Spacehog, Sponge, Lionize, The Red Paintings

Thu Dec 12 2013

6:30 PM Doors

Magic Stick

4120 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201

$17 Adv./ $20 Day of

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  • Spacehog

    Alternative Rock

    Spacehog mixed glam rock influences, including David Bowie and T. Rex, into their wall-of-distorted-guitars sound, a combination that helped the band make a modest dent in the late-'90s alternative rock scene. The quartet formed in New York City in 1993, following British drummer Jonny Cragg's move from Leeds to the Big Apple. He landed a job killing rats in the basement of an espresso bar, and although the work was less than desirable, he managed to meet guitarist (and fellow U.K. native) Antony Langdon at the shop. The two soon decided to visit topless bars and jam together. Langdon's brother Royston joined the group as a vocalist, and the musicians added guitarist Richard Steel to round out the lineup. Almost immediately after the lineup coalesced, Spacehog attracted the attention of Sire Records' president, Seymour Stein, and their debut album, Resident Alien, was released by the label in 1995. "In the Meantime" became the band's first hit, attracting audiences in several countries while becoming a number one rock single in America. Less than a year after Resident Alien's release, the album had sold over 500,000 copies, earning gold status. The Chinese Album followed in 1998, featuring a cameo appearance by Michael Stipe and an artier sound overall. Three years later, Spacehog (now sporting a new deal with Artemis Records) issued a third effort, entitled The Hogyssey. After joining the Black Crowes and Oasis on the road, the band split up, with several members going on to form the band Arckid. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi

  • Sponge



    Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City's heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album "Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)" Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status.

    Sponge's follow up CD, the critically lauded “Wax Ecstatic” (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including "Wax Ecstatic" and "Have You Seen Mary?"  The band’s music was also featured in popular movies “The Craft,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records.”  Sponge’s star continued to rise with network appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.”

    Sponge’s subsequent releases “New Pop Sunday,” “For All The Drugs in The World,” “The Man,” “Galore Galore,” and “Destroy the Boy,” showcased the band’s swirling sonic attack, rooted in 70's glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but still sounding distinctly like no one else.

    “Plowed” continues to be the band’s signature rock track, having been spotlighted on Guitar Hero’s “Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack” – and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2, in addition to the soundtrack for the Gerard Butler surf movie “Chasing Mavericks.”

    Sponge is now touring in support of a brand new release – “Stop the Bleeding.” The full-length disc incorporates the traditional “Sponge sound” in addition to exploring edgier, industrial grooves, most apparent on the band’s twisted cover of “Time in a Bottle.”

    Having shared stages the world over with Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback, Iggy Pop, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Kiss, to name just a few, Sponge continues to be one of rock’s most sought after live acts.  Front man Vinnie Dombroski captivates audiences with his powerful voice, heart-on-his-sleeve lyrics and high-octane stage presence.

    Now as part of the stellar Summerland Tour – hitting sheds and amphitheatres across the U.S. this summer, Sponge is poised to bring its potent brand of Detroit rock to the masses, once again proving that rock never stops.

  • Lionize



    For a band with so little pretense, sometimes it can be easy to forget just how much the respected DC quartet Lionize has accomplished since their inception in 2004. From being the first band to play both Bonnaroo and the Vans Warped Tour in the same year to their five full-length albums to virtually non-stop touring year after year, the groove-heavy rock group has dared to do more than most bands could ever hope to accomplish. On the release of their most recent album, Superczar and the Vulture, produced by the famed J. Robbins and their first on Pentimento Music Company, the band showcases their live sound in a way that they have never done before, allowing the listener an unprecedented look at the experience of hearing the songs played live in front of them.

    “Superczar was the first time we were really intent on capturing the sound of the band live. We had done so much touring in the interim between records that our style had begun to change quite a bit,” says bassist Henry Upton who established the group in 2004 with vocalist/guitarist Nate Bergman and keyboardist Chris Brooks. Drummer Mel Randolph completed the current line-up when he joined the band in 2007. Upton goes onto explain that on the new record, “our influences crystallized and we had a greater sense of identity… we also tried to create “song suites” for the first time on this record, where there’s 10-15 minutes of uninterrupted music, something more ambitious than we’d done before. It’s definitely the most complete, distinct Lionize record so far.”

    Doubtless, the band’s long tenured members and extremely heavy touring schedule have contributed to the evolution of their distinct brand of dark reggae-infused rock. “Having the same group for so long has led us to be able to open things up musically.  We get along shockingly well,” muses Brooks. “Touring has a way of making you a better player at your craft, and as a band. It has allowed us to build a reputation for ourselves as being a great live show and really cutting deep into improvising,” says Randolph. All of this makes it obvious that for the members of Lionize, music is not only a passion but an integral part of who they are. “We really are just 4 guys who get together in a basement and jam. Whatever comes out of that is where we will go.  As a band we never really try to discuss the direction of the sound or songs, we really just play what we think is the grooviest and heaviest jam we can, and let the music take us forward,” claims Bergman.

