The latest Muggs press from around the World:
- S.U.B. review from Spain
- French S.U.B. review
- Yet another review from Germany!
- S.U.B. review from Germany
- Review from Spain
- Review of S.U.B. from Spain
- Review from Germany
- "Straight Up Boogaloo" review from Russia with love
- "Straight Up Boogaloo" review from Spain
- "Straight Up Boogaloo" review from Brazil
- German review of "Straight Up Boogaloo"
- French review of "Straight Up Boogaloo"
- Review of "Straight Up Boogaloo" at Metalcry
- "Straight Up Boogaloo" review on Rock And Roll Army
- "Straight Up Boogaloo" review from the Netherlands
- Metal Imperium "Straight Up Boogaloo" Review
- Interview with Greek Blues website
- "Full Tilt" review from the Netherlands
- Zaragoza, Spain: Live Performance Review
- "Full Tilt" review from Germany
- Review of Madrid show
- Rocksound in Barcelona review
- Another Kafé Antzokia review
- The Muggs at Kafé Antzokia in Bilbao
- The Muggs en Avilés (El Club del Niemeyer)
- Review of "Full Tilt" from Deutschland
- Here comes the Muggs!
- French review of "Full Tilt"
- German review of "Full Tilt"
- Tour Tales: The Muggs
- Born Ugly review on The Rock and Roll Report
- Interview with Danny Muggs
- German review for our upcoming tour
- Poster for the 2012 Born Ugly Spain Tour
- Review of Born Ugly by Metalcry
- Post Cactus Show
- French review of Born Ugly on Desert-Rock.com
- Review of Born Ugly by Spanish online mag Rock And Roll Army
- Born Ugly Review from
French site RawPowerMagazine
- Born Ugly Review from
- Review on the French site
- Born Ugly review on Spanish site 'Metal 4 All'
- Born Ugly review on MotorCityBlog
- AllMusic.com review
- Interview: MusicWaves (France)
- Shout out from Dr. Bristol
- Review on the French site "Music Waves"
- Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week!
- In Sweden? Purchase our albums here: www.recordheaven.net (under "hot items")
- Indie Music Spotlight Video
- A1 Artist Spotlight (includes podcast interview with Danny)
- 2008 DMA's in Spin Magazine
- Metro Times Cover Story
April 28, 2016
Our very own Danny Muggs has been voted Best Guitarist in Metro Times' Best of Detroit 2016!!! Congratulations Danny!
April 21, 2016
Here's a Muggs' interview for World Wide Rock Magazine.
April 17, 2016
Check out The Ultimate Bungee jumping video with Vertigo Bungee! to hear our songs "Motown Blues" and "Get It On"!
March 8, 2016
Hey you muggs!
Here it is. The Muggs - 6 To Midnite (Official Music Video) !!!
Please watch it, share it around on FB, Twitter, email to your rock 'n roll pals and so forth.
Encourage all your friends to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well.
Dannymuggs along with our friend William Hynde (Fat Robin Photography) shot and directed this video with the help of some other very talented local Detroit musicians and horror fans alike.
And here's some articles about it:
Metro Times: The Muggs unveil an epic new music video for "6 to Midnite"
Deep Cutz: The Muggs – 6 to Midnite
Foto Conciertos: THE MUGGS muestran el vídeo de “6 To Midnite”
September 16, 2015
The Maverick Soul Hour on madhousetv.com with The Muggs!:
September 4, 2015
July 12, 2015
June 28, 2015
June 14, 2015
We're back from Europe! We had a blast supporting our new record! Here's some reviews and photos of some of our shows in Spain:
Barcelona show at Rocksound Music Bar on the Infernal Days website
Jimmy Jazz in Vitoria in Basque Country on the Insonoro website
Some photos of the show in Vitoria on the Rhythm and Photos website
Garage Beat Music in Murcia on the Foto Conciertos website
June 3, 2015
Hello from Germany!
Here's a quick interview on the Berlin Loves You site.
May 17, 2015
May 15, 2015
Greetings from Santander, Spain! Check out our latest review from National Rock Review.
May 5, 2015
Straight Up Boogaloo review from I-94 Bar in Australia!
May 4, 2015
May 3, 2015
Here's an awesome review of Straight Up Boogaloo by Guitar Radio Show!
April 28, 2015
Three new interviews!
