William E. Ketchum III

William E. Ketchum III

Writer + Editor

William E. Ketchum III is a journalist who covers music, pop culture, race, culture and social justice.

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Separating rap from truth

Detroit's rap community gives their take on the scandal surrounding "Hip-Hop Mayor" Kwame Kilpatrick.

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Fuzz Fest II delivers a mighty dose of Michigan rock

In a time when Kid Rock has realized he shouldn't ask for more than 20 bucks for a ticket to his show, Jack White would......

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Bevlove prepares her Americana III festival

Beverly Johnson shows up to Assemble Sound looking like a million bucks and carrying a chilled bottle of champagne. She's already won me over with......

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George Clinton part of the DIA's 'Tales from the Funk'

The legendary George Clinton is coming to the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts to spin Tales from the Funk this Thursday,......

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Mark your calendar today for these upcoming shows

Tickets are now on sale for these events. Jan. 2, 2016, Ne-Yo at the Fox Theatre; olympiaentertainment.com; Tickets from $69 to $125. Jan. 29-30, 2016,......

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Beekeepers celebrate the release of their second album

This Friday, Nov. 27, local musicians Beekeepers host a record-release party for their second full-length album Beekeepers II. It goes down at Kelly's in Hamtramck,......

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Chvrches play the Masonic on Thu., Oct. 8

Chvrches has been on that 1989 tip since way before anyone else thought it was cool. In 2012, to be specific, when Taylor Swift was......

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Run the Jewels plays ROMT on Saturday, Oct. 24

If anyone doubts hip-hop's place in American history as a true social movement, one needs only to be introduced to the work of one Killer......

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17 upcoming concerts in and around Detroit

Aug. 20, 7 Seconds at the Shelter; livenation.com/venues/15035/the-shelter; $15 Aug. 21, the Spill Canvas performing One Fell Swoop in its entirety at the Shelter; livenation.com/venues/15035/the-shelter;......

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Black Milk talks new record, 'If There’s a Hell Below'

Black Milk's roots are firmly planted in the Detroit underground hip-hop scene. Cutting his teeth with artists like Slum Village and the late, great J......

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Why we're thankful for Danny Brown

When rapper Danny Brown first started making major waves in 2008, he was fresh out of an eight-month stint at the Wayne County Jail for......

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Mo Pop Festival '15 is bigger and better at a new location

As you might have heard, the ever-successful and much-adored annual Mo Pop Festival has migrated and will no longer be held at the Freedom Hill......

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Why Maroon 5's Adam Levine hates Mustard Plug

There are many bizarre and hilarious moments in Detroit pop culture history. Few are aware, however, of the time pop-rock giants Maroon 5 opened for......

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A trumpet-themed Edgefest invades Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor Oct. 21-24

It's that time of the year again — when Ann Arbor hosts the Edgefest music festival, this year celebrating its 19th year with the slogan......

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Playlist: 5 of Tyvek's best 'great, strange, literate punk'

Years ago, my friend Brett described a group of Detroiters as weird, working class intellectuals who know every single thing there is to know about......