February 23, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


The Orb – No Sounds Are Out of Bounds – Cooking Vinyl

July 14, 2018

The English ambient/EDM pair are back for album No. 15, and for this one seem to have decided to throw a collaborative party, considering that Roger Eno, Andy Cain, Youth, Jah Wobble, Roney FM, Guy Pratt, Gaudi, Brother Culture, and more (whew!) show up to throw vocals into the ring. Emma... Read More >>

Mackinac Cottage Tours

July 14, 2018

Moira Croghan knows Mackinac Island right down to its roots. Her family has been there since the 1800s. Although she was raised in Washington, D.C. and later made her home in Richmond, Virginia, she’s spent most every summer of her life on Mackinac.

Once she retired, she mad... Read More >>

McCartney Stops at Egypt Station

July 14, 2018

The Beatle is back — Paul McCartney is returning with a brand new studio album, Egypt Station. He said its concept is illustrated through the album itself, which starts on one song (station) and then stops at each subsequent song to follow.... Read More >>

FourScore

July 7, 2018

The Record CompanyAll of This Life - Concord
What do you do after releasing a Grammy-nominated debut album? You go seek out a top-notch mixer and try to top your last collection of tunes, of course — and that’s exactly what TRC did on th... Read More >>

Alpenfest Music Amps up the Alpenstrasse!

July 7, 2018

Gaylord’s Alpenfest is rich in tradition — and it’s also poppin’ with music — and not just the kind made by an alphorn. Each year, the summer festival offers up a diverse slate of live performers, with 2018’s roster spanning everything from the crooners... Read More >>

Watch the Waters

July 7, 2018

Roger LeLievre was practically born a boat nerd.
        
The editor and publisher of the Know Your Ships field guide to spotting freighters on the Great Lakes got a very early start in the hobby that would become his authorship.
&... Read More >>

Bon Iver, National, Staples, Headlining Mo Pop

July 7, 2018

The Mo Pop Music Festival is heading back to Detroit, specifically to West Riverfront Park for this year’s outing (July 28–29), where they’ll be cranking out the jams right across the river from Canada. In a festival setting full of a wide variety of foo... Read More >>

Sail the Sweetwater Seas

July 7, 2018

Avast, ye landlubber! Want to get out on northern Michigan’s sweetwater seas, but don’t know a sheet from a sail or an anchor from aft? No problem — hop on board one of these sailboats plying the lakes, and choose between riding in style as a guest, or learning the ropes... Read More >>

FourScore

June 30, 2018

 

DawesPasswords – HUB Records
On its sixth album, Dawes stretch out a bit, pulling song topics from internal matters to those about relationships and communities, which makes the overall record more widely appealing than previou... Read More >>

Puppet Master Darci Lynne Farmer

June 30, 2018

A singing female rabbit, a mouse from Motown (who has a crush on Mel B., aka Scary Spice, from ’90s girl group the Spice Girls), a granny carrying a torch for Simon Cowell, and a yodeling cowgirl.
        
These are just a few of ... Read More >>

On Your Mark, Get Set, DUCK!

June 30, 2018

The athletes are poised for action at the starting line, their coaches behind them for one last pep talk, their competition lane before them.
        
The air vibrates with the sound of the starting horn, and all webbed feet and wings su... Read More >>

Light it Up

June 30, 2018

Every Fourth of July, you’re faced with two choices: You can cram your kids and blankets and lawn chairs and snacks in the car and fight the crowds so you can be wowed by your town’s fantastic and free fireworks display. Or you can spend some money to risk life, limb, and your... Read More >>

The Best Lil’ Festival You Never Heard Of

June 30, 2018

Looking for a smaller, quieter way to celebrate your Fourth in the North?
        
Try on the Manistee National Forest Festival for size. A truly down-home tradition that started eight decades ago as a homecoming event for Manistee nativ... Read More >>

Beastie Boys Get Bookish

June 30, 2018

The Beastie Boys are the subject of a new print memoir that will finally hit stores this fall, after much anticipation from their fans and much effort from Mike D and Ad Rock, who have been working on the book since 2013. The tome tells r... Read More >>

 Various Artists – Black Panther: Music From and Inspired By – Interscope

June 23, 2018

Kendrick Lamar was tapped to curate this soundtrack to accompany the hit Marvel film, and he did a top-notch job of bringing together hip-hop and neo-soul to underscore the themes of the movie. Album opener “Black Panther” finds Lamar himself taking on the hero’s alter e... Read More >>

Cherry Crescendo: This Year’s Cherry Fest Concerts!

June 23, 2018

Once your stomach is full of all things cherry, you’ve played bingo ’til you dropped, watched the parades, swam in the bay, cheered on your favorite Cherry Idol, and turned your eyes to the skies for the Blue Angels, you might be wondering what else you can do at the Traverse ... Read More >>

Florence and the Machine Hunger for New Music

June 23, 2018

The much-anticipated fourth studio album from Florence and the Machine, High as Hope, is out this week on Republic Records, with lead single “Hunger” available alongside its own music video. The album is the first time lead singer Florence Wel... Read More >>

Trampled by Turtles – Life is Good on the Open Road – Banjodad

June 16, 2018

All six members of TBT took a trek out to a cabin in the woods of Minnesosta to construct this album, which leans heavily on their bluegrass roots and doesn’t really make any strides towards growth or change. Their fans are more than likely fine with that, as they’re of a diff... Read More >>

Blondie to Rock Interlochen

June 16, 2018

Blondie came together in Manhattan in the mid-’70s, first snagging popularity in Australia and the U.K. before generating U.S. acclaim with their 1978 album, Parallel Lines. Eleven studio albums later, the band is still cranking out its disco-inspired new-wave jams, tracks ... Read More >>

Live Music, Now Amid the Lavender

June 16, 2018

After 23 years of concerts, Aten Place closed the doors to its legendary Summer Concerts in the Barn series last summer. The venue’s hosts, Bill and Maxine Aten, had staged two decades’ worth of shows as a labor of love, presenting a wide variety of musical guests in their old... Read More >>