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Band Spotlight: Wires and Lights

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:44 |

If you missed the West Michigan Noise! Convention at MXTP in Grand Rapids this summer, or the Dog Days of Summer festival at Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo last August, then you also missed out on seeing West Michigan's newest rising star, Wires and Lights.

In the Studio: The Legal Immigrants

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Friday, 26 August 2011 14:55 |

Though the Grand Rapids classic rock/blues/reggae fusion group The Legal Immigrants has been in existence for almost two years now, the band was well-kept secret -- until now. That was when a series of networking victories led exposure with a drastically higher profile.

ConvoTronics: The industry of electronic conversation

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Friday, 26 August 2011 14:11 |

Earlier this year, ConvoTronics appeared on both the Detroit and Long Island stops of the Vans Warped Tour. They performed on the brand new "Bring It Back" stage — an experimental new platform for rap and hip-hop artists to showcase their music, which member Julius Hayes described as "euphoric."

Dwarf Corpse Trollstomps To the Top at MXTP in Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Friday, 05 August 2011 14:31 |

There will be a public trollstomping on Aug. 11 at MXTP. Dwarf Corpse, a folk-metal band from Grand Rapids, will execute the little-known but visually impressive maneuver when it plays the Grand Rapids music venue with Battlecross. This, of course, raises the question: What exactly is trollstomping?

Dodd's Not Giving Up

Written by Justin Stover and Ryan Cappelletti | Thursday, 30 June 2011 16:55 |

On 20 Division Avenue, just beside the intersection of Division and Fulton, sits a gray and white building. Outside the front door is a sign shaped like a vinyl record. It reads, "Dodd's Record Shop: New & Used Vinyl." But don't let this simple building and sign fool you. Dodd's Record Shop is a music lover's paradise.

Breathe Owl Breathe: Mixing Music and Literature

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 30 June 2011 16:48 |

For Breathe Owl Breathe, East Jordan's earthy folk outfit, reaching a national audience may have been a long road (one that spanned over seven years), but the trials never exceeded the joy.

Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Gives GR's West Side a Retro Vibe

Written by Brian Edwards | Wednesday, 29 June 2011 14:30 |

An old bar on Grand Rapids' West Side has been updated to look ... retro.

The new Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill is a throwback to the ‘40s and ‘50s with live rockabilly music, Southern cooking and a retro look. Opened last weekend, the Tip Top is the brainchild of Ted Smith, general manager of the Orbit Room, and Frank Lehnen, who owns Rocky's Bar & Grill in the North Monroe corridor.

Pyramid Scheme ups the ante on Grand Rapids' music scene

Written by Nick Manes | Thursday, 23 June 2011 11:07 |

Over the years Grand Rapids has had its fair share of quality music venues. From the oft-remembered classics such as the Reptile House, the Orbit Room and the old Intersection in Eastown, to new stalwarts like Founders, the DAAC, and MXTP just north of downtown, there has nary been a shortage of places to play.

The Rebirth of Val-Du-Lakes

Written by Nick Manes and Brian Edwards | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:53 |

It didn't take long for a little rock and roll anarchy to turn up at the newly re-launched Val-Du-Lakes Amphitheatre. The moment arrived just three songs into the first live set in more than a decade at the legendary outdoor theater. Sal Coz Costa, the lead guitarist for opening night opener My Darkest Days, invited fans to tip over a barricade fence and rush the stage.

Kari Lynch and the "Dudes"

Written by Rachel MacDonald | Tuesday, 17 May 2011 14:39 |

After a year and a half performing live, the Kari Lynch Band is creating quite the sensation. From playing out of state to doing shows in local bars, the small town country band has come a long way in a short time.

The Grand Rapids-based country band released its self-titled EP on Tuesday, May 17 on iTunes. The five-song CD showcases lead singer Kari Lynch, Matthew Kok on acoustic guitar, Ryder Jones on electric guitar, Sam Briggs on drums and Chris Bardolph on bass. 

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