Music

Jon McLaughlin Navigates the World of Crowdfunding for Latest Release

Written by Madeline McMahon | Monday, 14 October 2013 10:07 |

For his latest album, Holding My Breath, singer-songwriter and pianist Jon McLaughlin signed a campaign with PledgeMusic. A crowdfunding source similar to Kickstarter or Indiegogo, PledgeMusic is strictly for musicians with notable users such as The Lumineers, Luke Bryan and Gang of Four.

Big Gigantic Brings New Tour Experience to Kalamazoo

Written by Shelby Pendowski | Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:16 |

The excitement of a new album for fans also shakes with a dose of nerves. With the music industry continually changing and many musicians conforming, the worst fear for fans is the album will drop with a sound of unrecognizable content.

Fans of The Chariot will have one last chance to see the band live on its upcoming farewell tour, celebrating the end of 10 years as a band. The Atlanta-based act will play its final Michigan show in Grand Rapids late this October at The Pyramid Scheme.

Mustache-A-Palooza: Five years of local music and facial hair

Written by Jayson Bussa | Sunday, 29 September 2013 13:14 |

These days, Mustache-themed merchandise, events and everything else that pays homage to the upper-lip surprise is considered a tad cliche.

However, among this throng of mustache pop culture is one man that could be considered an original mustache connoisseur and he tailored a local music showcase around a mustache theme five years ago.

Mountain Goat: Sludge Metal's Sweeter Side

Written by Lauren Allen | Saturday, 28 September 2013 17:47 |

Through a smoky haze, endless microbrews and foot-long hair, so rises the sludge metal trio Mountain Goat.

Minus the Bear: Indie Rock's Melting Pot

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:50 |

Seattle-based outfit Minus the Bear is a band that revels in musical experimentation and employing a diverse set of techniques to acquire its signature catchy indie mathrock sound. Vocalist Jake Snider attributes the band's openness to new sounds to a rather laid-back approach to songwriting.

Sink's Spins on Music: West Michigan country scene explodes

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:35 |

Country music is kicking up its heels in West Michigan. "Within the last three years, the country music scene here has just exploded," said Kari Lynch, a fast-rising Grand Rapids country singer.

How Do You Translate UV Hippo's "Translate"?

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:15 |

This is what progressive rock sounds like in the second decade of the New Millennium: A mélange of ear-electrifying, genre-spanning styles, funky backbeats, ever-changing time signatures, and dizzyingly stunning instrumental jams.

To say that Grand Rapids' Ultraviolet Hippopotamus has reinvented prog-rock on its latest, much buzzed-about new studio album, Translate, may actually sell the project short.

Justin Furstenfeld and Blue October Embrace Change and Soldier On

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:26 |

Justin Furstenfeld has turned a corner. The lead singer and songwriter of Blue October described the band's latest album as a personal and professional rebirth. After overcoming alcoholism and anxiety issues within the past couple of years, Furstenfeld is in a more stable place than in 2006.

Dweezil Zappa Lets You Rock with a Rock Star

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:11 |

Forty years ago, Frank Zappa and the Mothers recorded what was to become one of the band's most iconic albums, Roxy & Elsewhere. In honor of that anniversary, Gibson released the Frank Zappa "Roxy" SG, an exact replica of the guitar Frank used in those recordings.

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