Author Archives: brianjbowe
When Swans founder and figurehead Michael Gira talks about his seemingly indefatigable touring and recording schedule, he likens it to the work of a tradesman — a baker or a carpenter — getting out there and doing the work every … Continue reading
Once in a while, a concert gives off such strange electric energy that its reverberations can be felt across the ages. Alice Cooper’s June 21, 1972 show at the Holland Civic Center is definitely one of those. I was a … Continue reading
On a tour stop at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena, Bob Seger served up a big ol’ nostalgic rock ’n’ roll show, filled with fist-pumping sing-along choruses and renditions of songs played exactly like you remember them from the radio. … Continue reading
In love with ‘the culture and energy’ of house concerts: A balm for the anxiety of a terrifying era?
My band, Voluptuous Panic, played a gig at the 2014 Lamp Light Music Festival in Grand Rapids. Here are some of my reflections as a performer and audience member. Read more at Local Spins…
House Concert Nirvana: Lamp Light Music Festival aims to hit stride with inspiring, empowering small shows
There’s a small-but-growing movement toward house shows — small, cozy concerts staged in living rooms and basements, lightly promoted and accessible mostly to people already in the know. Grand Rapids’ Lamp Light Music Festival gives a wider audience the chance … Continue reading