November 18, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


Made in Michigan

Jan. 20, 2018

Most Michiganians are familiar with big names like Kellogg’s, Faygo pop, Hudsonville ice cream, Better Made snacks, and of course the entire lineup of Detroit auto manufacturers. And closer to home here in northern Michigan, we’ve got American Spoon Foods, Baabaazuzu, Cherry R... Read More >>

Build Your Own Classic Snowshoes

Jan. 20, 2018

Of all the things made in Michigan, the things you can make yourself are often some of the best. And if you love our great outdoors in the winter, there is no better DIY than building a set of Michigan’s oldest shoes for yourself.
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Fun at Subzero

Jan. 13, 2018

Not a fan of freezing weather? Does the idea of hopping on skis, skates, or snowshoes make you shrink back into your triple layer of sweaters and woolly socks? Time to think outside the flat screen. Here are 15 indoor pursuits to get you off your couch and help you while away the winter.<... Read More >>

Learn to Love Winter

Jan. 13, 2018

On the opposite end of the spectrum from those who hibernate their way through winter are those who embrace the season and all the opportunities it brings.
        
If you feel you’ve limited yourself to hiding inside for far too ... Read More >>

U2 – Songs of Experience – Interscope

Jan. 13, 2018

With every album U2 releases, old fans bemoan the fact that its work no longer sounds like its eager underground-bar breakouts of the ’80s, and newer fans discuss how all of the band’s new songs sound too much the same. This set (pictured) should quiet both issues, since it ad... Read More >>

Honoring Fleetwood Mac

Jan. 13, 2018

The 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert is prepping to honor Fleetwood Mac on Jan. 26 with a big, elegant event held during Grammy week. The special tribute concert this year will feature performances from Lorde, OneRepublic... Read More >>

Make Your Body a Machine

Jan. 6, 2018

 

If you’re like most of America, one of your 2018 resolutions is to get in shape. The hard part — well, besides sticking to a program — is finding a program you can stick to. The Express tapped into three of the much-talked-about diet and fitness a... Read More >>

Chris Thile – Thanks for Listening - Nonesuch

Jan. 6, 2018

First heard as “Songs of the Week” on the new version of "Prairie Home Companion" (hosted by Thile himself), this set of tunes has Thile playing the majority of the stringed instruments, with vocal accompaniment provided by Aoife O’Donovan, Gaby Moreno, and Sarah Jarosz.... Read More >>

Brand New is breaking up with us.

Jan. 6, 2018

Brand New (pictured), which is currently on tour in support of its Science Fiction album, has announced that it’s only going to be a band for another year, confirming longtime rumbles of an impending breakup. Fans are less than thrilled about the news, but Brand New... Read More >>

Herbivores, Unite!

Jan. 6, 2018

Humans are, by nature, omnivores; for food, most of us rely on both plants and animals. But is this dietary lifestyle the best choice for us? Ryan and Leigh Kennedy of Traverse City cut out the animal part of their diets and decided it was the best choice for them. Now they’re bring... Read More >>

Squirrel Nut Zippers No Longer Feared “Lost at Sea.”

Jan. 6, 2018

The swing craze of the late 1990s spawned a lot more than just a bunch of jazzy couples dolled up in cuffed khakis and swing-skirt dresses.
        
It also shot a shortlist of swing revival bands to the top of the charts, including The... Read More >>

Make 2018 Rock

Dec. 30, 2017

Another year’s worth of awesome concert events is just starting to rev up its engines here in northern Michigan! We can’t see all the way into the future, but we’ve definitely got a few great sneak peeks of some of the live shows you’ll love that are coming up nort... Read More >>

Bellaire Water Co.

Dec. 30, 2017

Excuse me, Evian, and move over, Mountain Valley. There’s a new thirst quencher in town, and just in time for your New Year’s Day hydration efforts, it’s coming to you direct from northern Michigan’s own underground waterways.
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Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch – Blade Runner 2049 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Epic Records

Dec. 30, 2017

The original movie featured a (now somewhat dated-sounding) synth score by Vangelis. The rebooted Blade Runner thankfully called on someone with both ears firmly in today’s film music world: Hans Zimmer, who collaborated with Benjamin Wallfisch to craft this deft, electroni... Read More >>

Get Your Winter On

Dec. 30, 2017

Nobody celebrates the short, cold, and snowy days of winter like Northerners. Bundle up and head out to one of these fabulous festivals for a bit of light to get you through these long dark days.

Indian River Winterfest - January 12–13
Easily acce... Read More >>

2018’s Weirdest Holidays

Dec. 30, 2017

New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — sure, they’re great. But what if the “regular” holidays just aren’t enough? We’ve got you covered! Here are some fun, unusual, and sometimes just pla... Read More >>

Pop Goes the Eminem

Dec. 30, 2017

Detroit rapper Eminem seems to be making a comeback bid with his latest album. His Revival set is out, and in a sharp turn from previous album efforts, it includes a host of guest performers who lean far more toward the pop end of the musical spectrum, including B... Read More >>

An Up North New Year's Eve

Dec. 16, 2017

Who’s ready for a little champagne and a lot of dancing? Get your best shoes on for this New Year’s Eve, as there’ll be plenty of dancing at northern Michigan’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties. Here’s what’s happening around the region the evening ... Read More >>

Lake Street Market Pecan Bars

Dec. 16, 2017

Sometimes a pie is just too much dessert.
        
But so much of the holidays are all about dessert — so what’s a sweet tooth to do?
        
Find the perfect mini version ... Read More >>

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon? – Caroline International

Dec. 16, 2017

 

While Gallagher is revered for his ability to craft a Beatles-esque sound without merely copying, he steps out with some impressive efforts to sharpen his craft even further by experimenting with scrapbook edits and some expansive instrumentals. But of course, we’re a... Read More >>