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Anne Erickson

Hey, guys! I grew up listening to classical music, opera and musical theater, but somewhere along the way, discovered rock and metal. Hearing bands like Nirvana, A Perfect Circle, AFI, RED and Seether opened up a new world to me, and I’ve worked in the music business ever since. I graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and started working as a reporter for Gannett Michigan. I also scored my first radio job on an alternative station in Michigan. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Billy Corgan, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and many more. Fun fact: I don’t like going to the movies. I can't sit still that long! Thanks for listening, and God bless!
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Survival Kit Checklist – Ice Storm 2013 Aftermath

Something I learned during the Ice Storm of 2013 is that I need a proper survival kit-- that means one that doesn't just include a bottle of water, coffee mug and lip gloss. Like many of you, I lost power during the storm. As it turned out, my only flashlight needed a new battery. Urgh!

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Photo via YouTube
Photo via YouTube
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Christmas Metal Song: August Burns Red, ‘Frosty the Snowman’

I have a soft spot for Christmas music with an edge, and every year, I’m always in search of new Christmas metal and rock songs. This holiday tune from August Burns Red remains one of my favorite. (It doesn’t hurt that I’ve always really enjoyed August Burn Red’s music.)

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Leon Halip/Getty Images Sport
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5 Sports Stocking Stuffers Under $15

It's hard to go wrong with a sports-themed gift. I mean, almost everyone has a favorite team, and in Michigan, we have some great pro and college teams to support. Check out a few sports-friendly stocking stuffer ideas below (all pro teams), and the items are available online, so you don't have to venture out of your snuggie to get them.

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Photo via the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation Facebook group
Photo via the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation Facebook group
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Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation Helps Provide Kids with Free Heart Screenings

The holidays and Christmas are a popular time to give to those in need. One of my friends was recently telling me about a charity in the Flushing area called the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation that helps raise funds to offer free heart screenings to middle and high school students.

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Movember Facts!

We’re nearing the end of November, and it's obvious: Movember staches are everywhere. I’m impartial when it comes to the whole beard/facial hair trend, but since Movember is for a good cause, it's impossible not to support it. Check out some random facts about Movember below, and remember, December is only a week away!

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Photo by Pamela Rodriguez
Photo by Pamela Rodriguez
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Local Band Spotlight: adrenachrome.

If the name adrenachrome. sounds familiar, that’s probably because the Lansing-based hard rockers have been together for almost two decades. The guys will bring their heavy-yet-melodic mix to the Machine Shop on Dec. 13 alongside GivenSix, Know Lyfe, Pralaya, All Ends Black and Deadringer, so I figured it would be a great time to profile them on the Banana site and get their story out!

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