music http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-8-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A former Republican state representative says he was on the "wrong side of history" when he opposed same-sex marriage during his time in Lansing 10 years ago. On today's show, Chris Ward, former representative from Genoa County talked about the gay marriage ban and the future of the Republican Party.</span></p><p>Then, we spoke with a very talented Flint rapper about his music and raising the profile of the Flint community.</p><p><br />We heard from writer Deidre Stevens about the Ca-Choo Club, a very unique way to attract allergy sufferers to Sault Ste. Marie.</p><p>Also, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Michigan's Aug. 5 primary and November election draw closer, there are some very tight races shaping up. W</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ho are the voters who could most influence the outcome of these races, depending upon whether they stay home or go to the polls?</span></p><p>First on the show, y<span style="line-height: 1.5;">esterday was the deadline to file objections to the disclosure statement spelling out Detroit's plan to climb out of its bankruptcy hole.</span></p><p>And yes, objections poured in – long lists of objections to the disclosure statement.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to tell us who's objecting, why, and what comes next.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 17150 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Flint singer/songwriter Tunde Olaniran creates fresh new music http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-singersongwriter-tunde-olaniran-creates-fresh-new-music <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Don't make the mistake of thinking that fresh new music – rap, electronic and more – comes out of Detroit.</span></p><p>Listen to what's coming out of Flint.</p><p>Tunde Olaniran is a Flint artist: singer, songwriter, rapper, electropop, rock. Tunde is attracting lots of attention, including a glowing review in the New York Times for his new EP, Yung Archetype.</p><p>Tunde Olaniran joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:50:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17147 at http://michiganradio.org Flint singer/songwriter Tunde Olaniran creates fresh new music How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations http://michiganradio.org/post/how-diversity-can-help-michigan-arts-organizations <p>Gabriela Frank is probably not what comes to mind when you think of a contemporary classical music composer. &nbsp;For starters, she considers herself a hippie.</p><p> “I was born in the 1970s in Berkeley, California, during the Vietnam protests," says Frank. "My dad was a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who married a Peruvian woman from the coast. I’m also a woman and I have a hearing loss, so technically I’m disabled as well.”</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17029 at http://michiganradio.org How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/childrens-opera-performed-concentration-camp-coming-detroit <p><a href="http://www.motcc.org/">The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus</a> will perform Brundibar this weekend at the Detroit Opera House. The children's opera was originally performed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.&nbsp;</p><p>In the 1940s, European Jews were sent to Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic. It was a transit camp where Jews were sent before being moved to other concentration camps, including Auschwitz.<br /><br />The Nazis also used Theresienstadt in their propaganda efforts.</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 16856 at http://michiganradio.org Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution http://michiganradio.org/post/new-era-dodds-records-grand-rapids-institution <p>Vinyl records. The sight and sound of an LP can unleash torrents of sentiment and memories for those who grew up dropping that needle onto a shiny record.</p><p>And if you've grown up only downloading your music digitally, you need to know that there’s nothing finer than wandering through the aisles of a record store – a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;record store like </span>Dodds<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Records in Grand Rapids, which has served music lovers for some 30 years.</span></p><p>With a new owner who is committed to keeping the love of records alive, the future for the venerable Grand Rapids business is looking bright.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 16513 at http://michiganradio.org A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-feb-18-2014 <p></p><p>There are more than 70 virtual currencies in the marketplace.</p><p>You may have heard of the biggest players:&nbsp;Bitcoin, Ripples, and Litecoin, which are taking out the middleman and reinventing the meaning of money. The idea is gaining momentum among college students. Today, we heard how virtual money is opening doors for young Michigan entrepreneurs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then, school districts around the nation and right here in Michigan are talking about ways to accommodate transgender students. The ACLU of Michigan's </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Project (</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman,serif'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is already working on model policies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And we spoke with some talented Michigan musicians about how their EP (extended play recording) reached No. 2 on the iTunes electronic charts with virtually no promotion.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:50:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 16497 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 'The Drift' EP combines Michigan music talents, including Michelle Chamuel from The Voice http://michiganradio.org/post/drift-ep-combines-michigan-music-talents-including-michelle-chamuel-voice <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His name is </span>Arjun<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Singh. He's a 24-year -old student at the University of Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Singh has teamed up with former U of M student Michelle </span>Chamuel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to produce an extended-play recording called "<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-drift-ep-ep/id789803058">The Drift</a>."</span></p><p>And if that name and voice ring a bell, they should. &nbsp;Chamuel came in second on season four of "The Voice."</p><p>With virtually no promotion, the EP hit No. 2 on the iTunes electronic charts.