Eyes Wide Open: Third Eye Blind looks back while moving forward

Written by Eric Mitts | Friday, 29 September 2017 10:31 |

Last summer, alt-rock radio mainstay Third Eye Blind made major headlines all across the country following its concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The reason: Frontman Stephan Jenkins and company live-trolled the event — much to the dismay of the many Republican fans in attendance. 

Livin’ the Fantasy: Paz Lenchantin reflects on life with The Pixies

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 29 September 2017 09:22 |

The story of the Pixies isn’t new: An enormously influential band instrumental in ushering in a dynamic style of alt-rock that helped shape the very music of the ’80s and ’90s. The group influenced bands from Nirvana to Radiohead, and even gained respect from the likes of U2 and David Bowie.

So it was no surprise that after the band’s brief career and breakup in the early ’90s, the reunion and return to touring in 2004 saw shows that sold out almost immediately, multiple festival appearances and touring across the globe.

A lot of bands like to say that the sky’s the limit for their music, their career, and their dreams, but for Nashville-based alternative band Judah & the Lion, it’s especially hard not to believe.

Nashville is a town that likes folks who call themselves outlaws, but it’s a different story if you’re an actual rebel. 

Steve Earle knows more than a bit about this. He’s a gifted singer and songwriter who became a country hit maker in 1986 with the release of his debut album, Guitar Town.

Come a Little Closer: A Q&A with Tegan and Sara

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 14 August 2017 12:06 |

In anticipation of a return to Frederik Meijer Gardens on Aug. 17, Revue had the pleasure of asking a few questions of Tegan Quin (one half of Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara). The twin sisters are currently touring in support of their 2016 LP Love You To Death, and are gearing up for a fall tour, revisiting their seminal 2007 LP The Con.

Not long after announcing she’d return to Grand Rapids for a headlining show at The Pyramid Scheme, critically acclaimed New York singer-songwriter Mitski took to social media to confess her love for our fair city, and divulged a secret, dream desire to maybe someday move here.

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, a dark, soul-filled pop outfit out of Detroit, looks to combat cultural divisiveness directly with its upcoming dual bilingual albums, Telephone and Telefono. And while the initial intent had nothing to do with the current state of political discourse, the band feels its releases couldn’t be more timely.

These days, Mike Posner might be one of the most soft-spoken superstars on the pop charts.

Dawes brings new album to Kalamazoo with two-set show spanning discography

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:37 |

In the fleeting world of music, Dawes believes there’s only one guarantee: We’re all gonna die. 

That might sound awfully dark or even outright bleak, especially for a chilled-out folk-rock record released in these trying times. But for Los Angeles band Dawes, it’s a beautifully communal statement, capable of reassuring us that we’re all the same. That’s why the band titled its latest LP, We’re All Gonna Die

Funkolution: Turkuaz Helps Bring Funk to the Mainstream

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:21 |

Funk has been making a significant comeback thanks to modern bands that are helping to propel its popularity. One such group, Turkuaz, has been a major player in the genre’s resurgence. This nine-piece ensemble out of Brooklyn enjoys a dedicated national following with its relentless touring schedule and aggressive, yet accessible songs.

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