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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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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.
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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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Video Flashback: Sponge, ‘Molly (Sixteen Candles)’

Who doesn't like good '90s jams? I'm personally a big fan of '90s music, and it's great to see bands like Sponge still cranking out new music and playing shows. Catch Sponge live at the Machine Shop on April 15 with a special CD release show for 'Stop the Bleeding.' For more information on the show, go here.

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Photo via YouTube
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Thousand Foot Krutch at the Machine Shop Tonight

Christian hard rockers Thousand Foot Krutch are out on the road with Brian “Head” Welch’s band Love and Death, and the trek hits the Machine shop tonight. The guys are out in support of their new full-length album, ‘The End is Where We Begin,’ which entered the Billboard 200 charts at No. 1 earlier this year. Check out the band’s latest music video for ‘War of Change’ below.

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Video Flashback: Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘Under the Bridge’

I admit that I love a good, heartfelt rock ballad, and it's even better when that track is stripped down to bring out the emotion. For that reason, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 ballad 'Under the Bridge' has been in my head for weeks. Get nostalgic with me by watching the video below.

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RED via Vevo.
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Video Flashback: RED, ‘Breathe Into Me’

Everyone at the Banana knows that RED is one of my favorite rock bands. Not only do the guys make some really great, heavy, in-your-face rock tracks, but they always kill it live. All weekend here at the Banana, you have a chance to pick up the band’s latest album, ‘Release the Panic,’ before you can buy it online. Check out the details here.

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