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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

City Slang: “Reach Out” revisited

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Maybe I am the only person that needs to revisit, or even to visit, Reach Out. It does, after all, feature some of the Four Tops’ biggest hits, not least the monster “Reach Out I’ll Be There”. But it’s the covers and lesser known songs that hold the most...

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Arse lickers! Jack White does Insane Clown Posse and, um, the essence of some dead dude named Mozart.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:41 AM

It's pretty obvious that Jack White is a master of celebrity. Hell, even old Alice Cooper's got nothin' on him there. And what better platform to sustain said celeb status than on the one erected by our very own Insane Clown Posse on the backs of a million dedicated...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:07 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, August 29, 2011

City Slang: RIP Dan Sicko

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

We are saddened to learn today that writer Dan Sicko passed away on Sunday, having battled ocular melanoma, a form of eye cancer, since he was diagnosed in 2008. He was just 42. Sicko was a freelance writer with publications like Wire, but he’ll be best remembered for his...

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

City Slang: Three Small Stone bands to tour the States together

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Three bands that are on the roster of Royal Oak-based label Small Stone Records are to tour together. Backwoods Payback, Lo-Pan and Suplecs will be spreading their stoner metal across the United States. The Detroit date is at the Corktown Tavern on September 29, and the three bands will...

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

City Slang: The Seatbelts rock the People’s Arts Festival

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

On years gone by, the People’s Arts Festival has been plagued by rain-related issues. Thankfully, this year saw no such problems and the sun was shining down as Saturday saw the festival kick off without a hitch. That’s great too, because a lot of work goes into putting this...

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Friday, August 26, 2011

City Slang: People’s Arts Festival this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend (weather permitting), the fifth annual People’s Arts Festival takes place at the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., Detroit. Admission, as always, is free, and the event runs from 11am-midnight on Saturday, and 11am-6pm on Sunday. The People’s Arts Festival is fast becoming...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

City Slang: Alice Cooper releases Rolling Stones-esque single

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM

The first single from Alice Cooper’s new Welcome 2 My Nightmare album is tastefully entitled “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” and, according to Alice, it’s a tribute to the Stones. "This is my tip-of-the-hat to early Rolling Stones," says Alice, "Like in 1964/65 when their songs were very Chuck...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Remembering Gil Scott-Heron ... and a jazz chart success

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Poet-musician-rap progenitor Gil Scott-Heron was remembered and honored at last weekend’s African World Festival along with Bob Marley and Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Scott-Heron is honored again Thursday (Aug. 25) in acoustic music, poetry and prose with performances by jessica Care moore, Invincible, and Ren Cen outside the Charles H. Wright...

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City Slang: “Rollin’ & Tumblin’” revisited

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I don’t even know if “revisited” is the right word here. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ might be one of the most criminally overlooked albums to have ever come out of Detroit, so it was never really visited in the first place, or at least, not by nearly as many people...

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