Rock Steady, Mon

August 25, 2007
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Pamela Welsh, former cohost of WDTR‘s The Reggae Soundblast, starts her own online radio station, broadcasting the music of the Caribbean tonight. The station is scheduled to launch at 8 p.m. tonight…but I’ll be damned if I can tell you where because I just realized she didn’t include that info in her e-mail to...
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Amy Winohouse Or Jeffrey, The Seer

August 25, 2007
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Our Media Blackout columnist, Jeffrey Morgan (who revealed an infatuation with Dick in this week’s print-issue), wanted to remind us of this (although we truly hope that the 18 month scenario isn’t the punchline to this story; we love Amy…at least I do…) From Jeff: Remember, you read it here first on April 4,...
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Farewell To A Detroit Blues Great

August 20, 2007
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Detroit blues singer Odessa Harris (aka Dessie Williams) died from complications of emphysema this past Saturday, Aug. 18th. She was 71. Born in West Helena, Arkansas, Harris began, like so many blues vocalists, singing in the choir at a local Baptist church. At the age of 14, she landed a spot singing with James...
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Return Of The Von Bondies

August 20, 2007
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Return Of The Von Bondies

It’s official. Although there were numerous rumors that the band had been dropped from their major label deal and even that they were now defunct, the Von Bondies — albeit an almost completely new lineup of the Von Bondies — will return in early 2008 with a brand-new album for Sire Records entitled Love,...
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Uncle Kracker Busted On Sex Charge

August 17, 2007
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Uncle Kracker Busted On Sex Charge

Kid Rock ‘s former DJ and pop-rock-country star in his own right Uncle Kracker (real name: Matthew Shafer) was arrested early Friday morning (4:45 a.m., to be exact) in Raleigh, N.C., on charges of second-degree sexual offense. The 33-year-old Mount Clemens native was being held on $5 million bail after being arrested at his...
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Chickenhawks Vs. Doves

August 16, 2007
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Chickenhawks Vs. Doves

What is this fat fuck laughing about? Now that that total waste of human flesh (and one of the most notorious closeted men in America) Karl Rove is leaving the Bush Administration (indictment free, I might add), what is the first thing this dickhead is doing when he leaves his position? No, he’s not...
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Bruce!!!

August 16, 2007
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Magic, Bruce Springsteen‘s new studio recording and his first with the E Street Band in five years, is set for release by Columbia Records on October 2, 2007. Produced and mixed by Brendan O’Brien, the album features eleven new Springsteen songs and was recorded at Southern Tracks Recording Studio in Atlanta, Ga. Magic Song...
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A Detroit Artistic Treasure

August 16, 2007
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A Detroit Artistic Treasure

Speaking of Charlie Auringer, as Lester was in the item below, another guy who used to work in the CREEM art department for Charlie has an art show opening up in Detroit this coming Thursday, August 23rd. Gary Grimshaw is not just a Detroit legend but one of the national legends of psychedelic music...
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It Was 30 Years Ago Today…

August 16, 2007
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It Was 30 Years Ago Today…

“But I guarantee you one thing: We will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.” — Lester Bangs, August 1977 I’m really not here to criticize other pundits in town but Terry Lawson‘s article on Elvis in Sunday’s Free Press kinda bugged me. He wrote that he didn’t pay much attention...
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Roughing It…

August 15, 2007
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A bunch of area indie-folk types are throwing a groovy “Farmhouse Fest” camping musical event this Saturday, August 18th, at 5830 Johnstown Rd., outside of Ann Arbor. (Hmmm…Johnstown…camping…who’s bringing the Kool-Aid? Wait a minute. That was Jonestown…never mind…) Canada, Or, the Whale, Frontier Ruckus and Matt Jones are just a few of the artists...
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