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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.)
With its most recent effort, The Lion The Beast The Beat, indie darlings Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have taken the notion of a masterful concept album and really made it rumble.