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Omar-S releases free two-track EP

  Don’t ever turn your back on Omar-S. Blink and the underground techno/house producer’s likely to have dropped a crispy new release. That’s what happened just a few days ago, when an untitled EP popped up in Resident Advisor’s email without warning, where it is available for free download.   The two tracks, “Party Marty”…

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105.1 FM changes format to throwback hip-hop, R&B station

  Last week, a new radio station quietly debuted in Detroit. The Bounce has taken over what was previously known as Detroit Sports 105.1 FM. While some sports fans are displeased, twenty- and thirtysomethings can rejoice, as the new station will play “throwback hip-hop and R&B songs from the ’90s and 2000s,” according to a…

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Inaugural Corktown STRUT festival to feature 50+ music acts

  Summer in the Motor City has long been bookended by major music festivals: Movement Electronic Music Festival over Memorial Day Weekend — joined this year by the first (and maybe last) Trip Metal Fest — and Labor Day Weekend’s choice of either Detroit Jazz Festival, Arts Beats & Eats, or the Hamtramck Labor Day…

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Moonwalks — In Light (The Scales in the Frame)

  Moonwalks’ second full-length effort, In Light (The Scales in the Frame), is all blistering guitars soaring eight miles high across the firmament. The Detroit psych outfit have managed to take their wall of sound — huge enough, surely, on 2015’s Lunar Phases to excite any Trump supporter — and make it even bigger. The…

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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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