‘For the heads’: An oral history of EXAT, Detroit’s legendary ’90s experimental and ambient techno night at Zoot’s Coffeehouse | Local Music | Detroit

click to enlarge Photo courtesy of Clark Warner DJ Clark Warner perfoms at Zoot’s Coffeehouse. Detroit’s underground dance events of the ’90s are justly storied — but one of the decade’s most consistently attended and long-term impactful was small, insider-heavy, and not intended for dancing at all. EXAT — Experimental and Ambient Techno — ran … Read more

Westland’s Kung Fu Brothers Noodles and Dumplings is one of metro Detroit’s best new restaurants Restaurant reviews | Detroit

On the day of my first trip to Kung Fu Brothers Dumplings and Noodles, I was reminded of the absurdity of the national food media. As I raved to friends about the hand-pulled noodles, soup dumplings, and “Chinese burritos” that Kung Fu Brothers does in Westland, The New York Times published its list of “50 … Read more

‘Don’t Worry Darling’ isn’t (that) bad | Movies | Detroit

click to enlarge New Line Cinema Harry Styles and Florence Pugh as Jack and Alice in Don’t Worry Darling. Greedy for gauzy sunlit patios, candy-colored Cadillacs and clinking martinis, I expected Don’t Worry Darling to be a brilliant disaster, a faux-prestige flick worth viewing for its production design alone. I expected to enjoy the film … Read more

Detroit councilman slams colleagues for postponing vote on ShotSpotter technology | Metro Detroit News | Detroit

click to enlarge Courtesy photo A ShotSpotter incident review center. The Detroit City Council postponed a vote Tuesday to expand a controversial surveillance technology for the police department. A majority of the council members said they did not support using more than $7 million in federal pandemic relief funds on ShotSpotter, a technology that relies … Read more

In Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe biopic ‘Blonde,’ celebrity feels hollow | Movies | Detroit

click to enlarge Netflix Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. Totally singular and happy to wallow in that fact, Andrew Dominik’s new opus Blonde, adapted for Netflix from the 2000 Joyce Carol Oates novel of the same name, treats the life, mind, and persona of Marilyn Monroe as something to puzzle over … Read more

Underground cocktail bar opens in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood | Drink News | Detroit

click to enlarge Courtesy photo The Upright is a new underground cocktail bar located beneath the Oak & Reel in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction. Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood is getting an underground cocktail bar. The Upright, located beneath Oak & Reel, a seafood-focused Italian restaurant, opens Friday at 2921 East Grand Blvd. It’s the latest concept … Read more

It doesn’t take a prophet to see where white Christian nationalism is taking the Republican Party Informed Dissent | Detroit

click to enlarge Shutterstock Modern evangelicalism is as much a cultural identity as it is a set of cohesive religious beliefs, and this cultural identity is fully enmeshed in the Republican Party. As a child, I attended a fundamentalist parochial school, one of those primarily white private schools founded in the South after the civil … Read more

Babyface Ray to face Larry June in a bicoastal ‘clash’ for Red Bull | Music News | Detroit

click to enlarge Kahn Santori Davison Detroit rapper Babyface Ray. It might be fair to say that 2022 is the year of Babyface Ray. While he’s been rapping for well over a decade, this year his hard work seems to be paying off. He released his critically acclaimed album FACE at the beginning of this … Read more

Questlove is making a J Dilla doc | Music News | Detroit

click to enlarge The story of the late, influential Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla is getting the documentary treatment, and some big names have signed on to the project. The Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday that Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who earned an Oscar for his 2021 documentary Summer of Soulis leading the project, called … Read more

Detroit diner Rose’s Fine Food and Wine is for sale | Food News | Detroit

click to enlarge Jacob Lewkow A diverse group of diners meet at Rose’s Fine Food in Detroit. Yet another beloved Detroit restaurant is up for grabs. Eastside Detroit diner Rose’s Fine Food and Wine was listed for sale at $600,000 Thursday. A future buyer would inherit the property and business, including all kitchen equipment and … Read more