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Electric Six: The Working Class Band

Written by Steve Miller | Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00 |

Being in Electric Six is like being an average Joe working the shifts. Record the next record the first half of the year, put it out in the fall. Tour three months a year. Rinse and repeat. Might as well keep a home in the ‘burbs and buy a minivan.

Andrew W.K. Celebrates Pyramid Scheme's Fourth Anniversary

Written by Lindsay Patton | Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:23 |

The rocker, motivational speaker, writer and party king Andrew W.K. is coming to The Pyramid Scheme on April 24 to celebrate the venue's fourth anniversary. 

 

Bello Spark Boasts Fresh Tunes, Expanded Lineup for Album No. 2

Written by Nolan Krebs | Monday, 02 February 2015 14:50 |

Grand Rapids native Rob Jordan isn’t new blood in the music scene ‘round these parts. He’s been writing and performing tunes in one capacity or another for more than a decade.

Jason Isbell Shares Roots of Emotional New Album

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:05 |

Despite its deep and dark subject matter, Jason Isbell’s latest album is a celebration of second chances. Completely clean for the first time in his career – that includes six hard-drinking years with alt-country rockers Drive-By Truckers, and another six with his backing band The 400 Unit – the Alabama-born Isbell headed to Nashville.

Cherub Infuses Modern Pop with Old-School Work Ethic

Written by Carly Plank | Monday, 26 January 2015 17:21 |

When Jason Huber and Jordan Kelley met, they never doubted their abilities to make music a full-time career. The two were attending Middle Tennessee State University’s recording industry program when they formed Cherub in 2010. Sounding like Daft Punk on muscle relaxants, the two have made a living on stretched-out electro-pop jams.

Lady Ace Boogie Takes to the Stage for LP Release Show

Written by Nolan Krebs | Monday, 29 December 2014 09:47 |

A lot has changed for Linda Tellis in the past couple of years. An Atlanta native by way of both West Virginia and Ohio, Tellis moved to Grand Rapids in 2009 and landed a job at Cascade Engineering, where she steadily built a career as a facilitator of Lean Enterprise Systems for the company.

Gungor Wanders Through Music Styles on Eclectic Album

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 29 December 2014 09:35 |

Michael Gungor isn't a big fan of labels, especially when it comes to his art. Yes, he's Christian. And yeah, his faith comes through in the music he writes. But that's not because Gungor is a “Christian band,” it's because the music is written from a place that's completely honest.

Neutral Milk Hotel to Play Kalamazoo State Theatre

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:31 |

 

There was a time when we thought we'd never hear new music from Neutral Milk Hotel ever again. The critically acclaimed indie band disbanded shortly after the release of its successful album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, which includes "Holland, 1945," No. 7 on Pitchfork's list of Top 200 Tracks from the 1990s.

 

Possessed by Paul James Combines Country Sound with Punk Performance

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 November 2014 13:39 |

Konrad Wert's first exposure to music was in the small Mennonite community where he grew up in southern Florida. The church setting taught him how to sing, and he later started picking up stringed instruments when his mother enrolled him in public school. Years later, it was a fellow student who inspired Wert to take music in a different direction.

Justin Townes Earle’s Country Bloodlines Run Deep

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 21 November 2014 11:32 |

While describing the influx of businessmen and record executives migrating from Los Angeles to his Nashville hometown, Justin Townes Earle emanates frustration. “It’s colonialism," he said. "The TV show 'Nashville'has made it sound like we are enjoying this new-found reputation. But if you ask me, we already had a pretty damn good one.”

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