Brand New is back, schedules Grand Rapids tour stop this fall

Written by Jordan Brasko | Monday, 20 May 2013 13:17 |

Ever since the 2009 release of Daisy, iconic alternative/emo band Brand New has fallen off the Midwest map with a touring hiatus, severely wounding the patience of the band's passionate following. With rumors of a new album throughout the past two years and nothing to show for it, fans have been left with empty hands and broken hearts.

Literary All-Stars Answer the Call for Dogwood Fine Arts Festival

Written by Lauren Longo | Wednesday, 08 May 2013 09:48 |

Literary all-stars Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike and Margaret Atwood all have one thing in common besides being acclaimed novelists: they all hung out in the little town of Dowagiac, Mich.

GR Ballet Presents Passionate Romeo & Juliet Update

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:46 |

From the iconic 'wherefore art thou' to the dagger's final plunge, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet delivers enthralling moments that continue to captivate audiences worldwide. This classic tale of forbidden passion returns once again with Grand Rapids Ballet's season finale, Romeo & Juliet.

It's game on with a Candy Land runway show and a side of old-money accessories. Your hot Saturday night is here thanks to Runway for Charity. Formerly known as the Design 1 Fashion Event, the fashion show's new incarnation brings A.K. Rikk's, Design 1 Salon Spa, Aura Cosmetics, The Matthew Agency and Visbeen Associates together for a sweet show rooted in Candy Land lore and wonder. 

May Sink's Spins on Music: Events with an added twist

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:43 |

May boasts at least a half-dozen first-time musical events, several with an unusual twist to give spring 2013 added zip. Here's a peek at the uncommon lineup, which includes West Michigan's Music Legends at the We Do Care Charity Extravaganza, the Bimini Brothers 30th anniversary show and more.

Top of the Pyramid: Q&A with Tami VandenBerg

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:42 |
Q&A

We posed some questions for Tami VandenBerg, co-owner of The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile Bar. She talked about the Pyramid Scheme's latest milestone along with the musical tapestry that has made a home there.

The People's Temple Gets Jack White's Attention by Doing Its Own Thing

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:40 |

In 2007, two sets of brothers out of Perry, Mich. got together and decided to make some music. But they weren't reaching for the polished, over-processed sound that saturates the airwaves today. Instead, these four embraced the raw, unrefined style of 1960s garage rock.

Relive Pop-Punk's Glory Days

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:39 |

It's difficult to just slap an all-encompassing genre on a band, as many pull from a variety of influences to shape their sound. But to not acknowledge New Found Glory as a pop-punk group is to ignore their influence on the genre's rise to mainstream popularity.

Keeping the Flame: The Moth Brings Storytelling Into the 21st Century

Written by Kyle Austin | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:38 |

Mocked for their lack of speed and efficiency, relics like the letter, the telegram and the fax have been effectively phased out, but for acclaimed non-profit organization The Moth, there is one antiquated form of communication that deserves preservation: the ancient art of storytelling.

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