If you're not familiar with the 1988 album Vivid by Living Colour, you're either a hermit living in the wilds of Appalachia, or simply too young to remember. Vivid not only hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200 that year, it also went double platinum.
Since 1999, Killswitch Engage has been widely recognized as one of the bands that helped propel metalcore into the mainstream with its 2002 album, Alive or Just Breathing. That very same year, however, lead vocalist Jesse Leach decided to part ways with the group rather unexpectedly, leaving the rest of the band scratching their heads.
Love him or hate him, there's no denying the unstoppable staying power of John Mayer. This dude has literally been running through the halls of our collective national high school and screaming at the top of his lungs since, I don't know, freshman year?
If you want to break out, you have to hustle, at least according to hip-hop artist Grieves. Before signing with independent hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2010, Grieves (real name Benjamin Laub) was simultaneously writing new music, playing gigs and trying to get his material heard by as many people as possible.
Groovy Paws (131 Mason St.) not only delivers dog food free locally, it is the biggest and most high-end pet shop in Saugatuck. Frequented by the devilish Miss Carolita, the bright, colorful store is chock full of high-quality pet food, supplies and gifts 100 percent made in the USA.
With Thanksgiving imminent in the near future, households all over America are busy stocking up on canned cranberries, green bean salad, turkeys and a plethora of other delectable foods for their Thanksgiving smorgasbord.
But before you too get wrapped up preparing for the meal-to-end-all-meals, why not take a break and check out some of November's indie-film festivities?
This month is all about nostalgia and spice. Move beyond hot cider and traditions and get eclectic. Strap on your soft-shoes for a night of 1940s bliss, weave and wind your way through a world of fiber arts, nosh the hottest foodstuffs in the nation and indulge in a little naughty entertainment.
Known as the largest culinary celebration in the state, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival offers 1200 assorted wines, in addition to gourmet plates, seminars, distilleries and breweries highlighting their best.
We haven't heard much from Cymbals Eat Guitars, the NYC-based indie rock outfit responsible for 2009's Why There Are Mountains and the 2011 follow-up Lenses Alien. What's a young band to do after getting stamped with a "Best New Music" label by the hype machines? For CEG, personnel changes and relocating back to Brooklyn have kept the group busy and given them something of a new look.
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