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  • Once-controversial Diego Rivera murals now national landmark

    Oh, the irony — initially criticized as Marxist propaganda when Mexican muralist Diego Rivera painted them for the Detroit Institute of Arts in the early 1930s, Detroit Industry has now been designated as a a national landmark. The announcement was made Wednesday, according to the Detroit News by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis as part of National Park Week. The designation does not change the ownership status of the murals or grant any new protections or rights, leaving its place among the rest of the DIA’s art in possible bankruptcy negotiations in question. The work is considered the best of Rivera’s work in the United States (another mural Rivera had done in New York was destroyed by orders of Nelson Rockefeller). Rivera himself regarded Detroit Industries paintings as his finest work. In the midst of the McCarthy era, the DIA posted this sign outside the court: Rivera’s politics and his publicity seeking are detestable. But let’s get the record straight on what he did here. He came from Mexico to Detroit, thought our mass production industries and our technology wonderful and very exciting, painted them as one of the great achievements of the twentieth century. This came […]

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  • Detroit area code 313 may be phased out

    Hey, everybody from the 313, start thinking of new numbers to rally around– the longstanding Detroit area code may be phased out. Our friends over at the Detroit News report that pending a revised estimate next week, the North American Numbering Plan Administration will stop handing out 313 telephone prefixes on new phone numbers. Detroiters with existing cell phone lines would be able to keep their current area codes, while those with land lines would change. via Detroit News: The venerable 313 will ultimately become overtaxed. Even as Detroit’s population has fallen, cellphone usage has accelerated like one of those smoldering SRT Vipers that Dodge has been bolting together at Conner Avenue Assembly — which is, of course, comfortably within the confines of 313. … When the first five dozen area codes were assigned nearly 70 years ago, says NANPA’s Tom Foley, “that was expected basically to last forever.” Instead, somebody invented fax machines, and then somebody else came up with cellphones, and lots of somebody elses decided to give them to 10-year-olds, and meantime the population grew to 300 million. Now every telephone carrier is required to submit twice-yearly forecasts of its needs in each area code, factoring in […]

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  • Final members selected for Red Wings arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

    Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, which, in case you were unaware, is a 16-member board established to weigh in on the new Red Wings arena near downtown. About three dozen residents and property owners cast ballots by the 8 p.m. deadline on Wednesday inside the Block at Cass Park, The Detroit News reports. It’s the culmination of a handful of community meetings which began weeks ago. Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda Lopez facilitated the meetings, but emphasized at previous meetings that it’s up to the community to conduct business. According to the News, the 12 candidates selected include: Michael Boettcher, Richard Etue, Jason Gapa, Francis Grunow, Steve Guether, Paul Hughes, Ray Litt, Warner Doyle McBryde, Karen McLeod, Delphia Simmons, Melissa Thomas and Anthony Zander. Joel Landy, a land owner in the area, lost his bid. The City Council appointed four candidates last month. As we reported in this week’s issue, the Neighborhood Advisory Committee was negotiated after Olympia Development of Michigan, Detroit Red Wing’s owner Mike Ilitch’s real estate arm, balked on a proposed community benefits agreement.  The committee is charged with the task of offering input on the arena’s design, parking security and more.

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  • James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets coming to the Magic Bag

    The Magic Bag in Ferndale will host James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets on Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. A press release reads, “James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.” Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.” Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched […]

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  • City Slang: Dead Kennedys to have a holiday in Detroit

    The Dead Kennedys, still with local boy Klaus Flouride in the ranks, will play St. Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday, June 24. Alongside Flouride and fellow original members East Bay Ray and DH Peligro, the current lineup includes singer Ron “Skip” Greer, taking the place of Jello Biafra. Downtown Brown will open that show, which starts at 7 p.m., with tickets priced $20-$25. Give Klaus a hero’s hometown welcome. Just over a week before that, strangely enough, Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine will play at the Magic Stick. It’s a weird coincidence, but one that DK fans should be happy to embrace. That show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17-$19. Local hardcore vets Negative Approach play before Jello, with the Crashdollz opening the show. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

    The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck will present a police drama called A Steady Rain May 2 through 24. Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith will star in the play, written by House of Cards and Mad Men co-writer Keith Huff. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now at PlanetAnt.com. According to the press release, “A Steady Rain by Keith Huff focuses on Joey and Denny, best friends since kindergarten and partners on the police force whose loyalty to each other is tested by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey helps Denny with his family and Denny helps Joey stay off the bottle. But when a routine disturbance call takes a turn for the worse their loyalty is put to the ultimate test.First produced at Chicago Dramatists, A Steady Rain appeared on Broadway featuring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. The Planet Ant production of A Steady Rain is directed by York Griffith featuring Ryan Carlson and Andy Huff. This marks the return of two of Planet Ant’s founding members. Carlson and Griffith. Griffith has served as the theatre’s Artistic Director where he directed the critically-acclaimed productions The Adding Machine and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? […]

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Back for its third year, PIG & WHISKEY returns to downtown Ferndale for a full weekend of BBQ, whiskey sampling, beer guzzling and outdoor entertainment!

