Noize is visual and independent journalism inspired by Detroit.
Noize is visual and independent journalism inspired by Detroit.
Noize is visual and independent journalism inspired by Detroit.
Noize is visual and independent journalism inspired by Detroit.
Noize is visual and independent journalism inspired by Detroit.
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    Black Label Society @ The Royal Oak Music Theatre 1-16-2015 (Photos)

    By Alexis Simpson The scent of testosterone and beer overtook the Royal Oak Music Theatre when Black Label Society, Hatebreed, and Butcher Babies came to town for a sold-out show. Zakk Wylde held court as a Rock God while bassist John DeServio charmed the crowd with his love of performing. Genre Metal / Rock Band […]

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    Slipknot Behind the Scenes @ The Palace of Auburn Hills 11-29-14 (Photos & Setlist)

    By Alexis Simpson Slipknot has been a long time favorite, and we are thrilled with their acclaimed new album and freaky videos. Back in the day, their first album blew us away and will always linger in our mind. thewholethingithinkissicthewholethingithinkissicthewholethingithinkissic. Sick. Enjoy our live photos and backstage behind the scenes footage. http://www.slipknot1.com/ http://instagram.com/slipknot(Instagram) https://twitter.com/slipknot (Twitter) […]

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    Black Veil Brides @ Royal Oak Music Theatre 11-15-14 (Photos)

    By Alexis Simpson Members: Andy Biersack – Vocals https://twitter.com/AndyBVB https://instagram.com/AndyBVB Ashley Purdy – Bass https://twitter.com/AshleyPurdy https://instagram.com/AshleyPurdyInc Jinxx – Guitar https://twitter.com/JinxxBVB https://instagram.com/jinxxed4life Jake Pitts – Guitar https://twitter.com/JakePittsBVB https://instagram.com/jakepittsbvb Christian Coma – Drums https://twitter.com/ccbvb http://instagram.com/ceesespieces http://www.blackveilbrides.net/ http://www.bvbarmy.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Blackveilbrides/ www.itunes.com/blackveilbrides http://instagram.com/blackveilbrides Black Veil Brides is one of our fave bands to photograph because of their dramatic look, good […]

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    Riot Fest in Chicago 2014

    Concert Photography Portfolio!

    By Alexis Simpson I was way overdue on updating my music photography portfolio. Go check it out here: http://www.noizenews.com/alexisport  

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    Charlie XCX performs in Detroit

    Charlie XCX @ Saint Andrew’s Hall (Review, Setlist & Photos)

    By Alexis Simpson Charlie XCX performed at Detroit’s Saint Andrew’s Hall joined by lady singers Femme and Elliphant as opening acts. We looked forward to all acts since these overseas ladies may not come into town too often due to distance. Charlie XCX is the pen behind both Icona’s Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy […]

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    What it’s Like to Photograph the Detroit Auto Show 2015 (NAIAS 2015 Photos)

    By Alexis Simpson

    I’ve photographed the North American International Auto Show in Detroit the last three years, and it’s a love/hate event. The major pro of photographing the show is that I’ve gotten to sell my photo to publications such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. In fact, the first photo I ever had published was a car photo from the auto show. This year I know I already had at least 8 photos published in The Wall Street Journal. Being published is an unbeatable feeling. Some photographers make sure to capture each car unveiling event as well as attend all the big parties. I haven’t gotten involved to that extent yet,  but there is always next year. NAIAS always has an air of excitement surrounding it, so it’s always entertaining to check out the latest ‘IT” car, scope out the models, look for celebs, and enjoy the free food/booze.

    The annoying part of NAIAS can be dealing with some of the over-zealous photogs. Sometimes they get so overwhelmed in their excitement to check out the interior and exterior of the cars, that they take crazy amounts of photos. Ideally in order to sell a photo of an auto show car, it helps if there are not too many people in the frame. Press week is busy so it’s inevitable that I’ll have to wait a short while to get my money shot. Sometimes I’ll get stuck behind an over zealous photographer who is in the midst of taking 75-100 photographers of a single car. UGH. Usually this is an overseas press photog who probably doesn’t get a chance to see this sort of event, so all you can do is be patient. Sometimes car industry gurus will be in networking convos right in your frame as well. Usually they’ll move if you ask nicely. If they don’t hear your request, then I recommend snapping a few quick photos of them until they take the hint:) Also, you have to wait for the car polishers that are hired to keep the vehicles looking sharp. Patience is the name of the game because of the hectic atmosphere. It can be frustrating to wait because it’s important to get all photos edited and uploaded ASAP to meet deadlines and increase sales.

    Here are some photos from this year’s show.

