21 things to do in Detroit this week (Feb. 12-18)
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Com Truise is the electronica pseudonym of Seth Haley, an enigmatic New Yorker signed to Ghostly International Records, who has turned to the ’80s for fresh inspiration. Originally a drum & bass DJ, Haley realized that he could drag the sounds of old video games, John Hughes movies and the early stages of synth pop. The crazily impressive thing about this dude is that, despite the fact that he’s mining the ’80s hard, the music still sounds contemporary and exciting. When you can take something old and make it sound new like that, you’ve got it made. Phantoms and Mogi Grumbles also play at The Magic Stick. Tickets start at $12. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Dirty Show's Final Week
The Dirty Show has been glorifying and appreciating the human anatomy for 15 years and has yet to lose its appeal. With artists from around the world showing off their art and how they see sex and the human body, you get a variety of pieces that may leave you with your pockets empty and possibly aroused. I mean, sex does sell, right? The Dirty Show is on display in the Russell Industrial Center from Feb. 7 through Feb. 15. The show runs from 8:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and Tickets start at $25.We also hear a parking shuttle will run from the Fisher Building parking deck. For details see dirtydetroit.com.
Hopsin: Knock Madness Tour
It’s about time Hopsin decided to come out of hiding. Going through an entire year without a word, he finally drops a very anticipated album called Knock Madness and is now on tour. With a twisted, lyrically genius mind that has no filter or regard for anyone’s feelings, you’ll probably learn how to politely stalk someone while also learning how he really feels about some of the musicians in the music industry as he continues his “Knock Madness” tour in Detroit. With his signature white eye contacts and his cut-throat metaphors, he’s like our generation’s Eminem and Tech N9ne with a touch of creepiness, which is explosive. Catch his show at St. Andrew’s Hall at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20.
We know what you’re thinking — “infected mushroom” sounds like slang for a particularly nasty STD symptom. In fact, this is an electronica duo from Haifa, Israel. The group was put together in 1996 by producers Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani, and it averages around 120 shows per year. The most recent album was 2012’s Army of Mushrooms, and the Friends on Mushrooms EPs (Vols. 1 and 2) came out last year. The boys are nothing if not hard working and prolific, which is why they often appear on “world’s best DJs” polls. See them live at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Tickets start at $20. Doors open at 8 p.m.
A show presented by the Detroit Jazz Festival and tagged “Jazz Speaks for Life,” pianist and composer Jason Moran will perform in the middle of the afternoon at The Fillmore in Detroit, probably with hopes of catching the early risers before bedtime. Moran grew up in Houston, Texas, learning piano from the age of 6. It was exposure to Thelonious Monk that injected passion into his playing, and now he’s one of the most respected of the “new school” of jazz musicians. 2010’s Ten was his last solo record, though he’s been busy working with other musicians since then. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.; tickets start at $25.
Who knew a social media app with only six seconds of recording would land someone into celebrity status? If you’re not familiar with Vine, it is one of the best apps to download in 2013 and Andrew Bachelor, aka King Bach, took advantage of it. With his six-second videos, countless back flips that coined the phrase “But that backflip though,” and 4.7 million fans, he’s taking it all to the stage at The Crofoot Ballroom with a show that will either leave you with a pain in your side from laughter or wanting to make videos of your own hoping for the same success. Tickets start at $25, doors open at 7 p.m.
A Tribe Called Red
If you ever wondered how First Nation music would sound with a splash of Dubstep, listen to A Tribe Called Red. These three Canadian DJs, Ian, Dan and Bear Witness, have found a way to pretty much invent “Native Dubstep” as fans are calling it. A Tribe Called Red, only being around for four years, has definitely started their own category as being the only group to produce this “powwow-step” music for all of the dance club scene to enjoy. But don’t wear headdresses and paint war strips on your face or you might get kicked out of their show. Catch the show at St. Andrew’s Hall for $12. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers
Tommy Castro has a rich and illustrious history. The San Fran man played with hometown R&B heroes the Dynatones in the late ’80s and early ’90s, before forming the Tommy Castro Band just a few years later. That group became the house band for the NBC TV show Comedy Showcase (aired immediately after Saturday Night Live). So the man has performed in front of a lot of people, all told. In 2009, he put out the debut Pain Killers album, Hard Believer, and he earned a lot of plaudits. He recently followed it with Devil You Know, another great record, and this is the CD release show. Should be a good one. See him live at Callahan’s. Doors open at 6:30, tickets are $28.
Assassins is a musical from the mind of Stephen Sondheim that takes a look into the minds and explores the motives of the nine men and women that have attempted to assassinate the president of the United States. While the show does portray real assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, it does not condone their actions, and is thought-provoking and sometimes humorous, despite the dark subject. This musical is sure to intrigue musical lovers and history buffs alike. The show debuts on Valentine’s Day at the Farmington Players Barn, and runs through March 1 with this special Presidents Day show on Feb. 17. Tickets are $18 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Drinks x Design
Join Drinks x Design and AIREA studio for the opening of Thirst Innovation, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. Thirst Innovation is an exhibition that focuses on the drinking vessel that will live in the lobby of the Compuware Building. The vessels that will be on exhibit are created by local artists and designers, and Attendees will be able to vote for the one they like best. Two design professionals will also be judging the objects in specific industry categories. 21 and over welcome.