Netflix made the rock and roll star

Written by Steve Miller | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:29 |

In the ’80s and ’90s, music videos were breaking bands large, the tail wildly wagging the dog. Flash forward to 2011, when Last Days Here, a 91-minute video that would be available to anyone with a Netflix account, turned Pentagram, a band that had toiled in obscurity since the ’70s, into a cultish phenomenon.

A Q&A with Dianne Reeves: Vocalist headlines at St. Cecilia Music Center

Written by Shelby Pendowski | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:25 |

While the Jazz Age of the Roaring Twenties may be long behind us, that energy still thrives today thanks to artists like five-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves. Her new LP, Beautiful Life, includes Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” along with a roster of originals. The Denver-based songster is now touring the country in support of the LP; she performs Oct. 29 at St. Cecilia Music Center’s Great Artist Gala in the Royce Auditorium.

Nocturnals frontwoman Grace Potter Goes Her Own Way

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:23 |

When Grace Potter stepped offstage from singing “Gimme Shelter” with Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones earlier this year, she felt like she had just completed a rock‘n’roll triathlon.

Melissa Etheridge Flies Solo into Kalamazoo

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:19 |

Back on June 26, Grammy-winner Melissa Etheridge was on tour in Iowa just kicking back with her wife, when her phone unexpectedly started going nuts. As the legendary songwriter soon found out, it was a historic day.

The Avett Brothers Play The Eddy

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:16 |

Bonded by music, the Avett Brothers have kept their art and their families, ahead of their rising fame. Currently one of the biggest live acts in the country — with high-profile slots at major music festivals ranging from Bonnaroo to Telluride — the North Carolina band has built a massive, grassroots fan base over the last 15 years with their unique blend of folk, rock, bluegrass and other genres.

Norma Jean Brings Anniversary Tour To GR

Written by Robert Hartley | Monday, 28 September 2015 12:40 |

If you’ve kept yourself updated in the realm of alternative music, then you’re aware that a lot of bands are going on 10-year anniversary tours lately. Norma Jean is amongst that crop. Hailing from Douglasville, Ga., the band put out its second record, O’God, the Aftermath, 10 years ago in 2005. It is the first to feature vocalist Cory Brandan Putman following the band’s 2002 debut Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child with Josh Scogin on vocals.

Photo Gallery: O.A.R. at Meijer Gardens

Written by Photos by Steve Baran | Friday, 04 September 2015 15:58 |

On Wednesday, Sept. 2 O.A.R., along with special Guest Allen Stone played at Meijer Gardens. Here are a few photos from the concert.

MADE IN MICHIGAN: Lord Huron Returns for Calvin College Show

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:05 |

Even as the legend of his band Lord Huron continues to grow, Okemos-native Ben Schneider will never forget the natural beauty of the state that first inspired him to write music. “That part of the world will always have this sort of mystical mystery for me,” Schneider said. “I think it will be a well that I can hopefully draw from for many years to come.”

From Twin Peaks to Capitol Records

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:04 |

Before breaking out of L.A. as one half of the enigmatic indie-pop duo In The Valley Below, Muskegon native Angela Gail Mattson began her long, strange trip to stardom with a single, burning step.

Photo Gallery & Review: Aerosmith at Van Andel

Written by Rich Tupica, Photos by Nicole Rico | Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:03 |

Back in late 2009, the future of Aerosmith was uncertain. The band’s iconic vocalist Steven Tyler and guitar-legend Joe Perry were at each other’s throats – Tyler even left the band momentarily.

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