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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    Featured Stories

    Instagram Randomness: Catching up to 2015 (iPhone Photos)

    By Alexis Simpson

    #bandotrappin

    What is this #odd lil bldg in #detroit ? Looks like somebody is there.

    Nice Warehouse
    #detroit warehouse throwing a #noiZenews #party here

    Our Mascot

    #cockatoo #parrot #bird sarabird on a shower rod in #detroit

    Our Wedding Cake

    Test

    Elvis Lives in Clawson, MI

    #Elvis lives in the burbs of #detroit!

    Catholic Art
    #beautiful #church in #Milwaukee has #awesome #art

    My #bff and her #baby do the #baptism thing in #Milwaukee. I'm a #godmother;)

    Published Again in The Wall Street Journal Yay!

    Baller shot caller! 8 of my #naias #detroit photos in #thewallstjournal @wsj #cars

    Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

    Yay my #flaming lips #waynecoyne photo from #riotfest #chicago in Music Radar. #tearsheet

    Janis Joplin Stamps

    #janisjoplin #stamps #love #music

    Sketch

    #streetart #annarbor what are they?

    Johnny Noodle Detroit

    Shoyu #noodles in #Detroit #food

    #octopus salad in #Detroit #food

    Dance Dance Dance Dance

    #happy couple #dancing at #redbull #art #party #redbullhouseofart #detroit #love #iphone

    Halo

    #Detroit #streetart #graffiti

    Gold Cash Gold (Barf)

    #goldcashgold #bathroom in #Detroit #cute #food

    Columbus, OH

    #Columbus #ohio

    Alexis Rd.

    #alexis #road street #sign in my basement

    Free E and D Black

    Free E and D Black. #king810 #flint

    MI Winter

    #puremichigan up north on way home from #houghtonlake

    Hardcore Pawn

    #alien in #Detroit w a wicked #clown #americanjewelryandloan #Detroit #pawn

    Bye Xmas

    #Christmas is almost here tie #houghtonlake #puremichigan #christmaslights

    My Godchild, his Twin and Santa

    This is my godson's and his #twin sister's #santa pic in burbs of #Detroit ;) #christmas cheer

    Chamba the Angel Dog

    My #sweet #baby #chamba #dog #pug #shitzu mix in burbs of #Detroit

    The Hippie Coalition Saying a Prayer

    @thcoffical #texashippiecoalitiin say a little #prayer at #mayhem in burbs of #Detroit

    Madonna

    #Madonna #art in #hopcat in #Detroit

    Tiger Street Art

    #tiger #streetart #graffiti in #Detroit

    Winter Driving

    Bad roads in #puremichigan #michigan today!

    The future of our children’s education: A case for isolationism

    By: Dave Palmer

    Once again I find myself staring the future right in its ugly face. A future of uncertainty, trepidation, and anxiety. A future in which I am cast into the ranks of the unemployed, though I have not done anything wrong other than choose teaching as a profession. My performance was satisfactory or better on all of my evaluations. My assistance to students was superior and my ability to create growth in my classroom excellent. Yet, due to “declining enrollment” as the brusque letter from my former employer cited as the reason for the elimination of my position, I am forced again into a job market that in the last 10 or 20 years has become something of a buyer’s market.

    When I was going to college to become a teacher, my counselors assured me that education was an industry that was constantly growing. They also assured me that education was fairly a recession-proof market, and that the trend in education was increased investment. For my part, I also believed that there was absolutely no way that teachers could or would become technologically unemployed as many other occupations had been replaced by computers or robots. So, I continued my education, and went on the complete a Master of Arts in Teaching.

    Once I was ready to impress the world with my prowess as a classroom teacher, I found out the truth of our educational system. I found out during my years as a substitute teacher that something called distance learning was in fact perfectly capable of replacing teachers or at least severely reducing their numbers. I discovered that thanks to Michigan voters’ passage of Proposal A, education was not a recession-proof industry, considering that funding schools with any portion of the state sales tax is entirely dependent on the economy (and recessions) despite the fact that school costs do not change based on the economy. Lastly, I found out that although investment in education was increasing, very little of that increased investment was finding its way into the classrooms or being used to help teachers do their job more effectively or making sure they were fairly compensated for working 70-80 hours per week. (For you math wizards, that’s their normal 40 hours per week, plus the 30-40 hours of preparation and checking student work time.)