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    Cadillac

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    Audi
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    BMW

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    BENTLEY

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    MINI

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    MINI COOPER

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    DJ

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    Jaguar

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    Toyota

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    Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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    Dodge Challenger

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    Chevy Colorado

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    Maserati

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    Chevy Corvette

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    AISIN

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    Two guys have fun at the Mazda display

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    Volvo

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    Lincoln

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    A Ford Presentation

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    Camera guy waits patiently for the car duster dude to hurry up already:)

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    Ford GT

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    Mustang

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    Remote-Control Cars

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    Black Label Society @ The Royal Oak Music Theatre 1-16-2015 (Photos)

    By Alexis Simpson

    The scent of testosterone and beer overtook the Royal Oak Music Theatre when Black Label Society, Hatebreed, and Butcher Babies came to town for a sold-out show. Zakk Wylde held court as a Rock God while bassist John DeServio charmed the crowd with his love of performing.

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    Rest in Peace Kim Fowley! (Photos from The Magic Stick 2012)

    By Alexis Simpson

    KIM FOWLEY

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    Metro Airport runway crumbling, lack of shock staggering

    By: Dave Palmer

    I started out this year with high hopes for the upcoming 365 days, as I have started many years in the past. And just like in the past, it wasn’t long before I was sorely disappointed, but not entirely shocked. According to an article in the January 5 Detroit Free Press, a $225 million runway installed in 2001 and expected to last until 2031 didn’t quite make the full 30 years. In fact, the article indicates that as few as three years after installation the runway was already showing signs of deterioration. Now, not even halfway through its expected life span, it appears as if the runway will need to be repaved. A phenomenon known as alkali-silica reaction has been blamed for the crumbling concrete, as well as environmental regulations surrounding the manufacturing of cement.

    Of course, you and I as taxpayers will be on the hook to foot the bill as airport spokesperson Michael Conway indicated in the Free Press Article that his “current understanding is the concrete was installed in accordance with the project specifications.” Never mind the fact that at least one part of the construction was obviously substandard, otherwise we wouldn’t be reading about it in the newspaper.

    However, to read the article in the paper would lead one to believe that nearly everyone involved sees this as just another day at the office. There is no doubt that Michigan is well renowned around the country for the abject crappiness of its roads, but we should not be treating the deterioration of taxpayer-financed infrastructure with such indifference. We wouldn’t stand for a roofing company shrugging its shoulders and blaming shingle manufacturers and environmental regulations for a roofing job that lasted less than half of its warranty period. Why should paving companies be any different?

    I find it quite interesting that no matter how short of the benchmark for longevity road construction seems to fall, it never seems to be the fault of the paving company. Somehow, even though the actual result is far from the promised result, the project somehow manages to be in compliance with the specified guidelines. If in fact the paving is in compliance with current guidelines, then it is high time that the guidelines be rewritten so that the taxpayers actually get what they are paying for. A billion dollar investment in Michigan roadways will mean very little if we have to spend that money all over again in a decade or so.

    To be fair, the article did note that the abridged lifespan of concrete seems to be an industry-wide problem related either to substandard sand used in mixing concrete or, as MDOT spokesman noted in the article, modification of the cement manufacturing “to incorporate a portion of the highly alkaline cement kiln dust back into their final product,” ostensibly to comply with environmental regulations. However, federal environmental regulations do not mean that you get to produce a substandard product using substandard materials that results in substandard roadways, especially when the failure of that product means higher sales and higher profits for your company.

    Instead, cement manufacturers should be taking it upon themselves to create a quality product that lasts for its stated lifespan while still following environmental guidelines, not simply cutting corners and blaming it on environmental laws. This may require some research and development on their part, but if they are able to create a product that is demonstrably better than anything else that is on the market, they can expect sales to boom.

    If cement manufacturers are unwilling to improve their product and choose instead to continue creating cement that isn’t up to snuff, well, that’s where federal regulations come in. We the taxpayer should not be required to throw good money after bad replacing roads every five or ten years because some crybaby CEO might not get as big of a bonus if they actually put money into creating a quality product. We deserve to get what we pay for, and we deserve to get it either through better road maintenance, better road materials, or both.

    We as Michiganders are no stranger to poor road conditions, stemming from climate and poor road maintenance. However, it would seem that a lack of good paving materials is adding insult to injury. Soon, we will be asked to decide on a ballot whether or not we should approve a higher state sales tax to replace the money taken from schools and local communities to invest about $1 billion in our crumbling roadways. Before we as voters go to the polls, we should be asking our Lansing representatives and senators whether or not we will be getting a fair bargain for our dollar. Will we continue to use the same paving guidelines that have done us so much disservice in the past or will we create new guidelines to ensure longer-lasting roads? Will we continue to use the same garbage concrete as in the past or will be seek out something that is a lot better and only a little more expensive? The answers to those questions could determine exactly how many times in our lifetime we the people will be asked to pony up dough to fix our infrastructure. Therefore, any answer that does not hold the taxpayers’ best interests in mind should be deemed unacceptable.

     

     


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