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Motor City Five: The five worst gigs ever of the Two Man Gentleman Band

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Music, Folk

NYC buskers-gone-haywire who've created a multi-album career by staying drunk on banjos, be-bop, Mills Brothers and punk spirit, and have enough chutzpah to raise the ghost of Harry Von Tilzer!  Dylan and Willie love 'em; they're the most hell-raising act you'll see all year. Here Andy Bean gives u...[MORE]

Spun: Sufjan Stevens, Download of the Week, Fright from the Bins, Schoolyard Verse and more

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Music

Sufjan Stevens   The Age of Adz Asthmatic Kitty As the second song on Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz closes, you might be cursing his name for establishing a sound you love and completely abandoning it. Question Stevens, play the album again, but by no means try to ignore how cool the new record ...[MORE]

Spun: No Age, Tracy Kash Thomas, downloads, horrible LP covers and more!

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Music

No Age Everything in Between Sub Pop On their second album, the two guys that make up Los Angeles' No Age sound less like a My Bloody Valentine tribute band and more like the skate-punk malcontents they really are. Guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Allen Spunt still allow for...[MORE]

Dancin' shoes: Paxahau announces ticket info, partial lineup for Movement Fest 2010

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 3/10/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

Paxahau Event Productions, producers of the Movement Electronic Music Festival, has announced a partial listing of performers and headliners, as well as ticket info for this year's festival — one of the largest in the world — which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this spring and will...[MORE]

Blowout Motor City Fives: Some musical faves field our five

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

AUGIE VISOCCI OF THE HARD LESSONS 1. What musical accomplishment of yours are you most proud of? Initially, our goal was to put out a 45 and maybe play the Magic Stick if we were lucky. I would have never imagined playing on a boat in Paris or getting lost on Highway 61 en route to Mobile, Ala. ...[MORE]

The Blowout Schedule: Your guide to four nights of massive music and mayhem

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 (PRE-PARTY) AT THE MAJESTIC COMPLEX Garden Bowl 9 p.m.-close  Keep on Trash Dance Party Three-one-three superstars Dave Buick (Italy Records) and John Hentch (Hentchmen/the Paybacks) will be spinning punk and rock 'n' roll classics as well as lost nuggets throughout th...[MORE]

The best music of 2009: The tops in pop, punk, jazz, country and hip hop

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 12/30/2009

Types: Music

Does it actually matter when we still have no public option and it looks like there's never going to be one? Lou Reed may have sung about lives saved by rock 'n' roll, but the public option would probably save a lot more down the line. … Anyway, no more critical consensus, blah, blah, blah … I'v...[MORE]

Slip 'em a disc: DVDs, CDs, box sets and reissues to give — if only to yourself

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Music

The Doors Live in New York: The Felt Forum Concerts Rhino The Doors were always more popular in New York City than they were anywhere else; the liner notes in the accompanying booklet to this box set attribute it to the more intellectual nature of Manhattanites. Whatever the case, after selling o...[MORE]

The Music Issue: The New Class: Snapshots from the recession, or what's new and how to win in 2010

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 11/11/2009

Types: Cover Story

When we first began discussion of this year's music issue, the original idea was to do something like "the state of the union, 2009." A lot has changed over the course of a decade. It's been almost that long since the White Stripes exploded out of Detroit and hit international superstardom...[MORE]

Sloppy seconds: This year's Cityfest features a day of "second chances."

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 7/1/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

Bootsey X  15 Favorite Second Rock Releases: 1) Fun House — The Stooges 2) White Light/White Heat — The Velvet Underground 3) The Slider — T. Rex 4) A Quick One (Happy Jack) — The Who 5) 12 X 5 — The Rolling Stones 6) I Know You Fine But How You Doin...[MORE]

In the flesh: A meeting of greats

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 5/13/2009

Types: Music

Sex Pistols Guitarist Steve Jones (left) and former Detroiter and Raw Power guitarist James Williamson met for the first time ever on Friday night, May 8, at the MusiCares tribute to Anthony Kiedis in Los Angeles. Jones performed with Iggy on a rendition of "Search & Destroy" as one of his chi...[MORE]

