Music

Chart-topping GR rockers Pop Evil launch new tour, LP here in West Michigan

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:47 |

With another NFL season coming to a close, Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty couldn’t help but compare his band’s current state to that of the long-beleaguered Detroit Lions. “We know we’re not going to win a Super Bowl every year,” Kakaty said just days before the Lions failed to make the NFL playoffs.

Sing la Résistance: Ani DiFranco continues her message of social change

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:43 |

Ani DiFranco is no stranger to politics. A leader in the feminist movement, the singer-songwriter and poet isn’t afraid to dive deep, meeting social issues head-on not only through her music, but in activism.

There was a time when she even considered taking a more active role, flirting with the idea of serving in public office.

Guitar Slinger: Cheap Trick legend Rick Nielsen chats with Revue

Written by Rich Tupica | Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:40 |

In the summer of 1980, Cheap Trick guitar virtuoso Rick Nielsen walked into a New York City recording studio to record I’m Losing You with John Lennon. A few months later, the Beatle was assassinated. 

Working alongside Lennon is just one of the many astonishing plaudits Nielsen has received in his long career that started in 1965 but took off in 1977 with the mainstream success of Cheap Trick’s self-titled debut. 

Mouthing Off: 78 Revolutions Per-Minute talks its debut EP

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 29 January 2018 14:43 |

Politically charged and vinyl-inspired, Grand Rapids punk group 78 Revolutions Per-Minute might have been a long time coming, but the band is now quickly accelerating the local music scene, despite these divisive times.

Revue talked with Borns about his new album, his start here in West Michigan, and coming home after all this time. 

Musical Memoirs: How West Michigan’s music scene has changed over 30 years

Written by Cliff Frantz, former Music Revue editor | Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:28 |

It’s been three decades since Revue started charting the evolution of West Michigan’s local music scene. Grand Rapids alone has added landmark venues like Van Andel Arena, The Pyramid Scheme, Frederik Meijer Gardens and 20 Monroe Live to keep up with the increasing demand for live music. 

How different is today’s scene compared to 1988, when [Music] Revue magazine first started printing? 

Local rock artist Shane Tripp is the kind of musician who creates simply because he’s got songs trapped inside his head, eager to escape out into the world. 

And he’s been that way for almost as long as he can remember.

Matisyahu has devoted his musical career to delivering highly introspective messages in a style that’s all his own. 

His latest record, Undercurrent, is described by Matisyahu as what he imagines Abraham’s walk back down the mountain was like after being instructed by God to kill his own son.

Year In Revue: West Michigan’s Best Local Albums of 2017

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:04 |

Every year, West Michigan seems to overflow with great releases from homegrown musical talents, and 2017 has been no exception.

This list is just a taste of some of the absolutely fantastic and wildly diverse records that make our home one of the best places for original music.  

This time last year, Jake Kiszka had no idea what was about to happen for him or his band, Greta Van Fleet. 

Yet, in just the past 12 months, the band went from the relative obscurity of its Michigan hometown of Frankenmuth to one of the hottest acts in the country — selling out two headlining tours in advance and having its debut single, Highway Tune, top both the Billboard Mainstream and Active Rock charts. 

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