The Kick: Red Pill and Hir-O (1.15.13)

January 11, 2013
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The Kick: Red Pill and Hir-O (1.15.13)

Producer Hir-O surmised (over twitter) that The Kick paid an “homage to the pillars of what we call the Michigan/Detroit vibe.” . What The Kick came down to, revealed rapper Red Pill was: “we were setting out to prove to the Michigan hip hop scene at large that we were good enough for them to pay attention to…” ~...
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City Slang: Kem nominated for four NAACP Image awards

January 11, 2013
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City Slang: Kem nominated for four NAACP Image awards

If you’re anything like us, you’re currently thinking “what the fuck are NAACP Image awards?” Honestly, who cares? They’re awards and our man Kem, the mega-selling Detroiter signed to the current incarnation of Motown, has been nominated for four. According to a press release, “Two-time Grammy Award®-nominated Motown artist KEM leads all nominees for...
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The Thornbills Wake the Dead – 1.12.13. (Magic Stick)

January 10, 2013
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The Thornbills Wake the Dead – 1.12.13. (Magic Stick)

Winter’s such an apt time to be rockin’ a Thornbills jam. There’s is an enlivening chill… beautiful to behold, but biting in their icy evocations… I think of some subarctic cavern’s glistening bouquet of icicles, iridescent in the faint orange glow of a fogged sunrise… Something like that…via their own blend of autoharp-amped traditional...
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City Slang: Juggalos say ‘We are not a gang’

January 10, 2013
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City Slang: Juggalos say ‘We are not a gang’

There has been much murmuring from the ICP camp following the FBI’s decision last year to label their fans, the juggalos, as a gang. It was an odd call; no musical fan base has had these issues before, and we all know how badly some of those Dead-heads behaved. Well, the juggalos are pushing...
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Lazy sings of Party City

January 9, 2013
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Lazy sings of Party City

Punks make friends too! The three acts in this show, ostensibly of the punk, (or “psyche-rock” variety, or whatever kind of rough-hewn, lo-fi aesthetic suggestive of aggressiveness) all are quite friendly to each other.   For instance, the most formative recordings of the Johnny Ill Band were done in the same Detroit basement, beneath the house that...
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City Slang: Pre-order Muggs from Bellyache

January 9, 2013
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City Slang: Pre-order Muggs from Bellyache

Bellyache Records is offering Muggs fans the opportunity to pre-order the blues rockers’ new double album online. Bellyache says, “The Muggs have recorded their first ever live album at their home turf of the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit, Michigan! The fellas wailed through 2 lengthy sets featuring tunes from the bands “Self Titled”, “On...
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