Local Music

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “On and On” by The Mainstays

Written by REVUE Staff | Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:01 |

It’s all about the groove for The Mainstays as their emergence as a modern day funk-soul band aims to revive a style of music from a bygone era, playing such classic sounds that legendary soul masters would have loved to recreate.

A look at Strange Tonight, the new EP from Stepdad

Written by Colleen Schonfield | Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:33 |

The growing musical affection Stepdad has received through its steady growth as a rising band may be just enough to soon push them over the edge into the indie pop mainstream. Don’t think it’s as easy as it sounds, as reaching this level of popularity doesn’t just happen overnight.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “Buddy Bigfoot” by The Free Life

Written by Colleen Schonfield | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:38 |

The local music scene has been struck with yet another subgenre of rock 'n' roll music, but this time it’s one whose musical quality doesn’t fall short of a pure commitment to the genre.

Glowfriends Make Music a Family Affair

Written by Jasyson Bussa | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:33 |

Each album in the Glowfriends' extensive catalog tends to hug a central theme, but, the Kalamazoo-based band's vocalist April Zimont insists that this is not intentional.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Three Cheers" by Head

Written by REVUE Staff | Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:32 |

When you live in Beer City USA, sometimes, you just gotta toast to the weekend. One band is providing an anthem for such an occasion. The band Head, out of Grand Rapids, released their most recent album Three Cheers about a month ago at The Pyramid Scheme. For fans and followers of this local trio, it was a long awaited, highly-anticipated release since the band’s last album back in 2011.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Big Fred"

Written by REVUE Staff | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:15 |

Kalamazoo-based Fox is a blues/rock band with history. The band's members (Chris Sinclair, John Lawrence and Carman Goodrich) met in middle school. They took that friendship one step further, adding instruments to their repertoire and creating what is now known as Fox.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Chimney Wizard" by The Reptilian

Written by REVUE Staff | Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:42 |

The Reptilian has been a staple in the Kalamazoo and West Michigan music scenes for, oh, about 300 years (we're estimating). But to be more precise, this band has been around for the better part of a decade.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Deadbolt" by ProConPro

Written by Jayson Bussa | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 13:20 |

It's often difficult to translate the sweaty, out-of-control sound of a punk rock basement show on to an album. But, if you have never stepped foot in a house venue and want to know what you're missing, Kalamazoo-based ProConPro gives you a pretty good taste.

The Jammies Celebrates 15 Years of Honoring Local Music

Written by Carly Plank | Monday, 27 January 2014 09:47 |

The month after the national music community is reinvigorated by the Grammy Awards held in the heart of Los Angeles, the Grand Rapids music community will celebrate its homegrown talent at The Intersection. The Jammies have been instrumental in shaping the musical mosaic that has developed around Grand Rapids.

REVIEW: Very Much Alive by Matt Ten Clay & The Howlers

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:18 |

Matt Ten Clay has established a stellar reputation around Grand Rapids as a fine engineer and producer toiling away at his Amber Lit Audio studios on music by other indie-rock bands. But this talented musician also labored heavily for 10 months on his own recording project with The Howlers and it’s no surprise that this psychedelically pleasing affair brims with a lush, throwback, muscular milieu.

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