Our site fell victim to a virus and has been quarantined by our host until it can be cleaned up.

This is just the way we wanted to start the new year. Don't fret. We will be back up soon.

Enjoy the blog posts for now.

Black Friday?.. Nah!     Cyber Monday?.. Who needs it?

How about... Discount December?

Are you a musician? Is someone close to you connected to the music industry in some way? Here is a great idea for that holiday gift.

For the month of December, all merch will be discounted 25% while supplies last. 

T-shirts, Long T's, work shirts & hoodies. Only 100 shirts were printed in this "Founding Member" run so quantities are limited and this design will not be printed again. Stand and be recognized as one of the early supporters of this site. Get yours while you can!

Visit the merch page to see if your size is available and become a member while you are at it!
In 1998, two coworkers from a local record store in Birch Run, Michigan decided to hold a concert in a park. Dirt Fest was born and has grown ever since to become one of Michigan's largest and longest running festivals for Hard Rock and Metal.

Over the years, the multiple stages have been blessed with hundreds of national acts as well as local Michigan bands, something that Dirt Fest Founder and Organizer, Matt Dalton, holds true to even to this day in his approach to filling a lineup.

"I hope that people have an unforgettable experience," says Dalton. "One that they can tell their friends and their families about, that not only allowed them to see a lot of the bands that they love but hopefully expose them to bands that they have never heard of whether it is a national act that we booked or hopefully, a Michigan band that we booked."

2014's line up included such acts as Killswitch Engage, Powerman 5000, Nonpoint, Murder FM, Critical Bill, The Finale and more. Be sure to watch the credits in the video below for a complete listing.

If you have not yet attended a Dirt Fest event, be sure to get out this year when for the first time, the festival will span 2 days, August 7th & 8th, 2015. This year's lineup features bands like Down, Hellyeah, Pop Evil, Coal Chamber, Fear Factory and a whole onslaught of national and local bands.

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I sat with a couple of guys who's music careers seem to be headed in a direction without end. Their modern style of pop metal with melodic flow, smooth harmonies and heavy bombastic riffs, has plenty of classic metal undertones that appeals to fans both young and old.

Without End formed in June of 2014. Current members Alex Osip, guitars and backing vocals, and Gordon Michael, drums, met each other years ago in school and have been tight ever since. In November of 2014, Shayne Strem, guitar, met Alex through Alex's other band, Shutter. After just one session, Shayne became a full time member as his style and chops seemed to be a perfect fit.

Without End has played shows across south east Michigan where they have already started to amass a dedicated fan base, and will continue to keep tearing up the local scene. At the time of this posting, they are in the process of writing their first full length studio album, right on the heels of releasing their first 5 song EP entitled Revenge for the Fallen.

These guys are young, ambitious, and full of a talent that is sure to bring good things to the Motor Cities music scene as their career develops. Be sure to get out and experience the high energy impact of one of their shows!

Check out the interview:

Watch the full "Extended" interview with an extra 9 minutes of footage (41:41) here

Standard length interview (33:08):

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I had a chance to "check out them Muggs".

The Muggs, a three piece blues rock band from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 2000 with three original members: Danny Methric on guitar & lead vox, Tony DeNardo on bass guitar & backing vox, and Matt Rost on drums. Todd Glass later stepped in to take over on the drums.

From February 2000 through September 2001, The Muggs enjoyed winning the hearts of fans throughout metro Detroit. However, this was short lived when DeNardo suffered a stroke which nearly ended his young life of 28 years. DeNardo was able to rejoin the band and almost two years to the day, they were on the stage again in September 2003. This time, he was playing his bass lines on a Fender Rhodes piano through a bass amplifier. The result........The Muggs were better than ever!

Since then, The Muggs have been taking the world by storm. They have toured the United States as well as overseas in countries like Spain, Germany, France, Holland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

They have seen much success in the media such as:
  • Airing in the entire nation of Canada & all of Michigan for a one hour live concert and documentary as part of a rock and roll series, "Rock n' Roll Safari" on PBS
  • They auditioned for the Fox TV show, "The Next Great American Band" and were selected to the Top 12 out of 10,000+ applicants. They aired on four episodes and got to play two originals for the entire nation to see.

They've won many awards including:
  • "Best Rock Band of the Year 2007" - Riff 2 (local WRIF radio's on line station)
  • "Outstanding Rock Artist/Group" - 2008 Detroit Music Awards
  • "Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist", Danny Methric - 2008 Detroit Music Awards
  • "Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording", “On With The Show” - 2009 Detroit Music Awards
  • "Outstanding Video / Independent Budget (Under $10,000)", "Slow Curve" - 2011 Detroit Music Awards
  • “Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist/Group” - 2013 Detroit Music Awards
  • “Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist”, Tony DeNardo - 2013 Detroit Music Awards

The Muggs have opened for various classic rock and national acts including Jack Bruce of Cream, Mountain, Robin Trower, Cactus, Savoy Brown, Thin Lizzy, Ten Years After, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple/Black Sabbath, Johnny Lang, Candlebox, Ian McLagan of Small Faces & Faces, North Mississippi Allstars, Warrant, the Verve Pipe, Goober & The Peas, Electric Six, & the Detroit Cobras.

They are currently being played around the U.S. on Pandora.com, Spotify and Grooveshark! They can also be found on AMI/Rowe Internet Jukeboxes.

They have 1 LIVE double album and are about to release their 4th studio album, Straight Up Boogaloo, on 3/21/15. Be sure to catch a live show from these 3 amazing musicians as you are sure to be floored both visually and audibly.

Check out the interview:

Watch the full "Extended" interview with an extra 15 minutes of footage (57:27) here

Standard length interview (42:40):

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A Blackport Speaker Cabinet is the perfect gift
for the musician in your life!

Blackport Speaker Cabinets, one of our most successful features and closest friends, have granted MotorCityMusicians.Com exclusive rights to offer and amazing deal for this holiday season.

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Happy Holidays from MotorCityMusicians.Com and our friends over at BlackportSpeakerCabinets.Com!

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I got screwed recently when I had the chance to sit with Ypsilanti based, punk rockers, Screw.

Formed in late summer of 2013, Screw is comprised of Tommy T, formerly of and founding member of 60 Second Crush and Down With Hatred on Vocals, HotRod Tusek, long time guitar shredder for The Nobodys, Elrod Adams,  known for his exceptional bass skills in such bands as Down With Hatred and Select4, and Nik Savage, founding member of Co.Dam and long time drummer for Cult Heroes.

 As this current project illustrates, they have taken their sound back to a more punky, energetic, almost soulfully sleazy approach, drawing from some of their favorite artists throughout the years. That list includes: Johnny Thunders, Rancid, Ramones, Social Distortion, Sex Pistols and others.

This band proudly hails Detroit as it's home town with the rich fabric of music that has affected so many for so long. So their mission is pretty simple... To put the Rock back in Rock n Roll once again!

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