The first two rounds of 89X's $10,000 I'm With The Band V3.0 contest held over at TNT's are in the can, with the first two semi-finalist having been crowned by winning their respective week. The contest put on by TNT's and sponsored by 89X, Metro Recording Studio, & Spec's Howard School of broadcasting has become all the rage as it enters it's 3rd year of existence. With 16 weekly preliminary rounds of up to 5 bands each, this contest is truly a winner take all with $10,000 in cold hard cash, 20 hrs of recording time at Metro Recording Studio, & enough plugs on the 89X airwaves to get your band noticed! There's still time to enter your own band in the contest, just head on over here to find out how!
Make sure to head on over to the Dr2 Photo Gallery to check out all the photos from this event, then why not join us tonight for Round 3 of 89X's I'm With The Band V3.0 as Realm, Until Sunday, Mystery Key, The Vankles and the on-line vote winner Seven Year Reign battle it out on stage at TNT's! Hit up our earlier posting to find out how you can get in on the action with your band for a chance at $10,000 and a slew of free promotion! DetroitRockReview.com - The Only Place for Local Music News & Reviews!
Magic Bag Ripped!!
Holy Toledo Batman! Whoever has any doubts about the health of our local scene need look no further than the Brandon Calhoon - Robin Horlock Dual CD Release Party put on by Detroit's On The Rocks for proof positive that it remains healthy, that is if you were lucky enough to get in to see it for yourself! If not, we got ya covered as Dr2 was in the house for a first hand look at just how many people you can fit into Ferndale's Magic Bag before it rips wide open! Arriving at 8:30 or so, Dr2 was lucky enough to find a snow bank to park on top of before reaching the line to get in, standing amongst the hundred or so people waiting to get in for at least half an hour. Ok so we don't have an exact count on precisely how many people it took to rip the Bag open (rumor has it, it was the largest local show ever for the bag), BUT we can attest to the fact that by midway through the OPENING act, Dirt Road Logic, the double doors to the Magic Bag slammed shut for the night.......at 9:30!! Hell, most shows aren't even started by the time these two guys managed to sell out the Bag in spectacular style! Squeezing through the log jam at the bar, we finally secured a couple of six packs to go, then secured a spot against the pit's wall to
Dismantle Put On Santa’s “Naughty” List!
Well, once again we find ourselves recovering from another hellacious Dismantle show!
Dismantle, wsg Nine8Stall, Ingray, & Soul Circus, rang in the Christmas season with a four-band blizzard that had the crowd rockin’ and raucous!! Even Santa had a say in the ordeal, promptly placing Dismantle on his infamous “Naughty List” for abusing the Christmas Spirit (and the Dr2 Editor!) with an all out holiday assault on TNT’s during their 2nd Annual X-Mas Party last Friday night. The DR2 crew had been lookin’ forward to this show for a while and it didn’t disappoint. We got the feelin it might be one of those unusual nights where the party starts hard and gets rolling from there as soon as we walked in the door and ran into, the master of ceremonies himself, Justin Herbert, frontman extraordinaire in all his mustachioed, “have you got a little Cap’n in Ya” splendor as he explained the sign at the door reminding everyone who entered that they recieve a raffle ticket with their admission,
except, as he pointed out, a certain member of the DR2 crew who has a reputation for winning every raffle! The night started fast with Nine8Stall taking the stage first and crankin’ through their set fronted by, Big Evil himself, Jeremy Bileti. These guys have gone through some lineup changes in the past year and this was the first time in a while that we were able to catch a show. They have a great, straight-ahead, rock style that got the crowd ready to roll for the evening. While the Nine-8 crew broke-down their equipment and Ingray loaded in, Dismantle’s own Justin, gave out the first “gift” of the night to DR2’s own ringleader, Mark! As a present for his birthday, Dec. 13th, he received a XXX stocking stuffer video complements of the Dismantle crew!! The night was just heating up as Ingray, led by their captivating leader, Adisa, grabbed the crowd’s attention and didn’t let go as they pounded through a set weaving between their original material and some incredible Zeppelin covers.
JTX Parties Like A RockStar!
Last Friday, December 5th, found the DR2 crew still shaking off the effects of the looong holiday weekend. But, anyone who knows us knows that we don’t stay home much! So, it was off to the Hayloft in Mt. Clemens, where we seem to find ourselves a lot lately thanks to Mike Scott, who has really packed the schedule with some fantastic shows since re-opening the eastside hot spot in September. Friday was our chance to get our first look at J.T. X., the media phenom who’s summer hit (I’m Gonna) Party Like A Rockstar was propelled to incredible sales by it’s catchy, tongue-in-cheek lyric and the national media coverage of his personal story of discovering, after being raised by adoptive parents, his biological father out in La La Land. Paired with the chance to see, the always entertaining Jocaine and Curbstone Beauty, we were out the door and in the bus, arriving just in time to catch JTX. What a show! With Kevin Wilson (Guitar), Carey Weaver (drums), and Brian Carney (Formerly of The Bloids & Lime Regal, bass) jamming behind J.T., the music is definitely legit!
