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SMASH Magazine P.O. Box 1376 Happy February SMASHers Battle Creek, MI 49016 The year is rolling right along and coming up in March is the 10 year Anniversary of Fret Board Festival and we have all the details for you so you can plan your weekend for this great event SmashmagS.com SMASH Magazine has grown leaps and bounds and we introduce to you our new Graphic Designer and Web Master Nicholas Zastrow, Nick will be joining SMASH Magazine, bringing his professional design skills to the ever evolving entertainment guide smashmag@live.com President/Publisher Robin Cunningham VicePresident/Editor Bruce Tuck Writers Todd Cope Harry Dunne Colin Smith Katy May There are a ton of great events coming up with great music and good times to be had. SMASH Magazine would be remis if we did not mention the passing of one of the greatest local musicians. Mikey Latty was taken from us after a battle with Leukemia and it is with a heavy heart that we say good bye, Mikey was a great friend and supporter of the magazine along with his wonderful family. We will miss you and so will the music community. Advertising Robin Cunningham 269-986-3912 smashmag@live.com Events and Shows Submit listings to SmashmagS.com smashmag@live.com Disclaimer SMASH Magazine is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and musicians to promote and display their work. Because they have a unique way of expressing themselves it is important for people who pick up the magazine to understand you might not always like what you see. There are also articles that may contain sarcasm and adult content. This publication is intended for a mature audience. Go to SmashmagS.com and sign up for our Email subscription so you can always keep up with whats up! F
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requires fewer resources, which is really beneficial for a label of our size. The collective has always been about experimentation and collaboration. We’ve worked with a few different rock and folk artists in the past, and continue to get booked on shows with acts of every genre, which I’ve always thought was pretty cool. Hip-hop artist Matt Black founded Young Heavy Souls in 2011 while attending Western Michigan University. It began as a collective of collaborating hip-hop artists and electronic producers, and slowly evolved into a digital record label. The original members of YHS included Matt Black, MC Friendly and Marcutio, but quickly expanded to include other musical artists, videographers and graphic designers. In 2013, YHS made the move to Detroit and expanded its musical roster to include Nortroniks, Pastel Arsenal and Vapor Eyes. YHS is now represented in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Chicago. Website: www.youngheavysouls.com Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/young-heavy-souls Facebook: facebook.com/youngheavysouls Twitter/IG: @youngheavysouls SmashmagS.com SMASH Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Black, Founder of Young Heavy Souls SMASH: Background – When you started up at Western Michigan University, How prevalent was the hip hop scene in Kalamazoo and how has the progression guided your efforts Matt: When I started at WMU, I was pretty oblivious to any music scene that Kalamazoo had to offer. My efforts were limited to writing and recording raps on my laptop in my dorm room. When I began being more active in the scene and going to shows, I played a lot of basement shows and house parties in the student ghetto, usually with punk bands or DJs, but there were rarely other rappers. That’s not to say there wasn’t a hip-hop scene, I just had trouble finding it and tapping into it. I think that was actually more beneficial, since the isolation let me get really weird with my production and rapping style. I’ve always been a music lover regardless of the genre, and coming in contact with so many diverse styles influenced my personal projects and what would eventually become the sound of Young Heavy Souls. SMASH: The Collective focuses on mainly on Hip Hop and electronica, but do you produce music for other genres as well or collaborate with other genres? Matt: I’ve always loved rock and indie music, and I’ve wanted to bring those styles into the YHS roster for a while, but it’s just been a matter of doing it in a way that makes sense and isn’t forced. Our fan base is heavily skewed towards digital-based music, and that format SMASH: When you do shows at places such as Bell’s, how do you choose the artists that will play the shows and do you draw from the local talent to fill the booking? Matt: Since the Bell’s show is a YHS Showcase, it felt right to bring artists that have been apart of the crew since the early days. We also wanted to keep it diverse and display the different styles that we have to offer. It helps that all of the performers lived in Kalamazoo at some point, so it’s a bit of a homecoming for us. When we set up shows in other cities or shows that are not strictly YHS artists, we try to bring in friends and other talented artists that we personally enjoy. There are so many awesome artists in every city that finding talent for a bill is not hard. In fact, sometimes it’s more difficult keeping rosters small enough that everyone gets enough time to perform. SMASH: The music business has change dramatically over the years with the onset of social media, downloads and the kind, how do you feel about this and has it affected the way you produce your music? Matt: Technology has made is so easy for people to create and release music, that as a fan, I personally find it hard to sift through the hundreds of hip-hop and electronic tracks I come across daily. Sounds and styles evolve so rapidly now because the life cycle of each release is ridiculously short. This obviously has its benefits and disadvantages. The artists in YHS banded together as a way to cut through some of that noise by combining our efforts. The intention was that people could go to our website or our facebook page and hear a variety of new, quality music – not to mention get information on how to see us live. Now that we are more established, social media and sites like Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Tunecore make it really easy for us to distribute and promote our music directly to the people that want to hear it. SMASH: Do live instruments play a part in your shows, or do you work mainly with created or sampled beats? I have witnessed an upswing in live instrument hip hop and it intrigues me. Matt: Live instruments have been playing a larger role in our shows lately. Originally, I performed all my hip-hop shows with a full jazz band. That later evolved into a more streamlined set that included myself, MC Friendly and Ty Beat on drums. Ty Beat has recently been performing with a full band as well, but usually it’s just him, his drum set and his MIDI controller. Nunca Duerma performs with TJ Devoe on the drums, and Jaws That Bite plays guitar during his set. Marcutio plays an electronic drum pad to make his performances more dynamic. Acoustic drums and percussion are the most common instruments we use since the music is so focused on rhythm, but keys, bass and guitar are often incorporated in too. F
