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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Grand Rapids is a city all too familiar with the indie-alternative rock scene, but a number of groups have been changing things up by peppering in some psychedelic rock. A Grand Rapids neighborhood venue and organizers are now working to bring a new wave of psych rock into the spotlight with a “mini-festival” called Michigan Psych Night, slated for March 1.
Short bursts of fury. Distortion. Full-throttled vocals and falsetto charm, sung with intense abandon. Incredibly compact songs that pack more wallop into two minutes than most bands can manage in a year, leaving listeners panting for more.
While Grand Rapids-based pop rock band Ignite The Borealis works on more music to add to its already extensive three-album catalogue, it might be high time to bone up on some of its current jams.
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