Local Music

Sink's Spins on Music: A look at live music in the great outdoors

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:20 |

There's nothing quite like it, as Michigan's ultra-vibrant summer festival and amphitheater concert scene has demonstrated again and again. And a decade into its run as Grand Rapids' premier outdoor venue Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has again upped the ante in terms of sheer numbers and breadth of genres represented.

May Sink's Spins on Music: Events with an added twist

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:43 |

May boasts at least a half-dozen first-time musical events, several with an unusual twist to give spring 2013 added zip. Here's a peek at the uncommon lineup, which includes West Michigan's Music Legends at the We Do Care Charity Extravaganza, the Bimini Brothers 30th anniversary show and more.

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.

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