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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

  • Max Lockwood Crafts First Solo Release With a Lot of Help From His Friends Max Lockwood Crafts First Solo Release With a Lot of Help From His Friends

    Max Lockwood didn’t make his first solo record so much as he grew it. Instead of hiring studio musicians to execute a defined vision, the Big Dudee Roo bassist simply took the 12 original songs he’d written for his senior thesis project at the University of Michigan and sowed them throughout his circle of friends. And when your friends are some of the most luminary talents in Michigan’s thriving folk-rock scene, you’ve got some fertile soil to work with.

     

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  • Deafheaven Finds Success in Defying Genres Deafheaven Finds Success in Defying Genres

    Sometimes the best partnerships in music are forged in friendship. Just ask George Clark and Kerry McCoy, the core duo behind Deafheaven. While many other band members have come and gone, Clark and McCoy have remained a constant driving force of the band.

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  • 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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Featured Content

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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