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MC Friendly: A Grand Rapids resident, MC Friendly (MCF) has been a refreshing change of pace in the local Hip Hop scene over the past half decade. Having opened for Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Twista, Naughty by Nature, Ras Kass, Open Mike Eagle, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Serengeti, Talib Kweli and a slew of other talented emcees, MCF continues to bring energy, absurdity, and metaphor heavy rhymes to the stage and studio. A member of the Young Heavy Souls crew since it’s inception in 2011, MCF has collaborated with numerous local artists in Michigan. His first full-length album in three years, “Jeffrey”, dropped this past fall via Young Heavy Souls. Website: www.worstrapperalive.com “Jeffrey” Album Stream: https://youngheavysouls.bandcamp.com/ album/jeffrey Artist Spotlight Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWuYRPGneb0 Jaws That Bite: Nunca Duerma: Detroit born, Michigan-raised producer, Nunca Duerma currently resides in Chicago, and his brand of original, sample-based, hip-hop/electronica is a natural byproduct of his life in the city. Meaning “never sleep” in Spanish, Nunca Duerma’s music brings to mind a clear night sky among towering buildings, speeding cars on a busy highway, and streaking trails of light in a time-lapsed photo. A wonderfully modern soundtrack for a city with a sordid history, this Chicago beat maker is well on his way to progressing contemporary electronic music. Website: http://www.booknuncaduerma.com/ “Shapeshifter” Album Stream: youngheavysouls.bandcamp.com/ album/shapeshifter February 2015 Equal parts songwriter, producer, and live-drummer, TY BEAT applies jazz and rock styling to original productions, creating a high-energy live experience that falls somewhere between a punk-rock show and rave. A jazz-trained percussionist, TY BEAT uses his drumming to layer on top of original tracks, enhancing the live experience and setting him apart from DJs and live acts. His latest project, the “Novella” EP was released for free on Young Heavy Souls Records January 13th, 2015. “Novella” Album Stream : https://tybeat.bandcamp.com/album/ novella Marcutio: Marcutio is an electronic producer, DJ and audio engineer from Kalamazoo, MI who has performed all around the country. He incorporates elements of drum and bass, house and dubstep to create his own signature brand of EDM. Marcutio has performed at Lucidity Festival (California), Sonic Bloom (Colorado), Dancefesttopia (Kansas City), Metro Times Blowout (Detroit) and shared the stage with headlining acts such as Phutureprimitive, Vibesquad, Branchez, Mux Mool and many more. His latest album, "Redline," debuted at #4 on the RPM Add Charts at CMJ and peaked at #17 on the RPM charts. Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/marcutio “Redline” Album Stream: https://youngheavysouls.bandcamp.com/ album/redline You can Catch YOUNG HEAVY SOULS at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe on Feb 21, 2015 at 8:30PM Written By: Harry Dunne SmashmagS.com The sound of Jaws That Bite could be described as progressive instrumental beat music. As a former jazz guitarist, he brings a prominent melodic element to a traditionally rhythm-centric genre. Homemade percussion loops, dissonant vocal chops and wafting synthesizers melt together in the surreal soup of Jaws' sound. Although an early collaborator, Jaws officially joined the YHS team in January 2014 with the release of his LP “birdsupsidedown.” He is currently preparing his second YHS release, “Activator,” for a late Winter 2015 release. ZIPR Magazine Article – Audio Mind: Jaws That Bite - http://www. ziprmag.com/audiomind/audiomind-jaws-bite/ Bandcamp: https://jawsthatbite.bandcamp.com/ Fresh Beats Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=93OpDfFDaA0 Ty Beat: 6
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V i nta ge V iny l Rev i si t ed A look back at rock records you never heard, or may have forgotten February... a time for love. Nothing else gets one in the mood for love quite like driving around at 20 mph in white out blizzard conditions, watching birds fall off of trees to their death in sub-zero temperatures, and somehow "getting lost" whilst gazing into the pudding-faced goatee of "snowplow guy" as he buries the end of your driveway back in to oblivion, minutes after you've shoveled it out. SmashmagS.com February is when a woman's expectations drop drastically from "Mr. Right" to simply praying that they don't finish last in their peer group with whatever their man has hastily procured for them from the local truck stop for Valentines Day. Man can build a tree stand, a home, a city, a relationship with 30 strangers at the same damn bar, every damn day of the week, but sadly, man was not equipped with the foresight to build a bear. Back in the 70's, man did not build bears. We watched Grizzly Adams running through the fields, playing grab-ass with one, and it was good enough. Don't let this dampen your Hallmark holiday though? Get out there and love somebody. Love somebody until it burns!(a little Doxycycline from the free clinic will clear that up) the first track "Real Man", which is the quintessential pop song, featuring most of the members of Utopia on board. "Born to Synthesize" showcases the light and shade of Rundgren's voice as he drifts from soft soulful lilt to full-on tilt, and then segue ways into "The Death of Rock and Roll", which is oddly enough the hardest rocking song on the record and features a fantastic guitar solo by Todd, who has always been one of the more underrated guitarists in rock history. "Eastern Intrigue" shows Todd's interest in Eastern religious concepts, as well as a forum for him questioning all religions in general , complete with the tagline "will the real God please stand up?" The upbeat progressive drive of the title track, featuring more stellar guitar work by Rundgren, as well as the soul music inspired "Fair Warning", arguably the most compelling track on the album, show that Rundgren is on a spiritual journey, and it's up to us to either "get it" or get out. Side 2 of the album is comprised entirely of one track, the multi-part, heavily synthesized instrumental work "A Treatise on Cosmic Fire", named after a book from 1930 of the same name by theosophist Alice Bailey. Featuring synthesizers programmed by Rundgren and Utopia keyboardist Roger A wise man once wrote "Love is the Answer", and that man is Todd Powell, side 2 works best if you've just taken a handful of horse tranquilizers, Rundgren. Todd Rundgren is my favorite artist, period. His voice, lyrics, because neither you, nor this track are going anywhere anytime soon. Yes, musicianship, melodic sensibilities, and music production prowess have the things were different in the 70's, as artists were given a far longer leash to power to transform the most ignorant Neanderthal(myself included)into a create and explore the boundaries of their imaginations. Luckily, the brilliance hopeless romantic.(with the emphasis on hopeless) Aside of side 1 more than makes up for this. Each side of from the Beatles, Todd Rundgren's lyrics were the first to Initiation is nearly the length of a full album by itself, and really make me "think". From his first prominent band with a running time of almost 68 minutes, it is one of the "I see with my heart..I "Nazz", to his solo career and work with his progressive LPs of all time. Initiation hear with my heart..I feel longest singlealbum chart in 1975, and reached #86 on the band "Utopia", Rundgren would initially taste pop success Billboard pop the single "Real with my with songs such as "Open My Eyes", "We Gotta Get You Man" made it to #83 on the Billboard hot 100. a Woman", "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light", and then heart...sometimes it purposely turn his back on trying to be a pop star, becoming Todd Rundgren continues to write and record amazing works better..." more experimental and making records to please himself music to this day, and for a guy who's 66 now, he hasn't (Lyrics from "Real Man" lost his voice and his material is still relevant and thought and his core fan base, content to be a "fringe artist" and not sell out to the masses. Rundgren, however, still managed to provoking. Many of his peers wish they could say the same