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Music from Glass Animals, Black Keys, JMSN & More! Plus an International Modernism Symposium & a Pewabic Pottery Party

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Inside the Pewabic Party & an Int’l Modernism Symposium, Plus Tunes from DIIV, Benjamin Booker, Arcade Fire & more!

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Developer Herbert Greenwald & Architect Mies van der Rohe
Developer Herbert Greenwald & Architect Mies van der Rohe

This time on Culture City, we’re listening to a couple distinctly “modern tracks” from the likes of Arcade Fire and The Black Keys while diggin’ into an upcoming international modernism symposium centered around architectural gems of the era in and around Detroit. We’re talking Mies, Yamasaki, and trends in conservation with a member of Docomomo’s Detroit chapter. 

New wares from Pewabic Pottery
New wares from Pewabic Pottery

Hot from the kiln, we’ll get a look at the latest (and coolest) wares from Pewabic Pottery. The historic cultural institution is producing a deluge of ceramic goods that balance traditional skill, contemporary design and regional pride.  This weekend marks Pewabic’s 26th Annual Home and Garden Show, featuring a biergarten, food trucks, tours, and amazing Americana music from the likes of Behind the Times and Lac La Belle.


Detroit born artist JMSN (pronounced like the Irish whiskey beloved by Detroiters) is making hot, new R&B out of LA. The crooner fuses 2016 with 1996 in ways most awesome, as heard not only on today’s show but also TONIGHT (June 3rd, 2016) at Populux in Midtown. We’ll hear “Hypnotized.”

Brooklyn’s DIIV play shoegaze with a chip on their shoulder. The band’s in town TOMORROW (June 4th, 2016) at the Loving Touch in Ferndale. We’ll listen to their latest single, “Under the Sun.”

Benjamin Booker is in town NEXT FRIDAY (June 10th, 2016) at The Shelter. He kicked up the crowd opening for Jack White a few years back at The Masonic Temple. We’re going to play a live cut from a record tracked at Third Man Records (Nashville) in 2014. Can’t wait to hear what he comes out with next. Our hunger is real. 

Looking forward to Detroit’s annual onslaught of indie rock, the Mo Pop Festival (tix now on-sale!) is back at the end of the month (June 23rd & 24th), so we’ll hear music from artists playing Detroit’s West Riverfront Park throughout the month of June on Culture CIty. This week, we”re kicking it off with a thumpin new song called ”Life Itself” from Oxford, England’s breakout down-tempo, electro-pop outfit Glass Animals.

Hey! Before ya take off, you gotta check out this video of Lac La Belle playing “Clarion” (heard on today’s show) LIVE on WDET’s Culture City!




Song Artist Album
Under the Sun DIIV Is The Is Are Buy Song
Modern Times The Black Keys Magic Potion Buy Song
Modern Man Arcade Fire The Suburbs Buy Song
Life Itself Glass Animals Life Itself (single) Buy Song
Clarion Lac La Belle A Friend Too Long Buy Song
Chippewa Benjamin Booker Live at Third Man Records Buy Song
Hypnotized JMSN It is. Buy Song

Travis Wright, Host, CultureShift

Bringing a voice balanced by humble humor and clever cultural insight to WDET’s afternoon airwaves.

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