Posted by: Johnny Loftus on July 22, 2008 at 9:00 am

Talk about class. Cut Copy, who you may or may not have read us trying to make out with after they blew our minds at South by Southwest, was late to their Sunday evening time slot at the 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival. Travel issues involving Australia and O’Hare Airport. Sudden darling King Kahn tried to rally the disappointed crowd with an impromptu set of covers , but Bradford Cox didn’t seem into it, and Jay Reatard appeared on stage only to moon the crowd. We made our way toward the exits as the strains of Spoon‘s sophisti-pop oomph’d and ahh’d from across the field. (It was “I Turn My Camera On.”) A line of porta-johns blocked our view of where Copy was to have played, so we didn’t see them when they first replaced their replacements on stage. But we heard half of “Future” and all of “Hearts on Fire,” and then those dudes thanked us for listening, as if we were the ones who’d Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on July 6, 2008 at 11:02 pm

In case you spent most of the weekend not reading, and instead stuffing your face and rocking out at this this year’s CityFest, you may have missed the Jack White-penned poem about and for Detroit, published in the Detroit Free Press (read it here). Below, our newest scribe Paul Serilla weighs in on “Courageous Dream’s Concern” — the words written by Detroit’s most famous defected star.


Somehow over the last few years, we’ve become very confused about Jack White’s opinions of his home town. Clearly, the mistake was ours — like most problems or issues with Monseigneur Jack, it’s ridiculous to just assume he was ever in the wrong. But thanks to the literary PR wizards at the Detroit Free Press (it’s a bundle of paper you obtain by putting a bunch of quarters into a box with a glass window that’s chained to a diner or conversely pay a pre-teen boy to throw at your house before dawn — ask your grandpa) we now have a clarification of Jack’s feelings about “the D.”

These feelings it turns out, could only be fully and truly expressed in prose — of course with a nice introductory note by Rothbury apologist Brian McCollum (we’re really pissed we didn’t drive five hours to see Dave Mathews in the woods — that dude never tours). You see, it wasn’t that Jack Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Jeff Howitt — founder of Loco Gnosis Records, and lead singer of Detroit rock weirdos Duende! — is crazy. Or maybe crazy isn’t the right word. Perhaps “passionate” is a better fit. Either way, the sporadic, stream-of-consciousness style answers he gave to our questions about him, his label, and his involvement Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm

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Rock City Recap: Day 3

On a day that featured 25 acts, and the largest Rock City crowds yet, Day 3 will go down in infamy as one of the most glorious closing nights we could have ever asked for. Keep reading as we try and remember it all, Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 15, 2008 at 1:17 pm

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Rock City Recap: Day 2

Yo. Day 2 came; Day 2 ruled. Missed it? We didn’t. Let’s get into it… Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 13, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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Rock City Recap: Day 1

The opening night of Rock City went down with a gigantic bang, and if you weren’t there, then we’re going to assume that you somehow locked yourself in the bathroom getting ready for the big event. Lucky for you, we were there (well, we kinda had to be, right?), and despite a night spent having our brains zapped by some Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on May 15, 2008 at 9:00 am

The festivals are coming! The festivals are coming! It’s already the middle of May, and summer music festival season is right around the corner. It’s a time where people risk dehydration, sunburn, and spending $15 on a burrito to see some of today’s hottest acts jam it out under the sun — most likely surrounded by banners for Read more

Posted by: Johnny Loftus on May 14, 2008 at 9:00 am

Frontier Justice 20: Searching for the next American Weiland

By Johnny Loftus

The un-shocker of the year finally dropped early last month. After a few weeks of slap fights and media bitch sessions, Scott Weiland, professional fuckup and erstwhile vocalist of 90s alternative nation blowhards Stone Temple Pilots, had been booted from Velvet Revolver. It wasn’t the integrity of the band anyone was worried about. While the traveling convalescent home for the fat and happy non-Axl members of Guns ‘n’ Roses had released two albums by 2007, their tacky proto-grunge sound had a knockoff quality about it Read more

Posted by: Johnny Loftus on May 7, 2008 at 9:17 am

Frontier Justice 19: Meeting of da Minds

“Town meeting.” Town meeting.” With all this talk of town meetings — it’s more the news media setting these things up than the politicians, though they share a certain amount of guilt — with all this talk of town meetings, this is what I want. I want town meetings to be the way they should be, with a belfry full of townspeople who are fucking pissed and Read more

Posted by: Johnny Loftus on April 30, 2008 at 9:12 am

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Frontier Justice 18: Yelle Magnifico

By Johnny Loftus

When I was living in Detroit, there were nights and early to mid-mornings spent in the presence of epic DJs. In art galleries, strange basements, the blank-faced shells of warehouses, and even a few legitimate clubs, the room often blew up. Hands flew, women lost mastery of their limbs’ movement, and dudes raised drinks and bobbed necks to Read more

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