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What can Brown do for you?: A former Detroiter drops a stunner of a debut

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

When many hip-hop listeners think of Nicki Minaj as the only notable female rapper, it's clear they've not heard D-Town spitters Miz Korona and Invincible. If the latter two artists are becoming huge, there's a third female Detroit rapper, Boog Brown, deserving mass attention. Her freshly released d...[MORE]

Aaron-Carl, in memoriam: 'He brought authentic humanity to a scene often overwhelmed, to its detriment, by cold-hearted technology'

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

Aaron-Carl Ragland, who died with shocking suddenness last week from complications of lymphoma, shaped his musical career by challenging all boundaries and taking on enemies and friends with equal fury.  He was diagnosed with the disease only days before he died. He was preparing for a European tou...[MORE]

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]

Bad (ass) attitude: So let’s get this party started!

By Kent Alexander

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Taking the stage at PJ's Lager House for his band's sound check, Bad Party frontman Nate Savino fixes the small, alcohol-warmed crowd a sly sneer. "Anyone got some cocaine?" His bandmate and bassist Mike Kearns smirks. The crowd begins to get playfully antagonistic, some yelling silly requ...[MORE]

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]

Detroit West: One of the city’s grittiest emcees finds polished 'fame' in L.A.

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Someone said that if you can make it in Detroit, you can make it anywhere. But they didn't know Detroit music, because the local artists often make it anywhere else but here. The once slightly popular but always respected Detroit hip-hop group Frank N Dank had a strong affiliation with longtime frie...[MORE]

Sonically Speaking: MT scribe has a new book out about the MC5

By Brian Smith

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

MC5: Sonically Speaking author Brett Callwood is a frequent contributor to Metro Times. He's a soft, gentle and pierced gent who looks like anyone you'd likely find in the pages of Kerrang!, and might well be the sweetest guy you'd ever meet.  Here's a drive-by history on Callwood: Born in Manchest...[MORE]

Bigger than the Silverdome: Wonder Twins take on composer A.R. Rahman, again ...

By D'Anne & Laura Witkowski

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Back in June, the Wonder Twins set off on a journey to the Pontiac Silverdome to see Indian composer and musician A.R. Rahman's Journey Home World Tour. As they drove up that fateful day, police turned them and countless others away. Apparently a massive stage collapse had forced the cancellation of...[MORE]

Hippie chic: Mayaeni has lifted her brand of rock 'n' from the Motor City to Tokyo, and stops in between

By Brett Callwood

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

It wouldn't be inaccurate, nor unkind, to call Mayaeni (pronounced mah-YAY-knee) a journeywoman. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter, born and raised in Detroit to a West African mother and a Jewish father (the latter formerly a guitar player with Jimmy Ruffin and others), found herself dancing to hip...[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]

Sean Blackman's world music: Five years and thousands of air miles lead to Orchestra Hall

By Pietro Truba

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Rain is pounding the roof of Sean Blackman's Clawson bungalow. He and his main collaborator Pathe Jassi are in an open attic room; tapestries decorate the walls, a sword sits by the stairway, and instruments from around the world are strewn across the floor. Jassi hands Blackman back his nylon-strin...[MORE]

Needle Rap: Three months after its release, Miz Korona's 'injection' is giving her career the shot in the arm that it needed

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

For some time, if you'd asked practically any Detroit rapper who they considered the most slept-on emcee here and almost universally they'd say Miz Korona, after citing themselves, of course. She's outbattled and outhustled local lyricists for years and her songs sport more punchlines than a comedia...[MORE]

For the sake of the song: Three decades in, singer-songwriter Jere Stormer can do what he wants

By Brett Callwood

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Music, Folk

For 15 years, the Concert of Colors has celebrated much of the musical diversity that the Detroit area can offer, and it has become a highlight of the city's summer schedule. In recent years, the climax of the event has been the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue, which sees the Was (Not Was) man assemb...[MORE]

Earth to orbit: Pop isn’t a dirty word to the Rogue Satellites

By Brett Callwood

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Each year in March, the Metro Times Blowout Festival is the perfect opportunity to check out bands who've been on the "buzz radar" for a while and to see old faves, but it's also often the case that some of the best sets seen will be happy accidents — bands that you've never heard of...[MORE]

Teenage lament: Kevin Barnes from of Montreal talks growing up in Detroit, indie crossover and post-race society

