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Justin Micallef took his first lecture about what life really could be like when he got kicked in the face at his first Ty Segall show when he was 15. He has been taking notes ever since.


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Stef Chura — Messes

  Messes, the debut album from Detroit-based DIY singer/songwriter Stef Chura, is both a conversation and the spaces between the words. Raw, real, and honest, this collection of songs lives and dies by Chura’s voice. They carve into your head, deepening like the grooves of a record as Chura’s warble controls both the tempo and…

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Big Sean comes out swinging with “Bounce Back”

  Sean Don recently fired off a new track, delivering a proto-Drake flow over a skeletal, collaborative beat by Hitmaka, Smash David, Metro Boomin, and Amaire Johnson. “Bounce Back,” which follows the release of “No More Interviews” (another non-album drop), leaves the Cudi/Drake/Kanye beef behind in exchange for straight bars.   Seriously, Big Sean hasn’t rapped…

Upcoming documentary on Creem magazine seeks funding
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Upcoming documentary on Creem magazine seeks funding

  The influential music magazine Creem, founded by Detroit resident and record store owner Barry Kramer in 1969, is receiving a feature-length documentary entitled Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine.   Directed and written by Scott Crawford and produced by J.J. Kramer (Barry Kramer’s son), the film will include archival footage and photographs of…

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Mayor Mike Duggan declares this week “Detroit Techno Week”

  Take your white label techno records for a spin as Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has declared May 23 – 30 Detroit Techno Week.   This announcement, timed with the upcoming Detroit Electronic Music Festival in Hart Plaza this Memorial Day weekend, is a loving dedication to the rich history of Detroit’s techno scene. Duggan,…

Valley Hush share “Iris,” first single from upcoming debut album

  Like the ’80s starlets of yore through a broken looking glass, Valley Hush’s first single “Iris” from their upcoming debut full-length is a synth-heavy roller coaster. Producer/multi-instrumentalist Alex Kaye and singer/lyricist/percussionist Lianna Vanicelli released a teaser for the song last week with visuals from artists Clinton Sinder & Tony Katai.   The group puts it…

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Big Sean and Jhene Aiko tease new collaboration, Twenty88

  Detroit hip-hop ambassador Big Sean and LA singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko have unveiled a new musical collaboration titled Twenty88. A @Twenty88 Twitter account has shared two brief videos teasing new material, which will seemingly be unveiled on the first of April. The duo will also make their television debut as Twenty88 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!…

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Jack White covers Stevie Wonder with The Muppets

  Detroit native Jack White recently made an appearance on The Muppets season finale to give the show’s famed house band Electric Mayhem a turn in their ever-rotating cast of backing musicians. His appearance had been promoted in a teaser in which the former White Stripe performed “Fell in Love with a Girl” alongside a…

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