Music

We Came as Romans

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:49 |

It's easy to be negative, but Detroit rock outfit We Came As Romans fights that urge. The band's members make an effort to put a positive spin on their music and message.

The Golden Era of Local H

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:54 |

If you paid attention to pop culture in the ‘90s, then it's quite likely you remember the post-grunge alternative band, Local H. The distinct, dirty bass line to the band's 1996 Top 10 hit, "Bound for the Floor" is still recognizable, reminding listeners to "keep it copacetic."

Like the rest of the decade, Local H never really went away. The two-man band - consisting of frontman Scott Lucas, who plays guitar and bass all through his guitar, and drummer Brian St. Clair - has toured and recorded consistently since the mid-‘90s, even amidst some band shakeups and label turmoil.

Every Time I Die comes to Grand Rapids, promises to slay all other bands

Written by Stephanie Allen | Thursday, 08 March 2012 11:36 |

The difference between Every Time I Die and most mainstream hardcore metal bands is that it doesn't try to create a certain sound. These guys Buffalo, N.Y. continues to make signature in-your-face, heavy-as-hell sound and sell-out shows because they love what they're doing.

Jane's Addiction Escapes the Past

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:05 |

Sharing a Los Angeles rehearsal studio space in the late ‘80s during the formative years of Jane's Addiction gave singer Perry Farrell enduring memories of "people in weird costumes who I hung out with on a daily basis."

Inside the Work Ethic of Henry Rollins

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:35 |

Henry Rollins doesn't take vacations. "I'm always kind of doing something — there's never really any downtime," he said. "And I'm not trying to impress you with my workload."

Eisley Succeeds With New Label

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:12 |

After signing with Warner Bros. Records in 2003, Eisley went on a four-year tear releasing two full-length albums and six EPs, touring with a number of other bands including Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Switchfoot and Bleach, as well as making its television debut on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

Drew Nelson's Tilt-A-Whirl Makes Nationwide Debut Today

Written by REVUE Minion | Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:11 |

Singer-songwriter Drew Nelson's debut record with Red House Records drops today on iTunes, Amazon and at record stores around the country. While it is Valentine's Day, don't expect "Tilt-A-Whirl" to be a record filled with sweet love songs or Nelson playing the crooner.

From the Office to the Stage: Sharon Van Etten comes to Grand Rapids Feb. 15

Written by Lindsay Patton | Wednesday, 08 February 2012 14:02 |

Sharon Van Etten's buzz has been growing ever since she released her first full-length album, "Because I Was in Love", in 2009. The complex themes and emotional songwriting on the album kept her popping up on Pitchfork, an Internet music publication.

John Sinkevics' take on The Jammies, pop music and buzzworthy shows

Written by John Sinkevics | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:53 |

It's all about the music. Unlike the Grammy Awards' la-la land of red carpets and celebrity sidewalk stars, Grand Rapids' Jammies are the no-hype awards. That's what makes it one my favorite nights of the year.

My Brightest Diamond Finds Creative Space in the Mitten

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:14 |

Detroit still has a pulse! That's one of many factors that drew Shara Worden to the city. The mind behind My Brightest Diamond planted her roots in Detroit soil after living in New York, preceded by a year in Moscow.

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