Kevin Alan Lamb

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Bob Crawford, The Avett Brothers


Some months after interviewing Bob Crawford, adopted brother and bass player of The Avett Brothers, I find myself sitting in a coffee shop just footsteps away from where a burned CD playing on an old stereo, in my tree fort apartment, changed my life. From their sixth album, I and Love and You (2009) came the song “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise,” and the lyrics which served as a foundation for a man, mission, and movement with effects beyond measure or conception. I spent 18 years of my life believing that I would pitch a baseball for a living, but fate intertwined when I tore my rotator cuff and insisted the opportunity of utilizing my gifts to pursue a dream I hadn’t yet considered. Read full feature

Nahko Bear


For the second time, I caught up with another being whose inspiration has been imprinted upon the very way I think, feel, breathe and medicate. Nahko Bear of Nahko & Medicine for the People is a medicine man fresh off his latest prescription, Hoka. Bears figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. In most Native cultures, Bear is considered a medicine being with impressive magical powers. Bears are symbols of strength and wisdom to many Native Americans, and are often associated with healing and medicine (since bears continue fighting after being seriously injured, Native Americans often believed they were capable of healing their wounds.) Nahko is no exception: he is simultaneously my friend and hero, reminding his Warrior People to hold courage close, and those you love by your side while we collectively trace a ladder to the stars to shine light upon practiced indifference and darkness. Here’s our exclusive conversation inside Electric Forest with the man made myth by moving men and women to perform miracles, because he reminded them that they could. Real full feature

Possessed By Paul James


No matter the certainty of struggle that accompanies human flesh, stars will always shine through even the darkest of nights. Their luminescence is present without detection; like the goodness in your veins it prevails without recognition; like the righteousness in your soul it endures independent of measurement; like the overwhelming abundance of courage in each and every heavy breath it offers hope in its absence. Goodness is abundant; but until we choose to recognize it in ourselves, we will continue to overlook it in the world around us. Those who commit to loving themselves, pursuing their passion, and the citizen he or she is capable of becoming, will blaze a trail for others who seek the path of righteousness. 

Nahko and Medicine For The People

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No matter the courage or weariness in your heart, helping hands, shared vibrations, and true community are the best medicine. The plight of struggle will disable the most familiar routine; and while its weight may seem to take every bit of breath from your lungs, there is an undeniable force for good in this world capable of combating any and all opposing forces. With strength in spirit, strength in numbers, and strength in each other, there is Medicine for the People. Read full feature

Moon Hooch


All different types claw, scrape or stumble their way into the music industry for their own reasons I guess, but ultimately because they possess a great love for music and desire to share that magic with others. Looking back, I think I imagined that the visceral moment where man meets music in a collision of raw energy and sound would be the greatest pleasure in this line of work, but have come to discover that greater than the music, is my relationship with he, she, and they who create it. With each interview comes the satisfaction of at least in some part, weaving my story into the content and body of another’s; we become a beacon for one another’s shine and goodwill, for which I will always be humbled and grateful. Read full feature

Joe Hertler

Joe Hertler

Those who seek rainbows will be the first to tell you that it’s not about discovering the treasure beneath, rather reveling in the righteousness above, with those you love, while filling others with both energy and awe. Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers take the stage with a promise that the troubles of today will surely come to pass, a reminder to hold on to the visions of your heart, and the opportunity to believe in your ability to begin again. Read full feature

Trevor Hall


His lyrics, like mystical poetry, resonate deep beneath the skin. They remind us that no matter our differences, with love and each other, our paths will one day align. While studying classical guitar at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Los Angeles, Trevor was introduced to yoga and spiritual practices found in India. Interwoven in his music are names and teachings of divinities, within which are apparent universal messages for the betterment of our people and planet. Read full feature

Ryan Montbleau

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Talent and positive energy are natural resources like fresh water and forests, both at risk of depletion if their source is not protected and preserved. When we are brought into this world we are given a body as a vessel to carry our heart and soul, but only after living do we learn it must be treated like a temple if we hope not to simply survive, but thrive. This is a valuable lesson that each person learns or lives their life suffering from, yet no matter your trade, it is never too late to seek the balance you need. Just ask Boston-born Ryan Montbleau, who plays more than 200 gigs annually with his band. Read full feature

Nattali Rise


Created on this earth with infinite potential, only fear stands between the human race and our collective revolution through internal evolution. Children are given life, and with it comes the ability and necessity to dream, yet somewhere along the way these dreams are traded for a trace of happiness alongside a tidal wave that’s always just moments from crashing upon us. So we learn to swim, and cherish the breaths we are able to take before the weight of water resumes its place upon our chest; but there is a better way, so you must hold on. Read full feature

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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Home exists in those that give you hope; in those that the very thought of brings tears of joy to your eyes; in those that have seen your goodness shine and will always remind you of it when you need it most; in those that will never let you pick up the pieces alone; in those that care more about seeing the smile on your face than anything you could ever give them in return. Home are the shivers inspired by the excitement of reciting lyrics you love from the musicians that sacrificed, experienced, and gifted you the opportunity to bathe in their creation while in the company of those that lift your head and your heart when they weigh heaviest. Home is an allusion until you discover the souls that sing in a tune that your very own is drawn to, moved by, and made better in the company of! Read full feature

Katie Boeck

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Moved by music and magic, with the distinction lost between, her words remind us to find solace in one another’s love, thoughts, and presence. A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, the virtuous, emerging performer has created her niche as the guitar-strumming actress of Los Angeles, who will be taking her show to Broadway in Duncan Sheik’s critically acclaimed musical, Spring Awakening. Read full feature

