Kate Nash Brings Girl-Power Tour to Grand Rapids

Written by Kari Norton | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:04 |

This month, the British singer released her third full-length album, "Girl Talk". A change from the catchy pop that carried her two previous albums, "Girl Talk" tackles deeper subject matter, according to the singer.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Announce Four Acts of Summer Concert Series

Written by Lindsay Patton | Wednesday, 06 March 2013 08:41 |

This morning, Frederik Meijer Gardens announced the first four acts of its summer concert series. On July 5, chart-topping country duo Montgomery Gentry brings its version of Southern rock to Grand Rapids. A couple days later, in what could be the most eccentric show of the season, David Byrne and St. Vincent perform on July 7.

Pop-punk heavyweight New Found Glory is announcing a 10 Year "Sticks and Stones" Anniversary Tour, celebrating the band's first major-label album that was certified gold in September 2002. "Sticks and Stones" features hits such as "My Friends Over You" and "Head on Collision."

Though the name may be deceiving, The Expendables is not based on the 2010 Sylvester Stallone film. In fact, the band has held onto that name since 1997, when the future of the band was up in the air.

Flyleaf Makes Grand Rapids Tour Stop with New Vocalist

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 25 February 2013 10:36 |

The members of Flyleaf don't consider themselves a Christian band. Sure, they're a band whose members happen to be Christian, but as former front woman Lacey Sturm asked in a 2010 interview, "[...] if a plumber's a Christian, does that make him a 'Christian plumber?'"

However, when Sturm stepped down as the group's vocalist last October, just days before the release of the band's third album, they knew they were looking for someone whose belief system coincided with their own.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Schedule Tour Stop in East Lansing

Written by Lindsay Patton | Friday, 22 February 2013 12:40 |

For weeks, "Thrift Shop" was the No. 1 song in America. It was recently knocked back to No. 2 due to the "Harlem Shake" craze; but that doesn't mean Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have cooled. No way.

Comedy Best Bet: Ralphie May

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:11 |

Yes, Ralphie May is a hilarious comedian. Yes, he's also a "Last Comic Standing" superstar. And yes, he's perhaps just a little bit rotund. But did you know that he also performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos this past year?!

Hip Hop Best Bet: Kool Keith

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:11 |

So yeah, more than three decades in, and it looks like this whole "hip-hop" thing might actually be catching on after all. Praise be to the heavenly jam-masters that Kool Keith, one of rap's most senior perpetrators, is still around to shake the establishment loose by slicing beats and spitting out choice rhymes.

March Microbrews: Perrin Brewing Co.

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:10 |

Jarred Sper moved to West Michigan in 2010 with an intense love of craft beer, and was intent on starting up a brewery. He had been a homebrewer for years, and upon meeting Randy Perrin, they decided to go all in and work together to make their mutual dream a reality.

Eclectic Rock Best Bet: Electric Six

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:10 |

If I could just type out the lyrics to "Danger! High Voltage" in all caps and have it suffice as an acceptable, professionally written piece – buddy, you'd better believe some sparks are emanating off of this newsprint.

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