News Month: October 2011



In this blog post I’m going to sell the fact that Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson are performing together under their Hi Tek Soul monicker on Saturday, November 12th. OK, where do I start? Saunderson and May were two of the people who originated Detroit techno. Right, that’s pretty much it. Next blog post.

But seriously, these two men were present at the birth of techno and because they enjoy playing music together they’ve taken their thang on the road. With a set up that includes four decks, four CD players, a drum machine, and a keyboard they are going to make some righteous noise. If you’ve thrilled to, or been wowed by, Detroit techno in the past then this should be something to check out. Down the years, and especially since their original material began coming out in the late ’80s these two men have been in-demand djs all over … Read more ›
I’m sure you’ve had a boogie, you’ve been to night where the djs were playing boogie, and you might have seen the movie Boogie Nights, but — and it’s a big but — have you ever had a woogie? Eh, huh, mmm? I don’t want to be presumptuous but I’d wager the answer is no. Well your chance to experience a woogie has arrived. On Saturday, the 22nd of Rocktober we at the Works will host a party called, yeah, you guessed it, Woogie Nights.

Woogie Nights is a joint venture in the Oddjob Loft by Pocket Underground and The Do LaB. It features the legendary talents of Pumpkin, Android Cartel, Sammy Bliss and Gravity. All four of these folks/entities/artists has mad skills in rocking the crowd and will do so on Saturday, you betcha. Pumpkin has already played for us and rocked it hard. Sammy … Read more ›
Indeed, a succinct and well-balanced question, fair and balanced even. Why would you just settle for a rave when you could have a fantastic, all-inclusive, 360 degree Rebelrave? The answer is that you wouldn’t settle, you would opt for the Rebelrave and you’d be right. You would be making the correct consumer choice in relation to raving. So we at the Works, in conjunction with Scion, have decided to step in — as befits free market, equal access to raving — and offer one doozy of a rave on Friday, October 21st.

You don’t have to necessarily be a rebel, though it would be no harm to be one of those people described as ‘edgy.’ However we’d hope that you don’t actually have edges, sharp ones that we could cut ourselves on. Like one minute we’re asking you, “Well what about those goddurned Giants eh?” and the next minute blood … Read more ›


On Friday, October 14th As You Like It come correct again with another sterling line up comprised of local and out-of-town talent. The night is in conjunction with Heidi’s Jackathon tour, also features Amsterdam-based Boris Werner, local trailblazers Bells & Whistles and Adnan. In the Oddjob Loft there’s Mozaic, MossMoss and Honey Soundsystem. A top-notch night for what should be a marathon night, like all the AYLIs in the past.

For the best part of the last decade Heidi has been plying her trade as a first-class deck technician. She hails from Windsor, Ontario, the same town that gave us Richie Hawtin and a Canadian city that is close enough to Detroit to absorb that city’s abstract form of funk. Though she came up as an Indie rock girl it wasn’t long before she caught the house and techno bug and a trip to the UK in ’97 reinforced this. In 2000 … Read more ›
On Friday, October 14th As You Like It come correct again with another sterling line up comprised of local and out-of-town talent. The night is in conjunction with Heidi’s Jackathon tour, also features Amsterdam-based Boris Werner, local trailblazers Bells & Whistles and Adnan. In the Oddjob Loft there’s Mozaic, MossMoss and Honey Soundsystem. A top-notch night for what should be a marathon night, like all the AYLIs in the past.

For the best part of the last decade Heidi has been plying her trade as a first-class deck technician. She hails from Windsor, Ontario, the same town that gave us Richie Hawtin and a Canadian city that is close enough to Detroit to absorb that city’s abstract form of funk. Though she came up as an Indie rock girl it wasn’t long before she caught the house and techno bug and a trip to the UK in ’97 reinforced this. … Read more ›
Do you remember the last time you heard a dj spin a clutch of genres effortlessly and with party-rockin’ finesse? Right, neither do I. In these generic “let’s program music like top 40 radio ” times it’s a rare and beautiful thing to hear a dj just mash it up and swish it around. But wait, I do remember the last time I heard a dj really do this. It was on August the 13th at the Works and that dj was ?uestlove from the Roots. In the space of one glorious three hour span he worked hip-hop, house, funk, indie rock, the Cure, pop, soul, r&b and disco into one glorious stew that made you scratch your head — while you wound your waste, shook your butt and marveled at the versatility and technical adroitness of the man.

Well on Saturday, October 8th, thanks to Read more ›
Do you like bikes? And do you like beats? Simply put, how could you dislike either? How could you? — I just like saying, or writing, “How could you?” Then I imagine my mascara running down my face as I sit with a bottle of whisky in front of me. OK, moving swiftly along. Well, if you like both of these things — though if there were a grip of bikes and a gang o’ beats then ‘both’ wouldn’t really cover that, right? But if you do be liking those there things that I have just referred to then does the Works have a treat in store for you or what.

On Friday, October 7th Public Works in conjunction with Bikes & Beats is throwing a tasty shindig devoted namely to bikes and beats. The line-up is quite special and is comprised of J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science live, … Read more ›