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GR Symphony’s Picnic Pops Hosts Boyz II Men, Bowie Tribute

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 14 July 2016 07:59 |

Bursting with star power, the Grand Rapids Symphony kicks off its 2016 Picnic Pops series with another explosive Classical Fireworks show on July 14.

The season, which runs mid-July through early August, also includes performances showcasing the music of legendary rock musicians Queen, The Beach Boys and David Bowie. Then, R&B superstars Boyz II Men join the symphony live onstage Aug. 4 for a one-night-only event to cap off the series. 

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. 

Solid State Sounds: June local music news

Written by Eric Mitts | Sunday, 05 June 2016 09:03 |

A handful of local concerts in July and July, including The SEVENth and the final shows for Beast in the Field.

Breaking Out: A Conversation with The Accidentals

Written by Elma Talundzic | Sunday, 05 June 2016 08:31 |

The Accidentals eclectic sound has helped the indie folk-rock band become one of the state’s top emerging outfits. Billboard named the trio as one of the “Top Seven Breakout Artists SXSW 2015.” Now, on June 1, the band dropped its new Parking Lot EP, available to stream online. Here’s what the band had to say to Revue.

The Muteflutes Leave Town, Cut New LP

Written by Eric Mitts | Sunday, 05 June 2016 08:06 |

Sometimes, you just need to get away.

So if you thought The Muteflutes have been in hiding, you’d be right.

Back in January, the Grand Rapids-based indie-folk group packed up their gear, got out of town and headed for one of the least-likely mid-winter destinations around: Minneapolis. 

Once there, they holed up together at The Hideaway Studio, and a week later emerged with their third LP, naturally titled: Hideaway Love

Songs We Like, Vol. 10

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE | Friday, 03 June 2016 16:02 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here on revuewm.com and stream it on wyce.org. From Grand Rapids, to the world! This month: new music from The Lumineers, Radiohead, Aesop Rock and more.

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