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GRandJazzFest Returns to Rosa Parks Circle

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 18 August 2016 17:23 |

Audrey Sundstrom had begun to wonder why so many towns much smaller than Grand Rapids had free jazz festivals when the second largest city in the state did not.

When her husband finally challenged Sundstrom to be the one to act, she did just that.

Now the founder of GRandJazzFest and the chair of GR and Jazz, the nonprofit volunteer organization that produces the festival, Sundstrom is elated as the annual event will celebrate its fifth year at Rosa Parks Circle this month.

Colossal Sound: Q&A with livetronica innovators Big Gigantic

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 08 August 2016 13:29 |

Live instruments, absolutely massive beats and a mind-altering light show — that’s the holy trinity of Colorado duo Big Gigantic’s live shows. They’ve been sought out as collaboratorsand played high-profile slots at every major festival in the country, and this month, they’re coming back to Kalamazoo to headline the fourth annual Audiotree Music Festival.

Audiotree Grows into ‘Unique Boutique Festival’

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 08 August 2016 13:23 |

Four years in, the Audiotree Music Festival still knows nothing but growth. Founded in 2013 by Kalamazoo natives Michael Johnston and Adam Thursion, the one-day event has already showcased an impressively diverse range of artists in its short history. This year, it’s taking over the city’s landmark Arcadia Creek Festival Place for the first time ever.

Earth Lands at Pyramid Scheme with Boris

Written by Steve Miller | Thursday, 04 August 2016 08:51 |

Doom legend Dylan Carlson of Earth chats with Revue.

Songs We Like, Vol. 12: Best of the West edition

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Thursday, 04 August 2016 08:33 |

Songs We Like 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: Most played songs so far this year on WYCE, including Tedeschi Trucks, Sturgill Simpson, the Great Ones, Radiohead, Charles Bradley, The Accidentals, Kevin Morby, Ziggy Marley, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and many more..

Razz Na$-T Shoots ‘Planet Cracker’ Video

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 04 August 2016 08:24 |

When REVUE got a hold of Grand Rapids rapper Razz Na$-T earlier this summer, he was gearing up for a life-altering trip to Las Vegas. 

However, his destination wasn’t just the alluring glitz of the Vegas strip — it was the natural splendor of Lake Tahoe, the site of his latest music video.

“Just know that it involves motorcycles, a devil and a demon, the desert, clear water, blue skies, and of course California evergreens,” said Razz, aka Riley Dean. “The rest is a surprise.”

Lollapalooza 2016 Recap and Highlights

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 02 August 2016 12:07 |

Lollapalooza celebrated its 25th Anniversary this weekend with four full days of live music that featured more than 170 acts on eight stages. It has exploded in size and scope since its beginning in 1991, swelling to a capacity crowd of 100,000 every year, while also developing an internationally-recognized reputation that reaches well beyond Chicago — or even the U.S. — with Lolla having spawned spinoffs in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Germany over the past decade. Here’s a quick list of our biggest takeaways from Lolla’s landmark year.

Breaking the Rules: How Wild Child Refuses to Conform

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 29 July 2016 09:08 |

True to their name, Wild Child refuses to run with the pack or worry much about the traditional business side of music. It doesn’t jive with the Austin-based indie-pop band’s artistic process – so they go their own way. 

“When it comes to that side of the music industry, we all just kind of freeze up,” said Kelsey Wilson, lead vocalist and violinist of the seven-piece outfit. “We can write a song a day and play a show a day for the rest of our lives, but the other side of things is just so foreign.”

Billy Strings Moves from Traverse City to Music City

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 29 July 2016 08:46 |

With a youthful and punk-fueled exuberance, picking and vocal capabilities that seem well beyond his years, and a heart steeped in traditional music, a live performance by William Apostol (aka Billy Strings) is truly an experience.  High energy meets raw talent in an electrifying, twangy and sometimes dizzying way.

Apostol has made quite a name for himself in the bluegrass scene as a gifted guitarist out of Traverse City. He’s spent the last couple of years touring heavily with mandolinist Don Julin and playing the music he was brought up on as a kid. In late 2015, however, Apostol announced he was parting ways with Julin and moving to Nashville to embark on his solo career.

Far From ‘Gone’: How JR JR Keeps Going

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 14 July 2016 09:21 |

Josh Epstein’s phone is blowin’ up thanks to his band’s summery slice of infectious indie-pop, “Gone.”

The Detroit duo JR JR’s (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) hit single has gone viral since its 2015 release, racking up over 15 million plays on Spotify and landing everywhere from alt-rock radio to the trailer for the upcoming comedy Sausage Party.

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