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Friday, November 1, 2019

Doom metal pioneers Pentagram will stop at the Sanctuary in Hamtramck

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Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 9:28 AM

Unfortunately, it seems like it’s always one step forward and two steps back with heavy metal icons Pentagram. Founded some 50 years ago in northern Virginia, the band earned a cult following thanks to its pioneering of a druggy, sludgy sound that would eventually be known as doom metal....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

The unsinkable legend, Celine Dion, will grace us with first metro Detroit concert in 11 years

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Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Near, far, wherever you are, a Celine Dion ballad is probably playing, because she’s an unsinkable French-Canadian hit-making powerhouse whose heart and incredible show-womanship will go on and on. The incomparable 51-year-old diva is closing the book on a massive record-breaking 16-year residency in Las Vegas, which was arranged...

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Classic rock band Journey skips 'South Detroit' on 2020 tour

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 1:40 PM

In one of the rock band Journey's most famous songs, 1981's "Don't Stop Believin'," former frontman Steve Perry famously belts "born and raised in South Detroit" — forever establishing the track as a Motor City sports stadium staple and bar closing-time go-to, despite the fact that there is no...

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Big Freedia brings New Orleans Bounce to Detroit's Saint Andrew's Hall with Low Cut Connie

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Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 12:21 PM

One nation, under azz: Booty-shaking icon and queen of New Orleans Bounce Big Freedia is twerking through the Motor City. For the unenlightened, Big Freedia is, well, kind of a big deal. Earlier this year, the 41-year-old New Orleans-based queer icon landed a Billboard magazine cover with fellow LGBTQ+...

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Rock icons Sleater-Kinney head to Detroit's Majestic Theatre — without longtime drummer

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Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:36 AM

When longtime Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss announced she was splitting from the band, weeks before the release of its St. Vincent-produced ninth studio album, The Center Won’t Hold, citing its “new direction,” it seemed to spell trouble for the rock ’n’ roll icons. Weiss’s drumming had become every bit...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

One-man orchestra Dixon's Violin brings transportive soundscapes to Ferndale

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 5:11 PM

Do not underestimate the power of a man and his violin. Dixon, who first picked up the violin at 10 and maintained the hobby for 25 years, encountered an existential crossroads after feeling trapped in his corporate career. That is until he, like others, wandered to the Black Rock...

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Michigan native Jesse Palter to bring jazz-pop balladry to Detroit's Willis Show Bar

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 5:06 PM

West Bloomfield-native and singer-songwriter Jesse Palter found herself severing some ties this year with the release of her debut full-length solo record, Paper Trail, which took more than three years to materialize and serves as her formal transition from classic jazz to pop balladry. She's written music since the...

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Detroit's Anna Burch heads to Detroit's Deluxx Fluxx with Amy O and Advance Base

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 4:45 PM

Since releasing her stunning and heartache-y debut, 2018’s Quit the Curse, Anna Burch has taken her wry musings on closeness on the road and around the globe. At the time of its release, Burch separated from her membership in Matthew Milia-fronted folk mainstay Frontier Ruckus and signed to Polyvinyl,...

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LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is coming to Detroit to DJ

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 4:29 PM

James Murphy is many things: frontman of indie rock darlings LCD Soundsystem, restaurateur, and unfortunate doppelgänger of the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump and Breitbart brat, Steve Bannon. But most importantly, an appearance by Murphy guarantees one thing: You’re going to dance yourself clean. The last time...

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Talking Heads' 'Stop Making Sense' returns to Detroit Film Theatre for 35th anniversary screenings

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 4:22 PM

Arguably the greatest concert film ever made and, by some analysis, what could serve as the blueprint for the anti-concert concert film, Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense is 88 minutes of high art. Demme filmed the David Byrne-fronted Talking Heads over a four-night run in Hollywood in support of...

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