Singer Songwriter Best Bet: Crystal Bowersox

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 25 July 2014 14:23 |

As a Michigander, native or otherwise, you might be often tempted to wonder what Ohio has done for us lately. OK, sure, it has produced a handful of presidents and astronauts, but that was then, man. I’m all about the here and now. Well, rest assured, you feisty Mitten dweller, that our friendly neighbor to the immediate south has been working its oddly shaped keister off to bring us one of the most exciting singer-songwriters since Chrissie Hynde first busted out of Akron.

Country Best Bet: Jennifer Nettles

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:01 |

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.

Comedy Best Bet: Bobcat Goldthwait

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:21 |

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

Blues Best Bet: Kalamazoo Blues Festival

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:17 |

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.

Rock Best Bet: Beck

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:58 |

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.

Pop Best Bet: Tegan and Sara

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:28 |

Oh, Tegan and Sara. Where would our ears, minds, and hearts be without you? Call me crazy, but I’d almost rather be sleeping with the fishes than living in a T&S-free world.

Ska Best Bet: Five Iron Frenzy

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:26 |

As a recent Kickstarter success story, the lads and one lady of Fire Iron Frenzy have shattered records and fan expectations with an unprecedented flood of fundraising from enthusiasts hungry for a comeback.

Film Best Bet: Clips Beer & Film Tour

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:25 |

Now this is a truly inspired, winning trio of summer evening items: beer, movies and charity. I repeat: Beer. Movies. Charity. Helping people, while getting your drink on.

Rock Best Bet: Cake

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:23 |

Let’s be honest here: all any of us really wants is a band with a short skirt and a long jacket. Or, at least, a band who will sing about these clothing items, because we’ve long been led to believe that such a combo is dead sexy.

Indie Best Bet: Blitzen Trapper

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:13 |

With this year being the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, a renewed interest in all things Sub Pop records has seemed all but inevitable. Lucky for modern Sub-Poppers Blitzen Trapper, who, in just a shade over a decade as a performing outfit, have found themselves sharing more than just a record label in common with Nirvana and its legendary ilk.

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