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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Teenage wasteland: Detroit's first-wave hardcore finally gets its due

By Michael Jackman

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985 by Tony Rettman Revelation Records Publishing Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 by Tesco Vee & Dave Stimson edited by Steve Miller Bazillion Points Books Ah, sweet validation. In the last ...[MORE]

Forced exposure: How Ivan Kral's Super 8 home movies at CBGB and Max's Kansas City caught punk rock in its infancy

By Serene Dominic

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Your home movies: Mostly relatives looking stiff as if having trouble making the transition from still photos, waving weakly, waiting for a cue to walk into the shot as unnaturally as possible. Ivan Kral's home movies: Debbie Harry of Blondie on a roof posing for her first publicity shots, the Ramo...[MORE]

Valley of the doll parts: Two glam-punk guitar heroes shimmy it up, doin’ a thing called Batusi

By Brett Callwood

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

This rock 'n' roll thing isn't easy, and it certainly ain't glamorous. Take Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome. Both have had their time with two bands, the New York Dolls and the Dead Boys, respectively, and both have made their mark, to varying degrees, on rock 'n' roll and punk rock. They've both...[MORE]

Puff the magic: And then don't call 'em a jam band

By Kent Alexander

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

One day, a 4-year-old Dave Menzo tripped over an old Beatles tape lying on the carpet of his brother's bedroom.  "That's where it all started for me," he says. "I was one of eight kids, most of whom were older than me, so, at 4 years old, I had seen my brothers put a tape in a tape p...[MORE]

Furs in Venus : The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler, from post-punk's original whorehouse priest to pop star to painter

By Brian Smith

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

One unfortunate hangover from the 1980s, that decade of overproduced bands, Reagan, MTV gloat, silly trousers and Haircut 100, was how the Psychedelic Furs got lumped into that ghastly pop nostalgia train of ’80s packages, flanking, say, the Bangles, or worse, Missing Persons in (pre-) boomer consci...[MORE]

Three chords & the truth : Without a nickel in his pocket, John Brannon influenced a whole generation of punk and rock 'n' roll — and nearly died in the process

By Brett Callwood

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

It's Dec. 10, 2006, in the secluded English coastal resort town of Minehead. Normally, the Butlins vacation complex would be closed down for winter; but on this particular weekend, fans of punk and alternative rock have invaded Minehead, because this week the town plays host to the All Tomorrow's Pa...[MORE]

Backwash: Digging Detroit's Royaltones

By Don Waller

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The Royaltones Detroit Rock 'N' Roll Began Here! Ace (U.K. import) Distinguished by the twin tenor sax work of leader George Katsakis and Ken Anderson, the Royaltones specialized in tight, hard-driving instrumentals a la Johnny & the Hurricanes that were designed to wear the shine off...[MORE]

'Definitely the devil!': Frank Woodman looked no further than the fruit of his loins to form a band

By Brett Callwood

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

For most young and budding musicians, starting a band means getting away from the parents and indulging in sordid and unhealthy activities while exercising a personal artistic vision. Not so for Derek and Hillary Woodman. For that bro-and-sis team, being in a band means spending more time with their...[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]

Backwash: Rock 'n' roll Yankees in the British invasion's court

By Bill Holdship

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Paul Revere & the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay The Complete Columbia Singles Collectors' Choice It has to be those silly Revolutionary War outfits. That's the only conceivable reason why, especially in retrospect, Paul Revere & the Raiders haven't been accorded the respect they deserve ...[MORE]

Operator's manual: Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks are but 16 again

By Brian Smith

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The band's name was the greatest uni-word translation of pubescent sexuality ever, its singer was an out-of-the-closet (long before it was trendy) U.K. punk rock "star" whose songs rose from a grim Manchester basement to American TV ads pimping Toyota ("What Do I Get") and &mdash...[MORE]

They're an American band: The Ferdy Mayne will come into your town, they’ll help you party down — until they move to Nashville, that is!

By Amy Elliott

Published: 5/5/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Derrick Mallory owns three station wagons in three different colors. He lives in Willis, not far from Ypsilanti, where the other three members of his band live. "One of them is burnt orange, inside and out," he says. "The speakers are two alarm clocks that I hooked up. It's so ugly.&...[MORE]

Going crazy on you!: The Wonder Twins do some classic rockin’ at the Public Pool

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 4/28/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

On Friday night, April 23, the Wonder Twins went to celebrate the glory of arena rock at the Public Pool, although they were surprised to discover that they were neither in an arena nor a public pool. They were at an art space in Hamtramck! D'Anne: First of all, I'm really glad you talked me out ...[MORE]

It's a family affair: Arranged Marriage shows how rock 'n' roll no longer pisses off the old man

By Chris Handyside

Published: 4/21/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The annals of stories surrounding records made by or about father and son relationships are full of the bittersweet, the coulda-been and after-the-fact recriminations and reconciliations. Rock 'n' roll musicians thrive on a culture where a rift between generations creates tension that results in art...[MORE]

Ballad of Mr. X: It's a mighty long way down rock 'n' roll for Detroit legend Bob 'Bootsey X' Mulrooney

By Bill Holdship

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

The saga of Bob Mulrooney — aka Bootsey X, aka the Pusherman of Love and Genius from the Waist Down — might bring to mind the words of two renowned writers: the first, an unlikely rabbi; the other, a rock critic. For the past decade, the title of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner's When Bad Things...[MORE]

Can I get a witness?: Bootsey X through the eyes of others

By Bill Holdship

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Can I get a Witness Bootsey X through the eyes of others The first time I saw Bootsey X & the Lovemasters play was in the summer of '85 at Paycheck's. I was completely blown away, to say the least. I remember trying to describe them to my friends at the time: "They're kind of like...[MORE]

Potluck utopia: Glass Rock gains international momentum through a long-distance relationship

By Cyndi Lieske

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Kathy Leisen is browsing through a box of cassette tapes that sits on a small table in her sparse art studio. Less artistic types might've used this space as a living room if they lived in the Corktown house that Leisen shares with her boyfriend.  The many cassettes here chronicle the Glass Rock si...[MORE]

Backwash: Soul deep and a Coop classic

By Brian Smith

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Bill Withers +'Justments (Reel Music/Columbia) It's hard to underestimate the grace and power of Bill Withers, a guy whose head-spinner confessionals are so rich in empathy ("Better Off Dead," "Grandma's Hands," etc.) that they can get you easily at the knees. His melancholic ...[MORE]

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