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A Hard Day's Night: It's still a 9-to-5 world for a host of Detroit's rock 'n' roll stars

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 3/31/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

You can hear the working-class sound of Detroit in the stamping-plant percussion of those classic Motown records, in the raw power of the Stooges (which Iggy always claimed was inspired by the constant drone from the nearby factories he heard as a kid) and in the searing worm-gear saw slicing throug...[MORE]

Will success spoil Fred Thomas?: Saturday Looks Good To Me hits a new high

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 10/24/2007

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Aside from the fluorescent lights, Mountain Dew banner and cluster of tailored suits, this CMJ day-stage performance is just like any other Saturday Looks Good To Me show. Fred Thomas, of course, is front and center. He has a slightly surprising air of confidence about him. He's even making jo...[MORE]

One is the loneliest number: Big Brother is more than just a one-man-band, dude’s an army!

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 5/23/2007

Types: Music

We're in Lit, a subterranean and sublimely seedy club in New York City's East Village. There're five of us: The punk-rock door girl on a stool by the stairs, a young, soap-clean couple at a table near the front, this writer on a ratty ottoman behind them, and a lone, rattier-looking guy in long,...[MORE]

Lady rumble!: Where working women smack the stuffing out of each other

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 3/28/2007

Types: Culture, Sports

Early in the morning on Saturday, Jan. 20, Hillary Clinton announces her bid for the presidency of the United States of America on her Web site, stating, "I'm in it, and I'm in it to win it." Four subway stops and one transfer away from her New York City office (roughly a 38-minute commute), a g...[MORE]

Do personal ads get you laid?: Pitiably desperate female, two months shy of 30, wonders

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 2/14/2007

Types: Culture, Love & sex

What are your thoughts on piña coladas? How about beardy physicists? Or bald, short, fat and ugly men, age 53, seeking shortsighted women with tremendous sexual appetites? No dice? Pshaw — you're all picky bloody yanks, every last one of you. When They Call Me Naughty Lola hit the she...[MORE]

Adult. grows up?: A new record finds “The Uncordial Two” looser and dirtier

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 5/4/2005

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

It stands for Death Unto My Enemies,” Adult.’s Adam Lee Miller says of the title of the band’s new EP, D.U.M.E. His comment seems odd because watching him tip back in his chair in his sawdust-scented, recently purchased Detroit home and studio, it’s hard to imagine him or his wife, Nicola Kuperus,...[MORE]

A cute pain

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 2/9/2005

Types: Arts, Visual arts

For the month of February, Hamtramck’s Primary Space gallery further establishes itself as a local champion of all that is emerging from bittersweet and honey-buttery painter Trish Grantham. With Toast, Trouble and Tears, Grantham — a self-taught artist from Portland, Ore. — draws from the comi...[MORE]

Act: Detroit: Story of the city in Alley Culture exhibit

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 5/12/2004

Types: Arts, Visual arts

It’s the first 80-degree day of the year and a curious one at that. I’m taking a lazy late-afternoon stroll down Cass, Second and Selden, Forest, Canfield and Warren, cutting through apartment complex communities and new condo parks, picking flowers up off the sidewalk, filling the petals with wat...[MORE]

Severed from the mainstream: New art gallery aims to champion unknowns.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 2/4/2004

Types: Arts, Visual arts

On a slushy January evening, dirty snow weighs down the empty shell of Detroit’s Eastern Market. Vanished are the wistful-yet-rotten wafts of fruit-gone-bad and the barking of bartering farmers. Beyond an unassuming gray warehouse door, a different kind of life pulses. Inside the new Severan...[MORE]

Modernist lines revisited: Clean works create warm welcome.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 12/24/2003

Types: Arts, Visual arts

You can almost wrap your fingers around the effort put into these paintings — the artist striving toward the ideal, aching for a perfectly straight line, a flawless pool of pigment or maybe even a sense of calm with the realization that “the ideal” and “perfection” don’t necessarily exist. But the...[MORE]

Mo' than most

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 12/17/2003

Types: Arts, Visual arts

In Mo-tif, New York painter David Fludd reinvents classic subject matter — still life to landscape to a portrait of a weathered, plain farm couple. Most of these works, created between 2000 and 2003, feature repetition of a black-and-white figure. Possibly the artist’s rendering of himself within ...[MORE]

Hamtramck gallery gives a bit

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 12/10/2003

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Just past six months into its tenure, Hamtramck’s new Primary Space gallery has found its stride, so to speak. Strangely enough, it’s with a somewhat disjointed group show, a motley crew of mostly unknowns. Who knew? Opening in June of this year, gallery partners Carrie Hazel and Jamie Latendre...[MORE]

Yoko’s train comes to DIA : Ono enthuses for Detroit, laments violence.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 11/26/2003

Types: Arts, Visual arts

When Yoko Ono first exhibited her art piece “Freight Train” — in Berlin on Oct. 1, 2000 — she expressed hope that the 21st century would bring better times to humanity than had the 20th. Almost four years in, it’s not looking so good. But no matter how futile world peace and justice for all may...[MORE]

Distaff diaspora

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 11/12/2003

Types: Arts, Literature

Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter gave an assignment to students in her Howard University Africana Women’s Studies course: Find 20 biographies on black women — only 10 of whom could be from the United States. “They had to dig, dig, dig very deeply to find anything,” Carter says. “And they realized pret...[MORE]