    Thanks to Michigan legislature’s recent requirement that schools post budget transparency information (ostensibly to show taxpayers how much “those greedy teachers” are demanding to be paid) I discovered that the average superintendent’s salary is $115,ooo with total average compensation being $155,000. I also discovered that Detroit Public Schools’ new emergency financial manager earns $225,000 per year to solve a deficit of about $170 million. As an aside, it seems rather counterproductive to pay someone nearly a quarter of a million dollars per year to find out why a school district is spending more money than it was. (Easy answer, they need more money, the availability of which fluctuates depending on whether or not people are out spending money.)

    Of course, all of the administrators need to have administrative assistants. So, for every superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent, director of human resources, etc., there are two people drawing a salary: the administrator and the administrative assistant. Yet, somehow or another, whenever cuts need to be made to schools, the money comes out of teacher assistants, teacher pay, and teacher benefits. Somehow or another, classes like art, band, and even foreign languages are among the targets of spending cuts, never mind the fact that administrators certainly have the knowledge, education, and ability to type their own letters and answer their own phones.

    Some might wonder at this point why they federal government isn’t doing something to bolster this sad state of education. Others might point out that the $141 billion that the federal government spends on education is plenty, and that the money just isn’t being spent in the right way. Though I do agree that education money is being spent in almost all of the wrong places, such as on distance learning software, attendance systems that are not user friendly, exorbitant administrative salaries, and unnecessary administrative assistants.

    Where I diverge from the latter argument is the idea that the U.S. is spending plenty on education. Sure, $141 billion sounds like a lot of money, and the figure is indeed daunting written out in full numeral form. However, the U.S. spends $786.6 billion its military every year, dwarfing education spending by a factor of about seven. That total is about 48% of the total world expenditure on all things military.

    In times when the United States favored isolationism as its main approach to dealing with world problems, we did much better in the educational field. (Think about the memes you have seen that led to an 8th grade final exam from the early 1900′s.) As recently as the 1960′s, our educational system was able to produce people who sent a man to the moon, created computers that were small enough to fit inside the average home at a reasonable price point, and drove the world’s number one economy.

    Somewhere along the line, we decided that blowing stuff up in other countries and then rebuilding said stuff was more important that then future of our own children. Somehow, we decided that the best future for today’s high school graduates is to join the military, grab a gun, and jump into the meat grinder in order to avoid years of crippling student debt. Something told us that it is better to spend money building good schools with good teachers in other countries rather than spend than money right here at home.

    The time has come for the United States to return to a policy of isolationism and use money paid by our taxpayers to finance our interests. We no longer need  military bases in Japan (which have been there since 1945), or in Germany (again present since 1945), or in South Korea (do we really believe Kim Job Il of North Korea is competent enough to do anything serious?), or in Vietnam. Yet, we continue to maintain bases here, and in very nearly every theatre of war we have staged throughout our sordid history of near de facto colonialism.

    We need to double the education budget by taking the money out of the military budget. We will still have enough money to fight terrorism, plenty of scratch for smart bombs and drones, and more than enough to depose leaders we don’t like and replace them with puppet governments. What we don’t have is plenty of money to ensure that successful teachers like myself don’t get laid off due to budgetary concerns brought on by what can only be described a genuine political apathy towards education.

    We need children to grow up in a country that is not perpetually at war, and for those children to one day become CEOs, bankers, teachers, and even future Presidents of the United States. What we don’t need is for them to believe (or know) that their government cares more for children and adults thousands of miles away more than those right at their doorstep.

    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.

    Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

    Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

    Mercedes-Benz always has an exciting display!
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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

    Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

    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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