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Stories written by Meghana Keshavan

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Top Rahman: Two hundred million record buyers can't be wrong

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Indian cinema has long been known for punctuating melodrama with incongruous, showstopping song-and-dance numbers, which had elicited a collective chortle in the West — until, of course, 2008's Slumdog Millionaire. The poignant Oscar-winner inspired movie masses to look east for a new sound, a...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 5/28/2008

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY • 28-31 GROWING PRETTY BILDUNGSROMAN As a 12-year-old girl, all Lucy wants is to hit the catwalks and strike a pose — but once introduced to a photographer named Jack, her interest quickly migrates to the other side of the lens. Growing Pretty, a play written by ...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 5/21/2008

Types: Arts

THURSDAY • 22 JAMES FREY TOLSTOY ... MARQUEZ ... FREY? To gain entry to the illustrious inner circle of Oprah's Club of Books, only to have it all snatched away in an hourlong episode of talk show defamation (ouch, biyatch!), is the mark of a true deviant. Forget "memories" penned of sub...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 5/14/2008

Types: Arts

THURSDAY • 15 THE MARS VOLTA SO 2002? BAH! With a sound hinging on the clusterfuck bizarre (just check out "Aberinkula," the first track on 2008's The Bedlam in Goliath), the Mars Volta would be well-placed in some crud-filled art faggy venue — as opposed to the colossal-by-compari...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 4/30/2008

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY • 30 THE TEENAGERS NOT FOR THE JEFF BUCKLEY SET Nuance, it seems, is a thing of the past. There's no mistaking the Teenagers of today with Frankie Lymon's puppy loving doo-woppers — these French-accented, Devo-y popsters have a damn-it-to-hell perspective of courtship and...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 4/23/2008

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY • 23 AMINA FIGAROVA SEXTET FROM BAKU TO YOU Azerbaijan-born, Berklee College of Music-trained and Netherlands-based, Amina Figarova is another of those classically trained, turned-around-by-jazz cases. Her work has elicited reviewer comparisons to the great tone-colorist Maria ...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 4/16/2008

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY • 16 POETRY @ THE ZEITGEIST FALSE ADVERTISING? This dependably engaging monthly poetry series at this venerable Detroit art-performance space delivers something different this time around: lectures instead of verse. Scheduled are Edward Griffor, the author of Handbook of Computability T...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 4/9/2008

Types: Arts

Wednesday-Saturday • 9-12 International Pop Overthrow PURE POP FOR NOW PEOPLE Nicking its name from Chicago trio Material Issue's winning debut album, the International Pop Overthrew fest launched in Los Angeles in '97 before spreading to numerous other cities, from Milwaukee and Chapel Hill t...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 4/2/2008

Types: Arts

Thursday • 3 Haale PERSIAN RAWK The (gorgeous) Bronx-born Iranian singer calls her music "psychedelic Sufi trance rock," and indeed it's an interesting hybrid: Drawing influence from artists like Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix — whose '60s and '70s psychedelia at times nodded to the...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 3/26/2008

Types: Arts

Thursday • 27 Freedom Fried AGIT-POP In the beautiful downtown district of Harmonie Park, it looks like some new agitprop artist has set up shop. The subversive images of young, hot French artist Alexis Peskine can be seen through the sheet glass windows of G.R. N’Namdi gallery, temporarily ...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 3/19/2008

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Wednesday • 19 Raveonettes MODERN NOSTALGIA Following the release of their latest album, Lust Lust Lust, Danish indie-pop duo Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner show that they've scarcely strayed from their roots. The name, after all, homages Buddy Holly's Rave On and '60s pop trio the Rone...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 3/12/2008

Types: Arts

Wednesday • 12 Leila Haddad: Gypsy Dances from Rajasthan to the Nile ALONG THE LONG ROAD Fun fact: Gypsies originated in northern India, and migrated westward through the Balkans to Europe and the Middle East. Along with language and customs, their dance forms evolved over the centuries ...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 3/5/2008

Types: Arts

Wednesday-Saturday • 5-8 Media City Film Festival EYE-POPPING WONDER Once dubbed by MT as "the alternative that optically adventurous filmgoers have been waiting for," the Media City Film Festival is Canada's version of Cannes — for experimental films. And featuring vets from the a...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 2/27/2008

Types: Arts

Wednesday • 27 Nik Bärtsch's Ronin STUCK IN A GROOVE — LOVIN' IT Hardly the first jazz or rock figure to nick the '70s minimalism of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, etc., Swiss pianist-bandleader Nik Bärtsch is singularly single-minded about what he calls his "zen funk." H...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 2/20/2008

