Music

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.

Future Islands Keeps True to Itself with New Record

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 February 2014 16:03 |

Future Islands is a band that's not shy about examining the human condition. Since 2006, this synthpop trio out of Baltimore has churned out three albums exploring the complexities of love, the truths found in memories and even the deep emotional scars left behind by breakups.

Between the Buried and Me's Jet Propulsion to Disengage in Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Friday, 21 February 2014 15:10 |

Call it an obvious fact, but outer space is complex and big; so is the dense, dynamic style of the progressively evolving technical metal group Between the Buried and Me. This past fall, the band toured and played the entirety of its latest album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence (2012). The shows were complemented by imagery contained within the album's booklet, which illustrates and lyrically guides listeners along the spiritual, intergalactic journey.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: "Three Cheers" by Head

Written by REVUE Staff | Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:32 |

When you live in Beer City USA, sometimes, you just gotta toast to the weekend. One band is providing an anthem for such an occasion. The band Head, out of Grand Rapids, released their most recent album Three Cheers about a month ago at The Pyramid Scheme. For fans and followers of this local trio, it was a long awaited, highly-anticipated release since the band’s last album back in 2011.

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