The Kempf House: Analyzing the History of a Musical Landscape

May 16, 2013

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The United States Department of the Interior placed the Kempf House Museum, at 312 S. Division Street in Ann Arbor, on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Built in 1853, its original owner was Henry Dewitt Bennett, who worked as the Ann Arbor postmaster before becoming steward and secretary of the University of […]

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I Was There: Yo La Tengo is Better Than Your Favorite Band

May 16, 2013

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First, a claim that will likely lead most of you to seek future counsel on musical inquiries elsewhere: The finest rock ‘n’ roll band in all the land is comprised of an unassuming middle-aged couple from New Jersey and their Big & Tall friend, James. They call themselves Yo La Tengo, and last Friday night at […]

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January Brings New Singles From Big-Time Artists

May 16, 2013

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Highly anticipated albums are on the horizon in this young year. Personally, I’m most looking forward to the return of my favorite New York knuckleheads Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the (hopefully) more mature sophomore release from Earl Sweatshirt and some more shiny, dancy creepiness from Sweden’s the Knife. But already, in just the first half of […]

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I Was There: Band of Horses Shakes the Michigan Theater

May 16, 2013

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Just two of the five members of Band of Horses, singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell and lead guitarist Tyler Ramsey, take the Michigan Theater stage to begin set opener “Ode to LRC.” What results from this unexpected move is a natural suspense: on record, “Ode” is a full-band number from start to finish. Bridwell’s unparalleled tenor soars […]

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Solange Expands on Her Rich New Sound With ‘True’

May 16, 2013

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I wouldn’t be accomplishing much if I made this piece a comparison between Solange and her big sis. I’ll say just this to get it out of the way: Solange’s music career has undoubtedly benefited from being the younger Knowles. But with the release of True, her fantastic new EP, she’s making a case for her […]

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R.I.P. Jazz Pianist Austin Peralta

May 16, 2013

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He was the son of Stacy Peralta, the world’s most famous skateboarder not named Tony. Barely out of high school, big pop stars such as Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean actively pursued musical collaborations with him. But please don’t discredit him as some celebrity’s kid: Austin Peralta just may have been the best living jazz […]

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Cody Chesnutt Makes an Adult Record

May 16, 2013

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Ten years ago, Cody Chesnutt dropped his ambitious double album The Headphone Masterpiece in our collective lap, treating us to 36 lo-fi imaginings of wildly varying quality. Among its finest are its most difficult: the cocky “Look Good In Leather,” the obnoxious “Boylife in America” and biggest hit (once it was recorded by the Roots) “The Seed,” […]

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