Music

Every Time I Die comes to Grand Rapids, promises to slay all other bands

Written by Stephanie Allen | Thursday, 08 March 2012 11:36 |

The difference between Every Time I Die and most mainstream hardcore metal bands is that it doesn't try to create a certain sound. These guys Buffalo, N.Y. continues to make signature in-your-face, heavy-as-hell sound and sell-out shows because they love what they're doing.

Jane's Addiction Escapes the Past

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:05 |

Sharing a Los Angeles rehearsal studio space in the late ‘80s during the formative years of Jane's Addiction gave singer Perry Farrell enduring memories of "people in weird costumes who I hung out with on a daily basis."

Inside the Work Ethic of Henry Rollins

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:35 |

Henry Rollins doesn't take vacations. "I'm always kind of doing something — there's never really any downtime," he said. "And I'm not trying to impress you with my workload."

Eisley Succeeds With New Label

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:12 |

After signing with Warner Bros. Records in 2003, Eisley went on a four-year tear releasing two full-length albums and six EPs, touring with a number of other bands including Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Switchfoot and Bleach, as well as making its television debut on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

Drew Nelson's Tilt-A-Whirl Makes Nationwide Debut Today

Written by REVUE Minion | Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:11 |

Singer-songwriter Drew Nelson's debut record with Red House Records drops today on iTunes, Amazon and at record stores around the country. While it is Valentine's Day, don't expect "Tilt-A-Whirl" to be a record filled with sweet love songs or Nelson playing the crooner.

From the Office to the Stage: Sharon Van Etten comes to Grand Rapids Feb. 15

Written by Lindsay Patton | Wednesday, 08 February 2012 14:02 |

Sharon Van Etten's buzz has been growing ever since she released her first full-length album, "Because I Was in Love", in 2009. The complex themes and emotional songwriting on the album kept her popping up on Pitchfork, an Internet music publication.

John Sinkevics' take on The Jammies, pop music and buzzworthy shows

Written by John Sinkevics | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:53 |

It's all about the music. Unlike the Grammy Awards' la-la land of red carpets and celebrity sidewalk stars, Grand Rapids' Jammies are the no-hype awards. That's what makes it one my favorite nights of the year.

My Brightest Diamond Finds Creative Space in the Mitten

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:14 |

Detroit still has a pulse! That's one of many factors that drew Shara Worden to the city. The mind behind My Brightest Diamond planted her roots in Detroit soil after living in New York, preceded by a year in Moscow.

Experience 1964 Without a Time Machine

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:41 |

With a history dating back almost 30 years, 1964, The Tribute has been bringing Beatlemania back to both old and new fans alike. Sporting the attire, instruments and stage presence of the early touring Beatles, whose music grabbed the attention of an entire planet, this group is as authentic as any tribute comes.

Willie the Kid: Hip-Hop Royalty

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:35 |

While the Detroit area has long been a bastion for music and has produced many a fine rapper, the west side of the state — and Grand Rapids specifically — is getting national recognition for its hip-hop music. Much of this is due to the work of William Jackson, better known as Willie the Kid.

Willie the Kid, who grew up on the southeast side and attended Ottawa Hills High School, is the younger brother of Wu-Tang Clan affiliate LA The Darkman.

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