Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 10, 2008 at 11:00 am

Apes, “Dr. Watcher” (Gypsy Eyes, 2008)

are already working on the follow-up to this year’s Ghost Games. But they’re also going to blow off numerous faces when they bring their raging organ, rhythms, and slippery falsetto vocals to the stages of Detour’s Rock City Festival. In honor of all that, let’s revisit the clip for the Games highlight “Dr. Watcher,” Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Remember those toy microphones that made your voice sound all haunting and reverberated? Well, imagine an entire band plugging in and playing Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons covers through one of those Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm

We’re giving away one pair of wristbands that gives you access to the entire weekend of Rock City! If you win, make sure to spend the $30 you saved on Miller High Life and Sparks. Either way, we’ll see you there!

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm

The Golden Dogs, “Construction Worker” (Yep Roc, 2007)

Leave colored markers out uncapped for too long, and they’re gonna dry out. Toronto pop band the Golden Dogs know this all too well, and in the video for “Construction Worker,” they’re eager to fill up the space with bright hues of guitar sprinkle and shout-it-out-loud boy/girl harmonies. And they do it all in 2:46 — Read more

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Posted by: detourmag on June 9, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Things move fast these days. But, Detroit-by-way-of-Cleveland sock-poppers Kiddo yearn for a slower, simpler time. A time when families would sit down together, eat a TV dinner, and watch “Howdy Doody” on the boob tube. When a coonskin cap was acceptable headwear. When a couple of chords and a saccharine Read more

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 9, 2008 at 11:00 am

SSM, “Deja Vu” (Alive, 2008)

SSM. Szymanski, Shettler, Morris. Calls of Detroit rock royalty aside, these three dudes really are veterans, with time and tussle in outfits like the Hentchmen, the Sights, and the Cyril Lords. And together in SSM, of course, who have now released two albums jammed with the sort of psych-garage madness you’re hearing and seeing in this clip for “Deja Vu,” from their sophomore effort Break Your Arm for Evolution. How cool is Read more

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Posted by: detourmag on June 6, 2008 at 4:00 pm

This week we have a ton of giveaways for upcoming summer shows in Detroit: Earl Greyhound at the Magic Stick on June 6th, Adam Green at the Magic Stick on June 9th, Dilated Peoples at St. Andrews on June 21st and Boris at St. Andrews on July 18th.

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 6, 2008 at 11:00 am

Liam Finn, “Second Chance” (Yep Roc, 2008)

Do you think they made Liam Finn grow a scraggly beard to better appeal to the Bonnaroo-Bon Iver continuum? The fresh-faced son of Crowded House and Split Enz vet Neil Finn works with a nice mix of his father’s bands’ straightforward melodic bent and insightful lyrics, but spins it toward the heartfelt and often Read more

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 5, 2008 at 11:00 am

White Williams, “Violator” (Domino, 2008)

Give a dude a break for wanting to be in Depeche Order. (New Mode?) You’d want to be in that band too if you could figure out a way to make it exist. This is White Williams‘ attempt, apparently, with a bit of Beck thrown Read more

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 4, 2008 at 11:00 am

The Presets, “Are You the One” (Lifelike remix) (Modular, 2008)

It’s unclear why Frenchtronica producer Lifelike didn’t remix something from the Presets‘ recent Apocalypso instead of “Are You the One,” which originally appeared on the Australian duo’s 2005 album. And yet, it doesn’t matter. The combination of squelchy electro breaks and fashionista dancefloor bump amplifies the Read more

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