Rocking The Limberlost With Herd & Lies Unknown
Here’s a first, this past Thanksgiving weekend Dr2 loaded up the bus and headed north to make good on an invitation that we received back in late spring from some new friends we made during that huge $10,000 89X Battle of The Bands. It was during the finals of that contest that we had the chance to meet up with this band we had seen during the semi-finals that would load up a converted school bus with the band themselves along with 40 or so friends that were affectionately referred to as Herdlings. That’s right, we’re talking about the 89X BOTB Finalist Herd, a band that would travel nearly 200 miles one way all the way from Houghton Lake Michigan just to compete; on a Thursday! After a couple of failed attempts to meet up with Herd on their home turf, we were finally able to connect on a date a month or so ago. For good measure we decided to ask another band to join us, our friends from Lies Unknown, winners of the 89X Share The Stage Conest; Destination The Limberlost Lounge located on the shores of Houghton Lake to meet up with Herd. Dr2 has taken its share of road trips, but this would be the first time that we’ve brought along a band to compliment the band we were heading to see making Dr2 ecstatic that Lies Unknown agreed to come along! Pulling into the snow covered lot, we were took back by the amount of cars already parked, good thing Herd held a table for all of us since there was not any available when we walked in 2 hours before the show was to start! What an amazing venue too, from the moment you walked it was a visual overload, food cooking out in the open on a large fire pit, a large spacious area of full tables with people eating that food, and an awesome rock room that opened into the rest of the bar! Nice size stage to boot with rather large stacks on both sides, monitors, sound booth, and a light show to die for! After a couple of exclusive interviews with Herd and Lies Unknown (Keep an eye out for DetroitRockReview.com’s newest feature, Dr2 Interviews, coming soon!) it was time to get things rolling as Lies Unknown took to the stage with the Limberlost filling up quickly, kicking off their high energy set with Go Go You Know rolling right into Woodward Avenue. It didn’t take long for the Limberlost crowd to wander up to the stage, bouncing along to those infectious hooks they’ve never heard before as Lies Unknown filled the floor with She’s A Slut, then enticing the house into singing along with a thunderous chorus of “wh-o-o-o-o-a, wh-o-o-o-o-a”, during Whoa It’s Me, prompting that familiar chant of “one more song”, propelling Justin Alexander into a solo rendition of Don’t Stop Believing drawing more chants and another solo of Ring Of Fire! All this for a band the Limberlost crowd never heard or seen before, kudos to the Houghton Lake Rockers! A short break ensued before the hometown heroes, Herd came to the stage in front of hundreds of fans packed into the Limberlost in what was shaping up to be one hell of an up north night! Dr2 had waited close to six months for this moment and the Crew was as excited as everyone else in da house was to see Herd! Now here comes one of those moments that make Dr2 take to certain bands, in a straight up shout out to Alexander, Jeremiah Cooley (vox) of Herd kicked off their set with “this one’s for Justin”, before ripping off a ferocious cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison! Unbelievable! It didn’t take long for Herd to command the room’s attention, dropping some originals on us in Irie and Canada Ri from their new EP Obscenery before flying through some bombastic covers that got the Limberlost jumping! Being in northern Michigan, they do things a bit different where the bands play all night, so it was time for a well deserved break….. Break my ass, I think the break was just an excuse to party some more as the guys from Herd came by and hung out with us and the Lies gang while we all watched the Limberlost floor turn into a sea of bodies swaying, dancing, and before we knew it, calling for more Herd! No doubt that these guys are loved up here in HL, as they came back up on the stage to twice as many people in front of the stage than the first time! Not exactly sure of the attendance count, but we’d peg it as somewhere between 200-300?? Certainly looked like it! If you’ve had the chance to see Herd, then it’s quite obvious that they thrive on this type of response from the crowd, as they didn’t hold back an ounce of energy, blazing into their second set of the night which by now was bordering on insanity! Turning the heat up 10-20 degrees, melting the snow off the roof, Herd laid down one of the best covers of Rage Against The Machine that Dr2 has ever heard, literally igniting a fire in the pit that was quickly developing in front of them (oh yea I was right in there with them all). Another new tune from the EP, the reggae tinged, Choose Your Own quickly turned the pit into one giant fist pumping mob swarming the floor! Not ones that like to loose their momentum, Mike Cooley (guitar-keys) took the opportunity to take the insanity unfolding in front of him to a new level, scaling the stages massive rigging till he appeared on top of the thing nearly 20 foot in the air, and I’m not talking hanging on for dear life. No, I’m talking about flailing on the guitar while standing way up there above hundreds of Herdlings below who were begging for more! Crazy just kept getting crazier tonight as they ended the night (so we thought) with their massively huge title song off the EP, Obscenery, reigniting that mosh pit all around us, even got a few in with the Lies Unknown crazies! It was then that Herd rose above any band that we’d ever had the pleasure of seeing perform live before, announcing at the end of the set that Lies Unknown would return to the stage for a quick impromptu set which again showed just how unique of a band this group of brothers is, cementing a place in Dr2’s hearts for ever! Un-Herd of right? When was the last time you ever seen the headlining band give up the stage in front of hundreds of their own fans, to let a band they had never met before take over to finish out the night? Never seen it happen down here in the city, that’s for sure. Taking the opportunity, Lies Unknown quickly, & I mean quickly un-cased their gear, plugged into Herd’s backline and blasted off 2 final songs of which at this point kind of got lost in my head but believe they where Let It Take A Hold & She’s A Slut, before being joined back on stage with Herd finishing out the night much to the pleasure of the entire Limberlost crowd. We must say this about the Limbelost staff and all those Herdlings who were in the house tonight, and that is that we could not of felt more welcomed by a group of people than we did tonight, and obliviously they love their Herd, and tonight Herd showed that love back not only to Dr2 but our buddies in Lies Unknown who also were in a state of shock over the hospitality we were all receiving from this great group of people! We look forward to doing this again, both up there and hopefully down here somehow, somewhere, stay tuned cus Dr2 says it’ll be off the hook! Be sure to head on over to the Dr2 Photo Gallery where you’ll find more photo’s from the night, then be sure to head on over to the Dr2 MySpace page where you can find both these great bands listed in our “Top Friends”. Be sure to check back soon for the debut of the Dr2 Interviews featuring Herd and Lies Unknown! Detroit Rock Review, the Only Place for Local Music News & Reviews!
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