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97.9 WGRD’s June 2014 Top Songs Playlist

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Lacuna Coil “Our Truth” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Lacuna Coil is a great Italian band I've been listening to since their Unleashed Memories album, and was totally blown away by songs like "Senzafine", "Heir of a Dying Day", and "When a Dead Man Walks", back in 2001.  I've gotten the chance to see them a few times, and they've always delivered a great set, with tons of energy.

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Black Label Society “Godspeed Hellbound” Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

So many bands, so many videos, from the three days of awesome that was Rock on the Range 2014!  One band I always love to see live is Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society!  Not just for the awesome shred of Zakk, but also to check out who his co-shredder is on second guitar (Dario Lorina)!

Zakk also writes a lot of really amazing songs, with a lot of artificial harmonics, or "pings" in them.  Check out this live version of a heavy beast, "Godspeed Hellbound" from the Order of the Black album!

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Nothing More Performs ‘Christ Copyright’ at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Nothing More came through town recently with Chevelle (check out the video), and if you missed them, they will be coming back to town in September with Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat.  They also rocked it hard this weekend at Rock on the Range 2014!  They kicked off their set on the Ernie Ball stage with one of my favorite songs, "Christ Copyright", from their new album, Nothing More.

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Pop Evil at Rock on the Range 2014
Pop Evil at Rock on the Range 2014 (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Pop Evil’s ‘Flawed’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Grand Rapids' own, Pop Evil, hit the main stage this year at Rock on the Range!  

The sold-out show packed Crew Stadium as our local boys took the stage with a ferocious performance of their Michigan rock!

Walking around that day, getting ready for the Pop Evil show, I heard a lot of people talking about the bands they wanted to see, and our Pop Evil was one of the bands I heard mentioned A LOT!

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Redlight King Rocked on the Range – Coming to Grand Rapids

Redlight King is a great Canadian band, led by Kazzer (Mark), and they're on tour with Seether and Black Stone Cherry right now...heading to Grand Rapids to hit the Orbit Room tonight!

Here's the first song from Redlight King's set at Rock on the Range to get you pumped for the show.

If you want tickets, GRD has your last chance tickets for tonight's Seether show at The Orbit Room!

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Seether Releases New Single and Album Details; Listen Now

The wait is over...Seether have been teasing an announcement for today, and here it is:

The new Seether album is titled "Isolate & Medicate" and will come out July 1.

And to prepare you for the new CD, they released their first single, "Words As Weapons," which you can listen to right now!  

This is Seether's first new album since 2011, "Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray"; and is its first on release on its new label Concord Records.

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Three Days Grace Rocked Grand Rapids at The Orbit Room on April 24th

Thursday night, April 24th, Three Days Grace and Framing Hanley came to Grand Rapids to rock the Orbit Room in front of a packed house!  Framing Hanley rocked the crowd with a nice long set of songs, getting the crowd really pumped up for the return of Three Days Grace to Grand Rapids.

Three Days Grace came out with the intent to show everyone in Grand Rapids why they're such a great band.

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Framing Hanley Rocked Grand Rapids at the Orbit Room with Three Days Grace

Thursday night, Three Days Grace came to Grand Rapids to rock the Orbit Room with Framing Hanley!  WGRD was there to...well, to rock and have a few drinks, to be honest...and to capture the night for those who couldn't make it!

If you haven't seen or heard Frami

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Three Days Grace Sound Check Party
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Check Out Video and Photos from the Three Days Grace Sound Check Party

The guys in Three Days Grace and WGRD hosted a fun sound check party for everyone who won tickets to the show on the air with GRD before the show, and they band even brought pizza!  What could be more awesome than getting exclusive access to watch the band prepare for their show, and hang out with them and get autographs and pictures?  Free pizza, too!

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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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