Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Inner vision

A Detroit balladeer who arranges and produces his own material

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM

When it comes to consistency within the male contemporary R&B realm, perhaps nobody delivers steady grooves as regularly as hometown crooner Dwele. The 32-year-old Grammy-nominated singer has a way of merging soul, jazzy production and hip hop better than almost anyone, which is why such artists as Kanye West and...

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Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM

With Recovery, Eminem adds to that sobering (sorry) roster of artists who, well, first of all, are capable of piloting their way back from substance abuse to tell the world about it in terms cryptic, cathartic and crystalline. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that Eminem...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Swampadelic stripper din

Sonic upstarts' most complete record yet

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Dutch Pink has been sculpting its baroque, barroom stomp sound since 2004, but it wasn't clear until 2007's Six Little Songs for Ourselves, a brief series of sonnets set to disconcerting melodies, what the band was capable of. More than anything, however, the EP was proof this Detroit trio could...

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Notes for Haiti

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Released June 1 — the day Hurricane Season was officially announced, as it were — the digital download album Notes for Haiti is, we're pleased to report, not a natural disaster. It is, however, a soulful compilation of cuts from some of the best Detroit and Los Angeles hip hop....

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Punk Goes Classic Rock

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM

There are two genre definitions in question here. First, do the 15 bands contained qualify as "punk"? There's even a local band, Marysville's Every Avenue. Also, what qualifies as "classic rock" nowadays, when Hendrix sits comfortably alongside Eddie Money, Beck and Blondie? Bullshit aside, there's some fun here: VersaEmerge's version...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Detroit @ Bonnaroo Videos

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Frontier Ruckus takes their backcountry show to the camp grounds of Bonnaroo and Mayer Hawthorne introduces the rowdy crowd to "Maybe So, Maybe No." As I return from yet another exhausting Bonnaroo and attempt to recharge my batteries, it's half heartedly that I say next year will be a tough...

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Posted on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM

From our grumpy copy editor, a guy who's known to actually venture out from time to time, and brave other human beings .... Went to see Gordon Lightfoot at the Fox Theatre Sunday evening. He mentioned his first concert in the States was in '65 at Masonic Temple, with Oscar...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Detroit & Cali rap for haiti

Posted on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM

With all that's going on in the Gulf -- you know, with what could be up to one-million gallons of crude gushing from the center of the globe per day thanks to the assholes at BP and Haliburton -- it seems the devastation in Haiti, a nation still left in...

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Detroit Does Bonnaroo Day 3-4

Posted By on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 7:08 PM

The two biggest acts from Detroit took the main What Stage yesterday back to back as Jack White’s The Dead Weather’s set was fueled by lead singer Alison Mosshart’s animalistic antics, but Stevie Wonder would easily prove to be the show of the entire weekend, lifting all witnesses a...

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Detroit Does Bonnaroo - Days 1-2

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 12:03 AM

With spotty wi-fi, hot mud, stinky hippies and a flow of overwhelming mediocrity from The Kings of Leon on the main stage, here are day 1 and 2 updates on Detroit's brightest at Bonnaroo. As one of the trio of acts to start the festivities Thursday afternoon, rollicking folk...

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