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.

July Sink’s Spins: UV Hippo are road warriors; Billy's Lounge gets jazzy

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:07 |

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is a behemoth of the road, a formidable force on the national progressive jam band scene. The instrumentally adroit Grand Rapids rock band travels coast to coast, playing 150 to 200 shows a year.

Q&A: Ralston Bowles

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:04 |
Q&A

A chat with the Godfather of West Michigan music, who chatted about memorable experiences in his highly-decorated career behind the mic.

West Michigan Musicians' Day Jobs

Written by Elyse Wild | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:01 |

Let's face it — playing music doesn't always bring in the paper. Many of West Michigan's finest musicians tend to 9 to 5 jobs to pay the bills. We followed six musicians to their day jobs and found out what they do when they’re offstage.

July Movie Previews: Pacific Rim; The Lone Ranger; Despicable Me 2

Written by Avery Johnson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:00 |

The first look at movies like The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2, which open up this month.

Matt Ten Clay: The Man Behind the Rock and Roll Curtain

Written by Nick Manes | Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:55 |

While it may not be by design, Matt Ten Clay’s workspace is fitting. Ten Clay, 32, owns, operates and sometimes lives out his recording studio, Amber Lit Audio.

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