For Grand Rapids-based indie outfit The Soil & The Sun, the end of 2015 and the start of this year has been about deconstruction and rebuilding.
Surrounding the release of their last LP, 2014’s Meridian, the then seven-piece ensemble hit the road harder than ever before. They played all across the country, hitting such festivals as SXSW in Austin and the CMJ Music Showcase in New York, while bonding together like family in their converted tour bus.
When The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, teens across the country raced to local music shops, picked out guitars and hastily learned chords as their crewcuts grew into mop tops. High-school garage bands popped up across the map — all looking to recreate the energy of the burgeoning British Invasion.
West Michigan was no exception. While the scene’s genesis, life and demise is quite similar to other cities, one distinguishing characteristic is where these local bands recorded: Great Lakes Studios in Sparta — home of Fenton Records, the now iconic garage-rock vanity label.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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