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Battlecross Returns to The Stache on November 26! [Video]

This year is sure going to go out with a bang!

So many shows are coming to the Grand Rapids area, it's insanity; especially in November!

Another show just got announced and this is one of the more extreme bands I have seen!

Michigan natives Battlecross are returning to The Stache!

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Producer Joe Takes Aim at Barracks 616 [Video/Sponsored]

Producer Joe is a member of "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" crew.

Known for his witty repartee, signature laugh and no-holds-barred stunts, he's been trying something new.

He's been getting firearms instruction from Barracks 616.

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New Brewery Coming to Cedar Springs [Video]

West Michigan's beer fever is spreading!

After last week's announcement that New Holland Brewing is coming to Grand Rapids, WZZM-13 reports there is another brewery on the horizon in Cedar Springs.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: A New Idea for Dumber Than Zane Trivia [Poll]

Since we are never content leaving things how they are, we are considering changing up Dumber Than Zane Trivia once again.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Producer Joe’s ArtPrize Contribution [Video]

Here in Grand Rapids there's an annual art contest called ArtPrize.

It's a 19-day city-wide art exhibit in which artists display their work for everyone to see. People and a juried panel then vote on which pieces they think are the best and the winners receive $560,000 in cash prizes. There are many mediums, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and even performance art.

One piece was titled "Hey YouTube, It's Me."

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Free Beer & Hot Wings Flashback: Flashback: Producer Joe’s Bed of Nails Challenge [Video]

We took a call from Shane this morning, who does a sideshow act including laying on a bed of nails.

It reminded us of the time five years ago when Producer Joe and Hot Wings did the same thing when a sideshow act came through the radio station.

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‘Joe Dirt 2′ Is in the Works

We never thought in a million years 'Joe Dirt 2' would come to fruition, but never say never, especially when your name is Joe Dirt. He is in the one who said, "Things are gonna happen for me."

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Gone Girl’ Vanquishes the Competition

'Gone Girl' may have barely won its first weekend at the box office over 'Annabelle,' but in its second week of release, it emerged as the real victor. Fighting off tons of new competition, David Fincher's thriller held onto the number one spot and made it look easy.

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First Four Minutes of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Premiere [Video]

AMC has released the first four minutes of the Season 5 premiere of 'The Walking Dead' and if you aren't already salivating for the continuing adventures of Rick Grimes and company, then perhaps this teaser will get you pumped up for the premiere set to air tomorrow, Oct. 12.

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ArtPrize 2014: The Winners [Video]

Anila Quayyum Agha’s “Intersections” is the public vote grand prize winner of ArtPrize 2014.

The juried grand prize produced a tie between Quayyum Agha’s “Intersections” at Grand Rapids Art Museum and Sonya Clark’s “The Hair Craft Project” at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

Quayyum Agha's wins, announced Friday night in ceremonies at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, total $300,000 for the Indianapolis resident.

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Young Guns Stops By WGRD Studios, Talks New Album, Dancing to Pop Music Before Shows and More with Janna [Video]

Before their show at the Stache Friday night, British rockers, Young Guns visited WGRD to play some songs and talk music, touring, and what's next for the band!

After lots of success in their native UK, their song "Bones" helped push them to the top of the charts here in the US. And they even promised me they'd play it tonight just for me! (And you know, everyone else at the show... but it still made me feel special!)

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You Me at Six Visits WGRD, Talks Harry Potter, ‘Room to Breathe’, Whether Piss is a Swear Word and More with Janna [Video]

Before rocking The Stache  Friday night, the guys from You Me at Six stopped by the WGRD studios. They were awesome enough to do a special acoustic performance for GRD listeners and sat down to talk with me about touring, their new album Cavalier Youth, their hit song Room to Breathe, and more!

Hailing from Weybridge, Surrey (which,  the guys informed me, is also where Harry Potter is from) these British rockers are pulling in crowds all over the states, now on their second US headlining tour.

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