Detroit is known for its powerfully rich history of music – from Motown to underground techno to gritty garage-rock, Detroit has cultivated many styles and made them its own. Detroit is not shy about boasting its talented musicians and bands, and one of the city’s largest (and longest running!) music festivals is gearing up for their 37th year!

Dally In The Alley


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This year’s Dally In The Alley will take place on September 6, from 11am to 11pm in the Cass Corridor, located in Midtown Detroit…and as most of you already know, the Dally In The Alley celebrates with live music, visual arts, and of course, food and beer from many local vendors. Completely organized and put together by volunteers, Dally is Detroit’s largest community festival!

The submission period for this year’s bands has just ended (and the festival’s team is working on releasing the final list), so in the meantime, we thought a Dally In The Alley themed playlist would be a great way to get everyone excited for this year’s celebration. Check out some of our favorite tracks from previous years’ performers…

Our Mighty Heart – “Shoreline”

Our Mighty Heart


Our Mighty Heart plays a cheerful indie folk-rock with Americana influences. “Shoreline” is a beat-driven tune with lighthearted lyrics and delicate melodies. Check them out here!

The Good Things – “Wasting Time”

The Good Things


The Good Things, self-described as “bluegrass meets thrash-metal,” is a one-man show. Ryan Cox says it’s “created an endearingly broken brand of retroed poppery—bluesy, folkified, melted over a slice of psychdelica and deep fried in soul.” Check him out here!

LacyBaby – “Funky Donkey”



LacyBaby is an urban pop artist and she’s as dedicated as she is smart – heavily influenced by Prince, Britney Lacy writes and produces all of her own music and her lyrics are intelligently riddled with satire. Check her out here!

The Hounds Below – “XX”

The Hounds Below


Jason Stollsteimer’s follow-up project to The Von Bondies, The Hounds Below, play a youthful indie-rock. They’ve also since dismembered, though don’t fret – Jason is on to his next project and new band: PONYSHOW. Check out The Hounds Below here!

Clear Soul Forces – “Freq Freq”

Clear Soul Forces


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Detroit hip-hop meets Detroit soul. Clear Soul Forces bring deep lyrics that intertwine over illuminating instrumentals, forging a single force that hits you right where your soul is. Check them out here!

The Juliets – “Sweetheart”

The Juliets


The Juliets sound exactly how you’d imagine after hearing their name – easy, classy, and melodic. Their fun-loving indie-pop wouldn’t be nearly impressive without the perfectly paired harmonies of singers Sarah Myers and Anthony Marchese. Check them out here!

Legendary Creatures – “We Are The Ones”

Legendary Creatures


A dreamy psychedelic-pop that meets indie-folk, Legendary Creatures have found a way to combine their love of fantasy and music, and the results are promising. With catchy lyrics and beautiful, soft vocals, the group sounds like they very well could come from a fairy tale…they also have a mandolin! Check them out here!

Electric Fire Babies – “Sugar Cube Castle”

Electric Fire Babies


MotorCityRocks called Electric Fire Babies “DJ Rock,” and we’re thinking that’s pretty accurate. A balanced blend of electronic and guitar-filled beats, Electric Fire Babies are certainly in a league of their own with their quirky and eccentric style. Check them out here!

Copper Thieves – “Wet Seal”

Copper Thieves


The Copper Thieves play good ol’ rock and roll. With thumping bass drum and driving guitar riffs, all layered under catchy hooks, they’re a fun and upbeat group. Check them out here!

The Wire Eyes – “Wabash”

The Wire Eyes


A little jazzy, a little soft rock, The Wire Eyes definitely have a sound that is pretty unique. They took a short hiatus from 2012 until this summer, so we’re beyond excited to hear they’re working on new music! Check them out here!

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Stay connected to our weekly Detroit Proud Playlists – we’ll keep you updated with the official 2014 Dally In The Alley music line-up! Plus, don’t miss the 37th annual Dally in the Alley – Detroit’s largest annual community festival! (Did we mention it’s free?!) Find more information on Dally In The Alley here!