Thursday, June 18, 2009

LOCAL MUSIC TIDBITS

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 9:38 PM

*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...

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Movement '09: revisited, recycled

Posted on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 2:36 PM

The numbers keep going up for Paxahau and its three days of electronic love on the Detroit riverfront. In a press statement released this week, the Ferndale-based promotions group said that 83,322 people visited Hart Plaza during the three-day Memorial Day Weekend for Movement, the annual electronic music festival that...

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HONORING STEWART; STEWART HONORING OTHERS

Posted on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 12:23 PM

We've been a little lax here regarding recent news about our old friend Stewart Francke, who's not only one of this region's better-known and dedicated musicians but used to be a regular columnist right here at Metro Times back in the day. But it's been quite an eventful year for...

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

And the gods made love ...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:00 AM

First, a brief history for those out of the loop: Deastro (pronounced DES-tro) is the cheerful, new-wave-2.0 project of young Randy Chabot, one of Detroit's most prolific recording artists. Releasing music (usually gratis) at a staggering rate, and under a handful of monikers, Chabot's synth-and-sample live performances have become a...

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Watercolor Ghost Town

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Anyone remember Ether Aura? Between 2004 and '07, that band, formed by local music vet Tony Hamera and angel-voiced singer Kate Hinote, were self-described as the "premier dreampop outfit in Detroit." (A quick glance at Wikipedia says dreampop "originated in Britain in the mid-1980s, when bands like the Cocteau Twins,...

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Friday, June 12, 2009

WEEKEND WARM-UP

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Was kinda touched to discover that Question Mark (yes, that Question Mark -- are there any others?) left me a voicemail yesterday, personally inviting me to the Mysterians' local show this Sunday night. So, just in case you missed it when we posted it earlier this week. The legendary ?...

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cary Safarian Speaks!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Collage art that came enclosed with Cary Safarian's letter. An interesting item came by post yesterday: a genuine letter from former Graystone Hall promoter Cary Safarian. You may recall our piece; on the fundraiser that had hoped to come up with money to support and a bid for clemency...

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REMEMBERING RAY & THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ADDS HOOKER

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Detroiter Marcus Belgrave assumes a key role in a new podcast series on the music of Ray Charles. Longtime jazz journalist — and a pioneering jazzhead on the Web — Bret Primack is heading up a 16-podcast series on the music of Ray Charles for Concord Records, rounding up...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

RUMORS & REUNIONS...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:01 AM

So the rumor is that Jack White and his new band, Dead Weather, are playing a "surprise" show at the Magic Stick this Friday night, June 12th. Looks like a pretty reliable rumor; I even received an invite earlier this week on Facebook to join the Majestic Theatre's new fan...

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Let Go

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:00 AM

We learn a lot from the albums we listen to — all about what we like and hate; what melodies haunt us or annoy us; when a lyricist's pushing too hard and when they're not pushing hard enough. After we disassemble the music piece by piece — instrument by lyric,...

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