Category: Reviews

  • In Concert: Dave Matthews rocks DTE

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP — The Dave Matthews Band’s laid-back mood helped clear the stormy skies Tuesday night, July 9, at the DTE Energy Music Theater during its two-hour and 40-minute, 21-song set. “It’s turning out to be a lovely evening, and I hope ya’ll are enjoying yourselves,” Matthews said halfway […]

  • Concert Review: O.A.R. brings out unusual choices at Meadow Brook

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press O.A.R. brought a Jamaican vibe to a sunny Midwestern Sunday night, June 30, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival with a nearly two-and-a-half-hour set of ska and energetic rock. In casual dress, O.A.R. opened the show with “Lay Down,” spending the rest of the 25-song set dancing on the […]

  • Concert Review: Ke$ha and Pitbull attempt “Best Night of your Life”

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press The Palace lit up with energy and action, as Ke$ha and Pitbull performed for the “Best Night of My Life” tour, Friday June 7. Ke$ha opened the show with a performance of “Warrior.” Screens onstage flashed with clips from her videos and smoke erupted from the stage as she […]


    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit When three teenage boys grow fed up with their lives, and parents, they decide to rebel. Teen angst leads them to create a place to call their own, where no one can find them. These are ‘The Kings of Summer.’ The Sundance film, shot in Ohio, opens with a foreshadowing scene, […]

  • Concert Review: Lumineers enchant crowd at DTE Energy Music Theatre

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TWP. — With friendly conversation and folksy music, The Lumineers brought a fun, upbeat show to the DTE Energy Music Theatre on Thursday, June 6. The group’s 14-song, hour-and-20-minute show focused on tracks from their hit  2012 self-titled debut album, plus  a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick […]

  • Concert Review: Of Monsters And Men open Meadow Brook summer season

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press As the storms cleared on Tuesday night, May 28, above the Meadow Brook Music Festival, Of Monsters and Men celebrated with warmth and excitement during it’s 14-song, hour-and-45-minute set. Emerging from behind a white curtain, silhouetted by purples spotlights, the Icelandic folk rock group began its set with “Dirty […]


    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit There’s nothing like a cup of iced tea on a hot summer day. While many teas taste great served over ice,Celestial’s True Blueberry Herbal Tea is divine when chilled and slightly sweetened. Celestial describes the beverage as “combining herbal tea benefits with the sun-ripened flavor of real wild blueberries.” The caffeine-free […]

  • “The Great Gatsby”: elaborate, yet accurate

    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit A literary classic was brought back into theaters last week with the premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s  adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” In Luhrmann tradition, like his past works Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, the film was elaborately done, though in a tasteful way. Gatsby’s parties were spot on, brought to life the way F. Scott Fitzgerald intended them in […]

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