Things Get Real Surreal at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Written by Jennifer Cuffman | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 15:34 |

As the second installment of a three-year, three-exhibition partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art, the GRAM opened its doors to Real/Surreal Oct. 19.

Artist in the Spotlight: Deadwood Stone Bends Alternative-Metal

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:21 |

Deadwood Stone opened for Slash last month. Yeah, that's right. The same Slash you're thinking of. The one with the top-hat and the crazy hair. The one who played during last year's Super Bowl Halftime Show. You know – he used to be in a little band called Guns 'n' Roses.

Matt Braunger: Goofy White Guy Extraordinaire

Written by By Josh Spanninga | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:22 |

Matt Braunger has been all over the place. He grew up in Portland, Ore., studied theater at Manhattanville College in New York, did improv and stand-up in Chicago, and finally, moved to Los Angeles to solidify his career in comedy.

Braunger has had a solid career in standup for a few years now, with appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman," a Comedy Central hour-long special and his digital album Soak Up the Night. But even with all of this standup success, Braunger is still probably most often recognized for his acting career.

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.

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