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Thrown into Relief: An Interview with Rapper Jahshua Smith

Exploring topics like poverty, Black consciousness, burgeoning love, and mortality, Jahshua Smith's latest album, They Don't Love You Like That, encapsulates some of the most difficult moments in his life.

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Tart - "Toothache" (video) (premiere) + Tour Dates

Detroit duo shifts their paradigm with addition of former Von Bondies drummer.

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Kathryn Bigelow Sheds Fresh Light on the Tragedy of 'Detroit'

Bigelow infuses that summer night in Detroit with the urgent viscerality of her overseas war films and the racial boldness of early-era Spike Lee.

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Deep Soul Diving: Jahshua Smith Deconstructs 'The 4th Wall'

Smith's music is balanced on a sagacious tip, where he examines the rigmaroles of daily life through the Afrocentric prism of dialogue and debate.

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Samantha Fish: Chills & Fever

Chills & Fever finds Samantha Fish injecting a dose of Detroit-bred garage rock into her paradigm of Memphis soul, Delta blues, and Motown R&B.

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George Morris - "100 Years" (audio) (premiere) + Interview

Detroit songwriter releases glam rock-meets-synthpop anthem ahead of third solo album.

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Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms: Basement Punk

Detroit songwriter crafts 11 personal, DIY songs rooted in power pop tradition and delivered with punkish fervor.

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Handgrenades - 'Tunnels' (album stream) (premiere) + Interview

Detroit quintet releases sophomore album filled with varied styles and hooks.

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Siamese - "White Jacket" (video) (premiere) (interview)

Detroit darkwave, post-punk quartet Siamese release atmospheric video ahead of debut EP.

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J Dilla: The Diary

Fifteen years after J Dilla signed a two-album deal with MCA, his solo rap album The Diary is finally seeing release.

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Valley Hush - "Iris" (audio)

Detroit experimental popsters release cinematic tune heralding debut LP.

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LXL - "Mung Bean Chutney" (video) (premiere)

Detroit hip hop group LXL releases debut music video, set to be the first in a narrative series.

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Flint Eastwood - "Glitches" (video)

Detroit’s Flint Eastwood is an entity thriving on evolution, both in the sonic and visual realms.

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Protomartyr + Priests + Beach Creeps: Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Agent Intellect has elevated Protomartyr from great band from Detroit to a national treasure from Detroit. Go see them live. Go pick up a record, so you can tell your friends you knew them when.

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Nigel and the Dropout feat. Passalacqua - "Rearrange" (audio) (premiere)

Detroit’s Nigel and the Dropout have been a genre-bending outfit since their inception.

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Tart: These Are Not Love Songs

Detroit femmelectro duo display growth and maturity while retaining noir sexiness on second EP.

Music

Valley Hush: Don't Wait

Detroit group crafts evocative collage of electronica, pop, and indie rock on second EP.

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A Haint in Detroit

A tale of a city and family in flux, The Turner House is a gripping, nuanced reading, heralding the arrival of a major talent.

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Jamaican Queens: Downers

Detroit trap-popsters tackle vicissitudes of love amid genre-weaving sophomore album.

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George Morris: We Will Go to Hell for This

Detroit troubadour merges the shimmering decadent of '70s glam rock, the subtleties of indie rock, and the danceable innovation of synth pop on sophomore solo LP.

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The Bruised Reed - “Leave the Light On” / "This is Wrong" (audio)

Detroit husband-wife duo release contrasting pair of songs showcasing their aggressive and serene sides.

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Belle Ghoul: Rabbit's Moon & Doomsday

Dark-tinged indie pop strikes a rare balance between being invigoratingly fun and pensively moving.

Music

Height Keech / PT Burnem / Passalacqua / Eze Jackson - "Super Megatron Bomb" (audio) (Premiere)

Detroit and Baltimore rappers release a new collaborative song in preparation of two-month tour.

Music

Mic Phelps – “Waterfall” (video) (Premiere)

Mic Phelps' serpentine, nocturnal track "Waterfalls" now has video accompaniment, which pairs the song with stunning visuals of Iceland and Paris.

Music

PONYSHOW - "Folks" (video) (Premiere)

Members of Detroit garage rock icons Von Bondies release their debut video, "Folks", under the new moniker PONYSHOW.

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TART - "Rabid Dogs" (audio) (Premiere)

Detroit duo TART releases the snarling and foaming single "Rabid Dogs" as a followup to its debut EP.

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TART - "Lobbyist" (video)

Detroit duo TART release first music video for the darkly danceable, riff-laden "Lobbyist".

Music

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas: Secret Evil

The Detroit songstress and her Deltas take queasy carnival music, hoodoo blues stomps, country waltz ballads, primitive rock and jazzy inflections to craft a evocative realm in one of 2014's strongest releases.

Music

James Linck - "Get This Money" (video) (Premiere)

Detroit alt-R&B artist James Linck releases first video from debut solo EP.

Music

The HandGrenades: 52

In a just world, any one of the songs on 52 could be a radio hit. At the very least, it is but another stellar installment in the HandGrenades' upward trajectory.

Music

The Paper Sound: Trajectories

Detroit quartet serves up a record of nostalgia-tinged darkness surrounded by a corona of light.

Music

The HandGrenades - "Wrapped in Plastic" (video) (Premiere)

Detroit's the HandGrenades release new music video and EP details after near deadly traffic crash while on tour.

Music

Silent Lions - "Runnin' Me Down" (video) + Tour Dates

Nocturnal, groove-laden duo Silent Lions release demonic video for "Runnin' Me Down".

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'30 for 30: Bad Boys' Wants to Crush 'em -- but Only Mentally

The Piston's Isiah Thomas exhorts haters to "erase the labels that you've given us and the names that you called us, all those people who said we were thugs and vicious."

Music

Tunde Olaniran - "The Highway" (video)

“I hope it’s worth the rent you pay / Too low to take the highway”, Tunde Olaniran sings in the hook-heavy chorus of “The Highway”, off the avant-garde performer’s new Yung Archetype EP.

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Passalacqua and Flint Eastwood - "POWER" (video)

Detroit's Passalacqua and Flint Eastwood unite in music video for new song "POWER".

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