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Say wha?!? A record label right here in Grand Rapids??? That’s right. dizzybird records is a brand spanking new label formed right here in the grand land. Co-founders Brian Hoekstra(AMI Entertainment) & Nicole LaRae(Venue Mgr @ Pyramid Scheme/WYCE Community Relations/Halfway House comrade) will be launching its goodness with a release party on October 17th @ the Pyramid Scheme.


Atlanta indie rockers Gringo Star‘s release of new 7-inch ‘Long Time Gone’ b/w ‘World of Spin’ along with a 10-inch from Gringo Star amigos, Heaters will be the debut releases from the new Grand Rapids-based dizzybird records. Woot.

Like‘ their Facebook page for updates on all things dizzy.

Join‘ the launch party event page.

Get to know dizzybird records: website. facebook. twitter. instagram.

Congrats to our friends Brian & Nicole.

Album Release Shows – Mat Churchill & The Backyard Town and Josh Rose

A couple of Halfway House friends -both of whom participated in our BARE event- have some new music to share with you.


Mat Churchill along with the Backyard Town will be celebrating the release of the self titled album on Saturday September 13th @ Founders. Joining the festivities will be our good friends Valentiger – who just released an album of their own earlier this summer. Also on the bill is Lambo(members of Ghost Heart/Tokyo Morose/Little Village).

You can preview a song from Mr Churchill’s album below:


Josh Rose has set Saturday, Oct 4th @ 8:00 PM for the release of his latest work Old Laminate. The event will take place @ Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids. TICKETS.

Here is an A Capella version of ‘Latch Key’ from our BARE event:

Josh Rose – Latch Key

As always – tell your friends!!!

New Album – Radiator Hospital ‘Torch Song’

Torch Song

Phildelphia’s Radiator Hospital has released a new album titled Torch Song & will be touring a good portion of the United States for the next six weeks. Michigan dates include: Ann Arbor & Grand Rapids.

You can view the rest of the Radiator Hospital Halfway House Session here.

Get to know Radiator Hospital: Page. BandCamp. Facebook.

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.

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