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Get friendly with the BFF music fest

Songwriter Kelly Jean Caldwell and her band headline BFF Fest at Trinosophes in Detroit on Saturday. Kelly Jean Caldwell

Organizers of Saturday's BFF Fest were tired of seeing the same pool of local bands on every music festival around town, and they decided to do something about it. More

Drummer Gene Dunlap is serious about setting the 'groove'

Gene Dunlap has collaborated on 10 albums with guitarist Earl Klugh and has seven solo records. Nina Simone Bentley

Playing the instrument Gene Dunlap says is the foundation of any song, he has provided the backbeat for such artists as Ronnie Laws and Mary Wilson, plus the London Philharmonic Orchestra. More

Challenge is the driving force behind songwriter Nick Cave

Nick Cave still works on a typewriter. Bleddyn Butcher

Nick Cave has made a career of doing things his way. And on his most recent release, Cave's half-spoken, half-sung poetry floats over spooky and sparse strings, synths and loops. He plays the Masonic Temple on Tuesday. More

Alvin brothers mesmerize at Ferndale's Magic Bag

Former Blasters member Phil Alvin performs Tuesday at the Magic Bag Theater in Ferndale. Steve Perez / Detroit News

In the world of live performance, rife with electronic puffery and worse — boredom — every so often we get a peek into the way music was once performed, a window into something deeper than a four-minute song. More

Enter now to win Jimmy Buffett tickets

Jimmy Buffett during his Comerica Park appearance in 2012. Adam Graham / The Detroit News

Are you free Saturday night? We've got a pair of tickets to give away for the Jimmy Buffett concert at Comerica Park. The 'Margaritaville' singer returns to town with his Coral Reefer Band and opener John Fogerty. More

Tickets on sale

Rodrigo y Gabriela will return to Detroit on Oct. 25. Tickets go on sale Friday. Thomas Samson / Getty Images

Pick up tickets for Rodrigo y Gabriela, Iggy Azalea, Kip Moore, Manheim Steamroller, Lecrae and more this weekend. More

Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

Justin Timberlake brings his latest tour to The Palace on Monday. Tom Munro

Catch Justin Timberlake at The Palace of Auburn Hills, waste away in 'Margaritaville' with Jimmy Buffett, see the cars at Concours d'Elegance and more. More

DSO celebrates 50 years of Meadow Brook

A 1964 sign advertises the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's inaugural year at the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Meadow Brook Music Festival

To commemorate the DSO's first appearance at Meadow Brook Music Festival, the orchestra will return to the site for one night, almost a half-century to the day of that initial concert. More

Citing 'racist views,' tribe cancels Nugent show

Nugent Randy Snyder / Getty Images, file

A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. More

Miranda Lambert is strong as she closes out Faster Horses music fest

Miranda Lambert entertains country music fans on the Main Stage Sunday. John M. Galloway / Special to the News

Miranda Lambert closed out the three-day Faster Horses country music festival at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Sunday night with a 75-minute set full of sass and spunk. More

Faster Horses festival rides to strong finish

Country western singer Matt Austin plays for the crowd at the Next From Nashville Stage during the final day of the Faster Horses Country Music Festival Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. John M. Galloway / Special to The Detroit News

The three-day Faster Horses country music festival wrapped up its second year of friends, fun and sun at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn Sunday and further established itself as one of the top new events on Michigan's summer concert calendar. More

Keith Urban closes out Saturday's Faster Horses in megastar fashion

Keith Urban sings Love's Poster Child to the country music fans during the Faster Horses Country Music Festival. John M. Galloway / Special to The Detroit News

Keith Urban closed out the second day of the Faster Horses festival at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn Saturday night with a rollicking set before the weekend's biggest crowd. More

Rains don't keep country fans away from Faster Horses

 John Galloway / Special to The Detroit News

If there was a perfect artist to play Faster Horses late Saturday afternoon, it was Chase Rice. More

Crowd-pleaser Tim McGraw closes out day one of Faster Horses

Tim McGraw and his band performs during the Faster Horses Country Music Festival Friday, July 18, 2014 held at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. John M. Galloway / Special to The Detroit News

Country music superstar Tim McGraw closed out the first day of Faster Horses with a confident, professional, crowd-pleasing set in front of some 20,000-plus fans on the grounds of Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn Friday night. More

48 Hours: The best of things to do in Metro Detroit

T.I. is at Chene Park on Saturday. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

See rapper T.I. at Chene Park, check out the last day of the Ann Arbor Art Fair, get booze and BBQ at the Pig & Whiskey festival and more. More

Crowds get the party started at Faster Horses

Paulina Jayne of Grosse Pointe performs on the Next From Nashville during Faster Horses. John M. Galloway / Special to The Detroit News

'Alright, Michigan,' Maggie Rose said from the Main Stage at the Faster Horses Festival early Friday afternoon. 'Is this about to be the biggest party weekend of the year?' For country music lovers, it might be. More

Iggy Azalea coming to Meadow Brook in September

Iggy Azalea's 2014 album, 'The New Classic,' topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart and reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Joel Ryan / AP

Australian hip-hop artist and model Iggy Azalea will perform at Meadow Brook Music Festival Sept. 12. Tickets go on sale Monday. More

Faster Horses country music fest is off to the races again

Tim McGraw is one of the headliners. Ethan Miller / Getty Images

This weekend's Faster Horses festival, the second annual three-day country music campout at Michigan International Speedway, has a boot-stompin' lineup featuring some of country's best and brightest. More

Dave and Phil Alvin find their 'Common Ground'

'Common Ground,' the first album brothers Dave Alvin, left, and Phil Alvin have recorded together, has them covering Big Bill Broonzy songs. Beth Herzhaft

Dave and Phil Alvin were one of the music world's classic battling brothers. Now they've recorded a tour de force album of Big Bill Broonzy songs, 'Common Ground,' and are touring together. More

Rochester's Jana Kramer comes home for Faster Horses

Rochester native Jana Kramer has juggled acting and singing but is focusing on music now. Andrew Goodman / Getty Images

Faster Horses is a homecoming for Jana Kramer, the Rochester native who grew up listening to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline during trips up north as a child. More

Ashley Monroe has a fire burning in her heart

In addition to having a solo career, Ashley Monroe is part of the trio Pistol Annies. Rick Diamond / Getty Images

Ashley Monroe is riding into Faster Horses on a creative high. The 27-year-old country singer and songwriter enjoyed a breakout year in 2013 on the strength of her second album. More

Talks start on setting up R&B Hall of Fame, museum in Detroit

Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, the last surviving founding member of The Four Tops, stands next to a cutout of the group during a press conference announcing the intent of creating an R&B Music Hall of Fame in Detroit. Jose Juarez / Special to The Detroit News

Members of the rhythm and blues scene in Detroit and representatives from the R&B Music Hall of Fame gathered at to talk about the importance of opening a brick and mortar hall of fame and museum in Detroit. More

Despite hits, no radio love for country rap

When country artist Jason Aldean, left, rapped one of Colt Ford's songs, it turned into one of the biggest hits of Aldean's career. Chris Pizzello / AP

It may be one thing for a country song to be remixed or for a country artist to dabble in hip-hop, but 'rap' still faces a bias. More

Notorious King 810 reflects violent truth of living in Flint

King 810 will release its debut album, 'Memoirs of a Murderer,' on Aug. 19. Jeremy Deputat

Since being shot, David Gunn and his band King 810, who are part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on Thursday, are holding up a mirror to the violent reality of life in Flint. More

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