//Playing Detroit

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

PLAYING DETROIT: Curtis Roach shines on Sophomore LP, ‘Lellow’

Like any 20-year-old, Curtis Roach has gone through some major changes in the last year: moving out of his mom’s house, entering and exiting college, trying out veganism. However, navigating life as an up-and-coming, critically acclaimed hip hop artist has proved to be the most difficult. Regardless, Roach is determined to stay positive through it [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:25:00-05:00July 17th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Prude Boys Unpack Grief and Grievances on New Seven Inch

Hamtramck-based DIY band Prude Boys (Caroline Thornbury, Quentin Thornbury, and Connor Dodson) recently celebrated the release of their new 7-inch record, The Reunion/Daddy. The songs - put out on the band’s own label, Grumble Records - are a preview of a full-length record the band recorded last July. C. Thornbury's rock solid vocals are the [...]

By |2019-06-25T15:23:31-05:00June 26th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Tiny Jag Smashes the Patriarchy With Horror Rap on Salem EP

Photo cred: Se7enfifteen If you haven’t boarded the Tiny Jag train yet, it’s time to hop on or forever be asleep. The Detroit-based rapper has had an explosive year since her debut EP Polly last year, and she just dropped a brand new tape, Salem, which brings her cheeky horror-rap to the next [...]

By |2019-06-06T18:27:09-05:00June 5th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Six Tiny Desk Contest Submissions from Detroit

Audra Kubat reps Detroit in NPR's Tiny Desk Contest this year. Photo by Daniel Land. For indie bands on the rise, it's become a rite of passage to perform a live set in Bob Boilen's office as part of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, which has been ongoing since 2008. But since 2014, [...]

By |2019-04-30T23:18:54-05:00May 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Anya Baghina & Jonathan Franco Pair Up for “Almost Alone”

Brooklyn via Detroit songwriter Anya Baghina captures the feeling of melting melancholy with fellow Soviet Girls bandmate Jonathan Franco in “Almost Alone.” As the ice drips off the branches and the sun peeks out of the grey Michigan sky, the two friends narrate the passing of time, the weight of seasonal sadness and the comfort [...]

By |2019-04-27T17:22:25-05:00April 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Moon King Adopts Detroit Dance Music on Voice of Lovers

Originally from Toronto, Daniel Benjamin has been hopping from city to city for the past ten years. The longest time he’s stayed in one place were the three years he spent in Hamtramck, Michigan - a multicultural haven tucked within Detroit’s city limits - and that period ended up having a heavy hand in shaping [...]

By |2019-04-10T16:19:09-05:00April 10th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Primer Crafts Goth-Pop Gems on Debut LP Novelty

photo by Alex Buks We’ve all heard the cliche - “some of the best songs are written in ten minutes.” Think of the story behind pretty much any early Beatles song and you’ll land at some iteration of that. But what about the songs that unravel like a slow burn, painstakingly dragged along [...]

By |2019-04-01T13:27:50-05:00March 27th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Tears of a Martian Share Debut Single “With You”

photo by Carmel Liburdi Newcomers to the Detroit music scene, Tears of a Martian released their first single, “With You,” this week. The three-piece - Arianna Bardoni, Justin Reed, and Todd Watts - is hard to pin down genre-wise but brings a refreshing mix of indie-rock, soul and R&B to the table. Bardoni’s [...]

By |2019-03-20T17:13:40-05:00March 20th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Tammy Lakkis Fuses Songwriter and DJ Sensibilities on Debut Single

This week, Detroit-based producer, songwriter and DJ Tammy Lakkis released her debut single, “This is How It Goes,” a mesmerizing meditation on the cyclical nature of life. Lakkis fuses her background in more traditional songwriting and her love affair with Detroit’s electronic music scene, honing her original demo with the help of Assemble Sound resident [...]

By |2019-03-13T16:51:01-05:00March 13th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit, Uncategorized|

PLAYING DETROIT: Mayaeni Makes It Out of the “Quicksand”

Call it the Lady Gaga effect: a promising young artist is “discovered,” signed to a label, and goes on to achieve viral success, leaving audiences and artists alike set on the Cinderella story of being picked up and swept away by music industry magic. This romanticized version of making it big is, unfortunately, a statistically [...]

By |2019-03-04T16:37:43-05:00March 6th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

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