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  • “The Voice” star Joshua Davis sticks to his roots in the mainstream spotlight

    When Joshua Davis appeared on the season-eight premiere of “The Voice,", the viewing audience that one evening was a 13.97 million viewers — a far cry from his previous string of intimate gigs. “Last time I went to East Lansing I played (SCENE) Metrospace — there were maybe thirty people there,” recalled Davis. “Now I’m playing Wharton Center and over half of the tickets sold already,” he said. Read More
  • Ten local bands you’ve gotta hear!

    From rock and indie to punk and hip-hop, West Michigan has its share of hidden gems. Revue music writer Nolan Krebs suggests 10 must-hear local acts. Read More
  • Down Home: The Southerner is a ‘love letter to Appalachia’

    Sitting next to a crackling hickory fire outside Saugatuck’s new fried chicken-and-barbecue joint The Southerner, chef Matthew Millar reflected on this moment in his career, which finds him going back to his roots. “I’m a blue-collar guy,” Millar said. “I never wanted to be an artist. I always wanted to be somebody who just did something well.” Read More
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  • Northern Exposure: Exploring Traverse City’s craft beer scene Northern Exposure: Exploring Traverse City’s craft beer scene

    Traverse City may be known for its cherries and wine, but the Northwest Michigan town has been slowly making a name for itself because of its thriving craft beer scene. The city of around 15,000 people has no fewer than 10 microbreweries or brewpubs — and that’s not even counting many more beer producers that continue to pop up in nearby towns like Acme, Lake Ann and Suttons Bay. (Lest you fudgies forget: Short’s Brewing Co. is actually based 40 miles away in Bellaire.)

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  • July Juicing: A local guide to detoxing July Juicing: A local guide to detoxing

    With all of the junk food served at festivals, you might need a detox. One option is juicing. For some, the words juice cleanse conjures up an image of self-inflicted suffering, sacrifice, and near-starvation. And then there’s the price tag (not cheap), and the connotation (Gwyneth-y), and the crimp it puts in your social life (goodbye bars, hello board games). I get it, but I’ve done the juice cleanse more than once and experienced positive results.

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  • Wealthy Theatre’s Visual Verse Program Redefines Summer Camp; UICA to Screen Award-Winning Doc The Wolfpack Wealthy Theatre’s Visual Verse Program Redefines Summer Camp; UICA to Screen Award-Winning Doc The Wolfpack

    It’s that time of year again where awkward youth flock to ramshackle cabins in the woods and brave mosquitoes, campfire ghost stories and Mystery Meat Tuesdays in hopes of forging friendships and embarking on unforgettable adventures. Wealthy Theatre’s summer camp is the alternative, designed for the creative, less outdoorsy individuals.

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  • The DAAC Takes Over The Fed Galleries at KCAD The DAAC Takes Over The Fed Galleries at KCAD

    Gallery-goers this month have an opportunity to once again engage with one of Grand Rapids’ most contemporary, vital and forward-looking art collectives as the DAAC takes over The Fed Galleries at KCAD.

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Featured Content

  • The Art of Following Your Bliss: Viral Video Guru Rob Bliss Happily Returns Home With His Own Must-Watch Career The Art of Following Your Bliss: Viral Video Guru Rob Bliss Happily Returns Home With His Own Must-Watch Career

    Four years ago, Rob Bliss questioned his professional mettle. He was in the middle of shooting a now-famous Grand Rapid lip-dub video, taking a chance on his creative dreams but uncertain about his professional future, which he feared was headed nowhere fast.

    One evening during the filming, Bliss returned home from a date where he was so poor "I paid for it in quarters" to find his modest apartment destroyed after a water main broke and flooded it, swamping his computers and treasured possessions including his guitars.

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  • FUNNY, FEARLESS: Taylor De La Ossa opens for Jen Kirkman at Pyramid Scheme FUNNY, FEARLESS: Taylor De La Ossa opens for Jen Kirkman at Pyramid Scheme

    In the ‘80s, stand-up comedy boomed. Clubs were packed, legends were born and anything was possible. For one glorious decade stand-up reigned. Decades later the Internet has introduced the new generation of stand-up comedians. A comedy renaissance is underway and it’s larger and more diverse than ever before. That’s where Taylor De La Ossa comes in.

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  • New Pornographers Finally Arrive in Grand Rapids New Pornographers Finally Arrive in Grand Rapids

    New Pornographers leader/songwriter A.C. Newman vividly remembers the last time his band was supposed to play in Grand Rapids. It was fall 2010 and the critically-adored indie-rock group had just released its Together LP. The band was scheduled to perform at Calvin College until protests came over the band’s name. Ultimately the show was cancelled.

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  • A Day In… Grand Rapids' WestSide A Day In… Grand Rapids' WestSide

    So much growth has happened on Grand Rapids’ WestSide in such a short period of time. It’s a mecca of services, specialties and wildly inventive shops. Now is the time to get in on the ground level and experience the boom firsthand. This scene here is all about “history, tradition and pride,” says Mark C. Lewis, President and CEO of Neighborhood Ventures. “People really identify with the WestSide and value the investment and new businesses and are cognizant of what’s happening as things move forward.”

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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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