Music

After four decades in the rock-n-roll spotlight, Ted Nugent's mind is still an honest, bizarre and unapologetic place. The guitar slinger, known for hits like "Strangle Hold" and "Fred Bear," never fails to unleash his right wing/conservative opinions into the open.

It Only Takes Two: Fes2val 2011

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 25 July 2011 12:20 |

Being a band is easy. Being a band that stands out, especially in an era inundated with new bands at every corner of the Internet, is not. That's why Derek Lancioni, drummer of Charles the Osprey, brings Fes2val to Grand Rapids.

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.

The REVUE Interview with Melissa Etheridge: Not A Quiet, Normal Life

Written by Rich Tupica | Wednesday, 29 June 2011 17:04 |

Early on in her career, Melissa Etheridge let her music do the talking. While rumors swirled about her sexuality and personal life, she decided to rock rather than talk, churning out Grammy-winning records and burning up the charts. 

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.

Touche Amore Brings New Music to GR

Written by Robby Hartley | Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:32 |

Like a drive-through restaurant serving organic food, Los Angeles' Touche Amore will deliver some of its newest hardcore punk songs to GR on Wednesday, June 29 at the Pyramid Scheme.

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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