From Hip In Detroit, the Spanish mag Rock and Roll Army, and Rock Melodico in Argentina.
Here's a quick review of our show with Cactus on April 11th, from National Rock Review.
And just a reminder that all of our foreign interviews and reviews are translated on our Muggs' Facebook page!
April 19, 2015
The Muggs show review 4/11/2015. How cool. Pubs/Mags should be more like Life in Michigan ! These cats rule! No one reviews shows anymore. Bravo!
April 15, 2015
March 26, 2015
This next one is the first song on our new album!
March 15, 2015
We're less than a week away from our record release party at The Magic Bag on March 21st, 2015! Here's a quick article about The Muggs on the Motor City Musicians blog, along with an embed of our interview for MCM-TV.
Also know that you can check our Facebook page for translated versions of our foreign reviews.
February 22, 2015
Here's the link to the Bellyache Pre-Order for the Straight Up Boogaloo LP/Download:
There are only 200 green vinyl editions and only 100 will be sold online. There is a pull down menu, next to the add to cart button, for the customer to select Green or Black vinyl.
February 21, 2015
hey you muggs!
We are pleased to announce our new studio album, Straight Up Boogaloo, will be available for purchase in CD/Vinyl/Downloads on Saturday March 21st, 2015.
We are also having our album release party on that date! Here's the info:
Date: Saturday, March 21st 2015
Where: The Magic Bag Theater in Ferndale, MI.
wsg: The Scrappers
Doors: 8pm. 18+ welcome.
Here's the link to pre-sale tickets:
We'll be releasing a few of our new tracks on podcasts, internet radio, and through reviews that include a track from various magazines leading up to our release party.
We'll post these links to our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/themuggs
and right here on www.themuggs.com
Any questions please feel free to email me directly.
February 15, 2015
Check the Muggs cover of The Beatles' Yer Blues out here: http://www.onlyacoversong.com/.
Go to the Downloads/Store page and scroll to the bottom to download Episode 84 (The Two-Year Anniversary episode).
It's also available streaming on tunein.com and we appear about the 48:30 mark.
February 14, 2015
May 8, 2014
Here's a quick review of Full Tilt on the Classic Rock blog "Let It Rock".
And this is pretty cool: the Muggs' song "Motown Blues" off of our 2nd LP On With The Show was featured in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about the Detroit Pistons' 'Bad Boys' era. Our song plays alongside Kid Rock's narrative about our home city's struggles.
March 21, 2014
Be sure to listen for a bunch of Muggs' songs on tonight's (6:00pm ET) "Chopper Trike" episode of Full Custom Garage on MAVTV.
March 18, 2014
Check it out: the Muggs' song "Get It On" is used for Dee Snider's intro music at around the 11:00 minute mark on VH1’s That Metal Show episode 1309!
December 30, 2013
Thanks to WDIV, Metro Detroit's Channel 4 for voting and awarding the Muggs 2013 Best Original Rock Band.
November 6, 2013
Here's our video interview by StuLicker Music Review backstage at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI: http://www.stulicker.com/stu-blog/2013/11/1/the-muggs-interview
July 18, 2013
The Muggs’ song “Slow Curve” will be featured in the Disney film ECHO.
July 13, 2013
June 27, 2013
June 20, 2013
hey you Muggs!
We are back from our triumphant 2013 Full Tilt Spanish & European tour!
26 shows in 31 days! Representing Detroit loud and proud! We toured from May 9th to June 8th 2013.
Needless to say, Europe was amazing. We turned many a promoter's head and the fans (just like in Detroit) were so supportive and amazing. We kept somewhat of a video tour diary on my page of Facebook. Just go to TonyMuggs' page on FB.
May 7, 2013
May 6, 2013
Hello European Muggs' Fans. Unfortunately, due to a postal cost increase we are forced to raise shipping prices on merchandise shipped to overseas addresses to $10. Our apologies, as this is beyond our control — thank you for your continued support!
April 21, 2013
The Muggs win 2013 Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist/Group & Tonymuggs wins Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist at the 2013 Detroit Music Awards.
April 16, 2013
April 11, 2013
March 16, 2013
6 to Midnite by The Muggs, Live at Trackside Studios near Huntington, WV
January 22, 2013
Hey you muggs! Yep, it's true. We landed a Chevy commercial! It's a regional commercial. We are so thankful. Thanks to all parties involved in getting us this gig.
