(04/14/14) - It's an entire week dedicated to what many might consider an out-of-date format. International Record Store Week is underway and the staff at the Electric Kitsch in downtown Bay City is
More than 300 new albums go on sale Saturday, which is recognized as the seventh annual global Record Store Day.
"For us it's kinda like doin' some victory laps, really, at the end of the game. But we're havin' a good time with it."James Williamson is trying to make the most of his "victory laps" by revisiting some
Iggy & The Stooges guitarist James Williamson talks about revisiting unreleased songs for Record Store Day.
"I never settle for the job that I love so much as the end all to my musical outlet, my musical satisfaction," Jimmy Vivino says.And he lives up to his word. The guitarist and band leader of Conan O'Brien's
Jimmy Vivino comes to town for a pair of shows this weekend. The Basic Cable Band bandleader talks about his musical multi-tasking and his special love for Detroit music.
"We became a band because we were going to shows at The Local growing up and watching the bands play there," Chiodos keyboard player Brad Bell says. "And that's what inspired us to get together and start
Davison punk band Chiodos play a homecoming show at Flint Local 432 Thursday to celebrate the release of their new album Devil. The band talks about recording the album and coming back to where their careers started at The Local.
"I have a whole different perspective now of what I do, and a whole different passion and love for it," Creed frontman Scott Stapp says.After selling more than 20 Million albums in the United States and
Creed frontman Scott Stapp plays The Machine Shop in Flint Saturday. He talks with us about adjusting to playing smaller venues and his new appreciation for performing live.
"We all would like to have a nice party when we're gone and think that people would remember us," MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer says. "But the truth is, very few of us get remembered."The music community
Legendary Michigan musicians Wayne Kramer and Dick Wagner reflect on the late concert poster artist Gary Grimshaw's life and career before a benefit for his this weekend.
"I just wanna keep showin' them that I'm still hungry and that I still appreciate them stickin' with me on my journey."And to prove his hunger and appreciation, Jon Connor has released his first project
Flint rapper Jon Connor made a surprise release of a mixtape earlier this week. We talked with The People's Rapper about the new project and when we can expect his first studio album on Aftermath Entertainment.
"The Machine Shop is legendary right here," Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix says. "This is like the Roxy or the Troubadour of the midwest."And Shaddix is far from the only major star that's come through
The Machine Shop in Flint celebrates it's 12th anniversary this weekend. Several performers take a look at what makes the venue so special.
The thunderous backbone to one of rocks most raucous bands has been silenced. The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passed away Saturday evening at the age of 64.Stooges frontman Iggy Pop remembered his longtime
The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passes away at the age of 64. His bandmates and friends reflect on his life and influence.
"It's almost kinda like a home base for me here," Jim McCarty says of Callahans Music Hall in Auburn Hills. "A lot of the guys that come through there are guys that I really enjoy. And I'll go down there
The Godfather of Detroit Rock n Roll talks about the current Detroit music scene and playing with his many friends.
"It's like RatDog 2.0 if you will. Not your grandfather's RatDog."That's drummer and founding RatDog member Jay Lane's take on the band's return from a three year hiatus for a winter tour, which hits The
RatDog drummer Jay Lane talks about the band reforming, working with several new members, and it's plans for next year's 20th anniversary.
Muscle Shoals is an obscure small town in the middle of nowhere northwestern Alabama. But the musical legacy of the area is larger than almost anywhere else in the world.This weekend, the Flint Institute
Muscle Shoals is an obscure small town in the middle of nowhere northwestern Alabama. But the musical legacy of the area is larger than almost anywhere else in the world.
"I always think the crowds compensate for the smallness of the venue with being extra loud," Neil Perry laughs.And that was certainly the case in Saginaw last night when The Band Perry took the stage as
The Band Perry and Easton Corbin talk with ABC12 before their concert at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw.
Pop Evil performs an acoustic version of "Torn To Pieces" live in the studio of ABC12.
A live in studio interview with Pop Evil before their sold out concert at The Machine Shop
"I kinda thought everybody's dad was a rock star and everybody's family was on TV," Gunnar Nelson laughs. "I grew up in Hollywood obviously, so there was a lot of kids around from famous families. But
Gunnar Nelson talks about his family's incredible musical legacy as he comes to Saginaw to celebrate with Ricky Nelson Remembered.
"There's a T-shirt at the Motown Museum that says 'Live It Again,'" Motown The Musical Director Charles Randolph-Wright says with a smile. "And I didn't understand that T-shirt until I actually started
Motown The Musical is coming to Detroit this fall. Director Charles Randolph-Wright discusses the Broadway hit coming "home" and how he hopes to impact the city that created Motown.
