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Friday, January 17, 2020

Eminem targets gun laws on controversial surprise album drop 'Music to Be Murdered By'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 10:37 AM

Guess who's back? Eminem returned with another surprise album drop on Friday with Music to Be Murdered By, which finds the rapper once again wading into controversial politics. At the center of the record is the Simon & Garfunkel-sampling "Darkness" — a six-minute track that puts Em into the...

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Rebirth Brass Band brings New Orleans sound to Ferndale's Magic Bag

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Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 6:20 AM

The New York Times has referred to the Rebirth Brass Band as “a New Orleans institution,” and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea once called the ensemble “free as a ray of light,” adding “there is not a band on Earth that is better.” For more than 35 years,...

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Early aughts R&B darling Ashanti heads to Detroit's Sound Board

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Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 6:00 AM

When you hear Ja Rule let out a “Woo! Right back atchya,” you just know that an early 2000s Ashanti banger is about to drop. Since signing to Ja’s Murder Inc. Records at just 21 years old — which is when she released her No. 1 bop “Foolish” and...

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Stacey 'Hotwaxx' Hale, the Godmother of House Music, is celebrating her birthday at Marble Bar — and you're invited

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Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale is in a league of her own. As a shy child, Hale avoided socializing by turning to the art of crafting her own scrappy mixes of her brothers’ records and songs from the radio on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Thus, the Godmother of House Music was...

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Bowlero Lanes & Lounge teams up with Charivari Festival for Detroit DJ nights

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Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:30 AM

While it was recently redesigned with a decidedly rock ’n’ roll vibe, Royal Oak’s Bowlero is the perfect home for a new biweekly DJ night hosted by Charivari, the free, three-day electronic music festival set to return to Detroit for its seventh year in August. The groovy lounge calls...

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Rochester indie-rock outfit the Doozers to play at the Loving Touch with Who Boy, Mover Shaker, and more

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Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:20 AM

High energy, shimmery, and radio-ready tunes? That sounds like Rochester natives the Doozers, who are doing a damn fine job expanding on the Strokes-sounding strain of quick and cutting indie rock that we never stopped loving. Which makes sense, considering the four-piece started in high school during 2015 and...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Cybotron, the original Detroit techno act, is returning with a new album and tour

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 1:31 PM

Cybotron — the groundbreaking electronic music group formed by Juan Atkins and Richard Davis in 1980 — is reportedly at work on a new studio album and audiovisual world tour set for 2020. According to DJ Mag, Atkins is in the studio collaborating with former Kraftwerk drummer Wolfgang Flür...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Jeff Ponders II to bring smooth, feel-good jazz stylings to Cliff Bell's

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Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 3:45 PM

Detroit-born Jeff Ponders II knows the secret to how one becomes “better than Batman,” as evidenced by his 2019 TedX Detroit talk, where he describes how he, like Bruce Wayne and his caped crusader alter ego, balances a double life. An Ivy League graduate, family man, and innovator, Ponders...

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Detroit's Dogleg will deliver punch-dance fueled tunes to Ferndale

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Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Detroit’s Dogleg just wants to punch-dance their rage out, OK? And that’s exactly what Alex Stoitsiadis, Chase Macinski, Parker Grissom, and Jacob Hanlon’s latest track, “Fox,” makes us want to do, too. The track, released in November, made a Fader roundup of best rock songs out right now, sharing...

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Friday, January 10, 2020

T3 and Young RJ keep breathing new life into Slum Village as they head to Ann Arbor

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Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 6:30 AM

Ty Dolla $ign, Questlove, Erykah Badu, and Common are among those who have cited Detroit’s late great rapper and producer J Dilla as an inspiration. Dilla, who died due to complications from lupus in 2006, left his mark on his hometown and the world of hip-hop at large in...

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