Louder Than Love: The Grande On Film!

September 26, 2008
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Wow! This looks fucking cool! What Detroiter wouldn’t be excited about a trailer that features Dick Wagner and the Frost‘s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Music” as its theme song? Hopefully, unlike The MC5: A True Testimonial, this will actually get a commercial release. New documentary by director-writer Tony D’Annunzio. Have no other details regarding release...
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Having A Wild Weekend

September 26, 2008
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Having A Wild Weekend

In case you haven’t heard — and you’d probaby have to be a hermit with no access to the media or the Internets to have not heard — the big gig news tonight is the Friendly Foes‘ CD release party for their new Born Radical album, being thrown at the Berkley Front in, duh,...
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Freedom Hill Amphitheater Will Continue

September 26, 2008
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Freedom Hill Amphitheater Will Continue

Macomb county may have recently voted to eliminate its administrative staff at Freedom Hill County Park — but according to Joe Bellanca, programming manager at Freedom Hill Amphitheater, that venue is not closed as a result of that decision and will continue to operate as it has since 1999 via Hillside Productions. The latter...
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Confirmed: No Fest Of Arts In ’09

September 23, 2008
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Confirmed: No Fest Of Arts In ’09

The Detroit Festival of the Arts is definitely cancelled for 2009, but it will be back the following year in “one form or another.” That’s the word from Sue Mosey, president of Midtown’s University Cultural Center Association, who spoke to Metro Times on Tuesday. Last spring marked the 22nd festival that UCCA had put...
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Stooges Back On The Ballot…

September 22, 2008
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Stooges Back On The Ballot…

The nominations for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony were announced earlier today. The Stooges are back on the list, after being nominated and rejected (who the fuck makes these decisions anyway?) two years ago. Also on this year’s ballot: Run-D.M.C., Metallica, Jeff Beck, “female Elvis” Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony &...
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Reviewing Cheech & Chong…and Rodriguez Live!

September 22, 2008
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Reviewing Cheech & Chong…and Rodriguez Live!

It almost looked like it could’ve been a Latino Artists Pride celebration on Woodward Avenue, near Park, on Saturday night. Not only were Cheech & Chong performing two shows at the Fillmore but comedian George Lopez was appearing almost next door at the Fox Theater (“But he’s not funny,” said one of the folks...
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Detroit Drops All Caid Raid Charges

September 22, 2008
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Detroit Drops All Caid Raid Charges

Well, chalk one up for truth, justice and the American way. The ACLU of Michigan announced today that the City of Detroit has dropped all charges against the nearly 116 patrons of the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) who were detained and cited by Detroit Police during the raid of a members-only gathering...
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Festival Of Arts On Hold?

September 20, 2008
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Festival Of Arts On Hold?

We got no return calls from the folks in charge, but we’re told on good authority that the Detroit Festival for the Arts is kaput — at least for the coming year. That was the word that came to us this past week after a gathering of the University Cultural Center Association, which is...
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Will The Real Jack White Please Stand Up?

September 19, 2008
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Will The Real Jack White Please Stand Up?

I’d certainly take this with a large grain of salt — but when I got into a very busy office yesterday morning, after a much needed day off, the first message on my voicemail was this: “Hey, Bill, it’s Jack White calling. Just want to know what you want me to do and when....
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‘free Scary!’

September 18, 2008
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‘free Scary!’

Back in the day, “Scary” Cary Safarian was the tough-talking promoter who took over Graystone Hall after former Necros bassist Corey Rusk and wife left the club to concentrate on his Touch & Go/Quarterstick label. Safarian’s run as that venue’s manager was rocky and brief, and, by 1988, the Graystone’s days as a music...
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