Ask any musician: Passing down rich music traditions ensures that eager new generations of players will continue to be inspired to greatness – or, at the very least, find joy in jams and making musical noise.
Shad's music contains a secret weapon as unlikely as his upbringing: heart. The rapper, who was born in Kenya and raised in Ontario, might never have had the chance to turn his hobby into a career if not for a talent competition held by a local radio station. Winning the competition allowed Shad to record a debut album in 2005 and since then, he has recorded three more full-length albums and won Rap Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards, beating out Drake.
Nerds are hot right now — from their thick-rimmed glasses to the comic books they read. So, we decided to sit down for a Q&A with Steve Fodale and Nick Yribar, co-owner and manager of Vault of Midnight, which just opened a location in downtown Grand Rapids.
It's fair to call Megan Dooley the First Lady of Kalamazoo Music. Listening to Dooley recount the early days of her career requires a serious stroll down memory lane, which is a trip for those who pine for days where venues like Club Soda, Mr. Wonderfuls and Kraftbrau held the scene together. "It's been 13 years since I got on stage for the first time to play music; I was 15," Dooley said.
ArtPrize V was as lame and limp as the plump West Michigan gypsies that jammed our streets like the asses that pack their husky Wranglers. The most impressive part of it all was my amazement when one of the 49,000 "art experts" managed to walk more than a block without their heart exploding or eating their fists.
With a Michigan winter inevitably comes freezing temperatures, blizzards and lots of gloomy days, leading many Michiganders to opt to stay inside. But being cooped up at home induces cabin fever and plunging temperatures leaves outdoor activities less than desirable. What other options do you have? For many residents, the answer is simple – go see a movie.
If you're not familiar with the 1988 album Vivid by Living Colour, you're either a hermit living in the wilds of Appalachia, or simply too young to remember. Vivid not only hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200 that year, it also went double platinum.
Since 1999, Killswitch Engage has been widely recognized as one of the bands that helped propel metalcore into the mainstream with its 2002 album, Alive or Just Breathing. That very same year, however, lead vocalist Jesse Leach decided to part ways with the group rather unexpectedly, leaving the rest of the band scratching their heads.
Love him or hate him, there's no denying the unstoppable staying power of John Mayer. This dude has literally been running through the halls of our collective national high school and screaming at the top of his lungs since, I don't know, freshman year?
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