//Playing Detroit

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

PLAYING DETROIT: Chandra Brings ‘Transportation’ EP to Third Man Records

photo by Kate Young Chandra Oppenheim was a one-of-a-kind type of child sensation. Unlike today's child stars that come to fame because of their popularity among their peers (think Justin Bieber or JoJo), Oppenheim was revered in New York’s 1970s underground post-punk scene. As the daughter of famed American artist Dennis Oppenheim, she [...]

By |2019-01-31T11:59:23-04:00January 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: River Spirit Embrace Surrender on Debut LP

Photo by Hillary Ilyssa On its first full-length release, Detroit-based experimental group River Spirit delivers a lush collection of songs that seamlessly floats between genres and sends a clear message of renewal and reflection. Vanessa Reynolds (vocals, guitar), Dan Steadman (guitar) and Paul Wilcox (drums) strike a stunning balance by combining addicting melodic [...]

By |2019-01-24T13:57:37-04:00January 23rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: This Benefit Show Aims to Scream Out The Silence Around Suicide

Jake Cramer of Morris Choice Entertainment is attempting to raise awareness around suicide prevention with his first ever benefit show Scream out the Silence. All proceeds from the show - featuring local acts Honeybabe, The Idiot Kids, ZZvava and DJ Raphy - will go to Six Feet Over, a Michigan-based non-profit that is devoted to [...]

By |2019-01-17T15:31:05-04:00January 16th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Saajtak Share Ethereal Live Performance of “Spokes”

Experimental art-punk band saajtak takes the most enticing aspects of free improvisation, opera, electronic and jazz music and melds them to create complex sonic narratives. The Detroit-based group - made up of Alex Koi (vocals), Simon Alexander-Adams (electronic artist), Jon Taylor (drums), and Ben Willis (bass) - prove to be just as compelling live as [...]

By |2018-12-26T15:22:18-04:00December 26th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING DETROIT: Sarkis Mixes Motown and Funk with L.A Sunshine on ‘Tangerine’

Gabe Smith has wandered far from his small hometown of Waterford, Michigan, but hasn’t forgotten the role that his neighboring city of Detroit had in shaping him as an artist and songwriter. After moving to LA in 2014, Smith spent two-and-a-half years touring on the John Lennon Educational Tour bus, helping students write/record original music [...]

By |2018-12-20T15:58:14-04:00December 12th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

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 |2018-11-06T15:06:28-04:00November 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 |2018-10-31T13:55:15-04:00October 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 |2018-10-17T10:34:48-04:00October 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 |2018-10-08T14:32:47-04:00October 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 |2018-09-26T14:01:54-04:00September 26th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

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