January 22, 2021

Kristi Kates | Author

Closing Time

Sept. 15, 2018

During summer, Mackinac Island receives about 15,000 visitors each day. Come October, the island — whose populations dwindles to roughly 500 permanent residents — comes to a near halt. Horses are ferried to more forgiving climes, the hotels and inns are shuttered, and the usua... Read More >>

Cadillac’s Up North Arts

Sept. 15, 2018

Something was missing in Cadillac.
At least, something was missing if you were the artistic type — or an appreciator of the fine arts.
So the Cadillac Arts Council...

Traps PS – New Chants – Innovative Leisure

Sept. 8, 2018

Short tunes, directly to the point, charging in and crashing right back out again. That’s the modus operandi of Traps PS, which purposefully keeps its tracks abbreviated, not wasting a single note or beat that isn’t meant to be there. But these songs, tightly wound and laser-f... Read More >>

TV on the Radio Reboots Old Album

Sept. 8, 2018

It doesn’t seem like 10 years since TV on the Radio released its third hit indie rock album, Dear Science, but it has indeed been a decade. (Their latest album was 2014’s Seeds.) To celebrate that fan-beloved release, the band is staging a sp... Read More >>

Shoulder Season Meanders for Locals

Sept. 8, 2018

The shoulder season of fall is a northern Michiganian’s reward for working their way through another hot, bustling, crowded northern Michigan summer season.
The tourists have departed, the roads and sidewalks are less crow... Read More >>

Amanda Shires –To The Sunset –SK Records

Sept. 1, 2018

Opening track “Parking Lot Pirouette,” sets the tone here; it’s an affecting number about not being able to leave the one you’re with, and that push-pull of relationships is a continuing theme. On “Eve’s Daughter,” the man in question is a militar... Read More >>

Anne-Marie Goes Back to 2002

Sept. 1, 2018

Breakthrough artist and BRIT Award-nominated artist Anne-Mariecontinues (pictured) to throw out great pop singles and collaborations, her latest being the track “2002,” which she co-wrote with fellow singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. An acoustic p... Read More >>

  The New & Improved Boyne River Inn

Sept. 1, 2018

Sometimes the classics are all you need. 
That’s the approach of the Boyne River Inn — affectionately nicknamed “The BRI” — in Boyne City, where the menu offers up uncomplicated, from-scratch di... Read More >>

Bear McCreary– God of War: Playstation Soundtrack– Sony Classical

Aug. 25, 2018

McCreary, who’s contributed music to such dramatic, different shows as the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, shows off his abilities to score quirky, fantasy situations once again on this PS-exclusive soundtrack. The seasoned composer actually puts some of his best work into this vide... Read More >>

Book It: Mackinac Island’s 2018 Jazz Weekend

Aug. 25, 2018

“It’s another great Mackinac Island summer!” said Ken Hayward by phone from the island’s famed Grand Hotel. Hayward, the hotel’s executive vice president and managing director, said this tourist season so far has been like none ever before — and that in... Read More >>

Hanson Bros. Study Up on String Theory  

Aug. 25, 2018

If you remember the ’90s, then you probably remember Hanson, the long-haired, three-brother pop trio that cranked out several radio hits in that era. Well, they’re on their way back, having collaborated with David Campbell to craft a new album... Read More >>

Welcome to The Back Lot

Aug. 25, 2018

David Meikle is a busy guy. Partners in the Petoskey bar/restaurants Tap 30 and Pour along with Steve Steffes, you wouldn’t think he’d have time to come up with yet another business endeavor.
But in the empty alleywa...

It’s a Sweet Celebration at Bentley Hill Bakehouse

Aug. 25, 2018

Michelle Rogner has been baking since she was 9 years old. The former Bay City resident got jobs catering as an adult, but it wasn’t until she moved north — and added a big dash of cinnamon — that she really found her calling.


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 >>

Long Lake Culinary Campus Breaks New Foodie Ground

Aug. 11, 2018

The last student walked out of Traverse City’s Long Lake Elementary for the final time in 2012. But the school deemed too old, outdated, and expensive to keep open for area school kids wasn’t done fulfilling its mission — at least, not as Timothy Fitzgerald Young saw it.... Read More >>

77:78 – Jellies – Pias America

Aug. 11, 2018

Sprung out of the musical outfit The Bees is this side effort from Tim Parkin and Aaron Fletcher, on which they play with different retro-fied sounds and overdubs, assembling puzzles of audio. While a couple of the tracks are a bit overwhelming to listen to due to sheer component overload... 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...

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 >>

’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 >>