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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.

Eyes Wide Open: Third Eye Blind looks back while moving forward

Written by Eric Mitts | Friday, 29 September 2017 10:31 |

Last summer, alt-rock radio mainstay Third Eye Blind made major headlines all across the country following its concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The reason: Frontman Stephan Jenkins and company live-trolled the event — much to the dismay of the many Republican fans in attendance. 

Livin’ the Fantasy: Paz Lenchantin reflects on life with The Pixies

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 29 September 2017 09:22 |

The story of the Pixies isn’t new: An enormously influential band instrumental in ushering in a dynamic style of alt-rock that helped shape the very music of the ’80s and ’90s. The group influenced bands from Nirvana to Radiohead, and even gained respect from the likes of U2 and David Bowie.

So it was no surprise that after the band’s brief career and breakup in the early ’90s, the reunion and return to touring in 2004 saw shows that sold out almost immediately, multiple festival appearances and touring across the globe.

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