Music

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Polar Vortex" by Voluptuous Panic

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:31 |

Voluptuous Panic knows how to keep a nice thirst for new music good and quenched. Featuring the Grand Rapids duo of Brian J. Bowe and Gretchen DeVault, the group is steadily releasing new, whimsical tunes online over the course of the year.

Successful Road Tripping

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:03 |

For many, summer festivals are a road trip occasion. You pile in someone's car, have little to no leg room (you don't care, though, because the destination is WORTH IT) and belt out songs at the top of your lungs. As long as you're in good company, the details don't really matter. But it's the details, however, that help make a road trip less than a trip and more of an adventure. Here is what you need for a successful road trip:

King Buzzo Rules the Stage on His Acoustic Solo Tour

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:26 |

Buzz Osborne (aka King Buzzo) is an artist who has certainly earned his royal moniker. For 30 years he's been the frontman and principal songwriter for legendary sludge-rock outfit The Melvins, a band famous for its unpredictability genre-defying sound and heavy riffs. What's more, Osborne has embarked on his first truly solo project, King Buzzo, this year.

Get Your Festival Fix by Volunteering

Written by Young Swan | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:07 |

So you’re sitting out the music festivals this year because although your heart is telling you yes, your wallet is crying no. Music festivals are expensive, so you’re not the only one staying home.

Festival Survival Guide

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:02 |

Preparing for a music festival is somewhat of an art form. The festival should be looked at as a marathon, not a sprint and you need to employ some key survival tactics if you plan on making it through the weekend without dehydration dry heaves. (Trust me, it happens.) Here are some essential items for festival survival:

Festival Dos and Don'ts

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:58 |

Festivals can be overwhelming events. You want to fit in but also stand out. Here are some dos and donts that will help you acclimate and keep your individuality.

Dude... Diarrhea Planet Literally, Seriously, Literally Cannot Stop Touring

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:33 |

In one of the most popular plays of all time, Juliet Capulet asked, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  Though it is doubtful if Juliet were around today, she would have asked that same question about Nashville punk rock outfit Diarrhea Planet.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Emperor" by I'm William Cutting

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:05 |

Today's hardcore music features a fairly common formula, but one that so many bands miss the mark on. It's all about brutal breakdowns and insane, barking verses that give way to more melodic choruses with some nice clean vocals. Either a band is on the money with their clean vocals and then wusses out on everything else or vice-versa. I'm William Cutting blends both rather seamlessly.

Animals as Leaders Play Second Headlining Tour Supporting The Joy of Motion

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 12 May 2014 11:45 |

Animals as Leaders didn’t start out at the head of the prog-metal pack. During its formation in 2007 by guitarist Tosin Abasi, AAL was more of a project than a band.

Ben Folds Joins Grand Rapids Symphony This Fall

Written by Lindsay Patton | Friday, 09 May 2014 15:46 |

The Grand Rapids Symphony announced Generation X's piano man, Ben Folds, will perform alongside GRS this fall. Unlike any Ben Folds performance before, this one is unique to Grand Rapids, with Folds and the Symphony performing alongside each other.

 

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