By Alexis Simpson
We started our Movement weekend off at the new Populux bar which used to be the Magic Stick. The roster of Acquaviva, Bell and Pullen was solid so we figured we would get the party kicked off early since since Movement didin’t officially start until Saturday.
When I first found out that the Magic Stick was closing, at first I didn’t dwell on the fact that I had many great memories from that place. When checking out Populux for the first time, those memories surprisingly came flooding back. The staircase where I shot shows from like the Death Grips was still there…I remembered when Nardo and I hung out with the Black Angels, and I got to talk with their talented female drummer. I thought about the time I shot Surfer Blood, and now one of their members has a bad form of cancer. Or how about when I get to photograph Wanda Jackson, a legend in her own right. Despite all of these good memories of the Magic Stick, I still enjoyed our time at Populux. Populux has it’s own sentimental value because the owner, Amir, is the uncle of one of my high school friends. Amir used to get us into clubs like Industry in Pontiac way before I ever dreamed I would get to work in the music industry. Despite that it was 1am, we saw Amir at his new club taking in the crowd. He was photographing the crowd and taking pictures. It was inspiring to see a businessman well past 70+ working so late and loving what he was doing. His work shows. Populux looks amazing, the staff was on point, and he is booking excellent talent. Out with the old, in with the new.
Speaking of old, after Populux we went over to TV Lounge which used to be one of our fave spots. Not anymore. Poor TV is about to lose all their decent bookings to Populux because it has gone downhill. TV Lounge has become more like a frat bar, where you have to fight for a drink, and spend an even longer time waiting in line for the bathroom. TV Lounge has only 3 bathrooms for a zillion patrons. Their bartenders looked a little worse for the wear, especially when compared to the smooth and friendly bar staff at Populux. All drinks were served in these sad little plastic cups with lots of ice. It was sad.
Movement weekend wouldn’t be Movement weekend without a stop at The Works. Those that frequent The Works know the main benefits of The Works which don’t need to be written out:) I went to see DJ Assault and DJ Pig & Dan. DJ Assault played a surprisingly lame set which focused on lame 90’s songs like “The Tootsie Roll” and “Da Dip.” Perhaps Assault thought this is what the Movement crowd would want? Oh well, DJ Assault usually is badazz so he is forgiven. The Works is still one of our fave spots, and Populux may just be moving into spot #2. Let us know if you have any other recommendations…
Lastly, I only made it to Movement on Sunday for Danny Brown, Eddie Fowlkes, Loco Dice, Dog Blood and Juan Atkins. Below are the pictures from that!
DOG BLOOD (SKRILLEX + BOYZ NOIZE)
JUAN ATKINS MODEL 500