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Motor City Five: Five questions and answers with ADULT.

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

ADULT.  Husband-wife Detroiters Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller exploit a darkish mix of circuit-bending synths, beats, bass and berating vocals. In '08, ADULT. produced and performed the Decampment, a film and live soundtrack. In Toronto this year, they presented that alongside a version of its...[MORE]

Fall Fashion: How to wear white after Labor Day, cool out in camo, and go Egyptian chic

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Arts, Fashion

The fall fashion forecast sees jeans as tight as ever, but heels are taller, necklines higher, and hairstyles continue to get cut with especially more interesting angles that actually work.  Thanks, Europe. Patterns are more prevalent, color schemes more subdued, and accessorizing successfully these...[MORE]

Wall posts: MONA curator collects more than 600 Facebook faces of those traditionally unseen

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

This Friday, the release the latest film from David Fincher (Fight Club), The Social Network — "the Facebook movie" — an adaptation of Ben Mezrich's 2009 nonfiction novel The Accidental Billionaires, marks a cinematic phenomenon of sorts. Face it, Facebook's history is as fasci...[MORE]

First blood: A2 author's debut kills

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Writers like to write about writers. Sometimes when that happens, however, the work reads as if they're writing for writers. Considering the resounding "write that which you know" mantra, it's hard to blame them. But when the work doesn't cross over, and most fails for some reason or other...[MORE]

The ambassador: Adman and author Toby Barlow has become a leading spokesman for his adopted city

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Literature

Leave it to a writer to let a line like this fall out of his mouth: "In Detroit, you can see the embers of the American dream are still capable of catching fire."  Sure it verges on romantic, but, hey, this city needs dreamers — and doers — like Toby Barlow.  Two years after ...[MORE]

Soup's on: Kate Daughdrill and the art of networking

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Spend 40 minutes driving north on Woodward Avenue from Detroit's city center at Campus Martius Park and you'll find yourself in the vicinity of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, a revered graduate school surrounded by plush wooded plots and mansions in Bloomfield Hills. With flat land in every direction...[MORE]

What's the frequency?: Twenty years of on-air action with Jon Moshier

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Cover Story

When he was a kid of around 6 or 8 years old, as it's recalled, Jon Moshier roved around in ways children that age tend to: curiously and without preset destination. Often armed with a portable tape recorder, his preferred pastime was documenting the sounds of the late '70s world around him. You'd f...[MORE]

Why indie rock is dead: A few words with the label behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Frontier Ruckus

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The trendy obsession with subgenre may be achingly lame, but the music inspiring the excess labeling often isn't. Case in point: chillwave, which to me sounds like some neon elixir you'd order on a cruise — or a sadistic amusement park ride or some new sex-prank slang: "Bro, a chillwave i...[MORE]

Raze one, raise one: Talkin’ reclamation at Corktown’s Imagination Station

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The Imagination Station is exploding from the ashes of a firebombed flophouse standing — barely — in the shadow of Detroit's abandoned, antique train station. Painted colors splash from a second story window, and people congregate on the lawn to plan the future. It's the work of a racial...[MORE]

Holding court: A pick-up poem and photo essay on B-ball

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: Cover Story

Holding Court  pivot sweat  pick set  on blacktop plateau no script give  and go run 'em back a mid-summer's pickup  play stretched out  laced up one-on-one  win by two run 'em back bound to the key turn to the wing swing bottom block drop step  head fake who's g...[MORE]

Meet the fellows: 18 Detroit composers, authors and performers reap rewards in Kresge program

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 6/30/2010

Types: Arts

Under merciless fluorescents inside Detroit's College for Creative Studies' Center Gallery sits Detroit punk Timmy Vulgar, his Viking-red muttonchops connecting jawbones to a blond receder that's sort of slicked back for the occasion. The untamed frontman is wearing blue jeans and a once-white T-shi...[MORE]

Minstrelsy biopsy : Author Bill Harris on the great American scar

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

"It's a bastard child who won't be invited to dinner anywhere," Bill Harris says of his latest work, Birth of a Notion (or The Half Ain't Never Been Told). He does so with a warm laugh, knowing too well there's no correct or clear shelf on which Notion belongs at the bookstore. But this bo...[MORE]

Tour d'art publique: Burb sculpture, Gen-X hieroglyphs, subversive signage and a trippy trip down Trumbull

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

If you look, you'll notice that Detroit has lots of art that exists outside its own landscape. Detroit is a city where you can still catch guys hand-painting billboards on sides of urban businesses; it's a city whose abandoned factories, schools and stores now stand as three-dimensional canvases for...[MORE]

A summer heartbreak soundtrack: Broken Bells break it down

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Oy! What a last couple years it's been for Brian Burton and James Mercer.  Mercer, one of current pop music's better lyricists, is the founder of the Shins. Darlings of the Sub Pop imprint for nearly a decade, in 2008, Mercer took the fate of his band in his hands (as if it hadn't always been) and ...[MORE]

Banksy bombs Detroit: Sorting through rubble to uncover trouble

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Last week, underground superstar street artist Banksy paid a visit to Detroit. He was on what could be considered one of the most proactively viral and resourceful publicity tours in history. Hitting Los Angeles, Park City (for Sundance), Chicago and Toronto, the famed spray-can kid left a series of...[MORE]

Demolition derby: Can Detroit Derby Girls put 3,000 asses in Cobo?

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

A few Saturdays ago, we watched two teenage girls skip through the crowd on Second Avenue, round the corner at Temple Street, and float up the steps of the monstrous Masonic Temple. They looked punkish, in hues of tested teen rebellion, but somehow naďve to the neighborhood's fringe culture. Both sl...[MORE]

The Fash Bash!: Designers, stylists and models duke it out for fashion supremacy

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: Arts, Fashion

Contemporary fashion designers battle brutally cool vintage boutiques in the ring of form, style and scrapping women. When leather, cotton, thread, yarn and spandex are weapons of choice for these wild spring getups, there's no telling who’ll win the slapdown. Get the flash player here: http://www....[MORE]

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