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  • Tune In: Resurrecting GR’s Radio Mojo

    For almost a decade, radio station WSRX broadcasted from the basement of the student center at Grand Valley State University — then Grand Valley State College. Lore has it that one enterprising and curious young man once took a hit or three of LSD and put in a 48-hour stint as deejay. Read More
  • Grand Raggidy Roller Derby turns 10, re-brands

    In the event Amy Zyck and her husband should ever decide to leave Grand Rapids, she’s already made it very clear wherever they go next will be contingent on the town’s roller derby ranking. “I told him, ‘These are the towns I will move to because they are ranked better than Grand Raggidy,” Zyck said. “I will move up, I will not move down.” Read More
  • Weird, Weird West: Strange plates in our area

    By now you’ve heard of all the delicious, albeit common, things to eat around West Michigan. But for the intrepid eaters out there, it’s time to get weird. Revue has compiled a list of the stranger bites around West Michigan. Read More
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The Latest

  • Marilyn Manson packs The Orbit Room Marilyn Manson packs The Orbit Room

    Throughout the mid-to-late ‘90s, the ethereal image of a long-haired and lanky Marilyn Manson squirming about on stage while shouting about sodomy engrossed rebellious teens — but more importantly it horrified worrywart parents. That’s a trick from the ol’ Alice Cooper playbook: Terrify old people and the kids will flock to it.

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  • New brewery alert: Newaygo Brewing Co. New brewery alert: Newaygo Brewing Co.

    The Looman family has been plotting for years to find a way to bring their homebrew concoctions to a wider audience, and they got serious in 2014. Nick and Krista Looman quit their jobs in the Grand Rapids area and moved up to Newaygo County to start a new microbrewery.

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  • Social Kitchen & Bar arrives in GR; Chef Zack Sklar chats about Downtown Market location Social Kitchen & Bar arrives in GR; Chef Zack Sklar chats about Downtown Market location

    The Grand Rapids foodie scene perked up with the announcement of the impending expansion of the Social Kitchen & Bar, a Birmingham, Mich. fixture. The new addition arrives at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave. SW, later this year — hopefully in September.

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  • San Chez shifts café across the hall San Chez shifts café across the hall

    When San Chez opened its doors 23 years ago the Heartside District was not exactly a thriving hub for grub. “In 1992 the Heartside District was very rundown, there were empty buildings,” said San Chez owner Cindy Schneider. “There were not many people moving around downtown. It’s definitely much better now.”

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Featured Content

  • A Guide to West Michigan’s Ethnic Food Markets A Guide to West Michigan’s Ethnic Food Markets

    If you’re looking to prepare a worldly dish without the hassle of leaving West Michigan, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here’s a shortlist of places to score everything from authentic Mediterranean to some legit kielbasa sausage. 

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  • The Omecs Echo West Michigan’s Primitive Past The Omecs Echo West Michigan’s Primitive Past

    Michigan is responsible for spewing out some primal iconic garage rock bands. From high velocity acts like The Stooges and MC5, to the primitive sounds of the Gories, White Stripes and the Hentchmen – Michigan is notorious for its noise. But it’s not all about the Motor City.

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  • Carving a Path: Colony House goes its own way Carving a Path: Colony House goes its own way

    Life on tour agrees with Colony House, and things have only gotten better since the group found a sound representational of its true inspirations. Since two of the members are children of Steven Curtis Chapman, a Grammy-Award winning Christian singer-songwriter, the pressure from record labels to head in their father’s direction could have nudged Colony House to follow someone else’s vision. But the trio has ultimately played to their strengths to churn out melodic, guitar-driven indie rock. 

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  • Built to Last: Indie rock innovators Built to Spill rekindle the flame Built to Last: Indie rock innovators Built to Spill rekindle the flame

    Even though Built To Spill founder Doug Martsch has been an indie-rock icon for more than two decades with a direct influence on bands like Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie and others, he remains humbly honest about what he does for a living and his title as an innovator.

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Best Bets

  • METAL BEST BET: Slipknot METAL BEST BET: Slipknot

    Sometime in the mid-‘00s, Slipknot stopped diving into the audience from high balconies and setting each other on fire live on stage. It was a “better move for the longevity of the band,” according to one member. What remained: The matching jumpsuits, distinctive horror masks and growling vocals that give way to screaming jags over the thrashing guitar work.

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  • ROCK BEST BET: Marilyn Manson ROCK BEST BET: Marilyn Manson

    If your mom wouldn’t let you see Marilyn Manson in the mid-‘90s when he was riding high on a wave of psychosexual controversy, now’s your chance to really get a rise out of her. The polarizing performer at the head of the eponymous band ransacked pop culture with his searing music videos, a shocking look that was equal parts Ziggy Stardust and Night of the Living Dead

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  • HIP HOP BEST BET: Tyler The Creator HIP HOP BEST BET: Tyler The Creator

    “I’m a f****** paradox — no I’m not.” And just like that, hip-hop artist Tyler, the Creator has laid out his mission, his M.O. and everything intriguing about him. The 24-year-old rapper/producer/graphic designer rose to fame as the leader of the offbeat rap collective Odd Future, but since he went solo four years ago, Tyler has built a following on his own.

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  • JAZZ BEST BET: Organissimo JAZZ BEST BET: Organissimo

    When Organissimo formed 15 years ago, the jazz trio’s goal was to make one of music’s more challenging genres more accessible to the casual music listener. They were also dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what direction jazz was headed. It was a tall order, but universal acclaim and a rabid fan base is solid proof that it’s been a successful mission so far.

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Artist Spotlight

  • Q&A: Jake Simmons unveils new LP Q&A: Jake Simmons unveils new LP

    When Jake Simmons gets home from his day job at a family-owned scrapyard, the Kalamazoo-based blue-collar rocker goes down to his basement, plugs in and continues to work. The dim basement is where he labors over his signature brand of Springsteen-spirited Americana songs, and his time in the cellar has paid off. His new Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts LP, “No Better,” is testament to his diligence — the disc is hooky and sonically ambitious.

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