Music

Musical Memoirs: How West Michigan’s music scene has changed over 30 years

Written by Cliff Frantz, former Music Revue editor | Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:28 |

It’s been three decades since Revue started charting the evolution of West Michigan’s local music scene. Grand Rapids alone has added landmark venues like Van Andel Arena, The Pyramid Scheme, Frederik Meijer Gardens and 20 Monroe Live to keep up with the increasing demand for live music. 

How different is today’s scene compared to 1988, when [Music] Revue magazine first started printing? 

Local rock artist Shane Tripp is the kind of musician who creates simply because he’s got songs trapped inside his head, eager to escape out into the world. 

And he’s been that way for almost as long as he can remember.

Matisyahu has devoted his musical career to delivering highly introspective messages in a style that’s all his own. 

His latest record, Undercurrent, is described by Matisyahu as what he imagines Abraham’s walk back down the mountain was like after being instructed by God to kill his own son.

Year In Revue: West Michigan’s Best Local Albums of 2017

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:04 |

Every year, West Michigan seems to overflow with great releases from homegrown musical talents, and 2017 has been no exception.

This list is just a taste of some of the absolutely fantastic and wildly diverse records that make our home one of the best places for original music.  

This time last year, Jake Kiszka had no idea what was about to happen for him or his band, Greta Van Fleet. 

Yet, in just the past 12 months, the band went from the relative obscurity of its Michigan hometown of Frankenmuth to one of the hottest acts in the country — selling out two headlining tours in advance and having its debut single, Highway Tune, top both the Billboard Mainstream and Active Rock charts. 

In 1981, a newly formed punk band called the Descendents released a frantic, four-and-a-half-minute EP titled Fat. While the pop-music machine of the 1980s was churning out hits like Eye of the Tiger and Hungry Like the Wolf, the Descendents were writing about things real kids could relate to, like grease-ball fast food joints, their jerk of a dad and coffee jitters.

The Descendents were the relatable underdogs, and nearly four decades later, they still are. 

Right from the beginning, A Perfect Circle never fit the shape of a conventional rock band. It’s no surprise then that the group has defied regular touring and recording cycles over its nearly 20-year history.

Often described as an art-rock inspired alt-metal supergroup, A Perfect Circle melds the powerful vocals of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan with the soaring guitar work of Billy Howerdel. 

Life in the Present: Chris Robinson and his Brotherhood create one day at a time

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:39 |

Revue spoke with former Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson ahead of The Chris Robinson Brotherhood's upcoming show at The Intersection.

There’s nothing quite like Kalamashoegazer. The festival feels like a celebration in more ways than one — an honoring of its host city’s diverse yet devoted music scene, and of the beloved cult subgenres of shoegaze, twee and dreampop first popularized by such iconic bands as My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Undergoing something of a musical transformation, Bigfoot Buffalo has changed with the cycles of the moon.

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