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7:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Ex Pats Put Out New Album, Consider Moving Back To Michigan

Credit courtesy of Steve Leaf & The Ex Pats

A short story on Steve Leaf & The Ex Pats' new album. Scroll down for the full interview with Steve Leaf.

Now living in Chicago, Michigan band Steve Leaf & The Ex Pats is coming to Bell’s Brewery Friday night. They’ll debut their new album Three Circles & A Speaker. 

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Music
9:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Bergamot: Uplifting Indie To Go With Your Tea

Credit The Bergamot

Hear an interview with The Bergamot

Now based in Brooklyn, husband and wife duo Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece of South Bend are playing Tuesday night in Fennville at Salt of the Earth. They’re called The Bergamot--like the essential oil you find in teas and lotions, known to reduce stress and induce happiness.

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Arts & More
5:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Blues Guitarist Josh White Jr. On Being His Own Performer In The Spirit Of His Father

Josh White Jr.
Credit Courtesy of Douglas A. Yeager Productions, LTD

When blues guitarist Josh White Jr. started performing onstage with his father at the age of four, he had no idea it would charter a course for the rest of his life. His father, the late Josh White Sr., was a folk musician who worked with everyone from Woody Guthrie to President Franklin Roosevelt. He grew up performing alongside him, and has since developed a solid career as a singer/songwriter. In anticipation of his June 29th concert at Foundry Hall in South Haven, he shared his thoughts shunning the labels of the music world, and paying homage to his father's roots while developing his own cross-cultural sound. 

 Here is an excerpt: On honoring his father's legacy onstage:  "You know...before he died I remember him talking with our manager, and my dad was afraid that his guitar style would be lost because he didn't know if I was going to maintain it. Wherever I go I always make sure I have within my set two or three songs in a row that my old man did the way he did it and speak on him. Again it was something I was born into - I started doing it when I was three and a half. That which has happened has been a progression of. There was nothing else that was really pulling me that I wanted to do, and people started enjoying me doing my own stuff, and that's hard to beat."

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Folk Duo Red Tail Ring Brings 'Old-Time Minded' Sound To Modern Music

Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are a folk music duo that make up the group Red Tail Ring.
Credit Eana Agopian

As a musician, using your talent for someone else's benefit can be both rewarding and frustrating. You can get paid to perfect your craft, but you can't control how often you perform - or who will be listening. Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo had both hit those walls back in 2009.

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Music
9:37 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Teen Acoustic Prodigies, Other Michigan Female Musicians To Tour

Credit courtesy of The Accidentals

Hear the full interview with The Accidentals and Olivia Mainville

 Ten female musical acts from around the state are hitting the road together in a tour called “Girls With Guitars.” They’ll stop at Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo on Thursday.

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