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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

City Slang: There’s a new solo album from the MC5’s Wayne Kramer on the way

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Wayne Kramer, guitarist with legendary Detroit band the MC5, is about to release a solo jazz record called Lexington. When asked about the album title, Kramer said, “I had buried my penitentiary experience in my psyche, but after a few years of sobriety I started looking inward into how...

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Metro Times Blowout Dates Announced, Submissions Accepted

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Now in its 17th year, Metro Times Blowout continues its run as one of the most legendary music events in metro Detroit. Thousands of bands from every genre imaginable have played everything from large music venues to the back rooms of dive bars. It's in these places that music...

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City Slang: This week at Trinosophes

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

This Friday, January 24, Trinosophes hosts Tony Holland with Djallo Djakate, Joel Peterson and Clarence Williams. They say, “A member of the front-line of Detroit's legendary Griot Galaxy, saxophonist Tony Holland is debuting this new group as part of Friday avant-jazz series. A fiery player on all the saxophones,...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to Steve Scott Country’s Those Tears I’ve Cried (Bona Vita) comes with the tag line “Made in Detroit: Rustbelt country Americana at its best!” Sorry...

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Fun to help at-risk LGBT Detroiters

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The band Fun has launched a campaign to raise $250,000 for a community health center for at-risk, young LGBT people at the Ruth Ellis Center, with the Ally Coalition. The Ally Coalition was started by the members of Fun, plus designer Rachel Antonoff. They say, “Our mission is to...

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Listening to: Gentleman Jack by Kopelli

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM

A Toast. Cheers. “Salud / Celebrating like we got it all” –   Kopelli Gentleman Jack “Salud.” That’s where Kopelli leaves us, as his debut solo album’s closing ballad unwinds, “Celebrating like we got it all.” That mentality, celebration of self and of one’s support network despite life’s inevitable...

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City Slang: Bootsey X gets a fitting send-off

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

On Saturday night at the Tangent Gallery, friends of Bootsey X gathered to pay tribute to the singer, who died on November 28 after a long battle with brain cancer. As Bootsey’s long-time friend Joseph Michnuk said from the stage, “Fuck brain cancer.” The Lovemasters (and others) performed on...

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Listening to: Dum Dum Girls (3.30 -in Ferndale)

Posted By on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Too True Sub Pop For a band tagged as “garage-rock” when it debuted five years ago, Dum Dum Girls have proven to be more moody new-wave with their delicately distorted vocals and shimmying rhythms. Their most startlingly pretty moments come in their quieter refrains; they bloom in their downbeat...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Gary Grimshaw funeral this Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

The funeral of beloved local artist Gary Grimshaw will be held at the MOCAD on Sunday, January 19 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Scarab Club. MOCAD will host visitation the day before, Saturday, January 18 from 6-8 p.m., with music to follow. Grimshaw died...

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Malkmus & the Jicks in Ferndale

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks perform on Feb 21st at the Loving Touch (22634 Woodward in Ferndale) with Dissapears. 8pm - $20 – more info: Wig Out At Jag Bags Matador The opening track’s guitars have a spacey-sounding warble lilted over a marching beat and they matche the...

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