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15 Things All Grand Rapidians Should Do at Least Once

There's no doubt about it, Grand Rapids is an awesome city. We've got lots of attractions and fun things always going on, we're a family friendly city and appeal to the younger crowd as well...

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Amazon is Giving Away Free Vinyl Records Right Now

With the hipster thing still being pretty big, it's done one amazing thing for music lovers: It's brought back the popularity of vinyl albums! A lot of vinyl has been released over the years in Europe, and for small labels, but the past few years, people have really been getting back into buying records.

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Want Another Season of Metalocalypse? It’s Up to You! [Video]

Metalocalypse, the most metal television show of all time!

Sadly, the show was cancelled from Adult Swim after it's initial run on the network and we haven't seen a new episode ever since.

What could solve this problem? FAN DEMAND!

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Just 1 Day Left Until We Know What MetalocalypseNOW is [Video]

About a week ago, a mysterious website popped up on the internet referencing the popular Adult Swin TV show Metalocalypse.

Sadly the show was not renewed for a 5th season and fans have been wondering what is to become of the death metal group.

Tomorrow, we could possibly have our answers.

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It’s New Guitar Day for Johnnie – Check out the Chapman Ghost Fret [Video]

Earlier this year, I saw Rob Chapman from Chapman Guitars had designed his new guitar for himself and his company, and when I saw this guitar, I had to have it! I've been thinking about getting an explorer shaped guitar for a while, and this one has that shape, but is a bit different. I preordered it a few months ago from Riff City Guitars, and today is new guitar day for me!

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Top 10 WTF Moments in Heavy Metal According to WatchMojo [Video]

Metal is an awesome, yet confusing genre at times, but what isn't nowadays?

Even though heavy metal isn't perfect, there are moments out there that just make you thing.

'What the hell were they thinking?'

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Against Me! Treats Lucky GRD Winners to Private Soundcheck [Gallery]

Against Me! rocked the Intersection last night!

We had some lucky winners win on air and we got them in the doors before the show started! The band treated these winners to a 3 song set and some pics!

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Five Life-Changing Rock Albums You Should Own

I can chart a sort of path through my life with music. I can remember (sort of) how things led me to other things, songs led me to albums, albums led me to bands, bands led me to other bands...you get the idea.

I listen to a lot of different things, but rock and metal definitely top the list of things I listen to. Receiving a cool gift in the mail today got my mind thinking about the music that led me around from kidhood to adulthood. Well, as adult as I get.

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Studio Ghibli Music is Pretty Freakin’ Amazing [Video]

I have known about Studio Ghibli Animation for quite some time, but I haven't really gotten into the movies ever since I met my wife, cause she kicks ass like that.

Movies like Spirited Away, The Wind Rises, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, etc. They are all great movies and the animation is amazing.

Another thing that's amazing about these movies is the music.

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Love Your Vinyl Albums? Laser Record Player Plays the Music and Doesn’t Touch!

With the return of the vinyl album (even if I argue that it didn't really go away), lots of people are buying cheap turntables to listen to the new albums they bought on Record Store Day. But those cheap things are bad for the albums, digging into the grooves.

Even good turntables will eventually destroy the albums you listen to, since it's a sharp diamond needle dragging across the vinyl.

But now, if you have the money...okay, a LOT of money, you can listen to your LPs on a laser turntable from ELP (not the 70s prog band).

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Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal Asks You To Stand Up For Music [Video]

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Bumblefoot's World Intellectual Property Day messageGuns N' Roses guitarist, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, wants you to get up, stand up for music rights this World Intellectual Property (IP) Day (April 26). #WorldIPDay

Posted by U.S. Embassy Singapore on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Check out this well-spoken message from GNR guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal on illegal downloading and supporting music. I think this is an important message that people really need to hear. Being a music freak, I want people to be able to create more music, and for them to be able to keep creating. Downloading their music is theft, and you shouldn't do it.

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New Guitar Hero and Rock Band Games On the Way [Video]

Guitar Hero and Rock Band were all the rage during the 2000's. I know quite a few people who purchased game consoles for the sole purpose of playing Guitar Hero, it got a lot of people into gaming.

I actually wrote a whole thing about the rise and fall of Guitar Hero.

Looking to reinvigorate the dead 'music genre' of video games, new Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games are on their way.

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