from "Initiation" - Todd sell out to the masses through his production work, for themselves. Rundgren, 1975) producing acts ranging from classic artists such as The Band, Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad, Meatloaf, Cheap In the 1990's, Rundgren sold his production credits for his Trick, and the Tubes to contemporary artists like Jill Sobule, work on Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell" album (which was one 12 Rods and Charli XCX. of the largest selling albums of the 70's) and used that cash to buy himself a magnificent house and property in Hawaii, complete with a sound stage The most interesting man in the world wishes he were Todd Rundgren. overlooking a majestic lagoon, where he resides with his wife Michele, and Todd could do a tour consisting of him sitting on a stool and singing out of not surprisingly he says he's never regretted doing so. If you've ever seen the a telephone book, and I and his many fans would show up and enjoy every episodes of "Live From Daryl's House" where Daryl Hall & band travel to minute. Hawaii to visit and jam with Todd, then you've seen this most impressive spread. Recorded at Secret Sound Studios and Media Sound Studios, NYC, as well as Bearsville Studios just outside of Woodstock, NY, Initiation was released Todd Rundgren most definitely belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Bearsville Records in June, 1975. Rundgren was entering an for his performance and production merits, but sadly has not yet made it, as introspective period, exploring spirituality, religion, and the definition of man, the hall only recognizes performers or producers as a single entity instead and as a result, Initiation was a concept album, probing the subject of of those who have excelled in both categories. Mark my word, he'll get there "Theosophy", which relates to God's wisdom, and seeking knowledge of eventually. We just have to bang the drum all day.. presumed mysteries of being and nature, particularly concerning the nature of divinity. Like many Rundgren albums, Initiation is comprised of songs Todd Cope is the guitarist for King Kooler stemming from various rock genres. His interest in synthesizers, which (www.reverbnation.com/kingkooler)and is currently at Flags Unlimited, began on his 1972 release "Something Anything" and continued to flourish picking up something for Jerry Jones... Written By: Todd Cope with his new band Utopia, were becoming more prevalent, starting off with F
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2015 FretBoard Festival KICK-OFF SHOW The Real Fantastics The Real Fantastics! is a Motown/Stax revival group specializing in soul, blues, funk, and pop. The band plays a diverse repertoire of standards, personal favorites, and originals. They have been performing for half a decade, making a substantial impact on the music scenes of Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan. The players bring an extensive skill set to their performances, combining years of experience in diverse genres of music. Founded by Ron Watson and Jeff Weller, formerly of the Kalamazoo institution Brother Bill, The Real Fantastics! pride themselves on providing high-caliber entertainment that audiences can't help but dance to. February 2015 SmashmagS.com Genre: Classic Soul Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Website: www.facebook.com/TheRealFantastics Members: Ron Watson - Lead Vocals Kristy Van Beek - Lead Vocals Bobby Glasser - Trumpet Matt Savitsky - Guitar Ryan Birtles - Bass, Trombone, and Vocals Jesse Williams - Drums and Vocals Ben Kim - Guitar and Bass 10
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2015 FretBoard Festival LIVE PERFORMANCES Big Boss Blues Genre: Blues, Soul, and R&B Hometown: Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, MI Website: www.reverbnation.com/bigbossblues Members: Bill LaValley - Bass Joe Ferguson - Vocals and Harmonica Charlie Schantz - Vocals and Guitar Eric Busch - Drums. Billy Strings and Don Julin SmashmagS.com Genre: Folk/Bluegrass Hometown: Traverse City, MI Website: www.billystrings. com Members: William Apostol (Billy Strings) - Guitar Don Julin - Mandolin Incendiary American roots duo Billy Strings & Don Julin tap into the vein of the earliest bluegrass music on their new album, Fiddle Tune X, harkening back to when bluegrass was a rough-and-tumble art form pouring out of the Appalachian mountains, made with great virtuosity and huge attitude. With just two instruments (guitar and mandolin) and one voice, this duo has been tearing up stages across America and generating huge buzz based on their intense live shows. Drenched in sweat, grimacing like a banshee, howling like a bluegrass berserker, and picking with such ferocity that he’s been known to break three strings in one song, 22-year-old guitarist and singer Billy Strings could have tumbled out of coal country in the old mountains, tattoos and all, but actually hails from Michigan, where he met mandolinist Don Julin. Older in years and experience, Strings’ musical partner has carved out a lengthy career at the forefront of acoustic mandolin music, known for his wide versatility, powerful picking technique, and remarkable creativity on this humble instrument. On stage, the two egg each other on to more and more intense riffs and improvised breaks, pushing harder and harder on their own abilities to try to break through to new levels of musicianship. Hailing from West Michigan, the four men who make up Big Boss Blues perform powerhouse blues, soul, and R&B. They have a passion for rhythm and blues music that transports their listeners to some steamy club where the smoke is blue, the atmosphere is alive, and the music is gut-wrenchingly powerful. With nearly a century of blues performance history, these musicians pay tribute to the smokin' hot sound made famous by the blues greats Albert Collins, Freddie King, Albert King, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter. Bob Rowe and the Green Valley Boys Genre: Alt-Country, Folk, Pop and Gospel Music Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Website: www.bobrowemusic.com Members: Bob Rowe, Rendal Wall, Don Bradford, Pat Mertaugh Bob Rowe and The Green Valley Boys are widely known for their fine blend of traditional country, folk, and gospel music. Bob is a longtime crusader for residents of long term care facilities and has been featured in Time Magazine, USA Today, Daily Word, American Profile, and even the tabloids! He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Mother Teresa Laureate in 2006, many ASCAP awards for his original music, and the international peace award. His music has been featured on Sirius XM radio's folks station, "XM 15, The Village," on "The Martha Steward Channel," "The Dylan Show," and others on satellite radio. He has appeared on numerous national and regional television networks, including EWTN, TBN, TCT, PBS, CBS, and others. Bob's music is in wide distribution through the Barnes & Noble chain, FYI music, KMart.com, BestBuy.com, Tower Records, and on Amazon.com and CDBaby.com. He has toured extensively in North America and has donated much of his time to music for the forgotten elderly and other audiences marginalized by society. Bob is well-known for his original music and wide variety in his repertoire. In 2010, Bob's version of the Leonard Cohen classic "Halleluiah" reached number 12 on the national pop, satellite, and college charts. The Green Valley Boys are famous for having the longest-running country music television show in any market. Rem Wall and the Green Valley Boys played on channel 3 for over 34 years, proceeded by a popular radio show on WKZO radio. They are associated with Bob in performing regular programs for the elderly and forgotten in addition to other concerts and appearances. They are currently featured in the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame! F
