The Trash Brats In …too Much Too Late

September 25, 2009
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The Trash Brats In …too Much Too Late

Or, you can put your arms around a memory … Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers made a cottage industry of rent party (“reunion”) gigs at Max’s Kansas City, those events that happened long after the band had officially fizzled. Many, many Heartbreakers fans were grateful for such, even if Johnny was often tumblin’ from...
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The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Sucks. Again…

September 23, 2009
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Oh, yeah. And I’ve said it before, but fuck the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are the nominations (note: not the inductees, the nominations) KISS, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Darlene Love, ABBA, the Chantels and the Stooges. I’m totally...
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Local Venue Notes

September 23, 2009
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Local Venue Notes

*Kudos to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, which becomes a smoke-free venue for all shows, beginning this Saturday, September 26th. The new policy begins the night of a charity event from which all proceeds will go towards the American Cancer Society. Hopefully more places will follow suit. Many people think it’s their constitutional right...
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Something Exciting: Joan Belgrave At Kerrytown This Weekend

September 18, 2009
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Back in June our frequent jazz correspondent Charles L. Latimer wrote about the life and revived career of vocalist Joan Belgrave, who can “belt pop, R&B, classic rock, the blues and jazz,” but whose forte in any genre is delivering love songs in a voice “so soothing and sexy, she could give a pit...
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Quack Vs. Sonicbids (and By Association, Sxsw)

September 16, 2009
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Editor’s note: Please read the update at the end of this post… Got the following e-mail regarding Austin’s South by Southwest music festival from Quack! Media honcho Al McWilliams earlier today. We weren’t aware that there was a SonicBids controversy (sounds like a “pay-to-play” situation?)…but this should definitely stir up some interesting debate and...
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Local Music Tidbits

September 14, 2009
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*It’s kinda old news at this point since both Rolling Stone and Pitchfork took the ball and ran with it. That’s what we get for sitting on it. Yeah, we got the “official” word on August 6th that James Williamson was joining Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton and Mike Watt (filling in for the late,...
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Jazz Fest Wrap Up

September 8, 2009
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During a video montage that was shown Friday night at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, trombonist Steve Turre commented that many festivals around the world call themselves “jazz festivals,” but the Detroit jazz fest is the real deal. The man should be lauded for not being apprehensive about speaking the truth. And this weekend,...
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Wayne’s World

September 8, 2009
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Last year, I attended saxophonist Wayne Shorter‘s concert at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. It was a weird evening. Shorter, pianist Danilo Perez, drummer Brian Blade and bassist John Patitucci played for nearly two hours straight. Shorter never introduced the band or the music they performed during that show. And they walked off the...
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Jazz Virtuosity

September 6, 2009
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It can be stressful covering a music fest the size of the Detroit International Jazz Festival. There is so much wonderful music to experience and I find myself stressing over what acts to see and what performances to miss. I wish I had the technology to clone myself — or at least the salesmanship...
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Hank & Chick

September 5, 2009
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On paper, legendary pianist Hank Jones, a jazz traditionalist with over seven decades of jazz experience, sharing the bill with mercurial musicians such as pianist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White seemed like a odd pairing to kick off the opening night of the 30th Detroit International Jazz Festival. Surprisingly, both...
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