Lt. baD’s The Crackdown

June 30, 2014
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Lt. baD’s The Crackdown

Patrolling a newer, spaced out, blown-up beat. There’s a line one crosses where retro or revivalism becomes more of an ardent reenactment – just as Detroit-based duo Lt. baD have wormed their way back 30 years to Bronx basketball courts blasting “Planet-Rock(ing)” jams for nimble breakdancers. Here’s a sample, “Electrobooty Freakland”  …which, in aesthetic...
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Currently Listening: Turn To Crime – Can’t Love (EP)

June 22, 2014
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Currently Listening: Turn To Crime – Can’t Love (EP)

If you gave a track like “Sunday’s Cool” a good enough spit-shine, dusted off the hiss and scoured off the grimey distortion…you’d have what we like to call a pop-gem. A rollicking beat, a churning guitar with hooks that dip, snap and twirl, and a soulfully rasped vocal with a pingpongy melody that rams...
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Amen Dunes – 6/24 @Jumbo’s

June 21, 2014
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Amen Dunes – 6/24 @Jumbo’s

  The tempting narrative here is how the recluse tries something regular – or the abnormal now sounds normal. When Damon McMahon first completed songs as Amen Dunes, he had not intention of anyone ever hearing them. He recorded material way back in 2006 before he all but quite music and moved to China....
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Foundation of 5e Gallery 5th Anniversary Showcase

May 27, 2014
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Foundation of 5e Gallery 5th Anniversary Showcase

May 31st at the 5e Gallery 12pm-2am. 5eGallery @ The Cass Corridor Commons 4605 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201 Weekly open mic events hosted at the 5e Gallery have sustained the build up of a movement to recognize the vital role of Women In Hip Hop. For five years, a community collective called The...
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Listening: Benjamin Miles’ Wishing Tree

May 7, 2014
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Listening: Benjamin Miles’ Wishing Tree

Maybe I ain’t heard them / Really? What’s the difference? / (It’s) Just another song about a rapper’s existence Wishing Tree by Benjamin Miles (Five30 Music)   What happens when there’s “…too many rappers?” MC/lyricist (and day-job lawyer) Benjamin Miles materializes the results of that query along with many other soul-searching queries on Wishing...
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Blowout In The Library (Part 2)

May 3, 2014
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Blowout In The Library (Part 2)

The Library survived last night – some beer spillage here and a bit of wall rattling amplifications from Mod Orange – but nonetheless, we’re back for another night of live music.   More folksy, tonight…comparatively speaking. Jessica Wildman is a solo singer/songwriter with just a delicately fuzzed acoustic guitar, varying between a jaunty percolation and more...
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Blowout in the Library

May 2, 2014
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Blowout in the Library

Greetings Blowouters… I’m writing to you from inside the Ferndale Public Library where your humble blogger works for his proverbial day-job. This is the Library’s second consecutive year participating as a host venue for the Metro Times Blowout. It seems like a novelty, I’m sure…but really, in a town like Ferndale, given its active population...
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Blowout Night 1: Seeing the Scene (Whatever You’d “Heard”)

May 1, 2014
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“Oh, I haven’t gotten a chance to see them, yet… Great…”             This is Blowout. There’s a lot of bands around here, man. We only have so many hours in the day to scour the various bandcamp sites and take in every new song from every new project that...
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Covenant House Michigan Benefit Concert

March 23, 2014
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Covenant House Michigan Benefit Concert

Detroit based non-profit Covenant House Michigan provides services and support to homeless, runaway, at-risk youth (age 13-22) who struggle with a variety of issues: unemployment, inadequate education, drugs, gangs and violence. A quintet of local bands are performing at the New Dodge to raise awareness for CHM and its services, which includes providing food,...
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POWER (ft. Passalacqua + Flint Eastwood)

March 19, 2014
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POWER (ft. Passalacqua + Flint Eastwood)

Passalaqua have powered back up. This video’s exhibit A.) But, really, the local rap-duo (and recent Kresge Fellows) have been steadily getting back into the show-circuit with some performances after a spell spent more so out of the spotlight and behind-the-scenes. Well, behind said-scenes, they were working on music with genre-splicing rock-outfit Flint Eastwood,...
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