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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Native son

A Michigan-raised maverick mixes it up

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

When lists are compiled of great musical artists from Michigan, Joe Henry is almost never mentioned. But make no mistake about it: the North Carolina-born but Michigan-raised Henry is one of the finest musical mavericks to ever come out of the Mitten. These days, Henry may best be known for...

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The Bright Mississippi

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

At 71, Allen Toussaint need merely call up the R&B of his youth to be hailed for his contributions to "roots" music. After all, he's the man behind such classics as "Working in a Coal Mine" and "Ride Your Pony," and an inheritor of the boogie-ish New Orleans piano tradition...

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Lazrus

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

It's not at all hard to dig Lazrus. This, the debut solo full-length from songwriter Daniel Johnson — namesake and leader of late and lauded indie-rock cabal Judah Johnson (as well as a sometimes MT contributor) — offers much to justify referencing a biblical figure whose name has become shorthand...

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The Champion Mixtape

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Considering Detroit's plethora of hip-hop talent, it's easy to overlook top-tier music while keeping up with the more familiar names. Some may know Terron "iLLite" Calmese for his work with One Be Lo's Subterraneous Records crew and The Chosen..., his album with partner-in-rhyme Octane. But his top tier debut Crème...

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Houses of the Unholy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Japan's Church of Misery have two features that not only set them apart from their stoner-metal peers but make them, quite bluntly, more enjoyable than most. One is their knack for groove. The band's sound comes from nothing else but tracking the footsteps of Black Sabbath, paraphrasing the Brits' churning...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

METRO TIMES LOVES YOU! FREE MUSIC...

Posted on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Metro Times, in conjunction with LimeWire, recently helped put together a compilation of some of the best indie music this city currently has to offer...and the best part is that all the downloads are free. Ear To The Ground: Detroit just went live today. Click here to download free tracks...

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Friday, August 21, 2009

LOCAL MUSIC TIDBITS

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Just catching up on a few items on a Friday afternoon follwing an incredibly busy work week: *Got an e-mail from our friend Zach Curd earlier this week, alerting us to the fact that he's about to release, on vinyl, a new electronic/dance music collaboration between himself and Keith Thompson...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Reckoning: Deluxe Edition

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

It's always been a bit of a comical irony that R.E.M. hit superstardom during the middle part of their career, signing a reported million-dollar contract with Warner Bros. in the late '80s, just as they began to lose a lot of their initial thunder. This was a band, after all,...

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Electric Dirt

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Levon Helm is the Southern gentleman drummer and multi-instrumentalist who founded the Band, which surely makes him one of America's greatest storytellers, bar none. His voice constituted one-third of the vocal beauty of the Band's songs, all the while, as drummer, providing the thump behind the group's unique sound. Helm's...

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Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Anybody with even a passing interest in Detroit rock and punk surely must have noticed They Never Sleep looming over the city like an acid-filled cloud for the last 18 months or so, during which time they've played every spit 'n' sawdust venue in the area with anyone that dares...

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