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Mónica da Silva brings international flair to her diverse work

Written by Alex Connolly | Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:29 |

An intriguing mix of American and Brazilian influences mark the work of singer/songwriter Mónica da Silva. A native of both Grand Rapids and Belém, Brazil (and a dual citizen of both), da Silva’s aural creations are aptly described by her as “Indie Nova”: a rich blend of traditional bossa nova of idie pop.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “The Out Within” by Infinite Design

Written by Alex Connolly | Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:00 |

Muskegon’s Infinite Design is one of those bands, serving up classic technical/progressive death metal in fresh new ways. More Between the Buried and Me than Pig Destroyer, the band’s particular blend of hooky riffs, mosh-happy breakdowns and furious blastbeats have an invigorating gleam of originality to them, with a smattering of Dream Theater-style noodling and tempo shifts that keep you guessing (and impressed).

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “Curios” by Lasso

Written by Peter Chhum | Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:41 |

Representing Kalamazoo, Lasso serves as a sonic snapshot embodying the city and its musical direction. Lasso’s latest album, Golden Lasso, was released from Andy Catlin's Double Phelix record label, which houses a Kalamazoo-based collective of artists. On Golden Lasso, Catlin welcomes in various guest musicians to create an effortless mix of vocals and live instrumentation, ideal for a summer afternoon.

Shneal Helps Grow the Kzoo Hip Hop Scene

Written by Jayson Bussa | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 22:37 |

Shneal isn't just a rapper in the local Kalamazoo hip-hop scene — he's also an ambassador for the genre. The 24-year-old artist puts arguably as much sweat into growing the scene as he does his personal endeavors, and it has paid him back with an already fruitful résumé.

Eyehategod Proves That Metal Endures All Things

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 22:33 |

It's no secret that the best metal bands are apt to get rowdy both on and off stage, but in the '90s, New Orleans-based sludge metal outfit Eyehategod put other bands to shame.

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:

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