Here's an article about it and here's the commercial:
January 14, 2013
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM BELLYACHE RECORDS: THE MUGGS - "Full Tilt!" 2xLP
The Muggs have recorded their first-ever live album at their home turf of the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit, Michigan! The fellas wailed through 2 lengthy sets featuring tunes from the bands Self-Titled, "On With The Show" & "Born Ugly" albums as well as some of their favorite cover tunes and a few other forgotten gems! All the magic was captured and we will be delivering it to you via LP and CD!
Bellyache Records is proud to be bring you the vinyl version, which will be a Double LP (Limited to 500 copies worldwide) housed in a full color Gatefold Jacket! We are now taking Pre-Orders for the 2xLP entitled, "FULL TILT!".
Bellyache Records wants to treat the fans to a few extra goodies to those who Pre-Order the 2xLP set.
ALL PRE-ORDERS INCLUDE:
(1) GATEFOLD LP JACKET SIGNED BY THE MUGGS (PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE)
(2) LIMITED EDITION 11"x17" POSTER (PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE)
(3) LIMITED EDITION 2.25" KING SIZE BADGE (PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE)
1) 6 To Midnite
2) Sturm Und Drang
3) Hats Off To Mr. Beardsley
4) Born Ugly
1) Kitchen Sink Blues
2) Leanin’ Blues
4) Gonna Need My Help
1) Get It On
2) Need Ya Baby
3) Never Know Why
1) I Take What I Want
2) Down Below
3) Doc Mode
Shipping begins in Late March 2013!!! CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY!!!!
Be sure to visit the all new www.bellyacherecords.com for more info and other great titles on Bellyache Records!
December 19, 2012
hey you muggs!
We are so excited to bring you our 4th full length release... FULL TILT!
These songs encapsulate the essence of the Muggs LIVE sound. Heavy guitar, bombastic Rhodes bass and big drums! With Danny howling on the mic and all things are right with the world. We invite you and yer friends to experience this LIVE record with us and our amazing friends.
Date: Friday, April 26th, 2013
Location: Magic Bag Theatre in Ferndale, MI. (on Woodward Ave just north of 9 Mile rd. on the east side of the street)
Here is the link for pre-sale tickets:
As always, we encourage everyone to get tix in advance (plus it makes us look good to the venue... haha) This will be our going away party as well. We are leaving in early May 2013 to tour this new LP in Europe.
Best, the Muggs
September 4, 2012
Hey you muggs! We're inviting you to be a part of a LIVE RECORDING at the world famous Cadieux Cafe in Detroit, Michigan. We have been listening to your requests over the years and we are finally ready to throw down and give you what you've been asking for... a Live Album!
The Live Recording will take place on Saturday, October 20th, 2012. It will be our next official album release. Doors open at 8pm. Pre-sale tix are only $10 and are [SOLD OUT]. Just pick your quantity and order your tickets today! Please be sure to give us your mailing address when purchasing your tickets online.
Tickets purchased the night of this event are $15[SOLD OUT]. There are only 200 tickets available so please keep in mind that if there is a sellout, no additional fans can enter. The Muggs will start promptly at 10pm so please come early. Each ticket will be numbered. With the purchase of your ticket, you will be able to redeem a Muggs Limited Edition hand numbered poster! To redeem your poster, simply show your numbered ticket at our merchandise table and you will get the numbered poster that matches your numbered ticket. You will have to present your ticket to redeem your poster, no exceptions. This is a LIVE RECORDING so applause are very appreciated. Questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
August 31, 2012
**ATTENTION MUGGS FANS WORLDWIDE**
If you've ever seen and liked The Muggs' poster and album artwork, please visit Esoterica Design on Facebook. We in The Muggs camp recommend that you like the page and view the various Muggs designs and other works.
Support Local Art and Music!
August 21, 2012
Here's an ad for the Zoo Brew at the Detroit Zoo show, where we're playing with The Hard Lessons on Friday, September 28th.
July 13, 2012
A fan review of our show at Sala El Sol in Madrid, Spain:
June 19, 2012
May 8, 2012
Here's an interview with our own Danny Muggs in Spanish Magazine Rock and Roll Army in anticipation of our 2012 European Tour:
RaRA: In a few days you are touring Spain again for the third time. What do you think about our country? Do you think it's a great place for Rock n Roll? DannyMuggs: We truly love Spain. The architecture is beautiful and its history is fascinating. We can't wait to get back there to explore the various cities... each one has its own unique charm. It's very exciting for boys from Detroit to immerse themselves in Spanish culture. It is such a thrill for us. Plus, Spain is such a great place to play. For some reason, the people of Spain really appreciate bluesy rock and roll, moreso than in the United States.
