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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Juan Atkins returns with new Model 500 music

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins has announced his first new record as Model 500 in 16 years, according to Resident Advisor. The third album under the Model 500 name, it will be released on Atkins' own Metroplex Records label in January 2015. In 1981, Atkins and one Richard Davis...

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Metal Files: A review of Axe Ripper's 'Hell is Real'

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Somewhere between the sounds of Metallica and Sabbath, you’ll find the guitar-shredding guttural sounds of local thrash and heavy metal band Axe Ripper. Last month, the Detroit natives released a brand new full-length album, Hell is Real.

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Lifetime's Aaliyah movie gets blasted from every corner of the Internet

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

A forbidden love, a tragic death, and a young woman who shattered racial barriers in both pop music and the big screen should have been more than enough dramatic fodder for a movie based on the life of one of Detroit's biggest success stories. Unfortunately, Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of...

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

ICYMI: Alan Oldham on Detroit techno's 'big booties, stiletto heels, spaceships, and robots'

Posted By on Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM

In case you missed it, Red Bull Music Academy has an interview with Alan Oldham, the illustrator and DJ whose comic book-influenced "big booties, stiletto heels, spaceships, and robots” defined the Afro-Futuristic look of Detroit techno. In his own words: “Detroit techno, in my view, was originally about futurism,” he says....

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

This weekend, kick back with some 'Brandy & Xanax'

Posted By on Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

No, not the drink and drug concoction (although whatever you decide to put in your body is really up to you) — we're talking about esQuire's "Brandy & Xanax," a veritable club banger that we still love as much today as we did 10 years ago. You know, back when...

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Pope invites Patti Smith to perform at Vatican Christmas concert for some reason, protest obviously ensues

Posted By on Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 8:16 AM

This December, bishops, cardinals, and even the Pope will rock the fuck out to Patti Smith, who has been invited by said Pope to play at the annual Vatican Christmas concert, Concerto di Natale, on Dec. 13. The concert will be held in Rome's Conciliation Auditorium located just outside the...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Check out late night talk show performances by Olivia Jean, Jessica Hernandez

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

On Monday night, late night talk TV was invaded by Michigan-raised artists. On Conan, Olivia Jean performed "Merry Widow" off of her debut solo record, Bathtub Love Killings. Meanwhile, on The Late Show with David Letterman, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas performed "Sorry I Stole Your Man" from her...

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Unsurprisingly, it looks like Lifetime's unauthorized Aaliyah biopic is pretty bad

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

There are numerous problems with 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' — but the biggest problem may be the portrayal of the controversial relationship of teenage Aaliyah to her producer R. Kelly.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas will appear on Letterman Monday night

Posted By on Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Tomorrow night, Monday, Nov. 10, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. The band announced they'd be making their TV debut via Facebook on Thursday afternoon.  This year the band released their first full-length album, Secret Evil, and have been hitting some pretty...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ICYMI: Tally Hall's Rob Cantor made an epic video about Shia LaBeouf (the cannibal)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Remember Tally Hall, the funny, brightly-colored tie-wearing quintet from Ann Arbor who named their record after Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum? In recent years, the group's Rob Cantor (he used to wear the yellow tie in Tally Hall) has been busy out in L.A., working on music under his own...

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