Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Girls like them ...

... and the boys like 'em too!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM

One thing's for certain, especially now that history has demonstrated it decade after decade: Good pop-punk, or punk-pop, always sounds pretty good when it's executed correctly. And Gorvette — a collaboration between Nikki Corvette and Amy Gore, two of Detroit's best-known female rockers — do it extremely well, just as...

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The Crooks

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The Crooks have musical influences way beyond their teenage years. The band's early live performances and demo tapes drew comparisons to Led Zeppelin, instrumentally speaking. But with producer Matthew Smith behind the boards, the trio's debut album sounds more like Cream than anything else upon first listen. In fact, "Face...

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Special Reserve

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM

With songs like "The Well Known Asshole" and "Give Me My Dat Back," Obie Trice's no frills flow and everyman sensibilities built a buzz and earned a deal with Eminem's Shady Records. But after two discs with the label — the gold-selling Cheers and Second Round's On Me — he...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I guess this Swiftcover insurance commercial, which is currently running in Great Britain on the telly, means Iggy's really about as "mainstream" as you can get these days. Not as much fun or as genuinely funny as Johnny (Lydon) Rotten's British butter commercial from a year or so ago was...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010


Posted on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Even more Detroit area Haitian benefits have been announced. Keep 'em coming, folks. The Jazz Café at Music Hall will be presenting a music and spoken word benefit show for the cause next Friday night, January 29th, from 7 to 10 p.m. The sole purpose of the event is...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Anthony Morrow over at the Majestic complex just wrote to inform us of a benefit show, Detroit Rocks For Haiti, that will take place at the end of this month on Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th at the Magic Stick. More than 20 Detroit bands will come...

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Popular Songs

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Drawing inspiration from the hazy, shimmering magic of the Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo has been blending the yin and yang of noise and beauty for more than a quarter century. Sometimes they'll mix these twin impulses on the same album, but mostly they tend to alternate between low-key understated...

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Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Some artists captivate us with their unique persona, their distinctive essence — your Bob Dylans, your Madonnas. Others succeed precisely because they don't forcibly project their own personality into their music, thereby letting us fill the songs with our own hopes and fears. It's hard to think of someone who...

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Mad Mike Monsters Volumes 1-3: A Tribute To Mad Mike Metrovich

Mysterious teenage music

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM

As the Beatles and Rolling Stones invaded American shores in the early '60s, an odd musical scenario was unfolding over the Pittsburgh airwaves. Disc jockeys on low-watt AM stations were blasting a strange combination of mystery music that took the form of undiluted rockabilly, exotic doo-wop, booze-fueled rhythm and blues,...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010


Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 3:55 PM

We'd be lax if we didn't mention the 16th annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival, which takes place this Friday and Saturday night, January, 15th and 16th, at the Magic Bag (22920 Woodward Ave) in Ferndale. (We actually had planned a Night & Day blurb on it....but things didn't go quite the...

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