Metro Times is partnering with Woodward Avenue Brewers (WAB) to close East Troy Street for this awesome summer event. After a successful weekend in 2012, Pig & Whiskey is back for 2.5 days of fun:

Friday, July 19th, 6PM - Midnight • KICK-OFF PARTY presented by Jack Daniels

Saturday, July 20th, 11AM - Midnight

Sunday, July 21st, 11AM - 11PM

In addition to savory BBQ and delectable whiskey, the festival will also feature a large local beer selection, a craft whiskey cocktail tent and outdoor games. PIG & WHISKEY is free to attend and all ages are welcome. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Rain or shine.

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Eats

Fill your belly with the tastiest BBQ, including:

PLUS: Treat Dreams will be serving up delicious, unique ice cream treats.

Sip samples of the following fine whiskey brands:

 

Metro Detroit’s most talented bartenders from these fine establishments will whip up their craftiest whiskey cocktail. Schedule to come.

PIG & WHISKEY 2013 is proud to present a stellar line-up of original local bands, including:

* Line-up subject to change. Check back for schedule updates.

Friday

Passalacqua

TIME TBD

An intergalactic space-hop duo caught in the dimension of the post-modern man, Mister and B laksmith have been busy working on a new album with Flint Eastwood and eating a lot of pizza. Their audiolic w aves somehow explain our existence between the confines of space and time. Be prepared to travel the cosmos with Passalacqua on Friday night.
tomandbootsy.com

Flint Eastwood

TIME TBD

Flint Eastwood is a creative Indie/Rock/Pop band from Detroit, MI, spearheaded by ginger siblings Seth and Jax Anderson. Drawing heavy influences anywhere from the spaghetti-western film scores of their childhood to memorable Top 40 hooks, the eclectic duo has opened for big-name acts such as T-Pain, OutKast's Big Boi and Tokyo Police Club. Flint Estwood will make you want to dance and punch walls simultaneously.
FlintEastwoodMusic on Facebook

Alexis

TIME TBD

The music of Alexis is a mix of retro electro pop and smoky lounge and jazz. Catchy pop hooks and sophisticated song writing combine with high energy dance moves and an unforgettable stage presence for an always crowd pleasing live show.

Tunde Olaniran

TIME TBD

Instilled with the infusion of culture, consciousness, and rhythm since birth, Olaniran was raised overseas before settling in Flint in his late adolescence, where he was then exposed to urban, folk, and soul influences of the small, humble city as well as a strong jazz influence on his Mom’s behalf. Described as weird, soulful, old school, catchy, uplifting - one moment, a chorus of vocals soar over a sitar raga, the next, he sings quietly over a spare Casio keyboard, 808, and gulping tablas. Armed with a strange, wonderful new sound, solid vocals, and commanding stage presence.
tundeolaniran.com

Saturday

The Hounds Below

10:20 PM

Jason Stollsteimer’s vehicle for which he showcases an unbelievable leap forward in songwriting (musical sensitivity, lyrical empathy etc.) from his major label foray in the Von Bondies, with some crooning, blue-eyed soul, and rock ’n’ rock classicism.

The Appleseed Cast

9:10 PM

Lawrence, Kansas-based and predominantly guitar-based having evolved from intense, heavy emo indebted to such acts as Mineral and Sunny Day Real Estate to a unique "post-rock" sound hinging on inventive, intricate drumming, subtle guitar arpeggios, and a vast range of effects.
Bandcamp

The Life and Times

8:10 PM

Kansas City alternative and space rock band making "loud yet relentlessly beautiful music". Over their roughly 10 year existance, the main constant for the band has been how uncategorizable they've remained. Yes, they're still moody, spacey, sonically overwhelming, symphonic and always grandiose. But threading these traits together is an obsessive attention to detail. To quote Allen Epley (gtr/vocs/etc), "We wanted to make the kind of record that a big-name band w ith a lot of money might make, except we don't have any money. But we said what the hell and decided to do it anyway by going in debt and built our own studio and recorded it in my basement".
The Life and Times on Arena Rock Recording Company

