Blues Best Bet: Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Written by REVUE Staff | Monday, 09 December 2013 15:07 |

Ed Heads rejoice. Chicago’s Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials brings its gritty, house party blues sound to Grand Rapids’ west side this month. Featuring the legendary slide playing of Lil' Ed Williams, the Blues Imperials have been creating quintessential Chicago blues for nearly 30 years.

Race Best Bet: Ugly Sweater Run

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 12:59 |

Ah, the holidays. That miraculous time of year when the alcohol flows freely, everybody poops tinsel for two weeks, and the whole magical season is all wrapped up in one big, scratchy, hideous sweater

Hip Hop Best Bet: Matisyahu

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 12:55 |

You guys! Did you know that Matisyahu is now beardless? And no longer a practicing Chassidic? Maybe, if we're to believe his ambiguous, non-yarmulke wearing antics. But also, beardless! I mean, WTF is that even?

R&B Best Bet: K-Ci & JoJo; Ginuwine & Johnny Gill

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 12:48 |

Sing it with me now: ALLLLLLLL MY LIFE! I'VE PRAYED FOR A REUNION LIKE THIS! OK, maybe there's a bit of hyperbolic lyricism at play here, but c'mon – when was the last time anyone truly got to belt out a little classic K-Ci & JoJo without getting pity stares from the bewildered gas station attendant?

Pop Best Bet: Karmin

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 12:32 |

Sure, the members of pop duo Karmin are younger and more successful than some of us here at Revue HQ, but it's hard to begrudge anyone who can cover Chris Brown so convincingly (Not to mention, make his music seem like it might be worth listening to).

Pop Best Bet: John Mayer

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:50 |

Love him or hate him, there's no denying the unstoppable staying power of John Mayer. This dude has literally been running through the halls of our collective national high school and screaming at the top of his lungs since, I don't know, freshman year?

Lecture Best Bet: Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 21 October 2013 11:50 |

Quick. Name a popular 21st century astrophysicist. Chances are you can only think of one: Neil deGrasse Tyson. The quick-witted Tyson joins the ranks of Bill Nye and Carl Sagan for making science downright cool.

Metal Best Bet: Megadeth

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 21 October 2013 11:46 |

Being a Megadeth fan can be a true exercise in frustration. People either love or hate guitarist Dave Mustaine, the band's founder and creative force. He's a gifted guitarist and a cunning lyricist who's proven time and again to have the chops to create great albums and some of the best compositions of the metal genre.

Blues Best Bet: Jonny Lang

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 21 October 2013 11:40 |

As a notable blues guitarist and singer with an endless capacity for making knees weak and hearts flutter, Lang was always a bit of an anomaly among a sea of prefab pop stars and grungy snarls.

Rock Best Bet: GWAR

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 21 October 2013 11:35 |

These days, a good nu-metal throwback isn't so hard to find – usually, they're playing live in some far-flung dive bar, located in West Jesus-ville, Any State USA. Much harder to pin down is said nu-metal band rocking an awesome cover... of Billy Ocean.

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