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

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|

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 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 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|

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 | 2018-08-09T17:04:11+00:00 July 4th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

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 | 2018-08-09T17:04:12+00:00 June 27th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|