Welcome back to our weekly tradition of Detroit music! This week, we are celebrating new up-and-comers as well as a few of our old time favorites. From Motown chart-toppers to the audacious Iggy Pop and the anti-establishment punk-rock of MC5, there’s something for every music lover on our set list…Ch-ch-check them out!
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The Philter – “Phantoms”
This indie-duo characterizes their sound as “driving surf leads and reverb drenched distortion.” You can expect to hear dark melancholy lyrics over the waves of ambient resonances. Check out their Bandcamp here!
The Rose Cult – “The Daisy Chain”
Imagine pop melodies smashed with jazz, psychedelic, folk rock and covered in Detroit atmosphere. The Rose Cult takes influences from The Black Angels, Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones for sound that’s all their own. Listen to their latest hits here!
Eleanora – “Hello Lover”
Not many bands can say they have a violin, a cello, a clarinet, and a glockenspiel in their sound, but Eleanora successfully combines classical instruments with a more modern flair for an eclectic mix of acoustic, bluesy, indie-folk-rock. Hear more from them here!
Electric Six – “Psychic Visions”
A six-piece band that is credited for having a unique combination of rock music infused with a “garage, disco, punk rock, new wave and metal.” To truly understand, you should probably just check them out. Find more on their website here!
Gore Gore Girls – “Up All Night”
The all-girl garage-rock band gets their name from the 1972 B-movie, The Gore Gore Girls. The band originally got their start, like fellow Detroit bands at the time The White Stripes and The Detroit Cobras, by playing the local venues around the city. Just because they’re girls, doesn’t mean they don’t rock – check out their music here!
The Midnighters – “Finger Poppin Time”
The Midnighters were an extremely influential R&B group in the 1950s and early 1960s – they had over two dozen chart topping hits on the National Pop and R&B charts, they snagged a Grammy Award nomination for the Billboard Top 10 hit “Finger Poppin Time,” and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14, 2012. Hear the song here!
MC5 – “Tutti Frutti”
Often credited as one of the most notable bands to come out of Detroit, MC5 were on the forefront of the punk movement with their far left political stance and anti-establishment lyrics and music. The band includes all elements of a rock band with garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock. Hear the song “Tutti Frutti” here!
Iggy and The Stooges – “Down on the Street”
Iggy and The Stooges gained quite a reputation in the early years of their career for their wild, primitive live performances – Iggy is also widely credited with the invention of stage diving. Iggy and The Stooges are also credited in the rise of punk rock as well as influential to alternative rock and heavy metal. Check out their website here!
The Supremes – “I Want a Guy”
Another all-girl group, The Supremes were the leading act of Motown Records in the 1960s. They are credited with 12 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 – at their peak in the mid-1960s, The Supremes even rivaled the Beatles. Hear the song “I Want a Guy” here!
Hounds Below – “For You And I”
Former vocalist and guitarist of the Detroit band The Von Bondies, Jason Stollsteimer takes on a new project with The Hounds Below. The Hounds Below are the indie, post-punk rock band that is “still winking at youth’s never-ending need to wave a flag of revolt,” and of course, there are the echoing vocals of Mr. Stollsteimer layered in as well. Check out their website here!
Your favorite jam not listed here? Tell us about it in the comments!