AG Silver: Reinventing the Dream

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:34 |

Even if you spend a lot of time in the Grand Rapids music scene, it's still likely that rock-vets AG Silver are flying below your radar. This isn't by accident — it's because they like it that way.

November Microbrews: HopCat

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 20 October 2011 09:55 |

HopCat is known for many things. It may be the relaxed outdoor patio, expansive bottle list, top-notch beer dinners, the 49 taps or the bar's recognition as the third best beer bar in the world by BeerAdvocate. One aspect that's somewhat overlooked however, is its beers.

Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son: From Small Town to Big Dreams

Written by Jamie Linari | Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:45 |

Kris Hitchcock has many theories about why music-loving people inevitably turn to country. His strongest philosophy reveals that we all sprout from insubordinate teens that eventually need a story to cling.

Band Spotlight: Wires and Lights

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:44 |

If you missed the West Michigan Noise! Convention at MXTP in Grand Rapids this summer, or the Dog Days of Summer festival at Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo last August, then you also missed out on seeing West Michigan's newest rising star, Wires and Lights.

Crush 'Em All Tour kicks off in Grand Rapids at The Intersection

Written by Robby Hartley | Wednesday, 14 September 2011 08:39 |

Arkaik Clothing and Rockstar Energy Drink are planning to level 36 cities in September and October, and they're starting with Grand Rapids. The companies have teamed to host the second Crush ‘Em All Tour, starting Sept. 21 at the Intersection and featuring the vehement death metal of Veil of Maya and the riff-and-thrash technical prowess of After the Burial.

The Indie Experience

Written by Garrett Dennert, Robby Hartley, Lindsay Patton-Carson | Monday, 29 August 2011 14:51 |

Indie rock is taking over Michigan this fall in the form of four festivals that are similar in genre, but very different in lineups. Reaching its third year, Indie Rock Fest will take place in Grand Haven on Sept. 23 and 24 and will feature several local indie bands from Michigan to play over the course of two nights.

In the Studio: The Legal Immigrants

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Friday, 26 August 2011 14:55 |

Though the Grand Rapids classic rock/blues/reggae fusion group The Legal Immigrants has been in existence for almost two years now, the band was well-kept secret -- until now. That was when a series of networking victories led exposure with a drastically higher profile.

ConvoTronics: The industry of electronic conversation

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Friday, 26 August 2011 14:11 |

Earlier this year, ConvoTronics appeared on both the Detroit and Long Island stops of the Vans Warped Tour. They performed on the brand new "Bring It Back" stage — an experimental new platform for rap and hip-hop artists to showcase their music, which member Julius Hayes described as "euphoric."

Top Prize: Q&A with Chris LaPorte

Written by Kelli Kolakowski | Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:45 |
Q&A
With his large-scale drawing "Cavalry, American Officers, 1921," Chris LaPorte was crowned the ArtPrize's 2010 winner. We followed up with him to see how the honor impacted his life.

September Microbrews: Central City Tap House

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 25 August 2011 12:51 |

In a street mall that intersects Michigan Avenue, there are browsing customers and colorful storefronts. Toward the end of the mall lies Central City Tap House with its sun-bathed outdoor patio and split dining room and pub sections inside.

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