Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 3:06 PM

The lineup for the 29th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival -- which runs this year from Friday, August 29th through Monday, September 1st, at Hart Plaza -- was announced this morning at a press conference. Subtitled "A Love Supreme: The Philly/Detroit Summit," the 2008 festival -- the largest free fest...

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The Good Life

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00 AM

As we've learned over the past 20 years or so, records made by the kids of famous musicians are always a crapshoot. On the one hand, we have those who could never live up to their legendary parents' achievements, e.g. Julian Lennon, Dweezil Zappa, Jakob Dylan, and uh, Lisa Marie...

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Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Los Angeles-based L7 were Riot Grrls before the Riot Grrl movement existed. Though they never shied away from politics, supporting causes like Rock for Choice and Greenpeace, they never let it get in the way of slamming together punk and metal into a crashing good time. Twenty-three years after L7's...

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The Sky is Mine

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00 AM

A decade ago, Alpha was just another beat klatch with a girl singer and a penchant for moody, vaguely hip-hop songs, residing right alongside the now-forgotten likes of Lamb, Whale, Sneaker Pimps, Morcheeba, etc., etc. Then for 10 years the duo (Corin Dingley and Wendy Stubbs) made instrumental records and...

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The freaks are out again

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00 AM

It's been 18 years since this Detroit-born funk-jazz-pop-art collective released its last album — and the world's grown a whole lot crazier during that time, especially America over the last eight years. All of which is perfect fodder for David Was's surrealistic, quasi-political, downright insane lyrics, which almost never fail...

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Monday, April 28, 2008


Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 7:11 PM

In case you missed this info elsewhere, the 17th annual Detroit Music Awards were held last Friday night, April 25th, at the Fillmore. You can find an entire list of the winners by clicking here. One of the highlights of the evening -- at least for us -- came when...

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Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Occasional Metro Times contributor Mike Ross is presenting the third installment of his biannual Curare Festival this coming Saturday, May 3rd at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), located at 5141 Rosa Parks in Detroit. With only one act hailing from outside the city (the Netherfriends from Chicago, to...

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Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Our old pal -- and former MOJO Magazine editor-in-chief -- Paul Trynka will be at the Detroit Public Library this Wednesday night (April 30th) to discuss one of this area's favorite sons and the man who basically invented punk rock, Iggy Pop. Trynka is the author of Open Up and...

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Thursday, April 24, 2008


Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Porchsleeper's gig at Jacoby's this coming Saturday night (April 26th) will be the band's last performance for, according to their e-mail, "a very long time...maybe even longer than that." The band will be opening the evening for the Spitting Nickels (featuring our pal Eddie Baranek on drums and vocals), as...

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Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM

One of the highlights of tomorrow night's Detroit Music Awards at the Fillmore should be Detroit-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger and producer Luis Resto -- perhaps better known to the rock mainstream for his songwriting collaborations and performances with Patti Smith, Eminem and Was (Not Was) -- previewing his new band....

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