Local Music

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Us" by Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts

Written by REVUE Staff | Monday, 04 November 2013 09:50 |

Many have enjoyed watching the musical metamorphisis of Jake Simmons. A product of South Haven , Simmons went from more pop sensible stylings as apart of now-defunct Dead Scene Radio and has adopted an unapologetic brand of rock 'n' roll.

Lamp Light Music Festival Offers a New House Show Experience

Written by Nolan Krebs | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:33 |

Last summer, Grand Rapids resident John Hanson and a crew of DIY-minded organizers came to the realization they had all the right pieces for putting together a righteous music festival.

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.

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