By Pietro Truba

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

We recently chatted with of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes, who talked at length about his time growing up in the greater Detroit area. He also talked about working with godhead producer Jon Brion, race relations and getting beyond genre categorizations. You'll note that of Montreal's star has been...[MORE]

Got Milk?: How a dark 12 months in this producer-rapper's life spawned the 'album of the year'

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

For 27-year-old Detroit producer Curtis Cross — better known by the name Black Milk — things operate best in his life when everything is moving in organized fashion. Call it the assembly-line method of progress and personal growth. If his music is evolving and gaining more recognition, t...[MORE]

All Along the Watchtower: Maybe the best band name in Detroit, or anywhere, but Jehovah's Witness Protection Program say they’re no here-today-gone-today Web sensation

By Brett Callwood

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The great Detroit music, the stuff that has put this city atop of the rubble, has always found the perfect balance between grit and hope, the broken glass and the banana pudding, the melody and the noise. Look at Jehovah's Witness Protection Program. This Ypsilanti-based two-piece absolutely adores...[MORE]

Out in the open : Getting to know Secret Twins

By Kent Alexander

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

There she is, Dina Bankole, a petite, black woman vocalist with her seemingly oversized Gibson Flying V ("Sweet Louise" if you must know the guitar's name), with her "twin" brother, Tim Thomas, on the drums, creating music steeped in everything from '90s alternative radio to the ...[MORE]

Tributaries: Jazz Fest looks back to greats, known and less-so

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Music, Jazz

Pianist Horace Silver hasn’t performed in public for years. Betty Carter, Pepper Adams, Clifford Brown, Ray Brown and Donny Hathaway have been dead as long as a half-century. But their music — and thoughts on their music — will be at center stage over the weekend of the Detroit International Jazz F...[MORE]

Jazz Fest staying power: How Barry Harris and Roy Haynes found their niches

By Charles L. Latimer

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Music, Jazz

Pianist Barry Harris and drummer Roy Haynes have things in common. Both octogenarians, major jazz figures for more than a half-century, are still going strong. Last month, Harris, 80, released Barry Harry Live in Rennes. At 85, Haynes hasn't released a disc in three years, but the last one was a doo...[MORE]

Candlebox vs. Saving Abel: What's the big indifference?

By Serene Dominic

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Seeing Queen maestro Brian May return to infrared astronomy and complete his Ph.D. thesis on interplanetary dust after 35 years of the music business has bolstered me to return to my abandoned heliostatic theories on pop music and its shrinking impact on our solar system. For years, I've been loath ...[MORE]

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]

More festive listening: With chops, Grammy awards even, if not the biggest names

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Music, Jazz

The the Detoit Jazz Fest headliners are among some of the biggest names in jazz, blues and R&B, staring off opening night Friday with headliners Take 6 (featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller) and Tower of Power (at the Chase Main Stage, at Cadillac Square, starting at 6). Subsequent days deliver the ...[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]

Two-drink minimum: On Drunken Barn Dance's time-honored rules of adult beverages and live-show spontaneity

By Chris Handyside

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Sometimes in the wild and hairy world of rock 'n' roll, following rules pays off. Case in point: Ann Arbor-based quintet Drunken Barn Dance. The group was conceived initially as a solo vehicle by songwriter-by-night/attorney-by-day Scott Sellwood (who many will remember as the former keyboardist for...[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]

Suit up: Fred Thomas returns home with a new label, myriad projects, and a new, mostly girl band

By Eric Gallippo

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

It's a sweaty, summer night in Ferndale — the kind that makes beer taste better in green bottles and superfluous straining from the least physical of movements. But down in the AC-chilled confines of the No Bummer Zone, smartly dressed, mostly skinny music fans push, bop and shake to the breez...[MORE]

Kings of the wild frontier: Frontier Ruckus is literally the bash-and-clang sound of the suburbs

By Pietro C. Truba

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

As the sun sets over the Summit Place Mall, the noticeably tired Matthew Milia turns his car sharply, perking up as he drives toward the abandoned movie theater, the same one that graces the cover of Frontier Ruckus' latest album, Deadmalls & Nightfalls. If the fading Summit Place Mall would eve...[MORE]

Go deep: The man known as Scuba surfaces in Detroit this week

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Music, Electronic

It's hard to know real talent anymore. We're gorging on product that comes at us instantly and in abundance from, well, our front pockets, where we keep our phones. Lost in our personal electronics, drifting through increasingly noncritical space, we're unable to tell musical good from evil anymore...[MORE]

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