MO POP Preview


The summer of music and love burns in Detroit as we gear up to cover another hot Michigan music festival. In its third year, MO POP is making the move from Freedom Hill to West Riverfront Park in Detroit. A sweltering heatwave has induced a fever in the D, only satisfied by our fresh coasts and the music which moves us, grooves us, and behooves us. Read full feature

Gathering of the Vibes Review

Through the night I traveled with my best friend and partner in crime, the Postman, to cover a music festival founded over 20 years ago to celebrate the essential principles of peace and love. Our second festival in as many weeks permitted little turnaround-time before driving 687 miles East, to Seaside Park, for the Gathering of the Vibes. While the rest of the world slept we outran the anxiety in our heads, confirmed interviews for the coming days, and burned fervently on the caffeine, dreams, and love in our hearts. Read full feature

Talia Keys

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Even the most brilliant-shining-star will burn out and fade away. Our time here is limited: our conversations are limited: our opportunities to meaningfully impact the lives of those we are fortunate enough to call kin – are limited. Only you can make the choice of just who you will share your time with. How do you care to be remembered? What weight are you willing to bear to ensure goodness prevails? What length are you willing to travel to find your voice? What heights will you climb to be certain it is heard? Read full feature


Derek Carr

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Son to Rodger and Sheryl, brother to David and Darren, husband to Heather, and father to Dallas; Derek Carr lives his life for his faith, family, and football. When the woman he loves called him out, he fell to his knees and asked God’s forgiveness. When his first born was weak, he prayed to God for strength; and when his Raiders achieve victory, it is because he leads them in observing the glory of Christ increasing. Read full feature

Justin Forsett

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History is filled with great men who have fallen in the face of pugilism, however this is the story of an underdog. This is the story of a man who spent his entire life being told he was too small by men who failed to feel the fire in his heart. This is the story of a man who believes he can be knocked down, but not knocked out, because he has faith in the One who stands by his side. Read full feature

Doug Fister

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As a child Fister threw a tennis ball against the garage door until his mom made him stop. He moistened the ball so it would leave a mark that he could aim at and hit over and over again. Despite its common application in real estate, the phrase “location, location, location” should be ingrained into all aspiring pitchers minds. Something as simple as firing a tennis ball at a mark on the garage can go a long way to explain the tremendous emphasis the right hander puts on regimen and routine, no matter the magnitude of the occasion. Read full feature

Prince Fielder

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The Prince of a town built on motors and music will not be the best player in baseball in 2012, he will not hit a home run in every at bat, he will not carry the Tigers to the Series on his own…and that’s just fine. Prince Fielder will be in the top five in the league in home runs, run batted in, and slugging. Fielder will combine with Miguel Cabrera to be the best three-four combo in baseball. He will make his teammates better because he is a professional and an outstanding human being with a kind heart, and the charisma and genuine love for the game that it takes to lead. And last, this Fielder will be remembered as the Fielder in Detroit. Read full feature


Mitch Albom

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Mitch Albom reminds us of the dreams we had as a child, yet seem to have let slip away in an effort to be the person the world often insisted upon us being. His genuine and gentle nature towards those stricken with misfortune makes him vulnerable and thus tangible for readers throughout the world to identify with. His unparalleled success despite humble beginnings inspires those who have too often been reminded of their origins and alleged potential. Mitch Albom will be written about for decades to come because at the end of the day, he chose to make a difference: he chose to be different: he chose to care. Read full feature

John Normal Collins

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A clerk in the Ypsilanti store was the last known person to have seen Beineman alive. She overheard her say she had done two foolish things in her lifetime. One was buying a wig and the other was accepting a ride from a stranger on a motorcycle. Beineman then exited the store and left with this unknown man on a motorcycle. The motorcycle was believed to be a Honda 450, very shiny with a lot of chrome. Investigators began the tedious process of attempting to find the killer through a list of all Honda 450s in the state. Read full feature

Cindy Willcock

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When I walk the streets of our Ferndale community my eyes gaze into human beings of all shapes, sizes, colors, and sexual orientation, and I recognize the very happiness that soothes and satisfies my soul. No matter the waves made by bigots, bastards, and bureaucracy, people of this community fight the good fight to ensure that it is a safe, sacred, and protected place. People like Cindy Willcock, who has spent the last seven years growing her role from a volunteer to the interim Executive Director of the DDA. Read full feature

Ferndale Funky Art Fair


Often overlooked in this Age of Information is the sheer amount of data children are exposed to before they’ve developed the means to mediate mass-messaging. Evolving communication technologies and the Internet have given kids keys to an endless field of information, without the compass or map necessary to navigate them. Creating art is organic and cathartic therapy that enables people to process and purge experience. Read full feature

Mindy and Dirk Vandermeer


Coaching your child is a special experience. While I have no children, I was a competitive athlete blessed enough to spend a number of my developmental years with my dad as a coach. We traveled from town to town, staying in hotels where I came to recognize the smell of chlorine as a sign of vacation. If you’re interested in coaching your child’s team, but lacking some abilities, let Dirk be your reminder and permission to coach anyway. The coaches I remember most are the ones who helped me be the person I am today. Read full feature

Building Community with the Willcocks


Ferndale is a community ripe with righteousness. Within its streets, homes, and eccentric celebrations, the Will- cock’s benevolence resides, interwoven with their realization that the meaning of life – is each other. They are a family that has never spent their time waiting on the world to change itself. Read full feature




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