Saturday, March 31, 2012

Why Am I Grinding My Teeth?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 10:47 AM

It smacks of something Voidoidian... just as Richard Hell christened his punk brethren the Blank Generation...this MC/DJ duo, by merely putting the word in ALL CAPS in a subtle sans serif, sprawled across a record cover, can come that much closer to an apt characterization of "new millennium hip-hop."...

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City Slang: Subscribe to Crenshaw

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Marshall Crenshaw is inviting fans to subscribe to a two-year, six-EP series, each released on 10” picture sleeve vinyl and as a digital download. All of the information can be found here. Crenshaw is aiming to raise $32,000 to make the project happen, and at the time of writing...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

City Slang: Janiva Magness is coming home

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 5:36 AM

On April 12, blues and soul singer Janiva Magness will perform at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. The singer, dubbed "one of the most fiery and original vocalists in contemporary blues and soul...thoughtful, inventive and almost unerringly on the money" by Mojo Magazine will be celebrating the release of...

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Child Bite's vinyl + Terrible Twos' cassette

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I would consider both of these releases to be, how shall I put it... "engaging" listens – ...makes you feel like a corked bat bungee-corded to motorboat propellers... Indeed, hard to sit still when you’re listening to either Child Bite or the Terrible Twos. Both bands are way past their...

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City Slang: Jill Jack is a Sunflower Girl

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:37 AM

Singer/songwriter Jill Jack will officially release her new Sunflower Girl album at the Royal Oak Music Theater on May 12. That show will be the first of a string of national dates, as Jack is releasing the album across the country. “I feel I am in a really good...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

City Slang: “Lady Soul” revisited

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Lady Soul, released back in ‘68, was Aretha Franklin’s second R&B chart-topping album. It’s not hard to see why the masses took to the record when looking down the track-listing, but it would be a mistake to think that this album is little more than Aretha-goes-pop. This thing burns....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 2:16 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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HandGrenades - Album Release + Video Premier - 3/30 (Magic Stick)

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Nick thinks, just maybe, this might not be the Dirtbombs’ city anymore. “I mean, I think the young crowd’s starting to take over a little bit I don’t know how ‘young,’ or what ‘young’ means ” Nick Chevillet, bassist/guitarist/singer for the Handgrenades, is pulsing with a sort of nervous inspiration;...

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Detroit Music. A Photographic Retrospective

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Doug Coombe told me that the Detroit music scene keeps on reinventing itself. Sure, certain bands or artists seem to hang around, continuing to sing and slug and strum it out for years on end, but in the grander scope, one can detect nuanced waves, preciously fleeting moments of musical...

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City Slang: Black Dahlia Murder to tour Canada and finish in Detroit

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 6:38 AM

The Black Dahlia Murder will continue the North American tour by hitting much of Canada through May, before finishing off at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit on June 2. Joining them on the Canadian Ritual Tour will be Exhumed and the gloriously named Fuck the Facts. According to a...

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