Hip Hop Best Bet: Danny Brown

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 26 August 2013 11:09 |

The long-awaited union of Danny Brown and Action Bronson is here, and if the superstar co-headlining tour title is any indication, its ticket holders can expect lots of highs and absolutely no deaths. That's right – with 2 High 2 Die, Brown and Bronson are set to embark upon what is no doubt going to be the melding of two very extraordinary minds and talents.

Punk Best Bet: D.O.A.

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 26 August 2013 11:08 |

As legends of the vast Canadian hardcore punk rock scene, dating back from when the three-chord noise genre was still in diapers (and, conspicuously, safety pins), D.O.A. were, of course, never dead on arrival.

Rock Best Bet: Citizen Cope

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 26 August 2013 10:59 |

With the exception of the most hard-hearted of emotionally dead vampires, everybody loves a good '90s throwback. Even one that didn't start getting big until 2002. (You know, with music there's always some decade overlap.) One of alternative mood-rock's favorite crooners of yore, Citizen Cope is undertaking an acoustic solo tour, and hitting The Orbit Room for what's being described as an "intimate" show.

Classic Rock Best Bet: ZZ Top

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:50 |

The three bearded, trench-coated members of ZZ Top may have faded from the limelight with age, but some things remain consistent: namely, many people still go crazy for men dressed sharply.

Singer-songwriter Best Bet: Randy Newman

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:47 |

You don’t have to be a short person, Pixar enthusiast, or even a fan of wacky (though, notably, never wack) vocal stylings to appreciate the pop legacy of Randy Newman.

Indie Rock Best Bet: Grizzly Bear

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:43 |

While the four baby-faced members of New York indie rock outfit Grizzly Bear look more like teddy bears than the godless killing machines feared throughout all of Colbert-nation (don’t pretend like you don’t know what we’re talking about), don’t mistake the group’s perceived cuddliness for a lack of ferocity.

Jazz Best Bet: GRand Jazz Fest

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:35 |

For Grand Rapids’ fabulous, free jazz fest's second year (did you hear us? FREE), event organizers are pulling out all the stops to bring fans the snazziest, jazziest lineup yet.

Hip Hop Best Bet: Bone Thugs N Harmony

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:48 |

Admit it: you've only just read the name at the top of this blurb, and already the sweet, smooth sounds of thugs crooning about the street life are floating easily through your brain's jukebox receptor.

Eclectic Best Bet: David Byrne & St. Vincent

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:46 |

Having grown weary of burning (or perhaps Byrne-ing) down houses all over the the '80s new wave block, Talking Heads founder David Byrne has stepped away from smugly strange pop in favor of something more traditional.

Reggae Best Bet: Michael Franti and Spearhead

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:43 |

As one of the modern day torch bearers for poetic, politically charged hip-hop and reggae, Michael Franti has long had his work cut out for him, and risen to the challenge with gusto every single time.

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