</p><div>Arjun<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Singh joined us today.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And the title track of "The Drift" features more Michigan talent, including rapper Isaac Castor of Saline High School. He joined us today as well.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:32:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 16496 at http://michiganradio.org 'The Drift' EP combines Michigan music talents, including Michelle Chamuel from The Voice University of Michigan professor uncovers surprising history of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-professor-uncovers-surprising-history-star-spangled-banner <p class="p1">&nbsp;<span class="s1">It’s one of the most stirring and glorious melodies ever sung — and it can be one of the easiest tunes to sing badly.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">But did you know that our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” started out as an English club song? And it has officially been the national anthem for <em>less </em>than a century?</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Mark Clague is a musicologist with the University of Michigan. He’s working on a new project, “<a href="http://starspangledmusic.org/?page_id=317">Poets and Patriots: A Tuneful History of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner</a>.’”&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Today, he shares some of that history with us.</span></p><p class="p1"><em><span class="s1">Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:42:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 16418 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan professor uncovers surprising history of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' The Appleseed Collective visits the studios of Michigan Radio http://michiganradio.org/post/appleseed-collective-visits-studios-michigan-radio <p>The&nbsp;37th&nbsp;Ann Arbor Folk Festival kicks off this Friday. This year’s celebrated national acts include artists like Iron and Wine, and&nbsp;Neko&nbsp;Case. But the festival also features local bands.&nbsp;</p><p>One band is The Appleseed Collective, based in Ann Arbor.</p><p>As part of Michigan Radio's Songs from Studio East, Stateside’s Mercedes Mejia sat down with the group to talk about their new album "Young Love" and hear a live studio performance.</p><p>http://youtu.be/th1L7UnFOJk</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:43:57 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 16239 at http://michiganradio.org The Appleseed Collective visits the studios of Michigan Radio The economic impact of Michigan's music scene http://michiganradio.org/post/economic-impact-michigans-music-scene <p>From Motown to Madonna, techno to gospel, jazz and blues, from Eminem to Kid Rock to Aretha, and much more, the Detroit area has been, and continues to be, a music powerhouse.</p><p>In fact, at least 38 Grammy Award winners and nominees from the past five years have a Detroit connection.</p><p>A recent study from the Anderson Economic Group takes a deep dive into the business of the Detroit-area music scene.</p><p>Alex Rosaen, the principal author of the study for the Anderson Economic Group, joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:05:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 16100 at http://michiganradio.org The economic impact of Michigan's music scene When John Lennon came to Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/when-john-lennon-came-ann-arbor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dec. 10, 1971. </span>Crisler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arena in Ann Arbor. John Lennon steps up to the microphone.</span></p><p>"It ain't fair, John Sinclair…” the former Beatle sings.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his new book, "The Walrus And The Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution," author James Mitchell tells the story of Lennon’s trip to Michigan, and why Ann Arbor was the perfect launchpad for Lennon's new life as a revolutionary.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:11:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 15937 at http://michiganradio.org When John Lennon came to Ann Arbor Local musicians blend tunes from Ghana, New Orleans, Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/local-musicians-blend-tunes-ghana-new-orleans-detroit <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Palms and Kofi&nbsp;Ameyaw are two of the musicians behind the band A L'Afrique.</strong></p><p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">*Listen to our interview with them above.</strong></em></p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:22:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 15863 at http://michiganradio.org Local musicians blend tunes from Ghana, New Orleans, Detroit Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-musicians-record-christmas-cd-support-children-need <p></p><p>It's December. That means the airwaves are filled with Holly Jolly Christmases, White Christmases, Jingle Bell Rock and that ever-present Little Drummer Boy.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, in the </span>interest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of public service, we thought we'd present a way for you to hear some fresh holiday music, performed by Michigan artists. The CD is called "<a href="http://nochildforgotten.com/music" target="_blank">A Michigan Christmas of Hope</a>."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Holy Cross Children's Services will receive every penny of money raised from the CD.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's one of the largest private providers of specialized schools and children's services in Michigan.</span></p><p>Devin Scillian is best known as the anchor on WDIV-TV in Detroit. But, he's also built quite a following as a singer-songwriter.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, joining Devin is Russ Russell of Holy Cross Children's Services.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15747 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need South African children's choir brings big voices to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/south-african-childrens-choir-brings-big-voices-michigan <p></p><p>This next story seems right for this time of year.</p><p>A children's choir is in Michigan this month ... from South Africa.</p><p>They're from the outskirts of Durban, a beautiful port city that also has one of the worst AIDS epidemics in the world.</p><p>Many of the kids in the choir are orphans. Several have HIV themselves.</p><p>It's their first time in the U.S., and they're traveling around the state all this month to raise money for friends and family back home.