There are several types of horror films. There are the ones that you forget and confuse with others of the genre, and the ones that you remember. Then there are the ones that make you uneasy when you go to sleep that night or have you watching through your fingers. Something that really helps a movie out when it comes to the scare-factor is when it has a “killer” soundtrack.
“Jackass: Bad Grandpa,” the fourth film from the franchise, will be filled with all of the crass hidden camera debauchery that we’ve come to know and love, with a bit more direction than the previous “Jackass” films.
The school year has begun, and so has the first blood drive of the year. The American Red Cross was stationed in the Student Center Monday and Tuesday from noon until 5:45 p.m. for students to donate blood.
The appeal for students attending Eastern Michigan University and living on campus is the close vicinity to downtown Ann Arbor and its happening shopping and nightlife.
“Everything from Bach to rock,” is cited as an influence on Grand Rapids band The Outer Vibe’s Facebook page.
Travis Jarosz is a pretty common name in the Ypsilanti music scene. He’s been involved in a few musical projects, ranging from metal bands to some short-lived jazz projects. He’s currently working with indie band Walk Your Bike, electro-punk Crochetcatpause and his electronic side project, Watabou. Watabou started in April 2009 as a general outlet for Jarosz’s musical ideas. He was involved in a couple of bands, but many of his bandmates were focused on the sound their band was creating or weren’t able to fully dedicate themselves to being in a band.
Through the ages, many artists expressed their love for their respective hunnies through song. Being one of those universal feelings and all that, love songs are something most people can relate to, so understandably, there is a metric crapton of them swimming about out there. Music writer Carmen Bojanowski, music critic Matt Rice (of Matt on Music) and life editor/resident music major Jess Salisbury weighed in on their personal favorites.
About four years ago, Jon Whaley attended Eastern Michigan University, studying arts management. Today, he is the leader of Metro Worship, a collective effort of all of the worship bands at Metro South Church in Taylor, Mich.
It was approximately 10:45 on a gray Saturday morning in January 2011 when Jim Cherewick, Eric Gallippo, Ed Golembiewski and Aaron Quillen met at Ypsilanti’s Hen House and wrote six songs. This was
the day that Congress was officially born.
It’s been nine years since the idea for local outfit The Vagrant Symphony was formed on Eastern Michigan University’s campus in 2003. Chris “Chewy” Anderson, the founder, Joe O’Dell, the 12th member, Alexis King, the 13th member and Bennie Phinisee, the 14th member, are the backbone of the giant psychedelic folk band that’ll be celebrating its ninth anniversary in December.
October is one of the most wonderful times of the year in my opinion. We get to bust out our boots and sweaters and spend weekends at haunted houses and cider mills. Forget Christmas carols; Halloween can make us want to sing too.
A while back, I wrote a column discussing the downfall of the pop punk music scene. This is mainly due to the fact that the master pop punk bands of the early to mid-2000s either don’t exist anymore or are still hanging on but releasing mediocre tracks that will never measure up to the songs of their heyday.
There is one thing that many of the local bands covered in The Eastern Echo have in common: They have performed at Ann Arbor’s Blind Pig.
Ann Arbor’s Launch Board Shop has housed a few local concerts and this past Saturday, Sept. 15 local ambient, post-rock band Rospoem was the latest to play a show there. For a band that assembled in the fall of last year they’ve come a long way. With an EP released and another recording in the works, they’re one of Ann Arbor’s latest bands to watch out for.
In the entertainment industry, every musician’s dream is to be signed to a major record label, whether they’re still playing in their mom’s garage, opening for bands on tour, or playing moderate sized shows themselves.
Ypsilanti has never fallen short when it comes to diversity. The same can be said when it comes to the music scene. Iggy Pop was raised here, Sufjan Stevens wrote a song called “For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti,” and even Elvis Costello has mentioned Ypsi in his song “Sulphur to Sugarcane.” Ypsilanti has a rich musical history and it’s growing more and more as the years go by.
When your wardrobe is consisting of shorts and flip-flops and you’re heading to campus for your last day of summer classes, it’s safe to say that it feels as if summer has officially arrived.
It’s just not summertime without music festivals. Some students around Eastern Michigan University may have traveled to Indio, Cali. for the famous Coachella, they might be going to Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. during June or Lollapalooza in Chicago during April. We can’t leave out Warped Tour, the legendary punk rock touring festival, and of course there’s Howell, Michigan’s annual BLED Fest.
When I heard that Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba, AFI bassist Hunter Burgan and My Chemical Romance drummer Jarrod Alexander were forming a side project, I was automatically curious about the alt-punk supergroup.
Regulars at Ypsilanti’s Woodruff’s and Ann Arbor’s Blind Pig know of local indie band Little Island Lake, who are celebrating the end of the school year along with the rest of us. Listing all sorts of influences from Pink Floyd and Motown to Chromeo and My Morning Jacket, Little Island Lake consists of Bobby Voorhies on the banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; JT Garfield on electric guitar and vocals; Mary Fraser on mandolin, organ, acoustic guitar and vocals; Zach Harris on bass and Eric Hurd on drums.
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