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  • Thank you, Detroit

    I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published next week (8/6). This blog that you’re reading now will be my last one as a regular MT contributor. I have a lot to look forward to. I’m going to be an associate editor at Yellow Scene Magazine in Colorado, a tremendous publication in a beautiful part of the country. But leaving Detroit will be incredibly difficult for me. I love the place. It’s been (amazingly) six and a half years since I arrived, a couple of cases in hand and not much of a plan in mind. I just knew, after three separate research trips for books and a magazine article, that I felt at home here. Metro Times offered me freelance work almost immediately, as did a new website called Metromix (whatever happened to that?) When I arrived here, I had been working as a writer in the UK for nine years, but the help and encouragement I received […]

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  • Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

      We here at MT will be delighted when Mr. Jack White throws out a pitch at Navin Field (at least, we hope he will), but until then, we’ll be happy with his pitch to Santa this evening at Comerica Park.    

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  • Watch footage of the Gathering of the Juggalos dubbed with Morgan Freeman narration (NSFW)

      Footage from the Gathering of the Juggalos set to clips of Morgan Freeman’s narration from March of the Penguins? Kind of forced, but also kind of beautiful. As the AV Club reports: The oft-sought voiceover champion lends a touch of gravitas to the festival proceedings. Unfortunate scenes of barely clad people having various liquids dumped onto them now carries a quiet dignity as it’s all part of nature’s majestic plan that keeps the world spinning through this elegantly designed and truly wondrous universe. Also, the video is NSFW as there are boobs in it. Watch the clip below:

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  • Turn to Crime debut chilly video for “Can’t Love”

    It seems like the polar vortex will never end: the weather phenomenon that brought us the most brutal winter on record this winter is to blame for this summer’s chillier-than usual temperatures as well. A couple of bands, though, made lemonade out of lemons (or snow cones out of snow?) by using the icy landscape to film music videos. 800beloved shot the video for “Tidal” in some sand dunes near Empire, Mich., and this week Turn to Crime debuted the video for “Can’t Stop,” the title track of their recently-released album. Even more piles of ice and snow might be the last thing Detroiters want to see right now, but the footage makes for some good visuals that mesh well with the song. Watch the video below:

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  • Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said in a statement released Tuesday. “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.” Duggan will have the authority to manage DWSD and make appointments to the utility’s board, according to a news release. In a statement issued Tuesday, the mayor said he welcomed Orr’s order, adding that officials will develop a plan that “allows those who truly need to access to financial help … to do so with shorter wait times.” “We need to change a number of things in the way we have approached the delinquent payment issues and I expect us to have a new plan shortly,” Duggan said. “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in […]

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  • Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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Cannabis Cup and ballot counts

Cannabis Cup and ballot counts

Higher Ground: Michigan moves forward By Larry Gabriel 7/28/2014
Detroiters sue incinerator owner over \'noxious\' odors

Detroiters sue incinerator owner over 'noxious' odors

News Hits: Class-action lawsuit seeks financial awards in excess of $25,000 By News Hits 7/29/2014
Craig Fahle says goodbye to WDET

Craig Fahle says goodbye to WDET

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Belle Isle Aquarium has been standing for 110 years

Belle Isle Aquarium has been standing for 110 years

Still Standing: Landmark brings beauty to Belle Isle By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
MT readers weigh in on Vassar, Mich. protests, beer, and more

MT readers weigh in on Vassar, Mich. protests, beer, and more

Feedback: Weekly reader responses By Metro Times readers 7/29/2014
Meet Joseph Krause of Backseat Detroit Tours

Meet Joseph Krause of Backseat Detroit Tours

Face Time: This guy may not be able to drive anymore, but that won't stop him from guiding you through the Motor City By Johnny Drop 7/29/2014
Vietnam vets struggle to build Detroit memorial

Vietnam vets struggle to build Detroit memorial

Politics & Prejudices: Mayor Duggan: meet these vets By Jack Lessenberry 7/29/2014
Poll shows Ficano way behind in county executive race

Poll shows Ficano way behind in county executive race

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DWSD to host Detroit water fair August 2

