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.

Memphis Roots: Lucero Headlines at Bell’s Brewery

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 05 April 2016 10:02 |

Although the road has become their home over the last 18 years, hard-touring alt-country-rockers Lucero are still rooted in the musical legacy of their hometown of Memphis.

“We are stewards of Memphis and Memphis music no matter where we go,” bassist John C. Stubblefield told Revue. “It’s who we are and it’s definitely what we represent. Our stage show is sort of a sovereign travelling state of Memphis, Tenn.”

In the words of Dante Hicks, tortured convenience store jockey called into work on his day off, “I’m not even supposed to be here today!” 

In fact, the last time this writer booked multiple shows for a touring musician was probably over three years ago. The last time I wrote for an entertainment publication was 2007. But here we are — for one very important, very inimitable and very legendary reason: Victor Villarreal.

I have briefly come out of my retirement from booking shows (and writing about them, apparently) to set up dates with Villarreal at Camp H Skate Park on March 25 with Charles Rogers and Momentai and on March 26 in Hamtramck, with Bars of Gold and Mountain Club.

Sail On: AWOLNATION Opens Fall Out Boy Show at Van Andel

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 01 March 2016 13:17 |

Way before the massive, multiplatinum success of the megahit single “Sail,” AWOLNATION mastermind Aaron Bruno could feel like a king for a day in only one place: Grand Rapids.

The reason: Our fair city actually heard his previous band, Under The Influence of Giants, on the radio when almost no one else in the country had.

Tool Frontman Comes Home with Puscifer: A Chat with Maynard James Keenan

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 01 March 2016 10:10 |

Although he’s now revered as the enigmaticfrontman for multi-platinum prog-metal juggernauts Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan has a long history here in West Michigan.

This month, his current project — the performance-art meets alt-rock outfit Puscifer — plays somewhat of a homecoming show at DeVos Performance Hall.

Here’s what he had to say about Puscifer’s decade-long development and the band’s new Money Shot LP.

Songs We Like, Vol. 8: Grammys and Jammies edition

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Tuesday, 01 March 2016 09:34 |

Two great awards ceremonies happen every February, the Grammys, and WYCE’s 17-year-old ceremony for Michigan, the Jammies. Here are some of WYCE’s favorite Grammy winners and nominees, with a few of our local winners that stack up quite nicely. 

WYCE Jammies Returns to the Intersection Feb. 19

Written by REVUE Staff | Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:15 |

If you’ve been behind on hitting up live music venues, there’s no better way to catch up with the local music scene than the Jammies awards. The concert/ceremony, now in its 17th year, is WYCE’s local and regional music awards showcase. Note: Attendees are encouraged to come in their favorite pajamas.

Meijer Gardens announces four 2016 concerts: Monkees and more

Written by Rich Tupica | Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:25 |

While the complete lineup will not be announced until mid-April, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park revealed four dates of its Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts. Here’s the first taste of what’s to come this summer.

Songs We Like, Vol. 7: Cheap Issue edition

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Monday, 01 February 2016 11:16 |

This special Cheap Issue-themed playlist is a collaboration between WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes and Revue West Michigan. You can hear this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes and stream it on — from Grand Rapids to the world!

Move over, Mr. Rogers: Kalamazoo’s Mr. Paul Brings Kid-Friendly Album

Written by Jayson Bussa | Saturday, 30 January 2016 22:04 |

On the weekend, he’s Paul Bauer, animalistic drummer for Kalamazoo-based funk/soul outfit The Mainstays. To a whole different throng of fans, he goes by the name Mr. Paul. Mr. Paul is the brains behind Small Sounds, a program that encourages musical exploration amongst young children but also an entity that has expanded into a one-man band of sorts to record and perform kid-friendly tunes.

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