Music

Cage the Elephant Mixes Things Up with Latest Album

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:52 |

Cage the Elephant's 2013 album, Melophobia, was approached a bit differently than previous records. As opposed to a strict collaborative effort from the very beginning, each of the band's members started writing music individually.

Kzoo Gets Some Chicago Love with Audiotree Music Festival

Written by Nolan Krebs | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:14 |

 Kalamazoo’s music scene might be battered, but it ain’t beat. Audiotree, the Chicago-based website and music company known for its stellar in-studio sessions, is bringing a well-deserved bump to town with its second-annual music festival.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Anywhere (But Here)" by Vagabonds

Written by Carlie Soule | Wednesday, 06 August 2014 23:23 |

Suddenly, at the blink of an eye, August is here and summer is fast approaching its end. With autumn drawing closer in, excitement forms as new expectations are made of what the next season will bring. Here to help with the transition is the track of the week, preaching adventure, change and moving forward.

Triumph Music Academy offers an innovative take on music lessons

Written by Jayson Bussa | Monday, 28 July 2014 13:13 |

Go ahead and holster your witty comparisons to Jack Black and the movie School of Rock when you are around James Hughes — he’s heard them before.

Les Claypool's Version of Kumbaya

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 28 July 2014 12:11 |

 Les Claypool is certainly best known for his role as lead vocalist and bassist for Primus. But Claypool is just as well known for his number of side projects and artistic endeavors, including the formation of supergroup Oysterhead, theme songs for "South Park" and Robot Chicken, a book, a movie and working alongside musicians from Tom Waits to Metallica.

Lake Street Dive Captures the Soul of Jazz

Written by Carly Plank | Monday, 28 July 2014 11:40 |

Four jazz students with a shared love of ‘60s pop united in 2004, making a name for themselves playing dive bars in Boston and Cambridge. Ten years later, the members of Lake Street Dive are National Public Radio darlings and late-night television veterans who released their third studio album, Bad Self Portraits, earlier this year.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “Los Plantanos” by Bike Tuff

Written by Alex Connolly | Friday, 25 July 2014 08:41 |

A fresh face in the punk scene, local rockers Bike Tuff produce authentic indie/emo/punk music that’s a little more thoughtfully crafted than is usually the case. Their latest effort, Into Shore, displays a songwriting craft and general musical ability that can be elusive for the genre.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Alleycat Blues" by The Red Handed

Written by Alex Connolly | Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:59 |

The Red Handed's album combines the lofty aspirations and knotty compositions of prog with the earnestness and accessibility of indie rock: the playing is competent yet not overblown, the vocals are clean and simple (think Between the Buried and Me, not Dream Theater), and the songs are concise and compact, yet packed with enough detours to keep all the music nerds happy.

‘68 Returns to Grand Rapids to Unleash In Humor and Sadness

Written by Robby Hartley | Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:41 |

It was Grand Rapids in October 2013 where Josh Scogin’s former metal band, the Chariot, made its final Michigan appearance. By the following April, it’s also where his new project, ‘68, spread its wings.

 

For the past three years, LadyfestGR organizers Jes Kramer and Steffanie Rosalez have scoured West Michigan communities to find some of the best females to include in their lineup.

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