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  • No Boundaries: Alejandro Escovedo Heads to St. Cecilia Music Center No Boundaries: Alejandro Escovedo Heads to St. Cecilia Music Center

    To describe Alejandro Escovedo's career may take some time, and not just due to its lengthy history, but because the guy's been all over the place. 

    He comes from a wildly musical family, which includes his niece, Sheila E – the former collaborator and finance of the late Prince.

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  • Baroness’ New LP Reflects the Band’s Horrific 2012 Bus Accident Baroness’ New LP Reflects the Band’s Horrific 2012 Bus Accident

    Baroness vocalist/guitarist John Baizley is a survivor, pure and simple. He just doesn’t want that to define him forever. 

    Making international news in 2012, his Georgia metal band endured a horrifying bus crash while on tour in England, less than a month after the release of their colossal double-LP Yellow & Green. Baizley himself suffered a broken leg and a broken arm. The injuries were so severe it was uncertain if he’d be able play guitar again, or even be able to keep his arm.

    Meanwhile the band’s former drummer Allen Bickle and bassist Matt Maggioni both endured serious vertebrae injuries from the wreck. The physical damages were so traumatic they parted ways with the group, leaving the band’s lineup shattered and its future uncertain. 

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  • The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Returns: 19-Day event includes Bruce Hornsby, Tony Bennett The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Returns: 19-Day event includes Bruce Hornsby, Tony Bennett

    What began as a way to honor local philanthropist Irving S. Gilmore’s tremendous love for music, specifically the piano, has grown immensely, now boasting more than 100 concerts at various venues across West Michigan. 

    Since 1991, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival has hosted world-class music in the Kalamazoo area. But it’s not just concerts. You’ll also find master classes, a film series and a musical play throughout the 19-day festival, all of which focus on some element of keyboard music. 

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  • Say Anything: Nick Di Paolo on Rooming with Louis C.K., Pushing P.C. Buttons Say Anything: Nick Di Paolo on Rooming with Louis C.K., Pushing P.C. Buttons

    At this point in his career, veteran stand-up Nick Di Paolo doesn’t pull any punches. He’s made a name for himself as one of the most honest comics around, so if he upsets someone looking for political correctness in his comedy, he doesn’t care.

    “I’ll have a table of people get up and leave,” Di Paolo told Revue. “It’s usually college-age kids who believe in safe spaces and they get offended by my act. They’re coming from a whole different world. It’s not their fault they’ve been brainwashed to think that life is a thing you go through without feeling uncomfortable. I don’t know how the f*** that idea came about. Sometimes I find myself just saying shit just to annoy those people. This country was built on freedom of speech and that’s all we have left.”

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Featured Content

  • Committing Carbicide: Stellar West Michigan Desserts Committing Carbicide: Stellar West Michigan Desserts

    Of the pleasures that are acceptably indulged in public, few are more guilt-inducing than digging into a decadent dessert. Gluttony, after all, is the most measurably deadly of the seven so-called deadly sins.

    But don’t you deserve to treat yourself? Who knows, maybe you don’t. Luckily, you don’t need our permission. What we can offer is guidance. Below is a list of top-shelf West Michigan spots that will fill the dessert-shaped hole in your life.

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  • Table Talk: Kate Leeder of Aperitivo Table Talk: Kate Leeder of Aperitivo

    This month I sat down with Kate Leeder: A St. Louis native, closeted Bud Lite fan and co-owner of Aperitivo — a cheese, charcuterie, wine and beer shop at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market (435 Ionia Ave., SW). Bonus: The shop is paired with a bar featuring a sampling of its select stock. 

    If you’re looking for someone to geek out with over cheese, or for the best wine to pair with Pringles (yes, Pringles), perhaps you should pay Leeder and her staff a visit. You’ll never look at wine the same way again.

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  • All Aboard! Railtown Brewing breaks the mold in pursuit of quality All Aboard! Railtown Brewing breaks the mold in pursuit of quality
    Railtown Brewing Co. founders Justin Buiter and Gim Lee like to say their year-old West Michigan craft brewery sits “in the middle of nowhere and between everything.” Instead of having the flashiest taproom or branding, the brewery instead invested in the quality of its liquid, focusing on buying equipment that will ensure its beers live up to the owners’ high standards.
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  • Red hot: Where to find good chili in West Michigan Red hot: Where to find good chili in West Michigan

    Every self-respecting person has a go-to chili recipe, forged and perfected in the foul depths of innumerable Michigan winters. If not, then at the very least, everyone should have a set of finely calibrated preferences for chili that is served to them.

    Like, how much kick? What kind of meat, if any? How chunky/liquidy? Sweeten or don’t? What kind of beans? 
    How much garlic?

    In any case, chili is personal and these equations are not to be messed with.

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Artist Spotlight

  • E.L. the Extraterrestrial: Emma Loo Releases 'Ancient' LP E.L. the Extraterrestrial: Emma Loo Releases 'Ancient' LP

    Emma Ward, aka Emma Loo, doesn’t make weird music just for the sake of being weird. She makes it weird because she is too and she likes it that way. This month the singer-songwriter releases her first solo album, Ancient, at the Tip Top Deluxe. The set list is years in the making for a performer who finally found the tools to make the songs in her head a reality.

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