Pop punk is far from dead, especially in the Grand Rapids area. With pop punk purists like Midwest Skies, West and Run and The Better Fight grinding it away, the genre ain't going away. Sorry hipsters! When you talk pop rock, you would be remiss (yea, I said remiss) if you didn't mention Maybe Next Time, a six-piece group from right here in furniture city.
It's the last weekend before Thanksgiving, so it's time to stretch your stomach, catch some quality entertainment and even get some shopping done before the trampling stampede of suburban housewives strike on Black Friday.
Barbara the web minion has an itinerary that helps you accomplish all this and more.
Perhaps your winter is full of wintery things to do, such as scraping the ice off your car's windshield or catching snowflakes with your tongue when no one is looking. But nothing will make your winter complete except for a comfy couch, a cup of hot buttered rum and a good book on your lap.
Suppose your ex suddenly shows up at your door. Suppose there's a good chance this ex could be your child's father. Now suppose it's not just one possible baby daddy at your door, but three. Oh—one more minor detail here—suppose these men arrive just in time for your daughter's wedding.
Take a break from the holiday stress and treat yourself to one of December's film offerings. Whether you are getting reacquainted with Mr. Ron Burgundy or checking in with those Hobbits with the gross feet, this month's lineup is eclectic, to say the least.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a British runner with a hamstring injury, collapsed only to be pulled to his feet and helped around the finish line by another man who had jumped onto the track from the stands. Most people didn't see it, because the race was only a preliminary heat, but Mitch Albom saw a story, and ran to the stadium tunnel to find it.
If there's one band that you simply have to see live, it's Foxy Shazam. Period. The Ohio-based group has spent the last decade building a reputation for themselves, being well-known for their signature live performances that are often a somewhat delicate balance between wildly theatrical and just plain insane. And they do so while wielding a unique and infectious brand of rock in a style that's all glam.
Well, it's officially December, which means the holidays are in full swing. Of course, after your 20th cup of eggnog and the umpteenth rendition of "Frosty the Snowman," a break from festivities may be necessary to keep from becoming a total Scrooge. Perhaps a trip to the theater would do the trick?
Diego Garcia's music could be called easy listening if not for the infusion of flavors his heritage and experiences have brought to his writing. The songwriter's latest album, Paradise, encompasses themes of love, reconciliation and self-discovery to the beat of Garcia's acoustic guitar. But Garcia's influences are wide ranging, including punk pioneer Iggy Pop.
Comedian Dave Landau may have houses in both L.A. and Detroit, but it's clear the latter is the house that he considers to be home. Sure, L.A. can be glamorous and all, but who can resist the allure of Michigan?
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