Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 5:53pm
Movement

It was a hot Memorial Day weekend for Detroit and its techno Movement festival, the city’s ever-growing annual event. The festival sprawled over Hart Plaza, and the sunny heat turned into a warm fog when evening closed in, the sun leaving behind a wet air as festival goers filled the grounds. They came in cut shorts, black shirts, shaggy hairstyles, happy jitters, hollow eyes and colorful bracelets. More than one man wore a graphic t-shirt that read “I wish Movement was a city and we all lived in it together.” Another read “Sex, Drugs and Techno.” The hip ones carried PBR beer cans.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:41pm
Nic Novicki

The presenting theme of the arts in 2018 is by and large inclusion. We saw it in the recent 90th Academy Awards when a jittery Frances McDormand fierily advocated inclusion riders to a crowd of hesitant yet emphatic cheers. The Grammys, in typically uncanny fashion, had a few cutesy symbolic gestures of their own and brought out rapper Logic to preach mental health awareness.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 5:06pm
Soccer Mommy

Bad relationships are the running concern on the DIY indie rocker’s effective debut album ‘Clean.’ Over alternatively soft and subtly vicious chord progressions, she sings about unfollowed desires, self-doubt and disappointment.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 3:34pm
NOSELL

Suddenly that Bauhaus cover they did back in 2011 makes a lot of sense.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 5:34pm
NOSELL

Each song is its own room, fully furnished, and while every room is consistent aesthetically with the last, they all offer the listener a new discovery, a new chaise lounge to dance on and a new framed photo to gawk at.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 5:00pm
NOSELL

'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1' immediately comes to mind, but I also think that this mission to save humanity would do well to channel Rico Nasty’s most recent track, 'Smack A Bitch,' which is exactly what needs to be done with this oddly sexualized death trap.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 6:25pm
The Law Library

On a Saturday I sit in the Law library. I often do this, busy or not, wasting my time pretending I’m using my time wisely. If I’m sitting in the library, I’m working, right? Of course, when I say “work,” I’m saying that I’m simply sitting, and by sitting in the library, I’m sitting productively. The Law library does that. It makes me feel like these hours spent curating a Facebook feed I never even use are somehow hours well spent, hours moving me in a forward direction, hours put into learning.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:05pm
NOSELL

Consider triangles, and consider geometry. These structures are here, literally and in spirit: The small interior benches are triangles; the shower is a triangle; the lampshades are triangles; the roof, too, is a triangle, though it’s an especially idiosyncratic example. Consisting of cedar shingles and wooden fascias, it folds downward just slightly and moves into an aggressive point in the backyard, where it hangs over a patio that expands into the grass.

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 5:33pm
NOSELL

Björk has always aimed for the grand, and she goes for it here, and often does it well. But the problem with a non-narrative album which has so many competing ideas is that it can become overwhelming, even confusing, and 'Utopia' certainly has moments when it’s not entirely sure where it’s stretching.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:16pm
NOSELL

Watching Ariel Pink live on a Sunday night certainly did not feel like a eulogy.