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Sunday, July 31, 2011

City Slang: Drew Podgorski keeps getting better

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Back in April of this year, I wrote a piece about a benefit show for Drew Podgorski, the singer and guitarist from local punk bands Running With Panthers and Just Ask. Podgorski had suffered a stroke and was (and is) battling heroically through his tough-as-fuck rehabilitation. I met Drew...

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

City Slang: Mittenfest VI applications due

Posted By on Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 4:29 PM

If you and / or your band wants to play at this year’s Mittenfest, you’d better act fast as the application process ends at midnight on August 1. “After raising a record $15,000 for youth literacy non-profit organization 826michigan last year, Mittenfest is poised to return with 5 days...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

City Slang: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor at the UDetroit Café

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:32 PM

The Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor played at the UDetroit Café on Thursday evening as part of the Motorcity Special web broadcast that also featured the Trash Brats and, of course, City Slang on the bill. The Sisters is an interesting little trio. In 2009, reviewing the self-titled LP...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

City Slang: Amy Gore brings her Valentines to the Stick

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

This Saturday, July 30, Amy Gore & the Valentines plays the Magic Stick in Detroit. It should be a good time for everyone. City Slang caught up with Gore to get the lowdown on the show. You're now Valentines instead of Squires (as the band were called at this...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

City Slang: “Timeless Treasures” revisited

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

They really don’t make bands like the Gaylords anymore and, to be honest, that’s probably a good thing. I first became aware of the band when reading David Carson’s magnificent book, Grit, Noise & Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock ’N’Roll. They pop up in chapter 3, when Carson...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

City Slang: Poet and singer/songwriter David Blair passes away (updated with links, videos)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM

We are extremely saddened today to learn that David Blair has passed away. At the time of writing, no confirmed details were available but no foul play is suspected. Blair was an award winning poet and singer/songwriter. A 2010 Callaloo Fellow and a National Poetry Slam Champion, his books...

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City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Remember – if you send it, it will get reviewed. That’s the City Slang promise. It doesn’t matter what genre the music is – as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it’ll get in. Preferably, we’d like to concentrate on new releases but, while we’re getting warmed...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

City Slang: Hellmouth on being bitter, old and pissed off

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Not long ago, I interviewed local hardcore/metal crossover band Hellmouth for Alternative Press magazine. The piece was pretty small, so much of the interview didn’t get used. However, I saved it and I now present it to you. Hellmouth consisted at the time of Jay Navarro (vocals), Jeff Uberti...

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Paul McCartney @ CoPa Setlist, Recap & Photos

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 4:58 PM

  Last night Paul McCartney brought his latest band to Detroit proper for the first time since playing Olympia Stadium during the 1976 Wings Over America Tour (something that stuck with McCartney for a while.) McCartney also came to Michigan in 2005 with this same band but brought the two-night...

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City Slang: Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth remembers his Michigan beginnings

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Many people aren’t aware that Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley is from Michigan and he started his career with local hardcore band the Crucifucks. He has been with the Sonic Youth since 1985, but that hasn’t stopped him working with other people as well. I interviewed Shelley for UK...

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