January 21, 2020

Kristi Kates | Author

Ice Cube Taking Over Detroit

Aug. 11, 2018

A big night for hip-hop is set to take place at The Takeover in Detroit on Sat., Sept. 29: Ice Cube is coming, and bringing him performers Too $hort and Spice 1. Ice Cube hasn’t been to Detroit since 2016, but with his 10th album, <... Read More >>

Pilots Hit the Trenches for New Album

Aug. 4, 2018

Twenty One Pilots has just announced its much-anticipated new album, Trench, which will hit outlets on Oct. 5 via Fueled by Ramen records. Two singles from the upcoming album, “Jumpsuit” and “Nico and the Niners” have already been released... Read More >>

A Boatload of Fun at Pirate Fest!

Aug. 4, 2018

Avast ye, mateys, and shiver yer timbers! Hoist up the mizzenmast and scrounge all hands on deck, there’s a scurvy bilge-rat trying to steal our grog before we can even pillage and plunder the local landlubbers!

If that all sounds like gibberish to you, you wouldn’t be... Read More >>

Kickin’ It in East Jordan

Aug. 4, 2018

Exchange students — students who study abroad to gain new cultural experiences and expand their worlds — often return to the foreign places where they studied to relive memories or visit their host families.
But Bar...

’80s Redux! Get Retro in St. Ignace

July 28, 2018


You might be hard-pressed to find a person who waxes nostalgic about ’80s hair and makeup. But press play on an album of ’80s hits at a wedding, and stand back and watch a group of otherwise upstanding 40- and 50-somethings get down like they’re reliving t... Read More >>

Traverse City’s Jeff Bihlman

July 28, 2018

If you’ve ever watched TV shows like All My Children, Sons of Anarchy, or the new series The Gifted — or if you’ve ever danced the night away to rockin’ tunes by The Bihlman Brothers — then you’ve likely heard musician Jeff “Jabo... Read More >>

Cinema Soundtrack: Live Music at the TCFF!

July 28, 2018

The live music before each film screening at the Traverse City Film Fest is a lot like the soundtrack to a film: It sets the scene, defines the mood, and absolutely elevates the audience experience.

That’s why performers are hand-selected to match the films, explains TCFF Mu... Read More >>

Pop and Underworld Team Up for Dub Tracks

July 28, 2018

Punk Detroiter Iggy Pop has teamed up with futuristic electronic/dub outfit Underworld for a collaborative single called “Get Your Shirt,” which can be found on their equally collaborative EP, Teatime Dub Encounters. The massive seven... Read More >>

Djawadi - Westworld: Season 2 Music From the HBO Series – WaterTower

July 21, 2018

Season two of Westworld has arrived, and along with it Djawadi’s approach of combining original compositions with player-piano-festooned-saloon covers of alternative, hip-hop, and pop tracks. The drawling piano chords serve as a link between the futuristic world and the vintage spac... Read More >>

Gorillaz Tour to Hit Toronto and Chicago

July 21, 2018

Gorillaz’ much-anticipated brand new album, The Now Now, just hit stores a couple of weeks ago, and the band is already racking up the tickets sales from fans clamoring to hear tracks both old and new. Led by frontman Damon Albarn (also sin... Read More >>

Bay Burrito Co.

July 21, 2018

What’s missing in Suttons Bay?
To Seth and Jenn Friedman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan natives who keep a second home in the petite Leelanau Peninsula village, the answer was Mexican street food. So they took matters — and tacos, and burritos, and quesadillas — into ... Read More >>

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...

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 >>

Two Guys and their Food Trucks

July 14, 2018

Entrepreneurs Ben Crow and Syker Nelles have been friends since junior high school, when a chance accident turned the pair of classmates into lifelong pals.
“Ben broke his leg at football practice, and I was the one who v... 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 >>


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 >>

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.
&...

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 >>