Dropkick Murphys Keep the Style, Pump Up Aggressive Sounds

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:02 |

Dropkick Murphys did not start off pursuing the Celtic-punk sound that's made the band famous. The members were originally looking for more of a straight-punk feel.

Dinosaur Jr. Takes Reconciliation One Album, One Tour at a Time

Written by By Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:01 |

In the mid-'80s, Dinosaur Jr. emerged on the underground music scene with a style unlike any other. With an entire catalog of influences that ranged from folk rock to hardcore punk, mixed with wailing guitar solos and powerful metal riffs, the group was defining its own sound.

Steins: Go Big or Go Home

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 21 September 2012 10:48 |

A basic rule of life is that beer is always better when it's served in large quantities. It's even better when it is served in large quantities at inexpensive prices. This sounds like a bit of an anomaly, but two local breweries have you covered on consecutive nights, every single week. Both New Holland Brewing and Brewery Vivant offer stein nights where customers bring their own drinking vessel (as big as they want, but both places have certain restrictions) and the barkeep fills them for a nominal price.

The Soil and the Sun to Play Heartfelt Homecoming Show at the Pyramid Scheme

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:07 |

The Soil and the Sun has been absent from the Grand Rapids music scene the past couple of months due to a tour which brought the band through North Carolina, Washington D.C., Tenessee and all across the Midwest, not to mention South By Southwest.

Already Dead Tapes presents the Family Reunion Music Festival

Written by Jessica Smith | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:13 |

In August we introduced you to the Already Dead Tapes and Vinyl label. This month, we get a chance to see some of the label's bands in action. On Sept. 20, Already Dead — which releases albums on cassette tapes — hosts its second annual Family Reunion Music Festival in Kalamazoo.

Schuler Books Celebrates 30 Years

Written by Jennifer Cuffman | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 16:42 |

In an age of technology and digital communication, people accustomed to the printed word must adapt quickly in order to survive. This September, Schuler Books celebrates 30 years of business – a true testament of the flexibility of the bookstore to change along with the times.

At a time when bookstores are going out of business (the most notable being the bookstore chain, Borders, closing their last stores almost one year ago), Schuler is using this month to celebrate the store’s success with its Grand Rapids and Lansing-area communities.

August Burns Red Visit Grand Rapids for Fall Tour

Written by Robby Hartley | Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:47 |

The impending sound of August Burns Red's blistering guitars, monumental breakdowns and anti-chorus screams will resound throughout the Orbit Room on Sept. 6.

Turbo Fruits Work Hard, Play Hard(er)

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:01 |

Jonas Stein is a busy guy. Aside from being the frontman for psychedelic garage rock outfit Turbo Fruits, Stein runs Turbo Time Records and is co-founder of the rock-and-roll cruise liner party the Bruise Cruise.

Mitch Albom Brings Story of Ernie Harwell to Wealthy Theatre for Limited Run

Written by Charlsie Dewey | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:51 |

Visit the theater and the ballpark all in one night this September. Mitch Albom, bestselling author, playwright and journalist, is bringing his newest play, "Ernie," to Wealthy Theatre for a special 12-performance run from Sept. 12-23.

Minus the Bear Tours Proudly Behind New Album, Coming to Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 27 August 2012 17:28 |

It’s been a year and a half since Seattle, Washington’s Minus the Bear played its March 2011 show at the Intersection. For its return in September 2012, the band brings what it hopes to be its strongest performance yet.

 

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