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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!
Photo via Essential Records
Photo via Essential Records
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Filter, RED, Otherwise and We Are Human – Upcoming Machine Shop Show

Anyone who caught RED at Dirt Fest this year has to attest to the fact those guys put on a crazy-good live show. If you missed the show, RED will be back Oct. 19 at the Machine Shop, along with Filter, Otherwise and We As Human. Now, that's a killer bill!

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Scott Gries, Getty Images
Scott Gries, Getty Images
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Fuel, Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm – Upcoming Machine Shop Show

Talk about getting your money's worth. Wednesday (July 24), the Machine Shop hosts a bill of rock packed with three great bands: Fuel, Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm. It's called the Big Night Out Tour, with the idea of bringing three great bands together on one small stage.

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Anne and Hello Kitty Phone
Anne and Hello Kitty Phone
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Hello Kitty Madness

Sure, I love Hello Kitty just as much as the next girl, but this is going a bit too far. Singapore residents have gotten pretty passionate about a series of special Hello Kitty toys that McDonald’s started selling the end of May. The toys appear in outfits inspired by fairy tales, and the six Hello Kitty toys in the set were unleashed in phases. The final toy, a “Singing Bone” toy, created a real stir.

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Photo by Anne Erickson
Photo by Anne Erickson
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Dirt Fest Band: Art of Dying, ‘Die Trying’

Dirt Fest is a little over two months away, and the annual Birch Run music festival will feature an array of killer rock and metal bands from Michigan and the national scene.

Canadian rockers Art of Dying were recently confirmed for this year’s run. Who can forget their breakout jam, ‘Die Trying?’ Check out the video below.

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Candlebox via Facebook
Candlebox via Facebook
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Show Reminder: Candlebox at the Machine Shop This Wednesday

This Wednesday, Candlebox will make a stop at the Machine Shop, and it's a show unlike any Candlebox concert you've likely seen. The band's self-titled debut album turns 20 years old this July, so the guys will play the album, front to back, at the show. "Far Behind" is found on the debut album, and check out the classic video for the song below.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Rick Diamond, Getty Images
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Aaron Lewis – Upcoming Machine Shop Show

Everyone knows Aaron Lewis as the frontman of post-grunge rockers Staind, but for the past few years, Lewis has devoted a lot of time to his country solo project. Lewis brings his solo act to the Machine Shop on June 5 and 6, and while the June 5 date is sold out, tickets for the second show are still available. Watch Lewis' video for 'Country Boy' below.

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Candlebox via Facebook
Candlebox via Facebook
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Candlebox to Play Debut Album at the Machine Shop

It's hard to believe, but Candlebox's self-titled debut album turns 20 years old this July. In honor, the guys are touring the country, playing the album in its entirety at various venues, and the Machine Shop is one of them! Get nostalgic with me and watch the video for 'You' below.

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