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.


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.

Rock Best Bet: Heart / Joan Jett

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

What?! Did you read this lineup? What ISSSSS this madness? Heart AND Joan Jett? How are we even going to be able to stop our (black)hearts from exploding before this unbelievably amazing thing comes to pass?

Folk Best Bet: Drive-By Truckers

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

Over the years, the mid-sized town of Athens, Georgia has produced an inordinate amount of stupidly talented musicians. You know, bands you may have heard of, like R.E.M. and the B-52s.

BEST BETS: Cars, music and...ballet, of course

Written by REVUE Staff | Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:20 |

Fast cars. Loud music. Yea, we know what you like West Michigan, and Lindsay-Patton Carson is going to tell you all about it in this week's edition of Best Bets. In honor of the Michigan International Auto Show at the DeVos Place on Feb. 5-8, Lindsay knocked on her cubicle wall to summon our resident car expert Joe Boomgaard, who also wears many hats, including editor and Beer Czar at Revue.

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