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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Rust Belt Joy

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

No band captures the quiet angst of straddling hope and defeat quite the same way that Blanche does. And no band can make you smile quite as broadly when delivering all that heartbreak, mistrust and busted dreams while dressed in its Sunday best. Under the guise of playing Depression-era country...

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Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Not the one-hit-wonder that detractors mistakenly assume them to be, Barenaked Ladies have found a devoted live audience, including a strong Detroit-area following. Talk to the Hand is a marvelous example of why they've been able to keep those fans satisfied for more than a decade. This set is far...

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Under the Influence of Buck

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Dwight Yoakam Dwight Sings Buck New West "Most modern country sounds like bad rock bands," says Tom Petty in Peter Bogdanovich's great new documentary about him. Conversely, it's ironic that a lot of old Buck Owens has always sounded like great rock 'n' roll bands. There's a reason the Beatles...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

BREAKING THE SILENCE

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 9:00 PM

Local musician Dennis Liegghio was 14 years old when his father committed suicide. It naturally led to depression, but Liegghio eventually channeled that depression into music and his local band, Student Driver. Suicide is an epidemic in this country, and part of Liegghio’s crusade is to educate the public. To...

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

NEIL: AND THE KIDS UNDERSTAND...

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Neil Young at the Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov. 11 How sweet to see a bunch of pubescent kids at a Neil Young show; lots of high school fringe, unruly manes and tender-aged sideburns among the squat greybeards. And there was no shortage of dad-son combos. (Blanket statement of the week:...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cosmic cowboys

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00 AM

"Slow down, there's only so much you can do," singers Kurt Marschke and Masha of the Deadstring Brothers gently harmonize on this album's track of the same name. It's one of the more wistful cuts amid the bluesy rave-ups found on the rest of the album. Yet it's also still...

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Hey Venus!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00 AM

These are some creative sum-bitches! If you haven't hopped on the Super Furry Animal spacecraft yet, you better get to it! The last Super Furry Animals experience, Love Kraft, was a ship adrift on the slower waves of psychedelic rock. It was beautiful but it also toned down the special...

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Two of Diamonds

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Mick Harvey is God's gift to public radio (or what used to be public radio), turning his listeners on to the great obscure songbook the way Nina Simone or Johnny Cash did with their own covers albums. The difference is that Harvey is content to play second fiddle, as he...

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45:33

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Alone among dance-music royalty, James Murphy's greatest attribute is his "normal dude" status. Where his peers dress up like robots or put on airs, Murphy exudes a snarky, slacker-like demeanor. As LCD Soundsystem, his songs draw from punk and pop as much as they do disco and techno, often filled...

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