Posted in SPOTLIGHT by urbanmi on November 8, 2012

This is probably the type of information I should be sharing on this site as I continue to tweek and figure out what exactly it is I’m trying to do here.

Michigan has some extremely underrated musicians and bands. From this point forward I will give shout outs for some of my favorites.

I First learned about Breathe Owl Breathe back in 2007 when my little brother went to a show of theirs at the Elite Restaurant in Grand Rapids and brought back a handmade CD. Very jealous of this possession. Myself, I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in the summer of 2011 in San Diego opening for Yann Tiersen. They were entertaining throughout the set complete with story time, costumes, and dog barking.

The trio, from East Jordan, Michigan is Micah Middaugh, Trevor Hobbs, and Andréa Moreno-Beals. They are a playful band. Their music, for me, engenders many good feelings and thoughts. With their array of sounds, instruments and fun shows complete with costumes, Breathe Owl Breathe is very much apart of the current indie zeitgeist. Their thoughtfulness both lyrically and musically speak to a longevity for the trio.

Partake in Michigan’s music scene and venues. They are an essential part of a rich urban fabric, and Michigan in general has some hidden treasures. Go see Kalamazoo and Detroit’s Jazz, Ann Arbor’s Folk, Grand Rapids Noise. We have great music cities.

Use our cities.

Live in our cities.

They are our most important assets. It’s time to stop speaking enviously of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and make our cities destinations. Support them.

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Links: or I Need a New Name for These Shares

Posted in DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS, quick links by urbanmi on November 28, 2010
  • From David Byrne’s Blog (of Talking Heads fame and bicycle enthusiast), a post on biking in the Motor City.
  • A Google Chrome Experiment in partnership with the Arcade Fire, input your address, wait for it to load and watch.  I’ve explored it with a few Michigan cities, interesting for procrastinating.
  • Superfront is conducting a Detroit-centric competition and exhibition.
  • A few maps that can be used for revealing twitter and tech community usage in Michigan. Checkin.to, made by a friend, uses twitter and foursquare. What these maps show about Michigan’s usage is revealing; making it visually clear, Michigan’s lower use of web2.0 technology; conclusions can be drawn about the education levels and creative class population in Michigan cities, bad implications.
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Posted in GRAND RAPIDS by urbanmi on September 16, 2010

From September 23-25th, Grand Rapids has a Music Festival, Prospecto Music Showcase & Sonic Experience, The festival coincides with ArtPrize, which should heighten its profile.  Prospecto attempts to highlight the growing Grand Rapids Music Scene and promote venues and acts.  The timing with ArtPrize is perfect.  Last year restaurants were flooded in downtown Grand Rapids with visitors looking for evening entertainment.

I believe the event will be successful and I understand the strategy of appealing to a wide variety of music tastes, but I find myself wanting more from any potential festival in Grand Rapids.  More importantly, what incentive do I, as a music fan, have to spend $26 to $60 on a festival that only gives me two or three acts I may be interested in seeing.

In its current from the festival is schizophrenic; it does not promote any particular music scene, hindering the festival’s ability to generate any excitement, particularly in the long term.  How will music fans maintain interest, in the manner of other annual festivals like Pitchfork or Lollapalooza, when Prospecto can’t attract more notable acts by catering to a specific audience, particularly a concert-going, music-loving audience.

Michigan already has several niche music festivals in Rothbury and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival that demonstrate the success of targeting a particular audience. Appealing to a specific demographic would give Prospecto a base to build long term success. When the festival itself is exciting, people will become interested and stay interested.

RapidGrowth has more details on the background of Prospecto

The Prospecto website has details on acts and venues

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Detroit Lives

Posted in DETROIT by urbanmi on September 15, 2010

Palladium Boots has an awesome 3 part video series on Detroit’s DIY culture, called Detroit Lives, showcasing why Detroit is such an exciting place to be and visit.  The video has MTV Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville exploring the city with local residents, talking with entrepreneurs, musicians, and artists.  It’s a series of videos that capture what is going on in Detroit, its rebirth, and not the popular image of what happened.
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Detroit Lives, posted with vodpod

A Must Watch

Also, Black Milk, a Detroit based hip hop artist featured in Detroit Lives released an album, titled “Album of the Year,” yesterday

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Posted in Uncategorized by urbanmi on April 17, 2010
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