RaRA: This is going to be your largest tour of Spain until now. What do you expect? DannyMuggs: This is the longest tour we have ever done. It will be a lot of work and travel but we are really excited. We get to play cities we have never been to as well as cities we love like Madrid and Barcelona. We would tour Spain twice a year if we could. It's like a rock-and-roll vacation. We look forward to meeting new people and visiting some old friends. Plus, we have a new record to promote. It will be exciting to play these new songs for our friends and fans in Spain.
RaRA: Do you feel you are becoming bigger between Spanish Rock and Roll fans every time you come back around here? DannyMuggs: We have been very lucky because the Spanish rock fans have been very enthusiastic at all of our shows. Each tour has been better than the last and we hope this upcoming tour will be the best yet. We really feed off the energy of the Spanish rock fans and it really inspires us to put on a great show.
RaRA: Your last album was "Born Ugly", what are the main differences with your previous two albums? DannyMuggs: "Born Ugly" was the first time that we attempted to make a concept record where all the songs are intertwined thematically. It was a challenge but we are very happy with how it turned out. Songs like 'Blood Meridian', 'Dear Theo', 'Sturm Und Drang', and 'Hats Off To Mr. Beardsley' are all linked to certain art movements and literature that i had been reading at the time. The first two albums were collections of blues-rock songs but 'Born Ugly' is an attempt at a unified concept with a beginning and an end. It was a challenge but so much fun to try.
RaRA: We can still hear that Zeppelin-esque sound, but I think this album sounds more heavier than "On with the Show" for instance. Do you agree? DannyMuggs: This is our first record with our new drummer Todd Glass who joined us two years ago. Todd is amazing and has a very unique drumming style. His drumming has elements of Keith Moon, Mick Fleetwood, and Bill Ward. so we experimented with heavier arrangements like Black Sabbath, Free and The Who. We also produced the record with Detroit legend Jim Diamond. Jim really produced this record like a late 60s heavy rock band and we think it came out fantastic. All of these factors really contributed to the heaviness of this record.
RaRA: Last time we interviewed you in 2010 you said you were seeking for a label to release the album, and finally "Born Ugly" was again self released. Are the times hard for a band like yours? Is there a future for Rock and Roll? DannyMuggs: Times are very hard for anybody that is playing real rock and roll. The rise of the internet and the collapse of the record industry really has made it a challenge to stay afloat in the music business. But there are still amazing rock bands all over. You just have to seek them out yourself. It is actually easier to put out a record on your own with the new technology. The challenge is finding an audience. But if you write good songs and can put on an honest, energetic show, the audience will find you. That's what we believe, anyway. At least we get to make the music we want without a label telling us what to play. There is a certain dignity in that. We're gonna rock all the way to the poorhouse!
RaRA: By the way, "Born Ugly" was released in 2011. Are you working on new material? DannyMuggs: We have been touring pretty heavily in support of the new record so we haven't had much of a chance to rehearse new music. But I am always always writing. The next record will be very bluesy in nature. At least that is how the new songs are sounding in my head so far. Hopefully we can have something new by the end of the year. Dare to dream.
RaRA: So what's next for The Muggs apart from this European and Spanish tour? DannyMuggs: We will probably do some more touring throughout the United States to promote "Born Ugly". We would love to go on tour with a great band that we are similar to, like the Black Keys or the Derek Trucks band. Other than that, this Spanish tour is the highlight of our present careers. It just doesn't get any better than a Spanish tour.
RaRA: What kind of set list are we going to see on this tour? Are you going to play songs from the three albums? DannyMuggs: We will definitely be playing songs from all three albums. We have been rehearsing very hard for this tour. We want to be prepared to play any song, just in case someone has a song request. We also like to play a different show every night just to keep things fresh and challenging. We will also be playing covers from some of our favorite bands like the Beatles, Rory Gallagher, Cream, Savoy Brown, the James Gang and Free. Anything that makes for a great blues-rock show.
