Local Music

April Sink's Spins on Music:

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:17 |

In 2011, the dreams and musical potential of new club/concert venue The Pyramid Scheme were huge. Many hoped it would become a sought-after destination for local bands, as well as national touring acts.

The cozy South Haven performance venue has been going strong with a steady diet of local and national acts. All the while, the building has been up for sale, and one local band is making sure it becomes the venue's permanent home.

Classical Revolution: Grand Rapids Style

Written by Elizabeth Slowik | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:08 |

The SpeakEZ Lounge hosted the Grand Rapids debut of Classical Revolution, a movement that aims to release classical music from the traditional concert hall and bring it into taverns and nightclubs.

Sink's Spins on Music: The Bangups, local CD releases

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:50 |

The Bangups' journey in fashioning its new rock album, Hellcat, took its share of twists and turns, from an invigorating stint on 2012's national Warped Tour to a "crazy" detour into the realm of "chiptune" bands that create electronic music using sound chips from video game consoles.

Sink's Spins on Music for February: The Jammies

Written by John Sinkevics | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:38 |

Traditions aside, I won't wear my jammies to The Jammies. Despite the punny practice embraced by fun-loving volunteer programmers at community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1), the world truly is better off not seeing me in my sleepwear at the annual awards show celebrating West Michigan's vibrant music scene.

January Sink's Spins on Music: Four Finger Five; Kris Hitchcock; An Dro

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 21 December 2012 16:40 |

There are as many endings as beginnings on West Michigan's music scene, sparked by the ups and downs of venues and clubs or the germinations and gyrations of local bands. Such is the case with Muskegon's popular Four Finger Five, an uber-talented trio.

Kent District Library gets some indie cred

Written by Kyle Austin | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:52 |

The Kent District Library is changing the way we interact with homegrown artistic talent. For years, area libraries considered local, independently produced media for inclusion in their catalogues, but the accepted materials too often stayed buried in the shelves and hidden from patrons' sight.

The Legal Immigrants: Rock 'n' Roll in its Purest Form

Written by Jayson Bussa | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:01 |

Joe Bockheim had a major musical epiphany in the ninth grade as he rode the bus to school. Naturally, when it came time to form his own project, Bockheim decided he was going to play rock 'n' roll in its purest form.

Artist in the Spotlight: Deadwood Stone Bends Alternative-Metal

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:21 |

Deadwood Stone opened for Slash last month. Yeah, that's right. The same Slash you're thinking of. The one with the top-hat and the crazy hair. The one who played during last year's Super Bowl Halftime Show. You know – he used to be in a little band called Guns 'n' Roses.

The Soil and the Sun to Play Heartfelt Homecoming Show at the Pyramid Scheme

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:07 |

The Soil and the Sun has been absent from the Grand Rapids music scene the past couple of months due to a tour which brought the band through North Carolina, Washington D.C., Tenessee and all across the Midwest, not to mention South By Southwest.

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