Andre Anderson is the hoopster; he plays with skill and style. He also interns at a magazine, with aspirations to become a fulltime writer someday. When he writes an article on the topic of racism, he is praised and rewarded at work for his insights, but an extremist group takes offense and brutally attacks Andre. He struggles to re-group, heal and deal with his anger. JD Jackson narrates Andre's story with a dramatic flair. The author, Alan Lawrence Sitomer teaches English at an inner-city school.

New Music from Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple released her third album this week titled Extraordinary Machine. So far it has gotten good reviews and is a #1 seller on Amazon.com. The CD is on order now, so get on the hold list!

Upcoming Music Performances in the Detroit Area!!

Kanye West

Have you been enjoying the newest albums from The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Kanye West and Gwen Stefani? Well you can catch these artists on tour at a nearby venue!

9/30 – 10/02 -- The White Stripes @ The Masonic Temple in Detroit, MI
10/14 – Death Cab for Cutie @ The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI
10/22 – Kanye West @ The Fox Theater in Detroit, MI
10/29 – Gwen Stefani @ The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI

Check out Ticketmaster for ticket information!

Let’s Yoga!

Stretch your body as well as your mind with a yoga book on audio. The Beginner’s Guide to Yoga will get you started, Yoga Stretch for Fitness will keep you going and Lilias Yoga Complete will guarantee your status as a yoga master.

Baroque folk

Siblings Martha and Rufus Wainwright and their parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle all contributed to the McGarrigle Hour, a folk album that guest-stars Emmylou Harris. While the other McGarrigle and Wainwrights tend towards the traditional and folk side of things, Rufus Wainwright is known for his ”baroque pop” songs rich with harmonies and intimate lyrics. He’ll be appearing at the Michigan Theater on October 9th.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground can barely catch its breath because of the exciting news that “America’s Beautiful Voice,” premier soprano Renee Fleming is coming to Hill Auditorium on October 13. Renée Fleming will be performing in Richard Strauss’s Daphne with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Men of the WDR Radio Chorus Cologne. This will be a concert opera — operas performed in a concert setting with limited theatrical stage effects. In addition, Music Specialist Richard LeSueur will discuss the plot and the background of the Strauss' late masterpiece Daphne on Sunday, October 9 at 3pm Downtown at the Ann Arbor District Library.

#1 Record/Radio City

Although they only released three albums, Big Star is one of the most influential power pop bands of all time. They combined the best aspects of bands like the Kinks and the Byrds, added a touch of soul and created songs that are fantastically catchy. Frustration from their lack of commercial success led to several lineup changes and ultimately to the band's break up, but critics and bands such as R.E.M. continue to rate Big Star as one of the most important bands of the seventies.

Edinburgh Chronicle

Not a devoted fan of Alexander McCall-Smith yet? You will be after listening to his newest title, 44 Scotland Street. He takes leave of Botswana to chronicle the lives of the residents of an Edinburgh apartment house. You’ll swear McCall-Smith spent time in Ann Arbor as he describes the lives of artsy Domencia, an Auden-reading 5-year-old and his therapy-loving parents and plenty of other well-drawn characters. Kilts, brogues and Scottish fare are fair game too. So take leave of the serious stuff for this droll and enjoyable story.

Death Cab for Cutie!!

The latest Death Cab for Cutie album is on its way! Plans is the latest release from this excellent band, and it will not disappoint fans. If you’re an O.C. watcher, I’m sure you’ve heard their music. They also have several previous albums that are worth listening to (Transatlanticism, We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, The Photo Album, and more…).

Ben Gibbard (one of the band members) also collaborated with Jimmy Tamborello, of Dntel, to form The Postal Service. This is an awesome pop album, and you may have heard the song “Such Great Heights” on the radio or TV.

Another Album from Paul McCartney

This month Paul McCartney has put out yet another CD: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. For this album, Sir Paul has teamed up with Nigel Godrich, who has previously worked with Radiohead, leading him to create a deeper, more meaningful sound. Check out Amazon for more reviews and samples of the songs.

Get on the hold list today! The CD should arrive soon.

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