City Slang: Music review roundup

June 17, 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 Legal Matters is a local power-pop trio, and its self-titled debut album from Futureman Records was recorded over six days in band member Andy Reed’s studio. The influences...
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City Slang: Sunny fun at the Berkley Art Bash

June 16, 2014
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City Slang: Sunny fun at the Berkley Art Bash

It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon and the sun is beating down in Berkley. The weather couldn’t be more perfect for the annual Berkley Art Bash, a sort of family-friendly street festival taking place along 12 Mile Rd. in the very wholesome but increasingly arty Detroit suburb. There’s fun for all, with bounce-houses and giant...
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City Slang: The Singles to tour this summer

June 16, 2014
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City Slang: The Singles to tour this summer

Detroit’s Los Angeles-based pop-rock band The Singles will be touring this summer. The tour kicks off in Brooklyn on June 27, and ends in Laguna Beach on August 28. Michigan dates are July 10 at Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo, July 25 at the Loving Touch in Ferndale, and July 26 at Zal Gaz Grotto...
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Happy birthday, Marcus Belgrave

June 12, 2014
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Happy birthday, Marcus Belgrave

Unofficially known as “Detroit’s Mr. Jazz” and “the Jazz Mayor of Detroit,” Marcus Belgrave may be the most respected person on the Detroit jazz scene. He’s worked with everybody from Ray Charles to John Sinclair, and has garnered a clutch of sought-after awards. Now he spends much of his time working with young musicians, passing on the...
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Quatrophenia: Michael Quatro plots his triumphant return

June 12, 2014
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Quatrophenia: Michael Quatro plots his triumphant return

  You never know who you’ll run into on the bus. On any given Thursday, you might see Jimmy Storm. Joumana K. Fake Skunk Baxter. Last week, we marked the birth of Detroit’s glycerine queen, Suzi Quatro. The very next day we were headed downtown on the 610 when we ran into big brother...
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Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas announce debut album via Instant Records

June 10, 2014
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Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas announce debut album via Instant Records

Detroit-based singer/songwriter Jessica Hernandez and her backing band, The Deltas, recently announced their debut full-length album will drop August 19 via Instant Records. While the album was originally slated to be named Tarantula Mansion and to be released in March, this album’s name has been announced as Secret Evil, in keeping with the band’s 2013 EP...
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A brief chat with Peter Murphy

June 10, 2014
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A brief chat with Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy may have first come to our attention as the frontman with Gothic heroes Bauhaus, but he’s been a legitimate solo artist for many years now, putting out one great album after another. His most recent effort is Lion, a dark and introspective piece of work. He’s also playing the Magic Stick on...
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City Slang: Concert of Colors lineup announced

June 10, 2014
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City Slang: Concert of Colors lineup announced

The lineup for this year’s Concert of Colors Festival, one of Detroit’s best artistic events, has been announced and there is plenty to be excited about. The 7th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue will celebrate Bob Seger’s Live Bullet album and will feature performances by Scott Morgan & The Sights, Spyder Turner, and Blaire...
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City Slang: Destroy This Place to open for Speedy Ortiz

June 9, 2014
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City Slang: Destroy This Place to open for Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz, the indie rock band from Northampton, Massachusetts, will play Jumbo’s in Detroit on June 18, and local boys Destroy This Place will open the show. DTP man Ryan Allen told us that, “If you’re unfamiliar, Speedy Ortiz is leading the charge as far as indie guitar rock bands go these days. Their...
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Chvrches: Mass will be held at Royal Oak Music Theatre

June 5, 2014
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Chvrches: Mass will be held at Royal Oak Music Theatre

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind year for Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty. The electro pop trio known as Chvrches released their first album and took to the road on what seems like an endless bout of touring. They hit the inaugural U.S. edition of Laneway music festival at Meadow Brook last...
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