Music

Songs We Like, Vol. 11

Written by Carly Dubiel and Matt Jarrells, WYCE | Friday, 08 July 2016 10:04 |

This 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: new music from The Strokes, Beck, DJ Shadow, Paul Simon, Case/Lang/Viers, Peter Bjorn & John and more.

Jack’s Mannequin’s Andrew McMahon Talks Songwriting, Being a Dad

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 30 June 2016 17:47 |

Andrew McMahon’s path to stardom hasn’t exactly been paint-by-numbers.

Fans of the singer/songwriter already know much of his story: He started out as the teenage frontman for the piano-pop/punk band Something Corporate in the early 2000s. Then there was his side-project Jack’s Mannequin, which chronicled his recovery from leukemia during his 20s. His latest solo project was inspired largely by his life as a new father.

Phife Dawg Remembered at Pyramid Scheme

Written by Rich Tupica | Saturday, 25 June 2016 12:17 |

Depending on who you talk to, the late Phife Dawg is either a complete unknown or a groundbreaking hip-hop icon. As a member of Tribe Called Quest, he and his mates helped pave the way for generations of forthcoming alternative hip-hop heads – from Kanye West and Common, to legions of underground rappers.

2016 Festival Guide: A Guide to Michigan’s Summer Shindigs

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 14 June 2016 14:12 |
If you’re itching for live music, beer tents, Porta-Potties and sunburns, Revue has got you covered. Here’s a guide to festivals happening in West Michigan and beyond. From music and film-focused to food-centric and more eclectically-themed bashes — here’s your guide to getting outside this summer.

After going homeless for nearly three years, The Division Avenue Arts Collective finally found a new home earlier this spring thanks in part to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and SiTE:LAB.

Photo Gallery & Review: Monkees Swing Into Meijer Gardens

Written by Rich Tupica, photos by Nicole Rico | Friday, 10 June 2016 08:37 |

Photos and a recap of The Monkees show at Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on June 8.

Stripped Down: Soil and the Sun Scale Back to Four-Piece Unit

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 06 June 2016 14:32 |

For Grand Rapids-based indie outfit The Soil & The Sun, the end of 2015 and the start of this year has been about deconstruction and rebuilding.  

Surrounding the release of their last LP, 2014’s Meridian, the then seven-piece ensemble hit the road harder than ever before. They played all across the country, hitting such festivals as SXSW in Austin and the CMJ Music Showcase in New York, while bonding together like family in their converted tour bus.

When The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, teens across the country raced to local music shops, picked out guitars and hastily learned chords as their crewcuts grew into mop tops. High-school garage bands popped up across the map — all looking to recreate the energy of the burgeoning British Invasion. 

 

West Michigan was no exception. While the scene’s genesis, life and demise is quite similar to other cities, one distinguishing characteristic is where these local bands recorded: Great Lakes Studios in Sparta — home of Fenton Records, the now iconic garage-rock vanity label. 

Solid State Sounds: June local music news

Written by Eric Mitts | Sunday, 05 June 2016 09:03 |

A handful of local concerts in July and July, including The SEVENth and the final shows for Beast in the Field.

On their newest hit song, Fitz & the Tantrums wants to make your hands clap. And your feet move. And, most importantly, your heart beat.

The appropriately titled “HandClap” is more than just the lead-off single for the neo-soul/new-wave band’s new self-titled album, due out June 10. It’s an 808-fueled, four-on-the-floor frenzy that serves as something of a testament to the band’s onstage connection with their fans. 

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