DWSD to host Detroit water fair August 2

News Hits: The daylong session follows weeks of protests and criticism By News Hits 7/29/2014
Orr seeks proposals to privatize Detroit parking system

Orr seeks proposals to privatize Detroit parking system

News Hits: Bidders could manage system or outright purchase it By News Hits 7/29/2014
Record review: Jenny Lewis — The Voyager

Record review: Jenny Lewis — The Voyager

Now Hear This: Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman releases new solo album with the help of Ryan Adams By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
Our top five underrated female R&B songs

Our top five underrated female R&B songs

Now Hear This: We love the ladies of R&B By Gionni Crawford 7/29/2014
Record review: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas — Secret Evil

Record review: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas — Secret Evil

Now Hear This: Detroit songstress releases her debut full-length By Brett Callwood 7/29/2014
Porn and Chicken brings their dance party to Pontiac

Porn and Chicken brings their dance party to Pontiac

Music: This trio of Chicago party-starters likes it bushy and fried By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
Final Assault creates pure and direct hardcore music

Final Assault creates pure and direct hardcore music

City Slang: Band continues in the vein of the Meatmen and Negative Approach By Brett Callwood 7/29/2014
Meet Maci Delaghetto

Meet Maci Delaghetto

City Slang: 'There’s no hate like Detroit hate,' DJ says By Brett Callwood 7/23/2014
Stephen Magsig puts Detroit’s cityscapes down on canvas

Stephen Magsig puts Detroit’s cityscapes down on canvas

Studio Visit: The patina of life By Lee DeVito 7/29/2014
\'Oohrah!\' takes a look at life after Iraq

'Oohrah!' takes a look at life after Iraq

Theater Review: Out of the frying pan By Lee DeVito 7/29/2014
David Bandlow debuts new (old) work

David Bandlow debuts new (old) work

Arts: Artist kicks off the Heidelberg Project's new Post-Hab gallery By Lee DeVito 7/29/2014
Quindell Mitchell’s path to artistic salvation

Quindell Mitchell’s path to artistic salvation

Studio Visit: Free at last By Lee DeVito 7/22/2014
Yonikka Tinsley\'s \'doll-meets-bohemian\' style

Yonikka Tinsley's 'doll-meets-bohemian' style

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Zumiez skateboarding championships come to Detroit

Zumiez skateboarding championships come to Detroit

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Reports from Twerk du Soleil, Cannabis Cup, Jimmy Buffett

Reports from Twerk du Soleil, Cannabis Cup, Jimmy Buffett

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Motor City Sixers by Hunt and Noyer

Motor City Sixers by Hunt and Noyer

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Nora brings sleek chic to the Cass Corridor

Nora brings sleek chic to the Cass Corridor

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When should one disclose being in an open relationship?

Savage Love: Taking advantage By Dan Savage 7/29/2014
Elise McDonough\'s classic pot brownies recipe

Elise McDonough's classic pot brownies recipe

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Film review: Afternoon Delight

Film review: Afternoon Delight

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Film review: A Most Wanted Man

Film review: A Most Wanted Man

Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s curtain call By Jeff Meyers 7/29/2014
Film review: Girl on a Bicycle

Film review: Girl on a Bicycle

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Film review: Wish I Was Here

Film review: Wish I Was Here

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Al Jazeera examines FBI undercovers in new doc

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Faygo debuts new Cotton Candy flavor

Faygo debuts new Cotton Candy flavor

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A tour of Riverview\'s Baffo bakery

A tour of Riverview's Baffo bakery

Eat: An Italian family’s company ships thousands of pizza rolls across the region each day By Ryan Felton 7/29/2014
The best of Ann Arbor beer

The best of Ann Arbor beer

Eat: This town belongs on every beer lover’s list of must-visit burgs By Doug Trattner 7/29/2014
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36 hours in Ann Arbor

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Restaurant review: Royal Eagle

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Mindo makes delicious chocolate

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Temple Bar — the new watering hole for hockey fans?

Temple Bar — the new watering hole for hockey fans?

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Motor City Sports Bar

Motor City Sports Bar

Burger Quest: Our ongoing mission to find the 
best burger in Detroit By Michael Jackman 7/23/2014
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Restaurant review: Tony V’s Tavern

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