Sunday, November 30, 2014

That one time when Juan Atkins namechecked 'Metro Times'

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

While taking shelter from the snow at Temple Bar on Friday, I was amused when DJ Peter Croce pointed out that Model 500's 1985 record "Night Drive (Thru-Babylon)" namechecks none other than Metro Times. Via Rap Genius:  Well ... I'm driving in a black on black in black Porsche...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We're not sure if this town is big enough for that factory-sized techno club

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM

You've probably already heard about one Dimitri Hegemann, the "techno entrepreneur" who transformed a Berlin department store into a now-legendary nightclub, with his sights now set on doing the same in Detroit's old Fisher Body 21 plant. It's a romantic idea, filled with peace, love, and techno — exactly the kind...

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UPDATE: Dej Loaf makes national television debut on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

[UPDATE 9:08 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25014: Watch the clip of the performance, which is Dej Loaf's national television debut, below.]  Dej Loaf, the reluctant hip-hop star, will be the musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this evening, Monday, Nov. 24. The episode airs at 11:35 p.m. EST....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Watch Patti Smith interview David Lynch (and vice versa)

Posted By on Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

"The Godmother of Punk" met "the first popular Surrealist" when Patti Smith and David Lynch recently interviewed each other for the a segment on BBC Newsnight's 'Encounters' series. Among the topics discussed was anti-Putin punk rock guerilla protest group Pussy Riot, who Smith met at Chicago's Riot Fest back in...

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Friday, November 21, 2014

R&R Saloon abruptly closes, Macho City moves to Menjo's for now

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Detroit gay bar the R&R Saloon has abruptly closed, according to a Facebook post by Michael Trombley last night, who was supposed to DJ there as part of Macho City on Saturday, Nov. 29. Trombley says this Saturday, Nov. 22, will be the final day the bar is open....

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Check out Kid Rock's new Niagara-inspired bass drum

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Earlier, we reported that Kid Rock cut a check for $20,000 to author Rob St. Mary to help realize his planned Orbit Magazine anthology, to be released on Wayne State University Press next fall. St. Mary had set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the project with various prizes for...

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. to return to the Crofoot this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Home may be where the heart is, but according to Dan Zott of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., it’s also where the party is. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., which is made up of Zott and fellow Metro Detroiter, Josh Epstein, is currently on the final leg of a 22-show tour, which...

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Juan Atkins returns with new Model 500 music

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins has announced his first new record as Model 500 in 16 years, according to Resident Advisor. The third album under the Model 500 name, it will be released on Atkins' own Metroplex Records label in January 2015. In 1981, Atkins and one Richard Davis...

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Lifetime's Aaliyah movie gets blasted from every corner of the Internet

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

A forbidden love, a tragic death, and a young woman who shattered racial barriers in both pop music and the big screen should have been more than enough dramatic fodder for a movie based on the life of one of Detroit's biggest success stories. Unfortunately, Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of...

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

ICYMI: Alan Oldham on Detroit techno's 'big booties, stiletto heels, spaceships, and robots'

Posted By on Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM

In case you missed it, Red Bull Music Academy has an interview with Alan Oldham, the illustrator and DJ whose comic book-influenced "big booties, stiletto heels, spaceships, and robots” defined the Afro-Futuristic look of Detroit techno. In his own words: “Detroit techno, in my view, was originally about futurism,” he says....

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