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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Six Christmas songs actually worth hearing, even in January

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" (get it?) is notable for being the first hip-hop track released by a major label. It was a long fight to get the music thought of as anything but novelty music by "the industry." But then, all Christmas songs are inherently novelty numbers, and this...

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A message for the new year from Otis + Carla

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 9:33 AM

I was going to post more New Year's songs than this one, and perhaps put up a few decent takes on "Auld Lang Syne." But I already did a list of inspirational songs for this time of year. And really, you only need one song for this holiday, today....

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Blues great Alberta Adams dead at 97

Posted By on Thu, Dec 25, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Alberta Adams, "the Queen of the Blues," died early on Christmas in Dearborn of congestive heart failure. She was 97. Fortunately, Brett Callwood had the chance to interview Adams earlier this year. Revisit the piece here....

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's supposed to be snowing not raining this Christmas eve, but whatever here are three great rain songs

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Never trust a person who says that they love the rain. That person is either a liar, or they have very strange taste. When it comes to music, however, there are loads of great songs about the rain, probably because it's the perfect weather to be inside and banging...

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Your soundtrack to making fun of this Scientology Christmas catalog

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Not sure if you've seen this amazing Scientology Christmas catalog yet. It's pretty unbelievable, even within the entire unbelievablity of their enterprise. I just started working here, so I do not want to get the place sued. In no way will I refer to Scientology as "a cult."...

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Palmer Woods' Music in Homes brings jazz to some of Detroit's most beautiful residences

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Palmer Woods' Music in Homes series brings jazz, classical, and world music to one of Detroit's historic and beautiful residential neighborhoods. Its 8th season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 27 with the Armond Jackson Quintet ... which has unfortunately sold out. However, there are plenty more concerts planned from January...

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Two groovy retro-soul live shows for your holiday times

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

You've probably thought about your New Year's plans quite a bit already. But what about those other days in-between the 25th and Jan. 1. Surely, you might want to get out of the house and jump around to some live music, no? We've got quite the one-two punch if...

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Happy 104th birthday to Detroit's great gospel shouter Elder Roma Wilson

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Detroit’s music history is so rich, varied and reaches back so many decades that a lot of its most important musicians live among us, often obscure and unknown—even within their own communities. Today we’d like to bring your attention to the fabulous Elder Roma Wilson, who turns 104 years-old...

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Update: Deadline extended for MT's 'America's Got Talent' contest

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

[UPDATE Monday, Dec. 22, 2014] The deadline has now been extended until January 12, 2015. So let's see those auditions! We already know Detroit's got plenty of talent — we cover talented Detroiters each and every week here in Metro Times (we're convinced there's something in our water). But...

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

A super beautiful folk record for this unexpectedly sunny solstice

Posted By on Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Montreal-based singer/songwriter Myriam Gendron made the coolest record in 2014 by taking poems written by Dorothy Parker and making them into these killer, sweet songs. I only knew of Parker as a great Algonquin Table satirist famous for her quick wit, and had no idea she wrote poems at...

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