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.
    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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    Big Freedia @ The Loving Touch (Photos & Review)

    By Alexis Simpson We first saw Big Freedia perform last year at The Crofoot and loved it. She has a beautiful spirit that is showcased on her TV show “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.” It was a treat to see her in a small venue, because Freedia and her dancers bring out a lot of […]

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    An Interview with Jessica Hernandez of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas!

    By Alexis Simpson We attended Riot Fest in Chicago last month, and were excited to see that Jessica Hernandez was performing there. We have seen her perform many times in Detroit, once in Orlando, and now Chicago. Jessica is a favorite of mine and one of the few artists I listen to week after week. […]

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    AGAINST ME! @ THE FILLMORE DETROIT (PHOTOS)

    Joined Facebook 11/03/2007 Genre Rock / Punk / Folk Rock Members Laura Jane Grace – Guitar/Vocals James Bowman – Guitar/Vocals Atom Willard – Drums Inge Johansson – Bass http://www.againstme.net PHOTOS       PHOTOS

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    The Gaslight Anthem @ The Fillmore in Detroit (Photos & Setlist)

    By Alexis Simpson We recently began to familiarize ourselves with The Gaslight Anthem, and are impressed by both their live show and albums! The band even stuck around after the show to mingle with the fans. Genre Rock – Punk – Alternative Members Brian Fallon – Ben Horowitz – Alex Levine – Alex Rosamilia Website […]

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    Flaming Lips @ Riot Fest Chicago

    By Alexis Simpson Members Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, Derek Brown, Jake Ingalls, Matt Duckworth, Nicholas Ley http://flaminglips.comhttp://youtube.com/flaminglipshttp://twitter.com/theflaminglips https://www.facebook.com/flaminglips/      

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    Tobacco, Obesity, EBOLA! OH MY!

    By: Dave Palmer

    Lately, it seems like one can hardly come across a television news station that isn’t featuring a story at some point in time about Ebola. The stories tell of the latest infected citizens and the steps being taken to prevent the spread of the disease. The debates surround whether or not we should prevent people from entering the United States from West Africa, whether or not we should quarantine people who test negative for the disease, and over how easily communicable the disease really is. Funny thing is, there has been an Ebola epidemic in West Africa for just about 20 years now. I can remember doing a report on the disease in junior high. Why is it that we are just now having fits over the disease?

    The answer, in my mind, is quite obvious. This is the first time that the disease has made it to American soil, never minding it was for the purpose of bringing an infected doctor here was to treat the disease and possibly find the cure. The hysteria in this country has reached a fever pitch,  thanks to mainstream media’s doomsday reporting style as per usual. Ebola is here, and it could be right next door to you! You better be careful or you’ll get it, too!

    The fact of the matter is that Ebola is actually kind of difficult to contract. It has about the same level of communicability  as hepatitis C. That is, the only way to contract it is by coming into direct contact with an infected individual’s bodily fluids by combining them with your bodily fluids. It is not airborne, which means that it won’t spread like the cold or the flu. Yet, we are insisting that anyone who has so much as shaken hands with someone infected with Ebola be isolated for the 21-day virus incubation period, whether they test positive for the disease or not.  (I’m sure that the same people demanding this isolation will be berating these individuals for applying for disability, food stamps, or assistance with their utility bills after 21 days of unpaid leave.)

    While we’re at it, we might as well include anyone who has shaken hands with a hepatitis C carrier. Perhaps we should throw in people who deal with AIDS patients to sweeten the pot. We won’t worry about whether or not they actually test positive for those diseases. After all, AIDS and hepatitis patients are equally as likely to spread their diseases as those who have contracted Ebola. Therefore, quarantining AIDS and hepatitis C patients makes equal sense to quarantining people who test negative for Ebola.

