Category: Reviews

  • Indie pick of the week: AfterMidnight

    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit An emotional and reflective sound is what Oklahoma band AfterMidnight delivers to listeners’ ears. Lyrics filled with hopeful depth about life and love layer over strong instrumentals to produce music reminiscent of John Mayer, Neon Trees, The Lumineers and One Republic. “Our music has a lot of passion, energy, and meaning,” Karimi […]

  • Indie pick of the week: Robb Murphy

    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Singer-songwriter Robb Murphy’s music is deep and inspiring, reflecting on life through stories of falling in love, and finding yourself. With acoustic riffs and synthesizer pop instrumentals, Robb’s songs take listeners on a journey to another place. His sound is reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie and Guster, with the lyrical depth of City and Colour. Growing up in a musically-inclined family in Comber, Ireland, […]

  • Soothing Sips: Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos is the perfect autumn tea

    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Today I finally purchased a tea I have been lusting over since its release a few weeks ago. Teavana’s Spiced Apple Cideris fall in a cup—the blend of rooibos, apple, cinnamon and clothes warms you up on a crisp, fall day. After adding about 2 tablespoons of the blend to my infuser, […]

  • Concert Review: Shinedown lets Carnival of Madness crowd be the boss

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Shinedown lead vocalist Brent Smith was a commanding presence Tuesday night, Aug. 27, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, uniting the crowd through both song and story during the fourth annual Carnival of Madness tour. The group headlined this year’s lineup, which also included Papa Roach, Skillet, We As […]


    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit After sampling it a few dozen times as I walked by the store, I finally broke down and invested in Teavana’s most popular tea combination, Youthberry White Tea and Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea. And I have to say, I am happy with my purchase. I was pleasantly surprised to find out the store’s exchange […]

  • Concert Review: The Backstreet Boys still have a place “In a World Like This”

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TWP. — Though the world is changing, there’s still a place for The Backstreet Boys. The quintet proved that on Thursday night, Aug. 8, at DTE Energy Music Theatre, with performances of their most popular songs as well as new tracks from the just-released “In a World Like […]

  • Black Sabbath blasts into the past and future at DTE

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TWP. — Ozzy Osbourne wanted to see our hands during Black Sabbath’s concert Thursday night, Aug. 6, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. Our f—— hands, that is. As often as possible. And he certainly got what he asked for, from a legion of headbangers thrilled to join […]

  • Concert Review: OneRepublic helps blast the rain away at Meadow Brook

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press ROCHESTER HILLS — OneRepublic’s brand of upbeat pop-rock cleared the stormy skies over the Meadow Brook Music Festival  on Saturday, July 27, as the group performed following two Michigan-born opening acts. Tony Lucca was the first up, playing a solo acoustic five-song, 25-minute set. The Pontiac native, who now resides […]

  • Concert Review: Under The Sun tour brings ’90s back in force at DTE

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press It was an upbeat evening of ’90s nostalgia Sunday, July 21, at the DTE Energy Music Theater as Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray headlined Under the Sun, a funny four-hour package show of pop and alternative hits from the final decade of the 20th century. Sugar Ray singer and […]

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