Thursday, June 18, 2009


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*The Los Angeles rock community is all in a tizzy about the show Jack White's new band, the Dead Weather, played at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip Wednesday night, June 17th, similar to the "surprise" show they did last Friday here at the Magic Bag. It wasn't the show itself that had everyone super-excited today, though we're sure it was just fine. No, what everyone was buzzing about was that after the show, a lot of people out front of the theater saw one Jimmy Page -- he of a little-known band called Led Zeppelin -- exit the Roxy and hail a cab.

*The ever-prolific Deastro has released yet another EP, this one entitled Live At The Lime, recorded on March 29th of this year at Dubway Studios in New York City. The sessions include an alternate version of "Michael, the Lone Archer of the North Shore" off his Ghostly International debut, Keepers, as well as three brand new never-before-released tracks. Click here to download the latest offering from Mr. Chabot.

*Callahan's Bar & Grill in Auburn Hills -- the home of some of the best roots and Americana music in the area -- has just officially changed its name to Callahan's Music Hall, which owner Mike Moss feels is more in tune with the type of entertainment his club presents. There are some great acts booked there this summer, including Cyril Neville of New Orleans' legendary Neville Brothers (July 19th) and Tommy Castro (August 13th). But we're most excited about eccentric Austin guitar hero Junior Brown, who's slated to play the club on Friday, July 31st. If you've never seen him before, well, you should. Callahan's is located at 2105 South Boulevard, south of the Palace and just east of Opdyke.

*It looks like the Rationals' reunion at the Magic Bag on July 24th, in conjunction with a new two-disc anthology, that we mentioned last week isn't going to be a full-fledged reunion after all. According to MT contributor Mark Deming, who ran into Jim Diamond last week, the show will actually be the group's leader Scott Morgan backed up by Matt Smith on guitar, Diamond on bass and Dave Shettler on drums, sort of the same band that backed Rodriguez last year.

*My, how the mighty have risen. Iggy Pop was ignored by the lofty New York Times back in the Stooges' original heyday. Now, he's one the subjects of the newspaper's "Summer Times Talk Series" at The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, New York City. That's right. Next Wednesday, June 24th, from 6.30 to 8 p.m. New York Times Live will feature "A Conversation With Iggy Pop," moderated by the paper's pop critic, Ben Ratliff. Admission is $30.

*Finally, legendary Detroit music photographer Leni Sinclair's images will be the subject of an exhibition reception at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History tomorrow night, Friday, June 19th, from 5 to 7 p.m. Immediately after the exhibit, there will be a Motown Vs. Stax music presentation in honor of Black Music Month outside on the lawn. Bring your lawn chairs. The museum is located at at 315 East Warren at Brush Street, Detroit; 313-494-5800. Sinclair's music photos will be on display at the museum through October.

Jimmy Page: Jack's friend...

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