Sunday, August 31, 2008

The show stoppers

Posted on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Saturday was offiicialy the first full day of music at the 29th Detroit International Jazz Festival. It was also the day I realized it was impossible for anyone to hear all the music the festival organizers had scheduled. I bet other journalists assigned to cover the four-day event felt the...

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Saturday, August 30, 2008


Posted on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 10:56 AM

You should never attend any jazz performance --especially one headlined by multi-Grammy winner vocalist Dianne Reeves and native Philadelphian bassist Christian McBride -- on an empty stomach. You’ll need the fuel because chances are you’ll be dancing non-stop during both sets. With that in mind, Friday evening, after I picked...

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Friday, August 29, 2008


Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 5:53 PM

Oh, and before I forget, MT jazz critic Charles L. Latimer will be posting reviews and commentary about the Detroit International Jazz Festival throughout the long Labor Day Weekend. Look for reports here beginning, I imagine, this coming Sunday. And have a save holiday......

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Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Speaking of Motor City legends, former SRC lead guitarist Gary Quackenbush will be playing every Thursday night in September at PJ’s Lager House in Corktown, with the series kicking off this coming Thursday, September 4th at 10 p.m. Quackenbush was a founding member of SRC, which was signed to Capitol...

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Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Got an e-mail from our pal Matthew Smith (why do my fingers always want to type “Matthew Sweet” when addressing this dude?), alerting us to another of his last minute gigs — and since it’s taken me several days to find the time to post this, the item is really...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sweet riffs

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Question: How often is power pop so transmittable that you're left understanding exactly why Staind is huge and George Bush leads the free world? Answer: When it's a record crammed of sparkle and wonder, harmonies and longing, big riffs and sensitivity that's obviously too good, too smart and too sweet...

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Bitter Company

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Love Meets Lust has a good thing going. On the surface, this Detroit quartet's sound is heavily '80s-influenced dance pop that easily holds its own among the throng of bands currently pilfering that sound, including Bloc Party and the Rapture. And in a city that's currently as well-known for birthing...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Well, now that we've got the annual Detroit Jazzfest issue out of the way, it’s time to come up for air and mention that there’s a fuck of a lot, festival-wise, going on in the metro Detroit area during this coming long Labor Day weekend. You’d think maybe they’d try...

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Friday, August 22, 2008


Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Our friends Deleano and Marcie who comprise Silverghost have been a busy pair as of late. Not only are they headlining/closing the final night of the Summer Smash festival (see item below) tomorrow night, August 23rd, at the CAID and not only did they just release their first 7-inch single...

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Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Well, y’all must know that the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Denver this coming Monday, August 25th — and, hopefully, it’ll be the one that gives us our next president although after Bush, I’d vote for Spot the Fucking Wonder Dog before I’d vote for John “Hey, I defended...

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