Music

Hard Work Paying Off for West Michigan Rockers Wayland

Written by Jayson Bussa | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:37 |

In a day and age where musicians can build an audience via YouTube or by pimping their tunes via the numerous social media channels, West Michigan’s own rock band Wayland chose to go full-on analog with its efforts.

La Dispute Heads Home, Plans to Give Back to the DAAC

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:15 |

The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) had a significant role in the formative years of Grand Rapids’ La Dispute. As the organization collects funding for a new building after taking a contractual boot from its former location, La Dispute will return to GR as a kindred spirit.

Punk Icons Play Bell's for Stripped-Down Acoustic Show

Written by Sean Murphy | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:47 |

Genre-defining changes don’t happen very often. You don’t wake up every day to find something new that’s going to change the world in a hugely significant way. That’s why, when these things do happen, it’s a pretty big deal, and so are the people who bring them about.

Chiodos Gives Out Free Copy of New CD for Grand Rapids Album Release Show

Written by Robby Hartley | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:14 |

 Free music in its many facets can be difficult to fully appreciate nowadays, but breaks norms for musical outreach. Michigan’s Chiodos will adhere to the free model for hometown fans after recently creating its own label imprint on Razor & Tie: drk/lgt.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “On and On” by The Mainstays

Written by REVUE Staff | Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:01 |

It’s all about the groove for The Mainstays as their emergence as a modern day funk-soul band aims to revive a style of music from a bygone era, playing such classic sounds that legendary soul masters would have loved to recreate.

A look at Strange Tonight, the new EP from Stepdad

Written by Colleen Schonfield | Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:33 |

The growing musical affection Stepdad has received through its steady growth as a rising band may be just enough to soon push them over the edge into the indie pop mainstream. Don’t think it’s as easy as it sounds, as reaching this level of popularity doesn’t just happen overnight.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: “Buddy Bigfoot” by The Free Life

Written by Colleen Schonfield | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:38 |

The local music scene has been struck with yet another subgenre of rock 'n' roll music, but this time it’s one whose musical quality doesn’t fall short of a pure commitment to the genre.

Veil of Maya Visits Grand Rapids at the Advent of New Material

Written by Robby Hartley | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:23 |

The last time Chicago-based Veil of Maya visited Grand Rapids was in late 2011, when its latest full-length album Eclipse (2012) was looming on the horizon. The band returns to town at the onset of spring, and it will find itself in more familiar territory than geography alone. 

Shearwater Toasts Camaraderie and Longevity on Latest Record

Written by Carly Plank | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:40 |

For Jonathan Meiburg, lead singer and songwriter for Shearwater, choosing a career as a rock musician over a lifelong commitment to academia has paid off. While he may look the part of someone who holds a master's degree in geography and specializes in ornithology (the study of birds), Meiburg's truest passion is for music.

Glowfriends Make Music a Family Affair

Written by Jasyson Bussa | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:33 |

Each album in the Glowfriends' extensive catalog tends to hug a central theme, but, the Kalamazoo-based band's vocalist April Zimont insists that this is not intentional.

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