Types: Arts

Thursday • 21 Barry Bonds and the History of Blacks in Baseball CONTROVERSY & CONTEXT A Wayne State prof whose area of study is race and the media — sports coverage in particular — goes to bat for beleaguered Barry Bonds. Is the baseball establishment attitude toward Bond...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 2/13/2008

Types: Arts

Wednesday • 13 The Bravery AN HONEST MISTAKE This puppy-dog punk quintet dominated all-age stages and won the black-shirt-and-dirty-Converse set as a bona fide 2005 band du jour. Though its work isn't exactly, um, genre-defining (they sound eerily like the Killers ... odd ...), the sings...[MORE]

Controlled silence: The body's voice in expressed in calculated, angular movement

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 2/13/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

It takes a high level of physical control to operate, and emote, in stillness. The spinning jetés of ballerinas might dazzle, the "fallap-ball-change" of tappers delight, but the detached, otherworldly movements seen in Nina Materialize Sacrifice are unsettling, mesmerizing and powerful. Like ...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 2/6/2008

Types: Arts

Thursday • 7 Is There Room For Me ... On Your Couch? ROCKIN' ART (YES, ROLL YOUR EYES) If you missed Andrew W.K.'s contributions to an art exhibit at the University of Michigan's Law School two years ago, fear not — there's another way to see the melding of rock 'n' roll and fine a...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 1/30/2008

Types: Arts

Wednesday • 30 Todd Rundgren POST-CARS, PRE-UTOPIAN DREAM SHOW The last time Todd Rundgren came around, it was as the leader of the critically lambasted New Cars project, which is now on hiatus. "We couldn't get the rights to use the name 'the Cars,' and 'the New Cars' just confused eve...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 1/23/2008

Types: Arts

Wednesday • 23 Liz Larin Triple CD Release TRIPLE INSERTION Liz Larin's prolificacy astounds: Not only is she releasing three CDs at once, but she has two more in the works for release later this year. Here's something we once wrote of the local songstress: "The songs are deceptively acc...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 1/16/2008

Types: Arts

Thursday • 17 White Williams GLAMSTER ELECTRONICA Clever self-promotion deserves respect. Joe Williams, of White Williams, writes: "Nurtured in the arson-prone fatalism of Cleveland's DIY scene, 23-year-old Joe Williams, noise-rock dilettante and White Williams' mastermind, made a name f...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 1/9/2008

Types: Arts

Wednesday • 9 The Von Bondies THE OL' ONE-TWO PUNCH With a litany of pop harmonies and white-boy heartache lyrics, local faves the Von Bondies probably hauled their amps out of a different garage than most self-made Motown rock 'n' rollers. But add the usual frantic bassing, a bluesy Yardbir...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 1/2/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts

Wednesday • 2 Tim Gralewski POP, HIT, REPEAT A bit of old Warhol goes a long way. Thanks to his genre-defining work of decades back, you see oodles of repetitious postmodern facsimile in today's artists market. Artist Tim Gralewski will present a series of serigraphs, or silkscreen prints, t...[MORE]

New Year's Eve Kicks List: A couple dozen ideas on how to go out (or stay in) in style

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 12/26/2007

Types: Cover Story

The Bosco Thumbs its Nose at Recession Yep, that's the actual name of the New Year's bash. The Bosco is boasting a classy affair for little cash, charging a mere ten bucks for cover. The pros? Swanky atmo, lotsa eye candy, stupid plastic hats and confetti. The cons? Unlike operations that cha...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 12/26/2007

Types: Arts

Wednesday-Sunday • 26-30 Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation Festival EYEGASMIC Ker-blooey! Eeeeep! Splat. Sound of an overeager orgasm? Another chipmunk getting its innards blown up? Either way is fair game at Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation Festival, which, for m...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 12/19/2007

Types: Arts

Wednesday-Sunday • 19-23 Forbidden Christmas TOAST OL' RED EYES Gasp — it's sacrilege to sully Sinatra, 'specially around eggnog season. But the satiric Forbidden Christmas revue, based on the Forbidden Broadway production, does exactly that. The uproarious show pokes fun at holiday st...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Meghana Keshavan

Published: 12/12/2007

Types: Arts

Wednesday • 12 Aimee Mann NOT JUST FOR POP GEEKS She's earned a Grammy, been nominated for an Oscar, but never in million years should you hold that against her. Those accolades are flukes because few as worthy as Mann ever nab such honors. She's a Silverlake birdsong, an eagle-eyed fan of l...[MORE]

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