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/// MUSIC ISSUE Bands you should see live


Ten to Watch PHOTO: DANTE ALIGHIRE Alexis


GENRE: Electro/Pop SOUNDS LIKE: Hot Chip, Duran Duran KEY TRACK: “Need Your Love”


Hurst (synth), created lots of buzz after its eclectic electro/pop performance. Viewers either embraced them or were confused when mid-song, the well-coiffed Forbush broke out into bicycle dance. Since that performance, Alexis, which recently released goldstar EP, has been one of this year’s most-buzzed-about West Michigan bands – a combination of the duo’s infectious electro/ pop songs and Forbush’s unpredictable stage presence.


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OT TOO LONG AGO, Alexis came into living rooms across West Michigan on the local program “eightWest.” The duo, consisting of Matthew Forbush (vocals) and Dan


GENRE: Garage Rock SOUNDS LIKE: The Black Keys, The Dead Weather WEBSITE: myspace. com/bangups KEY TRACK: “Sunburnt Love”


Bangups


rock sound and raw vocals are appealingly gritty. The band’s take- charge guitar twang and energetic drums complete the bangarang Bangups experience. Some of the band’s recent shows have been at Mulligan’s Other Side and The Pyramid Scheme. Be sure to check the duo out when it’s in town, since the Bangups are known to leave town – such as the band did when it played South By Southwest this year.


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ANGUPS IS JUST the right type of band to sing about a lost summer of love with “sweet little Janie” (à la “Sunburnt Love”) – its driving, dynamic, swingy-blues


PHOTO: RYAN PAVLOVICH SuperDre


GENRE: Electronic SOUNDS LIKE: WEBSITE: djsuperdre. com KEY TRACK: “Get ‘Em Up”


and opening gigs at places like Billy’s Lounge, Mac’s Bar, The Intersection and Electric Forest Festival. This won’t last for long, however. As electronic music is growing, Dre’s in demand. She frequently performs out-of-town shows, with this month taking her to Colorado. So see her now while she’s in Michigan or follow the fro elsewhere.


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S OF NOW, IT’S EASY TO watch SuperDre. The DJ and producer – who is known for her hair almost as much as her beats – is all over Michigan headlining


GENRE: Electro Pop SOUNDS LIKE: Passion Pit, The Postal Service WEBSITE: myspace. com/stepdadmusic KEY TRACK: “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails”


Stepdad F


ROM THE COLLABORATION of two Chicago apartment mates, Stepdad is a trio of guys who relocated to Grand Rapids in 2010 and are set to release their first full


length, Wildlife Pop, this year. The group’s style is a fusion of indie and new wave vocals with electronic pop instrumentals, carried along by zany humor reminiscent of Dan Deacon, with frontman Ultramark often adorned in memorable articles such as a brown fur cloak or shiny silver pants. The synth-driven beats of Stepdad can lead people into an emotive freak-dance pit or make the most stiff-legged appreciate its musical genuineness as an unsigned group that may garner lots of attention after Wildlife Pop drops.


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