Local Music

Heavy Homecoming: Fine Fine Titans Return With New LP

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 16 November 2015 10:35 |

Determined to reignite the spark of West Michigan’s once high-volume heavy music scene, Grand Rapids’ Fine Fine Titans have returned with Renaissance, its first full-length album.

Rising from the ashes of the band’s combustible past, the new album stands as a new beginning for the post-hardcore band. The group has endured a lot of commotion since its 2010 genesis. 

Jared Knox and the Hägar Bombs countrify West Michigan

Written by Abigale Racine | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:33 |

Local country band Jared Knox and the Hägar Bombs deliver an energetic, modern country sound that’s as enjoyable as the spicy, bitter German liquor its namesake is borrowed from. The group is making a name for itself, too — at least, until Jägermeister finally decides to fire off a cease-and-desist letter.

KALAMAZOO MADE: Megan Dooley Keeps it Local

Written by Eric Mitts | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:31 |

Born in the parking lot of Borgess Hospital 29 years ago, singer-songwriter Megan Dooley has tried to embody the city of Kalamazoo in everything she does. Especially her music. That’s why titling her new album, Made In Kalamazoo, just made perfect sense.

Songs We Like, Vol. 4

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Friday, 30 October 2015 14:56 |

This monthly playlist is a collaboration between WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes and Revue West Michigan. You can hear this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes and stream it on wyce.org — from Grand Rapids to the world! Also, some of these bands are headed to West Michigan this month, check out the show info.

Songs We Like vol. 3

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Monday, 19 October 2015 14:33 |

October 2015 — This monthly playlist is a collaboration between WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes, and Revue West Michigan. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it on revuewm.com and stream it on wyce.org — from Grand Rapids to the world!

Good Vibrations: The Rise of Hot Capicola Records

Written by Elma Talundzic | Wednesday, 14 October 2015 13:13 |

After sitting down for a conversation and cup of coffee with Hot Capicola Records founder Luke Schmidt you’ll quickly realize one thing: He’s a wholehearted believer in the Grand Rapids music scene.

Dizzybird Records celebrates Anniversary

Written by Nolan Krebs | Thursday, 01 October 2015 14:38 |

Just over a year ago, Nicole LaRae and Brian Hoekstra were gearing up for the launch of their new record label, dizzybird records. The vinyl pressings were in, sponsors were lined up for the release party and people were stoked. The future was looking bright. Twelve months later, LaRae and Hoekstra are finding themselves in a similar situation.

Rundown of Michigan record labels

Written by Nolan Krebs | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:11 |

There are plenty of Michigan-based record labels that are churning out some great music. The following is a rundown of those labels.

VINYL VOYAGE: A breakdown of some of Michigan’s best record shops

Written by Josh Veal | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:08 |

“Your Turntable’s Not Dead” is a slogan Detroit-born Jack White came up with for his Third Man Records label — but it could also be assigned to the entire state of Michigan. The mitten is littered with brick-and-mortar shops, stocked with those rarities even Amazon.com can’t offer. Here are just a few worth digging into.

Triumph Music Academy unveils hip-hop and recording/engineering programs

Written by Jayson Bussa | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:06 |

James Forrest Hughes, director and owner of Triumph Music Academy on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids, said he wants his music school to be a destination where aspiring musicians of all ages and walks of life can come to learn how to play, produce and master “real music.” He took another step towards this effort with his most recent announcement

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