Local Music

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Fool's Gold" by Thirty Steps To Forward

Written by REVUE Staff | Monday, 28 October 2013 09:19 |

Here at REVUE, we've decided to slow it down a little bit with the dizzying, whimsical sounds of Thirty Steps To Forward.

Sinks Spins on Music: Music to Benefit Music; St. Cecilia's Fresh Folk series

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 24 October 2013 14:52 |

Ask any musician: Passing down rich music traditions ensures that eager new generations of players will continue to be inspired to greatness – or, at the very least, find joy in jams and making musical noise.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "5iveit" by Rick Chyme

Written by REVUE Staff | Monday, 21 October 2013 12:32 |

If you keep your ear to the local music scene, you are probably already aware of Grand Rapids hip-hop artist Rick Chyme.

If you are not, this is him in a nutshell: A crazy talented artist; long beard; says "5iveit" a lot. So, what does "5iveit" even mean? Chyme's got your answer

Mustache-A-Palooza: Five years of local music and facial hair

Written by Jayson Bussa | Sunday, 29 September 2013 13:14 |

These days, Mustache-themed merchandise, events and everything else that pays homage to the upper-lip surprise is considered a tad cliche.

However, among this throng of mustache pop culture is one man that could be considered an original mustache connoisseur and he tailored a local music showcase around a mustache theme five years ago.

Sink's Spins on Music: West Michigan country scene explodes

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:35 |

Country music is kicking up its heels in West Michigan. "Within the last three years, the country music scene here has just exploded," said Kari Lynch, a fast-rising Grand Rapids country singer.

How Do You Translate UV Hippo's "Translate"?

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:15 |

This is what progressive rock sounds like in the second decade of the New Millennium: A mélange of ear-electrifying, genre-spanning styles, funky backbeats, ever-changing time signatures, and dizzyingly stunning instrumental jams.

To say that Grand Rapids' Ultraviolet Hippopotamus has reinvented prog-rock on its latest, much buzzed-about new studio album, Translate, may actually sell the project short.

Rick Chyme Sets The Record Straight

Written by Nolan Krebs | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:25 |

Growing up, Patrick Cleland was a lanky kid from Grand Rapids who loved nothing more than playing basketball. On bus rides to and from games and around the house, he toyed with on-the-spot rhymes for the hell of it. To him, it was fun and it made his friends laugh.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Cleland (better known today as hip-hop artist Rick Chyme) will take what was once an offhand habit to the streets of ArtPrize in a big way, by tackling the world record for the longest freestyle with a target time of 17 hours.

For Grand Rapids songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nathan Kalish, show No. 146 of 2013 at The State Room in Salt Lake City, Utah, came off as a rousing and satisfying affair amid a hectic year of touring the United States and Europe. After all, the drummer for the Deadstring Brothers got a chance to play an extended one-hour opening set for a sold-out crowd with frontman Kurtis Marschke and bassist J.D. Mack, both Detroit natives.

Shut Up and Listen!

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 26 August 2013 11:50 |

When it comes to seeing live music, a little dose of shut-the-hell-up-and-pay-attention is a good thing. This is not a concept lost on West Michigan, which has seen its share of listening rooms find success over the recent months and years.

Last summer’s much-expanded Cowpie Music Festival didn’t work out the way organizers hoped. Plagued by heavy rains on the festival’s opening day at Shagbark Farm south of Grand Rapids, the turnout for the 43-band lineup covering 17 genres fell far short of expectations.

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