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Friday, October 30, 2009

Hanging with Blakey: A Detroiter remembers

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Former Detroiter Linda Jones (her byline graced The Detroit News once upon a time) on her new blog at Open Salon remembers the great drummer Art Blakey, who passed away 19 years ago this month. Not your typical musician profile, Jones, now based in Dallas, recalls what it was like...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

LOCAL CLUB & SHOW NOTES

Posted on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Well, nothing like having to post an entire entry all over again because some stupid jackass hacked the site. Bastards! Anyway... *Local heroes the Dirtbombs are playing a last minute show in the cozy confines of the Majestic Cafe tonight (Wed., Nov. 28th). The show is being filmed by VICE...

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Foe or hipster?

There be songs here

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Detroit indie-pop trio the Friendly Foes are, essentially, time travelers. Now, when you're working the power-pop angles, it's hard not to get caught up in exhuming and attempting to reanimate the greatness of hooks long-past. The Foes, however, have managed a more specific, but slipperier bit, of sugary trickery. They...

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We Call It Soul

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Lately, it seems that every former indie rocker on earth has decided to start a soul band. But with a touch of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, some crate digging, a suspiciously devout devotion to Waxpoetics and a hipster's appreciation of hip hop, they rarely know their way around...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

One man’s Paradise Valley: Marsha Music on Joe Von Battle

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 4:39 PM

From for MT blogsIn this week’s MT, arts editor Travis Wright writes about the Arts League of Michigan and the move to put Paradise Valley back on the map of Detroit — and the current vocabulary of Detroiters. And it reminded me that I’ve wanted for some time to pull...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mod boys

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM

These Ann Arbor working-class dandies had a penchant for Brit invasion and Yankee soul that even foreshadowed town-mates the Stooges on the rock 'n' roll tip, and, to a certain extent, the hugely mainstream Rascals on the national soul-pop tip. The Rationals simultaneously embraced, and then smashed, the veneer of...

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Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Since forming in 2005, the artists formerly known as SikSik Nation have built a homegrown following based on the strength of their trippy live shows. Now the band returns with a new LP of psychedelically seductive rock 'n' roll, complete with a gender-bending name change to go along with it....

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Outdated Fate

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM

There are bands that claim to live by the "do it yourself' ethic, and then there are those that actually do it. Usually, it's out of necessity rather than a desire to be seen as genuinely "punk rock." Let's face it — nobody would go to the trouble of pulling...

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Strung Out

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Gordon Staples was the concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and basically did the same for the Motown's string sessions in the '60s and '70s. Remember, that was an age when many of his DSO co-workers looked down on the pop coming out of Motown. But Staples embraced Motown enthusiastically,...

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Los Lobos Goes Disney

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Who'd have ever thought Walt Disney Records — or "Disney Sound," as it's called here — would be responsible for one of this year's most enjoyable albums, not just for kids but for rock fans and adults as well? But, then, has Los Lobos ever been responsible for a disc...

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