Michigan Man Rob Little Follows His Dreams

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 16:00 |

Rob Little was working as a computer programmer at IBM when he decided to transition his career into stand-up comedian. He sent out a company-wide email that read, "If you aren't happy here, quit your job and follow your dream," and then tried to follow through with the statement.

Q&A: Molly Clauhs of Silver Spork

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 30 July 2012 15:13 |
Q&A

Fancy Fast Food: Questions for Molly Clauhs, owner of The Silver Spork food truck.

Grace Potter Lets the Darkness In

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Monday, 30 July 2012 11:07 |

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is a band that’s known for its edgy, female-fronted rock. But according to Potter, everything the band did before edge-wise is shadowed by The Lion, The Beast, The Beat, the band’s latest album.

Azizi Jasper Brings Poetry To The Hip Hop Generation

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 09:48 |

Poetry has not exactly always been at the heart of American consciousness. It’s often thought of as an art form for lonely, depressed individuals or pretentious hipsters in East Village coffee shops. However, Azizi Jasper (or simply, “Z” to most who know him), is a Grand Rapids-based poet, activist and man about town.

The Power of Electric Forest

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 06 July 2012 08:43 |

A music festival is always an other-worldly event. Lineups, weather, activities. All of these really do become moot points. As Jeremy Stein, Madison House Presents promoter and producer of the Electric Forest Festival said, “the experience of being there trumps any headliner.”

Frank Zappa's Legacy Lives On Through Son

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:44 |

The late Frank Zappa has been hailed as a major influence for innumerable musicians going back decades. Not only this, but he is often referred to as the most important and influential composer of his time. And it's for this reason that the tribute act Zappa Plays Zappa was started by Frank's own son, Dweezil.

"In its simplest form, it's to be the catalyst to a new generation," Dweezil said about the band's course. "I knew it was going to be a big challenge on a number of levels going into it, but it has been rewarding that people recognize the intent."

Reign of Sleigh Bells

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:03 |

Before there was Sleigh Bells, guitarist and producer Derek Miller spent six years in hardcore band Poison the Well. The band gained a solid fan base and signed with Atlantic Records in 2002. Two years after the big record deal, Miller quit the band.

Like, Totally Gnarly Times with Stella’s Lounge and GR Reads

Written by Meaghan Minkus | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 09:53 |

If you ever listened to Duran Duran’s latest hit on your boom box, inquired about the whereabouts of “the beef” or watched anything on Betamax, chances are you’ll dig this event. Stella’s Lounge is hosting an all-day Grand Rapids bar crawl in which teams race to complete 10 challenges, record the evidence on their smartphones and compete to become Grand Mega Champions (complete with a totally tubular trophy).

Foreigner Won’t Slow Down

Written by Mary Mattingly | Thursday, 07 June 2012 08:58 |

Foreigner might be known for its giant pop-rock anthems from the late ‘70s and ‘80s, but don’t expect the band to slow down. After more than 35 years of releasing hits and touring, the band is still in the game.

Something Is Growing in Rothbury's (Electric) Forest

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:24 |

For two years the Rothbury Festival located just north of Muskegon rode about as high as any music festival in America. Between 2008 and 2009 it attracted headliners such as The Dead, Bob Dylan and Snoop Dogg. Sadly, this was not enough.

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