Music

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. 

Breaking Out: A Conversation with The Accidentals

Written by Elma Talundzic | Sunday, 05 June 2016 08:31 |

The Accidentals eclectic sound has helped the indie folk-rock band become one of the state’s top emerging outfits. Billboard named the trio as one of the “Top Seven Breakout Artists SXSW 2015.” Now, on June 1, the band dropped its new Parking Lot EP, available to stream online. Here’s what the band had to say to Revue.

The Muteflutes Leave Town, Cut New LP

Written by Eric Mitts | Sunday, 05 June 2016 08:06 |

Sometimes, you just need to get away.

So if you thought The Muteflutes have been in hiding, you’d be right.

Back in January, the Grand Rapids-based indie-folk group packed up their gear, got out of town and headed for one of the least-likely mid-winter destinations around: Minneapolis. 

Once there, they holed up together at The Hideaway Studio, and a week later emerged with their third LP, naturally titled: Hideaway Love

Songs We Like, Vol. 10

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE | Friday, 03 June 2016 16:02 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here on revuewm.com and stream it on wyce.org. From Grand Rapids, to the world! This month: new music from The Lumineers, Radiohead, Aesop Rock and more.

Digging Deep: Coffin Problem release colossal self-titled, debut LP

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:52 |

The members of Grand Rapids’ Coffin Problem have one request for when you listen to their debut LP: Play it loud.

Anyone who’s caught the band’s epic live shows will echo the same. The music is enormous — enveloping every available space surrounding it before encapsulating eardrums in layers of dense distortion.

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. 

Solid State Sounds: Local Music News and Happenings in May

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 09 May 2016 12:21 |

Local music news and shows in May, including La Dispute, Small Brown Bike, Mustard Plug, Greensky Bluegrass and more.

WIDR’s ‘Basement Show’ Unearths Local Sounds

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Monday, 09 May 2016 12:04 |

Even with SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube and an assortment of other online avenues for bands to get heard, scoring time on local airwaves is still a highly sought after milestone for emerging groups.

Luckily for Kalamazoo musicians, hitting that FM signal is a plausible endeavor.

Since 1952, Western Michigan University's student-run radio station WIDR has been bringing listeners an alternative to the commercial drivel that typically dominates the airwaves.

Songs We Like, Vol. 9: Spring edition

Written by Benjamin Davey, WYCE | Saturday, 07 May 2016 08:59 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here on revuewm.com and stream it on wyce.org. From Grand Rapids, to the world! This month: new music from Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Pop, Andrew Bird and more.

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.

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