Motor City Cribs 

MT photographer Doug Coombe has covered a lot of musical real estate under the heading of Motor City Cribs & Rides in the last year. He's hung out in the Ferndale bungalow-rehearsal spot-studio of Chad Thompson, keyboardist and vocalist for Johnny Headband. He's hung out in the Go bassist-guitarist John Krautner's grandfather's Berkley basement, which has been the band's rehearsal and studio space for a decade. Most charmingly he was at the crib of DJ Smoke (the Afrika Bambaata of Detroit) just as Smoke had to bolt over to Providence Hospital for the birth of his son Malcolm (which leads to a discussion of a whole different meaning of crib). In Milford, Doug dropped in on the loft apartment of Sean Lynch, of 800Beloved, a high-ceilinged space pictured above and overlooking Main Street, and almost as old as the town itself. And Doug checked in with Stoopz and Breeze and checked out the commanding view of their spot on the top floor of Detroit's Hotel Pontchartrain. "I'll be honest with you," Stoopz confessed, "I'm in it for the girls. And chicks dig the Pontchartrain." Doug, of course, is just in it for the chance to see how the musical half lives it up. And you can check out a gallery of his 2009 house calls in a slide show below.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation