December 11, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


The Buckley Old Engine Show

Aug. 12, 2017

Fifty years ago this summer, a group of farmers got together to display their farm equipment at a friendly neighborhood show, to get a little insight into each other’s work methods and to enjoy some camaraderie.

Today, that same Buckley Old Engine Show — albeit a... Read More >>

Lana Del Rey Shares Her Summer Bummer

Aug. 12, 2017

Singer Lana Del Rey (pictured) released her fourth album, Lust for Life, earlier this month, and she prefaced the album’s release with two new songs that are included on the set, the filmy “Groupie Love” and a collaboration with rapper Read More >>

Arcade Fire – Everything Now - Columbia

Aug. 12, 2017


It’s disco but not entirely ’70s. Synthesized but not cold. Derivative, but in a purposeful (if not always successful) way. Arcade Fire chose an often-derided musical era to influence their latest set, and while some choices prove worthy twists on those sounds (“P... Read More >>

Autumn’s Essential Accessories

Aug. 5, 2017

Looking for a chic and cheap way to update your fall wardrobe? We shopped the fall 2017 runways to bring you the quintessential quartet of accessories — all available at Up North boutiques — that’ll easily up your autumn style ante without emptying your wallet.

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About Face

Aug. 5, 2017

 

Pretty much everything needs to begin with a good foundation, and faces are not excluded from that philosophy. After a summer spent under the sun, slathered with sunscreen, and spritzed with insect repellent, you’ll want to renew your skin and update your features wit... Read More >>

Aloe Blacc Seeks America’s Musical Treasures

Aug. 5, 2017

Singer and hip-hop artist Aloe Blacc, so far best known for his collaboration with Avicii on the hit single “Wake Me Up,” will host a new 3-D documentary called America’s Treasures, which will explore American culture through it... Read More >>

Gaylord's Farm Fest Returns

Aug. 5, 2017

Farm Fest, the music event that happens every August, is likely the only concert that bills itself as a “Moooosical Magical Happening.” And probably the only one where you might also see cows.

But grazing fellow concert goers aside, there’s good reason 2,000 folk... Read More >>

Colton Dixon – Identity – Capitol

Aug. 5, 2017

Stacking blocks of electronica and pop upon his established base of spiritual alternative rock, Dixon’s latest pulls together sympathetic mental ponderings, encouraging anthems, and conceptual explorations in an ambitious undertaking that mostly works, thanks to the common thread of... Read More >>

Microbrew and Music Celebrates a Decade

Aug. 5, 2017

The annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew and Music Festival is turning 10 years old this August. One of TC’s premier summertime events, the festival heads back to the front lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons August 11 and 12. Here’s what you can expect:

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Back to the Golden Age of Gaming At Traverse City’s Coin Slot

July 29, 2017

You can’t have just one, according to Traverse City’s Scott Pierson. Nope, not potato chips — upright video arcade games, the large-scale console machines ubiquitous to ’80s-era pizza joints and ice cream parlors. But lucky you, gaming fan — you’re the ... Read More >>

3 Family Friendly Festivals Up North

July 29, 2017

Round ’em up and move ’em out! We’re more than halfway through summer, so you’d best saddle up and get to as many festivals as you can before summer’s over. Here’s a quick guide to a trio of fests coming up over the next couple of weeks.

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Fall Out Boy Champions Its Own New Album

July 29, 2017

Fall Out Boy has returned with a brand new track, “Champion,” that’s half arena rocker, half motivational chant with its refrain, “I can do anything.”  The tune is baffling fans to some degree as it’s very different stylistically t... Read More >>

Lake Leelanau's RedTop Pasteria Mixes and Matches Savory Favorites

July 29, 2017

Detroit-style pizza and Finnish pasties. In the classic words of Sesame Street, “One of these things is not like the other.” But Lake Leelanau’s RedTop Pasteria most definitely makes this Motor City-Finn merge work.

Owners Jill DeLeary and her husband, K... Read More >>

The Magpie Salute – The Magpie Salute – Eagle Rock

July 29, 2017

Just formed at the end of last year, The Magpie Salute is a spinoff of The Black Crowes, consisting of former The Black Crowes members Rich Robinson, Sven Pipien, and Marc Ford (The Crowes broke up in 2015.) The Salute’s sound is very reminiscent of the Crowes, most obviously so on ... Read More >>

Nearshore Buoys, Workhorses of the Great Lakes

July 29, 2017

 

Kristin Schrader, the communications manager for the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), bubbles over with enthusiasm for buoys. She’s even got a buoy license plate and buoy stickers on her car. Yes, buoys — those ubiquitous floating water markers (usually used... Read More >>

Chatting with Comedian-turned-filmmaker Noël Wells

July 22, 2017

Big-city executives aim at a windowed corner office and a company car, chefs aspire to open their own restaurants, and doctors dream of headlining their own medical practice, but most comedic actors … ? They typically view Saturday Night Live as a career pinnacle. Texas na... Read More >>

A Michigan Film Tour

July 22, 2017

Some are obvious, some less so. Some are easy to access — some take a little adventuring. But what they all have in common is that they’ve got a direct line to Hollywood, having served as settings for various films shot in our Great Lakes state. Here’s how you can visit ... Read More >>

Bottoms Up: Cultured Ferments' Kombucha Tea

July 22, 2017

Founded in 2016 by Traverse City’s Courtney Lorenz, a former culinary student at Northwestern Michigan College, Cultured Ferments is bringing a homebrew-inspired version of Kombucha — a slightly fizzy, fermented sweet tea — to the masses.
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Michigan Rattlers Shake Up the West

July 22, 2017

Michigan Rattlers’ Graham Young and Adam Reed — a mustache-sporting duo from Petoskey — offer up honest Midwestern faces seasoned with a little California beach time. But it’s their unusual band configuration — guitar and standup bass, with vocals on top &mda... Read More >>

Estupendo! Shakira Returns

July 22, 2017

Colombian singer turned international superstar turned The Voice coach Shakira is back with a brand new album, El Dorado, her first since 2014. The album has already spawned its first single, “Nada,” plus a duet with reggaeton singer ... Read More >>