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For whom the Belle tolls: The Wonder Twins bounce around the island

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

The Wonder Twins recently visited Belle Isle in search of music and find good sounds and an immersive experience.  D'Anne: I hadn't been to Belle Isle since I was a little kid. For some reason I remembered it being really small. Laura: The last time I was there was almost 10 years ago for a charit...[MORE]

Cocked & loaded: Some flash, some boom appearing among the 170 acts at Arts, Beats and Eats

By Metro Times staff

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Mayer Hawthorne & the County Members: Mayer Hawthorne (lead singer), Joe Abrams (bass), Topher Mohr (guitar), Quentin Joseph (drums) and Quincy McCrary (keys) Motto: "My intention wasn't to create a throwback album. I think you can hear just as much J Dilla in my music as you can Smokey R...[MORE]

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

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

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]

Sweats, hugs, and rock 'n' roll: The Wonder Twins spend the night with New Grenada. Longtime drummer Dave Melkonian splits.

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Laura: It is no secret that New Grenada are one of my favorite bands in Detroit. D'Anne: No, this isn't a secret. You are totally gay for them. I attribute this to your love for 1990's indie rock. Laura: No doubt about it. I readily accept the fact that I'll always love the '90s. Well, the indie r...[MORE]

Day Tripper: A one-day guide to jump-start a musical jonesin'

By Brian Smith

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Sometimes, if you view the same vacated sightlines and crash the same potholes long enough, life in Detroit can begin to resemble a sound file of droning white noise, a kind of flat-lined, sense-dulling hum — particularly if your pockets are empty.     So, to counter said mean reds, we've set...[MORE]

Watching the Detectives: Our distaff duo takes a theatrical turn at the Ringwald Theater

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

While rain poured down on (but hardly slowed down) the proud homos at Motor City Pride, the Wonder Twins ducked into the Ringwald, Ferndale's go-to spot for campy independent theater, to get an eyeful of some foxy ladies, specifically the ladies in Code Foxy: Man Down. Laura: I love the Ringwald Th...[MORE]

Music for smart people: The Wonder Twins groove — and breathe! — with Modernlull at the Berkley Front

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

On Saturday, May 1, Michigan joined the ranks of 37 other civilized states in the U.S. of Fuckin' A. and gave a mittened middle finger to smoking in public places, including Detroit's numerous bars and music venues. This is all much to the delight of the Wonder Twins and other cancer-averse folks wh...[MORE]

Groovy times: Mikel Smith and pals launch a label called, quite cleverly, Detroit Threads

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/5/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Mikel Smith used to be known as Detroit's oldest raver. We haven't heard that tag since the late 1990s, of course, when local electronic music hype was busting out all over the world, largely thanks to such then-surging properties as Carl Craig's Planet E, Richie Hawtin's Plus 8/Minus and various pr...[MORE]

A Detroit thang?: The 19th Detroit Music Awards show confounds and satisfies

By Brett Callwood

Published: 4/21/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

There was a moment at this year's Detroit Music Awards last Friday, April 16, when all of the stars aligned and cosmic synchronicity — nay, beauty — was achieved, at least from this writer's perspective, through the delivery of a heartfelt speech. It wasn't a nonsensical Oscars-like disp...[MORE]

Sweet 'n' hard for the loins: Bazooka Jones finds sticky kink in power pop

By Bill Holdship

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Bazooka Jones takes an ear-bending approach to the classic Detroit sound, merging delicious-but-raw garage rock with jangly and melodic power pop. The Allen Park-based quartet impressed with their musical proficiency and chops at Detroit's first International Pop Overthrow (IPO) festival three years...[MORE]

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]

Blowed out!: No. 13 was a bona fide spectacular

By Bill Holdship

Published: 3/10/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Man, we are so burned-out at the moment that it's hard to even type, let alone make sense of what it is we're typing. After all, if you do Blowout "right," it generally takes a week to recover. But it's well worth the effort. And Blowout 13 — despite its unlucky number this year &md...[MORE]

Blowin' the Wonder Twins: Blowout Pre-Party gets our favorite twins in da mood

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 3/10/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Every party has to start somewhere. And Blowout 2010 got warmed up on opening Wednesday night, March 3, at the Majestic Complex in Detroit, as a swarm of bands took over Hamtramck for three wild 'n' crazy nights. And the Wonder Twins were there, of course, to witness the Blowout unfolding. D'Anne...[MORE]

Blowin' up!: The 13th annual Blowout touches down in Hamtramck

By Bill Holdship

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Wow! So we've reached the lucky 13th of the largest and best all-local music festival in the country. Wonder if Chris Handyside ever envisioned how big the shebang would become when he kicked off this whole Blowout thing 12 years ago this month. As always, special thanks and much love to Eve Doster ...[MORE]

