Posted by: on June 1, 2007 at 4:59 am

“Dude, is that girl wearing Rip’s mask?” It was an honest question. We were crammed into a performance tent on the muggy final night of Movement, the Memorial Day weekend electronic music festival that since 2000 has schooled the nation, world, and the city’s own suburbs on just how to put one’s hands up for Detroit. Second-wave tech-house kingpin …Continue Reading >>

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Posted by: on June 1, 2007 at 4:58 am

liars“What do you expect from Liars? Noise? Concept? Both? Their new LP delivers neither.” So begins the press release announcing the New York City trio’s fourth album. And since some measure of noise and concept is exactly what the Detour braintrust was expecting from the band who brought us the screechy highs and (relatively) placid lows of the 2006 leap forward Drum’s Not Dead, we’re curious about what’s left for Liars.Mute Records is happy to explain. Well, sort of. “For the new album, Liars have foregone theory for a more practical approach, one based on traditional song structures and instrument usage.

Instrument usage is so hot right now. Instrument usage.

— Thomas Rooker White

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Posted by: on June 1, 2007 at 4:58 am

stormyrecords.jpgStormy Records, the Detroit-area destination for everything fringe, weird, indie, used, and cool that nice people and avant-garde musicians Windy & Carl have run for eight years now, has launched a bright, cuddly, and fully re-designed Web site. The new Stormy Web spot is updated daily, PayPal-enabled, and ready to ship, so place a bookmark for next to your existing links for Amoeba and Other Music. “Check it out, and use it often,” Windy and Carl write in their announcement. “We need your love and support in this quickly dwindling industry…”

– Thomas Rooker White

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Posted by: on June 1, 2007 at 4:00 am

Alex Rocco is one of those guys. His career stretches all the way back to the late 1960s and a bit part on “Batman,” and he’s appeared in a clutch of classic shows since then, from “Kojak” and “The Rockford Files” in the 1970s to “Matt Houston,” “Simon & Simon,” and the “Facts of Life” in the 80s, and the bearded justice of “Walker, Texas Ranger” in the 90s. Rocco’s weary eyes, enormous brows, and expressive, craggy face has allowed him to play a succession of cops, villains, and wise men in pool halls, and in 1973′s Detroit 9000, he puts every …Continue Reading >>

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