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Every Wednesday, we explore the music scene in Detroit, Michigan.

PLAYING DETROIT: Sam Austins Teases Next Release

Detroit R&B artist, Sam Austins, has been completely killing the game since his 2017 release, Angst, and he shows no signs of slowing down. After his recent ode to queen Rhi Rhi's cosmetic empire, Fenty, he's gearing up for another mixtape release later this year. But to tease his upcoming double single release, ROTY, he's [...]

By | 2018-07-18T16:01:18+00:00 July 18th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: Psych Rockers Dr. Wolf Learn to Shapeshift On Debut Single

Henry Johns and Nick Sapounas represent a new Detroit psych-rock band stepping out on the scene, Dr. Wolf. Though the two longtime friends and collaborators come from different musical backgrounds - Sapounas previously in the acoustic-folk group gray/bliss and Johns from Warehouse - they come together in an amalgamation of musical knowledge that explodes into [...]

By | 2018-07-03T20:22:30+00:00 July 4th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: Flint Eastwood Finds “Real Love” on Inspiring New Single

photo by Shack Shackelford This week, Detroit’s own Flint Eastwood  - Jax Anderson - released “Real Love,” a powerful song detailing her broken relationship with the Christian church, and how breaking away from it finally gave her the chance to find love and truth. Like many people in the LGBTQ community, Anderson says [...]

By | 2018-06-27T17:39:10+00:00 June 27th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: AM People Release ‘Songs for The Mourning’

Photo by Madeline Toro Detroit-based three-piece AM People released their debut LP Songs for the Mourning on June 15th, and it’s the perfect soundtrack to accompany the woozy heat daze of summer. The record is a seamless collection of apathetic punk songs, running into each other like strangers at a crowded bar and eventually landing [...]

By | 2018-06-21T13:42:10+00:00 June 20th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: Kimball On Their Emotionally Charged EP ‘North Wilson’

Metro Detroit-based indie rockers Kimball are wise beyond their years. Although lead songwriters and singers Austin McCauley and Emily Barr are only 19 and 20 years-old, respectively, their music possesses an insight about the world that suggests a lifetime of hard lessons learned early. Their latest single, “Guns,” exemplifies this worldly view, and was written [...]

By | 2018-06-05T18:21:12+00:00 June 6th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: Ancient Language Embraces Change on Third LP ‘HYGGE’

Photo by Paul Stevens Ancient Language exists on a metamorphic scale, constantly shapeshifting to fit the change of the seasons – or life – of original founder Christopher Jarvis. Jarvis started Ancient Language in 2011 as a solo hip-hop/house project, but in the last seven years his music has gone through many different iterations. Most [...]

By | 2018-05-30T09:32:33+00:00 May 30th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: Virginia Violet & The Rays Modernize Motown with ‘On the Fringe’

Born from a chance meeting in 2016, Virginia Violet and The Rays is the brainchild of musicians Virginia Nastase and Joe Myers. When the two met two years ago, the musical chemistry was incendiary. “We started cranking out songs like it was our last day on earth,” says Myers. Since then, the duo has grown [...]

By | 2018-05-22T19:00:49+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: Silence Is The Noise Uplifts Black Women With “Nappy”

Detroit-based singer-songwriter Silence Is The Noise (Jewell Bell) has returned after a three-year hiatus with “Nappy,” a striking “love song for black women.” The song is a positive, empowering ode dedicated to uplifting black women and celebrating physical characteristics that have “historically been derided by white supremacy and make black women who they uniquely are.” [...]

By | 2018-05-16T16:31:09+00:00 May 16th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: Whateverfest Brings Detroit’s Disparate Music Scenes Together

When you think about music festivals, it’s easy to picture giant stages, overcrowded drink lines, and teenagers in various species of headwear. Whateverfest - an all-genre, all-ages DIY festival based in Detroit - is pretty much the opposite of that. Born from a “what if” conversation between friends in 2011, Whateverfest has grown from a [...]

By | 2018-05-09T16:13:02+00:00 May 9th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments

PLAYING DETROIT: Y La Bamba Bring Latin Folk to El Club

Instead of eating tacos and getting drunk on tequila like a dumb American this Saturday (which happens to be Cinco de Mayo), Detroit residents would be better off seeing Y La Bamba at El Club. Mexican-American singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza has combined traditional Mexican folk music with atmospheric synths and experimental instrumentation to create a sound [...]

By | 2018-05-01T16:21:04+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|0 Comments