Tuesday, January 31, 2012

City Slang: Hear Jack White’s debut solo single

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 6:43 AM

We’re taking a break from the weekly music review roundup this week, kinda. Jack White’s debut solo single, “Love Interruption”, can be heard by clicking here. The single is the first from the Blunderbuss album, available on April 24 on Third Man Records/Columbia. The record can be pre-ordered via...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

City Slang: Free Sex

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

One woman band Sex Police, aka Alexis Ford, is offering her Live @ WCBN mini album as a free download. The Ypsilanti noise merchant is drumming up (no pun intended) a huge buzz (again, no pun...) with a sound reminiscent of Grosse Pointe rocker Man Inc. Get that free...

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

City Slang: Detroit Land

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I’m gonna keep this short because it’s Sunday and I haven’t slept in a week. But I have to advise all City Slang readers to read Richard Bak’s fantastic recent book, Detroit Land, out via Wayne State Press (who also published my own MC5 and Stooges books, if you’ll...

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

City Slang: Ferndale has the winter blues

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The 11th annual Ferndale Metro Blues Festival started on Friday (sorry for the late post). Fear not, it runs until February 4, so there’s plenty of time to catch some great music. The festival has stretch its wings a little this year and, despite the name, includes venues in...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

City Slang: Time to get dirty

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Not strictly a music story, we know, but this feel appropriate to City Slang anyway. The 13th annual Dirty Show takes place at Bert’s Warehouse in Detroit between February 10-18th. Organized as ever by former Boners main man and Orbit Magazine editor Jerry Vile, the Dirty Show has evolved...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

This Weekend, Last Month, Next Month: Cass McCombs, Jet Rodriguez, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Cass McCombs got topical last week — putting out a song in solidarity with PFC Bradley Manning, the soon-to-be-court-martialed WikiLeaks whistleblower who allegedly smuggled numerous secret files out of a military intelligence center onto a thumb drive more than 18 months ago. His woozy warble, the reverb-heavy organ and...

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City Slang: Christian prog rock at the Ritz

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Christian rockers Sweet Crystal play the Ritz in Warren on February 4, with Medisin Wheel and Quick Ritual. Doors are at 7. The band, which won the 2011 DMA for “Outstanding Gospel/Christian Act”, has a classic rock sound that can be enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike. While Christian...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

City Slang: “Are You Green?” revisited

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM

It has been nearly 12 bloody years now since the Sights, led by self-confessed anglophile Eddie Baranek, unleashed this debut album and caused a ripple, to their inevitable delight, over in Blighty. “Detroit” is a stamp of quality in England, like putting “Angus” on beef, so a Detroit band...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 3:05 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, January 23, 2012

City Slang: Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”, and the Detroit connection

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM

City Slang was sad to learn about the passing of Etta James last week. A lot was written about the woman with the beautiful voice, and we don’t have much to add besides the fact that, though not a Detroiter, she sounded authentic, honest, ragged and earthy enough to...

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