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Five shows to see in January in metro-Detroit

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Lancaster, PA's This or the Apocalypse headlines The Shelter on Tuesday, January 14. Since forming in 2005, the metalcore band has put out three studio records, and in August 2013 they dropped a new single called "Damaged Good." Supporting TOTA are Shai Hulud, who dropped their fourth album, 'Reach Beyond the Sun,' in 2013 with former vocalist Chad Gilbert filling in. Hardcore acts Sworn In and Sirens and Sailors complete the tour package. Doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12.

The Hellpop 2 tour takes over the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Tuesday, January 14. Maria Brink and In This Moment of Hollywood, CA headline the tour in support of their new single, "Whore," off their August 2012 Century Media release, 'Blood.' This record entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 15, and is the highest release of the band's career. The tour is backed by fellow Hollywood acts the female-fronted Butcher Babies and All Hail The Yeti. Doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $19.99 in advance or $25 at the door.

Rockabilly takes over The Majestic Theatre on Saturday January 18 with The Reverend Horton Heat. Since 1985 they have toured the world with their charismatic show mixing elements of surf, punk, country, and big band to create a genre and take the psychobilly/rockabilly scene by surprise. Their new album, first on Victory Records, is slated to release on January 21. Supporting acts are Nekromantix, The Creepshow, and Deke Dickerson. Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 at the door.

On Saturday, January 25, Portland, OR based electronic producer Emancipator (aka Doug Appling) will be at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac. Since 2012, he has played sold out venues across the country in support of his two albums, 'Soon It Will Be Cold Enough' and 'Safe In The Steep Cliffs.' Emancipator Ensemble, accompanied by violinist Ilya Goldberg, delivers listeners an integration of soulful symphonic layers and hip-hop. Supporting acts are Odesza and Real Magic. The show is 18+ and doors are at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 in advance or $22 at the door.

Tuesday, January 28, the Ride or Die Tour kicks off at the Pike Room with headliners Palisades and Famous Last Words. Palisades, the post-hardcore New Jersey band, released their debut album, 'Outcasts,' in May 2013, and will be dropping a new music video for 'High & Low' on the 15th. Before this tour kicks off, Famous Last Words will be opening for The Skeptic at their EP release show on Saturday, January 18 at Skateland in Westland. Supporting acts on the tour are Tear Out The Heart, One Last Look, and So Many Ways. Doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12.

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