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2015 FretBoard Festival LIVE PERFORMANCES Goran Ivanovic Genre: Contemporary Classical and Urban Folk Hometown: Chicago, IL Website: www.goranguitar.com Goran Ivanovic is a native of Croatia. The musical son of a Serbian father and a Bosnian Croat mother, he has crossed many boundaries in his life and in his music. While he was studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with masters such as Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch, his parents were expelled from Croatia and were granted political asylum in the United States. Goran's broad grounding in classical music has been enriched by influences of jazz, Balkan, and world music. Goran frequently performs at major festivals and concert halls in the US, as well as TV and radio performances. Crossroads Resurrection Genre: Blues, R&B, and Funk Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Website: crossroadstheresurrection.com Members: Dave Allemang - Guitar and Vocals Nick Cekola - Bass, Guitar, and Vocals Jeff Fernandez - Drums, Percussion, and Vocals Edward Lester - Saxophone, Percussion, and Vocals February 2015 Genre: Americana (Jugabilly Hokum) Hometown: Coloma, MI Website: www.pickleproject.com Members: Daniel Daniel - Vocals, Jug, Washtub Bass, Swambone, Flamingophone, Saw, Kazoo, Valisa, Duck and Kitchen Sink Alan Selvidge - Vocals, Canjo, Cigar Box Ukulele, Suitcase Bass, and Medicine Show Guitar Charlie King (formerly of Asylum Street Spankers and Stephen Lynch) - Vocals, Dobro, Hambolin, Jug, Slide Whistle, Song Sandwich, Pig and Banjo From the great Depression to the Great Recession, the Deep Fried Pickle Project runs the gamut of old timey styles, even grabbing an occasional 80's pop tune and turning it into a flap happy chicken scratchy 78 RPM tune. Armed with a Frankenstonian array of homemade monster instruments, their musical recipe is flavored with Jug Band, Hokum and Honkeytonk spices. What fanciful fuel powers this bubbling band of minstrels, you say? Why, it is Pickle Power- the power to fabricate mutant musical instruments and sea shanties. The power to shatter a bar full of whisky glasses with sonic ferocity one night, then serenade a giggling group of itty bitty kids the next morning. SmashmagS.com Formerly Crossroads Blues Band, Crossroads Resurrection is one of the premier definers of the Kalamazoo sound. Their unique, funky blend of blues, soul, and swamp grooves, as well as their engaging stage show, has been winning awards and entertaining Michigan audiences for years. The band started out hosting a jam in Kalamazoo (located exactly halfway between Detroit and Chicago) which became a huge attraction for some of the best players in the area. From this musical melting pot, this superb group was forged. The lineup consists of the big vocals and smooth sax playing of front man Eddie Lester, the stellar guitar and vocals of Dave Allemang, and the solid rhythm section of Nick Cekola on bass and Jeff Fernandez on drums. Whether packing the dance floor with a crowd-pleasing cover song, drawing from their vast repertoire of original material, or just jamming, these seasoned pros lay it down with the best of them! Some of the many awards they've won include the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association Blues Challenge in 1999 and 2011, the Mid North Michigan Blues Challenge in 2004, the West Michigan Blues Challenge in 2007, and the Detroit Blues Society Blues Challenge in 2009. They were nominated for the WYCE Jammie Award in 2005 and 2009. They have shared the stage with many notable artists, including Little Charlie and the Night Cats, Lonnie Brooks, and Tab Benoit. Deep Fried Pickle Project 12
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2015 FretBoard Festival LIVE PERFORMANCES Joel Mabus Genre: Original & Traditional Folk Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Website: www.joelmabus.com Joel Mabus is an award-winning performing songwriter, folk-singer, instrumentalist, and teacher. He’s played the seminal folk clubs from Cambridge to Berkeley, and the big folk festivals from Philly to Vancouver. He combines wry, funny, and thoughtprovoking songs with world-class instrumentals. He is heard on A Prairie Home Companion’s most recent broadcast from Detroit’s Fox Theater, where Garrison Keillor claimed Mabus got the longest applause of anyone in the history of the show. He has 23 albums that span a 40-year career. The latest is an award-winning clawhammer banjo album, “Pepper’s Ghost & Other Banjo Visitations,” released in the Fall of 2013. Mark Sahlgren & The Fragile Egos Genre: Americana Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Website: http://wmuk.org/ programs/grassroots Members: Mark Sahlgren Darcy Wilkin Lorraine Caron Mike Fuerst Sarah Halsey Fuerst Jack Wilkin Allen Bates SmashmagS.com Enjoy Mark Sahlgren and the Fragile Egos as they play rootsy Americana music with stories and laughs. The wide variety of music mix is designed for everyone to find happiness and solace in these interesting times. Stringband and bluegrass music has been a near obsession for Mark Sahlgren since the 1950’s. Beginning with the Weavers and the New Lost City Ramblers, then delving further into the ‘roots’ music of groups like the Skillet Lickers and Flatt and Scruggs, the guitar became the driving force in his musical life. Having led his own band, Sweetcorn, for many years, developing recording projects, producing music festivals, teaching guitar workshops throughout southern Michigan, and hosting the radio program Grassroots on public radio (www.wmuk.org) for over 30 years, Mark remains active in Americana music. Check out Mark talking about his first Gibson guitar: http://vimeo.com/album/1865744/video/29369181 Red Tail Ring Genre: Folk/Old-Time Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Website: www.redtailring.com Members: Laurel Premo Michael Beauchamp Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-timeminded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies, and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain old foot stomping. "We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be," says Beauchamp. "It informs how we write our original songs. There's a real energy exchange between the old and the new." F
2015 FretBoard Festival LIVE PERFORMANCES Joel Mabus Genre  Original   Traditional Folk Hometown  Kalamazoo, MI Website  w...
2015 FretBoard Festival LIVE PERFORMANCES Sammy Melchi's Generations Band Genre: Blues, Rock, and Country Hometown: Three Rivers, MI Website: www.facebook.com/ pages/Sammy-MelchisGenerations-Band/369572906538778 Members: Sammy Melchi Scott Melchi Rod Wall Sammy (many years young) and The Generations Band (many years old) is entertainment at its finest. Sammy Melchi's Generations Band plays blues, rock, country, and oldies-newies. Sammy Melchi, age 12, has played many instruments since the age of 5, finding lead guitar to be his niche. Sammy plays many genres, with blues being his forte. Scott Melchi, born into a musical family, plays bass in Sammy's band. Rod Wall, also born into music, as Rem Wall is his father, plays drums in Sammy's band. San, Emily, and Jacob Genre: Folk, Classical, Jazz Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI Website: www.sanemilyandjacob.wix.com/ sanemilyandjacob Members: San Slomovits Emily Slomovits Jacob warren The trio of San, Emily and Jacob formed in 2013, but they have a long history together. Father and daughter San & Emily Slomovits have been playing music together since Emily was a young child. San, along with his brother Laz, as the duo Gemini, have been a highly popular folk act throughout Michigan and the United