Music

Neon Trees’ Tour Gets Intimate

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:35 |

Reaching heights of pop stardom they never expected, the members of Neon Trees go back to their roots with the band’s latest club tour. “An Intimate Night Out” will feature the new-wave rockers — known for such multi-platinum hits as “Everybody Talks,” “Animal” and “Sleeping with a Friend” — playing club-sized venues and connecting with fans face to face.

Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers Talks Motherhood, Marriage and Yelawolf

Written by Rich Tupica | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:32 |

In 1990, the Indigo Girls won a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Folk Album” — at that same ceremony they also lost in the “Best New Artist” category to another duo: Milli Vanilli. Perhaps that’s an indicator of how the recording industry can work sometimes. Honest and true songwriting isn’t always rewarded. But the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, have retained their staunch following thanks to their never-waning brand of folk rock.

American Horror Story: Anti-Flag dishes on its new album

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:28 |

If you have ever contemplated debilitating world issues like war, greed and corruption and thought, “We can do better that this” — you’re not alone. That’s what Anti-Flag has been preaching for more than two decades.

‘No Stairway to Heaven’: A Summer Round Up of Jazz & Classical

Written by Lawrence Cosentino | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:24 |

Most big-city orchestras and university-based classical programs take a diminuendo in the off season, but there is always a summer crescendo at the regional epicenter of summer classical music, the Interlochen Center for the Arts in the northwest lower Michigan, about 15 miles southwest of Traverse City.

Local Band Cardboard Swords Launch Tour

Written by Nolan Krebs | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:21 |

The Midwest has been a cradle for some of emo music’s most influential and hardworking bands. Even as some of the emo/math rock/hardcore-centric venues in the area came and went (i.e. The DAAC, Skeletones), the sound has undeniably stuck.

American Band Still Stands: How Grand Funk Outlived its Critics

Written by by Brian J. Bowe | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 13:35 |

In some ways Grand Funk Railroad has always been the Rodney Dangerfield of hard-driving rock ’n’ roll — they get no respect.

From the very beginning, the Flint-bred band made a gargantuan noise. Their bombast was not unlike the MC5, but Grand Funk skipped the cosmic revolutionary stance in favor of a more working class, populist worldview. In the argot of the time they were a “people’s band.”

But even at the height of the band’s popularity, in the first half of the 1970s, they took a beating from the critical establishment who mainly complained that they were too loud and lacked sophistication.

Danny "K"AE, the Daniel Johnston of rap, is coming out of retirement in the woods of Alaska to play the Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio in July. 

"K"AE is an eccentric recluse from the ‘80s who in a compelling Metro Times profile in 2012 by Psychopathic flack Jason Webber was revealed to count Kid Rock and ICP among his fans.

Review: New Kids on the Block: May 30, Van Andel Arena (Photo Gallery)

Written by Rich Tupica | Monday, 01 June 2015 10:32 |

It was 27 years ago that New Kids on the Block released its breakthrough pop album Hangin’ Tough and began packing massive venues across the world with Beatlemania-style frenzies. That nostalgic vibe was thick at Van Andel Arena Saturday night when the group, along with openers TLC and Nelly, took over the venue with its Main Event tour.

Finding Common Ground: Fest Brings Flaming Lips, Snoop Dogg to Lansing

Written by Allan I. Ross | Friday, 29 May 2015 16:23 |

For years, West Michigan concertgoers with eclectic musical tastes and festival appetites have had one reasonable option to satisfy their craving: Lollapalooza. But in Lansing, the often-overlooked music festival Common Ground provides a similarly vast array of genres. And this fest is cheaper, closer, spread over six days and provides attendees with a little more elbow room.

Sound Garden: A Meijer Gardens Concert Series Breakdown

Written by Brian J. Bowe | Friday, 29 May 2015 16:06 |

With a lineup that encompasses deep Afro-Cuban jazz, classic rock, country, comedy and dance, the 2015 summer concert series at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is filled with perennial favorites and some new faces. 

 

This year’s season repeats 2014’s expanded schedule of 30 shows, which run between early June and early September. “It seemed like, because last year was so successful, that this was a good number to shoot for,” said Meijer Gardens spokeswoman Andrea Wolschleger. 

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