Life is Country Music for Eli Young Band

Written by Jamie Linari | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:19 |

If James Young could tell his younger self anything, it would be to have a little more discretion with promotional photos. Well, that and when things get tough, to just hang in there.

Luckily for us, hang in there he did because about 13 years and a lot of hard work later, the Eli Young Band has released five albums, two chart-topping singles, and one recently named "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Growlers 101: The Old-Fashioned Toting Device Becomes a Trend

Written by Samara Napolitan | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:07 |

The growler is having a moment. The 64-ounce vessel reminiscent of a moonshine jug can often be seen lining the shelves of brewpubs, ready to be filled with a beer geek's favorite beer and toted home to enjoy. Though they are undoubtedly trendy, growlers offer far more than artisanal accessorization.

"I think any brewery should offer growlers," says Kris Spaulding, the co-owner and sustainability director of Brewery Vivant. "Not because growlers are unique, but because being very community-focused, a growler makes sense."

As Michigan breweries expand, industry sees opportunity for growth

Written by Nathan Peck | Monday, 01 October 2012 10:52 |

 What was once a basement hobby for a dedicated few now has many in the state viewing craft brewing as an economic engine for the state.

The growth of the craft beer industry is outpacing that of the rest of beer industry. Craft beer sales grew 13 percent in 2011 compared to an overall 1.9-percent decline within the beer industry as a whole, according to data from the U.S. Brewers Association. Michigan’s craft beer industry generates $133 million in economic activity, and the state ranks fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, according to the Michigan Brewers Guild.

Dropkick Murphys Keep the Style, Pump Up Aggressive Sounds

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:02 |

Dropkick Murphys did not start off pursuing the Celtic-punk sound that's made the band famous. The members were originally looking for more of a straight-punk feel.

Dinosaur Jr. Takes Reconciliation One Album, One Tour at a Time

Written by By Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:01 |

In the mid-'80s, Dinosaur Jr. emerged on the underground music scene with a style unlike any other. With an entire catalog of influences that ranged from folk rock to hardcore punk, mixed with wailing guitar solos and powerful metal riffs, the group was defining its own sound.

Steins: Go Big or Go Home

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 21 September 2012 10:48 |

A basic rule of life is that beer is always better when it's served in large quantities. It's even better when it is served in large quantities at inexpensive prices. This sounds like a bit of an anomaly, but two local breweries have you covered on consecutive nights, every single week. Both New Holland Brewing and Brewery Vivant offer stein nights where customers bring their own drinking vessel (as big as they want, but both places have certain restrictions) and the barkeep fills them for a nominal price.

The Soil and the Sun to Play Heartfelt Homecoming Show at the Pyramid Scheme

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:07 |

The Soil and the Sun has been absent from the Grand Rapids music scene the past couple of months due to a tour which brought the band through North Carolina, Washington D.C., Tenessee and all across the Midwest, not to mention South By Southwest.

Already Dead Tapes presents the Family Reunion Music Festival

Written by Jessica Smith | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:13 |

In August we introduced you to the Already Dead Tapes and Vinyl label. This month, we get a chance to see some of the label's bands in action. On Sept. 20, Already Dead — which releases albums on cassette tapes — hosts its second annual Family Reunion Music Festival in Kalamazoo.

Schuler Books Celebrates 30 Years

Written by Jennifer Cuffman | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 16:42 |

In an age of technology and digital communication, people accustomed to the printed word must adapt quickly in order to survive. This September, Schuler Books celebrates 30 years of business – a true testament of the flexibility of the bookstore to change along with the times.

At a time when bookstores are going out of business (the most notable being the bookstore chain, Borders, closing their last stores almost one year ago), Schuler is using this month to celebrate the store’s success with its Grand Rapids and Lansing-area communities.

August Burns Red Visit Grand Rapids for Fall Tour

Written by Robby Hartley | Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:47 |

The impending sound of August Burns Red's blistering guitars, monumental breakdowns and anti-chorus screams will resound throughout the Orbit Room on Sept. 6.

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