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”

Whitecaps defeat Snappers 2-1, completing three game sweep

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Joint efforts from West Michigan Whitecaps right-hander Austin Kubitza and new shortstop Will Adames helped the team defeat the Beloit Snappers 2-1 Sunday afternoon, a game that allowed them to complete a three game sweep. Nothing got past the 6-foot-5 Kubitza, who struck out eight runs, and Adames provided himContinue reading “Whitecaps defeat Snappers 2-1, completing three game sweep”

‘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”

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”

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”