Crooked Spires: Twisting Towards Musical Ascension

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 23 May 2022 14:45 |

If there’s anything the past two years have taught us, it’s that the world can be a chaotic place. Thankfully, music can help make sense of it all, in its own harmonic way. 

Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish: Signature Rock 'n' Roll

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 11 April 2022 12:40 |

The pandemic affected everyone in different ways. But for a high-octane, full-volume live act like Grand Rapids’ own Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish, the experience was particularly terrifying.

Ten Bands to Watch in 2022

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 10 January 2022 12:22 |

There’s nothing normal about the so-called “return to normal.” And there’s definitely been nothing normal about the return of live music, which has suffered through fits and spurts, as endless, elusive variants and shifting public health policies have made it nearly impossible to resume concerts in any sort of confident, conventional fashion.

Bootstrap Boys: Riding Into a New Day

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 01 December 2021 11:13 |

They say you can never really start over again. But that sure doesn’t mean you have to stop learning and growing.

Top 5 Albums of 2021

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 01 December 2021 11:11 |

Filled with false starts and new beginnings, misinformation and revelations, 2021 failed to live up to its lofty promise of a return to “normal.”

Tiny Tree: Growing In Isolation

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 01 November 2021 11:37 |

There’s one thing that’s simultaneously surprising, yet completely undeniable upon listening to the music of Muskegon duo Tiny Tree — it’s absolutely massive.

Resetting the Stage: Skelletones Returns

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 30 August 2021 11:44 |

Over a decade after it closed in 2009, it’s impossible to describe just how influential and important longtime punk club Skelletones was to the Grand Rapids music community. 

Rock 'n' Roll With the Punches

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 01 July 2021 16:51 |

The old saying that talk is cheap doesn’t really apply when it’s music that’s speaking to you. Just ask local musician Patty Pierzchala (aka Patty PerShayla).

Wide Open Spaces, Bright Smiling Faces

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 29 June 2021 17:09 |

The Smiling Acres Music Festival couldn’t have picked a better person to serve as the face of the festival for its first year than local musician Mark Lavengood.

Post-Pandemic Party

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 27 May 2021 12:51 |

Jack Droppers celebrates his past and cautiously embraces his future with The Best Intentions 

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