A tribute to Scott Asheton

March 17, 2014
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A tribute to Scott Asheton

I’m not going to pretend that I knew Scott Asheton well, let alone that I was his friend. When people die, particularly famous people, the woodwork will overflow with those referring to the fallen one as a “friend,” a “buddy,” or, worse, “a brother-in-arms.” I hardly knew Rock, but I worked with him and...
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City Slang: There’s a new solo album from the MC5’s Wayne Kramer on the way

January 22, 2014
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City Slang: There’s a new solo album from the MC5’s Wayne Kramer on the way

Wayne Kramer, guitarist with legendary Detroit band the MC5, is about to release a solo jazz record called Lexington. When asked about the album title, Kramer said, “I had buried my penitentiary experience in my psyche, but after a few years of sobriety I started looking inward into how I became who I am...
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RIP Gary Grimshaw

January 13, 2014
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RIP Gary Grimshaw

We’re saddened to learn that Gary Grimshaw, the poster artist best known for his work during the Grande Ballroom era and White Panther Minister of Arts, died at noon on Monday, January 13, having been in ill health for many years. Grimshaw’s work became synonymous with 1960s Detroit rock ’n’ roll and, in the...
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City Slang: Help get the MC5 in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame

November 19, 2013
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City Slang: Help get the MC5 in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame

A petition has been set up to try to help the MC5 push into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame (and let’s fact it, it’s about time they were in there). The petition can be viewed, and signed, here. The band’s story is told at Change.org. “The MC5 was an American rock band...
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City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

November 12, 2013
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City Slang: Weekly 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. Otto Vector’s No. 9 North sees the female-fronted band delving into the worlds of hard rock and electronica, and emerging with a sound that is both seamless and marketable....
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City Slang: Howling Diablos record with Wayne Kramer

November 11, 2013
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City Slang: Howling Diablos record with Wayne Kramer

Local funky soul band the Howling Diablos have been in the studio with MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer. “Return Of The Funk Hand” was produced and primarily written by Diablos main man Tino Gross at his Funky D Studios, and he roped in a sparkling array of guests, most notably the MC5′s Wayne Kramer on...
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Pere Ubu at Trinosophes

September 20, 2013
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Pere Ubu at Trinosophes

Influential underground punk rock band Pere Ubu is playing Trinosphes tonight – Friday, September 20. The Cleveland band has close ties to Detroit, and we don’t just mean geographically; front man David Thomas sang with the reformed DKT-MC5 for a while back in the mid-2000’s. A statement reads, “Pere Ubu return with their first...
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City Slang: Kerrytown rocks

September 9, 2013
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City Slang: Kerrytown rocks

OK, guess who was late to his own party. I’m a man who abhors tardiness, and yet on Sunday afternoon I suffered from the most wretched of brain farts. Convinced the music panel, “From Motown to Iggy Pop,” which I was scheduled to moderate, began at 1 p.m., I showed up at 12:15 only...
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City Slang: Louder Than Hell

September 5, 2013
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City Slang: Louder Than Hell

Many, many words have been written on the subject of heavy metal music. Not necessarily the bands, but the label. As with any other genre tag, most of which are nonsensical to begin with, people seem determined to pin down the ultimate definition of what metal is. The movie that came out a few...
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McCoy Tyner – what’s in a name?

August 28, 2013
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McCoy Tyner – what’s in a name?

You may or may not know this, but MC5 singer Rob Tyner, born Robin Derminer, took his name from jazz pianist McCoy Tyner. And what a name it is. Think Detroit rock ’n’ roll, and Rob Tyner’s name is right up there with that of Iggy Pop, Mitch Ryder and Bob Seger. Thank McCoy...
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