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Jeff Mills releases new sci-fi–inspired solo LP, Free Fall Galaxy

  In continuing the legendary collection of his Sleeper Wakes series, second wave Detroit techno icon Jeff Mills has released a new solo LP today entitled Free Fall Galaxy through his own Axis Records label. This album marks the ninth chapter of Mills’ remarkable story, following Emerging Crystal Universe in 2014.   Mills describes the…

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Dirtybird BBQ expands to two-day event on Belle Isle

    Dirtybird BBQ returns to Detroit on August 27 and 28 after last year’s absence. The “Double-D BBQ” will span two days and take place on Belle Isle. The barbecue party also boasts “County Fair” flair, bringing activities such as “Best in Show” contests, as well as carnival games and food.   The summer tour will…

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Dej Loaf drops three new music videos in one day

  Detroit favorite Dej Loaf has been blowing up. Since dropping her mixtape All Jokes Aside this April, the artist’s exposure has exploded. To keep the party moving along, Dej — with the help of director C.J. South — has gifted her fans with three stylish videos in the past week. Reportedly all three were…

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Richie Hawtin — From My Mind to Yours

  In 1990, Richie Hawtin founded the Plus 8 record label along with fellow DJ John Acquaviva. The two second-wave Detroit techno artists initially released their own work, as well as that of other local musicians like Kenny Larkin. Soon the imprint crossed over to Europe, where rave culture and hardcore techno’s faster tempos reigned supreme. In Rotterdam,…

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DSO to perform The Music of Prince on New Year’s Eve

  New Year’s Eve gives people around the globe the opportunity to celebrate the past while looking to the future. This year, there’s no better place to do that than at Detroit’s own Orchestra Hall, where the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Music of Prince.”   The DSO will ring in 2017 by honoring…

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Quelle Chris — Lullabies for the Broken Brain

  The word lullaby means something different to you than it does to me. It is a word that immediately brings to mind a specific moment, melody, or image. Most associate lullabies with sleep, the inescapable consequence of being awake. Every living thing knows what it is to sleep. Some find tranquility, while others wrestle…

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J Dilla’s The Shining to be reissued as limited edition box set

  Late rap icon J Dilla continues to live on through music, as his third studio full-length The Shining will be reissued as a limited edition box set to mark its tenth anniversary. Though the album was only about three-quarters complete when the producer died in 2006, fellow Detroit artist Karriem Riggins orchestrated its completion…

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MOCAD to host Transmat 30th Anniversary Celebration

  Movement Electronic Music Festival is in full swing, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is in on the action with a dynamic lineup of events over the weekend. This afternoon, the museum hosts a music discussion featuring the founders of Detroit Techno, better known as the Belleville Three. Juan Atkins, Derrick May,…

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Ryan McCray – Culture Vol.1 EP | DMM Premiere

    May is arguably the most important month for local electronic music, as fans from all parts of the globe travel to experience three days filled with performances at Detroit’s Hart Plaza.   This year will be no exception; however, there will be new faces — including Detroit house producer Ryan McCray, who has…

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