Q&A: Jake Simmons unveils new LP

Written by Rich Tupica | Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:26 |

When Jake Simmons gets home from his day job at a family-owned scrapyard, the Kalamazoo-based blue-collar rocker goes down to his basement, plugs in and continues to work. The dim basement is where he labors over his signature brand of Springsteen-spirited Americana songs, and his time in the cellar has paid off. His new Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts LP, “No Better,” is testament to his diligence — the disc is hooky and sonically ambitious.

MythBuster Adam Savage reflects on ‘80s Sci-Fi and his own undefinable career

Written by Rich Tupica | Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:06 |

How do you puzzle a MythBuster? Ask him what he does. Adam Savage, 47, the extroverted half of the hit Discovery Channel show "MythBusters," has methodically debunked countless legends since the show’s 2003 debut.

HE'S A SURVIVOR: Vertigo Music’s Herm Baker wins the fight

Written by Rich Tupica | Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:29 |

If the vinyl sales boom hadn’t pulled Vertigo Music out of dire straits amid the MP3 uprising, Vertigo Music store manager Herm Baker would’ve found another solution to keep the store afloat. Failure is not an option for this music-shop veteran.

‘Drugs plus talent equals awesome’ — A Q&A with Jude Angelini

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:50 |

With his captivating autobiographical debut, Michigan-native Jude Angelini comes across as a modern-day mix of poet/writer Charles Bukowski and comedian Bill Hicks.

What’s Your Vice? Locals dish what they dig most

Written by Kyle Austin | Monday, 30 March 2015 20:17 |

Everyone has habits they can’t resist. It’s what Devo sang about in its classic 1978 tune, “Uncontrollable Urge.” So Revue decided to explore the innocent, yet beguiling vices of a few of West Michigan’s movers and shakers. From reeling in that cherished trout and swigging hard liquor to thrift-store hopping and perusing upmarket cheese selections, Revue got a multifarious batch of responses on what these locals do to let loose.

Nardos Osterhart: Accidental Comedy

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

When Nardos Osterhart wanted to practice public speaking for her day job, she turned to unconventional training to help her master the art of delivery.

Big Dudee Roo Shifts Gears on New EP

Written by Nolan Krebs | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

The origins of Wayland’s Big Dudee Roo read like something you might hear in a folk song. Years ago, in a small town on the banks of the Rabbit River in Allegan County, three string-pluckin’ kids tapped into their love of old-timey tunes with the help of their next door neighbor on skins.

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