Eclectic Best Bet: Here Come The Mummies

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 24 January 2014 10:22 |

If the witches and wizards of the Potter-verse get to have Wizard Rock, then it stands to reason that all other realms of magical beings should get to have their own genre of Ghoul Tunes (™ pending).

Jazz Best Bet: Gregory Porter

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 24 January 2014 10:12 |

When this jazz man is testifying, y'all better be lining up to sing "Amen!" In this case, the jazz man in question is Gregory Porter, and what he's testifying about is nothing but pure, unadulterated, smooth jazzy-jazz at its very jazziest.

Dance Best Bet: Rubies For Valentine's Day

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 24 January 2014 09:38 |

You can't get more romantic than taking in a performance of West Michigan's most divine and renowned ballet company on the day of Saint Valentine. How about if we add rubies to the mix? (Because diamonds = totally played out.)

Living with Art: The Legacy of an American Collector

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:57 |

A quote by Emily Fisher Landau provides a little insight into the mind and motivation of one of the preeminent collectors of post-war American art in the United States: "Never stop learning. Never stop looking. Art is the greatest teacher."

ALL AGES: Save the Date For Your Kids

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:32 |

Scrap the play dates this month and show your child how special they are with a date on the calendar just for them, circled in a big, red heart. It can be an outdoors romp, playing a silly game, making valentines or a traditional date where you dance the night away.

A Tribe Called Red Electrifies the Powwow to Unite Past and Present

Written by Carly Plank | Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:28 |

When it comes to A Tribe Called Red's fusion of indigenous rhythms and electronic dance beats, those came naturally. "All we really do is mash up dance music, because powwow music is dance, and so is club music," said Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau.

REVIEW: Very Much Alive by Matt Ten Clay & The Howlers

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:18 |

Matt Ten Clay has established a stellar reputation around Grand Rapids as a fine engineer and producer toiling away at his Amber Lit Audio studios on music by other indie-rock bands. But this talented musician also labored heavily for 10 months on his own recording project with The Howlers and it’s no surprise that this psychedelically pleasing affair brims with a lush, throwback, muscular milieu.

Michigan Psych Night to put local psychedelic scene on display

Written by Colleen Schonfield | Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:04 |

Grand Rapids is a city all too familiar with the indie-alternative rock scene, but a number of groups have been changing things up by peppering in some psychedelic rock. A Grand Rapids neighborhood venue and organizers are now working to bring a new wave of psych rock into the spotlight with a “mini-festival” called Michigan Psych Night, slated for March 1.

REVIEW: Novikov Audio by Heavier Than Air Flying Machines

Written by John Sinkevics | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:27 |

Short bursts of fury. Distortion. Full-throttled vocals and falsetto charm, sung with intense abandon. Incredibly compact songs that pack more wallop into two minutes than most bands can manage in a year, leaving listeners panting for more.

The National to visit Van Noord Arena on April 12

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:00 |

Indie-rock band The National is scheduled to perform at Calvin College's Van Noord Arena on April 12. The band, known for its dreamy, melancholy songs and frontman Matt Berninger's haunting baritone is touring in support of its latest album, Trouble Will Find Me, released in May 2013.

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