Built to Last: Indie rock innovators Built to Spill rekindle the flame

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:05 |

Even though Built To Spill founder Doug Martsch has been an indie-rock icon for more than two decades with a direct influence on bands like Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie and others, he remains humbly honest about what he does for a living and his title as an innovator.

A Lot Like Birds Land in Grand Rapids with I the Mighty

Written by Robby Hartley | Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:03 |

Two California-based post-hardcore bands, A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty, open the ’68 show at The Stache. The two bands, both on the Equal Vision Records imprint, are no stranger to the road or touring together.

Members Only: Meijer Gardens launches pre-sales for Summer Concerts

Written by Brian J. Bowe | Friday, 24 April 2015 19:15 |

As Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park gears up for another summer of concerts, one could hearken back to the American Express slogan of yore — membership has its privileges. With the members-only presale launching on April 25, the annual scrum for the most popular of the season’s 30 performances will begin.

Larry McCray reflects on growing up with the blues

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:26 |

Growing up in southern Arkansas, Larry McCray has been steeped in music since day one. His grandparents were musicians, as were his parents — eventually, he and his nine siblings followed in their elders’ melodic footsteps.

Jon Spencer Explodes at Pyramid Scheme

Written by Steve Miller | Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:23 |

Any room with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion playing is a tough room. Civilization takes a back seat. So imagine two decades-plus later to find that a talk with Russell Simins, the drummer from the JSBX, explores the Oscar Niemeyer architecture of Brasilia and the ramen joints of Fukuoka, Japan.

DIY Renaissance: La Dispute strips down for intimate DAAC benefit show

Written by Josh Veal | Sunday, 29 March 2015 15:51 |

Bands with any sort of depth tend to sprout from unorthodox beginnings. The Ramones perfected its stage show at the gritty CBGB. The Velvet Underground preferred to get weird with Andy Warhol at The Factory. For La Dispute, its genesis can be traced back to one particular DIY spot: the Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC).

René Marie’s Independent Spirit Shines Through New Cover Album

Written by Carly Plank | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

Following in the footsteps of her idol, Eartha Kitt, Rene Marie seldom plays by the rules. Since emerging as a voice to be heard at the age of 42, the jazz vocalist has captured a worldwide audience as well as multiple awards and nominations. Most recently, Marie earned her first Grammy nomination in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album for her 2014 release I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt).

How Lights Conjured Her Creativity for New Album

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

 Electropop artist Lights knows what it takes to create good, catchy tunes. The 27-year-old has been at it since her teens, writing songs that have found their way to television, an Old Navy ad campaign and success on the charts including two certified gold albums in her native Canada.

Electric Six: The Working Class Band

Written by Steve Miller | Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00 |

Being in Electric Six is like being an average Joe working the shifts. Record the next record the first half of the year, put it out in the fall. Tour three months a year. Rinse and repeat. Might as well keep a home in the ‘burbs and buy a minivan.

Andrew W.K. Celebrates Pyramid Scheme's Fourth Anniversary

Written by Lindsay Patton | Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:23 |

The rocker, motivational speaker, writer and party king Andrew W.K. is coming to The Pyramid Scheme on April 24 to celebrate the venue's fourth anniversary. 


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