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Mike Antonich
Madison Heights, Michigan
Full-time music addict, part-time music blogger
Interests: Music, concerts, movies, travel, shopping, NHL hockey, sporting events, Detroit Pistons basketball, Plymouth Whalers hockey, OHL hockey, bike riding
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Hailing from Toronto, singer/songwriter Ladan Hussein records under the name Cold Specks. I first became aware of her via Moby who featured Cold Specks on vocals for two songs on his 2013 album Innocents, including that album's first single "A... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Now It's On
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I can't put my finger on why I have not connected with Elbow in the past. As a fan of bands like Doves, early Coldplay, Flaming Lips and even some of Radiohead's work, you would think Elbow would fit right... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Now It's On
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I first came across Jesse Marchant's music back in 2010 when he recorded as JBM, as you'd probably guess, his initials. A track from his debut album Not Even In July played on whatever Pandora station I was listening to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Now It's On
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Ah Mogwai, Scotland's instrumental rock legends continue to forge ahead with new material. Just last year the band put out the beautiful Atomic: A Soundtrack By Mogwai, a reworking of their soundtrack to the documentary Atomic, Living In Dread And... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Now It's On
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All it took for me was their appearance on Saturday Night Live in late 2016, awkward dance moves and all, to clinch the need for the new album from The xx. The English trio of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Now It's On
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The British duo Aquilo have taken a path more and more artists are using these days. Starting with their self-titled EP release in 2014, Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher have released a steady stream of EP's and singles, while utilizing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Now It's On
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With a new EP just out in early February, which I covered here, Kevin Garrett took to the road for his False Hope Tour. Luckily, Metro Detroit was one of the stops on this headlining tour, as the Pittsburgh born,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Now It's On
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German electronic music producer Sepalot is preparing for the release of his fifth album Hide&, due out March 24th. This will be the first part of a full length project called Hide&Seek, as Sepalot displays his grasp on both music... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Now It's On
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I was introduced to Kevin Garrett's music two years ago to the date I am writing this piece. He opened up for the Canadian band Hey Rosetta! at The Ark in Ann Arbor and as you can see from my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Now It's On
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Matt Pond is a favorite here at Now It's On. Not just for the music he has released, both solo and with his group matt pond PA, but also for his determination and spirit in the face of an ever... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Now It's On
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Simon Green returns after almost four years with the sixth Bonobo album. His last release, 2013's The North Borders, was my favorite Bonobo full length to date and my #3 album of that year so Migration has a tough act... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Now It's On
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Christopher Taylor's first album as SOHN, Tremors, held the title as my favorite album of 2014. I was unfamiliar with Taylor's previous musical life, as Trouble Over Tokyo he released three albums and an EP, so Tremors was my introduction... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Now It's On
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It's early in 2017, a year where we are probably going to need a lot of help calming our nerves and soothing our souls. Music is always my go-to when I need to get away from the harsh realities of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Now It's On
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I first came across Seattle, Washington's Hey Marseilles in 2013 with the release of their second album Lines We Trace. Their mixture of orchestral folk, pop and rock earned that album a spot in my Best Albums of 2013 list... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Now It's On
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Based out of London, Mystery Jets formed in 2003 and featured both lead vocalist Blaine Harrison and his father Henry. To this day Henry remains an official member of the band, although his role is now more in the studio... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Now It's On
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Fossil Collective scored my #4 Album of 2013 with Tell Where I Lie, a beautiful collection of folk-pop songs swimming in the English duo's harmonies. Things have been fairly quiet with the band since the late 2013 release of an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Now It's On
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I was on the bandwagon for Until The Ribbon Breaks from the start, from the very second I first heard "Pressure" in 2013. At the time, the project was only one man, Pete Lawrie Winfield. I came across "Pressure" while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Now It's On
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I was introduced to Steven A. Clark in 2012 when his self released album Fornication Under Consent of the King showed up in my inbox. The eclectic mix of R&B, hip-hop, electronic music, pop and rock won me over upon... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Now It's On
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Prince released two HITnRUN albums in 2015. Unfortunately Phase One turned out to be my least favorite album he has ever released but that was quickly rectified when he surprised everyone by releasing Phase Two in mid-December via the TIDAL... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Now It's On
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Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Denai Moore relocated with her family to Stratford, England when she was 10. A string of EP's started getting the still teenaged Moore attention in the UK as a female version of James Blake with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Now It's On
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2015 saw Detroit favorites Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. shorten their name to just JR JR, then follow that with their third full length. Titled after their new band name, JR JR saw Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott continue to combine... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Now It's On
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Any year My Morning Jacket releases a new album is exciting for me as that usually means a chance to see them live again. And in 2015 we got not one, but two shows in Detroit at The Fillmore. Not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Now It's On
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Pat Grossi first grabbed my attention in 2011 with his debut full length as Active Child, You Are All I See. As so often happens these days, I received a free mp3 of a track from the album, the glorious... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Now It's On
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I've been a massive supporter of One eskimO going back to 2007 when their entrancing song and video "Hometime" started making the rounds. There were then a lot of stops and starts before their debut album finally reached stores. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Now It's On
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Formerly known as Kopecky Family Band but now shortened to just Kopecky, these Nashville based pop/rockers released their sophomore album in 2015 and it grabbed hold of my ears instantly. Drug For The Modern Age is filled with catchy pop-rock,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Now It's On