Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 4:03pm
Charly Bliss

“I think that’s because pop music makes me feel strong,” Hendricks says. “It makes me feel invincible, and I kind of needed that shield in order to write lyrics that felt so vulnerable ... I think in a way, and I don’t think I realized this when we were writing Young Enough, but a lot of the songs that are filled with darkest content are the ones that sound like bangers on the album.”

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 4:01pm

Vans: the quintessential skater shoe, and a co-opted staple of “alt” kids for the last few decades. When one thinks of Vans they’re likely to think of the angry kid in high school who listened to too much A Day to Remember and Man Overboard. OK, fair enough, I’m just describing my own past, but to the company’s credit, they know how to put on a damn good pop-up concert/art installation/skate park hybrid that offered Detroiters something a little new from the stream of performances at the city’s prototypical clubs.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:04am

The wellness industry is booming. Brands like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Jessica Alba’s Honest Company have made the act of being healthy, whatever that may mean to you, into both an experience and an aesthetic. An outfit consisting of a sweatshirt and yoga pants can be chic and stylish — it shows you’re taking care of yourself while also not taking yourself too seriously. A bare-faced look can work, too — show them how you radiate that healthy glow. The popularity of brands like Lululemon and Glossier reflects this trend toward the seemingly natural and unselfconscious.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 4:55pm
Lana Del Rey

Over the years, Del Rey has created an impressive musical vocabulary, at once vintage and totally her own, that has commanded the attention of millions for a few years.

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 4:48pm
"The Wife"

Even in the sequences where dialogue is lacking, Glenn Close’s phenomenal acting chops make it near impossible to tear our eyes from the screen.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 4:48pm
Visitors walk through the Ann Arbor Art Fair in downtown Ann Arbor Thursday.

The Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair took place last Thursday through Sunday, bringing artists, vendors, shoppers and spectators who lined the blocks of South University, North University, Main, Liberty and State. For a town that sees older teens and twenty-somethings most of the year, Ann Arbor in the summertime can fall into a lull. The Art Fair brings a much needed pulse of energy to midsummer ease of downtown.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
Lindsey Jordan

It’s not like this needs to be restated, but being a teenager is cool. Adolescence is full of unnecessarily intense and embarrassing experiences that shape the rest of your life. It’s often forgotten though, in the race to grow up, the odd beauty and shame of that period of your life. Things are put aside, left for years down the road, to be expressed in the words of someone a little older and wiser — but not for Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail. Her debut album Lush is a remarkably candid, emotionally developed record that speaks to and from a teenage heart.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 3:50pm
Charly Bliss at The Loving Touch

On May 18, Charly Bliss brought their brand of snarky, sugar-rush indie rock to Ferndale’s The Loving Touch. In the beginning, the crowd was stirring a bit, due to opener Skating Polly having a medical emergency and unable to perform, but once Eva Hendricks and company hit the stage, they had everyone’s attention.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:22pm

I love artists who push the boundaries of music, who convince us to look beyond the boundaries that we create for ourselves and to create something new. However, there is also something to be said for consistency and the foundation it provides. Dream-pop duo Beach House is the best at this. For nearly a decade, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have released creatively solid albums, proving that sources of inspiration don’t have to be unsustainable. Their seventh album, aptly titled 7, was released on May 11, 2018 to critical acclaim.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 5:00pm
Streaky Video

“Streaky,” released this past Saturday, is not standard fare from Death Grips. It still has all their tells — blipping synths, MC Ride’s inexhaustible, commanding voice at every volume, anxiety and a sense of foreboding but not since “Hacker,” from their 2012 release The Money Store has Death Grips sounded so pop friendly. There’s a clear progression from chorus to verse and back to chorus again, which seems to be an intentional choice rather than falling back on simpler compositions. In addition, all leitmotifs are introduced within the first minute of the track.