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Arlen Talks a Lifelong Music Career in Detroit and the Importance of Giving Back on Behind the Mic

Arlen Viecelli has been making music in Detroit for many years now. First rising to popularity with the group Salem Witchcraft in the 1970s, Alren was able to share the stage with big names such as KISS, Aerosmith , REO Speedwagon and many others. Eventually tiring of life on the road, the singer/...
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Singer/Songwriter Michael Tocco Showcases Stellar Talent on Behind the Mic

Michael Tocco already has a ton of talent, and he's just getting started. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter, who recently graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in music, is wasting no time launching his career. In fact, Tocco has already dropped his first EP, And/Or , which boasts...
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RG Dempster Talks Music, Art and Soul on Behind the Mic

RG Dempster has been performing and making art around Detroit for decades in various musical outfits and as a solo artist. A singer, songwriter and founding member of the Detroit-based band, The Wha? , Dempster is also an extremely active member of the local art community, having started several...
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Strange Heart Explains How Hard Times Led to their Debut Album

Strange Heart isn't afraid to incorporate emotion into their music. In fact, all of the members of the new four-piece outfit has found it both necessary and therapeutic. The group, which formed just about a year ago after lead singer Joshua Clemons and guitarist Bryce Carrol-Coe both returned to...
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Five Ninety Five Performs Stripped-Down Acoustic Set on Behind the Mic

Local alt-rock outfit Five Ninety Five recently appeared on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi for a stripped-down, acoustic set that was certainly memorable. Inspired by the likes of U2 , OneRepublic and Third Eye Blind , the band, who hails from mid-Michigan, chatted with Pam Rossi about everything...
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The Dirk Kroll Band Performs on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi

The Dirk Kroll Band kicked off another great week at MusicTown Detroit when they stopped by for a special appearance and performance on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi on Monday, October 29. The group, which featured a 5-piece lineup, performed three original songs and chatted with Pam Rossi about...
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Shepard Tone Bring Stunning Harmonies to Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi

Shepard Tone is a young band, but they've certainly already found a sweet spot in their sound. The group partially formed out of another local band, The Social Bandits , which was around for about half a decade before deciding to go on hiatus in recent years. Frontman Brad Rude has since been able...
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Tino Gross Remembers the Time he Almost Played Drums for Iggy and the Stooges

Tino Gross has been involved in the Detroit music scene for many years, and he's got the stories to prove it. During a recent appearance on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi , Gross looked back on his career and some of his craziest experiences, like the time that Bob Dylan pulled him on stage at the...
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Detroit Crooner Ben Sharkey Talks New Album and Balancing his Art

Detroit's Ben Sharkey is fine with being labeled a 'crooner,' but that's certainly not the extent of who he is as an artist. Beginning his career as a creative in the world of studio art, the singer/songwriter eventually went to the College for Creative Studies for animation and digital media...
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Kylee Phillips Talks Musical Heroes and More on Behind the Mic

Kylee Phillips is a singer/songwriter from metro Detroit with serious talent. Originally hailing from the Plymouth/Canton area, Phillips started playing piano at the age of 6, and has been involved with music ever since. From early gigs at the Plymouth Coffee Bean to performing at the Village...
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