Music

Pixies announce show at 20 Monroe Live

Written by Revue Staff | Tuesday, 21 February 2017 13:32 |

Alt-rock, noise-pop legends the Pixies are officially slated to perform at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids on Oct. 7 this year.

The International Chopin Piano Competition has launched the careers of many internationally-renowned artists.

Songs We Like: 2016 Staff Picks

Written by WYCE staff | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:38 |

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 via wyce.org. 

This month, we bring you a streaming playlist highlighting 25 of the best songs released from Grand Rapids in 2016. 

Cloud Nothings tour new record at Calvin College

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:52 |

As a college dropout, the irony of performing on a campus isn’t lost on Cloud Nothings vocalist/guitarist Dylan Baldi.

The 25-year-old musician only spent two months at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University, where he majored in music and audio recording technology, before starting Cloud Nothings in his parents’ basement at age 18.

Music soon became his escape — both from college and Cleveland — as the tracks he created at home on Garageband generated buzz via MySpace back in 2009, when it was still capable of breaking bands into the indie-rock blogosphere.

The story behind 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids' newest music venue, which opens on Feb. 1 and will host The Flaming Lips in April. “I don’t have to beg people to come to Grand Rapids anymore," said Josh Newman, promoter and talent buyer for Live Nation.

Review: Spektral Quartet Previews New Concert Program at the GRAM

Written by Samara Napolitan | Monday, 23 January 2017 09:39 |

A packed crowd greeted the Spektral Quartet on Sunday as the four musicians took their seats and Grand Rapids Art Museum staff members set up extra chairs for a handful of stragglers. Violist Doyle Armbrust began by introducing his colleagues, including violinist Maeve Feinberg in her first public appearance with the group. Armbrust also took a moment to note that Spektral’s latest album, Serious Business, received a Grammy nomination last month.

Songs We Like, Vol. 15: The Jammies Edition

Written by Yong Los, WYCE intern | Monday, 09 January 2017 14:09 |

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 via wyce.org. 

This month, we bring you a streaming playlist highlighting 25 of the best songs released from Grand Rapids in 2016. 

Connections Across Centuries: Spektral Quartet Preview New Concert Series at the GRAM

Written by Samara Napolitan | Monday, 02 January 2017 10:00 |

When the members of the Spektral Quartet say they have a broad appetite for different styles of music, they mean it. 

Sonic Pioneer: Violinist Tim Fain Brings Multi-Sensory Projects to West Michigan

Written by Samara Napolitan | Monday, 02 January 2017 10:00 |

Tim Fain’s violin is going to turn 300 next year, but he doesn’t let that hinder his innovative spirit.Whether he’s collaborating with Google on a virtual reality music video or performing in Academy Award-winning films, Fain exhibits a trademark mix of talent, charisma and inventiveness. 

No Hibernation: Winter Wheat keeps the festival scene alive year-round

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Wednesday, 28 December 2016 10:06 |

A few years back, musicians Bruce Ling of Hawks and Owls and Mark Stoltz of Benzie Playboys were lamenting the sort of lull that winter typically brings to the music scene. While venues may keep their stages warm with the shows they can, festivals seem to disappear altogether. So Ling and Stoltz reached out to longtime member of the Wheatland Music Organization, Marilyn Hummel, to see what could be done about bringing a little slice of Wheatland to the winter months. So began the Winter Wheat music festival, now in its eighth year.

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