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Monday, March 29, 2010

MONDAY EVENING KUDOS: A BEATLES' PRAISE, EMMETT ON LENO & MORE....

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Congratulations to Detroit area singer-songwriter Angela Predhomme, who recently won finalist placement with her original composition in a major international song contest that featured none other than Paul McCartney as a judge. Other judges for this "Song of the Year" competition included Sting, Rihanna, Faith Hill and George Strait (that's...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pick of the Litter

New anthology samples some of the Was bros' best

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Was (Not Was) are as legitimately Detroit as Motown, the MC5, the Stooges or George Clinton — all music the Was brothers grew up loving in the nearby suburbs. The group may have started as a bicoastal collaboration between Don Was (aka Fagenson), still living here at the time, and...

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Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

It's a good thing You Say Party! We Say Die! grew up in British Columbia, where the forecast more often than not calls for gray skies and a 90 percent chance of misery. There probably wasn't much for these hipsters to do on rainy days in the '80s but to...

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It’s a 1derful Life (Hosted By DJ Rhettmatic)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

In the spirit of such previous expatriate successes as J Dilla and HouseShoes, Ann Arbor's Buff1 has kept one foot at home, despite moving to California a year ago to advance his career. Thankfully, he doesn't seem to have let the sunny weather and attractive women distract him. With a...

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Teen Dream

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Atmosphere was Beach House's defining characteristic on both their 2006 self-titled debut and 2008's gorgeous Devotion. On those records, the band paid homage to such dream-pop progenitors as Cocteau Twins by filtering melancholy, gray-day textures through a lo-fi lens. Their compositions were simple, catchy keys-guitar-drum machine odes, soaked in as...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

LOCAL TIDBITS: SCIENCE ROCKS, FRANK EXITS & MORE STOOGES...

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Just a reminder that Wonder Twin Laura Witkowski is the brains behind yet another "Science Rocks" extravaganza -- the second one, actually -- tomorrow night, March 18th, at the Detroit Science Center. The local musical faves appearing include Silverghost, the Prime Ministers, Darling Imperial and the Electric Fire Babies. I...

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The Calcination of Scout Niblett

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM

This far into her career, the work produced by England's Scout Niblett has become synonymous with the genre of stripped-down grrl rock put forth by PJ Harvey and Cat Power. For the most part, it's been an apt comparison; there's definitely a lonesome, searching sound and melancholy feeling pervading her...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE 'JAZZ,' DON'T CALL COPS AT MOCAD

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM

ROVA Saxophone Quartet plays Detroit for the first time on Friday (hey, they’ve only been around since the late 1970s), which gives us an excuse to write about the bizarre contretemps involving ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs, a disgruntled fan and Spanish police late last year. According to an account in...

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IGGY POP: BEST. SPEECH. EVER!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 2:07 PM

I just spent several hours on the Internet, searching for Iggy Pop’s entire acceptance speech following the Stooges' induction (finally – “It’s about fucking time!” Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong bellowed at the end of his excellent induction speech) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night. Can’t...

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Friday, March 12, 2010

LOCAL TIDBITS: WEEKEND SHOWS, UPCOMING RELEASES, WHITE STRIPES, RUNAWAYS & MORE...

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 11:25 AM

A couple of notable shows this weekend to mention: Scott Campbell, leader of the Sillies and co-owner of the legendary Bookie's punk club is hosting another "Bookie's Anniversary Reunion Show," tonight (Friday, March 12th) at the Rack & Roll Club in Riverview (13634 Sibley Rd., 734-283-3100. A film documentary on...

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