Aaliyah biopic on hold

June 30, 2014
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Aaliyah biopic on hold

A planned biopic for Lifetime Television about the late Detroit R&B singer Aaliyah has hit several production snags, Rolling Stone reports. The latest snag for the tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B occurred when 17-year-old actress Zendaya Coleman dropped out of the project, announced Sunday via Lifetime’s Twitter.  No reason was given, but the...
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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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MT gets an extra dose of fuckery with Chad Nicefield of Wilson

June 26, 2014
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MT gets an extra dose of fuckery with Chad Nicefield of Wilson

I’ve spoken with Wilson’s Chad Nicefield quite a few times. The first time, a story that always brings me great joy to retell, he followed up with my boss after, alerting my superior that he was sure he had offended me as I’d abruptly ended our phone call after he’s brought up his boner....
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A very brief chat with Babyface

June 25, 2014
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A very brief chat with Babyface

Babyface (Kenneth Edmonds) is so softly spoken in conversation that the phone line actually struggles to pick up his voice. No word of a lie, the technology doesn’t yet exist that can capture a sentence spoken by Babyface and transmit it across the country. He’s performing with Toni Braxton at Chene Park this weekend....
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City Slang: Ted Nugent’s Kamp for Kids

June 25, 2014
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City Slang: Ted Nugent’s Kamp for Kids

It just needs one more “K,” doesn’t it? Remember that old Simpsons gag, where Bart goes to the “Krusty Komedy Klassic”? Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Nugent started his Kamp in 1989 with the aim of getting “kids out of malls, off the streets, away from drugs and crime, into the woods...
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City Slang: ACLU provides update following day in court

June 24, 2014
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On Monday, June 23, the ACLU and ICP’s case against the FBI regarding the designation of Juggalos as a criminal gang was presented to a federal judge. Today, Michael Steinberg, the ACLU of Michigan legal director, provided an update via Youtube. See it here: Follow @City_Slang
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Watch the new video for Tunde Olaniran’s “Critical”

June 24, 2014
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Flint’s Tunde Olaniran has a new video out for “Critical” from his Yung Archetype EP released earlier this year. Check out those beats. Check out that big production. Check out that coif. Watch the video below:
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City Slang: Music review roundup

June 24, 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. My Brightest Diamond’s None More Than You EP (Asthmatic Kitty), out in July, precedes her full length This is My Hand album which comes out in September. So it’s...
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Dally in the Alley 2014 now accepting band applications

June 23, 2014
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Attention, Detroit’s musical artists (we know there’s a few of you out there): Dally in the Alley, Detroit’s historic block party, is now accepting submissions for musical entertainment. According to the website, preferential treatment is given to bands in the tri-county area (though Washtenaw County bands has a chance too, though). Organizers say they listen to...
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City Slang: ICP and ACLU to present arguments against FBI’s Juggalo gang designation

June 23, 2014
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City Slang: ICP and ACLU to present arguments against FBI’s Juggalo gang designation

A federal judge, Robert H. Cleland, will hear arguments in the Insane Clown Posse and ACLU lawsuit against the FBI at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 23 at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan’s Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse. Back in January, we wrote a cover story about the suit,...
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