States since 1973, and Emily began joining them on stage when she was just eight years old. Jacob Warren and Emily have known each other since kindergarten and have played music together in many settings throughout their school years. Emily is an accomplished violinist, having studied classical violin for more than a decade, and has also developed a lovely and unique singing style. Jacob studies bass at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he is a member of the University Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, he was also selected to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. February 2015 Genre: Eclectic Americana - Old time, Bluegrass, Pre-War Jazz and Blues, and Swing Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Website: www.whohitjohn.com Members: Nick Vander Vliet - Mandolin and Guitar Nathan Dannison - Fiddle Daniel Steven - Banjo, Tenor Banjo, and Resonator Guitar Josh Keller -Trumpet, Guitar, and Bass Mark Duval -Upright Bass, Guitar, and Harmonica Who Hit John? have been performing, jamming and busking around southwest Michigan since 2006. They’ve brought their energetic and original old-time sound to bars, basements, street corners, concert halls - anywhere they can get folks stompin’, singin’, and clappin’. Joined together by a love for acoustic music and its vibrant scene in Michigan, this derelict group of misfits and prophets is intent on taking the world by storm, one song at a time. Whether kicking out raucous fiddle tunes, dirty and greasy southern blues, or high and lonesome bluegrass serenades, Who Hit John? keep the home fires burning, carrying on the tradition of American roots music. All five members write and sing, providing a wealth of material and influences. Who Hit John? always bring audiences something exciting and new. SmashmagS.com San, Emily, and Jacob’s concerts feature a range of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and classical music, Broadway show tunes, and more. Their beautifully blended harmony vocals and exciting instrumental work breathe new life into this wide variety of music, and audiences thrill to their warmth, humor, and ease on stage. Who Hit John? 14
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Music Board Young Heavy Souls Showcase Saturday 21st, 8:30pm Koff Klutch ee Mangia Mangia 209 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo 269-226-3333 Ty Bates Friday 6th, 9:30 Sidewalk Ckalk WSG The Mainstays Thuesday 26, 8pm 2 W Michigan Ave Galesburg 269-665-5282 Don Matthews Friday 6th 6:30-8:30 Tad Robinson & Jim Alfredson Saturday 7th, 6:30 Hubie Ashcraft Saturday 7th 9:30 House of Boogie Friday 27th, 8:30pm Jake Dodd’s & The Stagecoach Revolver Band Friday 13th, 9:30 Global Roots Music Festival Saturday 28th, 11am Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269-781-7091 Bell’s Eccentric Caf e 355 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-382-2332 Chicago Afrobeat Project WSG Medicinal Grove Thursday 5th, 8pm Pleasant Drive WSG Big Sherd & Earphorik Friday 6th, 8pm Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Show Saturday 7th, 8pm Squaredance Featuring Bowhunter Monday 9th, 7:30pm SmashmagS.com Dragon Wagon Thursday 12th, 8pm Crane Wives WSG Henhouse Prowlers Friday 13th, 8pm Digital Tape Machine, Turbo Suit Saturday 14th, 8pm The Kalamazoo Male Chorus Sunday 15th, 4:30pm Fresh Hops CD release WSG That Freak Quincy Thursday 19th, 8PM Scythian Friday 20th, 8pm Flypaper WSG Rootstained Saturday 28th, 8pm The Dock@Bayview Freddie Webster Friday 13th 6:30-8:30 Steve, Dave, Ron & Ellen Friday 20th 6:30-8:30 Dynamic Duo Friday 27th 6:30-8:30 London Grill 214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo 269-381-9212 12504 E. D Ave Richland 269-731-4911 Brook Farms Friday 6th Decades Saturday 7th David Lloyd Friday 13th Dani Jamerson Band Saturday 14th Whiskey Before Breakfast Friday 20st Megan Rae Saturday 21st Zion Lion Saturday 28th David Lloyd Friday 27th Louie’s T rophy House Grill WMU All-star Jazz Duo Saturday 14th, 6:30pm Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co. 3112 S. 9th Street Kalamazoo 269-372-4600 WMU All-star Jazz Duo Saturday 14th, 6:30pm Steve Kamerling Thursday 19th, 6:30pm Dan Willenberg Duo Thursday 26th, 6:30pm Maude’s T aphouse 117 E Allegan St Otsego 269-692-3377 Retrofit, The Savage Oms, Honeydew Squeeze Saturday 7th Moxieville Saturday 7th Kevin Collins & Kuungana Friday 20th, 7pm The Hired Hands, The Moody Coyotes Friday 27th, 7pm The Reptilian, Solids, Everyone and Their Empty Cups Friday 20th Moxieville VS Bridgband Saturday 21st Somebody’s Friend Fri. 20th & Sat. 21st The Music F actory 230 N Rose St Kalamazoo 269-373-7990 Chris Bathgate, Molly Sullivan, Gitis Baggs Saturday 14th Post 530 Fri. 13th & Sat. 14th Dan Willenberg Duo Thursday 12th, 6:30pm Shelagh Brown Band Friday 6th Chris Vallillo’s Abraham Lincoln In song Friday 13th, 7pm Special Guest Fri. 6th & Sat. 7th Absolut Addiction Fri. 27th & Sat. 28th 440 East North St. Kalamazoo 269-385-9359 The Koffin Kats, Murder Party, The Sailor Kicks Friday 13th Nob Hill 4218 S S prinkle Rd Kalamazoo 269-349-2965 Noah and the earl Kings Thursday 5th, 6:30pm Kalamazoo Valley Museum Ben Jammin & Karen Libman Friday 6th, 6pm Dan Agne & Rod Benson Saturday 28th Schlitz Creek Thursday 12th Bruce Matthews Friday 13th Nashon Holloway Saturday 14th OFB Trio Friday 20th 191 Angell St. Battle Creek 269-962-2121 Monument 6, Top Shelf Whiskey Friday 6th, 7pm Winter Frost Music Fest THE MOXIES GHOST IN THE ATTIC wsg/As I Said Before Nuskin, SoberProof Romance for Ransom Cyk Cylinder, Hanover Skee-Town Stylee Branden Mann and the The Reprimand HEAD, The Dread Return Saturday 7th, 6pm Bruces Birthday Bash Featuring Elisium, Veilside &Silvertung Saturday 14th, 7pm Romantic Rebel Saturday 21st, 6:30 Shark Gang & Feel Me Entertainment presents The All Black Attire Affair Saturday 28th, 7pm Cleveland & Vandenberg Saturday 21st Gabrial James Friday 27th F
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Music Board Old Dog T avern 402 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-381-5677 Crossroads Blues Band Sunday 22nd 6-9pm Abigail Stauffer Thursday 26th 9pm Tom Duffield Tuesdays at 5pm Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5-8ppm Every Saturday OMG with Nashon Holloway Friday 27th 9pm Overtime Pub & Grill Squirrel Shaped Fish, The Mtv Ghosts, The Penny Serfs, Michigander Friday 6th The Fox Over The Fence Saturday 7th #HipThrust Saturday 14th Blues Jam 6-9pm Every Sunday 517 E Michigan Battle Creek 269-964-0872 Dirty Deville Saturday 21st T.Y.P.O Fri. 6th & Sat. 7th Brian Koenigstnecht Friday 27th 7th Son Blues Band Sunday 1st Barefoot Blond Fri. 13th & Sat. 14th Jason Singer Thursday 5th 9pm Branden Mann Singer Sonwriter night Saturday 28th Plain Jayne Fri. 20th & Sat. 21st Satelite Records Forte Fri. 27th & Sat. 28th 808 S Westned Ave ge Kalamazoo 269-381-0218 The Real Fantastics Friday 6th 9pm 2 Hand Touch Saturday 7th 9pm Gator Boys Blues Band Sunday 8th 6-9pm Thunderwude Thursday 12th 9pm Hired Hands Friday 13th 5-8pm Super Rave Saturday 7th Shakespears Lower Level G - Lethal - 9 Friday 13th 214 East Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 269-488-3330 Valentine Nightmare Saturday 14th Local H, Kurt Loder & The Mtv News Friday 6th 9pm Spence Friday 20th One Love Reggae Saturday 21st Mojo Phoenix, Martila Sanders & Gee-Q Sunday 8th 8pm Branden Mann & The Reprimand WSG The Green Gallows Saturday 14th 9pm 26 Couples Therapy Thursday 26th Bike Tuff, The Penske File, The Short Life, Freight Bandits Thursday 12th 9pm Cats In The Hat Sunday 15th 6-9pm 27 House Party Friday 27th Hung Up, Pro Con Pro Friday 13th 9pm Nashon Holloway Thursday 19th 9pm 28 Desmond Jones Saturday 28th Arpetrio, Genome Friday 20th 9pm Moxieville & The Tip Top Ramblers Friday 