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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now this is perfectly adorable: an entire multi-day, multi-event festival centered around the simple beauty of a puckering tulip. Our uber-religious West Michigan Dutch ancestors may have the same reputation for partying hardy as Principal Rooney, but don’t let those visions of stuffy, starched Puritan-wear fool you – the Dutch are, in fact, rather good at creating celebrations around almost anything, particularly plants.
We don't think the world really ever have enough eccentric, folksy mellow dudes. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, better known as the indie guitar duo Milk Carton Kids, were astute enough to perceive of the never-ending demand for a gentle guitar lick over an introspective lyric.
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