RaRA: Ok, we are ending this interview, any last words for your Spanish fans? DannyMuggs: Put on your dancing shoes 'cause here come the Muggs!!!!!!!!!
RaRA: Thank you very much Danny, see you in a few days! DannyMuggs: And thank you as well. We are sooo excited.
April 17, 2012
Pre-European tour, here's a Muggs interview by Alfred Crespo on the Spanish site "Rute 66".
February 25, 2012
February 10, 2012
Here's our Motown Winter Blast Band Preview on the site "The Urbane Life".
September 24, 2011
Hey you muggs! It seems all you muggs have spoken and me, Dannymuggs, Todd and I have been listening to you muggs!
The Muggs are pleased to announce our own Merch Store at Cafepress. This is yet another "wishlist" Muggs store for the uber Muggs fan.
Please check out our products & please feel free to make suggestions (any product with any particular logo) if you so wish. Send suggestions to: Subject: Cafepress suggestions
The products will grow over time but yer suggestions are the best way to get you (the fan) exactly what you want! Dig it? I know you do!!!! www.cafepress.com/TheMuggsOnlineStore
September 22, 2011
Hey all you muggs! We will be online streaming all of our songs on Saturday night the 24th of September from 2am til 8am on Dr. Rock & the Medicine Show at KZUM in Omaha, Nebraska. (So technically it is Sunday the 25th of September). Here's the info from Dr. Rock:
KZUM's "Dr. Rock & the Medicine Show" airs every Saturday night at midnight, and runs all the way until 6am on Sunday mornings. These times are Central Time. While we are a terrestrial radio station, we also stream our signal live @ www.kzum.org. I have been recording my shows and then making them available @ drrock.podomatic.com. Each show is available for listening for the entire following week after the initial broadcast on KZUM.
September 19, 2011
Hey all you muggs! We (The Muggs) have a side project that we do a couple times a year that always seems to occur around November/December: The Rattlesnake Shake, a Peter Green Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. The Muggs plus Brett Lucas (world class guitarist currently with Motown great Bettye LaVette) perform all the great songs written by Peter Green, Danny Kirwan & Jeremy Spencer, including Black Magic Woman (made popular by Santana), Rattlesnake Shake, Green Manalishi, Albatross, Only You, I Can't Hold Out & the list goes on...
June 18, 2011
The latest review for The Muggs' latest album, Born Ugly: from 'Loud Reviews'
May 30, 2011
Review in German from the site Hooked On Music.
May 14, 2011
Review for our latest album Born Ugly from William Bissonette of Planet Fuzz.
May 5, 2011
Thanks to all for making the release party for our 3rd full-length album Born Ugly a great success!
April 16, 2011
Congratulations to our great friend Jeffery Schultz for winning Outstanding Video / Independent Budget (Under $10,000) at the 2011 Detroit Music Awards for The Muggs - "Slow Curve"
March 4, 2011
The Muggs are happy to have worked with such a fine film as this one: The Waters Of Greenstone: The Long Way Home by Gambit Stone is an epic adventure of two friends as they make their journey through the wild, beautiful countrysides of New Zealand.
February 5, 2011
The Muggs play FeBREWary on Broadway @ Detroit Beer Co. located in downtown Detroit on Broadway Ave across from the Opera House on Saturday, February 12th @ 5pm. $10 gets you a FREE pint of yer liking, access to local guest beers, live entertainment @ 3pm, 5pm(the Muggs), and 7pm, complimentary food, and entry to a raffle to win valuable prizes, including tix to win MICHIGAN BREWERS GUILD WINTER BEER FESTIVAL IN GRAND RAPIDS!
December 28, 2010
Sorry about the lack of updates... just wanted to let you know that we are working hard in the studio cutting our 3rd LP, BORN UGLY. It should be available sometime in the Spring of 2011! Also, please email email@example.com if you're interested in purchasing our large variety of limited edition 11 x 17 rock posters.
August 23, 2010
Hey all you Muggs! We are proud to tell you we are having a "Slow Curve Video Release Party" at the world famous Cadieux Cafe this Friday, August 27th, 2010. The song "Slow Curve" is off our 2nd LP On With The Show. Our dear friend Jeffery Schultz filmed and directed this music video and has put together a DVD package that is truly amazing. Not only do you get to see "Slow Curve" the music video, this DVD also includes "Slow Curve Live" recorded at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, Michigan, "Laying It Down", a 16 minute documentary of the Muggs in studio recording Slow Curve and a bonus live track of "Never Know Why Live" recorded at St. Andrews Hall. All in all, over 32 minutes of the Muggs!
