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Monday, June 7, 2010

4Play: The Dead Weather, Paul Weller, Smashing Pumpkins, The Futureheads

Music Kristi Kates The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards - Warner Bros.
The second set from the Jack White-helmed side project band that also includes Kills singer Alison Mosshart and QOTSA guitarist Dean Fertita, Sea... continues the trio’s grungy, blues-anchored indie-rock sound and infuses it with a few interesting new seasonings, namely the spooky Wurlitzer organ lines on “Gasoline” and the darkened piano on “Old Mary.” Elsewhere, The Dead Weather’s already-signature sound continues on such solid tracks as “Blue Blood Blues,” which also showcases their ability to blend vocal lines into deft harmonies.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Nor-East‘r Festival

Music Kristi Kates Nor-East’r Festival Blows into Mio
By Kristi Kates
The “first festival of summer” may be a surprise to many residents of
Northern Michigan, being located in out-of-the-way Mio in Oscoda
County, but make no mistake -- the Nor-East’r Festival packs a punch,
with 19 musical acts and much more.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Man in black/ Shawn Baker

Music Kristi Kates Man in Black: Shawn Barker Gets Rhythm as Johnny Cash
By Kristi Kates
“I’ve always been a Johnny Cash fan, as were my dad and grandpa,” musician Shawn Barker says of his “Man in Black” tribute show. “Johnny Cash grew up in the same area of Arkansas as my dad’s family. Growing up, I remember visiting my dad’s side of the family and hearing Johnny being played a lot on the radio and record player; I love Johnny’s voice, and the way his songs tell a story. I also love the way he always let the music speak for itself.”
Barker, who was born and raised in St. Louis and still lives there today when he’s not traveling, began his interest with music in school, with his first performance experience as a line drummer with the school band in 8th grade. In high school, he sang with local cover bands and learned the guitar; later, his Elvis-like good looks drew him into performing at Elvis tribute shows.
“I really loved his music, and thought he was so cool, so it fit for me,” Barker says.
That ‘good fit’ led to Barker traveling around the U.S. for a few years, performing at Elvis tribute shows, and even winning the Elvis tribute contest at the Gibson Showcase in Nashville. Then, things took an even more interesting turn.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Regina Spektor performs for President & guests

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Regina Spektor Performs for President and Guests
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor performed this past weekend at the White House for President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and a host of prominent guests as part of the first-ever White House reception in honor of Jewish-American heritage. Spektor’s performance was especially poignant for many of the attendees, as she is a Russian-born Jewish performer who moved to the U.S. from Soviet Russia over twenty years ago. Spektor also recently dropped her fifth record, Far, and is set to embark on a European tour next month to support that very album...
 
Monday, May 31, 2010

4Play: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings/ Christian Scott/ Nas & Damien Marley/ Mulatu Astake

Music Kristi Kates Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way - Daptone
Responsible, in large part, for resuscitating ‘50s-’60s-era soul music and bringing it into the modern day and age (even staging a well-cheered performance at the Lollapalooza Fest), the feisty Jones and her swaggering backing band are back with their sophomore set, as produced by Bosco Mann. Recorded on an Ampex 8-track for a warmer, more authentic sound, the album - and the band - perfectly support Jones’ confident Franklin/Staples/Turner-esque vocals on tunes like the groovin’ “Money” and the bluesy ballad “If You Call.”

 
Monday, May 31, 2010

Eels offer up a new album Tomorrow Morning

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Eels Offer Up New Album Tomorrow Morning
Eels are dropping their newest album this August, and will preface the album’s release with a world tour set to kick off on August 3. Eels frontman E (aka Mark Oliver Everett) says that the new set, Tomorrow Morning, will complete an album trilogy that began with 2009’s Hombre Lobo and January 2010’s End Times, and will be released on the Eels’ own E Works Records label. The tour itself will begin in Santa Ana, California, and will continue through a series of Japanese, Australian, UK, and European dates before returning to the U.S. in September for stops in Philly (9/22), Toronto (9/29), and Detroit’s own Crofoot on September 30...
 
