Before you start thinking, "Schoolboy WHO?" let's take a moment to highlight some of Schoolboy Q's recent highlights. Currently, Schoolboy is all over the airwaves with a guest appearance on recent Grammy-winner Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' latest single, "White Walls."
It's often difficult to translate the sweaty, out-of-control sound of a punk rock basement show on to an album. But, if you have never stepped foot in a house venue and want to know what you're missing, Kalamazoo-based ProConPro gives you a pretty good taste.
The month after the national music community is reinvigorated by the Grammy Awards held in the heart of Los Angeles, the Grand Rapids music community will celebrate its homegrown talent at The Intersection. The Jammies have been instrumental in shaping the musical mosaic that has developed around Grand Rapids.
When it comes to A Tribe Called Red's fusion of indigenous rhythms and electronic dance beats, those came naturally. "All we really do is mash up dance music, because powwow music is dance, and so is club music," said Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau.
Matt Ten Clay has established a stellar reputation around Grand Rapids as a fine engineer and producer toiling away at his Amber Lit Audio studios on music by other indie-rock bands. But this talented musician also labored heavily for 10 months on his own recording project with The Howlers and it’s no surprise that this psychedelically pleasing affair brims with a lush, throwback, muscular milieu.
Grand Rapids is a city all too familiar with the indie-alternative rock scene, but a number of groups have been changing things up by peppering in some psychedelic rock. A Grand Rapids neighborhood venue and organizers are now working to bring a new wave of psych rock into the spotlight with a “mini-festival” called Michigan Psych Night, slated for March 1.
Short bursts of fury. Distortion. Full-throttled vocals and falsetto charm, sung with intense abandon. Incredibly compact songs that pack more wallop into two minutes than most bands can manage in a year, leaving listeners panting for more.
While Grand Rapids-based pop rock band Ignite The Borealis works on more music to add to its already extensive three-album catalogue, it might be high time to bone up on some of its current jams.
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