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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Sights Tour Diary Entry No. 29: Can't Explain

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 9:09 PM

It's early. As usual, the only one to be awake before me is Shades. We're in LA, and he's run off to check on some things he's left here. That isn't some cover for a drug run, the man actually has stuff here. I have no idea what, but, you...

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City Slang: Weekly music reviews

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 1:42 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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Beekeepers

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

The Beekeepers are a band I'd rather let speak for themselves.   When punks play jazz inside a carnival tent after closing, loony warbles, ritzy tophat-tweaked shuffles, hi-hats over haunting drones, irreverent lyrics of nightmarish frivolity, saxophones like heffalumps and woozles whirling up and down checkered Escher-ian stairwells, drums...

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Monday, July 30, 2012

City Slang: Backpack Festival this weekend

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 5:45 AM

The 7th annual Backpack Festival takes place August 4-5 at the New Center Park in Detroit from midday to midnight each day. Derrick May, techno music innovator Mad Mike of Underground Resistance, SCP founder Judy Shelton, and John Collins (UR), and it aims to raise money and collect school supplies...

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

City Slang: Kem’s Mack & Third Live concludes with Maze

Posted By on Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Contemporary Motown star Kem’s Mack & Third Live: A Call to Service event will conclude with a headline performance by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The concert is free and includes a food drive aiming to help the homeless. It all happens August 26 at Detroit’s Cass Park. “We are so...

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Sights Tour Diary Entry No. 28: Jamming with the Peacekeepers

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Jamming with the Peacekeepers We woke up Tuesday morning after the St. Louis gig at the Schwab manor and made our way to the next gig with Tenacious D: Kansas City. The last time The Sights played Kansas City was on our first tour in 2000 when gas was something...

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City Slang: New releases from Five Three Dial Tone

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Awesome local label Five Three Dial Tone Records has a couple of great new releases available, featuring Phantasmagoria and Johnny Headband. Phantasmagoria’s Currents is the label’s first 12” LP, and the peeps there are understandably proud. “We've pressed 300 copies of Currents and, as usual, 50 of those are...

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Bring On The Light

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Lac La Belle ...soundin' like... Songs from longlost cabins given fresh luminescence by the flicker-flame dynamics of a pair of talented banjo ticklers, acoustical twangers and charismatic balladeers. Detroit voices affecting tall-tale-ish ramblings for river-creek crossings, branch-swinging bravado bards slung through Appalachian-slopes, bolstered by the rich resonance of those buzzy...

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City Slang: Whitey Morgan at the Chelsea Sounds & Sights Fest

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 5:35 AM

Outlaw country boys Whitey Morgan & the 78s play the Chelsea Sounds & Sights Fest tonight, Friday, July 27. The band goes onstage at 7pm and cover is $5. It’s country night, and Morgan is on a bill with the Blue River Band. Saturday’s bill feayure Billy Mack & the...

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Sights Tour Diary Entry No. 27: They're Gonna Hang Your Picture, Up There On That Wall

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

They're gonna hang your picture, up there on that wall... We're driving through Missouri on our way to Kansas City for tonight's gig with Tenacious D. We're passing a beautiful countryside and Ronnie Lane's first solo record is our soundtrack--it's a perfect cocktail for the afternoon. We played Tulsa with...

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