Oprah’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ brings inspiration to Detroit

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Oprah Winfrey wants her fans to remember that when things aren’t going the way you want, it might be a message from life pushing you in another direction. That was one of the topics she shared this motivational weekend, Sept. 12-13, when the “Life You Want Tour” made its stop atContinue reading “Oprah’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ brings inspiration to Detroit”

A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost bring fun to the Crofoot

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The audience at The Crofoot in Pontiac came together Thursday night, with the meaningfully happy music of A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost. While the bands clearly had a different sound, their message was the same— live for today and enjoy life. A brief opening from Greg Holden startedContinue reading “A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost bring fun to the Crofoot”

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”

Caleb Johnson wins American Idol Season 13

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Caleb Johnson’s third time on American Idol was the charm. The 23-year-old rockstar from Asheville, N.C. native beat 17-year-old Michigan singer Jena Irene Wednesday night, as the 13th season winner. During the final episode, the two performed Queen’s We Will Rock You, No Doubt’s Just a Girl and Bryan Adams and a flame cannonContinue reading “Caleb Johnson wins American Idol Season 13”

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”

Malaya Watson, youngest finalist in ‘Idol’ history, reflects on experience

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Southfield-native Malaya Watson went home from American Idol last Thursday following her Wednesday-evening performance of “Through the Fire.” The 16-year-old vocalist  got to the top 8, and in doing so, made history as the youngest finalist of all time. Through the experience, she said she’s developed as a musician andContinue reading “Malaya Watson, youngest finalist in ‘Idol’ history, reflects on experience”

‘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”

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”