Local music news and shows in May, including La Dispute, Small Brown Bike, Mustard Plug, Greensky Bluegrass and more.
Even with SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube and an assortment of other online avenues for bands to get heard, scoring time on local airwaves is still a highly sought after milestone for emerging groups.
Luckily for Kalamazoo musicians, hitting that FM signal is a plausible endeavor.
Since 1952, Western Michigan University's student-run radio station WIDR has been bringing listeners an alternative to the commercial drivel that typically dominates the airwaves.
This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here on revuewm.com and stream it on wyce.org. From Grand Rapids, to the world! This month: new music from Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Pop, Andrew Bird and more.
Kalamazoo is stocked with sanctuaries for vinyl-record collectors and Sean Hartman, manager of Satellite Records, thinks he might know why.
“A lot of it is a natural reaction to how disposable media has become,” said Hartman, who runs the shop located at 808 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo. “There’s definitely something to having that physical piece that you had to look for and find. It’s fragile, you want to take care of it and you want to be able to appreciate it for the rest of your life. The artwork is cool and you can put it on the turntable, actually watch it play and listen to it in the order the artist intended as a complete work of art.”
If Grand Rapids’ local music scene is like one big family, then garage rock trios Bermudas and Flushed are like long-lost sisters, separated at birth.
Both bands are releasing albums this Friday, April 8 with a shared release show at Long Road Distillers. The new material will be available on cassette via Grand Rapids-based label Hot Capicola Records.
Two great awards ceremonies happen every February, the Grammys, and WYCE’s 17-year-old ceremony for Michigan, the Jammies. Here are some of WYCE’s favorite Grammy winners and nominees, with a few of our local winners that stack up quite nicely.
If you’ve been behind on hitting up live music venues, there’s no better way to catch up with the local music scene than the Jammies awards. The concert/ceremony, now in its 17th year, is WYCE’s local and regional music awards showcase. Note: Attendees are encouraged to come in their favorite pajamas.
This special Cheap Issue-themed playlist is a collaboration between WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes and Revue West Michigan. You can hear this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes and stream it on wyce.org — from Grand Rapids to the world!
On the weekend, he’s Paul Bauer, animalistic drummer for Kalamazoo-based funk/soul outfit The Mainstays. To a whole different throng of fans, he goes by the name Mr. Paul. Mr. Paul is the brains behind Small Sounds, a program that encourages musical exploration amongst young children but also an entity that has expanded into a one-man band of sorts to record and perform kid-friendly tunes.
In the days before punk rock spread the word about DIY culture, and before Bandcamp and Soundcloud made it possible to put your music out there without even trying, folks who wanted to release a record on their own had to figure out the nuts and bolts by which a tune got turned into a piece of vinyl.
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