In 2009, two pairs of siblings and a street busker at the University of Arizona got together and formed a string band. Two years later, they found themselves winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest in Colorado, joining the ranks of past winners like Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks and even Kalamazoo's own Greensky Bluegrass.
It's no secret that the best metal bands are apt to get rowdy both on and off stage, but in the '90s, New Orleans-based sludge metal outfit Eyehategod put other bands to shame.
Buzz Osborne (aka King Buzzo) is an artist who has certainly earned his royal moniker. For 30 years he's been the frontman and principal songwriter for legendary sludge-rock outfit The Melvins, a band famous for its unpredictability genre-defying sound and heavy riffs. What's more, Osborne has embarked on his first truly solo project, King Buzzo, this year.
In one of the most popular plays of all time, Juliet Capulet asked, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Though it is doubtful if Juliet were around today, she would have asked that same question about Nashville punk rock outfit Diarrhea Planet.
Animals as Leaders didn’t start out at the head of the prog-metal pack. During its formation in 2007 by guitarist Tosin Abasi, AAL was more of a project than a band.
The Grand Rapids Symphony announced Generation X's piano man, Ben Folds, will perform alongside GRS this fall. Unlike any Ben Folds performance before, this one is unique to Grand Rapids, with Folds and the Symphony performing alongside each other.
In April of 2013, a noise-punk group out of Syracuse, NY released a demo on cassette tape. The release boasted an in-your-face sound, which was heavy in both feedback and brutal honesty. These four Roman numeral-titled tracks, quickly demanded the attention of everyone within earshot.
For a few years, of Montreal's frontman Kevin Barnes lived in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. with his parents. Unfortunately, it wasn't a "Pure Michigan" experience for him during that time. "I didn't have a car, I wasn't going to shows. It was more like kidville, a child playing little league baseball," he said in a phone interview with REVUE.
Manchester Orchestra had its latest album, Cope, all ready to release. Except the band was missing one thing: a record label. After 2012’s Simple Math, MO was on a popularity incline and eventually, without a record label.
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