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Grand Rapids, MI – local music review – The Wallace Collective EP has a little bit of everything, yet manages to maintain a sense of cohesiveness, while wisely leaving the listener satisfied, but still wanting just a little bit more. Continue reading

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Local Music Review: “Softer Sticks” by Chain of Lakes


On Saturday, May 4th 2013, Grand Rapids MI band Chain of Lakes releases their newest album, “Softer Sticks”. Continue reading

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The Banjo Gods Demand a Blood Sacrifice;The Hangdog Hearts


The Hangdog Hearts prove that a one man band has no excuse for being thin on sound, shallow in depth, or missing horsepower in the delivery and execution. When the Hangdog Hearts play, people connect, the feel something, they get up off of their asses and dance! That’s a hell of a lot more than many “full” bands ma Continue reading

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Lou Shields and the high science of low fidelity


Another aspect of Lou Shields’ music that is notable is his combination of primitive percussion and loose sense of timing or phrasing. The harshness of the slide bottle clashing on guitar strings, a kick drum pedal pounding heartbeat rhythms on a 5 gallon bucket, broken skateboard decks stacked with rusty license plates and bolted on bottlecaps. Its the sound of an old Model T falling apart as it winds down a mountain road. A lineman’s tool belt falling off a ladder. The jailer’s keys striking the tumblers on the cell door locks. Continue reading

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interview with Chuck Nessa – Nessa Records


UPDATED on 12-23-2010: Click here for the vid Chuck Nessa (Nessa Records) interview by Hugo Claudin Living in Grand Rapids has given me many opportunities to meet some very interesting people. Lately I have had the pleasure of meeting several … Continue reading

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Jazz and the underground loft scene


Hugo Claudin from Mexicains Sans Frontieres recently gave me a cool break down of the jazz underground in New York, from back in the hey-days of the early jazz movement.
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WYCE music review – Stover- Flesh Wounds


Originally published in the Rapidian. My next music review for WYCE 88.1FM is on Stover Label: self-produced 2010 I received a copy of “Flesh Wounds” by Grand Rapids musician Justin Stover that was packaged in a simple brown paper bag, … Continue reading

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