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Good Vibrations: The Rise of Hot Capicola Records

Written by Elma Talundzic | Wednesday, 14 October 2015 13:13 |

After sitting down for a conversation and cup of coffee with Hot Capicola Records founder Luke Schmidt you’ll quickly realize one thing: He’s a wholehearted believer in the Grand Rapids music scene.

Dizzybird Records celebrates Anniversary

Written by Nolan Krebs | Thursday, 01 October 2015 14:38 |

Just over a year ago, Nicole LaRae and Brian Hoekstra were gearing up for the launch of their new record label, dizzybird records. The vinyl pressings were in, sponsors were lined up for the release party and people were stoked. The future was looking bright. Twelve months later, LaRae and Hoekstra are finding themselves in a similar situation.

Rundown of Michigan record labels

Written by Nolan Krebs | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:11 |

There are plenty of Michigan-based record labels that are churning out some great music. The following is a rundown of those labels.

VINYL VOYAGE: A breakdown of some of Michigan’s best record shops

Written by Josh Veal | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:08 |

“Your Turntable’s Not Dead” is a slogan Detroit-born Jack White came up with for his Third Man Records label — but it could also be assigned to the entire state of Michigan. The mitten is littered with brick-and-mortar shops, stocked with those rarities even Amazon.com can’t offer. Here are just a few worth digging into.

Triumph Music Academy unveils hip-hop and recording/engineering programs

Written by Jayson Bussa | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:06 |

James Forrest Hughes, director and owner of Triumph Music Academy on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids, said he wants his music school to be a destination where aspiring musicians of all ages and walks of life can come to learn how to play, produce and master “real music.” He took another step towards this effort with his most recent announcement

A reinvigorated Division Avenue Arts Collective searches for a new home

Written by Tayler Keefer and Rich Tupica | Friday, 31 July 2015 14:31 |

When the Grand Rapids-based Division Avenue Arts Collective lost its home at 115 South Division two years ago, the organization that for a decade helped give voice to countless local artists and musicians faced an uncertain future. But while it’s been a bumpy ride, the DAAC has managed to avoid fading into obscurity.

If Jeff Haas is a cocktail pianist, he mixes a heady cocktail. The Traverse City-based pianist and composer has been swirling the music of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other jazz legends with his own original compositions, along with fresh takes on the Great American Songbook, at two jam-packed summer gigs in northwest Michigan all summer.

The Story of The Pyramid Scheme’s ‘Electric Energy’ 

Written by Tayler Keefer | Sunday, 02 August 2015 14:06 |

When The Pyramid Scheme opened its doors in April 2011, the atmosphere its co-owners had in mind was clear. They wanted employees who cared about their establishment, their neighborhood and, above all, the music. If they had that, everything else would fall in to place.

DECADES OF TASTE: The Bohemian Outlier, Richard Bowser

Written by Steve Miller | Friday, 31 July 2015 10:08 |

When he’s out and about in Kalamazoo, little kids will sometimes see Richard Bowser, his portly stature and flossy white hair and beard, and think: Santa Claus. And Bowser, a man with a sense of humor and fun, will engage them. “Have you been good?” he’ll say. If it’s summer, he lets them know he’s on vacation from the North Pole. But Bowser is, in real life, a cultural Santa Claus for the region.

Photos & Review: Brian Wilson at the Fox Theatre

Written by Rich Tupica | Tuesday, 07 July 2015 08:26 |

After being lead into the spotlight by stagehands, Brian Wilson sat down at his piano and immediately let his fans at the Fox Theatre know he was happy to be in the Motor City. Good vibrations filled the room. It was a jovial start to what became a night of over 30 songs from Wilson’s long repertoire of intricate pop songs.

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