    This straightforward approach embodies the hard-working, every-man ethics that are at the very heart of Lionize, and has led to both critical acclaim and an ever-growing fan base for the band. Bergman continues, “The shows keep getting bigger, and the tours get better.  More and more people continue to spread the word and come out.” Chimes in Randolph, “Our fans are very loyal. They range from their mid-teens to upwards of their late 40s. It’s cool having a wide spread of generations as fans of our music.”

    Yet as they grow, long-time fans of the band have nothing to fear. “As cliche as it is, the more things change, the more Lionize seems to dig its heels in and make the music we want to, the way we see most fit,” says Bergman about their fierce, uncompromising nature. But you can always guarantee that no matter what, the guys will continue to create a powerful sound uniquely their own. Affirms Randolph, “Crowds will hear the name ‘Lionize’ and kind of expect more of a straight-ahead reggae style from us, but there is a lot more to our sound. We’re always mixing it up, and making it funky!”

    With their heavy touring continuing throughout the foreseeable future, one can be assured that Lionize’s incomparable sound will only continue to grow stronger with each show and audiences will persist in being impressed by a band which, as one critic said, makes even the most notable musicians “shake their heads and wish they’d thought of that.”


  • The Red Paintings

    The Red Paintings

    Alternative Rock

    After suffering a near-fatal seizure, visionary performer Trash McSweeney now sees colour in music and has set out to share with the world the ideas he has seen and felt. By taking to his guitar, piano and notebook, The Red Paintings were officially born upon the dawn of the new millennium...

    Orchestral art rock group The Red Paintings have released their new single “Wasps” from their debut full-length studio album 'The Revolution Is Never Coming.' The highly anticipated album is out now on The End Records (The Prodigy, The Dandy Warhols) in North America & Graphite Records in the UK & Europe. “Wasps” is currently impacting at radio with early adopters beginning to push the song into rotation at WARQ and KFMA. Recently, the music video made its premiere at MTVu, calling it “dark, cinematic and slightly disturbing…similar in spirit to NIN or 30 Seconds To Mars.” The video has already debuted at the Roswell International Film Fesitval. View “Wasps” now online at:

    Known for their visionary stage shows incorporating live art, human canvases, and theatrics, The Red Paintings are a multi-faceted genre-spanning act incorporating everything rock from alternative to punk to industrial. Fresh from UK festival touring with Y Not Festival and Rebellion Festival, the band recently wrapped a U.S. tour supporting …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and will return to the U.S. in December to tour in support of their new album. Following a sold-out U.S. theatre tour earlier in the year, The Red Paintings will once again join punk-lords Mindless Self Indulgence on their massive UK, Russia & Europe tour throughout November and December.

    The band is currently seeking submissions from local artists, to curate the live onstage art show to incorporate into their stateside musical performances. For consideration, visit the band’s Facebook page and/or email to submit three jpegs of your art.

    The extensive touring news follows a busy end to 2012 that saw The Red Paintings kick off their worldwide campaign with a 16-date US tour and 40-date tour of the UK & Europe, as well as a headline tour of Australia earlier this year.

    Now available worldwide, the recently release single “You’re Not One Of Them” has already picked up steam overseas, spinning on over 140 stations across the UK & Europe, including XFM, Kerrang, Q and the BBC. Reaching #42 on the US FMQB sub-modern commercial radio chart, the track also hit #90 on the German college radio charts and spent 4 weeks in the Top 10 at Australian community radio. The uniquely creative video clip for the track follows a series of award-winning clips from the band that have been screened at film festivals worldwide and featured in Australia on the television music network Channel V and MTV as well as Kerrang & Q TV in the UK. View the video for “You’re Not One of Them”:

    5 years in the making, 'The Revolution Is Never Coming' was recorded and mixed with the late Bryan Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie) in world class studios around the globe. The album includes a 35 piece orchestra, a 22 piece choir, harp players, French horns, theremin and more. The band raised donations from fans all over the world to create their vision and have received criticial acclaim for their creative vision and ambitious scope.

    Bryan Carlstrom - Producer, Engineer (Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie):
    “In my entire 30 year career I’ve not mixed such a diverse, colourful and emotionally dynamic album such as this, it’s like a 21st century War of the Worlds.”

    Trash McSweeney - The Red Paintings:
    ‘’People create an album around a life, I created a life around an album.’’

    Full worldwide tour dates at


Spacehog and Sponge with Lionize / The Red Paintings

Thu Dec 12 2013 6:30 PM Doors

Magic Stick Detroit MI
Spacehog, Sponge, Lionize, The Red Paintings
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