Razz Na$-T is a Grand Rapids based rapper with a loud and groovy sound. He spits goofy, theatrical bars comparable to Danny Brown but at a faster pace with a deeper sense of intricacy. Razz Na$-T also has a knack for "noise making" as i like to call it, much like Chance the Rapper. He accents his lines with creative hype-man-like sounds that add a level of instinct and wildness to his music. Razz Na$-Ts succinct aesthetic and vocal style create a badass, trippy character of sorts for listeners to relate to. From burping on one track to having an entire track dedicated to "shoutouts", Razz Na$-T is casual and real while simultaneously maintaining a strong cohesive theme.
Cop yourself Midas Well here and listen to an astoundingly theatrical and creative mixtape that's sure to put a smile on your face and a hop in your step.
Read more to learn a bit about Razz Na$-T.
Joshua Tree is a Grand Rapids based electronic artist who has been working in the West Michigan music industry for fifteen years. Joshua Tree can be found performing in all the hot underground spots as well as large venues like the Grand Rapids Public Museum. While listening to Joshua Tree's performances the most prominent thought in my mind always is "I need to start dancing right now and I don't want to stop until I am carried out by my dreads." The music seems to ebb and flow seamlessly, caressing audience members in a hypnotic state. Inevitably the bodies in the room follow suit and ebb and flow equally as seamlessly. Any venue with Joshua Tree performing is sure to be consumed by a feeling of indiscriminating love, unwavering through a sea of bass and sweaty bodies. Everyone is welcome and free to be themselves: the unspoken message everyone receives in Joshua Tree's presence.
I had the privilege to ask Joshua Tree some questions, continue reading to learn more.
Sojii is a trenchfunk band consisting of lead vocalist and guitar player Valerie Salerno, bass player Danny Sein and drummer Donny Olin. I had the opportunity to see them in an underground spot in Grand Rapids recently. People looking to mosh and get down filled a small basement lit with just one red and one UV lightbulb. Sojii took the rosy spotlight, grabbed ahold of everyone hearts tightly and didn't let go until they were finished. Their abrasive yet comforting sound took audience members on a roller coaster of emotions: from wanting to punch the person next to you in the face to hugging them tight and telling them "Sojii is my new favorite band." Salerno's vocals are powerful and entrancing, and paired with the passion seen in her eyes through out the entire performance she is the bad ass lady we've been looking for in the underground divergent punk scene. Local printmaker Liz Rennie was also in attendance (purchase her prints here) and here's what she had to say about Sojii: "It felt as if punks and beatniks came together with a rally cry of Jean Paul Sartre saying 'action through resistance!'." I also caught a local East Grand Rapids soccer Mom standing on the porch removing her earplugs. She said, "I couldn't tell what they were saying but they sounded mad." So the results are in: maybe not the best music to show to your Mom but definitely the best music for millennials that are a part of the resistance.
Please do yourself a favor and begin your Sojii addiction here today.
Continue reading to learn about Valerie Salerno.
Lavender Fields has been playing classical piano for nearly her entire life and just within the past few years she has taught herself how to create music using Ableton Live. She is a self-identified "Lavendub" artist, inspired by numerous pre-existing genres from classical to reggae. Lavender Fields attempts to send positive messages through her music and does so stunningly in her song "7th Generation". Drawing inspiration from the Native American belief that we should make decisions that will be positive for the next seven generations following us, Lavender Fields encourages listeners to make a positive impact on our earth. "7th Generation" and two other tracks are soon to be released on Lavender Fields' debut EP on February 24th. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the project and I left it on repeat for quite some time. Lavender Fields' sound is haunting and powerful but also playful and soothing. Each track is has a strong core sound sprinkled with whimsy; the complexity provides an immersive auditory experience. It is almost as though your ears are exploring through a wonder-world of sounds with the mostly-loyal kick and snare as their tour guides.
I had the opportunity to ask Lavender Fields a few questions regarding her work and her self.
Continue reading below to learn more about Lavender Fields.
Listen to more of her music and watch out for her upcoming release here.
Miss Jupiter is a psychedelic rock band birthed from a star but they're currently based in Los Angeles. This genre is arguably over-saturated with male vocalists but Miss Jupiter's vocalist, Michelle Jupiter, is the female lead that fans of psychedelic rock have been dreaming of. The power and confidence in her voice is reminiscent of Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane and her cosmic stage presence is sure to trigger memories of our favorite angel, David Bowie. The costumes members of Miss Jupiter wear are designed and assembled by Michelle Jupiter herself. These technicolor garments with a witchy flair put the cherry on top of this tasty quartet. Michelle also runs a shop called Spacedust on Sunset Boulevard where various artists are able to sell their creations. A jack of all trades - Michelle is taking the entire genre of psychedelic art, both visual and auditory, by storm. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask her a few questions regarding her and her creations. Continue reading below to learn more.
Click here to watch Miss Jupiter's new music video Black & White released earlier this week.
Click here to listen to Miss Jupiter's other tunes.
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