Kickstarter – Zach Winters


Our friend Zach Winters is hosting a Kickstarter for his upcoming album Monarch. You may recall Mr Winters from our ‘Front Porch Fridays’ segment -or- as part of our SXSW Halfway House Sessions. Please take a moment to watch the vid(s) and contribute to something awesome for someone that is awesome.

Head on over to the Kickstarter page for more details on the project.

Also – you can snag a copy of his most current album They Were Longing for a Better Country as a FREE download – so really if you donate some funds you’re getting two albums for the price of one. Hi5!!!

Zach Winters – These Are The Days – Halfway House Sessions – SXSW from Halfway House on Vimeo.

New Album – Valentiger ‘Stray Animals’


Halfway House besties Valentiger are set to release some new ear candy. Hooray!!! Stray Animals will be available on July 12th & is currently available for pre-order.

To celebrate the new tunes – Valentiger will be hosting a party @ the Pyramid Scheme before embarking on some tour dates.

Tickets – which includes a copy of Stray Animals.

07.12 -­‐ GRAND RAPIDS ALBUM RELEASE @ The Pyramid Scheme
07.17 -­‐ Kalamazoo, MI -­‐ Old Dog Tavern
07.18 — Chicago, IL — Tonic Room
07.19 -­‐ Cincinnati, OH -­‐ Southgate House
07.20 -­‐ Washington, DC -­‐ Tree House Lounge
07.21 -­‐ NYC -­‐ The Cake Shop
07.22 -­‐ Cambridge, Ma -­‐ The Middle East
07.23 -­‐ Pawtucket, RI -­‐ Machines with Magnets
07.24 -­‐ Philadelphia, PA -­‐ The Fire
07.25 -­‐ Columbus, OH -­‐ Brothers Drake
07.26 -­‐ Nashville, TN -­‐ Mad Donnas
08.07 -­‐ East Lansing, MI -­‐ Macs Bar
08.08 -­‐ Detroit, MI -­‐ The New Dodge
08.09 -­‐ Bay City, MI – Brewtopia
More Dates TBA

Tell your friends!!!

Halfway House Sessions – UP THE CHAIN


Philadelphia’s UP THE CHAIN were in the grand land for a few days during the month of May – so we were able to capture this Halfway House Session. Two of the three tracks are brand spanking new jams from Reed Kendall(UP THE CHAIN frontman) & friends. UTC will entertain some crowds in Philadelphia this summer before embarking on a European tour this Fall.

UP THE CHAIN – No Waiting Lines – Halfway House Sessions
UP THE CHAIN – The Horse’s Course – Halfway House Sessions
UP THE CHAIN – Departed Trains – Halfway House Sessions


Up The Chain – No Waiting Lines – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.

Up The Chain – The Horse’s Course – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.

Up The Chain – Departed Trains – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.

Get to know UP THE CHAIN: Website. Bandcamp. Twitter. Facebook.

LISTEN – WYCE’S The Guest List With Halfway House Music


For those of you that weren’t able to tune in to our most recent WYCE’S Guest List appearance – fear not. You can stream the entire episode below – as well as all the tracks featured on the show.

Alec Ounsworth – Underwater(You & Me) – Halfway House Sessions

Recommended Listening – Lost In The Trees ‘Past Life’


Lost In The Trees Past Life(Anti-) has been in constant rotation since its premiere via NPR’s First Listen back in February & is currently sits as our favorite release of 2014. While the band has reduced itself in numbers – the songs seem to breathe and stretch in a beautiful soundscape that calls for repeated listens. Ari Picker’s vocals/lyrics are captivating. & addictive.

Do your ears & mind a favor – spend some quality time with this album. We suggest: 1) Grab some headphones. 2) Push play. 3) Let everything go & 4) Set adrift. #freefloating

The band was recently featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s opb Music Sessions:

You can download the full session here.

Halfway House Sessions – Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

IMG_3242 Photo by Nicole LaRae.

Back in January – we had the honor of hosting a Living Room Show with Alec Ounsworth – the fine gentleman behind Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. He kindly obliged & recorded a Halfway House Session with us before the evening’s festivities got underway and delivered one of our favorite Halfway House Sessions to date. These tracks – one from each CYHSY album – sound absolutely amazing.

The latest CYHSY album Only Run will be self-released on June 3rd. You can preorder the album here via iTunes.


Stream the first track off of Only Run – featuring Matt Berninger of The National:

Alec & CYHSY will be spend the month of June touring in support of the new album: Tour Dates.

Alec Ounsworth – Underwater(You & Me) – Halfway House Sessions
Alec Ounsworth – Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood – Halfway House Sessions
Alec Ounsworth – Into Your Alien Arms – Halfway House Sessions
Alec Ounsworth – Blameless – Halfway House Sessions


New Release – Tyler Lyle ‘Ditchdigger’


Halfway House alum Tyler Lyle has released a new EP Ditchdigger & – no surprise – it’s pretty damn good. You can stream/purchase ‘Ditchdigger’ below – which features ‘Werewolf’ – a track he shared with us during our session @ SXSW last year. It still gives me chills whenever I listen to that performance:

Tyler Lyle – Werewolf – Halfway House Sessions – SXSW


Get to know Tyler Lyle: Website. Bandcamp. Facebook. Twitter.

Living Room Show With Califone – 4.29


We are pleased to announce another Living Room Show @ the Stone House. This go around we host Califone on Tuesday April 29th.

In addition to a number of critically acclaimed albums – Tim Rutilli – Califone sole mainstay – has worked with the likes of Isaac Brock(Modest Mouse) & Sam Beam(Iron & Wine).


You can check out Califone’s most recent release – 2013′s Stitches(via Dead Oceans) here -or- go here for the Califone catalogue.

READ: Pitchfork review.



Show – Future Islands @ The Pyramid Scheme – 3.25


Baltimore’s Future Islands will be rocking out The Pyramid Scheme on Tuesday March 25th. If their recent performance on Letterman is any indication of what the Future Islands has in store – then it’s fair to say this will be one of the best shows in Grand Rapids all year. TICKETS.

You can stream their new album ‘Singles’(out 3/25 on 4AD) via NPR First Listen.


Here’s a second track from the forthcoming album:

New Show – Ray LaMontagne @ Frederik Meijer Gardens – 7.23


Ray LaMontagne will be coming to the Frederik Meijer Gardens Wednesday July 23rd. Give his new jam ‘Supernova’ a spin. It’s the title track for his forthcoming album – hitting stores on 5/6.

Tickets go on sale on 4/26 for Meijer Garden members & 5/10 to the general public. $60.

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