Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Warm and intoxicating, here's a singer who means it

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Longtime Detroit singer-songwriter Carolyn Striho really needn't have bothered naming her new album Honesty. After all, it should be apparent to anyone who listens — not just hears but really listens — to the lovingly constructed record that there's barely a note played or sung that Striho doesn't really mean,...

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Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

"The past is never dead," William Faulkner once wrote. "It's not even past." This adage is especially true of music, perhaps necessarily so, given the finite universe of chords, tempo and melodies. The past deeply informs the present, which is why musicians always return to early touchstones. For Jesse Lortz...

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Ignore the Ignorant

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

It's quite a career move to get guitarist extraordinaire Johnny Marr, co-architect of the Smiths, to join your band. But it's the smart move that's finally getting the Cribs some notoriety in this country. Immensely popular in their native UK, the band is perhaps the least-known of the last great...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Posted on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Our friend Anthony Morrow over at the Majestic complext has alerted us to the fact that this Friday, January 15th, is "Customer Appreciation Night" at the Magic Stick. The venue will be serving up complimentary food and domestic draft beer from 9-10 p.m. The Sugarcoats, Gardens, Liquor Store and Highest...

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Monday, January 11, 2010


Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Some jazz notes from here, there and everywhere around town: • Tickets are now on non-sale for a special Black History Month musical celebration, featuring the Detroit International Jazz Festival Orchestra, the Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices, the Christian McBride Quintet and a number of narrators, including Bishop Edgar L. Vann...

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Thursday, January 7, 2010


Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 4:31 PM

If you happen to be in Los Angeles next week -- and looking outside my window at the moment, it's probably not such a bad idea -- you may want to stop by the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, January 13th, when the musical denizens of that...

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Of al-Qaeda & Grammys: ‘Baby, it’s cold outside’

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM

’Tis still the season for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — at least until the chill of winter finally leaves us. And in the American songbook classics, it’d be hard to find a song whose backstory goes as far afield as this one. Its Grammy Awards nomination — for the Willie...

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Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 12:41 PM

In case you're not totally sick of year-end "Best of" lists yet, Detroit music fans might get a kick out of the fact that the Silent Years placed on a very prestigious list that ran in the Boston Herald this past Sunday and was compiled by the legendary Al Kooper....

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