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Johnnie Walker

I've never been good at filling these things out, but here it goes. I like long walks in cold mountain air, preferably with snow on the ground. I enjoy drinking fine soda by the crackling fire, and deep tissue massage. I hope to one day grow up an become and astronaut, so I can fly to Venus to see if that's really where women come from. If it's true, I'll bring one back for you, too. Unless it's a dude you want, and then you're out of luck...sorry. My favorite month is October, because Halloween is the best holiday ever! It allows me to openly proclaim my love and obsession with scary movies without being seen as some sort of lunatic. Okay, not too much of a lunatic. I'm a huge fan of rock and metal music, and you'll often hear me blasting the control room speakers into oblivion every night during my show. My engineer doesn't like me very much, since he has to fix them. Sorry, Mike.
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Comedian Teaches White People How to Tell Black People Apart on ‘Kimmel’ [Video]

San Antonio metal band Nothing More (Photo: Jody Domingue)
San Antonio metal band Nothing More (Photo: Jody Domingue)
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Nothing More Releases Vid for Its Song ‘This is the Time (Ballast)’ [Video]

Nothing More, from Texas, just stopped through Grand Rapids with Chevelle on Monday.

This week, the San Antonio band also premiered its new video for the song you've heard on 97.9 'GRD, "This is the Time (Ballast)."

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Nothing More Performs Live at WGRD Studios – ‘I’ll Be Okay’ and ‘This is the Time’

Nothing More is a great band from Texas (my home state), and they came through town on Monday as one of the openers for the Chevelle show at The Orbit Room.  They also stopped by the station to meet some winners and play a couple songs for us in their special "acoustic" format.

These guys do their acoustic thing a bit different from most.

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Jumpy the Parkour Dog Kicks Ass [Video]

Dog videos are always fun, but this video of a kid and his dog, Jumpy, doing cool Parkour stuff is fantastic! 

Take the kid out, and it would still be cool to watch this dog flying through the air in slow motion, doing backflips and launching off trees!

Enjoy the next four minutes of your life.

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Middle Class Rut rocks The Orbit Room on Monday night. (Photo: Johnnie Walker/97.9 WGRD)
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Middle Class Rut Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Video/Photos]

Middle Class Rut was the second band to play during the Chevelle concert on Monday night, with Nothing More opening the show.  

These two dudes jumped on stage and rocked with a lot of energy, with a huge sound for two guys being the only ones up there. They had some backing tracks going to fill things out, but they weren't playing too loud.

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Nothing More Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Videos/Photos]

Nothing More is a great band from Texas, and right now they're on tour with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut.  

The guys stopped by the 'GRD studios Monday before their show at The Orbit Room to play for a few WGRD Freeloaders Club winners and the staff, and then joined Jackie on the air to talk about the show.

Their "acoustic" setup is a bit different from most, as they run everything through a computer using Ableton Live to run effects and patch changes. They play the songs live, but the computer controls the sounds.  It's pretty bad ass, actually, and the audio I recorded is fantastic!

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Chevelle Rocked The Orbit Room [Video/Photos]

Chevelle brought their tour for "La Gargola" to Grand Rapids yesterday, with Middle Class Rut and Nothing More making a lot of noise in The Orbit Room.  

It was a really cool day, with a visit from Nothing More here at the 'GRD studios, the awesome meet-and-greet soundcheck party with Chevelle that afternoon and then the show!

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Got a Musician Problem? Get this Exterminator In!

It seems like everyone you meet now is a musician.  It used to be actor.  Everyone wanted to be an actor.  Now it's musician.

Sometimes, when you let one in, they bring others with them, and then you can't get them out of your house.  How do you clear the room?  Call in this exterminator.  He has a great, easy, and kill-free way to rid your home of those pesky musicians!

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Ever Feel Like You’re Being Watched?

The Free Beer and Hot Wings guys have the WGRD studio pretty well covered with cameras right now, to stream their show to all their adoring fans all over the country. And that's a cool thing.

But every once in a while I wonder...do the guys ever log in and look at the webcam feed after their show is over, just to see what's going on in the studio?

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Flashback to 1999 with Wayne Static Playing the Entire ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ Album Live [Video]

Back in 1999…jeez, was it that long ago?…Static-X burst out into the music world with their Wisconsin Death Trip album.  

It was so crazy at the time, with Wayne's hair all standing straight up, Tony Campos bashing his bass, and Koichi Fukuda ripping his guitar around while playing these super-tight riffs.

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Get Ready for Easter the Most Metal Way Possible – Time to Dye!

Gone are the days when Easter was a kid's holiday of egg-hunting with the nice family down the block.  Now, we can celebrate Easter the most metal way possible, with Time to Dye!

Check out this black metal mom and her awesome black metal kids as they get their corpse-paint on and boil some eggs!

BEWARE: Video contains fake bunny and egg violence.

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King of the Wing 2014 Preview – Crooked Goose [Video]

It’s almost time for the King of the Wing, and it’s going to make the wing lover in you so happy!

Today, Metalhead Ned and I got to preview the wings that Crooked Goose will be serving at King of the Wing. They’re amazing! If you haven't tried its wings, check them out at King of the Wing and you'll be hooked!

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