Thursday, April 28, 2011

Eminem Makes History (Again)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

If there's a high-priced PR team behind Eminem right now their jobs probably don't need to exist. The Detroit representative seems to be in the news every other day at this point for something he's genuinely accomplished without any exaggeration or hype. After already becoming the first person to...

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Esquire Magazine 'Last Night In Detroit' feature, Lightning Love in Billboard Battle of the Bands

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

For its annual songwriting challenge feature, Esquire Magazine gathered five musicians– Detroit's own Brendan Benson and Ben Blackwell in addition to Dhani Harrison, Raphael Saadiq, and Dierks Bentley– in the Motor City for a fashion shoot for its May 2011 issue. Esquire also challenged the musicians to write a...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New J Dilla "Geek Down" Video + Contest

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM

The good folks at Stones Throw Records are currently running a contest encouraging people to create brand new video content for any song in their wide catalog. Everything from Jaylib to Mayer Hawthorne to MF DOOM and beyond is fair game and there's a $1,000 cash prize going to whoever...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Eminem, Mayer Hawthorne & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Confirmed For Lollapalooza

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 2:03 AM

After it was rumored a few months back that Eminem would grab a headlining slot at the 20th incarnation of Lollapalooza, it was made official at midnight, that Em, along with Foo Fighters, Muse, and Coldplay will headline the 3-day Chicago festival. Fellow Detroiter's Mayer Hawthorne and The County and...

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Dr. Gholz will plug you in now — at DPL

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Longtime Metro Times contributor Carlton Gholz is now Dr. Carlton Gholz, having recently defended his Ph.D. dissertation for the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Communication. The title is a fitting one for one of the co-founders of our Subterraneans column investigating techno, dance culture and the like. That title would...

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Plural Circle bandleader Ed Nuccilli ... another jazz loss

Posted By on Sun, Apr 24, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Sad to report that Ed Nuccilli, leader of the band Plural Circle, has passed away after a long illness, according to family writing on his Facebook page Saturday. Nuccilli was a consummate arranger of his own originals and the works of the greats. When his group was featured during the...

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Patti Smith in Time Magazine's 100 most influential in the world

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Michael Stipe writes reverently about Patti Smith and her relevance/importance in his life and our culture in Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people on earth in 2011. Telling video (below) accompanies the piece that sees Patti talking of her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith and his influence on...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chrysler Taps Dr. Dre For New Advertising Campaign

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Chrysler keeps getting smarter and more hip with their advertisements. Fresh off of the overwhelming success of using Detroit hip-hop star Eminem in their commercial for the new Chrysler 200 during this year's Super Bowl, the suits in Auburn Hills have agreed to bring on Eminem's mentor, Dr. Dre,...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TV On the Radio Bassist Gerard Smith Dies -- Tonight's Show Canceled

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 7:50 PM

In what has proven to be the saddest and most unexpected bit of music news to break all day, TV on the Radio's long-time bassist Gerard Smith passed away this morning after battling lung cancer. The band was supposed to be taking the stage in roughly in hour at...

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Theo Parrish Refixes Owiny Sigoma Band's "Wires"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Creating globally smart music doesn't always require a passport, but it never hurts if you have one handy. Just ask a handful of British dudes who've been making music in London for years in the vein of the sometimes loved and loathed genre of Afropop. Roughly a year ago, they...

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