Hyper hits 

The story behind What's Going On'
Top of the pops

Renaldo Obie' Benson had the world dancing, and then he shook it with What's Going On'
by Don Waller

Insights into many of our Motown picks
Pagliacci in the hood

An interview with Herb Jordan, editor of the lyric anthology Motown in Love'
by W. Kim Heron

Long-form looks at the hit-producing albums
Big bangs

Whatever it is, we've composed a list of R&B and rock 'n' roll records that we think shook the world in some way, that generated new genres and cast ...
by Brian Smith

Some peeks behind the scenes at jam-kickers the MC5

A world tour rekindles that old MC5 energy — and controversy
by John Sinclair

Returning to the scene of the crime
Wayne Kramer talks Bush, drugs, sobriety, the Iraq war, MC5 lawsuits and the Dixie Chicks
by Brian J. Bowe

Motsi Ski of Detroit's Most Wanted (of No. 31), grandson of Jackie Wilson (of No. 84)
Still wanted?

Detroits Most Wanted founder on D-Town rap, DMW and Jackie Wilson
by Khary Kimani Turner

Mark Farner and Don Brewer recall the good times
Still in a Grand Funk

How the boys from Flint exploded, imploded & still haven't patched things up
by Fred Mills

The turmoil behind the Slum sound
Slum Village square

Surviving roster changes, meltdowns and rip-offs
by Khary Kimani Turner

A close look at a Detroit singularity
The real Slim Shady

You've only heard half the Eminem story — until now.
by Hobey Echlin

A long, lingering look back on the Romantics' career
Test of time

From MTV darlings to state-fair gigs to an epic legal battle and back.
by Brian Smith

Back to the front
Detroit techno militants Underground Resistance rethink the politics of dancing for the hometown market.
by Hobey Echlin

The sweet twist of success
Jack and Meg White earn national stripes.
by Melissa Giannini

underground resistance member:
From Detroit to Tokyo

How DJ Jeff Mills helped shape not just a music scene, but an international culture
by Carleton S. Gholz

Champ's town
Rap maestro and the link to Esham, Kid and Em'
by Brian Smith

The Merda files
Their brand of black rock' was a Motor City anomaly. Finally, more than 30 years after calling it quits, the international kudos are piling high for Black Merda.
by Fred Mills

Bubbling under:

Maurice King on record
Maurice King's arrangements were dynamic, audacious works that played a significant role in establishing the Flame as a major entertainment spot. ...
by Jim Gallert

What do we have to prove?
Trying to make sense of the tragedy
by Khary Kimani Turner

Warns World
After more than 10 years, His Name Is (still) Alive.
by Melissa Giannini

Shes got hell to raise
Bettye Lavette goes from teen soul sensation to perennial opening act to hipster headliner
by Don Waller

Out come the freaks
Surrealist political funk rockers Was (Not Was) re-form just in time for the apocalypse
by Brian J. Bowe

Serious Bell
How a trumpeter from Chester, Pa., became the face of Detroit jazz.
by W. Kim Heron

Motown badasses?
Sure, the Detroit Cobras are strutting international indie stars, but don't call 'em a cover band
by Brian J. Bowe

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