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Brian Smith & Nate Cavalieri
May 26, 2004
A century of sound

Tracing a city's musical genealogy.

John Sinclair
June 9, 2004

A world tour rekindles that old MC5 energy — and controversy.

Brian Smith
June 16, 2004
Same as the old Boss

Female gangsta trailblazer determined to re-emerge.

Jim Gallert with Lars Bjorn
June 23, 2004
The homie

His peers hit the road to jazz fame; Willie Anderson stayed in Detroit and slipped into obscurity.

Hobey Echlin
July 7, 2004
(Un)lucky charms

Loved, hated and often misunderstood, this '90s Detroit pop band was an abnormality that worked - almost.

Carleton S. Gholz
July 14, 2004
The search for heaven

How Ken Collier, a subversive DJ, influenced a generation.

Jim Gallert with Lars Bjorn
July 21, 2004
His way always

Maruice King knew how to call the shots.

David Valk
July 28, 2004
Welcome to the jungle

Athletic Mic League has outlasted naïveté, a stabbing, and a series of ‘test’ albums without the usual cries of ‘sell-out’ — and also put Ann Arbor hip hop on the map.

Jim Gallert
August 4, 2004
Rhodes less traveled

This pianist rode musical shotgun through the Depression and ultimately became a genre connector. Then he died a forgotten man.

Adam Stanfel
August 18, 2004
Bank shot

This storied soul singer briefly set the music world ablaze, only to be silenced by a bullet to the neck.

Chris Handyside
September 1, 2004
Back from hell

Was Elvis Hitler brilliant pop dementia or a psychobilly Spinal Tap curio?

Serene Dominic
September 15, 2004
The Ryder stipulates

Mitch made you love him, but nah nah nuh nah, your man hasn't gone.

Fred Mills
December 1, 2004
The Merda files

Their brand of ‘black rock’ was a Motor City anomaly. Finally, more than 30 years after calling it quits, the international kudos are piling high for Black Merda.

Mike Murphy
December 8, 2004
Kirkland’s blues & dues

He left Detroit, but he always looks back.

Brian Smith
December 15, 2004
Champ’s town

Rap maestro and the link to Esham, Kid and Em’.

Brian J. Bowe
December 29, 2004
Out come the freaks

Surrealist political funk rockers Was (Not Was) re-form just in time for the apocalypse.

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