Marilyn Manson packs The Orbit Room

Written by Rich Tupica | Monday, 18 May 2015 08:49 |

Throughout the mid-to-late ‘90s, the ethereal image of a long-haired and lanky Marilyn Manson squirming about on stage while shouting about sodomy engrossed rebellious teens — but more importantly it horrified worrywart parents. That’s a trick from the ol’ Alice Cooper playbook: Terrify old people and the kids will flock to it.

Carving a Path: Colony House goes its own way

Written by Carly Plank | Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:16 |

Life on tour agrees with Colony House, and things have only gotten better since the group found a sound representational of its true inspirations. Since two of the members are children of Steven Curtis Chapman, a Grammy-Award winning Christian singer-songwriter, the pressure from record labels to head in their father’s direction could have nudged Colony House to follow someone else’s vision. But the trio has ultimately played to their strengths to churn out melodic, guitar-driven indie rock. 

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Pokey LaFarge Sticks to His Roots

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

More than a decade after hitchhiking his way out of small town Illinois, singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has come to proudly embrace his Midwestern roots. Fresh-faced and 17, LaFarge left home in 2001 with little more than a mandolin, an honest appreciation for American history – both musical and otherwise – and the sort of audacious ambition only greats like Hemingway and Kerouac can rouse in a young man.

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).

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