For our local fans that can't make our music video release party on August 27th, yer in luck! Jeffery Schultz is playing "Slow Curve the music video" at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, MI. on Tuesday, Sept 7th, 2010 for the Mitten Movie Project.
Thanks again to Jeffery Schultz ( www.knagenfilms.com )
August 7, 2010
The Muggs were in the July 20th episode of A&E's Gene Simmon's Family Jewels. They used a 10 second riff clip from the song "All Around You" off our 2nd LP On With The Show. Hail to the RIFF!!!!
June 29, 2010
Our dear friend Jeffery Schultz won "Best in Show Overall Shorts" at the 2010 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, with his film Bare Witness.
We are particularly excited because Jeffery and the Muggs have teamed up for a video of "Slow Curve" off our 2nd LP, On With The Show. The video is due out soon on DVD format with some extra Muggs goodies for the Über Muggs fan. Congrats Jeffery, Jen and the whole Knagen Film crew!
May 1, 2010
April 30, 2010
The Muggs are the RiO! (RockItOutBlog) Band of the Month for April 2010!
March 14, 2010
Another interview, pre-Spain, in Rock and Roll Army
February 16, 2010
From the latest Real Detroit Weekly: "'Bombastic' is truly the best word to describe these guys, with a sound that fills the room. It’s big — as though the speakers only go to 11 and then stay there — and there’s no stopping them."
February 3, 2010
Hey muggs! This footage is compliments of our friends at Life In Lansing! The show was at Mac's Bar in Lansing over this past weekend, Saturday, Jan 30th, 2010.
Muggs Live at Mac's Bar
December 20, 2009
Muggs Belt Buckles are now available in the Muggstore! Support the Muggs while increasing your fashion quotient! All the cool kids are wearing them!
December 7, 2009
FYI, your Muggs will be the featured artist this Friday, December 11th on the VARIETY channel on bmoreradio.com. The Walkman will be the DJ.
December 4, 2009
Chris Ewing has started a local radio show in Detroit called "the Radio Cafe". Please tune in and speak up and support Detroit music. The Muggs are a part of this program. The first show airs Monday, December 7th, 2009.
Go to www.theradiocafe.com/detroit.htm for the Detroit version of the show. Also, be sure to have your friends listen and vote for your song so that it will chart in the Top 10 and make it on to the show next week. They can also call in and make a request or leave a comment and be "on the air", too!
October 16, 2009
Stick It In Detroit — the Movie
The Muggs are proud to have 2 songs be represented in this hilarious movie. I was at the premiere on Weds. Oct 14th and I have to say this movie has legit national potential. The movie has no filler. Yer laughing the entire way through. The characters are memorable. The situations hysterical, and the soundtrack is all Detroit! See this movie, which I compare to Dazed & Confused, or even Caddyshack at moments but the thing is, it's funnier. Get behind this film people. Best, the Muggs
July 8, 2009
Here's our latest album review, from Ray's Realm:
Damn it, I shoulda paid attention! I knew Mrs. Bernard was right! Mrs. Bernard was my 5th grade teacher. She is no longer with us, God rest her soul, as I heard of her demise a few years ago in a local news article about the soup company she (post teaching career) and her son had run. She was a hard-ass, she screamed & yelled and scared the living shit out of every one of us piss-ass 5th graders but damn if she wasn't right. If there was something she said 1000 times, it was "Pay attention!" "PAY ATTENTION!!!" But did I? No. Last year, a guy I should listen to, a guy who knows music told me his favourite disc of the year was "On With The Show" by THE MUGGS. This was not just some fluke who came & went but a dude who's listening was known to include '70's hard rock hierarchy like Marcus, Target, Poobah, etc. But I basically blew him off! Why? Who friggin' knows, maybe I thought the band name was silly, but I should know better than that, right? Anyway, all the sudden not long ago, an email shows up in the ol' Realm-box saying "THE MUGGS have added you as a friend on Myspace." Hmm…wasn't that the band…yeah, yeah…and I jotted 'em a note. Sure enough a few days later, this piece of plastic by Detroit's self-proclaimed "ugliest band in the world" came sliding into my mailbox and…well, let's just say it hasn't left the player since.
