Jason Isbell Shares Roots of Emotional New Album

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:05 |

Despite its deep and dark subject matter, Jason Isbell’s latest album is a celebration of second chances. Completely clean for the first time in his career – that includes six hard-drinking years with alt-country rockers Drive-By Truckers, and another six with his backing band The 400 Unit – the Alabama-born Isbell headed to Nashville.

Cherub Infuses Modern Pop with Old-School Work Ethic

Written by Carly Plank | Monday, 26 January 2015 17:21 |

When Jason Huber and Jordan Kelley met, they never doubted their abilities to make music a full-time career. The two were attending Middle Tennessee State University’s recording industry program when they formed Cherub in 2010. Sounding like Daft Punk on muscle relaxants, the two have made a living on stretched-out electro-pop jams.

Gungor Wanders Through Music Styles on Eclectic Album

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 29 December 2014 09:35 |

Michael Gungor isn't a big fan of labels, especially when it comes to his art. Yes, he's Christian. And yeah, his faith comes through in the music he writes. But that's not because Gungor is a “Christian band,” it's because the music is written from a place that's completely honest.

Neutral Milk Hotel to Play Kalamazoo State Theatre

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:31 |

 

There was a time when we thought we'd never hear new music from Neutral Milk Hotel ever again. The critically acclaimed indie band disbanded shortly after the release of its successful album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, which includes "Holland, 1945," No. 7 on Pitchfork's list of Top 200 Tracks from the 1990s.

 

Possessed by Paul James Combines Country Sound with Punk Performance

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 November 2014 13:39 |

Konrad Wert's first exposure to music was in the small Mennonite community where he grew up in southern Florida. The church setting taught him how to sing, and he later started picking up stringed instruments when his mother enrolled him in public school. Years later, it was a fellow student who inspired Wert to take music in a different direction.

Justin Townes Earle’s Country Bloodlines Run Deep

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 21 November 2014 11:32 |

While describing the influx of businessmen and record executives migrating from Los Angeles to his Nashville hometown, Justin Townes Earle emanates frustration. “It’s colonialism," he said. "The TV show 'Nashville'has made it sound like we are enjoying this new-found reputation. But if you ask me, we already had a pretty damn good one.”

My Brightest Diamond Brings Multi-Faceted Talent to the Stage

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 24 October 2014 15:08 |

From psychological anthropology to tribal dance rituals, there isn’t much that doesn’t inspire Shara Worden. Since forming My Brightest Diamond in 2006, Worden has blurred the lines between classical, pop, cabaret and folk, while drawing upon wide-ranging themes. But to her, genre is irrelevant. Worden simply puts anything and everything she enjoys into her music.

Death Itself Can't Stop GWAR

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 24 October 2014 14:59 |

For 30 years, the infamous band known as GWAR has been delivering its brand of heavy metal through signature, over-the-top live shows that sport everything from gargantuan alien monsters to staged celebrity executions.

Fleetwood Mac Announces January Grand Rapids Performance

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:10 |

Today it was announced legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac will perform at Van Andel Arena on Jan. 20, 2015. This date will include Christine McVie, who has rejoined the band after 15 years.

Joan Osborne Tackles Love's Messy Aspects

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 25 September 2014 11:58 |

Most of us came to know Joan Osborne with her 1995 Grammy-nominated hit single, "One of Us." Since then, the singer-songwriter has enjoyed continued success with multiple studio albums exploring a variety of genres, from the 2006 country album Pretty Little Stranger to the more bluesy offerings on her 2012 record Bring It On Home.

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