20th 9pm Rupert’s Brew House Hairmania Saturday 21st 8pm 773 W Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo 269-337-9911 Starfarm Saturday 28th 8pm Graham Parsons Sunday 22nd 11-2pm Fenruary 2015 404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo 269-345-6500 The Big E Saturday 7th 8pm Jason Isbell WSG Danien Jurado Friday 13th 8pm 1964 The Tribute (Beatles) Saturday 14th 8pm The Union Cabertet & Grill 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazo 269-384-6756 Jazz Mix Every Wednesday 8PM Rich Burkholder Monday 2nd 8pm Randy Brecker Tuesday 3rd 7pm The Soul Experience Friday 6th 9pm 7th Son Blues Band Saturday 7th 9pm The Jim Cummings Band Saturday 28th 9pm Warehouse 1299 Columbia Ave Battle Creek 269-979-9273 Straight Story & International Friday 13th Frozen’s Anna & Elsa Saturday 21st 4pm & 6:30pm M89 S ports Bar & Grill 129 E Allegan St, Otsego 269-694-6970 River Bend Fri.6th & Sat. 7th 33 Fri. 13th & Sat. 14th South County Fri. 20th & Sat. 21st The Denise Brown Connection Fri. 27rd & Sat. 28th Zarzuela Shelagh & Robbie Tuesday 10th 8pm 301 E Michigan Ave Marshall 269-789-9180 Big Boss Blues Friday 13th 9pm COW – Kjell Croce, Jim Oliver, Bob Wentworth Saturday 7th The Mainstays Saturday 14th 9pm Nate Holley Tuesday 17th 8pm Greg Nagy Friday 20th 9pm Rumblefish Saturday 21st 9pm Treading Bleu Tuesday 24th 8pm The WMU Jazz Lab Band & The Lasse Grunewald Quintet Thursday 26th 8pm Christina Ybarra Saturday 14th Adam Parr Saturday 21st Jim Jam – Open Mic Night with Jim Oliver, and Jim Dyer Saturday 28th SmashmagS.com Double Strung, Carrie McFerrin & Co, Cousin Avery Friday 13th 9pm Papa Pete’s 502 South Burdick Kalamazoo 269-388-2196 Kyle Landstra Gardner Sid Redlin Friday 13th 6pm State Theatre 16
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We Go Into OVERTIME Best Bang for Your Buck: Mon. - Thurs 11am to 10pm+, Fri & Sat 11am to 2am Sun Noon to 9pm+ ON 5-Cra TAP! ! ft 4-Do Beers mest ics Studio Grill You don’t need to walk far to bump into a breakfast cafe in Kalamazoo. Station 702 opened in the Stuart Neighborhood last fall, and Crow’s Nest bringing in flocks of patrons throughout any given week. It’s clear that people here like hearty food. Brunch restaurants line up the streets from West Main to Westnedge. But Studio Grill, a gem nudged in Michigan Avenue, tends to be overlooked. And when not overlooked, it’s easy to overeat. They’ll have no trouble filling you up with their onslaught of stuffed burgers, sausage hashes, and omelettes. Studio Grill is a narrow nook that lies just before Michigan News Agency in the neighborhood of Theo and Stacy’s, and it can be difficult to notice when zooming down the street. They’re rated for the number one burger in Southwest Michigan by MLive in 2013. Their stuffed burgers are locally famous for good reason: besides from being filled with barbecue or chorizo or pepper jack cheese, the restaurant does not use frozen meat—they form patties from fresh ground beef everyday. The food is fresh, and even many of the condiments are homemade. Pay attention to the “Alarm Clock Comfort Food” side of the menu, because they’re all filling: the Sausage Hash, Morning Skillet, and American Fries Scramble are the perfect weekend brunch meals. Their artisan breads and homemade jelly (raspberry or strawberry) compliments the many textures of their main dishes, too. Saturday The Brothers 3 - DJ’s 8pm Sunday NFL Football Monday Night Football Tuesday Night In-House Dart Leagues Wednesday Team Trivia 7:30pm-9:30pm Wine & Canvas Night LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS February 6th & 7th - T.Y.P.O. February 13th & 14th - Barefoot Blonde February 20th & 21st - Plain Jayne February 27th & 28th - Forte 517 E. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek - Ph. 269-964-0872 February 2015 The only downsides to the restaurant is that there can be a long line during the tail end of brunch during the weekends, and that they close 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. They’re worth the wait. Their 20 percent student discount feels like robbery. If you’re a student and you order a six dollar meal, you’ll pay a little less than 5 dollars. It’s food that comes out fast, and it’s cheap, but with fresh ingredients and sophisticated flavors. Places like Studio Grill teaches you not to overlook restaurants tucked away—and to appreciate a hot breakfast. SmashmagS.com Weekly Events Written By: Colin Smith 18
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2015 FretBoard Festival WORKSHOPS Allen Bates' Colin Killmer's Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 305 Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Allen Bates demonstrates and discusses dobro and lap steel techniques, tunings, and the music styles they are used in. Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 309 Hometown: Portage, MI Colin Killmer will discuss the viola: its history, its place in traditional and contemporary music, and playing techniques that make it a unique and important alto voice. Dobro and Lapsteel Styles Workshop Benjammin Educational Music Family Hands On Concerts Time: 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm Location: Tower Stage Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Website: www.benjammin.biz BenJammin Educational Music provides more than a performance. Their high-energy shows are an educational event as they use music and audience interaction to enrich young lives. Dan Geib's SmashmagS.com Bluegrass & Flatpicking Guitar Workshop Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 305 Hometown: St. Joseph, MI With over 30 years of experience, Dan Geib has been touring the countryside with many bands doing their own unique blend of bluegrass and acoustic Americana. With deep roots in bluegrass, county, and alternative acoustic, his music spans hard-driving bluegrass banjo and guitar to today's new age bluegrass, swing, and acoustic rock. •The Pick •Holding the Pick and Hand Placement •Picking Exercises with Metronome •Intro to Rhythm •Rhythm Samples with Metronome •Major Scales •Song Demo with Major Scale Solos with Metronome •Pentatonic & Blues Scales •Song Demo with Pentatonic and Blues Scales Solos with Metronome •Open Discussion The Viola: The Fiddle in the Middle Workshop Their songs cover topics as diverse as bullying (Dragon Dum), saving money (Rolling With The Rich), Safety (Safety Belt Song) and core subjects such as math, reading and science. Your kids will have so much fun, they won't even realize that they are learning! After years of college music theory and dozens of other music classes, BenJamin realized the true nature of his name and who he was meant to be. He added an extra M and BenJammin became his new name. At the same time, BenJammin was studying in the school of education at WMU and put the music and educational concepts together for so many class projects that it became second nature. After graduation he created, with Analisa, the BenJammin Educational Music Program. John Speeter's Traditional American Fingerstyle Acoustic Blues Workshop Time: 1:00 -2:00 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 306 Hometown: Scotts, MI John Speeter will give an overview of Traditional American Fingerstyle Acoustic Blues featuring the works of early artists such as Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Profiles of these blues legends include discussions on "Piedmont Style," "Delta Style," non-standard tunings, and "Bottlenecking." Stories, historical notes, and humor are included in the presentation. Jay Gavan Getting Away from First Position: Simple and Moveable Three-Note Chords for the Guitar Workshop Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 307 Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Jay discusses how to utilize some of the three-note, movable chords common in gipsy jazz and bossa nova, and how they can be useful to players in many genres and of various skill levels. F
