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Battles Blasts Detroit With Sound
Two keyboards? No problem!

Battles begins each song like mad scientists, with the guitarist and keyboardist playing riffs, which are later layered into the song. As more and more tunes are looped in, a rich noise erupts that is equal parts chaos and melodic. Changing time signatures and the pulsing, frantic throws of former Helmet drummer John Stanier whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

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Get to Know The Antlers
"Hospice" Album Cover

Want to get to know a truly great indie artist? Look no further than The Antlers.

In an era where indie rock artists like the Arcade Fire have become Grammy-winning superstars, there’s a massive danger of the genre being diluted and exploited. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of unpolluted musical treasures to discover in the genre.

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April is National Poetry Month; Monday’s Poem of the Week
April is Poetry Month!!

Greetings, readers! April is a very special month. Since 1996 it has been designated as National Poetry month. What is poetry? Poetry is one of those simultaneously almost indescribable and altogether wonderful expressions of humanity.

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Record Review: Dryvel’s “He Walks Alone”
He_Walks_Alone_Album_Art

He Walks Alone was produced in 2009 and finished in 2010. It marks the band’s second full length release — the first in eight years, and their first one since high school, more notably. It is a concept album to boot. The concept is the story of a young guitarist who is trying to find his way in life and faces a lot of struggles in his quest for identity.

It falls roughly into the punk/alternative genre. The closest example I can come up with for a similar artist is Rise Against. Like that band, they feature fast-yet-catchy guitar riffs, emotional lyrics, and chorus-style vocals.

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Tour Meadow Brook Hall: A Michigan Treasure
Meadow Brook Hall

Did you know that Rochester, Michigan is home to the fourth largest historic home in the country? Many have never heard of Meadow Brook Hall or its fascinating story. But once you’ve been to the hall its virtually guaranteed that you’ll leave with a sense of awe and enchantment.

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Dryvel and The Finer Things Rock the Belmont
Dryvel: 2010 era

Traveling to the familiar metro sprawl of downtown Hamtramck, we caught two exciting local bands — Dryvel and The Finer Things doing their thing at the Belmont…

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The Art of Wearing Defunct Band T-Shirts
Defunct band shirts... to wear or not to wear, that is the question...

What to do with the defunct band shirt? If you’re like me, you had a phase where every band you liked necessitated at least a single live show attendance and a mandatory T-shirt purchase. As your musical tastes piled up, so did your T-shirts. But what is one to do with their old shirts, the “Ghost of Christmas Past” of the T-shirt world?

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The Season of Almost: Lions Likely Lose Stafford For the Season
Lion's QB Matthew Stafford is likely out for the season

You could call 2010 the “season of almost” for the Lions. They almost won their season opener with a late jump-ahead touch down (they lost after Calvin Johnson through the ball down in celebration and the catch was ruled incomplete on a technicality). They almost upset a very competitive, if a bit weary Jets team (this mess deserves its own paragraph below). They almost were 4-4.

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Movie Review: Saw 3D
It's the same old Saw torture trap formula, this time with a bit more cohesive plot and 3D gloss.

Detroit Chic Rating: ** out of *****
Saw 3D manages a bit of surprising edginess, wit, and plot. That said weak acting, the seemingly incomprehensible stupidity at times of characters, melodrama, and lack of originality drags this movie from a few stars to a couple. There’s no new ground tread here, just a journey down a well-beaten path by a veteran guide. At the end of the day, for Halloween movies, you could do a lot worse than Saw 3D.

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Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 2
Paranormal Activity 2

Detroit Chic Rating: ** 1/2 out of ***** — My bottom line — go see Paranormal Activity 2 with some friends. It’s dumb fun, but it’s still fun. And it may be a whole lot less scary than the first movie — but perhaps that’s a good thing as you’ll probably actually be able to sleep after seeing it, this time around.

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