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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!
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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Category: Weird News
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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Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group
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10 Years, ‘Shoot It Out’

Dirt Fest is coming up on Aug. 10 (my birthday!), and the first lineup announce is out. The annual Birch Run music festival will feature a wide range of rock and metal bands, both local and national.

Knoxville, Tenn.-based alternative metal act 10 Years will not be at the show, and they never disappoint live. Check out the band's video for 'Shoot it Out' below.

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Jo Hale, Getty Pictures
Jo Hale, Getty Pictures
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Slash On Velvet Revolver, Kings of Chaos Project + Cinematic Origin of ‘Anastasia’ [INTERVIEW]

There’s no doubt Slash is one of the greatest hard rock guitarists of all time. From his work in the ‘80s with Guns N’ Roses to Velvet Revolver to his current, solo project, Slash’s guitar lines and solos carry a course, high-octane voice, packed with raw emotion, speed and technical know-how.

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Victory Records
Victory Records
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Song Flashback: Taproot, ‘Again & Again’

Taproot, of course, is no stranger to the Machine Shop, but it never gets old to see these Michigan boys back in town. Catch the band May 25 at the Shop with Boy Hits Car.

What makes this show extra special is that the guys are performing their debut album, 2000's 'The Gift,' in its entirety at this show. 'The Gift' is basically the album right before Taproot broke big, and hardcore fans know every tune. Take a listen to 'Again & Again' off the album below.

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Photo via YouTube.
Photo via YouTube.
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Now Playing: Depeche Mode, ‘Soothe My Soul’

When I heard Depeche Mode was coming out with a new album, I didn't know quite what to expect. I kind of missed the '80s alternative and New Way-flavored music era, but really appreciate what bands like Depeche Mode did to change the sound of rock music going into the '90s.

Long story short, the band's new song is pretty catchy. Watch the video for 'Soothe My Soul' below.

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