City Slang: Rick Ross scared for his life by Trick Trick

June 23, 2014
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City Slang: Rick Ross scared for his life by Trick Trick

Alright Trick Trick, what have you been up to now you old scallywag? We understand that Rick Ross was due to headline the Summer Jamz 17 mega rap show at Chene Park on Saturday night (June 21), but he had to cancel due to feeling “scared for his life” because of threats made by...
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Currently Listening: Turn To Crime – Can’t Love (EP)

June 22, 2014
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Currently Listening: Turn To Crime – Can’t Love (EP)

If you gave a track like “Sunday’s Cool” a good enough spit-shine, dusted off the hiss and scoured off the grimey distortion…you’d have what we like to call a pop-gem. A rollicking beat, a churning guitar with hooks that dip, snap and twirl, and a soulfully rasped vocal with a pingpongy melody that rams...
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Amen Dunes – 6/24 @Jumbo’s

June 21, 2014
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Amen Dunes – 6/24 @Jumbo’s

  The tempting narrative here is how the recluse tries something regular – or the abnormal now sounds normal. When Damon McMahon first completed songs as Amen Dunes, he had not intention of anyone ever hearing them. He recorded material way back in 2006 before he all but quite music and moved to China....
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City Slang: Troublemakr and Zaye at Grasshopper

June 20, 2014
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City Slang: Troublemakr and Zaye at Grasshopper

A Thursday night at the Dirty Knock night at Grasshopper Underground in Ferndale provides the perfect opportunity to sit at the bar and check out some names previously unfamiliar to us. City Slang has actually never been in this club before, a fact that clearly had to be remedied as the profile of this...
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The Gentlemen will see you now

June 20, 2014
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The Gentlemen will see you now

After a two-year hiatus, the hilarious Two Man Gentlemen Band is back in business. Hot on the heels of their new album, Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites, the inimitable Two Man Gentlemen Band is back in town at Cliff Bell’s tonight. Yesterday we caught up with one half of the...
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City Slang: James Williamson to release second single

June 19, 2014
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City Slang: James Williamson to release second single

Stooges guitarist James Williamson will release the second single from his forthcoming Re-Licked album, “I Got A Right / Heavy Liquid,” on July 29. Lisa Kekaula of the Bell Rays, and also formerly a regular vocalist for the DKT/MC5, sings on the tracks. Williamson’s first single from the album, “Gimme Some Skin / Open...
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City Slang: Iggy Pop’s anti-torture ad

June 19, 2014
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City Slang: Iggy Pop’s anti-torture ad

The battered and bruised face of Iggy Pop has appeared on a new Amnesty International ad in France as part of a campaign against torture. The theme of the campaign, which also includes images of the Dalai Lama and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, is “Torture a man and he will tell you anything.” So...
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Berlin DJ Tama Sumo laying down some heavy tunes

June 18, 2014
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Berlin DJ Tama Sumo laying down some heavy tunes

Here’s something cool and new for you on a damp Wednesday morning. (Thanks to this week’s City Slang subject Kevin Reynolds for the tip.) The video below is of Berlin’s Tama Sumo, performing in her own apartment. It’s killer. Check it out.
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RMS Sound Studios announces Detroit-based label

June 17, 2014
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RMS Sound Studios announces Detroit-based label

Around for 30 years, RMS Sound Studios has long been known for their top-knotch audio facility, ability to master audio post and sound design for film, advertising, recording, mixing, and mastering. Now, the Birmingham-based company will expand it’s offerings, bringing into the fold their very own local record label called Decibel. Hoping to focus...
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City Slang: Music review roundup

June 17, 2014
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City Slang: Music review roundup

Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to bcallwood@metrotimes.com. The Legal Matters is a local power-pop trio, and its self-titled debut album from Futureman Records was recorded over six days in band member Andy Reed’s studio. The influences...
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