Mountain Goat: Sludge Metal's Sweeter Side

Written by Lauren Allen | Saturday, 28 September 2013 17:47 |

Through a smoky haze, endless microbrews and foot-long hair, so rises the sludge metal trio Mountain Goat.

Minus the Bear: Indie Rock's Melting Pot

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:50 |

Seattle-based outfit Minus the Bear is a band that revels in musical experimentation and employing a diverse set of techniques to acquire its signature catchy indie mathrock sound. Vocalist Jake Snider attributes the band's openness to new sounds to a rather laid-back approach to songwriting.

Justin Furstenfeld and Blue October Embrace Change and Soldier On

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:26 |

Justin Furstenfeld has turned a corner. The lead singer and songwriter of Blue October described the band's latest album as a personal and professional rebirth. After overcoming alcoholism and anxiety issues within the past couple of years, Furstenfeld is in a more stable place than in 2006.

Dweezil Zappa Lets You Rock with a Rock Star

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:11 |

Forty years ago, Frank Zappa and the Mothers recorded what was to become one of the band's most iconic albums, Roxy & Elsewhere. In honor of that anniversary, Gibson released the Frank Zappa "Roxy" SG, an exact replica of the guitar Frank used in those recordings.

Over the Rhine Explores New Musical Territory in Latest Album

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 26 August 2013 12:02 |

In 1949, the famed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas moved to a little town called Laugharne, and there had a small writing shack where he sought inspiration for his work during the last four years of his life. And it was to this very same shack that Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the husband and wife duo that make up folk/Americana outfit Over the Rhine, went seeking inspiration themselves.

Donna the Buffalo Draws Herd of Followers to Kalamazoo

Written by Carly Plank | Monday, 26 August 2013 11:26 |

In another generation, they would be called Deadheads. But lately, devoted fans of Donna the Buffalo have endeared themselves to the band as "The Herd." The name is fitting.

The Appleseed Cast Takes Advantage of its Long and Winding Road

Written by Carly Plank | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:33 |

"Transformative,” is a title that encompasses The Appleseed Casts' longevity, habit of playing musical chairs quite literally and ability to transition smoothly between many genres under post-rock.

One of heavy metal music’s veteran ambassadors has set out to prove there are still new ideas to explore in what’s becoming a mature genre. 

As the former frontman of Pantera and the current vocalist for the New Orleans-based supergroup Down, Philip H. Anselmo could have tapped into one of his many creative wells from the past 25 years in the music business for his debut solo album Walk Through Exits Only, which dropped on July 16.

ZZ Ward Brings Her Hip-Hop-Influenced Blues to Grand Rapids

Written by Andrea Raby | Monday, 24 June 2013 11:19 |

Like with her music, ZZ Ward follows a classic style by incorporating fedoras into her wardrobe, paying homage to her blues heroes like Robert Johnson, while adding a twist of her own. "I have, like, 60 fedoras," Ward said.

"I started singing in a blues band when I was 12 and I would always wear a fedora because it would remind me of the blues. So I wear a fedora to pay homage to the blues artists that I grew up listening to."

Mastodon: Giants Amongst Metalheads

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:53 |

Mastodon is in every way a gargantuan presence in the metal world, so it's only fitting the band's name is that of a mammoth.

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