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2015 FretBoard Festival WORKSHOPS John Thomas Kalamazoo Gals A Story of the Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 307 Hometown: Hamden, CT When it comes to music, the human factor is all. Yet so many books on musical instruments obsess on the fine points of construction while Jonathan Moody Play with Anyone and Everyone! Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Location:Anna Whitten Hall Rm 306 Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI If the thought of playing with people you’ve never met is a daunting one, this workshop is for you. Longtime freelance musician Jon Moody goes over his tips and tools he uses when meeting musicians for the first time, immediately establishing a rapport and performing. This is based on decades of performing for “whoever asks first” and is one of the key skills necessary to remain an in-demand, freelance musician. Marion Koleski Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 308 Hometown: Portage, MI The goal John set for himself in writing Kalamazoo Gals was monumental: illuminating the elusive history of a legendary group of WWII-era Gibson guitars know in the trade as “Banners” because of the decal affixed to their headstocks. Matthew Borr Right Hand Picking Technique for Beginner/Intermediate Guitar Workshop Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 304 Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI Don’t neglect half of your technique! Explore right-hand methods, with a concentration on flat-picking acoustic guitar. Matthew Borr will discuss how to improve your sound and style by incorporating rhythm variation, volume control, and other methods of right-hand technique. “Your left hand is what you know, your right hand is who you are.” Many instrumentalists struggle with trying to sing along as they play, typically because they don't understand vocal skills the way they understand their instrument. Little do they know, many of the answers to their problems lie in their hands! Any stringed instrument has secrets to show us about about posture, resonance, and more... we just need to learn how to see them! This simple workshop is intended for beginning singers and covers basic technique. Disclaimer: we will make noises with our mouths during this workshop! No instruments required. Rene Meave Ry Charters Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 308 Hometown: Plainwell, MI Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 309 Hometown: Plainwell, MI One, Four, Five, and the occasional peskey six chord Rene Meave will present the connection between the genres -blues, country, and rock -- in the L formation of the one, four, and five chords. He will discuss the expression of the six chord and its melodic interpretation in its pesky presence, separating timbre, expression, and inspiration. (Handouts will be given at presentation.) February 2015 How to Maintain Your Stringed Instrument Ry Charters will discuss how to evaluate and maintain stringed instruments. He will present how to identify structural issues and determine their correct ability. SmashmagS.com Lessons Your Stringed Instrument Can Teach You About Vocal Technique neglecting the talented people who began the process, transforming planks and slabs and slivers into masterpieces of sonic beauty. That’s understandable; many players and collectors live and breathe trivia. But it’s an approach that misses the point. In “Kalamazoo Gals,” John Thomas has chosen to rise above that, fleshing out the most human stories without neglecting the techno-stat that guitar geeks crave. 20
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SMASH MUSIC CORNER Genre: Indie/Alternative Rock Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You Tomorrow Release Date: February 2014 http://bombaybicycleclubmusic.com/ SmashmagS.com Similar to the electronica approach of their 2011 album A Different Kind of Fix, the album makes use of sampling and takes influences from world music, marking a shift from their previous albums. Written during frontman Jack Steadman’s travels through India, Japan and Turkey, it uses a wider range of instrumentation and a lesser use of guitars, which featured heavily on their debut album. The album was recorded in the band’s own studio, with the help of mixing engineer Mark Rankin (whose credits include ...Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age and Aluna George’s debut album Body Music, among others). It was produced by Steadman, and marks the band’s first release produced by a band member. It features Lucy Rose and Rae Morris on guest vocals On the week of its release, So Long, See You Tomorrow debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Bombay Bicycle Club’s first release to do so. The album has also charted in Australia, several European countries, and on the US Billboard 200 chart. Genre: Country Dierks Bentley - Riser Release Date: February 2014 http://www.dierks.com/ Seventh studio album by American country music singer Dierks Bentley. Released on February 25, 2014, by Capitol Records Nashville. Riser debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200 selling 63,000 copies in its opening week, becoming his seventh top ten album. The album includes the singles “Bourbon in Kentucky”, “I Hold On”, “Drunk on a Plane” and “Say You Do”. The album was originally scheduled to be released in late 2013, but the first single peaked at number 45 on the Country Airplay chart, becoming Bentley’s lowest-charting single. The label decided to postpone the album’s release date, and quickly began promoting the album’s second single “I Hold On”, which reached number 1 on Country Airplay. “Drunk on a Plane”, the album’s third single, also reached number 1 on Country Airplay. “Say You Do” is the album’s fourth single. Bentley says “You have one ear monitor in, one ear out, and the crowd’s there and your voice feels really great. There’s a certain amount of gravel to it because you’re tired, but you’re all jacked up on whatever you’re drinking and adrenaline, and the crowds and the fans are there and there’s this feeling, fists in the air—it’s that thing that’s hard to transfer into a studio environment. There’s a rawness. Genre: Horror Core/Country Rap Boondox - Abaddon Release Date: May 2014 www.facebook.com/boondoxofficial Early 2012 Boondox released 2 songs from his new album under preparation. The songs were “Abaddon” and “Monster”. Shortly after that Boondox departed from the label. During the Insane Clown Posse seminar at the 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos, it was announced that Boondox had returned to Psychopathic. Not until February 2014, during an interview with Bukshot and ClaAs - the two other members of The Underground Avengers - did Boondox state that his next album was finished, and that he was hoping to release the album in April or May of that year. More was revealed about the record in the March 14, 2014 issue of the Hatchet Herald (Psychopathic Records’ official newsletter).In the issue, the name of the album was announced as “Abaddon”, and the release date was confirmed to be May 13, 2014. Regarding the record, it was said that “The album is not just gory horrorcore—though there’s plenty of that— there’s something genuinely unsettling about this record. You know that spooky ass feeling when you feel a shockwave shoot down your spine? Yeah, was just like that “Abaddon” is definitely not for the faint of heart or for those prone to nightmares. This is like a haunted house movie set to music—you’re going to be scared and who might even jump a little bit at some of the surprises contained within this album.” Along with details of the album itself, it was also announced that Boondox would be performing in an upcoming tour titled The Wormwood Tour. F
