Rock Best Bet: Cake

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:23 |

Let’s be honest here: all any of us really wants is a band with a short skirt and a long jacket. Or, at least, a band who will sing about these clothing items, because we’ve long been led to believe that such a combo is dead sexy.

Indie Best Bet: Blitzen Trapper

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:13 |

With this year being the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, a renewed interest in all things Sub Pop records has seemed all but inevitable. Lucky for modern Sub-Poppers Blitzen Trapper, who, in just a shade over a decade as a performing outfit, have found themselves sharing more than just a record label in common with Nirvana and its legendary ilk.

Prisoner Creative Arts Project: Perspective

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:07 |

Many of us strive to be more compassionate, sympathetic human beings, yet true understanding and empathy can be elusive; walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is easier said than done.

ALL AGES: Summer School

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 23:30 |

Hey, that headline is just a bit of humor. Outdoor movies in the park and slip and slides are what the season is all about. The other two events have a little education rolled in. Parents are sneaky like that...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Emperor" by I'm William Cutting

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:05 |

Today's hardcore music features a fairly common formula, but one that so many bands miss the mark on. It's all about brutal breakdowns and insane, barking verses that give way to more melodic choruses with some nice clean vocals. Either a band is on the money with their clean vocals and then wusses out on everything else or vice-versa. I'm William Cutting blends both rather seamlessly.

Animals as Leaders Play Second Headlining Tour Supporting The Joy of Motion

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 12 May 2014 11:45 |

Animals as Leaders didn’t start out at the head of the prog-metal pack. During its formation in 2007 by guitarist Tosin Abasi, AAL was more of a project than a band.

Ben Folds Joins Grand Rapids Symphony This Fall

Written by Lindsay Patton | Friday, 09 May 2014 15:46 |

The Grand Rapids Symphony announced Generation X's piano man, Ben Folds, will perform alongside GRS this fall. Unlike any Ben Folds performance before, this one is unique to Grand Rapids, with Folds and the Symphony performing alongside each other.

 

Grand Rapids-based Ozenza keeps trucking

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:17 |

Ozenza has been slinging its dark brand of doom/stoner metal since 2004 and they stay busy. With 2014 shaping up to include plenty of writing and touring, we quick grabbed a word with Matt Younker, guitarist and vocalists for the Friction Records-signed band.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Déjà Vu" by Midnight Alive

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:16 |

This week's Local Track of the Week is pretty much hot off the presses. It comes from a Grand Rapids-based band called Midnight Alive. Their latest EP Forever was even released on Tooth & Nail Records, the Christian rock label that has seen such acts as Norma Jean, Underoath and Jeremy Camp on their roster. Needless to say, the whole EP is polished, tight and radio friendly.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Dance of the Omega" by Fine Fine Titans

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:48 |

In my humble (and often not-so-humble) opinion, Fine Fine Titans is a grossly underrated local band. At least, that was the case. This female-fronted act, which blends elements of punk, metal and hardcore, is starting to get the attention it deserves with the release of its latest album Omega.

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