Music

Already Dead Tapes presents the Family Reunion Music Festival

Written by Jessica Smith | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:13 |

In August we introduced you to the Already Dead Tapes and Vinyl label. This month, we get a chance to see some of the label's bands in action. On Sept. 20, Already Dead — which releases albums on cassette tapes — hosts its second annual Family Reunion Music Festival in Kalamazoo.

August Burns Red Visit Grand Rapids for Fall Tour

Written by Robby Hartley | Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:47 |

The impending sound of August Burns Red's blistering guitars, monumental breakdowns and anti-chorus screams will resound throughout the Orbit Room on Sept. 6.

Turbo Fruits Work Hard, Play Hard(er)

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:01 |

Jonas Stein is a busy guy. Aside from being the frontman for psychedelic garage rock outfit Turbo Fruits, Stein runs Turbo Time Records and is co-founder of the rock-and-roll cruise liner party the Bruise Cruise.

Minus the Bear Tours Proudly Behind New Album, Coming to Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 27 August 2012 17:28 |

It’s been a year and a half since Seattle, Washington’s Minus the Bear played its March 2011 show at the Intersection. For its return in September 2012, the band brings what it hopes to be its strongest performance yet.

 

No Rest for Country Music Newbies the Brian Randall Band

Written by Jayson Bussa | Monday, 27 August 2012 16:29 |

Brian Kniebes could stay at home on Saturday nights and fulfill his musical itch by playing Rock Band on XBox with his wife and three daughters. Instead, he fills his weekends with shows all around the region.

Every summer there are literally dozens of music festivals all over the country. While each have their own vibe, after a while they kind of all start to run together. Eventually there just needs to be a festival that rises above all others and acts as a beacon for all the freaks and weirdos out there.

Electronic Dance Party On: City Lights Music Festival 2012

Written by Charlotte Park | Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:28 |

This August, local and national talent will fuse together to fuel the continuing rise of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in Grand Rapids' fourth annual EDM summer festival. Beginning as Grand Rapids Electronic Music Night in 2009, this dance party has upped its appeal and attendance with each passing year.

Grace Potter Lets the Darkness In

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Monday, 30 July 2012 11:07 |

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is a band that’s known for its edgy, female-fronted rock. But according to Potter, everything the band did before edge-wise is shadowed by The Lion, The Beast, The Beat, the band’s latest album.

The Power of Electric Forest

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 06 July 2012 08:43 |

A music festival is always an other-worldly event. Lineups, weather, activities. All of these really do become moot points. As Jeremy Stein, Madison House Presents promoter and producer of the Electric Forest Festival said, “the experience of being there trumps any headliner.”

Frank Zappa's Legacy Lives On Through Son

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:44 |

The late Frank Zappa has been hailed as a major influence for innumerable musicians going back decades. Not only this, but he is often referred to as the most important and influential composer of his time. And it's for this reason that the tribute act Zappa Plays Zappa was started by Frank's own son, Dweezil.

"In its simplest form, it's to be the catalyst to a new generation," Dweezil said about the band's course. "I knew it was going to be a big challenge on a number of levels going into it, but it has been rewarding that people recognize the intent."

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