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!
Video Flashback: Filter, ‘Take a Picture’
Filter have always been one of those bands that can rock out at full volumes and then pull it back for a softer sound. 'Take a Picture' is a great example of that softer side, and it's one of my favorite Filter songs. Hopefully the guys will play it on Oct. 19 when they headline the M…
Weekend Song Pick: Korn, ‘Never Never’
Korn are back with a new album, 'The Paradigm Shift,' which arrives on Oct. 4, and the band is currently out on the road in support of the upcoming release. The nu metal guys make a stop Tuesday (Oct. 1) at the Fillmore in Detroit, where they'll likely preview plenty of songs off &apo…
Trapt, Devour the Day – Upcoming Machine Shop Show
If you missed Trapt and Devour the Day performing at Dirt Fest this year, then you have another shot to see the guys before 2013 wraps. Trapt and Devour the Day are coming Nov. 9 to the Machine Shop, and they’re bringing Righteous Vendetta along for the show.
Video Pick: Papa Roach, ‘Leader of the Broken Hearts’
Papa Roach put on a crazy-good performance at this year's Carnival of Madness Tour, and on Oct. 15, the band will be back at the Machine Shop. If you haven't heard, the show is already sold out, but if you don't have tickets, at least you can check out the band's latest video for…
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!
10 Years – Upcoming Machine Shop Show
Knoxville, Tenn.-based alternative metal act 10 Years is no stranger to Flint. The guys have played the Machine Shop countless times, and they always bring a killer show to Michigan. This week, the guys are back with their latest show at the Shop. Are you ready?
Dirt Fest Band: Devour the Day
Dirt Fest is just a week away! One of the many bands performing at the year’s event is Devour the Day, which brings together Joey Chicago (bass, vocals, songwriter) and Blake Allison (lead Vocals, guitar, songwriter, producer) from Egypt Central.
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.
Dirt Fest Band: Pop Evil, ‘Trenches’
Pop Evil are Michigan guys, and the Banana couldn’t be happier to have them performing at Dirt Fest 2013.
Sevendust Singer Lajon Witherspoon Talks Band’s Secret to Longevity
Sevendust plays Lansing this Wednesday, and I recently caught up with frontman Lajon Witherspoon to talk about the band’s latest album, 'Black Out the Sun,' and the band’s secret to longevity.
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 …
P.O.D. and Flyleaf – Upcoming Machine Shop Show
P.O.D. are no strangers to the Machine Shop, and the Christian rock guys are back on July 18 to play the Shop alongside Flyleaf and Stars in Stereo. Check out the video for P.O.D.'s latest single, 'Higher,' below!