Future Islands Keeps True to Itself with New Record

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 February 2014 16:03 |

Future Islands is a band that's not shy about examining the human condition. Since 2006, this synthpop trio out of Baltimore has churned out three albums exploring the complexities of love, the truths found in memories and even the deep emotional scars left behind by breakups.

Between the Buried and Me's Jet Propulsion to Disengage in Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Friday, 21 February 2014 15:10 |

Call it an obvious fact, but outer space is complex and big; so is the dense, dynamic style of the progressively evolving technical metal group Between the Buried and Me. This past fall, the band toured and played the entirety of its latest album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence (2012). The shows were complemented by imagery contained within the album's booklet, which illustrates and lyrically guides listeners along the spiritual, intergalactic journey.

Meijer Gardens Announces Jennifer Nettles, NEEDTOBREATHE and KC and the Sunshine Band

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Thursday, 13 February 2014 08:46 |

We may still be in the dead of winter, but Frederik Meijer Gardens is thinking summer, with three acts announced for its summer concert series. The series has recently partnered with Fifth Third Bank, and boasts a new title: Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series at Meijer Gardens.

Ari Lehman of 'Friday the 13th' fame comes to West Michigan with his band

Written by Sean Murphy | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:38 |

Ari Lehman isn't your normal, run-of-the-mill former child actor. After playing the first Jason in Friday the 13th, he's currently in a band playing with the likes of Chimaera, Gwar and even horror movie icons, Goblin. He doesn't just play some lousy guitar, though. Ari Lehman plays his keytar, the Electric Machete.

Crispin Glover Gives West Michigan a Multimedia Experience

Written by Sean Murphy | Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:09 |

Many know him from his one-armed performance in Hot Tub Time Machine. Others may remember him as George McFly in Back to the Future. Few know he is an author, musician, filmmaker and has his own touring show. Crispin Hellion Glover (yep, that's his real middle name) has dabbled in nearly every form of entertainment for more than three decades.

Leslie and the Ly's Bedazzle Grand Rapids

Written by Erica Horoky | Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:13 |

Gem your sweaters and dust off your party pants, Leslie and the Ly's are returning to Grand Rapids for a glamorous night of booty shaking and body rolls. Fourteen years ago, before the glitz and glamor of fame took hold, Leslie Hall started collecting and bedazzling gem sweaters.

Schoolboy Q to Perform at The Orbit Room in April

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:38 |

Before you start thinking, "Schoolboy WHO?" let's take a moment to highlight some of Schoolboy Q's recent highlights. Currently, Schoolboy is all over the airwaves with a guest appearance on recent Grammy-winner Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' latest single, "White Walls."

Movement Music: The Coup Channels Anger into Hope

Written by Kyle Austin | Monday, 27 January 2014 11:14 |

They may rap about guillotines, Molotov cocktails and deep-frying CEOs, but anyone who calls The Coup's music angry isn't listening close enough.

Paper Diamond Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 24 January 2014 17:06 |

Alex Botwin is a pretty busy guy. When he's not managing Elm & Oak Academy, a record label and design firm, he typically has his hands in something musical.

A Tribe Called Red Electrifies the Powwow to Unite Past and Present

Written by Carly Plank | Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:28 |

When it comes to A Tribe Called Red's fusion of indigenous rhythms and electronic dance beats, those came naturally. "All we really do is mash up dance music, because powwow music is dance, and so is club music," said Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau.

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