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6:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Punk Rock Legends Take Their Music To New Levels in "Punk Goes Acoustic"

Matlock, left, and Sylvain bring their hits to the stage in acoustic form as part of their tour, 'Punk Goes Acoustic.'
Credit Courtesy of Jo Murray

Punk rock is a genre of music known for its authority-bucking attitude, aggressive lyrics and energetic sound.

But when you unplug the amp and slow things down, you’ll find that there’s a new appreciation for how things are done. Just ask Glen Matlock, bass guitarist and founder of British punk rock group the Sex Pistols. 

"All the best songs are about the lyrics, and you can hear the lyrics clearer. We still give it 100%, if not more," he says. 

Matlock has teamed up with fellow bass player and founding member of the New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain to present ‘Punk Goes Acoustic,’ an evening of music from each of their bands focused primarily on the stripped down sound.  

“You gotta remember that we’re both writers and we’re both basically playing the songs that we wrote in our careers in the bands that we were in, and we wrote those songs basically on acoustic guitars," says Sylvain.

"The performance turns out to be like the way you would have heard it [as if] I just wrote the song and I recorded it on my little cassette recorder or nowadays on a smart phone. And that’s really how it translate, and it’s really good.” 

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Local Music
5:02 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

LHI Live: Jazz pianist Edward Simon with Keith Hall

Edward Simon
Credit John Kelman

Venezuelan jazz pianist Edward Simon, who got his start with bandleaders Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Mann and others, recently signed on with the all-star lineup of the SFJAZZ Collective.

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Arts & More
4:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Laughter Yoga Delivers Stretches For The Soul

Angēla Essick Dykes leads a laughter yoga class at Gilda's Club in Grand Rapids.
Erin Williams

The goal of traditional yoga is to make you feel stretched, calm, and grounded. Put the world "laughter" in front of it, and you get an hour of fun that will leave you feeling stretched and less stressed. 

"Laughter is the best medicine," says instructor Angēla Essick Dykes "So medicine is supposed to make us feel better and heal, and so the ultimate outcome in my opinion is that laughter brings healing."

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WMU Hockey
6:44 am
Fri March 14, 2014

WMU Hockey Opens Post-Season on Friday

Western Michigan University hockey - file photo
Credit GS Photo/WMU Media Relations

Interview with David Drew

    

Update: Western Michigan swept Minnesota-Duluth to advance to the semi-finals of the NCHC tournament. 

Western Michigan has completed its first regular season in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Broncos are the fifth seed for the first ever conference tournament. 

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WMUK News
6:26 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Kalamazoo County Gets $1.4 Million to Fix Winter Road Damage

Local roads took a beating this winter.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The state will give $1.4 million to Kalamazoo Co. to help it repair roads disintegrating after the harsh winter.

It’s the local share of $215 million state legislators have approved for winter road repairs. A little more than half of Kalamazoo County's award goes to the county road commission; the rest is split between nine cities and villages. The City of Kalamazoo will receive $324,444, Portage $220,852 and Vicksburg $13,903.

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