December 11, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author

Bardo Pond – Volume 8 - Fire America

Feb. 24, 2018

Philadelphia’s drone-jammers take another one of their Pink Floydian treks through sound on their latest set, 40 minutes of soundscapes that morph from track to track with nary a change in audio atmosphere. Was it the band’s intention to craft what’s essentially one long... Read More >>

Pangea's: Movin’ On Up

Feb. 24, 2018

Take a good look around the narrow, cozy, eclectically adorned interior of Pangea’s Pizza Pub in Traverse City next time you stop in for one of their award-winning artisan pizzas. Because by this summer, you might not recognize it.

A major renovation, expansion and branding ...

Chris Lemanski's 6,000-mile Stroll

Feb. 24, 2018

To experience a different kind of life.
That’s the reason Chris Lemanski moved to South America after growing up in Santa Rosa, California; he wanted to try something new. So he found a translation company to work... Read More >>

Smashing Pumpkins Make a Bright Return

Feb. 24, 2018

For months, there’s been rapid-fire talk of the the “will they or won’t they” variety in reference to the Smashing Pumpkins. The verdict is finally in, and the answer is yes: The Pumpkins are reuniting, with most of their original lineup, and hitti... Read More >>

Three Wow-worthy Vocal Shows in March

Feb. 24, 2018

A dose of terrific live music is a certain antidote to these long, dark northern Michigan winter days. Check out these three subtly spectacular shows coming up in Petoskey and Traverse City:

Six Appeal
March 10
They’ve sworn off...

Ben Frost –Fortitude – Mute

Feb. 17, 2018

The Australian composer based in (appropriately) Iceland was the perfect choice for the soundtrack to the British psychological thriller television series. His chilly synths and electronic experiments set up a virtual wall behind the storylines of the show; and on its own, the album bring... Read More >>

Birds of a Feather Cook Together

Feb. 17, 2018

Sometimes the best ideas happen during something as small as a chat between friends. That was all it took to get the ball rolling on the upcoming Birds of a Feather dinner happening this March at The Little Fleet in Traverse City: several great culinary minds thinking alike.

Th...

Camp Greensky Springs Into Festival Territory

Feb. 17, 2018

Kalamazoo jam-band-turned regional phenomenon Greensky Bluegrass (pictured) have announced the launch of their inaugural Camp Greensky Music Festival, set to run May 31­–June 2 at a location to be determined (the band posted a “save t... Read More >>

Do Me a Favor

Feb. 10, 2018

The paper pouch of pastel mints or customized M&Ms is, well … a reliable standby in the wedding favor department. But if you’re looking to leave guests something a little more memorable by their plate, consider something as unique as you.


Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 2 – Matador

Feb. 10, 2018

The second of Belle and Sebastian’s trio of planned companion EPs has arrived (the third will surface late this month), with all three together comprising a full album’s worth of music. This one is a kind of vague, delicate sketched overview of the band’s current sound, ... Read More >>

A New Shot of Rock from The Vaccines

Feb. 10, 2018

After three years with nary a release in sight, The Vaccines are returning with their much-anticipated fourth full-length album, Combat Sports, a collection of big, bold indie-rock tracks that alternate between brooding lo-tempo numbers and ecstatic rockers. The ... Read More >>

The Hit List

Feb. 10, 2018

A good DJ is the lifeblood of any wedding reception. They serve as master of ceremonies, keep the spotlight on the bride and groom, encourage the timid to dance, and keep the dance floor jamming all night long. Because they’ve quite literally heard — and seen — it all, w... Read More >>

Put a Ring on It

Feb. 10, 2018

Ruby, emerald, sapphire, topaz.
Pretty much everyone knows what those are. But have you heard of Leland blue stone, Lakeshore diamonds, or Fordite?
Those are just th...

What’s New, Now and Wow

Feb. 10, 2018

Each year, with its subsequent wedding seasons, brings new moods, looks, ambiance, and trends in everything from dresses to décor, table settings to menu choices, gifts to getaways. Here are a few takes on what we’re seeing in local wedding trends this year:


Beyond the Heart-Shaped Box

Feb. 5, 2018

Two familiar sights this time of year: the red-foil rectangular box of assorted chocolates and the box of candy hearts printed with sayings like “QTPie” “SURE LOVE” and “ALL MINE.&rdquo... Read More >>

Moon Taxi – Let the Record Play – RCA

Feb. 3, 2018

The first outing at the new major-label home for Nashville indie-rock band Moon Taxi is an interesting switch-up for the band, in that the label shift seems to have pushed the band toward more polished, radio-ready tunes — and farther from the melodically catchy and significantly hi... Read More >>

Get Revved Up for Festival Season

Feb. 3, 2018

Need another reason to get out of Dodge and into some warmer weather this spring? The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival (April 1–4 in Okeechobee, Florida), has announced it will feature sets by Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Leon Bridges, and more. Head ... Read More >>

Justin is a Man of the Woods

Jan. 27, 2018


Justin Timberlake (pictured) is dropping his brand new album Feb. 2, just a few days before his upcoming halftime performance at the 2018 Super Bowl. The set, titled Man of the Woods and featuring Timberlake on the cover in a split photo featuring ... Read More >>

David Housden – Thomas Was Alone Original Soundtrack – Black Screen Records

Jan. 27, 2018

The companion album to the quirky, minimalistic independent videogame is as quirky and minimalistic as the game itself. With spare piano/string combos, evocative synth lines, and special remastering for the vinyl edition, this set is a perfectly balanced ambient standout that compels from... Read More >>

Single MOMM on a Mission

Jan. 27, 2018

After her husband left her, Jennifer Finnegan Pool craved a place she could go to connect with other single moms. She couldn’t find one, so she created one.

Jennifer Finnegan Pool clearly remembers the day that she was, as she calls it, “deposited” in no... Read More >>