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The Music Issue 2017: West Michigan Music & Festival Guide

Written by Revue Staff | Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:02 |

This year's Music Issue profiles of some of our favorite bands on the come up in West Michigan, from lesbian indie rockers to an ever-shifting urban collective of skilled rappers, singers and instrumentalists. Also: Our guide to scores of festivals to check out this summer.

‘No Stairway to Heaven’: A Guide to Local Music Shops

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:23 |

As any musician will tell you, buying an instrument is definitely something to be done in person, because you have to hear and feel the damn thing. So whether you’re a seasoned vet, a rookie or even just looking to get started, pay a visit to one of these local musical instrument shops and let their expertise guide your important investment.

A Venue By Any Other Name: Finding shows in nontraditional spaces

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:10 |

There’s no doubt that West Michigan is home to a rich music scene. Yet even with no shortage of traditional venues hosting some of the best in local and touring talent, sometimes it’s the places that may be off the radar, or perhaps boast another claim to fame, that are offering up some of the best shows this side of The Mitten. Here’s a list of some true West Michigan standouts.

At 24 years old, The Autumnatic’s Nick Arthur might seem young to some, but he’s an old-soul veteran when it comes to the local music scene. 

The founder, lead vocalist and rhythm/lead guitarist for one of Grand Rapids’ newest and most exciting bands, Arthur grew up on the tried and true grit of Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Neil Young. Taking a cue from such self-made legends, the Cascade native started writing his own songs at a young age and by 16 got his first break when he performed on television. 

Last Gasp Collective breathes new life into the Kalamazoo music scene

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:54 |

Before starting the genre-defying Last Gasp Collective, guitarist/vocalist Justin Jay Jackson had an epiphany. 

He had just read an article that challenged his reality by posing one important question about his very existence: What would you do if you only had your last gasp left? 

For him the answer was simple: Make music.

Songs We Like, June 2017

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Saturday, 03 June 2017 10:34 |

This playlist and list of upcoming shows is a sonic collaboration between Revue and WYCE. Each of the bands featured will be performing in West Michigan in June 2017.

Since its inception, Vox Vidorra has set out to engage audiences’ minds, bodies and souls. 

On the indie-soul group’s debut LP, 2015’s Promise Land, Vox Vidorra got into important issues like racial inequality, religious intolerance and more, while keeping its feet firmly planted in the harmonic beauty of the bygone days of Motown. 

Kiss and Tell: A conversation with Lipstick Jodi

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:02 |

If there’s one thing that would make Karli Morehouse’s whole summer, it would be getting the opportunity to open for Tegan & Sara at Frederik Meijer Gardens this August.

“I get mocked for it all the time, but I love Tegan & Sara,” the 22-year-old lead vocalist/guitarist for Lipstick Jodi told Revue

Songs We Like, May 2017

Written by Adrianna Walker, WYCE | Wednesday, 10 May 2017 08:06 |

This playlist and list of upcoming shows is a sonic collaboration among Revue and WYCE. Each of the bands featured will be performing in West Michigan in May 2017.

Mark Lavengood has come a long way. The multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter/bandleader first rose to fame playing resonator guitar for the award-winning, Michigan-based Americana outfit Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. 

Now something of an ambassador for GR’s roots music scene, Lavengood will return this month with his third LP, We’ve Come Along

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