Local Music

Making Sure Music Matters

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Monday, 25 August 2014 15:30 |

ArtPrize turns up the volume for musicians with structural changes aimed to increase their exposure. “Half of the time when I would tell people about the piece they would say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know music was a category.’ So then I had to explain that to them instead of talking about the song or what I’m about and what I do,” said Bouwsma-Schultz, who won the $2,000 St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) award in rock/blues for her song, "In my Heart (To the Moon)."

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Anywhere (But Here)" by Vagabonds

Written by Carlie Soule | Wednesday, 06 August 2014 23:23 |

Suddenly, at the blink of an eye, August is here and summer is fast approaching its end. With autumn drawing closer in, excitement forms as new expectations are made of what the next season will bring. Here to help with the transition is the track of the week, preaching adventure, change and moving forward.

Triumph Music Academy offers an innovative take on music lessons

Written by Jayson Bussa | Monday, 28 July 2014 13:13 |

Go ahead and holster your witty comparisons to Jack Black and the movie School of Rock when you are around James Hughes — he’s heard them before.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “Los Plantanos” by Bike Tuff

Written by Alex Connolly | Friday, 25 July 2014 08:41 |

A fresh face in the punk scene, local rockers Bike Tuff produce authentic indie/emo/punk music that’s a little more thoughtfully crafted than is usually the case. Their latest effort, Into Shore, displays a songwriting craft and general musical ability that can be elusive for the genre.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Alleycat Blues" by The Red Handed

Written by Alex Connolly | Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:59 |

The Red Handed's album combines the lofty aspirations and knotty compositions of prog with the earnestness and accessibility of indie rock: the playing is competent yet not overblown, the vocals are clean and simple (think Between the Buried and Me, not Dream Theater), and the songs are concise and compact, yet packed with enough detours to keep all the music nerds happy.

For the past three years, LadyfestGR organizers Jes Kramer and Steffanie Rosalez have scoured West Michigan communities to find some of the best females to include in their lineup.

Venues Transform Kalamazoo Music Scene

Written by Jayson Bussa | Friday, 20 June 2014 13:31 |

Call it the circle of life for any local music scene — some venues are forced to shut their doors, while others invite musicians to an open stage.

Inside Rick Chyme's Idea Factory

Written by Lindsay Patton | Friday, 20 June 2014 10:53 |

It was only a matter of time before hip hop consumed Rick Chyme's life. The rapper, (real name: Patrick Cleland) got into the genre through basketball, which he played from first grade through college at Western Michigan University.

All That Jazz in West Michigan

Written by Carly Plank | Thursday, 19 June 2014 17:00 |

West Michigan is known as a weekenders’ haven, an avenue for the arts and an artists’ retreat. Summer brings music festivals and an upswing in nightlife events from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids and the lakeshore. Venues such as The Pyramid Scheme and The Intersection attract national caliber rock and pop acts.

Indie Artists Find Sustainability in Crowdfunding

Written by Nick Manes | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:34 |

When Grand Rapids-based musician Jake Stilson decided to turn to crowdfunding as a means of recording his 2013 release, Stilson Shmilson, he found himself as one of many artists -- locally and nationally -- trying out the relatively new method.

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