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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The untold story of Detroit hip hop and potentially embarassing Eminem footage

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Public Enemy mastermind and mouthpiece Chuck D narrates this trailer of an upcoming film about the halcyon days of Motor City rap and it shows, among other things, hilarious shots of a very young Eminem picking his nose and hanging with then-tutor Champtown and sporting a mini high top fade....

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Live Review: Guitar Wolf w/Gorevette and Cheap Time. Wednesday, May. 18 at the Magic Stick

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 8:46 AM

The ever perceptive and extremely hardworking Black Iris booking brings another amazing show to the Magic Stick. Japan’s completely bonkers trio Guitar Wolf unleashed their leather-clad brand of punk rock on an extremely receptive crowd Wednesday night. Detroit’s Gorevette opened the night with a set of bouncy, sneering rock. The...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Belita Woods benefit: A few pics

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

R&B and funk performers and fans were out in force Sunday night to raise funds for the ailing P-Funk singer Belita Woods. We arrived at the event at Bert's Warehouse late, and got the news that we'd missed, among others, Cash McCall, Ortheia Barnes, Motown Tim, Roger Tucker and members...

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Passalacqua's "Words With Friends"

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Are you a fan of the popular play-on-your-phone game Words With Friends? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I get so much enjoyment out of this game. I wish there was a rap song about it.” Well, your wish is Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua’s command. Too bad you can't play...

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Baker's Keyboard swings into a new era

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM

A new era kicked off this weekend at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge with new owners Hugh W. Smith III and Eric Whitaker officially taking over. It was good news back a few months ago when the venerable jazz institution – and not just for the Detroit as the oldest jazz club...

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Download Mayer Hawthorne's New Covers EP

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

This week, one of Michigan's best received young musicians, Andrew Cohen -- better known as Mayer Hawthorne -- released an interesting EP of covers entitled Impressions. Despite containing only six songs, Impressions actually covers a lot of ground. It's an adventurous project that ranges from covers of classic songs...

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Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Today, Detroit music legend Stevie Wonder turns 61-years-old. He's responsible for writing and singing some of the best soul songs of all time and has been a fixture in Detroit's musical DNA since he was just a kid recording tunes for the Motown corporation. There's no shortage of career...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sunday fundraiser to help P-Funk's Belita Woods

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Those who were there in the day, and serious students of R&B of yore, know the name and work of Belita Woods going back to her ’60s sides for Ollie McLaughlin’s Moira label and ’70s work with the group Brainstorm (she had the lead vocals on “Loving is Really My...

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Live Review: Pikacyu-Makoto w/Space Band, Deaf Beasts and Mugu Guymen. Saturday, May. 7 at the Old Miami

Posted By on Sun, May 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Saturday was a wild night at the Old Miami. Capping off Scrummage Records' weekend Cinco de Mayo festivities with a bang, the club booked some of the most frenzied and noisiest bands they could find. Principal among them were the Japanese duo Pikacyu-Makoto, consisting of Pikacyu from the duo Afrirampo...

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Live Review: Melvin Davis w/Jeni Lee Richey & the Great Tribulation. Friday, May. 6 at PJ’s Lager House

Posted By on Sat, May 7, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Legendary soul man Melvin Davis touched down in Detroit at PJ’s Lager House last night. The 69-year-old veteran packed the club and, by the end of the night, had the entire place rocking like the soul clubs of yore. Prepping for his 17-date tour of Europe starting next month, Detroit’s...

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