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Monday, February 11, 2013

City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 10:02 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 up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to mt.cityslang@gmail.com.

BZ and the Riff Kids say that they are bringing a new sound to Detroit by combining rock and rap in the purist form. That’s fair enough too; there’s no Limp Bizkit bullshit posturing about these guys. The riffs mentioned in the band name are fluid and natural, while the rhymes are laid back and super-cool. It all fits together seamlessly rather than sounding like some sort of crap Sugar Ray / Crazy Town-inspired musical, commercial patchwork quilt.

With St. Paddy’s Day just around the corner, a new album from local Irish-country-folk-sters the Codgers is just what the doctor ordered. These guys allow the lyrics to carry the aggression rather than going the Flogging Molly / Dropkick Murphys route of riffing heavy over the trad tunes. The opening “Blue Angels” is beautiful, and the quality never dips from there. Each song feels like a story, or an ode to someone dead or beautiful or both.

Click here to join the City Slang Turntable community!!!

BZ and the Riff Kids say that they are bringing a new sound to Detroit by combining rock and rap in the purist form. That’s fair enough too; there’s no Limp Bizkit bullshit posturing about these guys. The riffs mentioned in the band name are fluid and natural, while the rhymes are laid back and super-cool. It all fits together seamlessly rather than sounding like some sort of crap Sugar Ray / Crazy Town-inspired musical, commercial patchwork quilt.

With St. Paddy’s Day just around the corner, a new album from local Irish-country-folk-sters the Codgers is just what the doctor ordered. These guys allow the lyrics to carry the aggression rather than going the Flogging Molly / Dropkick Murphys route of riffing heavy over the trad tunes. The opening “Blue Angels” is beautiful, and the quality never dips from there. Each song feels like a story, or an ode to someone dead or beautiful or both.

Click here to join the City Slang Turntable community!!!


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