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Recent articles by Brian:

Stevie Wonder in emotional video speech: 'Life is out of tune' right now

Wonder's latest video message was released Wednesday as news broke in the Breonna Taylor case → Read More

Live Nation to convert music venues into polling sites, links up with LeBron James effort

With its concert venues shut down across the U.S., Live Nation is aiming to transform many into polling sites, teaming with LeBron James in the cause. → Read More

Kid Rock performs at Trump Jr. rally in Macomb, announces 'one last monster tour' coming

On a night that felt like a late-summer concert, Kid Rock joined Donald Trump Jr. and supporters of the president at a campaign rally east of Detroit. → Read More

Detroit Institute of Music Education gets lifeline with new Oakland University partnership

The progressive Detroit music school has partnered with OU to offer bachelor's degrees, months after closing amid a dispute with a Denver college. → Read More

Home invader told Eminem he was there to kill him, officer testifies

Matthew David Hughes was charged with first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of property for allegedly breaking in to Eminem's house. → Read More

Behind the scenes at the virtual Detroit Jazz Festival: Marvelous music, surreal vibes

The crisp, energetic production that greeted viewers on their screens was the result of a complex but tightly run operation in the RenCen downtown. → Read More

Detroit Jazz Festival is moment of pride for artists, crew as massive virtual event launches

Starting Friday night, the jazz fest will stage four days of music, all live from the RenCen in Detroit, in a unique streaming and broadcast format. → Read More

Big Sean says 'Detroit 2' is a salute to his city's 'undeniable soul,' with aim to inspire

The rapper's long-awaited album, reworked during the pandemic, pays tribute to Detroit with guests such as Eminem, Stevie Wonder and Dave Chappelle. → Read More

Stevie Wonder, paying tribute to Chadwick Boseman, talks COVID, elections, love over hate

Wonder saluted the actor in a wide-ranging conversation tackling the pandemic, politics and his own health one year after a kidney transplant. → Read More

New remix puts a timely spin on a Stevie Wonder's classic 'Black Man'

New York producer Brennan Williams' remix of "Black Man" is accompanied by a video featuring images of more than 130 historical figures. → Read More

On new Kem album, the romantic heart is still beating — but he's got fresh inspiration too

The newlywed Detroit R&B star, fresh off a No. 1 hit, hopes his new Motown album can be "part of the soundtrack that helps pull people through." → Read More

Struggling metro Detroit musicians stand to benefit from Oakland County cash commitment

The county has vowed up to $500,000 in matching funds to a relief campaign launched by Arts, Beats & Eats, aimed to help out-of-work musicians. → Read More

DSO plans return to Orchestra Hall with new music director set to make debut

The orchestra announced a series of performances from the Orchestra Hall stage, to be streamed live through December in a new digital program. → Read More

Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway dedicated by Whitmer, Duggan in event at Lodge Freeway

An array of masked dignitaries gathered with Franklin's family to mark a stretch of the Lodge in honor of the late Queen of Soul at a Monday ceremony. → Read More

Big Sean's 'Detroit 2' album at last locks down Sept. 4 release date

The rapper's hometown-themed fifth album is a sequel of sorts to the 2012 mixtape "Detroit," and follows it nearly eight years to the day . → Read More

Arts, Beats & Eats reveals lineup of 200-plus acts for Royal Oak drive-in shows, web gigs

View full schedules for "The Beats Go On," featuring veteran Detroit musicians and up-and-comers for the rejiggered edition of Arts, Beats & Eats. → Read More

The Stooges' most infamous performance comes back to life, thanks to unearthed tapes

An old myth dies and new ones emerge with tapes from the Goose Lake rock festival — leading to an album released by Jack White's Third Man Records. → Read More

Detroit's musical legacy celebrated in new 'Roadshow' with Steven Van Zandt and Drew Carey

Martha Reeves, Alice Cooper and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are among the guests exploring the city's musical impact, in a new talk show streaming Thursday. → Read More

Scaled-down music events to run Fridays at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit

A maximum of 100 people will be permitted at one time for the shows in the park's beach area, running Friday evenings through Sept. 4. → Read More

Study shows racial gap in perceived access to arts and culture in metro Detroit

The Knight Foundation is highlighting its recent study results in the wake of controversies at two major Detroit museums. → Read More