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North End Studios / Sparklewood

July 28, 2010


Easily visible from Woodward Avenue, a massive sky-blue and rainbow paint-splattered mural instituted by CCS grad Katherine Craig houses North End Studios, a collective workspace of several up-and-coming artists and musicians. On occasional evenings, the space takes on an alternate moniker—Sparklewood—where shows and dance parties often last deep into the morning hours. When I arrived […]

Almost Free

July 21, 2010


In addition to some heavy-hitting national acts, innovative performance artists and the lure of campground anarchy, this year’s Land of Nod Experiment promises a sampling of Detroit’s more willing and able—many who often find a prospective audience to be somewhat out of reach. “We have played nearly every distinguished venue in the Metro Detroit area—hundreds […]

Wolf Eyes

July 14, 2010


For more than a decade, Wolf Eyes has virtually dominated Michigan’s avant-garde/electronic/ noise scene. Like the genre itself, most tend to either love what they do or outright despise it, writing it off without even considering their work to be listenable. But nothing answers criticism quite like longevity, and the band has been able to […]

Sey Lui / Pewter Cub

July 7, 2010


One moment dark, droning, heavy and profound—the next softly accompanied by looped effects, chilling piano and distant, minimalist percussion. Ferndale’s ambient instrumental post-rock trio Sey Lui show an extraordinary amount of range and potential in our just-about-genreless musical age. “Playing and writing together has gotten easier,” says guitarist/programmer Alex Lafrenz. “We’re always discovering new influences […]