I could do a lot of things right now, and I'll touch on several of them. I could begin by saying the intro to opening cut "Motown Blues" sounds like something off Cactus' '71 masterpiece "One Way Or Another." I could continue by saying that when the band kicks in on this song, the results are right up there with anything ever plastered by Day-McCarty-Bogert-&-Appice. Of course, I could touch on the fact that the guitar solo in this number alone has elevated Danny Methric to godlike status in my eyes already. I might add that the next song, "Slow Curve" is even better. Grand Funk? Never heard of 'em! Rockkicks? Who? James Gang? Joe Who, who was their guitarist? This shit'll make you start asking those kind of questions, that's the kind of ass it kicks. I could do a lot more things but the only one that I should do is take you by the hand, help you get your credit card out & direct you to the sites below. And we haven't even gotten to the middle-eastern guitar intro to the title song, sliding into the prime Status Quo boogie to follow, the tear-your-heart-out-gorgeous lament of "Curbside Constellation Blues" or the seething, paint-scraping "Never Know Why." The real point is that everywhere they touch on this disc, Methric, Tony DeNardo (Rhodes bass) & Matt Rost (drums) serve up a mega-watt dollup of bluesed-out, raw and heavy RAWK that will pin your eyelids back, make your eardrums history, rip the soul from your gut and ask questions later. Listen closely, my friends: Had this record been issued in 1972, it could have been in that year's Top 10. In 1972!!! If your record collection includes Stepson, Diamond Reo (not the country band, asswipe!) or early ZZ Top, this will sidle up nicely alongside each. If it doesn't, it will instantly become the best disc you own. The choice is your's to act, so don't let me say it again... PAY ATTENTION!
July 7, 2009
Hi Muggsters! Just a note to let you know that our song "Somewhere Down The Line" is included on iLLUMINA Records' "Michigan Rockers For Life" Compilation CD (for the Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign).
May 14, 2009
Hey all you muggs! We won "Best Indie Rock Band 2009" in Real Detroit Weekly! Thanks to Real Detroit Weekly and all of our wonderful fans all around the world!
April 20, 2009
Our latest album "On With The Show" won the Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording 2009" last Friday, April 17th.
February 17, 2009
Here's an interview with Danny Muggs his own self on Nightwatcher's House of Rock blog (interview after the article).
A review in French: Raw Power Magazine
January 26, 2009
Check it out: the Muggs are the "Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week!".
January 9, 2009
Happy New Year everyone! Here's another review from outside the U.S. - Germany to be precise: www.rocktimes.de/gesamt/m/muggs/on_with_the_show.html
Thanks for all yer support!
October 13, 2008
Hey all you Muggs,
We are happy to say that on Friday, October 17th, 2008 we are releasing 2 new songs from our "On With The Show" sessions in Detroit.
For those who collect vinyl, your ship has come in. These songs will be on a 7" vinyl A Side/B Side format.
BellyAcheCandyShoppe is the record label releasing these gems. For yer pre-order, go to: www.bellyachecandyshoppe.com
Thanks so much for supporting us! We're currently working on our next LP and seeking management. Hopefully, we'll be touring soon!
August 7, 2008
This is a translation of Janne Stark's upcoming review at metalcentral.net:
American band The Muggs call themselves "the ugliest band in the world" and surely enough they won't win any beauty contests or have a bunch of chicks on their tails because of their beautiful looks and flowing blond hair. Well, fuck that. When it comes to The Muggs, the music is more than enough. I was really into the band already on the self-titled debut, and the following live-DVD proved the band's qualities on stage as well. Now the follow-up "On With The Show" is here and in my opinion it does even surpass the outstanding debut. The Muggs is a power trio, something they may not really sound like on record, but more like a power quartet (guitar dubs), which is no complaint at all from my side. They deliver a great, energetic powerful collection of songs with the roots deeply set in the seventies humus. Nope, we're not talking stoner here, this is the REAL DEAL with references like Mountain, Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin and James Gang — riff oriented seventies based hard rock with a southern touch. The title track is a straight ahead, almost sixties influenced thing, while "All Around You" is a bit reminiscent of vintage Black Sabbath and "Curbside Constellation Blues" is, as you may suspect, a pure semi-soft blues with a touch of piano. The band also sounds quite seventies authentic, but without taking the retro thing too far. I also get vibes of obscure old favourites like Jukin' Bone, Truth & Janey and Totty, which is not bad in my book. It's however in the rougher songs like "Down Below", "Get It On", "Slow Curve" and "Just Another Fool" they really shine.
