Local Music

Songs We Like, Vol. 13

Written by Pete Bruinsma and Morgan Hayden, WYCE | Tuesday, 06 September 2016 10:18 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here every month and stream it on wyce.org. From Grand Rapids, to the world! Each of the bands featured will be performing in Grand Rapids during September. Go see them!

Album Review: Heaters, 'Baptistina'

Written by Mark Deming | Friday, 02 September 2016 10:46 |

The band’s second album, Baptistina, is an inspired exercise in contemporary psychedelic rock, headlined by the outstanding guitar work of Andrew Tamlyn.

Songs We Like, Vol. 12: Best of the West edition

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Thursday, 04 August 2016 08:33 |

Songs We Like is a collaboration among WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes and Revue. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it in Revue, and stream it on wyce.org! From Grand Rapids, Michigan to the world. This month: Most played songs so far this year on WYCE, including Tedeschi Trucks, Sturgill Simpson, the Great Ones, Radiohead, Charles Bradley, The Accidentals, Kevin Morby, Ziggy Marley, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and many more..

Razz Na$-T Shoots ‘Planet Cracker’ Video

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 04 August 2016 08:24 |

When REVUE got a hold of Grand Rapids rapper Razz Na$-T earlier this summer, he was gearing up for a life-altering trip to Las Vegas. 

However, his destination wasn’t just the alluring glitz of the Vegas strip — it was the natural splendor of Lake Tahoe, the site of his latest music video.

“Just know that it involves motorcycles, a devil and a demon, the desert, clear water, blue skies, and of course California evergreens,” said Razz, aka Riley Dean. “The rest is a surprise.”

Billy Strings Moves from Traverse City to Music City

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 29 July 2016 08:46 |

With a youthful and punk-fueled exuberance, picking and vocal capabilities that seem well beyond his years, and a heart steeped in traditional music, a live performance by William Apostol (aka Billy Strings) is truly an experience.  High energy meets raw talent in an electrifying, twangy and sometimes dizzying way.

Apostol has made quite a name for himself in the bluegrass scene as a gifted guitarist out of Traverse City. He’s spent the last couple of years touring heavily with mandolinist Don Julin and playing the music he was brought up on as a kid. In late 2015, however, Apostol announced he was parting ways with Julin and moving to Nashville to embark on his solo career.

Songs We Like, Vol. 11

Written by Carly Dubiel and Matt Jarrells, WYCE | Friday, 08 July 2016 10:04 |

This is a collaboration among WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes and Revue. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it in Revue, and stream it on wyce.org! From Grand Rapids, Michigan to the world. This month: new music from The Strokes, Beck, DJ Shadow, Paul Simon, Case/Lang/Viers, Peter Bjorn & John and more.

Phife Dawg Remembered at Pyramid Scheme

Written by Rich Tupica | Saturday, 25 June 2016 12:17 |

Depending on who you talk to, the late Phife Dawg is either a complete unknown or a groundbreaking hip-hop icon. As a member of Tribe Called Quest, he and his mates helped pave the way for generations of forthcoming alternative hip-hop heads – from Kanye West and Common, to legions of underground rappers.

After going homeless for nearly three years, The Division Avenue Arts Collective finally found a new home earlier this spring thanks in part to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and SiTE:LAB.

Stripped Down: Soil and the Sun Scale Back to Four-Piece Unit

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 06 June 2016 14:32 |

For Grand Rapids-based indie outfit The Soil & The Sun, the end of 2015 and the start of this year has been about deconstruction and rebuilding.  

Surrounding the release of their last LP, 2014’s Meridian, the then seven-piece ensemble hit the road harder than ever before. They played all across the country, hitting such festivals as SXSW in Austin and the CMJ Music Showcase in New York, while bonding together like family in their converted tour bus.

When The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, teens across the country raced to local music shops, picked out guitars and hastily learned chords as their crewcuts grew into mop tops. High-school garage bands popped up across the map — all looking to recreate the energy of the burgeoning British Invasion. 

 

West Michigan was no exception. While the scene’s genesis, life and demise is quite similar to other cities, one distinguishing characteristic is where these local bands recorded: Great Lakes Studios in Sparta — home of Fenton Records, the now iconic garage-rock vanity label. 

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