Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Remembering Kenn Cox, cultural warrior

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Kenn Cox at Baker's during the summer of 2007. (Photo: W. Kim Heron) Detroit’s jazz community mourned the loss of pianist and musical activist Kenn Cox on Saturday — even as folks celebrated his life. Years ago, percussionist-composer Francisco Mora Catlett dedicated a piece titled “The Cultural Warrior” to...

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Our friend Brandon Zwagerman wrote to point out that in our recent post about Deastro and Rodriguez coming in number two and number three, consecutively, on eMusic.com's year-end list of the best albums of 2008, we didn't mention two other Michigan acts that made the list: Benoit Pioulard came in...

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Kenn Cox — another jazz loss

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Barbara and Kenn Cox. We just received the sad word that Detroit musician and musical activist Kenn Cox died Friday morning after a long illness. What comes to mind first is that Cox, 68, was as passionate about the way the music was represented as he was about presenting...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ford had a plan

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Henry Ford has always played the role of iconic figurehead and a longstanding symbol of Michigan's promise. But despite his enormous impact and ingenuity, Ford has some shady and weird stuff in his story that can't be explained away with pithy statements like, "Oh, it was just the times." One...

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Places on the Side

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Named after the Manistee County lakeside town that the six lifelong friends in this band call home, Bear Lake first earned mass critical acclaim with its debut album, Catch the Sun. Since then, the band's continued to pull in new local fans at an impressive rate, thanks to its ethereal...

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Death Set the Beginning of my Journey

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Sometimes you wish some bands would just shut the fuck up. Too often, poorly conceived black metal — in all its overblown, overtly serious ridiculousness — drives even major fans up the wall who try to bear it. Originality is frequently a concept more recent bands of the genre are...

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Chinese Democracy

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The trouble with spending 15 years on a record — and it has been that long since Guns N' Roses released its last official new release, the punk covers album, The Spaghetti Incident — is that, when said album finally sees the light of day, unless it's another Beggars Banquet...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 2:48 PM

'Tis the season for "Best of the Year" lists, and Detroit music fans should be pleased to note that two of our own homegrown artists placed No. 2 and No. 3 on emusic's "Best Albums of 2008" list. Out of 86 artists, Motor City electronic-pop god Deastro was number two...

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Monday, December 15, 2008


Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 2:01 PM

When the economy goes to hell and America heads into a recession or, worse, a depression (and I hope everyone in Michigan who votes Republican remembers from now until the day they die just what political party it was that killed that Big 3 deal -- in other words, in...

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Thursday, December 11, 2008


Posted on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 2:58 PM

You may or may not have heard that Dennis Yost, the lead singer of Classics IV, died earlier this week in a Cincinatti hospital. He'd been in a nursing home since sustaining a brain injury following a fall in 2005. And depending on your age, you may or may not...

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