47.00
Fast forward to a couple of hours later, and this stunner comes across my desk. Did my psychic brain look into the future and send back a message in the form of jaunty humming? Maybe. But I prefer to think that it was my thinking about the DKs that manifested the tour into reality.
(Please note: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine are also touring separately this June.)
"Dance Your Classes Off!"
Ann Arbor, MI. A free dance event is open to the public featuring a DJ set by Scout, live dancing by K-Motion, and laser art by Mike Gould from Illuminatus. This outdoor, end of semester, "Dance Your Classes Off" party is the culmination of U-Monument 2014 an event dedicated to the study and celebration of the facade of Angell Hall, one of architect Albert Kahn's most well-known U-M buildings.
On April 22 from 9pm-10:30pm, the lasers will be fired up, the music will be pumping, and the dance action in front of Angell Hall will sizzle and light up the night!
What: Giant outdoor Dance Party
Where: Front lawn of Angell Hall (435 S. State Street, Ann Arbor)
When: Tuesday, April 22nd, 9:00pm-10:30pm.
Who: Context For Classics is throwing this party which is open to the public.
Why? For Fun!
For the first time in 3 years the band sold out the Crofoot in Pontiac.
Gems opened up and were amazing. What a big sound for a 2 piece band!
People of all ages came to pack the place and by the looks of it, the
whole crowd was bobbing and dancing in sync all night. Tycho's Scott
Hansen put on quite a show with his lights and artwork, all
self-designed. The band clearly is stacked with talent.
The Crofoot continues to be a preferred venue for Tycho and their
last show there was the inspiration for the new album Awake. Awake is
an amazing album. I love how they have brought more guitar to the
forefront. Hopefully Tycho continues to push out their great music and
we in Detroit continue to inspire them to not only create great music,
but to come back every year.
Thanks to MCB for the tickets and cheers to a band that continues to
amaze me year after year!
Words by Romy Saraquse
Photos by KP
It's record store day and what a better way to start it out than with the first of an ongoing series of interviews with local and national upcoming bands, DJs and artists. It's Just Another Motorcityblog Band Interview with local fun girls and boy trio, Lost Boys. The interview will give you the lowdown on the band but let I can tell you firsthand, after seeing them play, Lost Boys make mighty fine boisterous raw punk and pop. You catch them at the MetroTimes Blowout playing Friday, May 2nd, at Northern Lights Lounge. It will be their last night as Lost Boys because they've found themselves and discovered they are really Prude Boys.
MCB:Who is in the band?
|Sadie Sam, the drummer|
|Quennton Thornbury, guitar & vocals|
|Caroline Myrick, bass & vocals|
MCB: When did you form and why?
LB: We formed in the Spring of 2013, playing music in our buddy's attic to deal with being broke and bored. After playing and realizing we could all write songs together, and were addicted to playing, we got a name and a Facebook.
MCB: Describe your sound in ten words or less and what band would not offend you to be compared to?
LB: We are: garage-punk-pop-surfy-noisy-rock n' roll kids. We've been compared to The Pixies and we thought that was right nice.
MCB: What’s your latest release and how can people get it?
LB: Our latest release is a one-take live demo we recorded in our practice garage. It's aptly named "Lost Boys Demo 2014" and is available at lostboysmichigan.bandcamp.com. Our first EP is also there. It's more polished.
MCB: Favorite local venue and why?
LB: We adore Woodruff's of Ypsilanti. We've played there 6 million times because we love the people who work there, the people who come there, and the cheap drinks. It's like a second home, next to our garage.
MCB: What’s one another local band you think people should see?
LB: One? We could hardly pick one, so how about two. del Brutto & Double Weirdo. They are raucous, rowdy, crazy dudes and their shows are not to be missed. They're also our best friends.
MCB: What do you like most and least about Detroit?
LB: Most of all, we love the music here. The scene is diverse and weird and people are pretty damn nice, which is refreshing. We do not so much like the unpredictable and incomplete public transportation system. Bikes work though.
MCB: Where’s the best place on the internet for people to go hear more from you?
LB: Lostboysmichigan.bandcamp.com is the place to go. It has all of our links, plugs, gadgets, trinkets, knick knacks and more. We also have a few videos up on youtube if you search hard enough, like our first music video for "Care Package".
MCB: What makes being in a band worth it for you?
LB: The money, cars, clothes, and women. But actually, it's because we love playing shows. There's such an exciting energy that comes from playing live. It's exhilarating. It's incredible playing for a crowd. Also, we love the chance shows give us to hear what other bands are doing. We're planning a short tour down south in May and it'll basically be a vacation where we get to have a good time playing shows with different bands every night. We couldn't think of anything better.
MCB: You will know the band is successful when…..
LB: When we're not eating Jet's pizza every day. But we'd probably do that anyway.
MCB: Most embarrassing moment so far….
LB: We genuinely have no shame, but there have been a few shows where maybe we played a little too late in the night, if you catch my drift, and we weren't exactly "on point" or "coherent". I'm sure people have been embarrassed for us.
Check back with Motorcityblog for more Just Another Motorcityblog Interviews
Interview and pics by Mikel O.D. of MPAD Media