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*In case you aren't aware yet, the annual Detroit Sounds and Spirits benefit show is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, December 23rd. at the Magic Stick, and not the earlier date we mentioned in our annual Christmas music roundup in the issue two weeks ago (that's what we get for trusting Facebook!). It's a great cause and always great fun as well. A few new acts have been added to the bill, including the debut performance by Conspiracy of Owls (featuring members of the Go, Sisters Lucas and the Wildbunch), the Davidson Family (featuring Ethan Daniel Davidson and members of Slumber Party), Sean Hoen Sleeps Til Dusk (featuring members of Your Skull, My Closet, ShaDiamond LeFreedom and Jarrod Champion), and
A Kroha Family Smithmas (featuring Danny Dollrod of the Gories, etc.; Muffy Kroha of the Sirens, and Jackson Smith of Back in Spades. The bill is rounded out by such local greats as the Hard Lessons, the Satin Peaches, Silverghost, Friendly Foes, the Hounds Below, Mick Bassett & the Marthas, Outrageous Cherry, Allan James and Cold Wave, the Oblesons, the Barrettes, Fawn, Duende!, Amy Gore, the Octopus, the Mydols, Old Empire, the Pop Project and American Mars.

*And tomorrow night, December 18th, in Ann Arbor, the Blind Pig is featuring a bunch of vintage Detroit rockers (or at least "influenced by Detroit" rockers), including Mazinga, Gorevette, Scott Morgan and the IrRationals, and Deniz Tek (or Radio Birdman fame and also the guy who almost filled in for Ron Asheton with the Stooges when Mr. Asheton passed away earlier this year. the Ann Arbor Rock 'N' Roll Revival is $10 at the door. There will also be appropriate vinyl spinning in between the bands provided by DJ Jeremy Wheeler from the Bang Dance party, with MC Stanley the Madhatter hosting the entire evening's festivities.

*And, finally, speaking of Jackson Smith (as we were above), the dude's mom -- the legendary Patti Smith -- will be back in town for "an intimate show" at St. Andrew's Hall on Friday, February 19th. Tickets are $20 and go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. We love Ms. Smith and have since we first saw her perform at the Brewery in Lansing (anyone remember that?) when she was on her Horses tour, so one of her shows is always an exciting prospect...

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