    Ebola so far this year has killed 4,922 people according to BBC News, including the one (yes just one) person who died of the disease in the United States. Obviously, 4,922 people dead is not exactly small potatoes. In fact, those 4,922 people are so important, that almost the entire daily news cycle is preoccupied with their deaths. Noticeably missing from the reports is American’s epidemic of tobacco and obesity-related deaths.

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming 596,577 people in 2011, according for the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The leading cause of heart disease is of course obesity. Ebola, on the other hand, barely claimed 10% of the number of people killed by heart disease. However, it is taking up all the air time that might be used to educate people on the necessity of a healthy diet and exercise to prevent heart disease. Then again, obesity is a much slower way to die than Ebola. Not to mention that it can’t be transmitted from one person to another save through poor education about diet and exercise. So, Ebola (which could cost as much as $10 billion to eradicate) is obviously a larger health concern than obesity (which costs the American health care system $147 billion per year in 2008 U.S. dollars, according to the CDC.)

    The leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. is tobacco. Each year, tobacco causes about 443,000 deaths per year in the U.S., according to the CDC. Yet, Ebola, weighing in at a little more than 10% of the total deaths caused by tobacco, still reigns supreme in the hearts and minds of people looking for a disease to prevent. Never mind lung cancer, emphysema, and other cancers that could be prevented with effective tobacco education. Gotta prevent that Ebola, the eradication of which would cost about 3% of the total yearly cost of tobacco-related disease ($289 billion). Again, Ebola wins the day through its speed of death and the presentation of slightly more gruesome imagery associated with the disease in general.

    Yes, it would seem that America in general prefers to hear about exotic diseases from far away lands that affect relatively few people just because of the graphic images they can call up in their head about the symptoms and effects of the disease. If it bleeds, it leads. The preventable diseases that exist right here in our own backyard are not nearly as fun to think about, so hey, let’s not think of them.

    It would also seem that America in general is penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to disease prevention. We would much rather part with $436 billion in medical costs each year treating conditions that could easily be prevented in most cases. (For tobacco, all cases of related diseases could be prevented simply by quitting use of the substance.) However, we would rather focus all of our time and attention on a disease that so far has only killed one U.S. citizen. The estimated $10 billion to eradicate Ebola from the earth is no paltry sum, but definitely is chump change compared to the yearly cost of treating preventable diseases and deaths.

    So, mainstream media, change your focus from a disease that only just recently found its way onto your radar from thousands of miles away to diseases that are affecting people right here in our home country. America’s television viewers, please stop spewing endless nonsense that is not based in fact on social media and comment areas under any and all articles you read about Ebola. America in general, please be sure that you get all the facts surrounding a public health concern before you jump to any conclusions. We have children in public schools that haven’t been vaccinated for polio, mumps, whooping cough, or German measles, all of which are much easier to contract that Ebola ever will be.

    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 Azalea’s “Fancy.” Obviously Charlie is crafty enough to write worldwide hits, but upon seeing her perform, she’s a star onstage as well. Her presence was beguiling, and she wore one of the best stage outfits we’ve seen in awhile-a silky blue negligee dress under a fuzzy pink coat. She also earned bonus points for her female band. “Boom Clap” is her current radio song that is making waves, which means seeing her at a small venue was surely a rare treat since the US is in need of an intelligent pop princess more likable than the snarky Lorde. Ms. XCX lists Noize favorite, Uffie, as one of her influences…Perhaps Charlie XCX can resurrect Uffie from wherever she is and do a duo. *hinthint*

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    Big Freedia @ The Loving Touch (Photos & Review)

    By Alexis Simpson

    We first saw Big Freedia perform last year at The Crofoot and loved it. She has a beautiful spirit that is showcased on her TV show “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.” It was a treat to see her in a small venue, because Freedia and her dancers bring out a lot of enthusiasm in the crowd. Big Freedia is performing at Voodoo Fest in her hometown, New Orleans, in a few weeks. Voodoo Fest is one the best festival I’ve been to, but we are missing it this year, so whoever gets to see Big Freedia at Voodoo is in for a treat! The pictures from the show speak for themselves. Also, The Loving Touch is doing a great job at bringing in interesting artists, and I think Big Freedia appreciated the diverse and interesting Detroit/Ferndale crowd.

    http://www.bigfreedia.com/ https://www.facebook.com/bigfreediadiva/

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    An Interview with Jessica Hernandez of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas!

