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Friday, May 29, 2009

LOCAL MUSIC TIDBITS

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

*The local band Last Tourist is playing its final show tonight at Smalls in Hamtramck, as one of its members is leaving town. That's too bad. Caught their set at this year's Blowout and they were a quality band. Catch them tonight, as tomorrow will be too late. *Handyside e-mailed...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

EMINEM'S HUGE...NO, GIGANTIC DEBUT...

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 2:06 PM

It probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Eminem's new album, Relapse, debuts at No. 1 today on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. What is just a tad suprising is how many copies it sold. There were those who doubted the continued relevance of one of Detroit's favorite sons...

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MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO SAXOPHONIST VICKI ALEXANDER

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Until illness limited her travels, Vicki Yava Alexander was a regular at the jam sessions at Bert’s Marketplace. Her long thin frame, pianist Bill Meyer noted in an e-mail, seemingly echoed the baritone saxophone she lugged around and used to express herself. So this Thursday, May 28th, the regulars and...

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Central nerve rehab

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Several years before his death, George Harrison criticized electronic-techno-dance music, theorizing that fans were "destroying their nervous systems." Of course, the wonderful Mr. Harrison always seemed somewhat preoccupied with the nervous system, once claiming Beatlemania had destroyed all four Fabs' systems and then using the words "nervous system" in at...

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Modern Mistakes

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

It's a well known that all music trends, regardless of how uncool they are in present tense, eventually resurface. (See "garage rock" in the late '90s.) So you can gamble your life savings on grunge rearing its lank-haired head in a decade or so. Thus, it wouldn't be a surprise...

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Kid Moves

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

"Free Money," the first tune off Kinetic Stereokids' sophomore album features a giant guitar riff ready for something like a Nike commercial, which offers a clue to the Flint-based band's intentions. KS has their sights set on corporate radio domination, pulling inspiration from about everything that's "alterna-rock" now. The rest...

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Queen City Quandaries

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Old Empire's debut album starts off with a Wall of Sound, '60s pop-copping, girl group-esque bang. "Track & Field" kicks off the album with an irresistible slice of melodic goodness that begs repeated listens, which could make it hard for one to move on to the rest of the record....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

MEG MARRIES JACKSON AT JACK'S...

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 10:19 PM

The White Stripes' website has reported Jackson Smith and Meg White tied the knot last Friday, May 22nd, in the backyard of Jack White's Nashville home,.in front of "a small party of close friends and relatives." According to the announcement, Meg and Jackson were married as part of a double...

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Odds & Ends

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 8:36 PM

I wish I knew her real name. I don't want to call her Grandma Techno. Surreal speakers in the sky. Flying Lotus tearing it up. Cybergoth kids raving by the Noguchi Fountain. Mr. Nice Guy playing Alice Cooper songs on Roland Micro Cubes....

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MONDAY

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Clark Warner Kero Flying Lotus Lee Curtiss Carl Craig...

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