Around the outside: Greg Tate and Ron Ållen go deliver the surreal goods

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 5/13/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

Burnt Sugar Making Love to the Dark Ages LiveWired Code Zero The Frequency of Nothing Weightless Language Press As a writer and critic for The Village Voice and other outlets over the years, Greg Tate has surveyed a creative diaspora that spans the science fiction of Samuel R. Delany and t...[MORE]

Blowed out, up and beyond ...: Chronicling four days of liver-straining, ear-splitting wonder

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 3/11/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

The bad news is that Blowout only comes once a year. The good news is also that Blowout only comes once a year. Since most of us are wandering around the MT offices looking like lost and hungover zombies this morning, following four nights of musical mayhem 'n' thrills, the latter is probably ...[MORE]

Fist jackers: Our critics pick the best in music, 2008

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 12/31/2008

Types: Music

The most interesting element of most music polls in recent years is a complete lack of critical consensus. Look at these lists — only a few albums (Lil Wayne, PAS/CAL, TV on the Radio) merit more than one mention. This is probably both a good and bad thing, as some of the consensus in the pas...[MORE]

People got the power: The quick dope on the musicians, producers and promoters who keep the Detroit music scene hot

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 11/19/2008

Types: Cover Story

The plan was quite simple: Name the top 50 (or in this case, two more for extra measure) people who gave — or are giving — shape to the current Detroit music scene. Similar annual lessons have been around for years, but most of them tend to focus on "power" in sheer financial terms, ...[MORE]

Color us impressed: The best of the rest

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 7/16/2008

Types: Music

From Thornetta Davis to Michelle Shocked, from Sista Otis to Brave Combo, the Concert of Colors is a smorgasbord of delights (though there's bad news in the late cancellation of the Master Musicians of Joujouka). Below are some staff picks for "don't miss" musical moments. Machito Orchestra 20-...[MORE]

Count down: Detroit-centric queries involving kickin' CityFest performers

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 7/2/2008

Types: Music

Calexico prepares for more "Detroit (manhole) Steam" by Fred Mills Tucson's Calexico — formed more than a decade ago around the nucleus of guitarist-vocalist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino while they were still members of Giant Sand — has a new album, Carried to Dust, du...[MORE]

Blowout Drive-bys

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 3/5/2008

Types: Music

CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST Who: Val Hundreds, long bass, vocals; Moses Jackson, expensive guitar, gold keytar, rock amp, vocals; Donny Villalobos, management. What: A Champions of Breakfast experience (because "concert" doesn't really cut it) is a glitzy, art-elevated, sweat-along dance throwdown ...[MORE]

CREEM crop: Selected characters from the seminal music mag

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 1/16/2008

Types: Music

LESTER BANGS: Often called, even during his lifetime, "the greatest rock 'n' roll critic in the world." The native of Escondido, Calif., was a CREEM editor from 1971 through 1976 and is probably most responsible for the magazine's legendary status. He died from a Darvon overdose in 1982. DAVE...[MORE]

That was the year that was: Our critics pick the best in tunes, 2007

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 1/2/2008

Types: Music

Way back in 1977, Lester Bangs declared that "solipsism was king," that it held all the cards at the moment. One can only wonder what ol' Lester would've thought of 2007, wherein music seemed to be more of a solipsistic venture than ever. Once upon a time, there was the local music store where peopl...[MORE]

Hyper hits: Linking to the stories behind the songs

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 11/21/2007

Types: Music, Local Music

The story behind What's Going On' Top of the pops Renaldo Obie' Benson had the world dancing, and then he shook it with What's Going On' by Don Waller 11/9/2005 Insights into many of our Motown picks Pagliacci in the hood An interview with Herb Jordan, editor of the lyric anthol...[MORE]

The 100 greatest Detroit songs ever!: Picking the top tracks of the Motor City

By Metro Times music staff

Published: 11/21/2007

Types: Cover Story

Our original thought was just to compile a list of the best lists that have appeared in Blender, Rolling Stone, Q, MOJO, etc. over the past five years. Seriously, though, no one's yet done a "Best of Detroit," as far as we can tell, so, hell, why not? There really was no science to our methodol...[MORE]

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