Best of The West: Cultural Arts Winners

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 26 July 2019 11:15 |

Last year, we removed the whole Cultural Arts category with the idea of doing an extended Best of the West that was JUST for arts organizations. Only flaw in the plan: We never ended up doing that. Oops! 

Best of The West: Drinking Winners

Written by by Jack Raymond | Thursday, 25 July 2019 14:48 |

In the days of yore, a pint of lager and a couple fingers of whiskey were enough to whet a drinker’s appetite. No more. With a zillion liquids to choose from, it’s exhausting just deciding what to put in your mouth. Even our rhymes are changing. Once liquor before beer, you’re in the clear, now negroni before stout, lights out. Gin before mead, yes indeed? Mix and match drinks from this list and send us your rhymes for which pairs spared a bellyache. 

Best of The West: Music Winners

Written by Eric Mitts | Friday, 26 July 2019 11:30 |

With our Best of the West competition now running strong in its fourth year, one of the most fascinating bits we find when looking over all the results is the rise of career artists and newcomers alike.

Best of The West: Dining Winners

Written by by Josh Veal | Thursday, 25 July 2019 14:03 |

In a growing region like West Michigan, the food scene will always be in flux. 

Making Changes: Local soul-pop band August tours on new LP, Bloom

Written by Abi Safago | Friday, 26 July 2019 10:50 |

As summertime comes to an end, August has just arrived. 

Heartbreak has inspired some of the best songs of all time. It’s also pushed artists through some of the roughest moments and led to the greatest growth of their careers. 

From the very beginning, dream-pop duo Beach House has always strived to find that perfect spot. It’s not a specific time or place, but the creative space where they can share the beguiling beauty and ethereal elegance of their signature sound in an almost effortless way. 

After a year off, Grand Haven is ready to take the beat back out for a walk.

Potshots: August 2019

Written by Andy Balaskovitz | Friday, 26 July 2019 09:50 |

July was a good month for cannabis policy reformers in Michigan who saw a flurry of positive administrative and legislative proposals.

OPEN

Metro Grand Rapids opened last month with the goal of changing the city’s music industry forever. The new venue at 1901 S. Division Ave. — previously occupied by Yester Years Lounge — was created specifically to act as a launching pad for West Michigan’s up-and-coming musicians of all genres. Metro has 20 beers on tap, a “concise” kitchen menu and an outdoor patio.

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