August 1, 2008
Please check out the August 2008 Issue of Classic Rock Magazine. Yer Muggs got reviewed in this outstanding publication! (It's the issue with Rush on the cover).
June 25, 2008
On Thursday, June 26th (9-11pm EDT), listen to the Muggs on WXOJ.
Here's the link if you wanna listen to an interview and some radio play - www.valleyfreeradio.org. We're calling in at 9:30pm EDT. Please listen from 9-11pm to hear songs off our new LP "On With The Show."
June 25, 2008
On Wednesday, June 25th The Muggs' "On With The Show" will be played in its entirety at 3:15pm on WWW.CKMSFM.CA.
From the Road Dog himself:
This Is the Road Dog & I'd love to have each and everyone of you to join me this Wednesday at 3:15pm til 5:00pm for a tail-wagging time as this week The Road Dog is playing the Muggs New CD "On With The Show" in full for the First half of the show. After the 4pm report The Joys interview will be played in full. Don't forget to howl at the moon, wag your tail, no sniffing others please, ear high and open and now have fun, for it's the Muggs on the Road Dog show.
Keep it Loud & Proud.
Sincerely : Road Dog.
June 23, 2008
Win a Meet & Greet with The Muggs in the Comerica Cityfest VIP Tent on July 5!
Enter to win passes to Detroit's Cityfest Main Stage VIP Tent plus a meet and greet with The Muggs when you buy the band's new CD "On With The Show" between June 23 - July 1, 2008 via Stormy Records!
The Muggs perform Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 pm on the Pure Detroit Stage. VIP passes include admittance to the exclusive Main Stage VIP tent to watch Southwestern indie rockers Calexico at 8:30 pm, plus complimentary open bar! Each pass admits 2. You (and your guest) must be 21 to win and enter the VIP tent. After The Muggs play at 7:30 pm, they will hang out in the tent with the winners!
2 passes to the Cityfest VIP tent will be awarded randomly to The Muggs' fans who buy "On With The Show" via Stormy Records www.stormyrecords.com (be sure to click on the USA flag) between June 23 - July 1, 2008. Purchasing "On With The Show" will automatically enter you into the contest; however you must be 21+ to win.
Comerica Cityfest 2008, formerly known as Comerica Tastefest, will take place Wednesday, July 2 - Sunday, July 6, for its 20th year of transforming Detroit's Historic New Center into the city's biggest and best summer festival. The 2008 festival will serve up another scrumptious slice of music, food and culture on West Grand Boulevard between Cass Avenue and Third Avenue.
Questions? Contact On the ROCKs Detroit: www.myspace.com/ontherocksdetroit
April 26, 2008
Wow! We are excited to say that we WON the "Outstanding Rock Artist/Group" award for the 2008 Detroit Music Awards! AND... to make things ever so sweet, Danny Methric, a.k.a. Dannymuggs a.k.a. Danny Everyday a.k.a. Lightning Boy (nod to L.Z.) WON the "Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist" award for the 2008 DMA's for his great electric guitar playing. Thanks to all you muggs for making this a memorable year and we are looking forward to playing our muggs off for you on May 9th at the Magic Bag for our CD Release Party! GET YER TIX IN ADVANCE!
April 18, 2008
Hey muggs - Us Muggs have been nominated this year for the 2008 Detroit Music Awards! We are nominated for OUTSTANDING ROCK ARTIST/GROUP & Dannymuggs has been nominated for OUTSTANDING ROCK/POP INSTRUMENTALIST. The awards will take place on Friday, April 25, 2008 at Cliff Bell's & the Fillmore Detroit. The Muggs have also been invited to play at the DMA's this year, so wish us some luck!
April 13, 2008
Well, our 2nd LP is finished! We are very excited to announce that our CD Release Party will be on Friday, May 9th, 2008 at the Magic Bag Theatre in Ferndale, MI. Très Bien will be coming up from Clearwater,FLA to play with us. They were great on TV and the Muggs and Très Bien were fast friends out in Hollywood. Also, The Sisters Lucas will open the night. Loretta and Julie have been friends with us going on 10 years and their music is both lovely and incredible. 18 years of age & over are most welcome. Please come out and support yer Muggs!