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  • The Vice Issue

    Oh, West Michigan. You’re so conservative and proper. Except the times when you’re not, which are becoming more and more frequent. West Michigan cities like Holland and Grand Haven may seem conservative on the outside, but they’ve got their vices. Read More
  • Feel the Vibe: The Artist Studio as Gathering Space

    One of the ways to really get to know a city’s vibe is to find the arts district and spend a little time hanging out. Art tells stories of time and place, even while being timeless and universal. Artists reveal truths about humankind within the context of their cultural and historical setting. Read More
  • Back to Ozness

    Some stories are just worth retelling, and The Wizard of Oz is one of them. Since the novel’s debut more than 100 years ago, we're still in awe with a certain plucky prairie girl’s crash landing in a realm of breathtaking magic. Read More
  • The Head and the Heart Navigates Its Rapid Success

    Just to listen to them, you wouldn't know Seattle's folk-rock sextet The Head and the Heart have only been around since 2009. The music feels more experienced and sophisticated, with melodies that sound like they were constructed by people who have been creating together for much longer. Read More
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Featured Content

  • Hard Work Paying Off for West Michigan Rockers Wayland Hard Work Paying Off for West Michigan Rockers Wayland

    In a day and age where musicians can build an audience via YouTube or by pimping their tunes via the numerous social media channels, West Michigan’s own rock band Wayland chose to go full-on analog with its efforts.

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  • La Dispute Heads Home, Plans to Give Back to the DAAC La Dispute Heads Home, Plans to Give Back to the DAAC

    The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) had a significant role in the formative years of Grand Rapids’ La Dispute. As the organization collects funding for a new building after taking a contractual boot from its former location, La Dispute will return to GR as a kindred spirit.

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  • Taste This: Fries, Any Way You Want Them Taste This: Fries, Any Way You Want Them

    Fries—the versatile nosh that's just as enjoyable in the form of fast-food snack or gourmet side. While the classic French fry may be your salt-tooth vice, go ahead and expand your horizons with these creative alternatives. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Feel the Vibe: The Artist Studio as Gathering Space Feel the Vibe: The Artist Studio as Gathering Space

    One of the ways to really get to know a city’s vibe is to find the arts district and spend a little time hanging out. Art tells stories of time and place, even while being timeless and universal. Artists reveal truths about humankind within the context of their cultural and historical setting.

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Best Bets

  • Rock Best Bet: Tokyo Police Club Rock Best Bet: Tokyo Police Club

    You know what grandma always used to say: “Never trust a Canadian in Japanese clothing.” Or wait, was it “always trust them…. To rock your friggin' little socks off”? It was probably the latter, especially if granny made a regular habit of grooving to Tokyo Police Club instead of Lawrence Welk.

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  • Indie Best Bet: The National Indie Best Bet: The National

    The National is a band that, like our nation itself, embrace diversity alongside a wicked rebelliousness streak. But wait, diversity? We mean of sound, silly. Yeah, OK, it’s seven white dudes jamming together on an indie rock label, but don’t let what’s on top fool you: The National’s cred actually stretches well beyond the length of the Mississippi.

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  • Hip Hop Best Bet: ScHoolboy Q Hip Hop Best Bet: ScHoolboy Q

    While soaking up the beats and rhymes of Quincy Matthew Hanley – better known as ScHoolboy Q – it’s not hard to draw the conclusion that Hanley may have been born a decade too late. With rapid West Coast-rapper sensibilities and a maximum dose of dynamite delivery, the Q man (he can’t be a boy forever, can he?) could have fit quite snuggly among West Side elites like Snoop, Tupac and Dre.

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  • Acoustic Best Bet: Howie Day Acoustic Best Bet: Howie Day

    It’s entirely possible that Howie Day is an egotistical jerk (further reading: Day, Howie, history of arrests), but it’s hard to deny the role he’s played in putting power pop back on the musical culture map. A frequent presence on the early 2000s indie rock scene, Day has recorded and released three full-length studio albums and nearly a dozen EPs.

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Artist Spotlight

  • Jucifer: The World's Loudest Nomads Jucifer: The World's Loudest Nomads

    The husband-and-wife duo known as Jucifer lives and breathes music. If anyone needs proof of this notion they need only to look at the band's tour schedule, which has been nonstop since they took on a nomadic lifestyle in 2001. Since then, they have made quite literally made their tour RV their permanent residence with no regrets.

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