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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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High art in Highland Park, Atwater opens brewery, more

The word on the street

Photo: Photo by Leeann Brown, License: N/A

Photo by Leeann Brown

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High art in Highland Park

Move over, Midtown, and get out of the way, Eastern Market — Highland Park is the new hot art community of the D. Recent New Zealand transplant Robert Onnes and Detroiter Bob Sestok have teamed up to transform 333 Midland from an abandoned factory into what could be the biggest and brightest of Detroit’s galleries, and last weekend was the three-day opening celebration for Big Paintings at the Factory, the space’s inaugural exhibit. The 20,000-square-foot property hosted a mix of the Cass Corridor’s old guard, as well as Detroit’s young blood to check out the work of 47 artists, including Gilda Snowden, Jerome Ferretti, Mike Ross, and Tead. The Pink Flamingo, a groovy Airstream trailer-turned-food truck, was on hand slinging Vietnamese steak sandwiches and Mexican elotes. Highland Park mayor DeAndre Windom even made an appearance, looking dapper in a gold suit. 

Detroit councilman troubles

Sometimes you really do run into people in the strangest places. For example, when we were inside the Central Records room in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, a stuffy section of the building’s basement, lo and behold, as soon as we sat down, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. walked in, asking the clerk for something related to a particular case. We’re not sure what brought Cush down into the bowels of the city-county building, but we have one idea: Just 12 hours-or-so earlier, Fox 2 aired a story from investigative reporter M.L. Elrick on accusations against the councilman that he essentially stole two classic cars from a woman as part of a lawsuit. The alleged story’s a bit much: The woman’s husband died in 2011, but he apparently didn’t leave a will. A relative introduced the woman to Cush, who said he’d settle the husband’s medical and funeral expenses by helping sell his two classic cars. In the suit, the woman claims Cushingberry drove the cars around, and eventually sold them. And she claims she received none of the proceeds. Elrick actually found a guy who purchased one of the cars, which, to us, sure seems like it got Cush’s attention. 

Beer, food, and friendly faces at Campus Martius 

Though it was a bit drizzly and a touch cold, DDAYS had a hell of a time at Summer Beer Fest at Campus Martius on Friday night. Though we were stationed at Rochester Mills’ brand-new tiki hut for most of the evening (pouring beer to raise money for Handy Hearts), we got to wander around a bit and ran into some of our favorite folks. Allison and Jay Clark, Danielle Mayo, Alex Wojcik, Sadie Q, Lanie Offman, Stephanie and Josh McKeith, and Brian Sawyer were just some of the faces we saw. Swigging Rochester Mills’ new Tongue Tied Cherry Saison for most of the evening, by the time 10:30 p.m. rolled around, dancing in the rain to Top 40 hits was as much fun as we’ve ever had at a beer fest.

Oh taste and see!

DDAYS popped in to Grosse Pointe Park Saturday afternoon for the grand opening of Atwater’s new brewery. Housed in the former Grace United Church, the unique atmosphere features stained-glass windows, high vaulted ceilings, a huge indoor bar, and a rockin’ front patio biergarten. Young and self-taught Brad Etheridge is the brewmaster whose beers are paired with a diverse food menu created by the Epicurean Group. The menu includes German dishes like bratwurst and schnitzel, pierogis, and the quintessential bar burger. 

Trick Trick’s No Fly Zone

DDAYS understands that Rick Ross was due to headline the Summer Jamz 17 mega rap show at Chene Park on Saturday night, but he had to cancel because of threats made by controversial local rapper Trick Trick. We understand that 100 to 150 supporters of T2 formed a blockade around the service entrances, preventing Ross and his people from entering. Eventually, Ross decided to leave rather than get into something serious. Essentially, if an out-of-town rapper comes to Detroit to make a lot of money, he is apparently required to call Trick Trick first. Rappers are not to blow into town, make a bunch of cash, and then blow out again without doing something that constitutes “keeping it real” here. 

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