Joe Casey is agitated. The frontman and
chief word slinger for Detroit’s Protomartyr opens the quartet’s second
full-length record, the stellar Under Color of Official Right,
with this recurring statement: “There’s just a clack in the brain now.”
It’s been 14 years since rapper Del the
Funky Homosapien, producer Dan the Automator and turntable guru Kid
Koala combined forces to drop Deltron 3030, a futuristic concept album centering on Deltron Zero’s fight to keep corporations from ruling the world.
Compelled by the Christian Right’s role in the 2004 presidential election, local author Marji Mendelsohn (who writes under the pen name K.C. Boyd) embarked to know more about how religion has become intertwined with politics.
Asked in a recent interview with Sound Dessert
about who they’d like to tour with, The Ghost Wolves dropped this
collection of luminaries: “JEFF The Brotherhood, The Kills, Jon Spencer
Blues Explosion, Black Sabbath, Kadavar, The Black Angels, Jack White,
Diarrhea Planet, Drivin’ N Cryin’ — those are some of the tops. We wish
The Cramps were still around, that would’ve been fun. We love Poison
The first minute of White Hinterland’s new album, Baby,
features nothing but the voice of Casey Dienel. “Circle the block in my
car/Gotta keep it down/The world is so full of noise/It’s easy to go
unnoticed,” she sings in an assertive, slightly vulnerable and quite
Mondo-selling author Jennifer Weiner’s just-published new novel, All Fall Down, centers its narrative on Allison Weiss, a wise-ass wife, mother and writer whose seemingly perfect life is altered by an addiction to prescription painkillers.
“Drive-In Movies,” the last song on Ray LaMontagne’s latest album, Supernova,
is a nostalgic ode to the past in an album teeming with retro
flourishes: “I miss those drive-in movies/I spent all my childhood years
wishin’ that I looked like a movie star.”
changing. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than in our once-sleepy
downtown. From The Banks to Over-the-Rhine, from Fountain Square to
Washington Park, the urban core is alive with activity.