Local Music

Already Dead Tapes presents the Family Reunion Music Festival

Written by Jessica Smith | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:13 |

In August we introduced you to the Already Dead Tapes and Vinyl label. This month, we get a chance to see some of the label's bands in action. On Sept. 20, Already Dead — which releases albums on cassette tapes — hosts its second annual Family Reunion Music Festival in Kalamazoo.

No Rest for Country Music Newbies the Brian Randall Band

Written by Jayson Bussa | Monday, 27 August 2012 16:29 |

Brian Kniebes could stay at home on Saturday nights and fulfill his musical itch by playing Rock Band on XBox with his wife and three daughters. Instead, he fills his weekends with shows all around the region.

In the Studio: Midwest Skies

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:47 |

Summer is the time of year when your listening library may become less introspective and moody, and perhaps it is the time for something better suited to a high-volume car stereo and open windows.

Midwest Skies is here to oblige. The band's previous EP, Glory Days, was the quintessential summer album — littered with power chords tucked into major key pop-punk songs.

JuxTApose in a World of Trouble

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:25 |

Cops. If you think they only show up at anti-authoritarian punk rock shows in Putin's Russia, think again. They also showed up at blues-rock band JuxTApose's CD release party ... twice.

Heavier Than Air Flying Machines: Music you’re gonna hate

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:19 |

Heavier Than Air Flying Machines might always be a question mark of a band. Nothing about the gritty, high-gain debut album, Siam (released last September), is typical, nor anything about the band's spastic live performance. But then again, that's just the point of the band.

Local Shops Celebrate Music for Record Store Day

Written by John Sinkevics and Rich Tupica | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:52 |

The line stretched down the block on S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, with hundreds of devoted fans of rock's My Chemical Romance waiting in the rain to meet the band at an in-store appearance on Record Store Day.

Drew Nelson's Tilt-A-Whirl Makes Nationwide Debut Today

Written by REVUE Minion | Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:11 |

Singer-songwriter Drew Nelson's debut record with Red House Records drops today on iTunes, Amazon and at record stores around the country. While it is Valentine's Day, don't expect "Tilt-A-Whirl" to be a record filled with sweet love songs or Nelson playing the crooner.

John Sinkevics' take on The Jammies, pop music and buzzworthy shows

Written by John Sinkevics | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:53 |

It's all about the music. Unlike the Grammy Awards' la-la land of red carpets and celebrity sidewalk stars, Grand Rapids' Jammies are the no-hype awards. That's what makes it one my favorite nights of the year.

The Northern Skies return with Thick as Thieves

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Monday, 21 November 2011 14:22 |

Eccentric, off-beat music has never been so accessible as it is when performed by Grand Rapids folk outfit The Northern Skies. With a barrage of fiddles, violins and ethnic percussion blended in with a modern alternative sensibility, the band exemplifies everything new and everything old at the very same time.

AG Silver: Reinventing the Dream

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:34 |

Even if you spend a lot of time in the Grand Rapids music scene, it's still likely that rock-vets AG Silver are flying below your radar. This isn't by accident — it's because they like it that way.

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