People’s Records Destroyed In Blaze

February 6, 2008
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People’s Records Destroyed In Blaze

You may or may not have heard of the fire that occurred early this morning at Forest Arms apartments near Wayne State University. The fire started around 3 a.m. in the corner apartment of a 47-year-old man, whose body has yet to be recovered due to the roof caving in. Television reports this morning...
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Wendy’s Dreams & Visions

February 6, 2008
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Wendy’s Dreams & Visions

Speaking of Wendy Case — who, indeed, does know and is a friend of hot author Charles Bock (see below) — don’t miss the display of her art that opens tomorrow night (February 7th) in the Majestic Cafe (4120 Woodward Ave.). The exhibition, titled Is There Room For Me… On Your Couch, is a...
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D-town In Sunday Review Of Books (well, Sort Of)

February 5, 2008
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D-town In Sunday Review Of Books (well, Sort Of)

A cool part of Detroit made it into the New York Times two Sundays ago. No, it wasn’t for any literary achievement from the Motor City, although it was related to the lead book review in this past Sunday’s lofty Sunday Review of Books. The featured book was Las Vegas native Charles Bock’s first...
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Swine Fest In Hamtramck!

February 5, 2008
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Swine Fest In Hamtramck!

The first annual Hamtramck Music Awards (or “The Hammies,” for short) at the Painted Lady this past Saturday night (February 2nd) were a total gas. Bootsey X (aka Bob Mulrooney) showed up to present the Polish Muslims with their Lifetime Achievement Award (which makes sense, as Bootsey and the Muslims’ Dave Uchalik played together...
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Farewell To A Detroit Blues Great

January 31, 2008
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Farewell To A Detroit Blues Great

Sorry to report the death Uncle Jessie White, Detroit blues elder statesman, on Tuesday, January 29th at the age of 87. White moved to Detroit in 1950 after spending his youth picking cotton in the fields of Mississippi and playing in Jackson, MS juke joints. During the Detroit riots of 1967, when many blues...
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High Strung & Dead Bodies

January 30, 2008
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High Strung & Dead Bodies

Congratulations to local dudes the High Strung, who have their song, “Luck You Got,” featured in the new film, Over Her Dead Body — starring Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, and Jason Biggs (not to mention one of our personal faves Stephen Root, the voice of “Bill” on TV’s King of the Hill) —...
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Dream Of Life…

January 30, 2008
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Dream Of Life…

A lot of action going on as of late with former Detroiter — well, former St. Clair Shoresian, actually — Ms. Patti Smith. A new documentary on her life and career, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, directed by Steven Sebring, was one of the biggest hits at the recent Sundance Film Festival. Smith also...
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Whammer Jammer!

January 30, 2008
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Whammer Jammer!

From the time the shows were announced, Kid Rock has been promising “special guests” as part of his “Rock ‘N’ Roll Jesus” tour, which hits Joe Louis Arena next week, Friday and Saturday, February 8th and 9th. But the secret is finally out of the bag and at least one of those “special guests”...
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Time Running Out For Record Time

January 23, 2008
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Time Running Out For Record Time

It’s been hard for “Mom & Pop” record stores to keep afloat in this modern era of iPods and illegal music downloading (or even legal downloading, for that matter!). Hell, it’s been hard for the major chains to keep afloat, as last year’s closing of Tower Records and this year’s closing of several Virgin...
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The Bloids Get Blendered

January 23, 2008
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The Bloids Get Blendered

Congratulations to the Bloids, the Ann Arbor duo that recently competed in Blender magazine’s recent national “Battle of the Bands.” The band actually won the damn thing, with their entered song, “Breakdown Calling,” receiving more than 5,000 votes. The winning band was awarded a headlining slot at this year’s South By Southwest music festival...
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