Singer-songwriter Best Bet: Randy Newman

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:47 |

You don’t have to be a short person, Pixar enthusiast, or even a fan of wacky (though, notably, never wack) vocal stylings to appreciate the pop legacy of Randy Newman.

Indie Rock Best Bet: Grizzly Bear

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:43 |

While the four baby-faced members of New York indie rock outfit Grizzly Bear look more like teddy bears than the godless killing machines feared throughout all of Colbert-nation (don’t pretend like you don’t know what we’re talking about), don’t mistake the group’s perceived cuddliness for a lack of ferocity.

Jazz Best Bet: GRand Jazz Fest

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:35 |

For Grand Rapids’ fabulous, free jazz fest's second year (did you hear us? FREE), event organizers are pulling out all the stops to bring fans the snazziest, jazziest lineup yet.

Hey, Ladies

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:09 |

Hard Femme brings together more than 15 artists that each explore themes related to femininity, and promises to be much more than a salute to the ever-inspiring lady lumps.

Curator Miranda Sharp said the Aug. 10 show contains work that shows you don’t have to be weak to be feminine. “The work deals with having feminine traits but still being kick ass,” she said.

South Division Staple The DAAC Closing Its Doors

Written by Elyse Wild | Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:03 |

After nearly 10 years on Division Avenue, volunteer run music venue and art gallery The Division Avenue Arts Collective (The DAAC) is being forced to close its doors on Aug. 1 due to a change in building ownership.

ZZ Ward Brings Her Hip-Hop-Influenced Blues to Grand Rapids

Written by Andrea Raby | Monday, 24 June 2013 11:19 |

Like with her music, ZZ Ward follows a classic style by incorporating fedoras into her wardrobe, paying homage to her blues heroes like Robert Johnson, while adding a twist of her own. "I have, like, 60 fedoras," Ward said.

"I started singing in a blues band when I was 12 and I would always wear a fedora because it would remind me of the blues. So I wear a fedora to pay homage to the blues artists that I grew up listening to."

Founders makes damn good beer. That's not a secret, especially to those of us right here in West Michigan. But word has gotten out, and in the company's short 16-year history, its reach has already spread to 25 states.

Tommy Schichtel's Time Warp

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:25 |

Musician and producer Tommy Schichtel likes to think of himself as a mad scientist when he's in the recording studio. He admits he can lose hours experimenting in his analog-only studio, Goon Lagoon, based in Grand Rapids' North side.

Game Craziness at Mason Street Warehouse

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:16 |

Just in time for the summer slump, Mason Street Warehouse introduces a cool breeze of originality to Michigan’s theatre scene.

Style Notes: Autonomic Clothing; Pixel & Hank; My Wine Words

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:11 |

We call it. Head wraps aren’t just for the yacht.

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