Indie pick of the week: Antevorta

Hailing from Metro Detroit, Antevorta considers themselves “divergent and distinct” in the music world, and could be considered part of the metal, punk/hardcore scene, though they don’t believe in labels. While the band was formed two years ago by vocalist and lyricist Carter Jones, the current line up, who have been together for about threeContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Antevorta”

Indie pick of the week: The Deals

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit If you’re looking for that guitar-filled, classic-rock sound, this might be your band. Self-described as a “a late 60’s power trio sound with aggressive, expressive, and inventive playing on behalf of each and every member,” The Deals draw influence from some of the biggest names in rock ‘n roll. FriendsContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: The Deals”

Pop artist Vid Taylor reveals latest work, “The Times Newsaic”

Artist Vid Taylor’s latest project is newsworthy. Through ‘The Times Newsaic,” he transformed New York Times clips into something new– a series of collage pop art works. “(Through The Times Newsaic) I would like people to reflect on the world around them and the chaotic manner in which we are constantly barraged with ideas, images, andContinue reading “Pop artist Vid Taylor reveals latest work, “The Times Newsaic””

Elimanted ‘Idol’ contestant Ben Briley talks experience, future

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit On Thursday night, Ben Briley became the first male contestant eliminated from American Idol season XIII. Briley said his song choice (Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets”), which broke away from his traditional country performances and spotlighted his piano skills, was probably the reason he was eliminated. While it disappointedContinue reading “Elimanted ‘Idol’ contestant Ben Briley talks experience, future”

Emily Piriz eliminated from American Idol, reflects on experience

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Emily Piriz, 18, was eliminated from American Thursday night, March 6 following her performance of “Stars.” The Florida native said her parents and boyfriend were her biggest support system, and she enjoyed being on Idol. The experience and constructive criticism, as well as many new friendships, are what she takesContinue reading “Emily Piriz eliminated from American Idol, reflects on experience”

Andre 3000 stars as Jimi Hendrix in upcoming film, clip released

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Rolling Stone released a clip from the long-anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, which premieres next week at South by Southwest 2014. The movie tells the story of the famous guitarist and singer’s life leading up to fame. The film, starring Andre 3000, actor and Outkast MC, wasContinue reading “Andre 3000 stars as Jimi Hendrix in upcoming film, clip released”

Indie pick of the week: Holoking

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit At first listen, Chicago indie hip-hop duo Holoking resembles a more rhythmic early Lupe Fiasco sound, meshed with a touch of Kid Cudi. But the rhythms and uniqueness of each song is what makes this group different– artsy rhythm and instrumentals compliment the strength of influential lyrics. Vocalist “MC Diverse”Continue reading “Indie pick of the week: Holoking”

Kristen O’Connor eliminated from ‘Idol,’ looking to the future

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit After making it to the top 13, contestant Kristen O’Connor was eliminated from American Idol XIII Thursday night, February 27, after her performance of “Beautiful Disaster.” O’Connor, 24, said she chose that song, which was performed by 2002 winner Kelly Clarkson in the first season of Idol, to show off her range.Continue reading “Kristen O’Connor eliminated from ‘Idol,’ looking to the future”