‘Michael Jackson’ to perform at Comerica

July 17, 2014
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‘Michael Jackson’ to perform at Comerica

Tomorrow night at Comerica Park, before the evening’s game between the Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays, tribute artist Tyuawn Brown will dazzle the crowd with his impersonation of Michael Jackson. Brown has done it before, and says he’ll usually perform near the Tiger dugouts around 5:30 p.m. “Usually, what I do is to...
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City Slang: Diana Ross to open Freedom Hill season

April 21, 2014
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City Slang: Diana Ross to open Freedom Hill season

Motown legend Diana Ross will open up the Freedom Hill season on Friday, June 13. “We’re thrilled to have one of the greatest Motown singers of all time, Diana Ross, open our facility this season,” said Tom Celani, Owner of Luna Hillside, LLC. “We continue to bring big name talent to our venue and...
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City Slang: Music review roundup

April 8, 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. Awesome Jarvis and the Whales’ Ride the Whale! (Funky D) kicks off with the song “Ass Cracks” and the line, “If I was put in charge, the first thing...
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A look at the Prolifics

October 31, 2013
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A look at the Prolifics

The Prolifics offer a snapshot of what Motown looked like in its heyday. Unlike most bands today, these guys wear matching suits and embrace the tightly choreographed dance moves that were a trademark of such supergroups as the Temptations and the Four Tops. To see them perform is to take a trip down memory...
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City Slang: Kerrytown rocks

September 9, 2013
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City Slang: Kerrytown rocks

OK, guess who was late to his own party. I’m a man who abhors tardiness, and yet on Sunday afternoon I suffered from the most wretched of brain farts. Convinced the music panel, “From Motown to Iggy Pop,” which I was scheduled to moderate, began at 1 p.m., I showed up at 12:15 only...
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City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

August 20, 2013
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City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 733 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to bcallwood@metrotimes.com. Geri Allen’s Grand River Crossings: Motown & Motor City Inspirations sees the pianist, composer and bandleader pay tribute by her hometown by exploring the tunes (mainly but not exclusively...
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Martha Reeves & The Funk Brothers Team Up With The Crystal Method For New Tune In Grammy Doc

December 9, 2011
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Produced in association with The Grammys, the upcoming documentary film RE:GENERATION looks at the history, songwriting and studio process of different musical genres through the eyes of five influential electronic producers/DJs in music today. (For the full list head after the jump.) The film is directed by Amir Bar Lev—who made the award-winning documentaries...
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BBC News Celebrates the 40th of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

May 20, 2011
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BBC News Celebrates the 40th of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

… In which Gaye briefly talked about his early days with Motown, ’62-’65, in a 1976 interview: “I don’t view them with a lot of happiness. Being young and not knowing the business a great deal and trying to figure it out.” And then he talked of the mind-altering, 1971 album: “I was incensed...
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Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

May 13, 2011
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Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

Today, Detroit music legend Stevie Wonder turns 61-years-old. He’s responsible for writing and singing some of the best soul songs of all time and has been a fixture in Detroit’s musical DNA since he was just a kid recording tunes for the Motown corporation. There’s no shortage of career highlights under his belt. For...
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RIP Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes

January 27, 2011
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RIP Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes

Gladys Horton, pictured top right, with the Marvelettes News is breaking that Metro-Detroit native Gladys Horton, former lead singer of the Marvelettes, died late Wednesday evening at a nursing home in Sherman Oaks, CA. Her son, Vaughn Thorton, said she’d been recovering from a recent stroke. Horton was only 66 years old. My mother...
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