Michigan-based Frontier Ruckus stops by the Pyramid Scheme Sept. 2, bringing its unique blend of folk rock and powerpop along for the ride. The group’s style is densely lyrical, telling stories of Americana, which has received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Under The Radar, CMJ and Paste Magazine. Also on the bill are Samantha Crain and Ohtis.
Nostalgia fanatics will appreciate this double feature of Spielberg’s Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Both movies have received years of critical acclaim and are considered classics. Fans of Shark Week and Ancient Aliens will not want to miss this either. The event is free and starts at dusk in Bell’s Beer Garden. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs.
As one half of the now defunct Moldy Peaches, Adam Green wrote bizarre lo-fi pop songs like “Who’s Got The Crack?” alongside Kimye Dawson. His new sound is more akin to Lee Hazlewood and Jonathan Richman, though. Green’s also made a few films, specifically Aladdin and The Wrong Ferrari, that starred Pete Doherty, Macaulay Culkin and Devendra Banhart, among others. Fans of Daniel Johnston and Leonard Cohen should take time for this one.
Former Hot Topic kids of Grand Rapids will rejoice to hear Avenged Sevenfold is stopping by Van Andel this month. With influences like Pantera, Korn, NOFX and Bad Religion, Avenged Sevenfold’s sound has been described as heavy metal, metalcore and hard rock. You may remember them from the 2005 hit “Bat Country,” which was inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Detroit’s Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are playing Bell’s Eccentric Café Sept. 15. The soul-and-pop group released its first full-length album, Secret Evil, in 2014 and spent the latter half of 2015 touring with both Robert Plant and one of Hernandez’s favorite bands, Gogol Bordello. Check out who Paste Magazine calls “an ascendant star” at this standing-room only gig.
The Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival celebrates the contributions of Latinos to art, film and music. This September marks the sixth-annual year and features a performance by New York City’s all-women mariachi group Mariachi Flor De Toloache. The group is Grammy nominated and will be performing at Hope College Sept. 17.
Of Montreal has made a name for itself with its pastiche of musical styles, running the gamut from glam and punk to folk rock and country. The latest album, Innocence Reaches, is inspired by sound collage and musical acts like The Beach Boys and Arca. The show begins with Ruby the Rabbitfoot.
The world’s most well-attended public art event returns to downtown Grand Rapids this month. With 1,453 works of art on view, you might feel overwhelmed, but if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. Check out the Jurors’ Shortlist event on Sept. 26 and “Critical Discourse: Why these finalists?” on Oct. 3 and 4 to round out your ArtPrize experience with an expert critique.
Best known for his 1998 Grammy-nominated hit “Lullaby,” Shawn Mullins continues to write heartfelt songs concerning his failed relationships. His My Stupid Heart album chronicles the end of his third marriage, to which Mullins noted he was perhaps too much of a romantic. Chuck Cannon opens this acoustic show.
Best known for the ’90s singles “The Freshmen” and “Photograph,” The Verve Pipe sold more than a million albums worldwide. The group’s newest album, 2014’s Overboard, is said to have rejuvenated the band with what the members consider their most inspired writing to date. The Verve Pipe’s alternative rock has garnered a strong following. Check it out at Bell’s Eccentric Café Sept. 24.
How To Dress Well released the album What Is This Heart? to favorable reviews from both Pitchfork and Paste Magazine. The music is a mix of R&B and electronic music, with Spin calling it “as meditative as it is evocative ... conjuring fractured memories of Shai or TLC.” Its newest album, Care, is out via Domino Records on Sept. 23. Opening the show is Ex Reyes.
Celebrate the #taylorswiftisoverparty with a trip to see Kanye West at the Van Andel. West has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world twice. He’s also won 22 Grammys and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Check him out on the Saint Pablo Tour before he goes back to collaborating with Louis Vuitton or kicking up more controversy.
Folk singer Amy Speace stops by Seven Steps Up this month. The East Nashville native is reminiscent of Joan Baez and has been named a leading voice in the new generation of American folk singers. Her newest album, That Kind Of Girl, has been called brutally honest as it documents a relationship from the perspective of “the other woman.” Opening the show is Ben de la Cour.
Directed by Chad Hartigan, this coming-of-age comedy centers around Morris Gentry, a 13-year-old Notorious B.I.G. fan who’s suddenly relocated to EDM-obsessed Germany. The Office fans will also be happy to see Craig Robinson in the role of Gentry’s single father.
Beetlejuice, Batman and Edward Scissorhands
Three Tim Burton classics make an appearance at Alamo Drafthouse this month. On Sept. 9, you can catch Beetlejuice, the story of two recently deceased ghosts trying to exorcise the new living family that acquired their house. Sept. 13 brings Batman, where you can check out Jack Nicholson’s Joker instead of wasting money on Suicide Squad. Then the candy-colored goth aesthetic of Edward Scissorhands hits Sept. 15.