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| by Kevin VanAntwerpen

REA ELECTRONICA ARTIST Ty Beat (civilian name: Tyler Bennett) and rap/hip-hop performer MC Friendly spent the last several months collaborating on an album that blends both genres. Between Bennett’s instrumentation and percussion (sometimes influenced by jazz and rock), and MC Friendly’s rapping – Bennett promises the result a

suitable batch of “intelligent, articulate, and passionate hip-hop.” “It’s not the typical stuff you hear from hip-hop,” he said. “MC Friendly does


MC FRIENDLY The Pyramid Scheme Jan. 5, 9 p.m.; $5 pyramidschemebar. com, (616) 272-3758

all the vocals … His lyrics are definitely not rap lyrics – he’s rapping, but it’s not what you’d expect. He definitely has a command of the English language.” The two artists attended high school together, and have previously appeared on each other’s solo

albums. But it was last year, after the two started writing new songs, that they decided it would make sense to release an entire album. “We both have our individual solo projects … he raps but he needs people who do original music.

Really, it was just a natural progression,” Ty Beat said. “We tried to put together a cohesive album without mashing the parts together. We wanted to bring in elements of conventional hip-hop and modern electronic music, but combine them in a way that they compliment each other.” The album was produced and recorded by the musicians themselves, making it what Bennett called, “a completely DIY local musician collaboration.”


LOCAL CD RELEASES | by Dwayne Hoover

Zombie Apocalypse NOW! wsg Star Destroyer Louie’s Trophy House Grill, Kalamazoo Jan. 14, 9 p.m.; $5; 18+, (269) 385-9359

Zombie Apocalypse NOW! will drop its new CD, Bandora’s Box, at Louie’s in Kalamazoo. With a new drummer on board, this show not only celebrates the band’s first release since 2009, it also officially marks the end of the anti-zombie group’s year-and-a-half-long hiatus.

Stikyfüt CD Release Show wsg Fly Paper The Globe Theater, Kalamazoo Jan. 20, 8p.m. $5 or $7 with CD, (269) 488-3330

Being on the local music scene for less than a year has not deterred Kalamazoo’s alt-rock group Stikyfüt from already making a solid name for itself. With a steady show schedule in and around West Michigan in 2011, the band is looking to continue sharing its soulful, bluesy sound beginning with the debut album, which will be released on Jan. 20 at The Globe.

Maybe Next Time: Keeping the Flame | by Kevin VanAntwerpen


HEN NEW FOUND GLORY’S Chad Gilbert said, “Pop-punk is not dead,” he probably had in mind a new wave of young artists like the team that make up

Holland’s Maybe Next Time. “We’re trying to play something that we’ll have fun

with, and that we know others will have fun with,” said Vocalist Matthew Grodus. “We want to bring something new to the table. We’re not necessarily a new genre or a new form, but we’re trying to find our sound.” The band recorded its debut four-song EP, Safe to

Say, at Foxboro Studios with Mike Cervantes (The Skies Revolt, The Better Fight, Midwest Skies). “If this EP generates a good reaction in the local

music scene, we’re going to continue to write and at some point soon release a full length,” said Guitarist Riley Aalderink. Grodus added the long term goal is to use the EP to

reach an audience not only in Michigan, but in the sur- rounding states – and hopefully laying the groundwork for future tours. And there may just be a place for Maybe Next Time

in the modern pop-punk landscape. If you’ve ever seen a live performance from the six-piece pop-punk/easycore hybrid, or heard its debut single “Awesome Ends With


Me,” you’ll immediately recall the early 2000s, when pop-punk was arguably at its peak. “This is the genre we like playing the most,” said

Guitarist Sam Englesman. “When we started as a band, we experimented with heavier genres – but we settled on this because it’s what we love.” While a final release date for Safe to Say has not yet

been nailed down, the band promised it would be on iTunes before January’s end.



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