James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets coming to the Magic Bag

April 24, 2014
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James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets coming to the Magic Bag

The Magic Bag in Ferndale will host James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets on Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. A press release reads, “James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on...
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City Slang: Dead Kennedys to have a holiday in Detroit

April 24, 2014
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City Slang: Dead Kennedys to have a holiday in Detroit

The Dead Kennedys, still with local boy Klaus Flouride in the ranks, will play St. Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday, June 24. Alongside Flouride and fellow original members East Bay Ray and DH Peligro, the current lineup includes singer Ron “Skip” Greer, taking the place of Jello Biafra. Downtown Brown will open that show, which...
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Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

April 23, 2014
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Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck will present a police drama called A Steady Rain May 2 through 24. Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith will star in the play, written by House of Cards and Mad Men co-writer Keith Huff. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now at PlanetAnt.com. According to the...
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Lily Tomlin coming to Ann Arbor

April 23, 2014
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Lily Tomlin coming to Ann Arbor

Detroit home-girl Lily Tomlin will perform at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, June 14. A press release reads, “Get together with Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. “Tomlin is amazing” The NY Times and “as always a revelation.” The New Yorker This unique comic artist takes...
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Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

April 22, 2014
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Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

The Detroit Metro Times, Detroit’s award-winning alternative weekly media company, is proud to announce the recent hire of Valerie Vande Panne as Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning independent journalist and Michigan native, Vande Panne’s work has appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among other publications. Previously, Vande Panne attended Harvard University and...
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Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

April 22, 2014
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Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

There was a fire in an upstairs apartment at PJ’s Lager House on Monday evening. No people were hurt, although three cats belonging to the tenants died after CPR. The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. during a show featuring Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band, Curtin, and Jeffrey Jablonsky. “We just smelled...
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City Slang: Music review roundup

April 22, 2014
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City Slang: Music review roundup

Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to bcallwood@metrotimes.com. The Sugar Clouds’ Partners Don’t Do That (They Watch and be Amazed) (Wax Splat) is a nostalgic look at the psychedelic days of ’60s grooviness. Even the album cover...
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City Slang: Detroit Jazz Fest announces headlining acts

April 21, 2014
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City Slang: Detroit Jazz Fest announces headlining acts

The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced the headliners for the event, which will take place over Labor Day weekend as usual. The 2014 artist in residence will be Joshua Redman. According to the press release, “Redman is known as one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s...
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Happy Birthday Iggy Pop

April 21, 2014
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Happy Birthday Iggy Pop

The chairman of the board, Iggy Pop, turned 67 today. Everyone at Detroit Metro Times would like to wish the main man a very happy birthday. This song seems appropriate. Follow @City_Slang
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Reviewing Josh Malerman’s Bird Box

April 21, 2014
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Reviewing Josh Malerman’s Bird Box

Bird Box By Josh Malerman HarperCollins, 293 pp., $25.99. Back in August, we profiled High Strung singer Josh Malerman due to the fact that his book, Bird Box, had earned him a six-figure multi-book deal from HarperCollins, and was going to be made into a movie. We wrote a cover story (a multi-award winning...
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