Yes, the Sundance Film Festival felt like Hell’s Half Mile

It was my first time at The Sundance Film Festival. The festival. It’s one of the biggest and most prominent film festivals in the world. It’s the film festival that kicks off the year’s hot film properties and launches careers, and it was my first time there. And, yes. I saw Robert Redford. But the most amazing thing (and I … Read More

Detroit’s Jamaican Queens to Kick Off Music for HHM9

What better group to kick off the music side of the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival than this sensory-stimulating trio?  Jamaican Queens—vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ryan Spencer, guitarist/bassist Adam Pressley and drummer Ryan Clancy—deal in nuanced and trippy electro pop that is as catchy as it is experimental, merging disparate styles into an infectious concoction. Frequently bittersweet and always captivating, they master … Read More

HHM8 alumni Flint Eastwood, the Wild Finish have new EPs reviewed in PopMatters

Two HHM8 alumni recently released a pair of new EPs, each of which garnered some wider press in the form of reviews on PopMatters. Chicago’s the Wild Finish, which brought their brand of adult-contemporary punk to Old City Hall during the festival’s Friday night showcase, officially released their sophomore, five-song record The Jacket on Oct. 8. Detroit quartet Flint Eastwood played … Read More