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Kristi Kates | Author

Traverse City’s Honeypot Pickups Reverberates in Local Music Scene and Beyond  

Sept. 2, 2017

When Cameron McLean says that he prefers a “sweeter” guitar tone — a less harsh, prettier sound than what you might often hear in rock music — he really means it. In fact, he built a company devoted to the cause: Traverse City’s Honeypot Pickups.

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The Up North Artists to Watch Now

Sept. 2, 2017

Keep your eyes on these artists — they’re making a mark on northern Michigan’s music scene with their own brands of folk, funk, country, vintage rockabilly, and more. Check ’em out now, so you can say you’ll knew ’em when.

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Harbor Springs’ Rodrigo’s Serves up Authentic Mexican Food

Aug. 26, 2017

The husband and wife team of Sara Gaydan and Rodrigo Sandoval took the long route to northern Michigan. Both were born in Brownsville, Texas, a city at the southernmost tip of the state, just across the border from Mexico, on the banks of the Rio Grande. They eventually traveled east and ... Read More >>

Tastemaker: Pour’s Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad

Aug. 26, 2017

Pour’s executive chef Jarod Kirby has a way with watercress.
And he’s using it as the base for the wine bar and restaurant’s newest salad, an end-of-summer menu addition that makes the very best of local flavo... Read More >>

Awon and Linkrust – Moon Beams – Don’t Sleep Records

Aug. 26, 2017

From French producer Linkrust and Brooklyn MC Awon arrives this collaboration, an album that will become a household repeat upon first listen. Flipping back and forth between Awon’s classic flow and Linkrust’s ability to pull and spin gritty beats from a short range of eras (h... Read More >>

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Heads Into the Woods

Aug. 26, 2017

Former Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic has a new band called Giants in the Trees, and the newbie quartet has just dropped a lo-fi music video for its debut tune, “Sasquatch.” In the video, the bandmates clamber around on old tree trunks as... Read More >>

Downstate Destinations: Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Aug. 26, 2017

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum — named after the late Marvin Yagoda (pictured), who founded the place back in 1979 — is exactly as remarkable as its name would indicate.

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Mackinac Bridge Walk Breaks Tradition

Aug. 26, 2017

Summer 2017 marks 60 years of the Mackinac Bridge Walk and one major break in tradition.

“Because of threats happening across the country … We met with Homeland Security and the Michigan State Police, and it was decided that for the first time, we will not be all... Read More >>

Refurbishing a Jewel: How to Paint the Mackinac Bridge

Aug. 26, 2017

If you think painting your fence is a tough summer project, imagine repainting the entire Mackinac Bridge.

The suspension bridge, which connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, stretches nearly 5 miles, across the Straits of Mackinac. 

“Every compon...

Truckers and Tractors to Roll Across the Mackinac Bridge in September

Aug. 26, 2017

If your fandoms run toward the vehicular end of things, there are two upcoming events happening the Mackinac Bridge that you shouldn’t miss:

Annual Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing
Sept. 8
The nationally syndicated TV sho...

Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife: Further Listening 1996–2000 – Rhino

Aug. 19, 2017

For fans of the Boys’ 1999 concept album, Nightlife, its renowned collaboration with producers Rollo and Craig Armstrong, this latest release is the equivalent of revisiting an old friend and finding that he or she has had a lot of work done. The 1999 (remastered) album is included ... Read More >>

The Killers Run for Cover

Aug. 19, 2017

Las Vegas indie-rockers The Killers have just released a brand new track called “Run for Cover,” which is pretty much the opposite of what fans are going to do when they hear what the band’s up to next. Instead, they’ll run to the nearest music out... Read More >>

Pigs Eatin’ Ribs Jumbo Chili-Cheese Tater Skins

Aug. 12, 2017

There are three requirements for enjoying the traditional foods of a northern Michigan summer: ice cream, cherries, and barbeque. While Cherry Festival is now past, and ice cream season is waning, you can still count on barbeque to carry right into the fall, and a great place to get your ... Read More >>

Chef’s Choice: Inspiring Cookbooks

Aug. 12, 2017

Ever wonder what cookbooks your favorite chefs read and use? We’ve sought out the tomes that are tops on the shelves of some of northern Michigan’s best local chefs and cooks. Find out why these particular cookbooks helped launch, sustain, or inspire their culinary careers!Read More >>

Homegrown Hoxeyville: Secluded Jams and Scenic Views

Aug. 12, 2017

Hoxeyville might be the only music festival where attendees boat with their favorite band. But set as it is on 150 acres of farmland inside the Manistee National Forest and near the banks of the Pine River, informal canoe excursions, morning swim sessions, and mounting biking are as commo... Read More >>

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 >>