ConvoTronics: The industry of electronic conversation

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Friday, 26 August 2011 14:11 |

Earlier this year, ConvoTronics appeared on both the Detroit and Long Island stops of the Vans Warped Tour. They performed on the brand new "Bring It Back" stage — an experimental new platform for rap and hip-hop artists to showcase their music, which member Julius Hayes described as "euphoric."

Top Prize: Q&A with Chris LaPorte

Written by Kelli Kolakowski | Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:45 |
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With his large-scale drawing "Cavalry, American Officers, 1921," Chris LaPorte was crowned the ArtPrize's 2010 winner. We followed up with him to see how the honor impacted his life.

September Microbrews: Central City Tap House

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 25 August 2011 12:51 |

In a street mall that intersects Michigan Avenue, there are browsing customers and colorful storefronts. Toward the end of the mall lies Central City Tap House with its sun-bathed outdoor patio and split dining room and pub sections inside.

ArtPrize 2011 Brings Robust Competition

Written by Kelli Kolakowski | Thursday, 25 August 2011 12:18 |

The inaugural ArtPrize put Grand Rapids on the map as a place where art is loved and where conversations of art are fluent. ArtPrize 2010 exploded with more participants, venues and visitors and added the exhibition center concept.

This year, as the competition gears up for its third round, the emphasis may shift from what you see to what you hear.

Surviving The Gathering of the Juggalos

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 16 August 2011 15:43 |

When it comes to music festivals, there are your average festivals and there is The Gathering of the Juggalos. Let's be honest about this. If you are a summer festival junkie, the lineup at Bonnaroo, Lollapallooza, Coachella, all starts to become pretty interchangeable, with a few notable exceptions.

Rock music isn't the first thing attendees of Lollapalooza hear as they approach the festival gates. Instead, some of the first sounds come in the form of bells, and chants coming out of a loudspeaker.

Dwarf Corpse Trollstomps To the Top at MXTP in Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Friday, 05 August 2011 14:31 |

There will be a public trollstomping on Aug. 11 at MXTP. Dwarf Corpse, a folk-metal band from Grand Rapids, will execute the little-known but visually impressive maneuver when it plays the Grand Rapids music venue with Battlecross. This, of course, raises the question: What exactly is trollstomping?

As the All Stars Tour summons pits of hard-swinging HxC fans all around the nation with a roster of hardcore/metal bands, the Intersection will get a sample of the all-star action with support from some local rookies too.

After four decades in the rock-n-roll spotlight, Ted Nugent's mind is still an honest, bizarre and unapologetic place. The guitar slinger, known for hits like "Strangle Hold" and "Fred Bear," never fails to unleash his right wing/conservative opinions into the open.

It Only Takes Two: Fes2val 2011

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 25 July 2011 12:20 |

Being a band is easy. Being a band that stands out, especially in an era inundated with new bands at every corner of the Internet, is not. That's why Derek Lancioni, drummer of Charles the Osprey, brings Fes2val to Grand Rapids.

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