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 15699 at http://michiganradio.org South African children's choir brings big voices to Michigan Detroit music legend Derrick May says bankruptcy is just a new angle to an old story http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-music-legend-derrick-may-says-bankruptcy-just-new-angle-old-story <p>There was another&nbsp;plot turn in the long story of Detroit's struggles yesterday.</p><p>A federal bankruptcy judge looked at all the evidence and declared, yep, the city of Detroit is indeed insolvent.</p><p>It's new, for sure, but for many who have lived and worked in Detroit, it's just more of the same.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:26:48 +0000 Mark Brush 15541 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit music legend Derrick May says bankruptcy is just a new angle to an old story Stateside for Monday, December 2nd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-december-2nd-2013 <div><p>Tomorrow will be a historic day in Detroit. That's when a federal judge will decide whether the city is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. On today's show, we took a look at the different ways Judge Steven Rhodes could rule.</p><p>Then, we took a look at the future of newspapers. As newsrooms get smaller, and more people hop online for information, will the industry be able to reinvent itself and keep up with the times?&nbsp;</p><p>And, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this morning in a case that pits Michigan against an Upper Peninsula Indian tribe. We discussed the case with Rick&nbsp;Pluta, who is reporting from Washington D.C..</p><p>Also, we spoke to a new Michigan music duo, The Accidentals.&nbsp;</p><p>But, first on the show, the Board of State Canvassers today certified a voter-initiated petition that would put new restrictions on abortion insurance coverage in Michigan. The proposal would ban abortion coverage in standard health insurance plans. Women would only be able to purchase abortion coverage as a separate rider. The measure now goes to the state Legislature, which has 40 days to pass it. If not, it will go to voters on the 2014 ballot.</p><p>MLive&nbsp;reporter Jonathan&nbsp;Oosting&nbsp;joined us today to discuss the issue. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:45:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 15503 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, December 2nd, 2013 Meet indie-folk group The Accidentals http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-indie-folk-group-accidentals <p>Popular music has had stellar examples of singer/songwriters who met in school...whose partnership began at a very young age.</p><p>John Lennon and Paul McCartney met when John was 16 and Paul was just 15. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met in grade school. They were 12 years old and had their first hit record, "Hey Schoolgirl," when they were just 16 years old.</p><p>Now we want you to meet a Michigan duo who are getting a lot of buzz for their indie-folk songs, <a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/moreaccidentals">The Accidentals</a>.</p><p>The Accidentals are Katie Larson and Savannah Buist, who met at the Interlochen Arts Academy. They are 18 years old, and they joined us today from Traverse City.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:39:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 15501 at http://michiganradio.org Meet indie-folk group The Accidentals Ann Arbor school finds a creative way to teach kids music http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-school-finds-creative-way-teach-kids-music <p>All too often, as school districts are forced to cut spending, programs like music get the ax.</p><p>And that sorry fact robs students of the chance to learn music, to make music, and leaves one to wonder: Where are the musicians of the future going to come from?</p><p>One Ann Arbor Elementary School is teaming up with the University of Michigan School of Music for a unique approach to teaching music...and they are turning to Venezuela for inspiration.</p><p>It's called El Sistema.</p><p>The program originated in Venezuela, and the idea was to teach disadvantaged children, to help them discoverer the power of music.</p><p>I spoke with Professor John Ellis with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where among other things, he is Director of Community and Preparatory Programs - and Horacio Contreras Espionoza, he is a UofM grad student studying cello, and he is an El Sistema teacher at Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:37:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 15450 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor school finds a creative way to teach kids music An interview with Ann Arbor electro-pop music duo Hollow & Akimbo http://michiganradio.org/post/interview-ann-arbor-electro-pop-music-duo-hollow-akimbo <p>That’s “Hollow and Akimbo” on their new EP “Pseudoscience” on Quite Scientific Records.</p><p>Their electro-pop is winning this Ann Arbor duo some very warm praise from critics, including some in the UK.</p><p><a href="http://www.hollowandakimbo.com/">Hollow &amp; Akimbo </a>duo Jon Visger and Brian Konicek joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:36:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 15427 at http://michiganradio.org An interview with Ann Arbor electro-pop music duo Hollow & Akimbo Students say learning an instrument drives their success http://michiganradio.org/post/students-say-learning-instrument-drives-their-success <p>A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html">recent essay in The New York Times</a> poses an intriguing question: Is music the key to success?</p><p>A striking list of notables from many different fields have one thing in common: they all played some sort of musical instrument. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who played clarinet and saxophone, Microsoft co-founder and guitarist Paul Allen, and Condoleeza Rice, who trained to be a concert pianist before becoming our 66th Secretary of State all have linked their music training to their professional accomplishments.</p><p>We wanted to take a closer look at the impact playing music can have on the way we learn and how we work.</p><p>We talked to Siobhan Cronin, a Masters student at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre &amp; Dance. Cronin, who studied economics, French and music as an undergrad, is now working on her next degree in violin and viola performance.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:54:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 15348 at http://michiganradio.org Students say learning an instrument drives their success