Let's get small: When works are small but hardly minimalist.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 11/12/2003

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Perhaps Detroit artist Chido Johnson’s site-specific wall painting says it best. His incredibly shrunken figure, painted hunched near the bottom of the back wall of detroit contemporary’s second floor, brings things to scale. To Johnson’s little guy, the 4.25-inch by 5.5-inch works displayed all a...[MORE]

Out from the dark: Cay Bahnmiller rages with paint.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 10/29/2003

Types: Arts, Visual arts

As she speaks, Cay Bahnmiller drags a cracked-polish fingernail across a brick wall to depict the way some lives are more linear than others. She circles an index finger on a pile of papers like she’s mixing paint as she describes the importance of her influences: Anna Akhmatova, Ted Berrigan, ...[MORE]

The Haunted Tuuuube

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 10/29/2003

Types: Arts

Taking the notion of transformation just a few steps too many over the established lines of decency, the good folks of Time Stereo are once again hosting their deliriously devious Halloween spectacle, the Haunted Tube. Hike up your ghost sheet and lift your princess dress — it’s time to jump in...[MORE]

From microbes to mountains: Some artists spell it out, others are all about questions.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 10/22/2003

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Often, you stand in front of something stuck on a wall, and it screams static. But each of these four shows elicits motion, emotion — or a sense of an artist moving on.   Beverly Fishman: From Here to There Not to be missed is an exquisite survey of works created by Beverly Fishman d...[MORE]

Funky-butt chic: Bronx trailblazers get their due.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 5/21/2003

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Beat Street, Wild Style, Style Wars, Krush Groove! Now available on DVD! A b-boy in khakis hitting a handstand freeze on a Gap billboard. ESG’s South Bronx Story stuffed into a jewel case, tomes such as Back in the Days and Spring 2003 fashions by Sean John and J.Lo. Shortly after the ’00s turn...[MORE]

Free Love: Arthur Lee’s forever changing.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 7/31/2002

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Arthur Lee is free … for now. And he’s leaving LA with his legendary band, Love. Lee’s history has always been one unique to the limelight. At the peak of Love’s fame in the late ’60’s, the mysterious psych-folk innovator refused to tour outside Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip and rarely left his se...[MORE]

The Cream of the Scene

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 7/24/2002

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Don’t hate the Scene Creamers because they’re beautiful. Perhaps the group’s biggest claim to fame at this early stage is that it features the deliciously stylish former Make-Up-ers Ian Svenonius on vocals and Michelle Mae on bass. That band’s detailed visual presentation always helped to fuel the...[MORE]

Better grooming through technology: Adult. converts neat-freak style into modern-danceable grooves.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 2/27/2002

Types: Music, Electronic

Nicola Kuperus is kneeling on the black-painted attic floor of the Detroit duplex she shares with her husband (and Adult. co-conspirator) Adam Lee Miller. Steel straightedge in hand, she’s measuring a square poster with the image of a blond woman in a short, royal-blue dress and blunt, red-heeled sa...[MORE]

Tuff enough?

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 2/13/2002

Types: Arts

Is it OK to treat human beings like animal commodities and sexualized objects for the sake of entertainment, corporate sponsorship and bookies’ pockets if everyone’s in on it? One would imagine that the Toughman World Championship Series would be a good place to find out. So I went to Cobo Hall la...[MORE]

Over and out

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 2/6/2002

Types: Music

In the infamous words of Huey Lewis and the News, "If this is it, please let me know." Well, folks, this is it, and I thought it was only fair to let you know myself. So here you are, Detroit music spirit — my final offering to the In One Ear volcano. (Insert booing, hissing and/or cheering.) Aft...[MORE]

No more playin': Mary J. Blige gets down with the song business at hand.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 2/6/2002

Types: Music

For Mary J. Blige, hanging the drama out to dry appears to be threefold. First, there’s the no-more-games attitude that threads together her No More Drama CD of last fall — though some might consider last week’s release of a new version of the multi-platinum disc (plus two bonus tracks and remixe...[MORE]

Peggy Lee: 1920-2002

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 1/30/2002

Types: Music

If it weren’t for a seriously bad haircut, I might never have truly experienced the enveloping joyful seduction of Peggy Lee, who passed away Jan. 21 at her Bel Air, Calif., home. The smolder of her no-nonsense sophistication has surely eased far more unfortunate realities than dealing with one of...[MORE]

Saturday night live

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 1/23/2002

Types: Music

Well, we appear to have made it through those first bum weeks of a New Year when booking folks and musicians take long winter’s naps and forget to entertain us. Luckily, one night of the week has remained a consistent source of good-time, steamy-window, eardrum-rattling rock ’n’ roll since the first...[MORE]

Moldies but goodies: These anti-folkies sing their innocent dirty minds.

By Melissa Giannini

Published: 1/23/2002

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The Moldy Peaches make it easy for a quickly critical ear to vehemently hate them. A telephone rings in the middle of one song. Voices crack and laugh over juvenile call-and-response couplets such as “Who mistook the steak for chicken/Who’m I gonna stick my dick in?” and “There’s no such thing as...[MORE]

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