    By Alexis Simpson

    We attended Riot Fest in Chicago last month, and were excited to see that Jessica Hernandez was performing there. We have seen her perform many times in Detroit, once in Orlando, and now Chicago. Jessica is a favorite of mine and one of the few artists I listen to week after week. She’s soulful, bohemian, and has a superb voice. I want everybody to know about her! Her album “Secret Evil” just came out, and she is currently on tour with St. Paul and The Broken Bones. We got the chance to do a quick Q & A with her to catch up. Also, at the end of the session, we have photos from Riot Fest and a few of my favorite photos of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas from past shows.

    Noize-It was great seeing you perform in Chicago at Riot Fest. Tell us about your Riot Fest experience…

    Jessica-I’m not gonna lie… I was a little skeptical of how the show was going to turn out when we got there and the weather wasn’t really cooperating. I was totally blown away though at how amazing the crowd was once we started playing. Crummy weather and all people were dancing and having a good time. It was awesome.

    Noize-What aspects of your new album “Secret Evil” are you the most proud of? Tell us something “evil” about yourself.

    Jessica-I’m proud of all of it. Probably most proud of the fact that it’s out and that I wrote all of the songs. Obviously there were a lot of people that helped shape the album and add so much, but I sat and wrote all these songs and I feel really proud of that, especially given the state of the music world today. I can’t think of anything evil right now. I think I keep most of my evil in my head.

    Noize-You are coming back to play at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit on November 1st. Are you doing anything special to prepare for that show?

    Jessica-I’m not sure yet. That show is a little different since we’re actually opening for a larger band that we will have been on tour with for a couple weeks at that point. St. Paul and The Broken Bones are great though so maybe we will plan something special for Detroit.

    Noize-You recently shot videos for “Cry Cry Cry” and “Sorry I Stole Your Man.” What can you tell us about these videos, and when do we get to see them?

    Jessica-Cry Cry Cry is this super simple beautiful one shot video, and Sorry I Stole Your Man is this more elaborate fun crazy Latin party in Detroit. I don’t want to give too much away, ok, but I am excited about both of them and I got to work with an awesome director and Detroit crew and all my friends and family make a cameo in them. They should be out in the next month or two!

    Noize-Can’t wait! What is your most interesting tour story?

    Jessica-I can’t say any without getting myself or other people in trouble, haha.

    Noize-Fair enough! What is it like being the only female in your band?

    Jessica-I like it. The dudes in my band are my best friends and they have kind of learned how to be there the way a girl friend would, haha. We all have our quirks that get under each other’s skin but we’re all family now.

    Noize-A few times on social media and interviews, you have mentioned that you are dating a lovely young man in The Growlers. How did you meet? How do two traveling musicians make it work?

    Jessica-We met at The Bakery Loft when I was still booking shows up there. I booked his band a few years ago and put them up for the night. We really hit it off and became friends then stayed in touch and met up at SXSW that year and started dating. It’s very challenging but super rewarding having this kind of relationship. I guess we make it work because we understand each other’s career and how important and busy they are. We just support one another’s goals and try and enjoy the time we do get to hang out… even if it usually is on a bus or in a van or a smelly motel room, haha.

    Noize-Thanks!

    Members Jessica Hernandez – vocals, guitar, keys, percussion
    The Deltas:
    Michael Krygier – guitar and vocals
    Steve Lehane – bass and vocals
    Taylor Pierson – keys, accordion and vocals
    John Raleeh – trombone
    Stephen Stetson – drums

    http://www.jessicahernandez.net/ https://www.facebook.com/JessicaHernandezandTheDeltas/

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