Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sonic dread

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM

When frontman Thom Yorke shocked Radiohead's fans last year by quietly releasing The Eraser, his first solo album, he took great pains to insist that the future of the band was not in jeopardy. Now that the group's new record, In Rainbows, has arrived — and the hype of that...

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Modern Mayhem

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM

ARE Weapons is a band from New York's Lower East Side that spent its first incarnation channeling '70s synth-punkers Suicide in much the same way the Strokes channeled Television. Trouble was, early A-dubs found them wearing their New York pedigree so heavily on their sleeves that they couldn't reach around...

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Proof of Youth

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The Go! Team really doesn't sound like any other one band on the map right now. Imagine a world where the Jackson 5 gets a raw makeover, your high school cheerleaders have street-cred, and Public Enemy doesn't need samples. Over the past couple of years, the band has backed its...

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Grand Ledge

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The first thing to understand about Grand Ledge is that its reputation as a farm town and bedroom community for Lansing was shattered this past summer by a brutal fight for promotional YouTube video of the year. The contest, sponsored by Ikea (hardly a poster child for independent small business),...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 5:05 PM

In other tragic news, our condolences to the family of Dan Denton, keyboardist in the local band Crashing Cairo, who passed away earlier this month. He is survived by his wife and two children. Said Robert Wax(aka just wax), leader of Crashing Cairo: “Dan exuded all that was great about...

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Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 4:47 PM

You may have read the tragic story of 12-year-old Vinnie Ocelnik, who died in a car crash on September 29th near his home in Warren. The youngster’s mother, Beth Ocelnik, is a well-known and much-respected long-time booking agent in the hard rock/metal community via her CB Entertainment. Next Saturday, Nov....

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Monday, October 29, 2007


Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 1:55 PM

“Man I love Detroit. It’s so black in here,” exclaimed legendary saxophonist Donald Washington, kissing the mike onstage Friday night at the Bohemian National Home, as musicians behind him slapped each other on the back and wiped sweat on their sleeves. Washington, in town from Minneapolis, meant to encourage the...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 6:10 PM

More photos from this past weekend's Don Was shindig (see item immediately below) in Ferndale: John and Bobby of the Go put their final touches on vocals. Black Merda playing some "kinda-rock, kinda-funk, kinda blues"... Our own Khary Turner of Black Bottom Collective delivers the goods. All photos by W....

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Monday, October 22, 2007


Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 4:51 PM

We headed off to see a big-deal record producer on Sunday, even though it was Don Was, who comes across as the antithesis of a big-deal, big-ego anything. There he was, sitting cross-legged on the studio floor, next to one band after another. He has an off-white Panama hat on...

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Friday, October 19, 2007


Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Just a quick reminder that the Jam for Sudan show is taking place tomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 20th) at the Majestic Theatre. Some of our area's hottest bands will be rocking out for a great cause in an effort to raise money for Darfur relief. The all-star lineup includes our...

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