Music

The Pyramid Scheme Gets Jooky Once More

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 21 December 2012 15:31 |

The infamous 'crew' is something of a time-honored tradition in the hip-hop world. Rappers take their friends with them upon getting big. This past year has seen the rise of the Black Hippy crew from Los Angeles and the A$AP Mob from New York. Closest to home is Danny Brown's Bruiser Brigade from Detroit.

Flogging Molly: St. Patty's Coming to Town

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:37 |

People call it Celtic punk, but what Flogging Molly brings to the stage really defies the idea of any sort of conventional label. And while there was a time when this Los Angeles-based seven-piece was being written off by many as "just a bar band," its commitment to the music has proven the naysayers wrong.

Kent District Library gets some indie cred

Written by Kyle Austin | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:52 |

The Kent District Library is changing the way we interact with homegrown artistic talent. For years, area libraries considered local, independently produced media for inclusion in their catalogues, but the accepted materials too often stayed buried in the shelves and hidden from patrons' sight.

New York Comes to St. Cecilia Music Center

Written by Jennifer Cuffman | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 14:41 |

For a medium-sized city, Grand Rapids continues to make a name for itself by consistently bringing world-class artists to the city. St. Cecilia Music Center continues this tradition with the NYC2GR series, which commences Thursday, Nov. 29.

NYC2GR highlights prominent artists and programs from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, part of the world's largest performing arts complex.

The Legal Immigrants: Rock 'n' Roll in its Purest Form

Written by Jayson Bussa | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:01 |

Joe Bockheim had a major musical epiphany in the ninth grade as he rode the bus to school. Naturally, when it came time to form his own project, Bockheim decided he was going to play rock 'n' roll in its purest form.

Motion City Soundtrack on the 'Go' in Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 29 October 2012 21:35 |

The Midwest is no foreign place for the wildly successful alternative pop-rock titans of Minnesota, Motion City Soundtrack. The band played at the Intersection long before its location on Grandville Street during a 15-year career of manic touring and five albums, two of which were produced by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus.

Gwar's life after loss: Band moves on after death of guitarist

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 29 October 2012 21:26 |

More than 40 billion years ago, a group of extraterrestrial war gods were banished to Earth and frozen in the Antarctic for the unspeakable havoc they were wreaking on the galaxy.

Walk Off the Earth Step into Music Stardom

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 17:17 |

Noted modern day philosopher Kanye West once famously stated, "I'm livin' in the 21st century," and that is certainly true of Walk Off the Earth. The Ontario-based five piece pop ensemble has videos on YouTube well into the millions.

Artist in the Spotlight: Deadwood Stone Bends Alternative-Metal

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:21 |

Deadwood Stone opened for Slash last month. Yeah, that's right. The same Slash you're thinking of. The one with the top-hat and the crazy hair. The one who played during last year's Super Bowl Halftime Show. You know – he used to be in a little band called Guns 'n' Roses.

Life is Country Music for Eli Young Band

Written by Jamie Linari | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:19 |

If James Young could tell his younger self anything, it would be to have a little more discretion with promotional photos. Well, that and when things get tough, to just hang in there.

Luckily for us, hang in there he did because about 13 years and a lot of hard work later, the Eli Young Band has released five albums, two chart-topping singles, and one recently named "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music Awards.

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