Hank Jr. ready to heat up Battle CreekIt's been a long, bone chilling winter in Michigan. But Saturday night, one of the most legendary performers in music is heading north to do his best to thaw out FireKeepers
Hank Williams Jr. discusses coming to Michigan to heat up the frigid winter, along with his career, his love of the Great Lakes state and his longtime fans.
Valentines Day has a uniquely deep meaning for Grammy winning trumpeter Chris Botti."Obviously, with "My Funny Valentine" and the specialness that jazz has in that song," Botti says over the phone from
Trumpeter Chris Botti talks to ABC12's Mid-Michigan Music Scene about returning to Midland, and bringing a little romance to Valentines Day week.
LOCAL SHOWS:Bobaflex returns to The Machine Shop in Flint along with Tensionhead and Dead In 5 Friday night. MORE INFOOver at Flint Local 432 Friday is Sydetrakt, Amerikaz Knightmare, Four Minute Death
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"Man, I remember playin' there when there was like four people there," Pop Evil singer Leigh Kakaty says about his first experiences at The Machine Shop in Flint. "And I remember talkin' to Kevin (Zink,
"Man, I remember playin' there when there was like four people there," Pop Evil singer Leigh Kakaty says about his first experiences at The Machine Shop in Flint.
The Pix Theater in Lapeer has seen it's share of tough days recently. A fire destroyed the building next door back in November, but the theater somehow escaped with just a little smoke and water damage.Country
The Pix Theater in Lapeer has seen its share of tough days recently.
Three of the biggest names in country music are headed to the Irish Hills this summer.Initial details of the 2014 Faster Horses Festival have been announced, with Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
Three of the biggest names in country music are headed to the Irish Hills this summer.
"I don't usually do a whole lot of shows in the latter part of the month of December. This will be sort of a different thing," country star Darryl Worley tells ABC12's Mid-Michigan Music Scene via Skype
The Throwback Country Show hits Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant Sunday. One of the stars of the show, Darryl Worley shares his thoughts on the lineup and the music of the show.
"What would you want to do the day after Christmas? Stay home more? You've already stayed home. You're burnin' out," Sponge lead singer Vinnie Dombroski philosophizes. "Think about it, you've eaten all
Rock band Sponge is "Saving You From Your Family" with a concert Dec 26th at The Machine Shop in Flint. Singer Vinnie Dombroski discusses the inspiration behind the show and what The Shop has meant to the band since it headlined the first concert there.
"It's a crazy feelin' to come back home after all the things that happened. Because my life has changed so much."Flint rapper Jon Connor has had quite the year. He released a new album, "Unconscious State,"
Flint rapper Jon Connor returns home to celebrate his signing with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Jon talks about his new label, how his hometown shaped his career and his party and concert he's hosting this weekend.
It's been quite the year for Pop Evil. The Grand Rapids based rockers had their first, and just this week second, #1 single in "Trenches" and "Deal With The Devil." And they've more than lived up to their
Michigan rockers Pop Evil return to their home state to close out their touring year in Bay City Sunday. Singer Leigh Kakaty talks to us about the homecoming, their new #1 single and what's to come next year.
The Palace of Auburn Hills is kicking off it's 25th Anniversary celebration with a bang. The venue announced today that Billy Joel will play a show Saturday, February 15th."It was imperative to (owner)
The Palace of Auburn Hills is kicking off it's 25th Anniversary celebration with a bang. The venue announced Wednesday that Billy Joel will play a show Saturday, Feb. 15.
The Christmas season has now kicked into high gear. And pianist Jim Brickman says there's a feeling this time of year like no other."All the rules go out the window, everything seems to change," Brickman
The Christmas season has now kicked into high gear, and pianist Jim Brickman says there's a feeling this time of year like no other.
Music is Aaron Lewis' passion.But this time of year, there's another love of his life vying for his attention. And he says he's a little jealous knowing that many of the fans coming to see him perform
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis returns to The Machine Shop in Flint with his country band.
It's been quite a year for Flint-based heavy metal band It Lies Within. They released their debut album Chrysalis in July, and they've been on the road more than ever the past several months."Seems like
Flint band It Lies Within return home to The Machine Shop Thursday following a month-long national tour.
Living Colour singer Corey Glover is celebrating his birthday a day late with a first, making the band's debut at The Machine Shop in Flint tonight."There will be still lots of firsts, for sure," Glover
An interview with Living Colour as they celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their debut album Vivid.
