Marianas Trench ‘Hey You Guys!!’ Tour Stops at Orbit Room

Written by Eric Mitts | Saturday, 30 January 2016 21:56 |

For some, Valentine’s Day is a time when lovers bask in each other’s undying devotion and blissful happiness. For others, like bassist Mike Ayley of emo-pop outfit Marianas Trench, it’s just another strange and confusing holiday. “Over the years I’ve become the most hopelessly romantic pessimist you’ll ever meet,” Ayley told Revue. “I’m a sucker for love, but have been jaded so many times.”

Lamb of God Enters the Orbit Room

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 04 January 2016 11:48 |

To say that Lamb of God helped usher in the new wave of American heavy metal in the early 2000s might understate the band’s significance in that movement.  The Richmond, Va.-based band’s second album, New American Gospel, actually made Revolver Magazine’s list of the “69 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time,” and its follow-up records have done nothing short of establish the group as one of metal’s most important and influential players.

Back Catalog: Scream Loud!!! The Fenton Story

Written by Mark Deming | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 11:45 |

In the days before punk rock spread the word about DIY culture, and before Bandcamp and Soundcloud made it possible to put your music out there without even trying, folks who wanted to release a record on their own had to figure out the nuts and bolts by which a tune got turned into a piece of vinyl.

Songs We Like, Vol. 6: Top Songs of 2015

Written by WYCE Staff | Monday, 04 January 2016 11:43 |

Looking back on 2015, WYCE staff members offer their year-end Top 5 favorite songs.

Todd Rundgren: Disses Adele, Recalls Grand Funk

Written by Steve Miller | Monday, 04 January 2016 11:38 |

Given his pedigree — producer of platinum and revered maestro — Todd Rundgren’s opinion carries some weight and he’s fearless in expressing it. Let’s start with Adele, whom he calls “a victim singer.”

16 Local Artists To Watch in 2016

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 04 January 2016 11:35 |

Each passing year provides new life and new opportunities to reexamine yourself, your opinions and your community. So as we all contemplate what 2016 will bring, it’s a great time to look at some of West Michigan’s best and brightest bands set to make this year one to remember.

Year in Rock: West Michigan's Top Local Albums of 2015

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 30 November 2015 11:35 |

Revue music writer Eric Mitts lists his favorite albums from this year, including The Go Rounds, Vox Vidorra, The Fever Haze, and Lady Ace Boogie.

Songs We Like, Vol. 5

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Monday, 30 November 2015 10:42 |

This monthly playlist is a collaboration between WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes and Revue West Michigan. You can hear this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes and stream it on — from Grand Rapids to the world! Also, some of these bands are headed to West Michigan this month, check out the show info.

Heavy Homecoming: Fine Fine Titans Return With New LP

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 16 November 2015 10:35 |

Determined to reignite the spark of West Michigan’s once high-volume heavy music scene, Grand Rapids’ Fine Fine Titans have returned with Renaissance, its first full-length album.

Rising from the ashes of the band’s combustible past, the new album stands as a new beginning for the post-hardcore band. The group has endured a lot of commotion since its 2010 genesis. 

Jared Knox and the Hägar Bombs countrify West Michigan

Written by Abigale Racine | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:33 |

Local country band Jared Knox and the Hägar Bombs deliver an energetic, modern country sound that’s as enjoyable as the spicy, bitter German liquor its namesake is borrowed from. The group is making a name for itself, too — at least, until Jägermeister finally decides to fire off a cease-and-desist letter.

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