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.

Eclectic Best Bet: Los Lobos

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:54 |

Los Lobos were responsible for one of the biggest hits of my early childhood, "La Bamba," and much to my surprise have continued to keep a pop cultural toe in the Tex-Mex, folk, country and R&B worlds.

Rock Best Bet: Matchbox Twenty

Written by Emma Kat Richardso | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:51 |

It's 3 a.m., you must be lonely. You wanna push stuff around. You know what you need? No, not that ninth shot of whiskey from the bottom of a steel-stained flask. Why don't you shelve the booze and help yourself to some matchbox twenty tickets instead?

Folk Best Bet: Suzanne Vega

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:45 |

What a retro month February has been. Between the reemergence of matchbox twenty and now songstress Suzanne Vega's upcoming performance at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, we're stumbling blindly through a foggy bliss of never-ending nostalgia.

Eclectic Best Bet: William Shatner

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:57 |

He's a spoken-word artist, pals with Henry Rollins and enemies with Twitter star George Takei. He also played one of the most iconic roles in television history. I'm talking about James Tiberius Kirk.

Theater Best Bet: Les Miserables

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:53 |

Perk up your ear drums and get ready to have your world so thoroughly rocked you'll be speaking French fluently for a week. (But the catch is you'll only be able to utter Franco phrases pertaining to overthrowing the money-grubbing establishment and/or being a prostitute.)

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