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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 Ricky Rat’s Tokyo Pop/Glitter People (New Fortune) 7” single highlights all that’s great about the Trash Brats guitarist, but also his limitations. The man can write a bubblegum rock ’n’ roll song to match anyone in the city and most beyond. He’s also a killer guitarist, ripping out one throwaway riff after another with reckless abandon. He’s a machine. On his own though, without Trash Brats frontman Brian McCarty, his voice doesn’t have enough strength to do the songs justice. Not that you need to have the greatest voice in the world to sing this stuff – you don’t need to be able to perform vocal gymnastics – but you do have to be able to wail the tunes out. Both of the songs on this single are great, but you can’t help but wonder how much better they would sound with McCarty or somebody similar talking the mic. Still, as they are the songs are great fun. We’re just being picky. The Paper Sound’s Trajectories is a dense, atypically dark Americana-tinged album, unrelenting and […]

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  • Detroit launches website to auction city-owned homes

    “Neighbors wanted.” That’s the message on the homepage of, a new website launched by the City of Detroit today to auction off city-owned homes to prospective buyers who pledge to fix them up and move in. “We are moving aggressively to take these abandoned homes and get families living in them again,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement today. “There are a lot of people who would love to move into many of our neighborhoods. Knowing that other people are going to be buying and fixing up the other vacant homes at the same time will make it a lot easier for them to make that commitment.” The website to facilitate the auctions went live this afternoon. The first auction is scheduled to take place Monday, May 5. Officials said in a news release that one home will be auctioned per day, Monday through Friday. Fifteen homes are available for sale on the site, a dozen of which are in the East English Village neighborhood. Any Michigan resident, company, or organization that can do business in the state can bid, according to the website. Properties will be for sale for only one day, with bidding taking place from 8 […]

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  • Tickets for Steven Spielberg, John Williams summer concert sell out in 15 minutes

    In case you haven’t heard, two of the biggest names in film, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, are collaborating to put on a benefit concert for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this summer. In case you wanted to go- well, you’re too damn late. The DSO says tickets to the June 14 concert were snapped up in a record-breaking 15 minutes after they went on sale at 9 a.m. today. The DSO has since released this statement to fans who didn’t snag seats: Our apologies to everyone who was unable to buy tickets this morning for our historic benefit concert featuring John Williams and Steven Spielberg. Despite increasing our phone and internet system capacity for the day, a surge of hundreds of ticket buyers purchased tickets in a matter of minutes, filling the phone lines and temporarily maxing out our web servers. After a one-hour pre-sale made available to donors and subscribers at 8am, we released additional seats at 9am to the general public, including seats available for as low as $30. All seats sold out immediately. The concert program seems nothing short of top notch: Williams will conduct the orchestra as it performs some of his most iconic tunes, such […]

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  • Blowout 2014 schedule available to view now

    The schedule for Blowout 17, taking place Wednesday April 30 to Saturday May 3 in Hamtramck, Detroit and Ferndale, is available to see now. Visit to see the schedule and plan your festival. Follow @City_Slang

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  • City Slang: Trash Brats get sleazy at Small’s

    The Trash Brats hardly ever play live anymore, so each show feels like an event. Wandering around Small’s in Hamtramck late Saturday night, there’s a near-carnival atmosphere in the air. The Brats were never supposed to be taken seriously, but years on-and-off the radar have given the band the gift of respect born out of longevity. We’re not being dismissive at all. In fact, no amount of kooky faces from guitarist Ricky Rat and bassist Toni Romeo can hide the fact that these boys can play and the band writes killer bubblegum sleaze-rock tunes. The fact that the venue was packed compared to, say, a recent show by internationally known punk icons Sylvain Sylvain and Glen Matlock (which you would think would attract a similar audience) is testament to the fact that, in Detroit, the Trash Brats command a certain reverence. Before the Trash Brats took to the stage, local punks The Dives kicked off the night with a set of sincere, energetic and well-performed, if standard, punk rock. No frills (besides frontman Ron McPherson’s dapper suit), the band features members of the Junk Monkeys, the Black Mollies and the Joint Chiefs, and it drives through a set of catchy, […]

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  • Cycle 7 opens at the Red Bull House of Art

    By: Ayana Bryant-Weekes The Red Bull House of Art, a multidisciplinary and collaborative art project, relieves the stress of financial limitation or lack of tools and space so budding artists can manifest their creative dreams right here in Detroit. Six artists are selected for a three-month residency where they are provided individual studio space and materials, allowing their artistic concepts to flow freely. At the end of each residency is an unveiling and public display at the Red Bull House of Art Gallery. As show curator Matt Eaton told us in a 2013 interview, “The selection process for the current crop of artists was just the same as every round. The goal is not to find the hippest, coolest artists (though I think they are all very cool), but to find the people who may not typically have a voice.” This year, for the first time, Red Bull House of Art will showcase more than just Detroit artists. National artists from across the country in a special artist-in-residency program will have the opportunity to showcase their work to a much broader audience, and bring a national art stage to the Motor City. Since opening, 54 Detroit-based artists have been given the […]

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2013 Metro Times Lust Poll

The annual Lust Quiz exposes a bit of what goes on behind closed doors — and in public!