Judge a band by its cover: A look at defining albums of a couple Blowout bands

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Computer Perfection  We Wish You Well on Your Way to Hell Le Grand Magistery Computer Perfectionists and Pas/Cal-inites Gene Corduroy and Bem were living in Brooklyn when they met commercial illustrator Andy Taray (ohioboy.com), the man responsible for the art found on the cover and throughout th...[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]

Motor City Cribs: Scott and Laurie Sellwood's Ann Arbor pied-a-terre

By Doug Coombe

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Former Saturday Looks Good to Me keyboard player Scott Sellwood and his wife, Laurie, now live in New York City. But they return to Ann Arbor frequently — it's where Laurie works for the University of Michigan's School of Education, and where Scott's veritable supergroup Drunken Barn Dance is ...[MORE]

V power!: The Wonder Twins celebrate chicks

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Valentine's Day is a holiday for women. Obviously! V = vagina. Red = vagina. Hearts = vaginas somehow too. So it was fitting that on Valentine's Day eve, the Wonder Twins attended "Women: A Celebration of Art and Culture" at the Crofoot where people with XX chromosomes were celebrated for ...[MORE]

Promises fulfilled: Patti Smith's fascinating new memoir captures what it was to be young, free and artistic in a New York now lost to the ages

By Bill Holdship

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Love relationships between great artists have inspired some fine literature throughout history, be it works the artists created for each other during their own lifetimes or as fodder for novels, memoirs or even motion pictures and plays after the fact. Surely one of the greatest such love affairs of...[MORE]

Wildlife in Detroit: Or is it mildlife for FAWN? Either way, it's familiar.

By Laura Witkowski

Published: 2/10/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

"This, honestly, is the first time I've ever wanted to be in something truly collaborative," says Christian Doble, guitarist in the new Detroit trio that has dubbed itself FAWN. "We really wanted to create something together — sit down in the living room, start playing, and writ...[MORE]

Jesus, it's cold: The Wonder Twins do the WAB

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 2/3/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

When faced with Michigan's bitter winter nights, you basically have two choices — down a bottle of Wild Turkey and clutch its empty husk to your chest while curled up in a snow drift, or head somewhere warm where you can rock with good bands and good beer. On a recent Thursday, the Wonder Twin...[MORE]

Going underground: The Wonder Twins rock some chick's basement

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 1/20/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Think you've been to every music venue in the Detroit area? Think again. There could actually be a show going on in your neighbor's basement right now that you don't even know about. The Wonder Twins recently went underground, to some girl's house, to check out a couple of bands without a stage to c...[MORE]

What a year!: The Wonder Twins recap their favorite pop culture moments of 2009

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 1/6/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

D'Anne: Just what people want — another 2009 recap. Laura: Well, this one will be different. Or at least peppered with more sarcasm and inappropriate comments than most. And less Animal Collective exaltation. D'Anne: How do you know I'm not going to fawn all over Animal Collective? I loved M...[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]

Download Detroit: Guilt free X-Mas gifts from some Motor City songsmiths. Good luck wrapping them!

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 12/2/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

Alan Scheurman  Old Patterns  myspace.com/alanpatrick Dismantling the fabric of psych-folk and reassembling it like some mystical quilt, singer-songwriter Alan Scheurman — assisted by His Name is Alive soundscaper Warren Defever — turned in one of 2009's more complex and (dare we ...[MORE]

Hello, we must be going: Detroit's unheralded — but dynamic — the Recital calls it a day

By Kent Alexander

Published: 12/2/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

His band may be preparing a breakup and its final show — but Adam Kempa doesn't sound all that hung-up about it. In fact, he sounds quite upbeat, managing to stuff in more than a few sprightly chuckles during a recent conversation. His cheerful demeanor probably reflects that, while the Recita...[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: Music, Local Music

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]

Creeps and crawlers: The Wonder Twins do the haunted house freak-out

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 10/28/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

This is the time of year when things get pretty scary in Detroit, and a visit to one of the area's haunted houses is a must for a well-rounded Halloween experience. Over the years, haunted houses — not to mention haunted barns, haunted hayrides, haunted funeral homes and haunted golf courses &...[MORE]

Ramblin' Gamblin' Men : New coffee-table book traces the history of one of Michigan's favorite rock 'n' roll sons

By Bill Holdship

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Music, Local Music

Local photographer Thomas Weschler — who officially served as Bob Seger's road manager from 1969 through 1973 — had unlimited access to Seger and his camp for several decades, both during and after his official managerial duties. In other words, Weschler was there, almost like a fly on t...[MORE]

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