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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Crowdfunding campaign launched to fix Grande Ballroom roof

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:43 PM

Last year, an inspection crowdfunded by a preservation group revealed that Detroit's historic 1960s rock 'n' roll venue, the Grande Ballroom, was structurally sound — and revived hope that the storied venue could one day return to "kick out the jams." However, the Friends of the Grande is now once...

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Detroit's Armageddon Beachparty to host performances by Native Age, Bad Fashion, and Craig Garwood

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:28 PM

Detroit’s ambassadors of psychedelia — Elena and Aubrey Smyth, aka Kozma and Motu — just so happen to run one of the cooler and under-the-radar venues in town, Armageddon Beachparty Lounge, and have curated an evening of tunes for indie music lovers. For starters, Warren-based four-piece the Native Age blends...

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Metro Detroit rock mainstay Pat Smillie releases first record in a decade at Token Lounge

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 2:51 PM

Now with Bob Seger retiring from the road, it’s up to some other Motor City artists to keep the soulful multi-faceted rock flame a-burnin’. Leave it to longtime performer Pat Smillie, who will return with his first record in a decade, Lonesome for a Long Time, to do some...

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Detroit's own Yoshi Flower returns home to support Skizzy Mars at El Club

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 2:39 PM

Started from metro Detroit playing in a local Pot Belly’s, now he’s here. A name change, a move across the country, and a shiny new gold-encrusted smile and Yoshi Flower is, well, flowering. Since coming up Yoshi Flower, he’s toured with Dua Lipa, Elohim, and blackbear, and he’s collaborated...

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Detroit's Stacey Pullen will pull an all-nighter at TV Lounge

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 2:29 PM

When Detroit techno innovator Stacey Pullen isn’t globetrotting through Ibiza, Milan, and Barcelona, he’s putting on kinetic and immersive sets for his hometown. For more than 20 years, Pullen has been concocting his interpretation of an array of influences and is one of the pillars of techno. Pullen pulls...

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National Arab Orchestra kicks off 10th season at Detroit's Music Hall

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 2:22 PM

For 10 years, the National Arab Orchestra has been committed to the preservation of both traditional and contemporary Arab music in hopes of bridging social and cultural barriers. NAO returns to Detroit to open its 10th season with a presentation of “Layali,” which is defined as an “unmetered modal...

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Explosions in the Sky heads to Detroit with 20th anniversary tour

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Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 1:55 PM

For 20 years, Texas-bred quartet Explosions in the Sky has been scoring films, television, and, at least for some of us, our most personally cinematic moments. (Like, say, going to second base in 2008.) After landing a song from their third record, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead...

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Elton John returns to Detroit for another round of farewell shows

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 11:21 AM

The sun has yet to go down on Elton John's massive three-year farewell tour, which kicked off last year. It was announced Wednesday that the 72-year-old rocket man's final trek, dubbed the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour would revisit Detroit's Little Caesars Arena for a pair of dates next...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Blues legends Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan head to Flint's Capitol Theatre

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Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 2:53 PM

Co-headlining tours have been having a major moment. This year saw the likes of Nas and Mary J. Blige and a partnership between Blink-182 and Lil Wayne, and next year Detroit will see the trifecta of “I forgot they existed” when Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer comes to town....

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Detroit bands to honor late singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston next month

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 4:39 PM

Beloved Austin-based artist, singer-songwriter, and master archiver Daniel Johnston is going to get a Detroit tribute next month. Johnston, who was, by all means, prolific, died of a heart attack last month at the age of 58. Johnston was known for his incredibly endearing body of work as much...

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