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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

As 'daffy as a motherfuckin' duck'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Music critic, convict, manifesto writer, journalist, music fest impresario, pot propagandist, radio host, editor, municipal employee, rock 'n' roll manager, poet, bandleader — John Sinclair's traveled a long way from his 21st year (1962), when, having moved to Detroit from Flint, he ensconced himself in the basement (Room B2) of...

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Places

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Music criticism has been pushed to the brink of ridiculousness. Too many new albums to judge; too many shows to review; too many priggish distinctions to be made between band A and band B for language to bear. Thus, we must overreach to make the reviews we write appear different...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MAJESTIC CANCELS SHOW BY JAMAICAN "HOMOPHOBE"

Posted on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Mucho controversy this month over the American tour of Jamaican reggae vocalist Buju Banton, who is rightfully hated in the gay and lesbian community for his homophobic views and music.. One of the performer's song, "Boom Bye Bye," actually calls for the gruesome murder and maiming (pouring acid on them...

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Friday, September 25, 2009

THE TRASH BRATS IN ...TOO MUCH TOO LATE

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Or, you can put your arms around a memory ... Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers made a cottage industry of rent party (“reunion”) gigs at Max’s Kansas City, those events that happened long after the band had officially fizzled. Many, many Heartbreakers fans were grateful for such, even if Johnny...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME SUCKS. AGAIN...

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Oh, yeah. And I've said it before, but fuck the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are the nominations (note: not the inductees, the nominations) KISS, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Darlene Love, ABBA, the Chantels and...

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LOCAL VENUE NOTES

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 7:14 PM

*Kudos to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, which becomes a smoke-free venue for all shows, beginning this Saturday, September 26th. The new policy begins the night of a charity event from which all proceeds will go towards the American Cancer Society. Hopefully more places will follow suit. Many people think...

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Postmod modern

Mining Motown and coming up with nuggets

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Well, it sounds like the guy must have grown up with or around one helluva record collection. And it's nice to see someone put history to such ambitious use in these modern times. But first things first: Mayer Hawthorne is probably the biggest grassroots buzz to hit the music mainstream...

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Wait for Me

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Moby spoke recently about the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough album, Play, but fans excited to hear behind-the-scenes stories about epochal tracks like "South Side" or "Porcelain" were greeted with a shrug by the man who brought them into being. "They're all OK," he allowed, but they weren't his favorites....

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Something exciting: Joan Belgrave at Kerrytown this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Back in June our frequent jazz correspondent Charles L. Latimer wrote about the life and revived career of vocalist Joan Belgrave, who can "belt pop, R&B, classic rock, the blues and jazz," but whose forte in any genre is delivering love songs in a voice "so soothing and sexy, she...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

QUACK VS. SONICBIDS (AND BY ASSOCIATION, SXSW)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Editor's note: Please read the update at the end of this post... Got the following e-mail regarding Austin's South by Southwest music festival from Quack! Media honcho Al McWilliams earlier today. We weren't aware that there was a SonicBids controversy (sounds like a "pay-to-play" situation?)...but this should definitely stir up...

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