Monday, May 31, 2010

Petoskey‘s Spring Fling

Features Kristi Kates Petoskey’s Spring Fling: Street party includes art, baseball, birds & a ghost walk
By Kristi Kates
What serves as a “bookend” for good times in downtown Petoskey? The
annal Spring Open House -- a street party that takes over downtown
this Friday.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Galactic Sherpas

Music Kristi Kates Jammin’ with Galactic Sherpas: BC’s ever-changing eco-friendly jam band
By Kristi Kates
“Galactic Sherpas has a history that runs deep in chaos and the
unforeseen,” the band’s Josh Hall chuckles, “and has been an ever-changing
path of many musicians that have wandered in and out of Boyne City over
the past four years.”
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Local CDs

Music Kristi Kates Local CDs
By Kristi Kates
Dean Wiers-Windemuller - Dean Wiers-Windemuller
Complete with rubber-stamped, recycled-paper CD envelope, Dean Wiers-Windemuller’s set includes contributions from James Forrest Hughes on bass, Brian Morrill on drums, and Michael Crittenden on percussion, although the songs are all written by the Grand Rapids singer-songwriter himself.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

4Play: Turin Brakes, Freelance Whales, Matt Pond Pa, The Bigger Lights

Music Kristi Kates Turin Brakes - Outbursts - Cooking Vinyl
Brit new-acoustic popsters TB wrote, performed, and produced their current offering mostly on their own, to supply their fans with their first studio album since 2007. First single “Sea Change” is also the album’s strongest highlight, with its spacious sound arriving in steps from the beat through the vocals and more symphonic elements. “Paper Heart” features more acoustic-meets-soul sounds, as do “Will Power” and the heavier “Radio Silence” - but “Sea Change” will likely be the track you’ll be putting into your favorite mixes.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

The Roots return with brand new album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The Roots Return With Brand New Album
The Roots new album is slated to hit stores in June - June 8, to be exact. The latest studio effort from the band, dubbed How I Got Over, will be the first since their 2008 set, Rising Down. In addition to How I Got Over and their current gig as house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots have also started tracking with Booker T of Booker T and the MGs for another new album, this one expected to feature a plethora of guest vocalists in addition to The Roots’ contributions...
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Memorial Day

Features Kristi Kates Memorial Day:: More Than Just a Picnic
By Kristi Kates
Contrary to the belief of thousands of happy three-day weekenders and
returning summer visitors, there’s a lot more to Memorial Day weekend than
just picnics, parties, and retail sales.
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Taking flight: A new festival

Music Kristi Kates Taking Flight:A new festival that’s for the birds
By Kristi Kates
“When I was younger, I grew up birding around Northern Michigan and
the Whitefish Point area with my father, Jim Porter,” explains concert
producer Sam Porter. “The love for nature and wildlife that grew out
of that experience is my personal inspiration for this event.”
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

The Energizert: Laith Al-Sadi

Music Kristi Kates The Energizer:Blues rocker Laith Al-Saadi gets a charge out of connecting
By Kristi Kates
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Laith Al-Saadi hasn’t had a real job since
he was 15.
“Not having a day job is a great motivator to make sure that you keep
working (on your music),” Al-Saadi explains with a chuckle. “My last
and only ‘real job’ was working at a Sbarro in Briarwood Mall in Ann
Arbor,” he continues, “but as soon as I realized that I could make
money doing what I loved, I was out of there. My high school blues
band, Blue Vinyl, built up a solid following, and I put all my
energies into booking us and writing material for the band.”
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Big Band Bill plays Charlevoix

Music Kristi Kates Big Band Bill plays Charlevoix:Trumpeter brings memories of playing with the greats
By Kristi Kates
It was Bill Hart’s fourth grade year in Iowa, where his parents owned
a service station. Traveling big bands would stop on their way to and
from gigs to grab some gas and perhaps an ice-cold Coca-Cola; all of
them seemed pretty exotic to the little boy.
 
 
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