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Two-drink minimum: On Drunken Barn Dance's time-honored rules of adult beverages and live-show spontaneity

By Chris Handyside

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Sometimes in the wild and hairy world of rock 'n' roll, following rules pays off. Case in point: Ann Arbor-based quintet Drunken Barn Dance. The group was conceived initially as a solo vehicle by songwriter-by-night/attorney-by-day Scott Sellwood (who many will remember as the former keyboardist for...[MORE]

It's a family affair: Arranged Marriage shows how rock 'n' roll no longer pisses off the old man

By Chris Handyside

Published: 4/21/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The annals of stories surrounding records made by or about father and son relationships are full of the bittersweet, the coulda-been and after-the-fact recriminations and reconciliations. Rock 'n' roll musicians thrive on a culture where a rift between generations creates tension that results in art...[MORE]

DIY mythmaker: Singer-songwriter Tim Monger does it slow but steady

By Chris Handyside

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

You can't mention Ann Arbor-area songwriter Tim Monger's name without also invoking the name of the band for which he's best-known, the acclaimed Northern folk-pop quintet, Great Lakes Myth Society. His plaintive, finely detailed, pop-leaning contributions to that band perfectly complement the work ...[MORE]

Boyz will be boyz: Meet the dudes who make up the fine musical bromance of the Lord Scrummage collective

By Chris Handyside

Published: 1/27/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

You wouldn't know it to scan the room, but the four dudes gathered in the living room of a rented Woodbridge house on a recent Sunday evening are the core of one of the most productive, dynamic and vibrant gangs of sound and vision this city has birthed in the last few years. They operate under the ...[MORE]

The return of the 'Jet Age Geniuses': Well, goll-eee! Goober & the Peas are back!

By Chris Handyside

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

A couple of years ago, a lanky mild-mannered Oak Park resident named Dan Miller duded up in an off-white seersucker suit with a cowboy hat and headed downtown around dawn to run in the annual Turkey Trot. A funny thing happened on the way to the finish line: People recognized him and started sho...[MORE]

Ducks in a row: Quack! Media's Al McWilliams plans on complete musical success in this new recession economy

By Chris Handyside

Published: 11/11/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

At the risk of under-complicating things, the music industry works like any other business: You create things that people want and then you let them buy them from you. In an era when the bloated infrastructure of the music industry as we have known it for the last 50 years is imploding — and a...[MORE]

It's a family affair: From Pas/Cal's pop remnants sprouts a certain sort of Computer Perfection

By Chris Handyside

Published: 10/7/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

It's a Friday night in Ferndale. The family is gathered around the table. There are glasses of wine, stacks of French fries, sandwiches being shared, coloring books and blankies at the ready, talk of pre-school and minivans. Except this night, the table happens to be at the Emory Bar. And the family...[MORE]

All mixed up: Pulling together the ultimate Gories mixtape

By Chris Handyside

Published: 6/24/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The Gories were as much a gateway drug for would-be amateurs willing to strap on, sit-down or let rip as they were for music-hungry heads looking for fresh veins of inspiration. To that end, the Gories jams that connect with said crowd are purely subjective. But, dammit (!), if push came to shove an...[MORE]

The power and the gory: An unskilled Detroit band helped alter the course of rock 'n' roll ... by accident. So why did they disband too soon?

By Chris Handyside

Published: 6/24/2009

Types: Cover Story

This is how it ended the last time. The Bank, a club on Houston Street in Lower Manhattan, July 1, 1993. A 6-foot-3, slim, legally blind, black dude sporting shades, a blue iridescent suit and a beat-to-hell Fender Mustang six-string snarls the chorus of Suicide's "Ghostrider" and the word...[MORE]

Weirdo beardos: The dudes in Child Bite take facial hair south and north

By Chris Handyside

Published: 5/6/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

A straight haul from New York City to Los Angeles — according to the folks at MapQuest — takes 42 hours, 16 minutes. And that's a long-ass haul. Consider this: The drive from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Crazy Sarah's back yard in Anchorage, Alaska, is 43 hours and change. Now con...[MORE]

On the Download: Play to pay?

By Chris Handyside

Published: 4/15/2009

Types: Culture, Tech, Internet

Seems like every week a new service claiming to revolutionize the online music space or at least take another chunk of market share away from MySpace appears. Whether it's RCRDLABL, Virb, SecretRemixes or one of the others on the Web, everyone's just one niche-play away from kicking some start-u...[MORE]

Crucial bookmarks!: UFOs, holograms and other online oddities

By Chris Handyside

Published: 4/8/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

Quickly, before we run out of time — because you never really know when links are going to expire — some housecleaning. I had a bookmark all saved up for you before this column went on a brief page-count-and-special-issue-induced hiatus. And it's a goodie. If you're a fan of Detroi...[MORE]

On the Download: Hook me up, bitch!

By Chris Handyside

Published: 3/11/2009

Types: Culture, Tech, Internet

Before the news blog sporting the adjectivally constructed URL version came online (and long before the current network of scene-adoring blogs), there was a site called, simply, motorcityrock.com. Dedicated to archiving the sights, sounds, ephemera and, yes, evidence of bad haircuts from Detroit roc...[MORE]

No heroics, please: An author with a major new novel, likely to become a movie, rises quietly from the workaday Motor City

By Chris Handyside

Published: 2/18/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

It's a damn-near-balmy Thursday night (for February, in Detroit), and 50 or so folks have gathered at Oak Park's Book Beat. They're seated on folding chairs before a lanky, bespectacled, clean-headed, soft-spoken dude in an Army surplus jacket and jeans who's suddenly been transformed into an el...[MORE]

On the Download: Now with 85 percent more 'Coming Soon!'

By Chris Handyside

Published: 2/18/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

In case you're not one of the several dozen or so folks who read the local music blog circuit over your morning (or afternoon) cup of coffee — or over your late night fifth beer — there's some news springing forth from Detroit's fertile and circle-jerkulous blogosphere. Jay Carrol ...[MORE]

On the Download: Junior league

By Chris Handyside

Published: 2/4/2009

Types: Culture, Tech, Internet

Lost amid all the rightful praise and hullabaloo surrounding Randy Chabot's Deastro project is the fact that dude's got two other monikers under which he lets his freak flag fly. The first, Our Brother the Megazord, shared a CD release with Deastro proper, and makes the occasional public appea...[MORE]

On the Download: Sweet, sweet tuneage

By Chris Handyside

Published: 1/28/2009

Types: Culture, Tech, Internet

I've been bummed out that last year's Pas/Cal record, I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke and Laura, didn't get the full-court promotional press it deserved, especially in print, so I'll take any opportunity to recommend checking it out on the Web ... or other means that I can't legally recomm...[MORE]

On the Download: Sssshhh, it's a secret (but send your PayPal info)

By Chris Handyside

Published: 1/21/2009

Types: Culture, Tech, Internet

So, flacks are always trying to get you to write about their crazy-ass clients' new half-baked projects. Such it was that I got an e-mail about just such a ka-razee new scheme the other day called secretremixes.com. It's a site where member DJs can post their mash-ups, mixes, breaks and snippe...[MORE]

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