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PLAYING DETROIT: Shady Groves Release Dreamy New Singles Ahead of Hiatus

Shady Groves - the culmination of Detroit songwriters Adam Fitzgerald, Dylan Caron, Jeff Yateman, Jamie Dulin, Colt Caron, and Sage Denam - recently released two singles from their upcoming record, Dreamboat, and both are worthy predecessors for an album with a title that hints at serenity. “Quiet Wolf” and “Backflips” stand on their own as [...]

By | 2018-08-14T18:11:04+00:00 August 15th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING THE BAY: Ray Reck Brings the Bounce

A little over seven years ago, Ray Reck accepted an invitation on a whim to DJ a gig in San Francisco, and since then has been swinging beats and moving hips from Venice Beach, to San Jose, to Oakland and San Francisco. Representing the spirit of Oakland Bounce, a femme collective of bounce enthusiasts, Ray [...]

By | 2018-08-14T17:27:02+00:00 August 14th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

AUDIOMAMA: Making Baby’s First Concert a Success – Even When You Forget the Headphones

The second Monday of every month, we explore the trappings of the millennial mama with parenting tips and tricks that are more Tycho than Tangled. "Forgotten Baby Headphones" by Ashley Prillaman It wasn't until we reached the pay lot that it dawned on me we'd forgotten the one thing parents needs to bring to [...]

By | 2018-08-14T18:30:17+00:00 August 13th, 2018|COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: People Share the Most Bonkers Things That Happened to Them in Ibiza

If you're looking for an adventure involving music, drugs, or (ideally) both, there's no place like Ibiza. The Spanish island is known for its collection of famous DJs and, thanks to the Mike Posner song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," its abundant supply of recreational drugs. Largely for this reason, many people have had [...]

By | 2018-08-09T22:36:08+00:00 August 6th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

PLAYING DETROIT: This Summer’s Hottest Releases You Might’ve Missed

Summer Like the Season released "Wakey" in July via PopMatters. Photo by Allen Zhang. As we all know, it’s impossible to keep track of all the incredible music being released on a regular basis, even on a local scale. Instead of focusing on one particular release, I wanted to do a roundup of [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:07+00:00 August 1st, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING THE BAY: Arumi Dances on the Glass Ceiling

Straight outta Southern California, Arumi discovered her artistic expression in the Bay Area through a love of house and world music. As a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, she manifests her passion for music through DJing and producing. Alongside DJ Lil Waifu, Arumi cofounded Global Thotties - a collective for female artists focusing in [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:08+00:00 July 31st, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING DETROIT: “O.D.” on Britney Stoney’s New Video

Detroit singer-songwriter Britney Stoney recently released a video for her latest single, "O.D." and it's a glamorous ode to the city she calls home. Only her second single since 2015 EP Native (the other, "GRIP," was uploaded to Soundcloud last year), the track sees Stoney embracing a sound that veers away from her previous work and into experimental R&B. [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:08+00:00 July 25th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING THE BAY: MahaWam is Taking Names and Snatching Wigs

MahaWam has become a staple among many establishments in San Francisco and Oakland, weaving house beats with his influence of tech metal and progressive rock to usher in a new era of queer freedom and expression. On any given night you can find MahaWam hosting and organizing club nights and events with notable Bay Area DJs [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:09+00:00 July 24th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PET POLITICS: Drummer Diana Kinscherf on Bashing Kits and Cuddling Rescue Cats

I first saw Diana Kinscherf slamming the kit during an excellent set backing Hamish Kilgour of The Clean at The Glove in Brooklyn. The next time I saw her play live was in Manhattan at Pianos when she made an awesome impromptu appearance in Nick Rogers' (of Holy Tunics) solo set. Before meeting Diana, I [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:09+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays, Pet Politics|

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 he plans to tie fans over with an upcoming double [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:10+00:00 July 18th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|