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  • The Arts Issue

    From a $300,000 upgrade to the DeVos Performance Hall to arts institutes that are using technology to connect with the public, it's no mystery: West Michigan wants more of the arts. We highlight it all in our annual Arts Issue. Read More
  • Cage the Elephant Mixes Things Up with Latest Album

    Cage the Elephant's 2013 album, Melophobia, was approached a bit differently than previous records. As opposed to a strict collaborative effort from the very beginning, each of the band's members started writing music individually. Read More
  • Alexis to Release Love or Temptation

    If you look up Conklin, Mich., on Google Maps, you’ll see a post office, Fenian’s Irish Pub and not a whole lot else. Tucked between some utilitarian-looking shops and a dusty grain elevator, Fenian’s isn’t really where you’d peg a celebrated West Michigan synth-pop group to have come to life. Read More
  • ArtPrize Collaborators Extend Far and Wide

    We sat down for an interview with Chris Protas, the director at Firebarn Gallery in Grand Haven, to talk about the growing network of ArtPrize collaborators. Read More
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The Latest

  • Lemonjello's Hosts Last Live Music Show Sept. 20 Lemonjello's Hosts Last Live Music Show Sept. 20

    If you hadn’t heard, Holland got dealt a bummer at the end of August: Lemonjello’s will no longer be hosting live music following a final show Sept. 20.

    After an 11-and-a-half-year run, owner Matthew Scott has decided to move on, citing a fizzling interest from bands and smaller turnouts for shows.

     

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  • Broadway’s ‘Show of Many Colors’ Broadway’s ‘Show of Many Colors’

    Put red, yellow, brown, green and every shade in between together and you get the most fabulous coat on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat brings a vivid palette of breathtaking hues to Broadway Grand Rapids this month.

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  • The Whigs Bring Live Performance Mentality to the Studio The Whigs Bring Live Performance Mentality to the Studio

    The Nashville-based garage rock trio The Whigs pride themselves on their live performances. Accordingly, they're on the road pretty consistently, be it hitting the late night talk show circuit or sharing the stage with acts like MGMT, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon. 

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  • Taking Back Sunday Rolls With the Changes Taking Back Sunday Rolls With the Changes

    For melodic punk veterans Taking Back Sunday, second time's the charm. The group’s standards of success have risen dramatically with the release of their latest album, Happiness Is. This time, however, artistic freedom was more accessible than ever.

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Best Bets

  • Punk Best Bet: X Punk Best Bet: X

    Any true-blue punk rocker worth his or her weight in metal-studded leather cuffs has to be trembling with anticipation over this most unlikely of reunions. Oh sure, seminal West Coast punk band X has been touring again as a united force since the early 2000s, but after a series of lineup changes and its eventual disbandment in the ‘90s, many hardcore fans had given up hope of ever seeing X’s original members ruling the punk-rock realm together on the same stage.

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  • Rock Best Bet: The Black Keys Rock Best Bet: The Black Keys

    For such a tiny band, The Black Keys sure are capable of producing a massively huge sound. And that’s exactly the thing the group’s fans love it for – the keen, sly ability to create so much with so little.

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  • Indie Best Bet: Owen Pallett Indie Best Bet: Owen Pallett

    With the obvious exception of anybody and anything associated with Justin Bieber and Nickelback, all Canadians are awesome. It’s practically a law of physics. (Call it the Kindly Canuck Theory of Charming Relativity, if you must.) That’s why we’re so excited for Owen Pallett’s forthcoming Calvin College show.

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  • Comedy Best Bet: Mike Birbiglia Comedy Best Bet: Mike Birbiglia

    Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been on the roll to end all rolls for the last several years. It all started with his critically acclaimed one-man show, Sleep Walk With Me, and cascaded right into his current touring pièce de résistance, Thank God for Jokes.

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Artist Spotlight

  • Alexis to Release Love or Temptation Alexis to Release Love or Temptation

    If you look up Conklin, Mich., on Google Maps, you’ll see a post office, Fenian’s Irish Pub and not a whole lot else. Tucked between some utilitarian-looking shops and a dusty grain elevator, Fenian’s isn’t really where you’d peg a celebrated West Michigan synth-pop group to have come to life.

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