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”

Griffins beat Hamilton Bulldogs in shootout

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit In the 10th round of Saturday’s shootout, Nathan Paetsch delivered a game-winning shot into the left side of the net, allowing the Grand Rapids Griffins to defeat the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 in a tough game at the Van Andel Arena. Paetsch led the Griffins ahead to the win, following TomContinue reading “Griffins beat Hamilton Bulldogs in shootout”

Michigan Pinball Expo returns for fifth year

Stephanie Sokol and Stevie Thieda for The Pit Five years ago, John Kosmal started the Michigan Pinball Expo to unite local pinball machine collectors, and increase the sport’s popularity among people of all ages. “The idea behind it was, we had a bunch of collectors in the area that were into collecting pinball machines,” KosmalContinue reading “Michigan Pinball Expo returns for fifth year”

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”

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”

Iconic child star Shirley Temple Black died late Monday

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Shirley Temple Black, one of the most well-known and successful Hollywood child stars, died last night, according to her publicist. She was 85. Known for her signature singing, corkscrew curls, starring movie roles and tap-dancing, Temple Black also served as a diplomat for a majority of her life. The starContinue reading “Iconic child star Shirley Temple Black died late Monday”