Literary Best Bet: David Sedaris

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:16 |

After more than 20 years in the public spotlight as a renowned essayist, humorist and all-around lovable weirdo, David Sedaris remains to this day a commanding force who can outsell the Rolling Stones (or close to it) while wielding sharp turns of phrase like a machete.

Indie Best Bet: Andrew Bird

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:13 |

Ask one out of any 10 hipsters mulling around these days (aren't they just everywhere, like crab grass? Or nitrogen?) and you could probably find more than a few witnesses willing to testify that seeing Andrew Bird live is like a religious experience.

Comedy Best Bet: Ralphie May

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:11 |

Yes, Ralphie May is a hilarious comedian. Yes, he's also a "Last Comic Standing" superstar. And yes, he's perhaps just a little bit rotund. But did you know that he also performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos this past year?!

Hip Hop Best Bet: Kool Keith

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:11 |

So yeah, more than three decades in, and it looks like this whole "hip-hop" thing might actually be catching on after all. Praise be to the heavenly jam-masters that Kool Keith, one of rap's most senior perpetrators, is still around to shake the establishment loose by slicing beats and spitting out choice rhymes.

Eclectic Rock Best Bet: Electric Six

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:10 |

If I could just type out the lyrics to "Danger! High Voltage" in all caps and have it suffice as an acceptable, professionally written piece – buddy, you'd better believe some sparks are emanating off of this newsprint.

Classic Rock Best Bet: Bob Seger

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:09 |

If you grew up in or around the Detroit area, or perhaps even anywhere generally in the Mitten, it's likely that "Bob Seger" is one of those names you've learned to pause dramatically at the sound of.

Indie Rock Best Bet: Awolnation

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:07 |

In his early twenties, Aaron Bruno was a Warped Tour darling as frontman for post-grunge/punk band Home Town Hero. The group went kaput before its second album was released, so homeboy was out a job.

Folk Best Bet: The Avett Brothers

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:00 |

If you ask bluegrass galvanizing brothers Scott and Seth Avett, folksy, roots rock straight from down home in the delta ain't dead. If anything, it's just been resting, biding its time for the appropriate mixture of honky tonk and punk savior to rise up and breathe new vapor into it.

Beer Best Bet: Cool Brews. Hot Eats

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:58 |

Grand Rapids has reached a point where we can start deporting non-microwbrew lovers. We've already been crowned Beer City USA, for crying out loud, and this town (hell, this state) is not stopping when it comes to microbrew production.

Comedy Best Bet: Kathleen Madigan

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:56 |

For a comedian who can boast the ringing endorsement of Lewis Black, not to mention a 20-year-plus career as an outstanding stand-up, Kathleen Madigan has spent much of her time not in the direct glare of the popular spotlight, but rather beneath the fringes of comedy greatness.

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