Music

The New Year always presents a time for reflection and rebirth. Old habits can change, new goals can be made, and the future can rise up on the horizon wider and brighter than ever before.

Such is the case for longtime Grand Rapids jam band Ultraviolet Hippopotamus. 

From its beginning in spring 2004 in Big Rapids, the five-piece has made a name for itself with a tight mix of funky jams, explosive improvisations, unconventional covers and other “onstage musical alchemy.” 

Surfin’ 616: The Outer Vibe Returns to Grand Rapids

Written by Kelly Brown | Monday, 05 December 2016 10:57 |

After almost a year of touring the U.S., The Outer Vibe returns home to Grand Rapids with a new EP.

2016: Five Shows to Remember

Written by Nicole LaRae | Monday, 05 December 2016 10:16 |

Hundreds of bands come through Grand Rapids every year, but some stand out, providing an unforgettable experience. Here are five of those shows for Nicole LaRae, venue and booking manager for The Pyramid Scheme, founder of dizzybird records and volunteer programmer at 88.1 WYCE.

Cécile McLorin Salvant On Past, Present, Future

Written by Samara Napolitan | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

If jazz is about creating tension between tradition and innovation, singer Cécile McLorin Salvant is an undeniable voice leading the genre today.

GLOBAL TALENT: Brass Band of Battle Creek attracts musicians from around the world

Written by Jane Simons | Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:17 |

Brothers and fellow podiatrists Bill and Jim Gray receive rock star treatment when they attend performances in other countries. However, they still remain largely unknown in the United States for their work to establish a world-class brass band named for their native Battle Creek.

Crystal Drive "900" LP review & track debut

Written by Mark Deming | Monday, 07 November 2016 15:05 |

A review and track preview of the debut album from George Szegedy's (of The Peoples Temple) new band Crystal Drive.

A Night In Review: Lamp Light Music Festival

Written by Josh Veal | Saturday, 05 November 2016 17:07 |

Before the show could begin, I was asked to turn off a lamp. That might seem antithetical to the name: Lamp Light Music Festival, but this one moment captures the intimacy and comfort of a very special weekend.

Bear vs. Shark: Round 2

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:39 |

It’s rare for Grand Rapids to act as the grand finale for any tour, much less a reunion tour that has sold out venues from New York to San Francisco. But considering the history Grand Rapids has with the recently reunited Bear Vs. Shark, it’s no surprise that the Michigan post-hardcore heroes will end their first run of shows in over a decade right here.

Songs We Like, Vol. 14

Written by Yong Los and Pete Bruinsma, WYCE | Monday, 03 October 2016 11:28 |

 

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 on wyce.org. Each of the bands featured will be performing in Grand Rapids in October 2016. Here are a few highlights. 

Solid State Sounds: Local music news and shows for October

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 03 October 2016 11:15 |

Check out these upcoming shows and releases from local bands including ConvoTronics, Martyr For Madison and more.

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