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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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  • Lessenberry on the battle to ban the Metro Times

    Turns out, our very own Jack Lessenberry knows the Grosse Pointer seeking to ban the MT: Ten years or so ago, a woman named Andrea Lavigne sat in on some media survey classes I was teaching at Wayne State University. She was in her late 30s or early 40s, and seemed to be searching for answers. She wanted to know how the media work, and told me she was a Maoist. This fascinated me, because I thought authentic Maoists were almost as rare as passenger pigeons. Chairman Mao, we now know, starved to death and slaughtered tens of millions of his own citizens, and kept China economically and intellectually backward. Intrigued, I got together one night before class with her and another Maoist, to find out what they were all about. Alas, they spouted a form of primitive, grade-school Marxism. They seemed to have very little historical knowledge of Communism or what it had actually been like. Yes. A Maoist. Read the full story at Michigan Radio here.

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  • Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’

    A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the owner of Detroit’s municipal solid waste incinerator Monday, accusing the company of nuisance and gross negligence violations According to the complaint filed by Detroit-based Liddle & Dubin P.C., “On occasions too numerous to list, Plaintiffs’ property including Plaintiffs’ neighborhood, residences and yards were physically invaded by noxious odors and contaminants … As a direct and proximate result of the Defendant’s’ negligence in operating and/or maintaining the facility, Plaintiffs’ property has been invaded by noxious odors.” The eight-page complaint charges that local property values have dropped due to the incinerator’s presence, “and has interfered with Plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their property.” The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeks a financial award in excess of $25,000 and all costs and attorney fees related to the case. In an email, a spokesperson for the company says, “Detroit Renewable Power is reviewing the complaint filed today,” but declined further comment. The suit comes weeks after a Metro Times’ cover story earlier this month found a growing number of odor complaints from nearby residents since Detroit Renewable Power LLC (DRP) took control of the facility in 2010. The investigation found a spike in citations from the Michigan Department […]

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Bangarang

Skrillex pounded the walls of the Masonic Temple until the wee hours last Wednesday night, banging the bass through the theater out into the street. In the home of electronic music just after Movement, he didn’t disappoint. Aboard his mother ship for the almost two-hour set, he called on the packed house to rage with him. Playing all his smash hits, along with new music from his album Recess, the assembled light show called for some mood-altering substances and, by the end of the night, there wasn’t a dry body in the house, mostly because security was spraying the sweaty teenagers with water.

You bedda werk

RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio, alongside fellow contestant Darienne Lake, gave an outrageous performance at the Andiamo Event Center last Thursday, delivering a wicked and un-ladylike sense of humor, as well as her self-proclaimed (however, can we say fucking fabulous?) “clown-realness.” Performing to a sold-out house, the insult comic opened her set to a standing ovation from the audience, followed by heckling of audience members (look out!) and a volunteer lip-sync challenge. With another stop in Detroit just announced for August, Hurricane Bianca is sure to come through and leave us laughing, and quite possibly crying.

I and Love and You

The Avett Brothers, alongside show-openers Old Crow Medicine Show, played to a packed pavilion and surrounding lawns at Meadow Brook Music Festival Friday night. The night was perfect, and we planted our toes in the green grass of the hill’s turf, enjoying the roots music tunes, the stars, and the company we kept. While Scott Avett was sporting a noticeably shorter ‘do, his brother Seth’s long locks swung to and fro as they sang crowd favorites like “Laundry Room,” “Live and Die,” and “I and Love and You.” The crowd swayed back and forth, danced a jig or two, and clapped their hands above their heads for most of the show, giving the neo-folk band lots of love. While they performed an extended set, filled with lots of fancy footwork from Seth, it wasn’t until the encore that things got extra exciting. Old Crow Medicine Show joined the band for a few songs to end the show, packing the stage with guitar players, stand-up bassists, fiddlers, singers, and percussionists. It was a true old-timey time, set in a venue that perfectly complemented the music, and we couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more.

Tequila makes the party pop off

We’ve been to a few tasting events inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market, so we like to think we’re connoisseurs when it comes to these things. But Saturday night’s Tequila Mundo event proved we don’t know nothin’ about tequila tastings. We got there for VIP hour and enjoyed tasting samples from Sparkle Donkey, Gran Centenario, Cabresto, El Jimador, and more. Mike St. Louis of Firebird Tavern made his award-winning cocktail, El Maestro De Primavera, for a long line of patrons all night while Rojo’s Jennifer served up a spicy cocktail made from agave nectar, serrano peppers, and Gran Centenario. We spotted Zumba’s Tim Castaneda, along with the Storefront Gallery’s Derek John, among the many agave-loving patrons. DJ Escalade spun classic favorites and by the end of the night, the whole crowd was performing the “Wobble, Wobble.”

Rockery Roll

Though we’d probably had a touch too much tequila, DDAYS hit up the Rockery Saturday night for a nightcap (or two) and to catch a performance by local bands Adios Amigos, Pick Axe Preacher, Some Uncoordinated Bastards, and Soldier’s Last Breath. The music was loud and the vibe was friendly (as always) inside the Wyandotte venue. Justin Pullum and Ian Stephens were behind the bar (thank you for the amazing gin and tonic and Bloody Mary) and the evening raised nearly $1,000 to benefit local tattoo artist Corey Maxey, who was hit by a drunk driver in January. We also heard about a secret pool party, but we weren’t invited. … 

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