Caleb Johnson wins American Idol Season 13

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Caleb Johnson’s third time on American Idol was the charm. The 23-year-old rockstar from Asheville, N.C. native beat 17-year-old Michigan singer Jena Irene Wednesday night, as the 13th season winner. During the final episode, the two performed Queen’s We Will Rock You, No Doubt’s Just a Girl and Bryan Adams and a flame cannonContinue reading “Caleb Johnson wins American Idol Season 13”

Whitecaps take Captains 4-1

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Two nights in a row, the West Michigan Whitecaps brought dominant starting pitching, allowing them to beat the Lake County Captains. Buck Farmer-s 12-strikeout led the Whitecaps to a 4-1 win at Classic Park Wednesday evening, as the Whitecaps (14-12)  struck out a season-high 15 batters in the game. The teamContinue reading “Whitecaps take Captains 4-1”

Indie pick of the week: Petals of Spain

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The vocal harmonies and music of the Denver-based band Petals of Spain is eerily similar to the Bohemian Rhapsody-rock group Queen, with a hint more brass background instrumentals reminiscent of Sublime. Nic Hammerberg, Hunter Hall, Mason Shelmire, Dylan Johnson and Taylor Imbrogno of Colorado are the five “petals” that makeContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Petals of Spain”

Detroit contestant competes on ‘The Price is Right’

Stephanie Sokol  for The Pit Detroit resident Dave Mitchell got a pleasant surprise on a recent trip to Los Angeles. He was in the audience of ‘The Price is Right’ with his 83-year-old mother, when he was called onstage to compete. “It was fantastic, something I never would have thought I would be a part of,”Continue reading “Detroit contestant competes on ‘The Price is Right’”

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”

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”

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”