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Hijacking a local karaoke night, the reclusive Patrick Elkins announces his intention to take Totally Awesome Fest international this year

Every year, at about this time, Patrick Elkins, the director of Ypsilanti’s Totally Awesome Fest (TAF), calls a big press conference to formally announce the coming festivities. And, every year, invariably, I’m the only member of the professional press to show up. This year’s press conference, which took place yesterday evening during a hijacked karaoke […]

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On the passing of Gill Scott-Heron

Gill Scott Herron died a few days ago. I was going to commemorate his passing with The Revolution Will Not be Televised, but, seeing as how most of us reading this site are living in SE Michigan, I thought that I’d go with his anti-nuclear power song, We Almost Lost Detroit, which is particularly pertinent […]

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Daniel Johnston in Ann Arbor

One of my favorite artists, Daniel Johnston, is going to be playing at Ann Arbor’s Blind Pig on Sunday, August 16. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing him perform, I’d highly recommend it. Here, by way of introduction, is a video of him performing the song Living Life not too long ago in […]

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