Music

Experience 1964 Without a Time Machine

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:41 |

With a history dating back almost 30 years, 1964, The Tribute has been bringing Beatlemania back to both old and new fans alike. Sporting the attire, instruments and stage presence of the early touring Beatles, whose music grabbed the attention of an entire planet, this group is as authentic as any tribute comes.

Willie the Kid: Hip-Hop Royalty

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:35 |

While the Detroit area has long been a bastion for music and has produced many a fine rapper, the west side of the state — and Grand Rapids specifically — is getting national recognition for its hip-hop music. Much of this is due to the work of William Jackson, better known as Willie the Kid.

Willie the Kid, who grew up on the southeast side and attended Ottawa Hills High School, is the younger brother of Wu-Tang Clan affiliate LA The Darkman.

The Northern Skies return with Thick as Thieves

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Monday, 21 November 2011 14:22 |

Eccentric, off-beat music has never been so accessible as it is when performed by Grand Rapids folk outfit The Northern Skies. With a barrage of fiddles, violins and ethnic percussion blended in with a modern alternative sensibility, the band exemplifies everything new and everything old at the very same time.

Old and Experienced: The Current State of Reel Big Fish

Written by Patrick Nothaft | Monday, 21 November 2011 12:58 |

As 19-year veterans of the ska scene, Huntington Beach Calif.'s Reel Big Fish can attest to the underground success of today's brand of ska.

Born of Osiris to Headline The Discovery Tour with Sumerian Artists in Grand Rapids

Written by Robby Hartley | Tuesday, 15 November 2011 08:49 |

Hailing from Chicago, Born of Osiris is headlining The Discovery Tour to celebrate the album of same name, released earlier in March. Veil of Maya (fellow Chicago and Sumerian natives), Carnifex, Structures (Sumerian), Betraying the Martyrs (Sumerian), and GR locals No Sleep for Panama will share the stage.

I doubt you've ever wrestled a bear...

Written by Robby Hartley | Monday, 07 November 2011 10:23 |

One of metal's most aggressive female voices will shake Grand Rapids awake in the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour 2011. Preceding the breakdown infused headliner Of Mice & Men, Iwrestledabearonce is on its second tour after releasing Ruining It For Everybody in late July.

Muskegon Summer Celebration ends its 19-year run

Written by Elijah Brumback | Friday, 28 October 2011 13:54 |

A familiar culprit of this grizzly era, it was financial shortcomings of previous years, which brought what Board Chair Byron Mazade called the "agonizing" decision to not move forward with the 2012 Muskegon Summer Celebration.

In the Studio: The Skies Revolt

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:36 |

Spastic, uncontrollable energy has always been a part of the formula for Grand Rapids-based rock band The Skies Revolt.

AG Silver: Reinventing the Dream

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:34 |

Even if you spend a lot of time in the Grand Rapids music scene, it's still likely that rock-vets AG Silver are flying below your radar. This isn't by accident — it's because they like it that way.

Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son: From Small Town to Big Dreams

Written by Jamie Linari | Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:45 |

Kris Hitchcock has many theories about why music-loving people inevitably turn to country. His strongest philosophy reveals that we all sprout from insubordinate teens that eventually need a story to cling.

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