PUNK BEST BET: UFO Dictator Fest #11

Written by Rich Tupica | Monday, 03 August 2015 12:43 |

“UFO Dictator” may be a sloppy, obscure 1979 punk 7-inch by the defunct Italian band Tampax, but it’s also a long-running punk and rock ‘n’ roll festival in Kalamazoo. The one-night blowout was founded in 2004 by Useless Eater, a veteran WIDR radio DJ and guitarist/vocalist of the local band No Bails.

METAL BEST BET: Slipknot

Written by REVUE Staff | Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:14 |

Sometime in the mid-‘00s, Slipknot stopped diving into the audience from high balconies and setting each other on fire live on stage. It was a “better move for the longevity of the band,” according to one member. What remained: The matching jumpsuits, distinctive horror masks and growling vocals that give way to screaming jags over the thrashing guitar work.

ROCK BEST BET: Marilyn Manson

Written by REVUE Staff | Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:12 |

If your mom wouldn’t let you see Marilyn Manson in the mid-‘90s when he was riding high on a wave of psychosexual controversy, now’s your chance to really get a rise out of her. The polarizing performer at the head of the eponymous band ransacked pop culture with his searing music videos, a shocking look that was equal parts Ziggy Stardust and Night of the Living Dead

HIP HOP BEST BET: Tyler The Creator

Written by REVUE Staff | Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:10 |

“I’m a f****** paradox — no I’m not.” And just like that, hip-hop artist Tyler, the Creator has laid out his mission, his M.O. and everything intriguing about him. The 24-year-old rapper/producer/graphic designer rose to fame as the leader of the offbeat rap collective Odd Future, but since he went solo four years ago, Tyler has built a following on his own.

JAZZ BEST BET: Organissimo

Written by REVUE Staff | Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:13 |

When Organissimo formed 15 years ago, the jazz trio’s goal was to make one of music’s more challenging genres more accessible to the casual music listener. They were also dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what direction jazz was headed. It was a tall order, but universal acclaim and a rabid fan base is solid proof that it’s been a successful mission so far.

ROCK BEST BET: Verve Pipe

Written by REVUE Staff | Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:11 |

It’s been 18 years since the smash ballad “The Freshman” propelled East Lansing rockers the Verve Pipe to the top of the modern rock chart. Despite a slew of other hits — including “Photograph,” “Hero” and “Never Let You Down” — and worldwide album sales of more than 1 million, the band took a 13-year recording hiatus, not including two kids’ albums.

FOLK BEST BET: Drew Nelson

Written by REVUE Staff | Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:10 |

Folk singer/songwriter Drew Nelson has toured North America and Europe performing solo and opening for big names like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain. On April 17 he plays a free, all-ages show at Watermark 920 as part of the venue’s spring concert series, Watermark Live, which showcases Michigan-based talent.

BEST BETS: Vanessa Williams teams with the Grand Rapids Symphony

Written by REVUE Staff | Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:39 |

Grab your tissues and have a cry with us. Lindsay Patton-Carson sat in for her last Best Bets video before leaving REVUE Magazine for other opportunities. In addition to saying her goodbyes, Lindsay also has your hook-up for an entertaining weekend.

Sludge Rock Best Bet: Torche

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00 |

Miami-based sludge rock giants Torche have made a career of mixing the badass with the, er, bizarre. The band's 2012 album, Harmonicraft, features candy-chomping, rainbow-puking mystical goat dragons fighting amidst the clouds on the cover. 

Country Best Bet: Miranda Lambert

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

We can’t be entirely sure yet, but it does appear that perhaps Miranda Lambert is trying to be country music’s answer to Kanye. While there may not be any speech-interrupting moments from Ms. L, she certainly has that proud swagger part down pat.

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