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What’s the most public place you’ve ever done it?


Our readers evidently get out a lot. As in, making it in some pretty public places. Among the most common answers were sex in cars and parking structures, on beaches and playgrounds, and — surprisingly — in graveyards. Morbid much? Not really. As “JB” (22, straight, 6 partners) explained, “I used to live by Elmwood Cemetery, which is a great looking place, really. There. On a bench. In early October. Magic is fucking real!”


By a vending machine in a school.—Clooney, 27, straight, 8 partners


In the office at work—No name, 40, straight, 30 partners


It was a movie theater blow job. There were theater patrons two seats over.—Joe Malone, 30, straight, 21 partners


A relatively secluded but populated rest area off I-75. We walked the path into the woods, but could still see the bathrooms; it was midday, and anyone could have walked that path and seen us.—Squirtz, 54, straight, 15 partners


Back of a Jimmy John’s restaurant.—shynkinky, 23, bi, 16 partners


Under an apple tree next to a main thoroughfare.—Texas, 42, straight, 6 partners


The Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art.—Chaz Leonard, 48, straight, 20ish partners


On a park bench by the lake.—Monsieur Verdoux, 27, straight, 7 partners


Back room at an art gallery during an opening.—Disko C., 25, straight, 6 partners


In an office with plate glass windows where we could be clearly seen from a somewhat busy area.—Jet Black, 48, straight, 15 partners


Up against the window outside of a banquet hall.—Day, 31, straight, 3 partners


Police Department.—Tinker, 45, straight, 40 partners


At Cirque du Soleil.—Sexdome Master Class, 69, straight, 420,666 partners


On a boardroom table. Windows facing the road. Lights on. Rush hour traffic had a full view. Amazing.—Elvis, 45, straight, 12 partners


Taxi cab in New York City, and Korn at DTE in the mud and pouring rain.—Synful, 44, straight, lost count of partners


In the bed with my boyfriend’s mom sleeping soundly right next to us.—hottpepper, 42, straight, enough partners to know how to fuck well


The women’s bathroom at a banquet hall during a New Year’s Eve open party.—Alnightlonngg, straight, 27 partners


Ha! In the women’s bathroom at a bowling alley.—Cobweb Kitty, 40, Straight, 30 partners


Front porch on a plastic chair. It broke.—Darrow, 28, straight, 5 partners


In a hallway, backstage with my old flame, while my current boyfriend was performing on stage.—Norma Jean Baker, 59, straight, 88 partners


Back storage room of a convenience store and at a restroom pull off in Tennessee.—kimmie beth, 54, straight, 1 partner


In the hallway of an apartment building.—Al Kaholic, 42, straight, 17 partners


In the front seat of a car parked in the parking lot of Lake Shore High School.—Hussy trash, 24, straight, 30 partners


Boyne Mountain—long schlong silver 201, 62, straight, 20 partners


Hiking trail at Stoney Creek.—Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, 28, straight, 33 partners


Wayne State University’s Old Main building—waxwing, 28, straight, 11 partners


The Whitney in Detroit.—Boobs McGee, 43, bi, 40 partners


Balcony of the Royal Oak Music Theatre.—Smart-E-Smarty, 55, straight, >50<100 partners


In a car in the alley behind Jacoby’s.—Merc Montclair, 32, straight, 60+ partners


On the fire escape of the Book Tower.—Strasse, 44, straight, 14 partners


On the side of the road, against a car, on a street in Hamtramck at 4 a.m. (That’s the most recent that I can remember. …)—Sylvester Stallone’s Fucking Veins, 34, straight, 40 partners


In a small set of woods between a playground and a neighborhood.—Princess Leia, 22, straight, 5 partners


At a fire station, in a fire truck.—Wendi, 25, straight, 7 partners


New York City subway.—Sillymans Woman, 58, straight, 1,000+ partners


In the middle of an industrial area street … it was at night, though, and no one was working at the time.—kurth69, 48, bi, lots of partners


A farmer’s field.—Hmmmm, 50, straight, unsure partners


In the park at night bent over a picnic table. A skunk walked by. Luckily it kept to itself.—Dolly Fartin’, 28, straight, 62 partners


I lived in New York a for long time, and used to bring dates down this corkscrew block and have sex in the outside foyer of the Cherry Lane Theatre. Winter, snow, summer — it always worked. —NYC to DTW Chick, 31, straight, 250+ partners


On a pool table at a bar (after-hours, of course).—simplyruthless, 24, straight, 13 partners


Alley in San Francisco.—biggymjim69, 62, gay, 500 partners


Front lawn.—Lookimsuperman, 25, straight, 107 partners

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