Detroit! The birthplace of Motown Records, George Clinton, the MC5, and the Stooges is once again America’s hottest music town. Eminem and Kid Rock brought the spotlight back to the Motor City, and hip new-jacks the White Stripes and Brendan Benson ensure a rocking future. Thanks to DJ Carl Craig, Detroit techno has become one of electronica’s most ubiquitous minigenres. Brian Smith, music editor for Detroit’s Metro Times, sums it up: ”This place is so cool, Kid Rock made Pamela Anderson move here.” WHERE IT’S AT Bands cut their teeth at the Lager House, then graduate to the Magic Stick, while hip-hop heads head to Lush and St. Andrew’s Hall, and electronica spins at Motor and Ann Arbor’s Necto. Local studio Ghetto Recorders fosters the city’s booming garage scene, while Ann Arbor label Ghostly International is ground zero for electronic music. WHO’S NEXT? The White Stripes gave local band the Von Bondies the opening spot on their tour last summer, and frontman Jack White is producing tracks for locals Whirlwind Heat. Eminem brought his crew D12 to the nation’s attention and shared the spotlight with local rap stars Royce Da 5’9” and Obie Trice on recent collaborations. WHY HERE? ”We’re so far away from the music industry in New York and L.A. that people aren’t tricked into making music…to get signed,” says White. ”Detroit’s been this abandoned wasteland for so long…and poverty produces great art.” At least that’ll keep the hipster hordes at bay, he hopes. ”I’d rather this not become a real scene,” he says. ”And I really hope it’s not my fault.”