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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 editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. 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

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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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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