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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editor twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday evening. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now […]

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  • Detroit’s grand bargain still needs Lansing’s approval

    In this week’s Metro Times we took a look at the state legislature’s role in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy — in particular, how it must approve a $350 million pledge for the so-called “grand bargain” to remain intact. And, with last night’s announcement of a significant deal between the city and Detroit’s pension boards and retiree groups, the ball is Lansing’s court now. The new deal, first reported by the Freep, would cut general employees monthly pension checks by 4.5 percent and eliminate their cost-of-living increases. Police and fire retirees would see no cuts to monthly checks, while their cost-of-living increases would be reduced from 2.25 percent to 1 percent. Under the original offer, police and fire retirees cuts were as high as 14 percent, with general retirees as high as 34 percent, that is, if the groups rejected the “grand bargain,” an $816 million proposal funded by foundations, the state, and the DIA to shore up pensions. The sweeter deal for pensions, though, it must be noted, entirely relies on the state legislature approving $350 million for Detroit’s bankruptcy.  And while this broke after Metro Times went to press, that was the focal point of this week’s News Hits column — so, it’s worth repeating: The […]

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  • City Slang: Local releases for Record Store Day on Saturday

    This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, and there is plenty going on in metro Detroit and Michigan. Of special interest to us is Chiodos’ 7” single “R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel,” Mayer Hawthorne & Shintaro Skamoto’s 7” “Wine Glass Woman/In a Phantom,” Chuck Inglish & Action Bronson’s 7” “Game Time,” Chuck Inglish & Chance the Rapper’s 7” “Glam,” Chuck Inglish & Chromeo’s 7” “Legs,” Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller & Ab-Soul’s 7” “Easily,” James Williamson’s 7” “Open Up and Bleed/Gimme Some Skin,” Black Milk’s 12” “Glitches in the Break,” Mayer Hawthorne’s 10” “Jaded Inc.,” Wayne Kramer & the Lexington Arts Ensemble’s 12” “Lexington,” and best of all, Ray Parker Jr.’s 10” “Ghostbusters.” We wrote about James Williamson’s release this week. Go shop. Follow @City_Slang

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  • City Slang: Margaret Doll Rod to play EP release show in May

    Margaret Doll Rod will celebrate the release of her new EP, Margaret, with a show at PJ’s Lager House on Saturday, May 10. A statement reads, “The EP contains 3 new original songs and one Chrome Cranks cover with Italian actress Asia Argento singing background vocals. Margaret moved to Italy after the end of the Demolition Doll Rods where she still lives touring and performing festivals in Europe. The Dollrods were a Garage Rock force for over 20 years, opening for Iggy, Jon Spencer, The Scientist, The Monks and The Cramps. Margaret was the front person and principal songwriter for The Dollrods. Her chief musical foil was Danny Kroha, who joined the Demolition Doll Rods after the now legendary Gories called it quits. Margaret’s sister, Christine, on drums, rounded out the legendary trio. Margaret will do a special performance in the round that night with a 360 degree revolving stage and special guest DJ Adam Stanfel.” The bill will also feature the Stomp Rockets and the Volcanos. Follow @City_Slang

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Summer Guide 2012

Summer Highlights

The top picks of events this summer

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The Corktown Cinema may not be up and running yet, but that hasn't stopped the former Burton Theatre from planning some cinematic summertime fun. The art house theater is bringing back the old Cinema Barbecue series that presents double features in the great outdoors served up with some lip-smacking eats. Movies will be shown every other Saturday and will feature food from Green Dot Stables, Porktown Sausage and Supino Pizzeria. The series begins with They Live and Parents; other films shown throughout the summer include True Romance, Heathers and The Muppet Movie. The grill starts at 9:30 p.m., flicks roll at dusk at Corktown Cinema, 2051 Rosa Parks, Detroit; 313-473-9238;


June 24

The funniest man in funk — or is he the funkiest of funnymen? — ought to feel good about playing the D. After all, after helping out James Brown with hits like "Sex Machine," it was here that Bootsy hooked up with George Clinton and the P-Funk collective, putting his fat0 bass bottom in the mix and later spinning off with his own Rubber Band and solo career (hits like "Bootzilla" and "I'd Rather Be With You"). Collins shares the bill with Cameo. About the latter, only this needs to be said: "Word Up!" At Chene Park, 2600 Atwater, Detroit; 313-393-7128;

Stars & Stripes Fest

Jun 29-July 1

This annual fest features a number of free ways to celebrate America's independence, including BMX demos, carnival rides, kids' activities, Friday night fireworks and four stages rocking with local and national acts all weekend long. Headlining bigwigs include Buckcherry, Eddie Money, Tesla and Skid Row; Critical Bill, Amy Gore & her Valentines, Dirty Americans, Bear Lake, the Muggs, Decibilt and others representin' the Motor City. Stars & Stripes happens in downtown Mount Clemens; for info


June 30

The Thunderdrome brings new, bruising life to the formerly abandoned Dorais Park Velodrome a few times a year. Riders of mopeds, pit bikes, scooters, mini-bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes and just about any other two-wheeled contraption put their bones on the line to come out supreme in this rough and ragged racing series. For race spectators, beer, wine and nonalcoholic libations will be available for sale, as well as grub courtesy of area food trucks. After the guts and glory, stick around for an after party featuring bands, booze and other gnarly surprises. Races take place from 2 to 7 p.m. at Dorais Park, Mound Rd. and Outer Dr., Detroit; see


Bill Frisell

All We Are Saying: Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon featuring Tony Scherr, Greg Leisz and Kenny Wollesen

July 3

Seattle-based guitarist Bill Frisell is one of those string-slingers who can do just about anything, soundtracks for Buster Keaton flicks, Dylan covers, Aretha covers, hyperbaric skronk fests, etc. Following the album of 16 Lennon covers (Beatles-to-solo stuff) released earlier this year, Frisell is touring with bassist Scherr, drummer Wollesen and steel guitarist Leisz. The Montreal Gazette called the disc "stunningly original and sensitive." From what we know of Frisell, we'd expect his group to seriously stretch out live. At the Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-763-8587,

Tenacious D

Tenacious D

July 6

Gorilla suits, dancing aliens and massive birds are just a few of the oddities you might feast your eyes on at a Tenacious D concert. The comedic duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass has been pulling a fiercely loyal fan base for more than a decade now, and their goal is simple: to rock harder than any other band in the world, and to make you laugh in the process. They're currently on tour in support of their latest disc, Rize of the Fenix — the creative storytelling and ass-kicking rock makes for a stellar listening experience, but Tenacious D is truly an act designed to be experienced live. With the Sights at 7 p.m. at the Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451; tickets start at $25.

Concert of Colors

July 12-17

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