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  • Aerosmith make long-awaited Van Andel return

    With this year marking Aerosmith’s 45th year together, the “Bad Boys from Boston” will bring this summer’s Blue Army Tour to a triumphant close with their August 4 return to Grand Rapids. “Grand Rapids is part of the section of the country where we first made it,” Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told Revue. “When we’re playing in a city like that we know we’re going to have a great time." Read More
  • The Story of The Pyramid Scheme’s ‘Electric Energy’ 

    When The Pyramid Scheme opened its doors in April 2011, the atmosphere its co-owners had in mind was clear. They wanted employees who cared about their establishment, their neighborhood and, above all, the music. If they had that, everything else would fall in to place. Read More
  • A reinvigorated Division Avenue Arts Collective searches for a new home

    When the Grand Rapids-based Division Avenue Arts Collective lost its home at 115 South Division two years ago, the organization that for a decade helped give voice to countless local artists and musicians faced an uncertain future. But while it’s been a bumpy ride, the DAAC has managed to avoid fading into obscurity. Read More
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The Latest

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Beach Boys & Temptations at Meijer Gardens PHOTO GALLERY: Beach Boys & Temptations at Meijer Gardens

    The Beach Boys, along with founding vocalist Mike Love, returned to Meijer Gardens Friday, July 31 for a sunny and sold-out night of ‘60s surfin’ and hot-rod tunes. Opening the show was The Temptations, who delivered a blistering classic R&B. The group features the last living original member, Motown-legend Otis Williams. Here are some photos from the night of nostalgic num

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  • Go Inside the Walls of Michigan’s Prisons Go Inside the Walls of Michigan’s Prisons

    I love going to prison. Once in a while I head west on I-96 from my place in Lansing to Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia to see Stephen Grant, the man convicted of strangling and dismembering his wife in 2007.  The first time I did it I was writing a true-crime book, A Slaying in the Suburbs: The Tara Grant Murder (Penguin/Berkley, 2009), and Grant was cooperating.

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  • GOING DUTCH: New Spring Lake brewery specializes in balanced beer styles GOING DUTCH: New Spring Lake brewery specializes in balanced beer styles

    After nearly three years of planning, Kelly Rozema Finchem and Luke Finchem have finally realized their dream of opening a craft brewery in West Michigan. The creators of Dutch Girl Brewing Inc. employed a different startup philosophy than most brewery owners in that they launched their company with plenty of room to grow.

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  • Pronto Pups is a Grand Haven must-have Pronto Pups is a Grand Haven must-have

    A fixture on the coast of downtown Grand Haven, the Pronto Pups stand has undergone few, if any, changes since it sold its first pup 68 years ago. And second generation owner Carl Nelson is just fine with that. “We only serve one thing, so when you walk up to the window we don’t ask you what you want, we ask you how many you want,” Nelson said. “There’ll never be anything more or anything less. The system we have right now is a well-oiled machine.”

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Featured Content

  • A reinvigorated Division Avenue Arts Collective searches for a new home A reinvigorated Division Avenue Arts Collective searches for a new home

    When the Grand Rapids-based Division Avenue Arts Collective lost its home at 115 South Division two years ago, the organization that for a decade helped give voice to countless local artists and musicians faced an uncertain future. But while it’s been a bumpy ride, the DAAC has managed to avoid fading into obscurity.

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  • The Story of The Pyramid Scheme’s ‘Electric Energy’  The Story of The Pyramid Scheme’s ‘Electric Energy’ 

    When The Pyramid Scheme opened its doors in April 2011, the atmosphere its co-owners had in mind was clear. They wanted employees who cared about their establishment, their neighborhood and, above all, the music. If they had that, everything else would fall in to place.

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  • Aerosmith make long-awaited Van Andel return Aerosmith make long-awaited Van Andel return

    With this year marking Aerosmith’s 45th year together, the “Bad Boys from Boston” will bring this summer’s Blue Army Tour to a triumphant close with their August 4 return to Grand Rapids. “Grand Rapids is part of the section of the country where we first made it,” Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told Revue. “When we’re playing in a city like that we know we’re going to have a great time."

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  • Explore the Mitten on an Eclectic Road Trip Explore the Mitten on an Eclectic Road Trip

    If you’re a summertime loving sort who is clutching at your heart because August features the slow death knell of all that is great (sunshine), not to fret. While the roads will soon be treacherously iced over, there’s still time to venture outside of West Michigan on an eclectic road trip across the state. Fire up the motorcar, it’s time to go!

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Best Bets

  • ROOTS MUSIC BEST BET: Hoxeyville Music Festival ROOTS MUSIC BEST BET: Hoxeyville Music Festival

    For those who prefer banjos and steel guitars over synthesizers and laptops, the 12th annual Hoxeyville Music Festival might be just the ticket. Taking place within Manistee’s National Forest, the earthy event combines an intimate folk-fueled concert experience with open-air and camping.

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  • BEER BEST BET: Microbrew and Music Festival BEER BEST BET: Microbrew and Music Festival

    Craft beer heads have the opportunity to make a pilgrimage up north for some serious brews and music on Aug. 21 and 22. The 8th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival has everything covered that you’d want in a summer beer fest.

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  • ODDITY BEST BET: Abbott’s Magic Get Together ODDITY BEST BET: Abbott’s Magic Get Together

    Besides having one of the state’s funniest names, the city of Colon in Southwest Michigan also happens to be the Magic Capital of the World. For most of the year this claim is little more than a bit of trivia, but every August the tiny city of about 1,000 doubles in size as illusionists and fans from around the globe join for Abbott’s Magic Get Together.

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  • PUNK BEST BET: UFO Dictator Fest #11 PUNK BEST BET: UFO Dictator Fest #11

    “UFO Dictator” may be a sloppy, obscure 1979 punk 7-inch by the defunct Italian band Tampax, but it’s also a long-running punk and rock ‘n’ roll festival in Kalamazoo. The one-night blowout was founded in 2004 by Useless Eater, a veteran WIDR radio DJ and guitarist/vocalist of the local band No Bails.

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Artist Spotlight

  • Nathan Kalish toughens up on the road, releases new LP at Founders Nathan Kalish toughens up on the road, releases new LP at Founders

    Buzzing down a long, lonesome highway east of Kansas City, singer-guitarist Nathan Kalish and his upright bassist, Eric Soules, are en route to a honky-tonk bar. The duo, which performs as Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers, is headed to a bar that’s known as ground zero for Kansas City’s roots music scene, the Westport Saloon. Over the past year, they’ve played the Westport “four or five” times on a tour that has seen them zig-zag across the country several times, performing their unique brew of Americana, rockabilly and outlaw country music. In all, they’ve played nearly 260 shows in about 14 months.

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