Indie Best Bet: The National

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:53 |

The National is a band that, like our nation itself, embrace diversity alongside a wicked rebelliousness streak. But wait, diversity? We mean of sound, silly. Yeah, OK, it’s seven white dudes jamming together on an indie rock label, but don’t let what’s on top fool you: The National’s cred actually stretches well beyond the length of the Mississippi.

Hip Hop Best Bet: ScHoolboy Q

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:50 |

While soaking up the beats and rhymes of Quincy Matthew Hanley – better known as ScHoolboy Q – it’s not hard to draw the conclusion that Hanley may have been born a decade too late. With rapid West Coast-rapper sensibilities and a maximum dose of dynamite delivery, the Q man (he can’t be a boy forever, can he?) could have fit quite snuggly among West Side elites like Snoop, Tupac and Dre.

Acoustic Best Bet: Howie Day

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:46 |

It’s entirely possible that Howie Day is an egotistical jerk (further reading: Day, Howie, history of arrests), but it’s hard to deny the role he’s played in putting power pop back on the musical culture map. A frequent presence on the early 2000s indie rock scene, Day has recorded and released three full-length studio albums and nearly a dozen EPs.

Indie Best Bet: Ben Folds

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:44 |

OK, we already know exactly what you’re thinking: “Wow. A whole festival devoted to keyboards!” That’s it, right? Only thing about the heading that gripped you? Or was it the fact that BEN FREAKIN’ FOLDS is going to be in KALA-MA-FREAKIN-ZOO, and oh hey, that’s kind of right next door, no matter where you are in West Michigan.

Feel the Vibe: The Artist Studio as Gathering Space

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:38 |

One of the ways to really get to know a city’s vibe is to find the arts district and spend a little time hanging out. Art tells stories of time and place, even while being timeless and universal. Artists reveal truths about humankind within the context of their cultural and historical setting.

The Green Scene

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:34 |

Top picks this month include two Earth Day events, an evening egg hunt and a funny first grader. If you’re into making this world a better place, the Kalamazoo Nature Center has loads in this direction. Just want to gather eggs? An egg hunt under the lights switches things up a bit. If your final choice is the first grader, there are no worries—she’s a firecracker.

Punk Icons Play Bell's for Stripped-Down Acoustic Show

Written by Sean Murphy | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:47 |

Genre-defining changes don’t happen very often. You don’t wake up every day to find something new that’s going to change the world in a hugely significant way. That’s why, when these things do happen, it’s a pretty big deal, and so are the people who bring them about.

Chiodos Gives Out Free Copy of New CD for Grand Rapids Album Release Show

Written by Robby Hartley | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:14 |

 Free music in its many facets can be difficult to fully appreciate nowadays, but breaks norms for musical outreach. Michigan’s Chiodos will adhere to the free model for hometown fans after recently creating its own label imprint on Razor & Tie: drk/lgt.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “On and On” by The Mainstays

Written by REVUE Staff | Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:01 |

It’s all about the groove for The Mainstays as their emergence as a modern day funk-soul band aims to revive a style of music from a bygone era, playing such classic sounds that legendary soul masters would have loved to recreate.

A look at Strange Tonight, the new EP from Stepdad

Written by Colleen Schonfield | Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:33 |

The growing musical affection Stepdad has received through its steady growth as a rising band may be just enough to soon push them over the edge into the indie pop mainstream. Don’t think it’s as easy as it sounds, as reaching this level of popularity doesn’t just happen overnight.

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