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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

'September' songwriter Allee Willis has died at age 72

Posted By on Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Allee Willis, the Detroit native and award-winning songwriter who penned hits like Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and the Friends theme song, died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home. She was 72. According to Variety, the cause of death was cardiac arrest. Willis' other credits include The Color Purple...

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Why 'It's So Cold in the D' is a Christmas song

Posted By on Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 2:08 PM

Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Then T-Baby's 2008 hit "It's So Cold in the D" is a Christmas song. A decade ago, the track became a viral sensation due in part to T-Baby's off-beat and off-key singing, as well as its low-budget music video, which was reportedly shot...

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Detroit's Rhythm Corps reunites for performance at Saint Andrew's Hall

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Posted By on Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM

In 1988, Detroit rock band Rhythm Corps posed the eternal question for bickering world leaders, conflicted lovers, and politically troubled family members: “Can we meet on common ground?” Having released only two EPs and two full-length records during the band’s short lifespan, “Common Ground” remains the band’s first, last,...

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Monday, December 23, 2019

He's collaborated with J Dilla and Paul McCartney, and now Detroit's Karriem Riggins heads to Deluxx Fluxx

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Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 3:43 PM

We’re not complaining about this belated holiday gift in the form of a performance by one of Detroit’s most accomplished musicians — jazz drummer, producer, and Emmy Award-winner Karriem Riggins. The son of keyboardist Emmanuel Riggins, Karriem has spent the last 20 years — and longer if you consider...

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Everyone's favorite talking sponge is coming to Detroit — 'The SpongeBob Musical' visits the Fox Theatre

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Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 1:33 PM

Who would have thought a children’s cartoon about an asexual sponge who famously lives in a pineapple under the sea would have enchanted kids and adults alike for more than 20 years? Against all odds, Nickelodeon’s subversive, generation-spanning SpongeBob SquarePants floated on, normalized the absurd, and made it cool...

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Iggy Pop will receive a lifetime achievement award by the Recording Academy, because duh

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 10:56 AM

He's been nominated for some Creem Magazine honors, a Golden Globe, a couple of Grammys, and even a Razzie for the worst original song written for a film back in 1992, and he was given an icon award by GQ Magazine in 2014. Next year, the Godfather of Punk,...

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Outer Limits Lounge to host Honeybabe, Remnose, and Jackamo for holiday hometown show

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Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 6:50 AM

Since 2013, self-described “pysch-rock-jazz-beach-punk” outfit Honeybabe has maintained a sound that can only be described as what happens when you listen to a record backward and are then instructed to do the devil’s bidding (but, you know, like picking up dry-cleaning). This year found the five-piece supporting In Living...

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From the 'Portlandia' theme to trippy existential chill wave — Washed Out to DJ at MOCAD

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Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 6:30 AM

The sounds of chill-wave pioneer Ernest Greene, who performs as Washed Out, quickly became synonymous with the comedic stylings of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s satirical sketch masterpiece Portlandia. The show, which ran from 2011-2018, selected Washed Out’s “Feel It All Around” as its theme song, and it will...

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

On the naughty list? Hentchmas returns to Outer Limits Lounge thanks to Detroit garage-rock anchor the Hentchmen

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Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 6:20 AM

What if we told you that the reason for the Christmas season was not based on religion or Santa’s thicc ass or capitalism? What if it had everything to do with a few Detroit dudes who’ve been kicking out garage rock long before its early aughts resurgence? OK, so...

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It takes two — the Mack Sisters head to DIA with four-handed piano performance

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Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 6:10 AM

We’ve all heard the saying two heads are better than one, but when it comes to Japanese-born, Michigan-based sisters and pianists Yuki and Tomoko Mack, four hands — on one piano — is the norm. Don’t think of it as your typical dueling piano joint cheese-fest, though — the...

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