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Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Elephant

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Have you heard of this band, the White Stripes? The Little Detroit Band That Could is, on the eve of the release of their fourth full-length, poised to capitalize on all the brand-name recognition that a year-and-a-half of incessant media spotlighting has afforded them. For all intents and purposes...

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Flashy Flood's

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Upscale but inviting, Flood's is the perfect after-work bar. With a sleek and elegant decor and a top-shelf liquor collection that puts most other cocktail lounges to shame, this high-class hangout is for those who like to eat, drink and groove. Offering some of Detroit's finest R& B and...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Give me a "Q"

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Anchored in Ferndale on Nine Mile just west of Woodward Avenue, Q is an eclectic hangout for dancing, drinking and mingling. Upon entrance, patrons are greeted by the animatronic Sally, a John Waters-esque statue who laughs hysterically for the paltry toll of four bits. Although the interior sports the traditional...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Erin go drink up, Johnny!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Dead nuts in the middle of Corktown, the Lager House has perfected the marriage of old meets new. Even through its exodus from local lunchtime watering hole to rock 'n' roller's safe haven, the Lager has maintained it's homespun charm. Cozy and inviting, it is still one of the best...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Ass Cobra

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Apocalypse Dudes Epitaph/Burning Heart Equal parts hirsute, head-banger-stoner fuh, neo-’70s biker rawk and walk-on-the-wild-side leather-boy punk, Sweden’s Turbonegro disbanded in ’98, just a few months before their masterpiece Apocalypse Dudes saw release (in this country, jointly issued by Sympathy and the late, great Man’s Ruin). Apparently the flamboyantly unhinged...

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Up the Bracket

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The Libertines do not waste your time. The infectious racket of Up the Bracket does not waste your time. The Libs, in fact, are the very model of an economical pop machine working in the klieg lights of hype-bathing bands whose names start with “the.” It’s tempting enough to...

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Tres petite Hamtramck Blowout fun

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

By far, the smallest venue for this year's Hamtramck Blowout, Whiskey in the Jar is a hidden little joint, with an even more-hidden history. The bar is tiny, and plays host to a roundtable of neighborhood regulars. But it's small in a different way; it takes on the feel...

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Mary Star of the Sea

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Zwan’s debut is a great Modern Rock™ album. That is, if you like that sort of thing. And — if you haven’t experienced radio lately — that’s, let’s be clear, damning with faint praise. One would’ve hoped after dismissing his Smashing Pumpkins compatriots (except drummer Jimmy Chamberlin), and adding...

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Guitar

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

They might have called it Not a Word on It, this all-instrumental compilation from Jimmy Thackery that includes three previously unreleased tracks as well as samples from his Blind Pig catalog. The powerhouse guitar slinger appeared at Ferndale’s Anti-Freeze Blues Festival in January and wowed the crowd with six-string...

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African Magic

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Pianist and South African jazz icon Abdullah Ibrahim made a name for himself playing the jazz of his native Cape Town, a style that takes elements from the Cape’s diverse musical traditions — Zulu, Khoi-San, Malay, South Asian, European, and South African-style spirituals — and combines them to the...

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