Mike G

Mike G

Mike G is a songwriter and local musician, freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, lover of travel, and a terrible mechanic. When MJ graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Creative Writing, he was immediately barraged with 'questions' of "What are you gonna do, teach?" He is determined to not get a job teaching. So far, so good. With music, MJ's traveled the country touring on his songs. Having spent time in places from Chicago to Seattle, LA to New Orleans, and Nashville to NYC, he is convinced that Detroit and its 'burbs have the the highest concentration of 'native' songwriting talent anywhere. Eat it, New York. You too, LA. MJ started writing for the Urbane Life in the summer of 2011. He also writes for a handful of other websites as well as an immigration lawyer. He used to work in a publishing house. He's glad he's out.

Royal Oak Music City: March

Built in 1928, the Royal Oak Music Theatre started out as a grand movie house typical of its era. Though it still hosts the occasional movie, the Royal Oak Music Theatre is now known for much, much more. Comedy nights, private parties, heck, even boxing routinely draws big crowds. What it’s really known for, though,…

Motor City Meltdown: Music for 3/10 – 3/16

Detroit’s known for a lot of things: Cars, cars, and, oh yeah, cars. But wait! There’s more . . . Music! Detroit’s produced as many great musicians as it has cars, easy. And not just the city, but the metro region as a whole. Let’s see what’s happening this week. Monday, 3/10 Arcade Fire at…

1st Annual Hamtramck Music Festival Line-up

Baker Streetcar Bar 21+ Friday 12:45 Pewter Cub 11:45 Six and the Sevens 10:45 Bricktown Station 09:45 Bison Machine 08:45 Humming House Saturday 12:30 Oak Bones 11:30 Characteristics 10:30 Jesus Chainsaw Massacre 09:30 Barrel Brothers Street Band Cafe 1923 All Ages, wristband vendor through 3/6 Friday 07:15 Little Animal 06:30 Divine Comedians 05:45 Emily Infinity…

Indie Movie Round-up: March

Most every town has a giant movie multiplex but there’s only one Main Art. Independent movie lovers from all over the region felt their pulse quicken a little when they saw the construction begin on the Emagine entertainment complex–directly behind one of Metro Detroit’s longest tenured and most popular art house movie theaters, no less.…

Motor City Meltdown: Music for 3/3 – 3/9

Detroit’s known for a lot of things: Cars, cars, and, oh yeah, cars. But wait! There’s more . . . Music! Detroit’s produced as many great musicians as it has cars, easy. And not just the city, but the metro region as a whole. Let’s see what’s happening this week. Monday, 3/3 Slow Jam Night…

Royal Oak’s Blackfinn Re-opens as Blackfinn Ameripub

If you’re a fan of Royal Oak hotspot Blackfinn, you’ve probably taken a moment and looked around you: Your best friends, single people, big ol’ TVs, and great drinks. Chances are you’ve thought, man, it doesn’t get better than this. Well, guess what: It does. The popular nightlife chain Blackfinn has transformed its Royal Oak…

Detroit Tigers Spring Training Schedule

Believe it or not–Polar Freakin’ Vortex–spring is just around the corner. How do we know? Your Detroit Tigers have reported to spring training.  Thinking of taking a trip to the warm climes of Florida to catch a few games? Here’s the spring training schedule for the team. P.S. — Please take us with you! Tuesday,…

How to Decorate a Small Space

  I was looking to spruce up the the old apartment and found these tips online. What do you do to decorate your apartment? 1. pick a color scheme. Picking a color scheme is a good idea for a few reasons. First of all, it makes things easier by acting as a guide for your decorating (helping…

Motor City Meltdown: Music for 2/24 – 3/2

Detroit’s known for a lot of things: Cars, cars, and, oh yeah, cars. But wait! There’s more . . . Music! Detroit’s produced as many great musicians as it has cars, easy. And not just the city, but the metro region as a whole. Let’s see what’s happening this week. Monday, 2/24 Slow Jam Night…

Motor City Meltdown: Music for 2/17 – 2/23

Detroit’s known for a lot of things: Cars, cars, and, oh yeah, cars. But wait! There’s more . . . Music! Detroit’s produced as many great musicians as it has cars, easy. And not just the city, but the metro region as a whole. Let’s see what’s happening this week. Monday, 2/17 Slow Jam Night…

Indie Movie Round-up: February

Most every town has a giant movie multiplex but there’s only one Main Art. Independent movie lovers from all over the region felt their pulse quicken a little when they saw the construction begin on the Emagine entertainment complex–directly behind one of Metro Detroit’s longest tenured and most popular art house movie theaters, no less.…

Royal Oak Music City: February

Built in 1928, the Royal Oak Music Theatre started out as a grand movie house typical of its era. Though it still hosts the occasional movie, the Royal Oak Music Theatre is now known for much, much more. Comedy nights, private parties, heck, even boxing routinely draws big crowds. What it’s really known for, though,…