(11/01/13) - Don't let the name fool you. The Marshall Mathers LP2 is like nothing you've ever heard before-from Eminem or anyone. One of the most innovative artists of all-time keeps finding ways to
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"Give me a melody, give me a feelin'. Give me somethin' I can finally believe in."That opening line of "Big Hearts" says a lot about the mindset of Nick and Jonathan Diener in the writing of The Swellers
Nick and Jonathan Diener of The Swellers share their thoughts on their latest album "The Light Under Closed Doors."
Change is rolling through Flint-based punk band The Swellers.The lineup, unchanged since the addition of Canadian bassist Anto Boros in 2009, isn't being shaken up. But the musical direction on the band's
Flint punk band The Swellers sit down to talk with ABC12's Mid-Michigan Music Scene about their new album and national tour kicking off this weekend.
A string of bad luck has haunted Filter frontman Richard Patrick when he's come to Flint.The Machine Shop owner Kevin Zink says Filter has played The Shop twice since 2008, and Patrick has been sick both
A string of bad luck has haunted Filter frontman Richard Patrick when he's come to Flint.
After years of being passed over by big-name record labels, Flint rapper Jon Connor has finally found his home.The rapper announced tonight at the end of his Cypher appearance on the BET Hip Hop Awards
After years of being passed over by big-name record labels, Flint rapper Jon Connor has finally found his home.
(10/15/13) - "The Machine Shop is legendary right here," Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix says."This is like the Roxy or the Troubadour of the midwest." California rockers Papa Roach know quite a bit
"The Machine Shop is legendary right here," Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix says."This is like the Roxy or the Troubadour of the midwest."
Clio native Kyle "Gumby" Gunther has had quite a year. His band Battlecross spent the summer as an opening act on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, opening for Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death
After traveling the country on tour all summer, Clio native Kyle Gunther brings his band Battlecross to The Machine Shop Thursday.
A flamenco style acoustic run seamlessly segues into an explosion of thunderous drums, pounding bass and crunching power chords. The intro passage of the epic first track "Cry of Achilles" is just a taste
CD Review of Alter Bridge's latest album "Fortress."
(10/06/13) - A local singer has hit the big time and later this week he's returning home to celebrate.Clio-native Kyle Gunther is bringing his band Battlecross to The Machine Shop in Flint.He'll be there
A local singer has hit the big time and later this week he's returning home to celebrate.
(09/28/13) - Hometown country band "Whitey Morgan & The 78's" played to a couple hundred friends and fans at The Machine Shop Friday night.The ever-rambling artist plays more than 200 shows every year,
Hometown country band "Whitey Morgan & The 78's" played to a couple hundred friends and fans at The Machine Shop Friday night.
(09/28/2013) - Easton Corbin only gets about an hour to play every night opening on Blake Shelton's Ten Times Crazier Tour. So before his show at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, he decided to head
Country star Easton Corbin takes the stage at Durand High School.
Flint country bandleader Whitey Morgan doesn't get home too often these days. Hitting clubs, honky tonks, dive bars and even an occasional arena across the country keeps him eternally bouncing from town
Flint country artist Whitey Morgan talks to ABC12's Mid-Michigan Music Scene about his hometown pride and his concert tonight at The Machine Shop.
Flint native Mark Farner is celebrating his 65th birthday in a big way today. The singer and guitarist, formerly of the legendary Grand Funk Railroad, released his first single since his 2006 album "For
Flint native Mark Farner is celebrating his 65th birthday in a big way, Wednesday.
A mid-Michigan band is hoping to set sail in the Caribbean this winter, and they need your help!The Swellers, featuring Nick and Jonathan Diener from Fenton, are one of more than 60 bands vying for a spot
Flint band The Swellers are in a YouTube contest to earn a spot on the Weezer Cruise. They've entered a video they shot while on tour in Brazil earlier this year.
"Just can't stop, came back haunted." Trent Reznor repeats time and again in a hushed voice as the first single from Nine Inch Nails in more than 4 years fades to a close. But after a hiatus from the ground-breaking
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(08/23/13) Another Side of Big Sean Surviving the streets of Detroit is no small task. So Big Sean had every right to celebrate with the world when his mixtapes brought him a following, then his debut
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"The beautiful thing about country music right now is that we're flush with headliners."Live Nation President of Country Touring Brian O'Connell says with a smile. And there will be no shortage of big
Faster Horses Festival creator and Live Nation President of Country Touring Brian O'Connell talks about the all-star lineup of the 2014 event and what inspired him to bring a major country music fest