Lise Harwin
Oct 8, 2008

When gearing up for a trip, we always take time for research. Wherever we're going, we've found that a little planning and an hour or two with the local newsweekly always leads us to the best stores, restaurants, concerts and exhibits. But imagine our surprise when we stumbled across -- not nightlife recommendations -- but a sneak peek inside the residences of some area movers and shakers.

The Metro Times' "Motor City Cribs" feature is decidedly accessible -- think converted basement vs. multi-million dollar mansion -- and it's nice to get a bit of a history lesson on the person (and home) being profiled.

Our favorite crib is that of Go and Wolfman Band bassist and Young Soul Rebel Records co-owner Dave Buick . As could be anticipated, Buick's walls are covered with vintage show posters. More interestingly, it's also filled with work from local artists, including Davin Brainard, Dion Fischer, Nicola Kuperas, Mike Segal, Brendan Benson, Niagara and Warren Defever. It also has a bloodstained dining room, but we'll let you read about that yourself.

Over in Auburn Hills, custom bike guru Ron Finch shows off his studio, which boasts bold bursts of color, a creative eye and a two-story tower made of blue glass slag.

Here are just a few more profiled homes:

Detroit noisester Viki
Detroit pop culture historian Tim Caldwell
Producer-DJ Aaron-Carl Ragland
Pizazz guitarist and singer Ted Miller

And if you have any recommendations for our upcoming trip to Motown, leave 'em in the comments!

Images: Metro Times

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