Icelandic Jazz comes to Detroit

June 21, 2012
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Icelandic Jazz comes to Detroit

Jazz pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs will play Cliff Bell’s in Detroit on June 22. She was supposed to perform at the Harlequin Cafe in 2003, but that summer’s big black out forced her to cancel the show. Gunnlaugs and her trio are promoting their latest release, Long Pair Bond, and are touring coast to coast....
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Fighting against EM law, trying to save democracy

June 20, 2012
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Scores of angry people don’t usually show up to watch an attorney file paperwork with the Michigan Court of Appeals. But then again, what’s going on right now with the attempt to have voters repeal Michigan’s emergency manager law in November is anything but normal. Were things operating as usual, the question of repealing...
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Is It Overwhelming?

June 20, 2012
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Is It Overwhelming?

Six months until the latest doom-fever strikes its pitch. Read it on every wall, our screen-addled-brains are collectively buzzing louder and louder with a nervous-chuckling curiosity at what will happen when the Mayan’s stone calendar runs out. Has it settled in, truly, that we’re in the middle of an election year? Four years is...
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City Slang: The Juliets to play the Lager House

June 20, 2012
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City Slang: The Juliets to play the Lager House

The Juliets will play at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit on July 2, with Mick Bassett & the Marthas, plus New York band Conveyor, also on the bill. When pushed to describe the sound for a Metro Times feature a couple of years ago, frontman Jeremy Freer simply called it chamber pop, a term...
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Check Yourself (Checkers’ Collective)

June 19, 2012
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Check Yourself (Checkers’ Collective)

Bandcamp can be a beautiful thing, most of the time. If anything, its effective. The song’s done, the song’s ready, put the song up – its an easy-to-remember link and people can start streaming. Go. Still, though, it’s an airless, 2-dimensional glowing screen, no razzle, no dazzle, not even an LED-light cascade or iTunes “visualizer”...
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City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

June 19, 2012
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City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Remember – if you send it, it will get reviewed. That’s the City Slang promise. It doesn’t matter what genre the music is – as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it’ll get in. Preferably, we’d like to concentrate on new releases but, while we’re getting warmed up here, feel free to...
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