Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide debuts on Comedy Central (Spoiler Alert)

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Tracy Morgan left nothing unsaid in his stand-up “Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide.” Premiering Sunday, April 20, at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central, he poked fun at everything from stocking up on Spam to Colonel Sanders stealing his chicken recipe, to the time he was mistaken for an Irish woman. DonningContinue reading “Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide debuts on Comedy Central (Spoiler Alert)”

Indie pick of the week: Holly Drummond

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Holly Drummond’s soft, soothing sound has been seen by some as “the female Damien Rice.” The 19-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter’s music varies from rich acoustic tracks  to lighter and more lively electronic music, as well as a plethora of song covers. “I enjoy recording vocals for EDM as it’s different andContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Holly Drummond”

Kristina Rinaldi wins first ever motion photography prize

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit In the digital age comes an evolution to media– especially photography. It’s easier than ever to share a visual story with the world in an instant– it’s grown to become an art of sorts. Announced this week, the first-ever Motion Photography Prize from Saatchi Art and Google+ was awarded toContinue reading “Kristina Rinaldi wins first ever motion photography prize”

Sony/Legacy Recordings hold year-long celebration of Henry Mancini

By Stephanie Sokol for The Pit In honor of the 50th Anniversary of “The Pink Panther – Music from the Film Score Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini,” Sony and Legacy Recordings are celebrating the composer by releasing a variety of collectible commemorative titles in 2014. Wednesday, April 16 would have been Henry’s 90th birthday,Continue reading “Sony/Legacy Recordings hold year-long celebration of Henry Mancini”

Whitecaps defeat Snappers 2-1, completing three game sweep

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Joint efforts from West Michigan Whitecaps right-hander Austin Kubitza and new shortstop Will Adames helped the team defeat the Beloit Snappers 2-1 Sunday afternoon, a game that allowed them to complete a three game sweep. Nothing got past the 6-foot-5 Kubitza, who struck out eight runs, and Adames provided himContinue reading “Whitecaps defeat Snappers 2-1, completing three game sweep”

Griffins defeat Checkers 2-1

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Grand Rapids Griffins Goaltender Tom McCollum’s 35-save performance helped his team take down the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 Sunday at The Time Warner Cable Arena. With two games left on their schedule, Charlotte (37-34-1-2) started the game tied at 77 points for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot, with both the RockfordContinue reading “Griffins defeat Checkers 2-1”

Malaya Watson, youngest finalist in ‘Idol’ history, reflects on experience

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Southfield-native Malaya Watson went home from American Idol last Thursday following her Wednesday-evening performance of “Through the Fire.” The 16-year-old vocalist  got to the top 8, and in doing so, made history as the youngest finalist of all time. Through the experience, she said she’s developed as a musician andContinue reading “Malaya Watson, youngest finalist in ‘Idol’ history, reflects on experience”

‘The Symphonic Nirvana’ to be released by 429 Records

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The same day Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 429 Records announced that “The Symphonic Nirvana,” a classical take on Nirvana’s grungy rock music, will be released September 2nd. Jaz Coleman, who is composing this work, has found success with similar albums, including “Symphonic MusicContinue reading “‘The Symphonic Nirvana’ to be released by 429 Records”

Indie pick of the week: Katie Herzig

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit You might not recognize artist Katie Herzig by name, but her music should be more familiar. The artist, whose alternative melodic-pop sound could be described as Sara Bareilles meets Ingrid Michaelson, has had songs appear in movies and television, in addition to her own personal tracks. “My sound has evolvedContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Katie Herzig”