City Slang: Weekly music review roundup
Remember â€“ if you send it, it will get reviewed. Thatâ€™s the City Slang promise. It doesnâ€™t matter what genre the music is â€“ as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, itâ€™ll get in. Preferably, weâ€™d like to concentrate on new releases but, while weâ€™re getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to email@example.com.
The Deadstring Brothersâ€™s has a new album out, Cannery Row (Bloodshot), and thatâ€™s reason enough to celebrate. By now, we know what weâ€™re going to get from these guys, and the Americana/alt-country is honest, gritty and, actually, barely alternative at all. Guitarist JD Mack has shifted over from Whitey Morgan & the 78â€™s, and heâ€™s a great player. Tunes like â€śLike a California Wildfireâ€ť have an old timey, Bluegrass and gospel feel that isnâ€™t contrived or forced at all. These guys are believable, and thatâ€™s why they remain one of our best bands of this genre.
Kat Orlando is at the opposite end of the musical spectrum. This pop-soul diva has played around town in various bands for a few years now, playing highly polished music that seems to sit somewhere between Gloria Estefan and Morris Day & the Time. Poster Child is the EP, and it includes a fun cover of Hall & Oatesâ€™ â€śAdult Educationâ€ť. This will be too shiny and clean for many, but the girl ca sure play the sax.