Back for its 18th year, the Metro Times Blowout continues its run as one of the most legendary music events in metro Detroit. Thousands – yes, you read that right – thousands of bands from every genre imaginable have played everything from large music venues to the back rooms of small dive bars. Everyone from The White Stripes to even a very young Eminem have performed at the Metro Times Blowout.
It’s at this event that music fans have unknowingly stumbled upon their favorite new bands. This year will be no different, as this year, the event will feature more performers than ever before. Over 200 bands will play over the course of four nights, in the hottest venues located in Ferndale, Detroit, and Hamtramck. There’s sure to be a band or artist for everyone on the line-up.
Metro Times Blowout 18 will take place April 29th through May 2nd, and we figured to kick the party off early, we’d dedicate this week’s playlist to a few of those bands headlining the event. Check some of them out!
Andrew W.K. – “Night Driver”
Raised in Ann Arbor, Andrew W.K. is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entertainer, motivational speaker, and music producer. He began learning classical piano at the University of Michigan School of Music at the age of 4! He’ll be performing a very special solo show for this year’s Metro Times Blowout…find more about him here!
Flint Eastwood – “Billy the Kid”
Flint Eastwood has captured musical hearts all over…not only in Michigan, but across the country as well. They’ll not only be performing their alternative dance-pop meets indie-rock at the Metro Times Blowout, but they’ll also be strutting their stuff at the mega-music festival Electric Forest this June. Check out more from them here!
Trick Trick – “Welcome 2 Detroit” (Featuring Eminem)
Born and raised in Detroit, Christian Mathis, better known by his stage name Trick Trick, is a rap artist and member of hip-hop Goon Sqwad (a hip-hop group made up of Detroit rappers, including heavy hitters Eminem, Obie Trice, and Proof). He’ll be performing solo at Blowout, follow him on Twitter here!
Rebel Kind – “I Still Go On”
Based out of Ann Arbor, Rebel Kind is a three-piece group that combines dark and fuzzed-out psychedelic folk with surf-pop. They’re obviously doing well if Metro Times has taken notice. Hear more from them here!
The Sugar Clouds – “Turn Of the Tide”
The Sugar Clouds are not as sweet as their name suggests. Indie-pop meets psychedelic-rock, wrapped in folk, burst into a tall, dark, and fuzzy combination of magic. We can’t get enough of them! Find out more here!
Complainers – “Where I Even Start”
From the talented mind of Eddie Baranek (lead singer and guitarist for Detroit rock band The Sights) comes a new project, Complainers. The trio play a mix between rock ‘n’ roll and power-pop…imagine Alice Cooper meets CCR. Listen to them here!
The Sunburns – “I’m Done”
Four-piece band The Sunburns play throwback surf-rock drenched in garage-style punk. Then there’s the added element of ‘50s sock-hop. There’s really no better way to sum it all up than to just listen, you can here!
Touch The Clouds – “New End Anthology”
Alternative indie-rock band Touch The Clouds have been making a name for themselves in the Detroit music scene since 2012. Since then, they’ve released three albums, with catchy and raucous tunes on each. Check them out here!
Undesirable People – “Linus and Lucy”
A blend of alternative punk-rock and jazz, Undesirable People formed in 2011…today, they’re playing one of the biggest music events in metro Detroit. We’re excited to see what they bring to the table. Check them out here!
The Hi-Views – “Baby Blue Eyes”
Rocket-fueled rockabilly and just good ol’ fashion rock ‘n’ roll comes to life in the form of The Hi-Views. The three-piece band have been touring all around metro Detroit and the Midwest, and up next, they’ll bring their unique sound to Blowout. Check them out here!
To see the full line-up, to find more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the official Facebook event page here! Side note: you can purchase a single day pass for $15, but why would you when you can purchase a wristband that will give you access to all of the shows, every night, for only $20?!