You can't have a discussion about thrash metal without bringing up Testament. The band helped define the genre in the San Francisco Bay Area during the early 1980s, a scene widely recognized as one of the birthplaces of this faster, more aggressive take on heavy metal.
Less than two weeks before embarking to Europe, Chicago's Maps and Atlases will navigate around the lakeshore toward Grand Rapids to begin a modest four-day stint in the Midwest – all terrible puns barred.
The infamous 'crew' is something of a time-honored tradition in the hip-hop world. Rappers take their friends with them upon getting big. This past year has seen the rise of the Black Hippy crew from Los Angeles and the A$AP Mob from New York. Closest to home is Danny Brown's Bruiser Brigade from Detroit.
People call it Celtic punk, but what Flogging Molly brings to the stage really defies the idea of any sort of conventional label. And while there was a time when this Los Angeles-based seven-piece was being written off by many as "just a bar band," its commitment to the music has proven the naysayers wrong.
For a medium-sized city, Grand Rapids continues to make a name for itself by consistently bringing world-class artists to the city. St. Cecilia Music Center continues this tradition with the NYC2GR series, which commences Thursday, Nov. 29.
NYC2GR highlights prominent artists and programs from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, part of the world's largest performing arts complex.
The Midwest is no foreign place for the wildly successful alternative pop-rock titans of Minnesota, Motion City Soundtrack. The band played at the Intersection long before its location on Grandville Street during a 15-year career of manic touring and five albums, two of which were produced by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus.
More than 40 billion years ago, a group of extraterrestrial war gods were banished to Earth and frozen in the Antarctic for the unspeakable havoc they were wreaking on the galaxy.
Noted modern day philosopher Kanye West once famously stated, "I'm livin' in the 21st century," and that is certainly true of Walk Off the Earth. The Ontario-based five piece pop ensemble has videos on YouTube well into the millions.
If James Young could tell his younger self anything, it would be to have a little more discretion with promotional photos. Well, that and when things get tough, to just hang in there.
Luckily for us, hang in there he did because about 13 years and a lot of hard work later, the Eli Young Band has released five albums, two chart-topping singles, and one recently named "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music Awards.
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.
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