Local Music

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.

South Division Staple The DAAC Closing Its Doors

Written by Elyse Wild | Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:03 |

After nearly 10 years on Division Avenue, volunteer run music venue and art gallery The Division Avenue Arts Collective (The DAAC) is being forced to close its doors on Aug. 1 due to a change in building ownership.

Tommy Schichtel's Time Warp

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:25 |

Musician and producer Tommy Schichtel likes to think of himself as a mad scientist when he's in the recording studio. He admits he can lose hours experimenting in his analog-only studio, Goon Lagoon, based in Grand Rapids' North side.

July Sink’s Spins: UV Hippo are road warriors; Billy's Lounge gets jazzy

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:07 |

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is a behemoth of the road, a formidable force on the national progressive jam band scene. The instrumentally adroit Grand Rapids rock band travels coast to coast, playing 150 to 200 shows a year.

West Michigan Musicians' Day Jobs

Written by Elyse Wild | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:01 |

Let's face it — playing music doesn't always bring in the paper. Many of West Michigan's finest musicians tend to 9 to 5 jobs to pay the bills. We followed six musicians to their day jobs and found out what they do when they’re offstage.

Matt Ten Clay: The Man Behind the Rock and Roll Curtain

Written by Nick Manes | Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:55 |

While it may not be by design, Matt Ten Clay’s workspace is fitting. Ten Clay, 32, owns, operates and sometimes lives out his recording studio, Amber Lit Audio.

Live from Your Living Room

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:20 |

Not every concert has to be the Super Bowl Halftime Show. For many, some of their most memorable music experiences happen in smaller venues, where it just feels like you're actually part of the show. 

10 to Watch: Top West Michigan bands to see live

Written by Carly Plank | Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:04 |

West Michigan is chock full of untapped musical talent. If you're out and about and see one of these bands gracing a local stage, do yourself a favor — pop in and give them a listen.

Buzzworthy: West Michigan bands you should get to know now

Written by Carly Plank | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:15 |

Here is the rundown on West Michigan bands that are making noise in the local scene.

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