Thursday, February 26, 2009


Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 5:18 PM

He was a house-rocker on the Hammond B3 organ, and when you heard that he was inspired by Little Richard and Chuck Berry before he encountered the giants of jazz, particularly the revolutionary organist Jimmy Smith ... well, it all made sense. Out of influences including the aforementioned, he became...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lay of the Cid

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

When this EP from Lay of the Cid arrived on the doorstep of Metro Times towers, there was little to suggest the delights that lay within. We were, in fact, suitably underwhelmed, at first. The band members are spread between Grand Rapids and Waterford ... and the cover art looks...

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Days of future passed

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

With thirtysomethings losing their minds over My Bloody Valentine reunion shows and nostalgia for early '90s indie music growing, it's fitting that Detroit's own Majesty Crush is about to get the "best of" treatment. With an output of one full-length, two EPs and a few 7-inchers, it's easy to think...

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…For the Whole World to See

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The story: In the 1970s, three black brothers from Detroit saw a Stooges show and became so inspired that they formed a punk band called Death. Those three brothers — David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney — began recording a full-length album, but the project was dropped when Columbia Records grew...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM

...and still keep the roads safe for the rest of us. Just got this from Ms. Doster Knepp via Facebook: Stay safe! Drink as much as you want! Attention all Royal Oak, Ferndale and Detroit Blowout goers! If you are worried about getting down to Blowout (or making it back...

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Blowout Update!

Posted on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Blowout tickets are on sale now at! Don't waste precious Blowout time standing in line at the Majestic or at the Knights of Columbus. Buy them through ticketweb and you can pick them up fast. Metro Times is happy to announce that the Ypsilanti-based Lightning Love will be featured...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ballad of a thin man

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor area has such a glut of talent loosely defined by the term "folk" that it almost seems unfair to expect the casual listener to keep everybody in that particular scene straight. Still, Matt Jones' debut album is certainly a standout among his talented brothers and sisters in...

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Woodland Scenics

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Woodland Scenics plays like the still warm body of a great art-rock dinosaur. The album is the only studio document from the short-lived Ann Arbor band, Elm From Arm, a collaboration between a previously instrumental four-piece and area folk mainstay Matt Jones. For anyone familiar with Jones' solo material, this...

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Monday, February 16, 2009


Posted on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Just in case no one has yet noticed, the individual Blowout set times have now been announced. Unlike past years, producer Eve attempted to stagger set times for bands that might share the same fan base, thereby allowing attendees to catch as many artists as possible each night. Go here...

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Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 3:31 PM

The Hamtramck Blowout, a name so in tune with its definition, so provincial in its cheap rock 'n' roll metaphor as to render all other title suggestions moot, owes a kindly hats off to Chris Handyside and Brian Boyle for nailing it 12 years ago. Lord knows we've tested our...

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