Dropkick Murphys Keep the Style, Pump Up Aggressive Sounds

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:02 |

Dropkick Murphys did not start off pursuing the Celtic-punk sound that's made the band famous. The members were originally looking for more of a straight-punk feel.

Dinosaur Jr. Takes Reconciliation One Album, One Tour at a Time

Written by By Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 21 September 2012 11:01 |

In the mid-'80s, Dinosaur Jr. emerged on the underground music scene with a style unlike any other. With an entire catalog of influences that ranged from folk rock to hardcore punk, mixed with wailing guitar solos and powerful metal riffs, the group was defining its own sound.

August Burns Red Visit Grand Rapids for Fall Tour

Written by Robby Hartley | Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:47 |

The impending sound of August Burns Red's blistering guitars, monumental breakdowns and anti-chorus screams will resound throughout the Orbit Room on Sept. 6.

Turbo Fruits Work Hard, Play Hard(er)

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:01 |

Jonas Stein is a busy guy. Aside from being the frontman for psychedelic garage rock outfit Turbo Fruits, Stein runs Turbo Time Records and is co-founder of the rock-and-roll cruise liner party the Bruise Cruise.

Minus the Bear Tours Proudly Behind New Album, Coming to Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 27 August 2012 17:28 |

It’s been a year and a half since Seattle, Washington’s Minus the Bear played its March 2011 show at the Intersection. For its return in September 2012, the band brings what it hopes to be its strongest performance yet.

 

Every summer there are literally dozens of music festivals all over the country. While each have their own vibe, after a while they kind of all start to run together. Eventually there just needs to be a festival that rises above all others and acts as a beacon for all the freaks and weirdos out there.

Grace Potter Lets the Darkness In

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Monday, 30 July 2012 11:07 |

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is a band that’s known for its edgy, female-fronted rock. But according to Potter, everything the band did before edge-wise is shadowed by The Lion, The Beast, The Beat, the band’s latest album.

Frank Zappa's Legacy Lives On Through Son

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:44 |

The late Frank Zappa has been hailed as a major influence for innumerable musicians going back decades. Not only this, but he is often referred to as the most important and influential composer of his time. And it's for this reason that the tribute act Zappa Plays Zappa was started by Frank's own son, Dweezil.

"In its simplest form, it's to be the catalyst to a new generation," Dweezil said about the band's course. "I knew it was going to be a big challenge on a number of levels going into it, but it has been rewarding that people recognize the intent."

Reign of Sleigh Bells

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:03 |

Before there was Sleigh Bells, guitarist and producer Derek Miller spent six years in hardcore band Poison the Well. The band gained a solid fan base and signed with Atlantic Records in 2002. Two years after the big record deal, Miller quit the band.

Foreigner Won’t Slow Down

Written by Mary Mattingly | Thursday, 07 June 2012 08:58 |

Foreigner might be known for its giant pop-rock anthems from the late ‘70s and ‘80s, but don’t expect the band to slow down. After more than 35 years of releasing hits and touring, the band is still in the game.

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