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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

To many rock fans, Destroy All Monsters will forever be known as the project that Ronnie Asheton was in after the Stooges. The addition of Asheton certainly dragged the band out of bedroom obscurity and into the public's imagination. To others, however, it will always be Niagara's band; the artist-femme...

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Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

On some level, regardless of critical reception or sales results, the rap supergroup Slaughterhouse succeeded as soon as their self-titled LP hit stores last month. It seems that every year or so, two or more renowned soloists announce plans for a joint album, only for the material to eventually get...

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Monday, September 14, 2009


Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 3:50 PM

*It's kinda old news at this point since both Rolling Stone and Pitchfork took the ball and ran with it. That's what we get for sitting on it. Yeah, we got the "official" word on August 6th that James Williamson was joining Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton and Mike Watt (filling...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Abbey Road

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

They fed the world the fairytale notion that love could save us all. But to skew the words of one of their buddies: we were so much younger then, we're older than that now. No, especially after eight years of a Bible-thumping, Beatle-bashing (it's true; Blender once asked all the...

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Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Although this writer has had an unrequited crush on elfish Russian songstress Regina Spektor for years, I recently came to the sad realization that while I imagined the two of us growing together — Spektor perhaps one day recording an album filled with lusty covers of Radiohead lullabies just for...

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Kinder and gentler Posse?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

So why wouldn't Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope return to the Dark Carnival during this Summer of Hate, filled as it is with town-hall shouters, abortion doctor killers, corporate shills shooting down national health care and Bible-thumping yahoos practically advocating shooting the president from the pulpit? Next to that...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Posted on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 11:40 AM

During a video montage that was shown Friday night at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, trombonist Steve Turre commented that many festivals around the world call themselves "jazz festivals," but the Detroit jazz fest is the real deal. The man should be lauded for not being apprehensive about speaking the...

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Posted on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Last year, I attended saxophonist Wayne Shorter's concert at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. It was a weird evening. Shorter, pianist Danilo Perez, drummer Brian Blade and bassist John Patitucci played for nearly two hours straight. Shorter never introduced the band or the music they performed during that show. And...

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Sunday, September 6, 2009


Posted on Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 10:46 AM

It can be stressful covering a music fest the size of the Detroit International Jazz Festival. There is so much wonderful music to experience and I find myself stressing over what acts to see and what performances to miss. I wish I had the technology to clone myself -- or...

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Saturday, September 5, 2009


Posted on Sat, Sep 5, 2009 at 9:52 AM

On paper, legendary pianist Hank Jones, a jazz traditionalist with over seven decades of jazz experience, sharing the bill with mercurial musicians such as pianist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White seemed like a odd pairing to kick off the opening night of the 30th Detroit International...

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