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  • Inside Rick Chyme's Idea Factory

    It was only a matter of time before hip hop consumed Rick Chyme's life. The rapper, (real name: Patrick Cleland) got into the genre through basketball, which he played from first grade through college at Western Michigan University. Read More
  • Exploring the glass ceiling in West Michigan’s local music scene

    For local music, success isn’t easily defined. For female musicians across West Michigan, however, the sense that they are fighting to prove themselves in a male-dominated industry is very much tangible, even if it is somewhat subconscious. Read More
  • Indie Artists Find Sustainability in Crowdfunding

    When Grand Rapids-based musician Jake Stilson decided to turn to crowdfunding as a means of recording his 2013 release, Stilson Shmilson, he found himself as one of many artists -- locally and nationally -- trying out the relatively new method. Read More
  • Uncovering the Dark Side of Grand Rapids

    Let’s face it: the winners write the history books. That's why Grand Rapids' history books are filled with the rise of the furniture industry, pictures of Gerald Ford and a whole lot of just good ol’ fashioned niceness. But for local author and history buff Amberrose Hammond, the full story lies beneath the surface. Read More
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The Latest

  • "Sullivan & Son" Goes from the Small Screen to the Stage "Sullivan & Son" Goes from the Small Screen to the Stage

    Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr. and Ahmed Ahmed have momentarily left the beer steins at the bar to embark on the "Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour."

     

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  • TRACK OF THE WEEK: “Los Plantanos” by Bike Tuff TRACK OF THE WEEK: “Los Plantanos” by Bike Tuff

    A fresh face in the punk scene, local rockers Bike Tuff produce authentic indie/emo/punk music that’s a little more thoughtfully crafted than is usually the case. Their latest effort, Into Shore, displays a songwriting craft and general musical ability that can be elusive for the genre.

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  • Gilda's LaughFest Announces 2015 Dates Gilda's LaughFest Announces 2015 Dates

    Brace yourself for the tee-hees, har-de-hars, chuckles and snorts - once again the funniest festival around will be gracing the streets of Grand Rapids. This spring Gilda’s Laughfest celebrates its fifth anniversary March 5-15, 2015. Spectators can expect to see a variety of comedic acts ranging from stand-up and improv to film, music and much more.

     

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  • TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Alleycat Blues" by The Red Handed TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Alleycat Blues" by The Red Handed

    The Red Handed's album combines the lofty aspirations and knotty compositions of prog with the earnestness and accessibility of indie rock: the playing is competent yet not overblown, the vocals are clean and simple (think Between the Buried and Me, not Dream Theater), and the songs are concise and compact, yet packed with enough detours to keep all the music nerds happy.

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Featured Content

  • Run Boy Run "Strings" Together Its Music Run Boy Run "Strings" Together Its Music

    In 2009, two pairs of siblings and a street busker at the University of Arizona got together and formed a string band. Two years later, they found themselves winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest in Colorado, joining the ranks of past winners like Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks and even Kalamazoo's own Greensky Bluegrass.

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  • Movies in the Park Returns to Ah-Nab-Awen Park Movies in the Park Returns to Ah-Nab-Awen Park

    Everyone loves a good summer sunset over Lake Michigan, and stargazing from a comfy campsite can't be beat. If you're looking to watch something a bit more cinematic, however, the West Michigan film community has got you covered, too.

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  • Outdoor Spots To Drink & Dine Outdoor Spots To Drink & Dine

    There's really no reason to stay indoors during a West Michigan summer, especially on days where the sun doesn't do down til 10 p.m. So much to do, and so much time. Make the most of this month by exploring your outdoor feasting and cocktail hour festivities near and far.

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  • July Microbrews: Latitude 42 Brewing Company July Microbrews: Latitude 42 Brewing Company

    Latitude 42 Brewing Company CEO Joe Stoddard had been running a restaurant for years, all while having a dream of opening his own brewery with spectacular food. The kitchen aspect of the endeavor was covered, but he was faced with the challenge of finding the next key piece of the puzzle -- the brewer -- before moving on to the business plan.

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Best Bets

  • Country Best Bet: Jennifer Nettles Country Best Bet: Jennifer Nettles

    You might call her the country and western Jenny Lewis, if you were so inclined. Or maybe even one half of the twangy, hetero version of the Indigo Girls. Whatever artist or sub-genre you’re tempted to compare Jennifer Nettles to, don’t.

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  • Comedy Best Bet: Bobcat Goldthwait Comedy Best Bet: Bobcat Goldthwait

    Ah, Bobcat. What exactly would the modern American comedic landscape look like without the significant contributions of the feline-monikered mic-master?

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  • Blues Best Bet: Kalamazoo Blues Festival Blues Best Bet: Kalamazoo Blues Festival

    Get out your whiskey flasks and toss out those fake IDs, kids! This year, the Kalamazoo Blues Festival is finally turning 21, so it’s safe to expect the 2014 incarnation of this grand Western Michigan tradition to be significantly less, well, blue.

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  • Rock Best Bet: Beck Rock Best Bet: Beck

    No longer the mop-headed kid singing "Soy un perdedor" on his '94 breakthrough, Mellow Gold, Beck's gotten inventive in recent years. He's gone from being an anti-folk punk to making sad white boy songs to releasing an album of just sheet music.

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