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DIY Recording with Matt Ten Clay of Skull Studio

DIY Recording with Matt Ten Clay of Skull Studio

By Kevin VanAntwerpen

Some recording studios are born in the wake of a college education, driven by technique taught on a dry erase board. That’s not the case with Grand Rapids-based Skull Studio. Its sole operator, Matt Ten Clay, learned all he knows by working in the trenches of the Grand Rapids music scene for over 14 years, performing in bands and recording wherever he had the opportunity.

“I sort of naturally evolved into recording,” Ten Clay says. “Before I had the studio, I had my own band -- The Howlers -- and I sort of geeked out on all the gear. I realized I’m not much of a frontman, and moved to playing bass in The Wildfire. But I discovered I like the actual behind the scenes studio work a lot more. It’s less on the spot pressure, and it’s a lot more personal.”

Kanika Starr Reynolds to hold Five Points to Success Women’s Conference

Kanika Starr Reynolds to hold Five Points to Success  Women’s Conference

The Reinvent Yourself – Five Points To Success women’s conference will be held Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel located at 3333 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There will be two, 2 ½ hour sessions. The afternoon session will start at 2:00 p.m. and the second will start at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.StarrImageBeauty.com and www.KanikaStarrReynolds.com. Tickets are $15.00. Goers who would purchase tickets at the door are required to register beforehand.

Kanika Starr Reynolds is a national inspirational speaker and will be holding conferences in Las Vegas, NV, Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI. Kanika is a Muskegon, MI native and is eager to host her first re-empowerment conference in Grand Rapids, MI in October.

Calvin College students create inventory of 3,500 trees on campus

Calvin College students create inventory of 3,500 trees on campus

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After one year of surveying, Calvin College biology and geography students have created an inventory and map of every tree on campus, west of the Beltline. The project began in the fall of 2010 under the direction of Calvin College biology professor Dave Warners and geography professor Jason VanHorn.

"As we start thinking about a more sustainable campus and trying to become carbon neutral, it seemed to make sense that we needed to document the trees on campus," Warners said. "In order to know how much carbon sequestration we have on campus, we have to know the number and size of trees.

The online tree map contains details of the size, species, location and age of more than 3,500 trees.

Among the summary statistics was the total number of trees (3,516), the number of species (112), the number of landscaped vs. natural trees (1138/2378) and the number of each type of tree: Norway Spruce is the most common at 305.

Washed Out to bring a 'chillwave' to Calvin College

Washed Out to bring a 'chillwave' to Calvin College

Written by Elijah Brumback

Everybody has a friend who "makes beats" in their bedroom at their parent's house. So what separates Ernest Greene (a.k.a Washed Out) from the rest of the unsigned and hopelessly nostalgic MySpace indie darlings? Brutal honesty says real talent. Luck says having the right friends, of which Greene is gaining. 

After sharing a handful of songs on his MySpace in 2009, the trip from Internet obscurity to indie DIY darling seemed almost overnight, with the track "Feel It All Around" reaching anthemic success. The Life of Leisure EP essentially bottled an endless summer soundtrack and served it up like an ice-cold Coke for all the youthful dreamers. Equal parts romanticism and psychadelia, Greene basically mainlined a generations worth of pop-culture apathy and wanderlust into an aural fix. 

Fashion’s Night Out GR Offers Big City Style Shopping with Grand Hospitality

Fashion’s Night Out GR Offers Big City Style Shopping with Grand Hospitality

By Bri Kilroy

Get ready to receive the red carpet treatment, complete with champagne and cupcakes! On Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6 pm-11 pm Grand Rapids will join cities like Milan, Atlanta, and New York City for Fashion’s Night Out, the most exciting fashion night in history. Grab some friends, your purse, and give yourself permission to splurge in style because this is the night you’ve been waiting for.

“For one night, we get to act like a big city,” says Jim Murray, general manager of A.K. Rikk’s, the fashion boutique sponsoring the event. A.K. Rikk’s, located at 5761 28th Street SE, will also have a pop-up store at the Richard App Art Gallery located at 910 Cherry St. SE.

Fashion’s Night Out proves that you don’t have to drive the four hours to Chicago or fly to New York to find places to shop. The goal is to heighten awareness of local stores and salons, as well as support the businesses nestled in business districts throughout greater Grand Rapids.

It Only Takes Two: Fes2val 2011

It Only Takes Two: Fes2val 2011

Written by Robby Hartley

Fes2val 2011 Hosts Two-Man Bands in Grand Rapids

Being a band is easy. Being a band that stands out, especially in an era inundated with new bands at every corner of the Internet, is not. That's why Derek Lancioni, drummer of Charles the Osprey, brings Fes2val to Grand Rapids.

When Osprey was first coming together, Lancioni and band mate Rafael Ohli (guitar) developed a philosophy for their music writing.

"It became kind of a challenge where it was like, we need to write so that we don't ever need a third member."

Fes2val started in 2008 after Lancioni and Ohli envisioned a festival to celebrate two-man bands with philosophies similar to theirs. Though the groups are small in member count, there will be no lack of showmanship with 15 bands scheduled to play alongside Osprey for Fes2val 2011.

Poll: Should Westboro Baptist Church be allowed to protest at Betty Ford services

Poll: Should Westboro Baptist Church be allowed to protest at Betty Ford services

 The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas posted on their website that they will be protesting the funeral and memorial services of former first lady Betty Ford. Courts have ruled that the First Amendment gives the protesters the constitutional right to do so. How far do you think the First Amendment should go in protecting your right to protest? Cast your vote below.