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

PLAYING DETROIT: JUNGLEFOWL Confront Abuse and Offer Healing on Secret Society EP

Ypsilanti-based rock outfit JUNGLEFOWL breaks its two-year silence this Friday with the release of Secret Society, a hard-hitting survival story that breaks down abuse cycles and finds a way out of them. Melissa Coppola (vocals and drums) and Stefan Carr (guitar) have spent three years writing and fine tuning this EP, resulting in an approachable [...]

By | 2018-11-06T15:06:28+00:00 November 7th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Anya Baghina Asks “How Do You Do It?” on Intimate Solo Debut

Detroit-based songwriter Anya Baghina (Soviet Girls) released her debut solo single this week - a gentle, haunting rumination on what today’s fast-paced “hookup culture” can do to the psyche, entitled “How Do You Do It?” Baghina’s dreamlike vocals narrate her internal turmoil on the subject, where she weighs the possibility of momentary companionship against the lingering [...]

By | 2018-10-31T13:55:15+00:00 October 31st, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Krissy Booth Shares Eye-Opening Single “Lose Sleep With You”

After releasing her entirely self-produced experimental pop album, VIVID, in 2015, Detroit-based songstress Krissy Booth has fully transitioned to the bright side of pop with her single “Lose Sleep With You.” Where VIVID is built on dark warbly bass and the pain of a bad breakup, “Lose Sleep With You” shows Booth in a completely [...]

By | 2018-10-17T10:34:48+00:00 October 17th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Producer Nydge Confronts Anxiety With Electropop on Datsun Turbo

Detroit-based producer Nydge, born Nigel Van Hemmye, releases his first solo EP, Datsun Turbo, today. While Van Hemmye has spent the last year building an impressive catalog of pop anthems featuring other vocalists, this is his first foray as a solo artist. The EP is centered around Van Hemmye’s experience with severe anxiety and how [...]

By | 2018-10-08T14:32:47+00:00 October 4th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: CryFace Encapsulates Coming of Age Anxiety on ‘Smart Kids’

Okay, so they’re not technically from Detroit, but the four-piece garage-psych rock outfit from Blissfield, Michigan is definitely worth a listen. Growing up in a town with a population just over 3,000, Brothers Ian (guitar/vocals) and Daniel Cotter (drums/vocals) bonded with Levi Makula (guitar/vocals) and Echo Goff (bass) over their love of ‘70s and experimental [...]

By | 2018-09-26T14:01:54+00:00 September 26th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Jacob Sigman Releases Sunny Sequel, Episode 2

This week, Detroit-based crooner Jacob Sigman released an upbeat and earnest follow-up up to his debut EP, Episode 1. Sigman wrote and produced the entirety of Episode 2, which fuses soul, pop, and funk to create his trademark heart-on-your-sleeve sound. As a songwriter, Sigman has an undeniable knack for composing addictive hooks and sticking them [...]

By | 2018-09-19T13:25:07+00:00 September 19th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Fred Thomas Mourns Former Friendships With “Altar”

As the former leader of Saturday Looks Good To Me and bass player in His Name Is Alive, Fred Thomas might easily be considered Southeast Michigan’s godfather of indie rock. Ever prolific, his third solo record in four years, Aftering, is set to drop this Friday. Ahead of that comes a video for his single “Altar,” a visual [...]

By | 2018-09-12T15:37:05+00:00 September 12th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Tiny Jag’s ‘Polly’ is a Piece of “Glam-Trap” Gold

Detroit’s Jillian Graham, a.k.a Tiny Jag, is a force to be reckoned with. The hip-hop artist released her first full-length mixtape, Polly, this August, and it is a stunning debut that paints a portrait of a gives-less-fucks-than-thou, brazenly confident master of wordplay. Graham explains that the record is a symbol for her break out of the [...]

By | 2018-09-05T16:33:13+00:00 September 5th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Silence Is The Noise Shares Beautiful Visual for “Nappy”

Detroit-based vocalist and songwriter Jewell Bell, who goes by Silence is the Noise. released a video for her single “Nappy,” which we premiered this May. Bell explains that the song is a “love letter to black women,” celebrating their strength and beauty. The visual is a flooring follow-up that sees Bell surrounded by five stunning [...]

By | 2018-08-30T16:22:01+00:00 August 29th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

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|