Metalism for kids
Detroit club kids love getting beat on. At an after-party for Movement 2004, one of the bloodiest assaults came at the hands of Speedy J and Chris Liebing, mild-mannered cats from Holland and Germany, respectively. These two Euro sweethearts punched up a squiggly crowd of loonies at St. Andrews Hall with four hours of psychedelicized synth lines, punishing kick drums and distorted bass vibrations performed at 150 bpm (thats beats per minute). It was hypnotic, dangerous fun meant to stand body hairs on end. And it did. Liebing calls this techno style Schranz,which sounds German but has no meaning in any language. Fucked-up is what its called in the motorized city.
Liebing and Speedy Js new full-length, Metalism, is released Nov. 28 on Novamute. Its brutal and beautiful, as fast as modern life can possibly get (see the song Cream 3), before it tires briefly, then lifts off again on Eventide. Weird titles like Tunox and Acid Trezcore contain hard-charging jams intended to seduce you, to draw you as close to the speakers as you can stand; and the 12-minute Assault sizzles and shimmers like a bullet train gliding through the countryside between Frankfurt and Rotterdam. Dare to come see the sonic spectacle roll in real time Nov. 19, at the Masonic, 500 Temple St., Detroit; 313-832-7100. Its a Paxahau show called Choice Machinery. Sound is by Burst. 18-plus. Doors: 10 p.m.
More is more
If you crave more mayhem after that, then more mayhem is what will come. Nocturnal Sounds, a local promotions group that brought Bryan Zentz to town for Halloween (and has booked the equally lacerating Adam Beyer for Dec. 10), presents an expected wild night of drum n bass vs. electro. The program spotlights the Ann Arbor-based duo Soundmurderer (Tadd Mullinix and Todd Osborn) doing a live set; and Punisher and Kero also performing live. Featuring Justin Kruse, Darkcube, T. Linder, Benji Hayes and others. Nov. 26, Corktown Tavern, 1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5103. Cheap cover ($5) with a can of food; $7 without or after midnight. 18-plus.
Its the D, L-U-V
One of the hardest-working crews on Planet Detroit Techno devotes time and energy to keeping the forum and announcement board called DLuv alive on the Web. You want to know whos rotating, doing residencies or one-offs around the local club and party scene, then you need to hit detroitluv.com.
Detroit Luvs monthly parties dubbed Bandwidth arent bad either. The November edition, subtitled Back to the Cave, features Twonz, Jared Wilson, T. Linder, Sindrone, Matt Clarke, John Johr and Jeremy Christian. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Works, 1846 Michigan, Detroit; 313-961-1742
Trippin on tryptophan
The heat has been rising since mid-summer at the Hub, where Eddie Flashin Fowlkes another techno original from Belleville (where he skipped stones on the lake with Atkins, May and Saunderson) has been slinging the old-school tech and nu wave house with special guests like Aaron-Carl and Delano Smith. The post-Thanksgiving event will also be a 20th reunion party for all you smarty-pants 1985 Cass Tech grads. The night features sets by Fowlkes and guests Mikael Thornton and fun-loving chain-smoker Norm Talley. Friday, Nov. 25, the Hub, 1344 Broadway, Detroit; 313-961-2000.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Dominate/Submit II: Adam X — Live, Monolith — Live. T. Linder, TS-1. Special appearance: dominatrix Lady Wrath of Noir Leather. The Labyrinth, 400 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-438-6153. 18+. $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after.
Recloose, Szymanski, E. Spleece. The Bat Lounge, 1326 Brush St., Detroit; 313-964-4733. 9 p.m. $5.
Cratesavers record release party. Keith Tucker, James Pennington (aka Suburban Knight) and Arthur Oskan (live set). The Hub, 1344 Broadway Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2000.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Sonoroussouse: Scott Ferguson (Ferris Park Records). Cass Café, 4620 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-1400. 9 p.m. Free.
Wednesday Nov. 23
Spectacles Anniversary Party: Korie and Al Ester. Oslo, 1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-963-0900.
Friday, Nov. 25
Det.Raum: Andreas Tilliander, Oliver Hacke, Jesse Somfay, Kate Simko, Ryan Crossen, Kero. Corktown Tavern, 1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5103. 10 p.m. $7 presale at Neptune Records. 9 p.m. $7.
Friday, Nov. 26
DEQ Rollout No. 3: Anthony "Shake" Shakir, B. Bonds and Patrick Russell. Cass Cafe, 4620 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-1400. 10 p.m. $6 includes magazine.