Category Archives: Review

Gettin’ Down with the Clowns: Detroit’s Insane Clown Posse, Faygo and the ShockFest ‘spectacle as resistance’

Detroit’s Insane Clown Posse rolled into Grand Rapids to launch its 33-date ShockFest tour at the Orbit Room. The duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope shared the stage with openers Mushroomhead, Da Mafia 6ix, Big Hoodoo and Jelly … Continue reading

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X gives Grand Rapids that pure punk experience

There may be no punk band that captures the true weird spirit of America better than X. Their music evokes this nation’s vast spaces, weird politics, dark mystery and relentless energy. Playing to a packed house at Grand Rapids’ The … Continue reading

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Getting it all wrong about Jack White in Detroit

Regarding Jack White’s concert at the Fox Theatre in Detroit this week, there is little doubt that it was a powerful, transcendent show. I’ve rarely seen anything like it. And the critical reception of Detroit media was pretty unanimously in … Continue reading

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Tedeschi Trucks Band displays Southern, cosmic soul music at Meijer Gardens

As the Tedeschi Trucks Band neared the end of a hard-charging set at Meijer Gardens Thursday night, the group performed the towering, spiritual-tinged title track from last year’s LP “Made Up Mind.” And, over the course of a nearly two-hour … Continue reading

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Bob Weir, RatDog channel Grateful Dead vibe in uneven DeVos Hall show

I was probably a little naïve to think I could get a falafel on the street before Tuesday’s performance by former Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and his band RatDog at DeVos Performance Hall. Sure, the sidewalk alongside the venue … Continue reading

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of Montreal’s bizarre celebration

All of the great psychedelic artists seem to operate on the very precipice between genius and madness. Perhaps that’s the danger that comes from opening a channel to the colorful and frightening cosmos inside our skulls. But what makes of … Continue reading

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Zappa Plays Zappa brings fan favorites back with ferocity

Throughout his too-short career, Frank Zappa worked to subvert the artificial divisions of high and low art. He brought playful rock ’n’ roll energy to his orchestral compositions and elevated the rock stage with intelligent and complex musicianship. It was … Continue reading

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