Nico Vega’s new album brings fresh sound

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Indie band Nico Vega‘s sound has evolved over time. What started as grungy garage rock has transformed to a more structured musically alternative melody, which will be heard on their upcoming album, “Lead to Light.” “I would say that we probably started out a lot heavier,” Vocalist Aja Volkman said.Continue reading “Nico Vega’s new album brings fresh sound”

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”

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”

Indie pick of the week: Emi McDade

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Self-described as an “acoustic singer-songwriter with soul-jazz influence,” Emi McDade has a strong and emotional voice, almost Amy Lee meets Sarah McLachlan. Music has always been a big part of the 16-year-old’s life. Emi, who grew up in a small town near Glouchester, England, came from a family of classicalContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Emi McDade”

SOUTHFIELD RESIDENT ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND OF AMERICAN IDOL

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit It may have been her first time competing, but Michigan musician Malaya Watson, who will advance to the next round of American Idol Season XIII after her performance of “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin on Wednesday night’s episode, said her audition went well. “At the time it was nerve-wrecking, but it wasContinue reading “SOUTHFIELD RESIDENT ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND OF AMERICAN IDOL”

Indie pick of the week: The Black Atlantic

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit With acoustic guitars and a floating feel, listening to The Black Atlantic is an escape. But behind the seemingly light sound are strong lyrics, with very emotional themes. The stage name belongs to Geert van der Velde, a folksy alternative rock singer-songwriter from the Netherlands. “For as long as I can remember,Continue reading “Indie pick of the week: The Black Atlantic”

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 AsContinue reading “Concert Review: Shinedown lets Carnival of Madness crowd be the boss”

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