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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hamtramck Music Festival schedule fractures amid controversy

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM

If you follow local music at all, it’s been impossible to miss first the rumblings and then explosions about Hamtramck Music Festival reverberating across the Detroit Internet. Now in its fourth year, the Hamtramck Music Festival (which was a cover feature for Metro Times last year) brings together over 180 bands...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This weekend: "The Boss" vs. Bob Seger — or the next best thing to it

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 2:30 PM

This weekend, concertgoers in Port Huron are going to witness a kind of once-in-a-lifetime experience. It will be a confrontation of the classic rock giants, a battle between two rock behemoths seldom seen sharing the same stage: Bob “Silver Bullet” Seger versus Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen. Too good to...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Aaliyah's music inexplicably surfaced on Apple's music services last night

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 10:29 AM

For years, much of the late Detroit pop star Aaliyah's best music has been noticeably absent from digital download and music streaming services. But as Fader reports, Aaliyah's posthumous 2005 greatest hits comp Ultimate Aaliyah unceremoniously surfaced on iTunes and Apple Music Wednesday night. The comp features some of Aaliyah's best songs,...

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Only 253 days until the Juggalo March on Washington, D.C.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 7:26 AM

In 2017, Washington, D.C., is going to be full of hallucinatory spectacle thanks to the incoming Trump presidency. That's a cinch. But at least some of the capital’s colorfulness this fall will come from underground hip-hop artists and pop culture icons Insane Clown Posse, who have announced a Juggalo...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Watch: Drummer B drops 'Time Travel' video

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 7:30 AM

Detroit producer and Danny Brown collaborator Leonard Ware, aka Drummer B, has released a new video and details on an upcoming release. Titled Space Bounce, the project — the follow-up to last year's The People Mover — includes seven tracks recorded at United Sounds studios in Detroit. It features jazz great Allen Barnes...

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Monday, December 19, 2016

The sad reason Aaliyah's music has disappeared from the Internet

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 1:49 PM

When I was at Hour Detroit magazine, I wrote a short article to mark the 15-year anniversary of the untimely death of Aaliyah. One of the main threads I attempted to pursue was to answer the question of why her music — critically acclaimed, arguably now even more so than...

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ICYMI: The Four Tops and the Temptations played a surprise show at the White House

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Earlier this month, Motown musicians the Four Tops and the Temptations surprised folks on the White House tour with a performance of their classics and Christmas carols.   Watch the video here. ...

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

ICYMI: How a white architect is the granddaddy of hip-hop

Posted By on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Back in September, we ran a story about architect and Highland Park native Michael Ford.  Ford asserts that the grandfather of hip-hop "came long before the 1970s when DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaattaa were dropping beats on Sedgwick Avenue in the South Bronx." The whole thing, he says, was inspired...

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from Metro Times!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Merry Christmas, MT Readers!  We were thinking of you this morning, when we re-discovered the James Brown classic Christmas album, Funky Christmas. The album features such songs as "Christmas is Love" and "Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto."  It got us moving this morning, so we wanted to...

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Meet the new Metro Times Music Editor, Mike McGonigal

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Mike McGonigal is a Detroit newcomer by way of Portland. He's contributed to Spin, Pitchfork, the New York Press, the Village VOICE, and Artforum, among other publications. He is the author of Temperature's Rising: An Oral And Visual History Of Galaxie 500 and My Bloody Valentine's Loveless (33-1/3). He also founded the fanzine Chemical...

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