10 to Watch: Top West Michigan bands to see live

Written by Carly Plank | Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:04 |

West Michigan is chock full of untapped musical talent. If you're out and about and see one of these bands gracing a local stage, do yourself a favor — pop in and give them a listen.

July Film: Girl Power Camp

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:53 |

Well, it's the time of year when theater screens are filled with enough giant robots, guns, flashy cars and explosions to make Michael Bay drool. Yup, summer blockbuster season is in full swing.

Hip Hop Best Bet: Bone Thugs N Harmony

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:48 |

Admit it: you've only just read the name at the top of this blurb, and already the sweet, smooth sounds of thugs crooning about the street life are floating easily through your brain's jukebox receptor.

Taste This: Ju Sushi; Taste of GR; Dee-Lite

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel & Jordan Brasko | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:27 |

Damn, it's hot. How about some chilled sushi in a posh atmosphere to keep your hunger pangs at bay as you abstain from your next gallon of sweet tea?

Eclectic Best Bet: David Byrne & St. Vincent

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:46 |

Having grown weary of burning (or perhaps Byrne-ing) down houses all over the the '80s new wave block, Talking Heads founder David Byrne has stepped away from smugly strange pop in favor of something more traditional.

Reggae Best Bet: Michael Franti and Spearhead

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:43 |

As one of the modern day torch bearers for poetic, politically charged hip-hop and reggae, Michael Franti has long had his work cut out for him, and risen to the challenge with gusto every single time.

Indie Best Bet: The Polyphonic Spree

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:41 |

As part of the inaugural Coast West Festival, The Polyphonic Spree perhaps stands out as a bit of an eccentric addition to a lineup that includes Foghat, Chicago and Blue Oyster Cult.

July Microbrews: Saugatuck Brewing

Written by By Ben Darcie | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:29 |

Saugatuck Brewing was actually born across the street from its current location on the Blue Star Highway in 2005. The brewery was brought to fruition by founder and brewmaster Barry Johnson, who utilized a 3.5bbl brewhouse to bring his beer to the public in the old taproom, and from the start, the brewery had ambitious plans.

Buzzworthy: West Michigan bands you should get to know now

Written by Carly Plank | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:15 |

Here is the rundown on West Michigan bands that are making noise in the local scene.

New York Native Michael Che Makes the Comedy Rounds

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:20 |

When it comes to telling jokes, Michael Che feels honesty is the best policy.

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