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”

NORTH SHORE BENGALS BEAT CEDAR COVE COUGARS AT KITTEN BOWL I

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Things got frisky this afternoon at one of the most important moments in sports history, the Inaugural Hallmark ChannelKitten Bowl. The North Shore Bengals took home the first ever Kitten Bowl Championship, beating the Cedar Cove Cougars 24-20. The first game brought hard work with The Bengals’ Ferrell Owens andContinue reading “NORTH SHORE BENGALS BEAT CEDAR COVE COUGARS AT KITTEN BOWL I”

Indie pick of the week: Rachel and the Kings

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Sports & Entertainment The sound of Rachel and the Kings is a dynamic mix of alternative rock with a hint of country and a touch of symphonic soul. Fronted by female vocalist and classically-trained pianist Rachel James, who encompasses the emotional and vocal capacity of Carrie Underwood, Haley Williams andContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Rachel and the Kings”

Pixies kick off North American tour after release of 2 EPs

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The Pixies surprised fans with the release of EPs 1 and 2 in September and January, the first new music from the band after a 20-year recording hiatus. “As a magician, I won’t reveal any secrets, but as EP 1 suggested, there might be an EP 2, and EP 2Continue reading “Pixies kick off North American tour after release of 2 EPs”

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”

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,” KarimiContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: AfterMidnight”

Indie pick of the week: Derek Atkinson

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit With strong vocals and instrumentation, Derek Atkinson’s music is a grungy blend of reggae and alternative rock, a sound he describes as “Sublime meets Johnny Cash.” “It’s usually pretty hard to describe my sound, and I hear the same from a lot of people, because it blends so many differentContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Derek Atkinson”

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,Continue reading “Indie pick of the week: Robb Murphy”

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,Continue reading “Soothing Sips: Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos is the perfect autumn tea”