TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Back To You" by Bennett

Written by REVUE Staff | Monday, 18 November 2013 12:17 |

If you don't know the Grand Rapids-based folk rock band Bennett yet, you should learn their name. This trio of fresh-faced college kids carry an incredibly mature and polished sound that bring a variety of instruments into the mix. This is all an addition to rich vocal harmonies.

WEEKEND WARRIOR: West Side Story; Mane Event; Spank! and more

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Thursday, 14 November 2013 21:52 |

Barbara the web minion spent last weekend ogling hunks down in Kalamazoo at The State Theatre. This week, she still has naughty on her brain, whether it’s macking on some stud-ly crooners or enjoying a live version of “50 Shades Of Gray”.

Kamilla Celebrates 10 Years by Giving Back

Written by Madeline McMahon | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 13:26 |

Kamilla bassist Mike Smith had been living cancer-free after being diagnosed with stage-two melanoma in April 2012. That was until a devastating phone call came from his doctor a year later. The doctors at the Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids removed a tumor and two lymph nodes from underneath Smith's right arm, thinking that the cancer was gone. But it returned.

For Carielle, Change Isn't Always a Bad Thing

Written by Shelby Pendowski | Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:18 |

It can take bands years or months to write a full record, but one week is all it took for Grand Rapids-based Carielle to write all the songs on Sonder.

LaughFest Brings in Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Jim Gaffigan and Jay Leno for Fourth Installment

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:54 |

Gilda's LaughFest announced its 2014 headliners this morning, including its signature dinner event, which is an evening with talk show host, Jay Leno. The festival is also bringing back Jim Gaffigan and Sinbad, which both sold out shows in previous years.

Last week, we brought you some major tuneage from Jake Simmons. We're going to keep it rolling with music by another Jake. Jake Pauwels, who hits the stage by the name of Jake Down, released a five-song EP a couple months ago with his band Jake Down and the Midwest Mess.

WEEKEND WARRIOR: Half-naked men, dinosaurs and Christmas comes early

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Thursday, 07 November 2013 22:51 |

Barbara the web minion was so happy for this week's installment of Weekend Warrior because she got to stare at pictures of the talent from The Thunder Down Under.

Cangue League Changes Everything You Know About Opera

Written by Madeline McMahon | Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:52 |

Push back all of the stereotypical operas and focus in on what an opera is not. Instead of singers bellowing out pitches from A flats to G sharps, Cangue League throws those stereotypes out with its performance, The Death of Schopenhauer.

Archery Is A Band With A Plan

Written by Jayson Bussa | Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:40 |

A lot of bands charge out of the gates, ready to take on the world. A frantic pace and sky-high expectations might be kosher for some, but it doesn't really fit the M.O. of Grand Rapids-based synth rock band Archery. This band is slow and plodding, meticulously mapping out their musical route.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Us" by Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts

Written by REVUE Staff | Monday, 04 November 2013 09:50 |

Many have enjoyed watching the musical metamorphisis of Jake Simmons. A product of South Haven , Simmons went from more pop sensible stylings as apart of now-defunct Dead Scene Radio and has adopted an unapologetic brand of rock 'n' roll.

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