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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Ted’s Love Letter To Palin…

September 18, 2008
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Ted’s Love Letter To Palin…

I guess it should come as little surprise. Michigan’s favorite neocon rock star sent the first advance copy of his upcoming book, Ted White & Blue — The Nugent Manifesto (which he describes as “16 chapters on how to fix America”…oy!), to McCain‘s “hockey mom” running mate with the following letter. Hopefully, Palin will...
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Maybe He’s More A Pepsi Kinda Guy…

September 16, 2008
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Maybe He’s More A Pepsi Kinda Guy…

According to “Queen of All Media” Perez Hilton and the little less hysterical NME, our former homeboy Jack White is none too pleased about the James Bond theme he wrote as a duet for himself and Alicia Keys being featured in a new Coke commercial (didn’t he read the contract?) before making its debut...
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Benefits, Benefits & Rockin’ The Vote…

September 15, 2008
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Benefits, Benefits & Rockin’ The Vote…

Perhaps the most pertinent benefit taking place this week is the memorial show for the late Tom Furtaw of Spitting Nickels, who succumbed onstage at Hart Plaza last month when the band was opening for Blue Oyster Cult (see earlier blog item). In honor of Tom and his family, the musician-lawyer’s many friends are...
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Money, Girls & Music…

September 12, 2008
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Check out the below video from veteran Detroit rock photographer and our old pal Thomas Weschler who takes the opportunity to explain how he broke into the game. Weschler’s part of the Detroit-based Backstage Gallery photography collective that’ll have an exhibit at this weekend’s Metro Music Expo, which takes place at the Rock Financial...
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