During the first week of October, art transforms downtown Grand Rapids into a pretty frickin' crazy place. There's stuff everywhere, and the cause [ArtPrize] pretty much provides the context for talk about art for the three weeks it takes over town. So, in the spirit of art's magnificent role in civic life, this month's featured event is something happening in the one place in town that has made art its mission.
Renowned punk/metal icon Glenn Danzig hits the road this year with his band in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the seminal Danzig album. Yes, that's the one with the original release of the overplayed, get-it-outta-my-head "Mother" on it — although it should be noted that the song didn't rocket into popularity until it was re-released in 1993 and played to death on MTV.
Guttermouth is a band that's deliberately explicit, offensive and intended to shock. Need proof? The band pissed off everyone at Warped Tour so much that they were kicked off the bill mid-tour. Yeah, you'd kind of hope that a band called Guttermouth isn't crooning poetic love lyrics about Jesus.
Seattle-based outfit Minus the Bear is a band that revels in musical experimentation and employing a diverse set of techniques to acquire its signature catchy indie mathrock sound. Vocalist Jake Snider attributes the band's openness to new sounds to a rather laid-back approach to songwriting.
With Halloween fast approaching, what better movie to see than Carrie, a modern spin on a classic horror flick? This month has a little bit of everything, from old men behaving badly to the gorgeous George Clooney and Sandra Bullock floating out in space. Sexy.
Country music is kicking up its heels in West Michigan. "Within the last three years, the country music scene here has just exploded," said Kari Lynch, a fast-rising Grand Rapids country singer.
If we're talking video game heroes, few have stood the test of time quite like The Legend of Zelda's Link. Whether radiating pudgy, pixilated charm, or vanquishing foes in his new sleeker form, the pointy-eared warrior has left an indelible mark in gamers' hearts. Grand Rapids Symphony allows fans to relive the excitement of Link's oldest and newest adventures in the touring symphony concert, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.
This is what progressive rock sounds like in the second decade of the New Millennium: A mélange of ear-electrifying, genre-spanning styles, funky backbeats, ever-changing time signatures, and dizzyingly stunning instrumental jams.
To say that Grand Rapids' Ultraviolet Hippopotamus has reinvented prog-rock on its latest, much buzzed-about new studio album, Translate, may actually sell the project short.
It could just be my imagination, but there is something a little different about The Temptations' lineup these days. No, indeed – mine eyes do not deceive me. Much like The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, and other soulful '60s contemporaries, the ringleaders of the Motown invasion are still touring hard and going strong... though perhaps with a slight tweaking to the original roster of crooners.
Inaugural events! Charity! Who isn't immediately interested right now, and why are you such a cold-hearted maladroit? Assuming everyone reading this is interested, you'll be happy to hear that WCYE is kickstarting a regular fundraising event that brings together nationally renowned touring bands and good causes.
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