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ON THE RISE


The Go Rounds GENRE: Alt-country


SOUNDS LIKE: The Avett Brothers, The Raconteurs WEBSITE: thegorounds.com KEY TRACK: “Sure to Return”


The Go Rounds is a mish-mashed whirlwind of clas-


sic genres that give listeners a unique – and, at times, haunting – soul-blues-psychedelic experience. Lead singer Graham Parsons has the chops of a Jim Morrison/ Robert Plant/Jack White amalgamation and a band that’s intense and diverse enough to back him up with some jam-tastic melodies.


The Crane Wives


GENRE: Indie Folk SOUNDS LIKE: Mumford & Sons, Feist, Fleet Foxes


WEBSITE: thecranewives. com KEY TRACK: “Counting Sheep”


If the best music contains


indescribable magic, then The Crane Wives are high wizards of the craft. This group of diverse musicians leave no sound unsampled — they mix the front-porch-twang of banjo-rich folk with delicate indie vocals and heart-stopping drums to create an infectious, danceable beat all its own. The best part: no wands required.


Chasing the Sky


GENRE: Pop Rock SOUNDS LIKE: Boys Like Girls,


Yellowcard WEBSITE: chasingthesky.com KEY TRACK: “Beautiful, Broken Thing”


Fiona Dickinson


GENRE: Acoustic SOUNDS LIKE: Joni Mitchell, Bat for Lashes WEBSITE: myspace.com/ fionadickinsonmusic KEY TRACK: “Recalling Dreams”


Though you wouldn’t be able to tell by her intense and emotional live performances, British-based artist and current Kalamazoo resident Fiona Dickinson has only performed live a handful of times. This will soon change, as her performances are more pro than novice and her voice has the power to fill the biggest venues.


Tokyo Morose


GENRE: Trip hop SOUNDS LIKE: Massive Attack, Stars WEBSITE: myspace.com/ tokyomorose KEY TRACK: “Archaeologist”


Harder than putting this band into a particular genre is listing to its single, “Archaeologist” just once. Erin Lenau’s voice combined with Portishead-esque beats makes for a mesmerizing track. In May, the band started recording at Skull Studio with Matt Ten Clay.


Little Village


GENRE: Trendy Pop-Rock SOUNDS LIKE: The Strokes, Bloc Party WEBSITE: thelittlevillagemusic.com KEY TRACK: “Hot Slice”


Little Village defines its sound as “party” music, and rightfully so. Little Village’s part-punk, part-indie sound is something like what you’d hear just outside a summer PBR kegger in Eastown. With its belted lyrics and tight guitar riffs, the band brings the riff-raff directly to your eardrums.


B A N D S T H AT A R E G O I N G P L A C E S Jes Kramer


It’s no wonder Chasing the Sky promises to become “the soundtrack to…the most intimate moments of your life.” Its carefully crafted, high-energy sound pulls from modern pop-rock and indie influences and often veers into ballad territory, featuring soaring vocals and heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics that aim to reveal each listener’s story.


GENRE: Indie Pop SOUNDS LIKE: The Moldy Peaches, Matt & Kim WEBSITE: jeskramer.com KEY TRACK: “Hermaphrodite”


Jes Kramer is a Grand Rapids- based one-woman band. She creates poppy-synth tunes by layering sounds and keeping melodies simple and catchy. Though she’s been playing live since she was 17, Kramer released her first full-length album (Hermaphrodite) in late 2008. In March, she released a split-cassette with Lovestranger, MD and is currently working on another full-length.


Soil & The Sun


GENRE: Folk/ Experimental SOUNDS LIKE: Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes WEBSITE: thesoilthesun. bandcamp.com KEY TRACK: “Spirit of Memory”


Dreamy and ambient, The Soil & The Sun is perfect coffeehouse listening. It takes the hushed vocals and harmonizing of Grizzly Bear and combines it with mini- malist instrumentation to create a relaxing soundscape. The band released an EP last summer and went into the studio in May.


Ribbons


of Song GENRE: Folk Rock SOUNDS LIKE: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Bright Eyes WEBSITE: ribbonsofsong.com KEY TRACK: “Perfume”


Eclectic and quirky would be the best way to describe this fun and energetic band. Led by the witty Ben Scott-Brandt, Ribbons of Song com- bines folk, pop and rock with lyrics such as, “I looked up all your Facebook friends/Looks like you’re popular again.” Quirky indeed. n


/// MUSIC ISSUE


40 | REVUEWM.COM | JULY 2011


SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS | SCENE


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