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Stringed instrument makers, music lovers, and fans of all ages, come to the 2015 FRETBOARD FESTIVAL! FRI, MARCH 20 7PM – 9PM Kick-off concert featuring The Real Fantastics SAT, MARCH 21 11AM – 6PM Local musicians, luthiers, and historians gather for a day of music, workshops, and lectures. FREE ADMISSION The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees February 2015 SmashmagS.com fretboardfestival.com /FretboardFestival 24
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It's Valentine's Day weekend and Louie's Trophy House is putting on two legendar y shows that will put a major kickstart on your bleeding heart. The Sailor Kicks/Murder Party/Koffin Kats February 13th Louie's Trophy House Are you ready to rock? What about skank? What about possibly swing dance? This show is going to feature all kinds of wild genres and legendary acts from all over the state. If you play your cards right, you may just find Mr./Mrs. Right somewhere lost in the crowd. MAGIC MAY JUST HAPPEN! The show is going to start at 9 pm. Tickets are available through the venue and are $8 in advanced, $10 at the door. The show caters to a crowd of 18+. SmashmagS.com Band: Koffin Kats Location: Detroit, MI Genre: Rockabilly When I was in middle school, a resurgence of rockabilly was bubbling to the surface, causing rash break outs of youths learning to swing dance. Bands like Tiger Army and the Nekromacers were gaining popularity with a new genre called psychobilly (a combination of rockabilly and punk). Teenagers started embracing the greaser look as depicted in books like The Outsiders and movies like, well, Grease. I spoke with my uncle one day, raving about how good this music was. He agreed with me and advised me to look up the Koffin Kats from Detroit. As a bar musician, he had heard them a few times. Based on the music I was showing him, he thought it would be a good fit for me. But alas, I regarded his advice as the ramblings of an old man still stuck on Elvis and foolishly moved forward with my life not listening to this band until recently. Let me tell you what I’ve come to realize about the time that’s passed from middle school until I heard the Koffin Kats. It was boring. It was sad. And I’m glad it’s over now. The Koffin Kats are legendary, playing their catchy, hip tunes for over a decade now. They’re shows are electric, pulsating, and overall fun. Don’t make the same mistake I made. I was young then, but now I’m smarter. Band: The Sailor Kicks Location: Grand Rapids, MI Genre: Ska Someone once told me that ska was a dead art form. I said no, dug my heels in the ground, and found that though the scene may be smaller than it was in '97, it's still as good if not better. Take The Sailor Kicks from Grand Rapids. They play a really chill style of ska comparable to that of Hepcat. It's a combination of punk, ska, and surf. When I listen to recordings of the GR band, I close my eyes and find myself in a dark lounge snapping my fingers along. Though some of their work is more "rocking", it by no means fits in the confines of the genre "ABC ska". The Sailor Kicks also bring an energy to the stage which keeps everyone in the crowd captivated. So, if you're one of the many who seek out and torment horn players claiming that ska is dead, I invite you out to show you all that you've missed in the last 18 years. You'll undoubtably leave smiling and skanking all the way home. Band: Murder Party Location: Grand Rapids, MI Genre: Punk Rock Now, stop all your worrying. They aren't really going to kill you. The punk band Murder Party from Grand Rapids only wishes to make you feel more alive! With energy and the general punk rock spirit, the music comes out with a bit of zest. With the use of an upright bass, the band brings back reminiscent tones from the Doo Wop to Rockabilly eras, but add a bit more hype. How do they accomplish such a great task? Come find out. F
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Chris Bathgate/Molly Sullivan/Gitis Baggs February 14th Louie’s Trophy House Louie's is bringing those who have loved, who are in love, and who have lost love with a very special show. Love is a thing. Perhaps a chemical imbalance, perhaps a piece of soul. Everyone feels love at some point. Then the fun really starts. Pressure started to build as you've finally found someone that you truly cared about above all else. A piece of you died each day when you would leave the other behind for daily tasks like work. When you found out they had friends that were cute and flirtatious, you felt jealous and lost. When you would lay intertwined within the sheets, you thought you were going to die because you were so ticklish. You never cared so much. You never felt as mad as you did at points or as sad as you did at points. Those happy times though. They were the times you live for now. That was love. Then came huge heartache. The utter shame of being abandon by someone who you cared so deeply for. You found out through friends that they had already started seeing someone new, though they told you they thought they were developing an allergic reaction to your cat. Love hurts. Around the holidays, we were blessed in the zoo not only with the self-defined lavish gifts recieved, but graced by the presence of Chris Bathgate and his beautiful folk music. With the use of unique tools, Bathgates performance is awe inspiring. His use of vocal and guitar harmonies and his capabilities of doing so much live a performance like no other. His music is beautiful. There's something about it that makes you want to cry. Perhaps it's the ambience of the guitar, or the meaningfulness behind the words. Perhaps it's the way he can make so many things trigger while he's standing there. Bathgate along with Molly Sullivan will be ending their tour that went as far as New Orleans in Kalamazoo. The night will be just as monumental to the crowd as it will be for the performers. February 2015 This is the most heart-wrenching, beautiful music. Each song on the album Winter '13 is mesmerizing and haunting. With ambient vocals and distant sounding instruments, you remember what it feels like to have loved and lost and felt the emptiness of being alone, but then everything's fine. Seriously, this is music that will make you grab on to your lover with a feeling in your chest imploring you to never let go. There's also a part of it that makes you sad and weak at the knees. A feeling of hope mixed with doubt. Each word she says will evoke an emotion of some sort and the way she expresses it will force the true feelings of the crowd. Artist: Gitis Baggs Location: Kalamazoo, MI Genre: Psychedelic Folk The Gitis Baggs have one of the best performances in town. Their music is an amazing blend of ambience, acoustic guitars, folk, and psychedelic effects. They have an incredibly unique sound and stage presence. Like most things associated with Double Phelix, this band is extraordinary. The music finds a part of your malleable mind and molds it into a relaxed state making you feel like throwing your arms about doing what the kids call "dancing". The Gitis Baggs album "Game" will send any listener into a trance. Doors are at 9. The cost is $6. The show caters to adults 18+. For lovers or loners who find bliss in music and swaying gently next to other swayers, this show is truly for you. SmashmagS.com Artist: Chris Bathgate Location: Ann Arbor, MI Genre: Folk Artist: Molly Sullivan Location: Cincinnati, OH Genre: Folk Written by: Katy May 26
Chris Bathgate Molly Sullivan Gitis Baggs February 14th Louie   s Trophy House Louie s is bringing those who have loved, w...