Sometimes things get so hot they combust. Like a Phoenix, BlackLamb rises from the ashes where Lamb in Grand Rapids closes its doors. The reincarnation is part store/part studio with emphasis on owner Ryann Lambay’s jewelry line, candles and selections that are, “a lot more intentional with fewer categories but better items,” according to Manager Marissa Kulha.

The Appleseed Cast Takes Advantage of its Long and Winding Road

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:33 |

"Transformative,” is a title that encompasses The Appleseed Casts' longevity, habit of playing musical chairs quite literally and ability to transition smoothly between many genres under post-rock.

Join Grand Rapids Art Museum Director Dana Friis-Hansen on Aug. 9 for a lively day trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Experience a fashionable frolic and a guided group tour of the exhibit Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, a revealing look at the role of fashion in 80 major paintings by Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Seurat.

Last summer’s much-expanded Cowpie Music Festival didn’t work out the way organizers hoped. Plagued by heavy rains on the festival’s opening day at Shagbark Farm south of Grand Rapids, the turnout for the 43-band lineup covering 17 genres fell far short of expectations.

Hot Issue: A Q&A with hot performer Queen Sanchez

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:23 |
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REVUE sat down to talk with Jasinya Sanchez, a local performer and drag queen dubbed West Michigan's hot performer. She shed light on her forray into performing and taste in music.

One of heavy metal music’s veteran ambassadors has set out to prove there are still new ideas to explore in what’s becoming a mature genre. 

As the former frontman of Pantera and the current vocalist for the New Orleans-based supergroup Down, Philip H. Anselmo could have tapped into one of his many creative wells from the past 25 years in the music business for his debut solo album Walk Through Exits Only, which dropped on July 16.

Ready for a great Sci-Fi flick? Elysium just might offer it. It’s 2154 and life is great. No disease, no war, no economic struggle. That is, if you’re filthy rich enough to live on the super high-class space station Elysium. Otherwise, you’re stuck on Earth, which is literally crumbling and ridden with poverty and crime.

Fly On The Amplifier: Steve Miller’s Oral History Of Detroit Rock

Written by Kyle Austin | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:17 |

On the scale of life-changing experiences, Steve Miller rates walking by an open window in 1968 and exposing his 11-year-old ears to the ferocious sonic assault of The Motor City Five pretty damn high.

As a kid catching shows throughout Detroit, and later as a founding member of the pioneer hardcore band, The Fix, Miller thoroughly witnessed the raw power and explosive creativity of the city’s music scene, but it was only after he’d forged a new career as a journalist in the early 1990s that he began thinking of it in literary terms.

Hot Issue: Marijuana proves to be area's hot topic

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:13 |

In early-June, American music and cultural magazine Rolling Stone devoted a whole issue to marijuana. While historically a counter-cultural bastion and a magazine that often writes about weed, a whole issue devoted to the subject seems significant.

August Free Market: Foremost Barbershop; Stoner Tacos; Jagger Madison

Written by Steven G. de Polo | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:12 |

Guys, get yer ears raised at Foremost Barbershop (152 Fulton St. E). Located around the corner from the Cottage Bar in downtown Grand Rapids, Foremost is a convenient spot for dudes who work in the area to stop in on their break, or after work, and get their lettuce cleaned up.

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