Breaking the Rules: How Wild Child Refuses to Conform

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 29 July 2016 09:08 |

True to their name, Wild Child refuses to run with the pack or worry much about the traditional business side of music. It doesn’t jive with the Austin-based indie-pop band’s artistic process – so they go their own way. 

“When it comes to that side of the music industry, we all just kind of freeze up,” said Kelsey Wilson, lead vocalist and violinist of the seven-piece outfit. “We can write a song a day and play a show a day for the rest of our lives, but the other side of things is just so foreign.”

Far From ‘Gone’: How JR JR Keeps Going

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 14 July 2016 09:21 |

Josh Epstein’s phone is blowin’ up thanks to his band’s summery slice of infectious indie-pop, “Gone.”

The Detroit duo JR JR’s (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) hit single has gone viral since its 2015 release, racking up over 15 million plays on Spotify and landing everywhere from alt-rock radio to the trailer for the upcoming comedy Sausage Party.

Jack’s Mannequin’s Andrew McMahon Talks Songwriting, Being a Dad

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 30 June 2016 17:47 |

Andrew McMahon’s path to stardom hasn’t exactly been paint-by-numbers.

Fans of the singer/songwriter already know much of his story: He started out as the teenage frontman for the piano-pop/punk band Something Corporate in the early 2000s. Then there was his side-project Jack’s Mannequin, which chronicled his recovery from leukemia during his 20s. His latest solo project was inspired largely by his life as a new father.

Photo Gallery & Review: Monkees Swing Into Meijer Gardens

Written by Rich Tupica, photos by Nicole Rico | Friday, 10 June 2016 08:37 |

Photos and a recap of The Monkees show at Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on June 8.

On their newest hit song, Fitz & the Tantrums wants to make your hands clap. And your feet move. And, most importantly, your heart beat.

The appropriately titled “HandClap” is more than just the lead-off single for the neo-soul/new-wave band’s new self-titled album, due out June 10. It’s an 808-fueled, four-on-the-floor frenzy that serves as something of a testament to the band’s onstage connection with their fans. 

In an era when most rock acts eschew theatrics to focus all too seriously on “the music,” Ghost proves to be a throwback to a time when bands could do both. 

The Swedish band’s evil aesthetic is unmistakable. Fronted by Papa Emeritus III — the third iteration of the anti-Pope vocalist — and backed by a five-piece band of masked Nameless Ghouls, Ghost often causes a stir with its image before ever playing a note. 

No Boundaries: Alejandro Escovedo Heads to St. Cecilia Music Center

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 03 May 2016 17:59 |

To describe Alejandro Escovedo's career may take some time, and not just due to its lengthy history, but because the guy's been all over the place. 

He comes from a wildly musical family, which includes his niece, Sheila E – the former collaborator and finance of the late Prince.

Baroness’ New LP Reflects the Band’s Horrific 2012 Bus Accident

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 02 May 2016 14:23 |

Baroness vocalist/guitarist John Baizley is a survivor, pure and simple. He just doesn’t want that to define him forever. 

Making international news in 2012, his Georgia metal band endured a horrifying bus crash while on tour in England, less than a month after the release of their colossal double-LP Yellow & Green. Baizley himself suffered a broken leg and a broken arm. The injuries were so severe it was uncertain if he’d be able play guitar again, or even be able to keep his arm.

Meanwhile the band’s former drummer Allen Bickle and bassist Matt Maggioni both endured serious vertebrae injuries from the wreck. The physical damages were so traumatic they parted ways with the group, leaving the band’s lineup shattered and its future uncertain. 

What began as a way to honor local philanthropist Irving S. Gilmore’s tremendous love for music, specifically the piano, has grown immensely, now boasting more than 100 concerts at various venues across West Michigan. 

Since 1991, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival has hosted world-class music in the Kalamazoo area. But it’s not just concerts. You’ll also find master classes, a film series and a musical play throughout the 19-day festival, all of which focus on some element of keyboard music. 

Underoath Reunion Tour Stops at Orbit Room

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 05 April 2016 10:14 |

When metalcore megastars Underoath disbanded in 2013, frontman Spencer Chamberlain honestly felt like it was the end of an era.

“I never thought in a million years that we’d ever play another show,” Chamberlain told Revue in anticipation of the band’s reunion tour coming to the Orbit Room this month. “It was a brutal breakup.”

Chronicled in the 2015 documentary film Tired Violence, the band’s demise after nearly 14 years and seven LPs came as a crushing blow to the young singer. He came into Underoath midway on — replacing original vocalist Dallas Taylor in 2003 — as they sped down a path toward mainstream success and internal tension.

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