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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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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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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.

Flint Eastwood


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.
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Tunde Olaniran


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.


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.

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)

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. on Facebook

Oak Bones

4:40 PM

Detroit band, American sound. Strong lyrics and catchy hooks drive most of their work as they traverse between sweet balladry and rowdy foot stompers showing you they are as troubled as they are elated. There is a sense of inclusiveness to their performances, and chances are you’ll stick around and become a part of the family.
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
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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).

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.

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