Queen Makeba Heads To Detroit

April 18, 2008
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Queen Makeba Heads To Detroit

Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba are hands down the king and queen of South African music. The onetime husband and wife gained worldwide pop cred as hit-makers in the ’60s while agitating for the end of the apartheid regime back home — which, in recognition of their work, banned both them and their records....
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Danny Federici, R.i.p.

April 18, 2008
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Danny Federici, R.i.p.

Sad. He did not look well when Springsteen and the E Street Band played the Palace last fall. Danny Federici, for 40 years the E Street Band’s organist and keyboard player, died yesterday afternoon, April 17th at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City after a three year battle with melanoma. “Danny Federici,...
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Remembering Proof

April 16, 2008
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Remembering Proof

We’re a little late on this…but better late than never… Slain Detroit hip-hop legend Proof was honored by fans and family last Friday (April 11th) to commemorate the two-year anniversary of his death. A candlelight vigil was held during the late afternoon at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the artist was put to rest six days...
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Von Bondies, Sloan Headline Rock City Fest

April 16, 2008
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Von Bondies, Sloan Headline Rock City Fest

Detour Magazine has finally released the schedule for its upcoming first Rock City music festival, which takes place June 12th through the 14th. In addition to numerous local unsigned acts, the festival will feature sets by Canadian popmeisters Sloan and a homecoming performance by the Von Bondies (although, at this point, it’s hard to...
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When It Comes To Stupid Crooks…

April 16, 2008
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When It Comes To Stupid Crooks…

Maybe somebody just needed more cash on tax day… Whatever the case, local hip-hop station HOT 102.7‘s official station vehicle was stolen via a hijack early yesterday afternoon, as an employee re-fueled the vehicle at an area gas station less than a mile away from the station. Keith “Shug” Gillespie, fleet manager for HOT...
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As Seen On Mtv…

April 15, 2008
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As Seen On Mtv…

Well, the MTV webcast site, anyway. It’s not often that Detroit superstars like the Go or the Muldoons get mentioned on MTV, but former Detroiter (and Ramrods leader) Ivan Suvanjieff (aka Mark Norton) did his part to promote those local bands — literally wearing them on his chest — when he recently did an...
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Madigan For Prez!

April 9, 2008
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Back in the 1980s, Detroit’s Bob Madigan led a demented, noisy, drug-addled band called Slaughterhouse. Madigan’s brainchild, the band not only produced a chaotic and disturbing din, its stage shows would involve videos of slaughterhouse meat processing, seizure-inducing strobe lights, and, on one occasion even a pair of clamps with live voltage so audience...
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Walden: A Friend Remembers

April 9, 2008
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Walden: A Friend Remembers

Marion Hayden, Donald Walden’s bassist in the Free Radicals, e-mailed these thoughts regarding her late friend”. The world of jazz in general and Detroit in particular has truly lost a giant. As a protege of Barry Harris, Donald was the link from bebop styles through post-bop styles. His style of playing was very unique...
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Walden Remembered

April 9, 2008
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Walden Remembered

“I am a tenor player in the tradition of Newk, Trane, Dexter, maybe … although I don’t sound like any of them singularly, maybe an amalgamation of them all, but more like myself than anyone else.” That was the way Donald Walden summed up his style. Walden was all about the concept of standing...
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So Long To An Underdog

April 2, 2008
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So Long To An Underdog

Very sorry to hear of the death of Michael Morgan, who passed away from lung cancer last Friday, March 28th, at the age of 59. I met and knew Michael during the final Detroit days of CREEM Magazine, when he worked at the publication in ad sales and marketing. Perhaps Morgan’s most memorable role...
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