Muscle Worship

7:20 PM

Wild and angular Post-Punk from Lawrence Kansas - on tour with The Life and Times, The Appleseed Cast (see above)
Bandcamp

The Muggs

6:20 PM

The Muggs are Detroit's finest blues rock trio. Fresh off their 2013 Full Tilt European tour, these guys put on a face melting performance!
Official Website

Dutch Pink

5:30 PM

Dutch Pink has evolved into a super-tight unit of blues-rock troubadours, with dual female vocals that add genuine class and clout to what was a fairly conventional set-up.
dutch.pink on Facebook

Oak Bones

4:40 PM

Known for their ferocious live set and their connection with the audience, Oak Bones has been building steam while garnering new fans with every show. It's American Rock N' Roll with deep roots and deeper grooves.
Official Website

The Raw Dealers

3:50 PM

The Raw Dealers: Mix of acoustic blues, electric rock-n-roll, and Detroit grit. High energy, deep grooves and howlin’ vocals; some folks here back up Jack Scott and Wendell Harrison.
rawdealers on Facebook

The Ill Itches

3:00 PM

MC5 meets Shania Twain's possessed half-sister, with tunes that will grab you by the balls.
ill.itches on Facebook

White Shag

2:10 PM

"This band fires up a scorching stoner-metal ruckus, its fist clenched, boots ready to kick you right in the chin from the stage, resurrecting MC5-refined, Motorhead-melded raucousness." -Jeff Milo
WhiteShag on Facebook

Paper Sound

1:00 PM

Unfolding to four distinct corners of rock ’n’ roll, toward experimental indie-pop auteurs to the heady, pedal-fuzzed space rockers, down to the new-wave groovers with hints of danceability, and over toward the literate, lyric-centric ’90s alt-rock riffers.

Sunday

The Salt & The Sea/TBA

9:00 PM

A highly melodic electronic-acoustic-pop mashup. Rooted in Los Angeles, this is the solo-project of now-Detroit resident Pablo Sebastian, with a revolving door for instrumentalist/writers/composers to collaborate. Currently The Salt & The Sea consists of Sebastian and Ben Collins (member of highly acclaimed, Detroit-based, band Lightening Love).
www.pablosong.com

The Beggars

7:50 PM

The Beggars have gusto, to be sure. Theirs is a mix of punk-pop with fat choruses, and singer Steven Davis can work a room. Add some hefty saxophone and cheeky wordplay and here’s a great send-off into your night.
Beggars-Detroit on Facebook

Nice Hooves

6:50 PM

A group of five people from Detroit who make music right now. Four members come from Detroit hardcore punk mainstay, The Armed. Aaron Jones, Randall Kupfer, Kenny Szymanski and Tony Wolski throw guitars, bass, drums and occasionally themselves directly at the crowd. All the while Dave Graw – formerly of Detroit’s Bang Bang! – sings, screams and often rants.
Bandcamp

The HandGrenades

6:00 PM

Catchy hooks and 3-part harmonies, The HandGrenades have made quite a name for themselves since their formation in 2008. Brothers Andrew and Tom Pawelski, Nick Chevillet, and Joby Kaslowski cite Motown and the British Invasion as primary influences, coupled with modern acts like The Walkmen and French Kicks.
TheHandGrenades on Facebook

Kenny Tudrick

5:10 PM

We can never say enough about the sheer star élan and songwriting prowess of Mr. Tudrick. Sure, Kid Rock made hits of Tudrick riffs but that’s just a paycheck. The singer’s the real deal, and a fetching blend of Gram Parsons, Levon Helm and Gene Clark.
Official Website

The Blueflowers

4:20 PM

"Its like being snuck up on and engulfed by a David Lynch-esque Blue Velvet world of dark shadows, cigarette smoke and strong liquor."
Official Website

At Willoughby

3:30 PM

When I'm not watching Excused or listening to The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre, I try to write songs on the acoustic gee-tar. See me at pig and whiskey to find out what that equals...

The Infatuations

2:20 PM

Providing Anthems For All Of Your Party Needs

Billy Brandt & the Sugarees

1:00 PM

Rootsy, folky, psychedelic alt-country background underpins strong songwriting and an adventurous spirit. Billy's love for music is infectious, and his embrace of different genres brings a richness and an expanse to his shows.
Official Website