10/06/2014

Anne's Blog Has Moved!

Thanks so much for reading my Local Music Beat blog! Some people have contacted me asking why I stopped blogging, so I wanted to let you know I haven't stopped at all-- the blog simply moved! Head to www.lsj.com/localmusicbeat for future blogs. Thanks, again!

Anne

08/24/2014

It Lies Within, Through the Ashes, Vandalay and Bloodline Riot Head Benefit Show Lineup at Uli's Haus of Rock

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The 3rd annual Rockin Q Fest takes place Sept. 6 at Uli's Haus of Rock in Lansing. The event started in 2012 to help raise money and awareness for birth defects. All of the funds raised by the concert will go to the March of Dimes Michigan Chapter and Hearts of Hope in honor of 4-year-old LouAndra Eberly (Tough Tink), who was born with four heart defects.

This is a Prudential Spirit of Community award-winning show.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door via www.therockinqfest.brownpapertickets.com.

Those who wish to make a donate via PayPay may do so using the email address therockinqfest@hotmail.com.

Here's the current lineup, with links to their Facebook pages:

HuggyD (Opening DJ)
I Am Six
Oeno
Bloodline Riot
Vandalay
Fides In Us
It Lies Within
Through the Ashes
Seraphim
Model Citizen
As I Said Before
Charity Guest Speakers
Kevin Jennings

Charities:
March of Dimes Michigan
Hearts of Hope (SE Michigan)

For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

08/18/2014

Hot Show: Les Claypool's Duo de Twang at the Intersection

DuoLes Claypool is one of the finest bass players in the history of the instrument. I wish I could play bass even 10% as well as Claypool rocks it.

Claypool is a regular playing Michigan in his band Primus. Now, the bass guru will bring his country-tinged act Duo de Twang on Aug. 24 to the Intersection in Grand Rapids! I've heard fantastic things about Duo de Twangs show and expect this concert to be a must-see.

Tickets for the gig run $26 in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Intersection's official website.

Listen to some of Duo de Twang music here:

08/13/2014

Weekend Riff: Horse the Band, Way to Fall at U.S. Royalty in Lansing

Niacin-saves-posterCombine an eight-bit Nintendo sound with metalcore fury and you've got Horse the Band. The Los Angeles-based rockers first started making their "Nintendocore" in 1999 and never looked back, offering an exotic sound that appears to old-school Nintendo fans and more.

Fusion Shows will bring Horse the Band on Sunday (Aug. 16) to the Loft in Lansing. Math the Band and Octaves open. Sadly, the show is sold out.

If you're still itching to take in some live music this weekend, Way to Fall is set on Friday to rock the Loft, while U.S. Royalty will perform Friday at Mac's Bar.

For more shows, go here.

08/03/2014

Local Listen: Uli's Haus of Rock Heats Up August

6a00d8341c83bd53ef0133ec75a827970b-800wiUli's Haus of Rock on the south side of Lansing has made a name for itself over the past few years for bringing in some of the top names in rock, metal and beyond. I've been there quite a few times and have never been disappointed!

The venue has a packed August schedule, which is found on its official Facebook page.

Here are just a few highlights:

8/14 — Prozak (The "Hitchcock" of hip-hop), Darling Down, Chaeos N Confusion, Mcellus, $15 general admission, $30 VIP

8/16 — Kung Fu Diesel, Impossible Tuesday, SXX, 10GaugeRage, Emperors and elephants, $8

8/21 — Midwest Skies, Woodbridge, $5

8/22 — S.O.P. album release show, cost TBA

8/29 — Condition Critical, Recorruptor, Tyrant, cost TBA

For the full schedule, visit www.facebook.com/ulishausofrock.

07/28/2014

Weekday Gigs: The Sidekicks, Ill Nino, the Spragues and East Lansing's Open Mic

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Who says weekends should have all the fun when it comes to live music? This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday offer a few choice opportunities to get out and take in some weekday gigs.

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07/20/2014

Mayhem Chat: Korn's James ‘Munky’ Shaffer Says Brian 'Head' Welch is Like Family

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Korn last week rolled through DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston on the seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, performing alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Asking Alexandria and more.

A few hours before the band's set, Korn guitarist "Munky" spoke with the Lansing State Journal about why the group, who would pretty much play any tour at this point, wanted to be a part of Mayhem.

"We did it about four years ago, in 2010, and we had a really good time and it was a really positive experience," Munky said. "I think we reached and gained some new fans, so, it's always good to play festivals because you’re playing in front of the fans that wouldn't normally come see your band. I think that was the opportunity here."

Korn recently reunited with its original guitarist, Brian Head Welch, for the new album, 2013’s "The Paradigm Shift." Welch had left the band and started to pursue a Christian music career, but now does double duty between Korn and his Christian metal group, Love and Death.

Munky said having Welch back with Korn is akin to seeing a family member again.

"You know, a lot of fans have said, 'It's so great to have him back,' and every time I say that, I always think, 'It's not as great as it is for me,' because he's my brother," Munky said. "So, having him back… it's a family member. It's like you haven't seen your brother in so long, and now he's back with the family, and I think the band really needed him for a long time. So, now, to create that powerhouse Korn is supposed to sound like a wall of guitars is so pleasing to not only the fans but us when we’re in the studio coming up and riffing and creatively, so it's a lot of fun. It's fun again!"

07/11/2014

LSJ Ultimate Common Ground Selfie Contest: Win Common Ground Passes for 2015

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If you're going to be at Common Ground this year and want to get hooked up with week-long passes for next year's event, the LSJ has a contest happening all week that's just for you.

We're picking the Ulitmate Common Ground Selfie, and the winner will score two week-long Common Ground passes for 2015.

Here's how to enter:

Upload a selfie of yourself at Common Ground to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #CGMFselfie and be automatically entered to win.

The deadline to enter is July 13, the final day of Common Ground 2014!

Good luck. ;)

07/04/2014

COMMON GROUND GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Fitz & the Tantrums!

Blog 2Alternative pop group Fitz & the Tantrums have been spun all over the radio with upbeat, dance-able songs "Out of My League" and "More Than Just a Dream." Now, the band is set to headline Lansing's Common Ground Music Festival on July 12.

In addition to Fitz & the Tantrums, Dr. Dog, Jukebox The Ghost, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, The Orwells, X Ambassadors, Royal Teeth, Chappo and the People's Temple are also on the bill.

And, your chance to win tickets is right here, thanks to Common Ground! Simply enter for tickets below.

Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) in the email, and please follow me on Twitter, so I can DM you (@AnneErickson). Don’t worry—I’ll follow you back!

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Deadline to enter is July 9 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To purchase tickets, visit Common Ground's official website.

Click here to send us an email. Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) for a chance to win.

07/02/2014

COMMON GROUND GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See 311, the Violent Femmes, the Wailers and More!

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Alternative rocker 311 has been going strong for 25 years, and they guys are showing no signs of slowing. The Omaha, Neb.-based band recently released a new studio album, "Stereolithic," and is touring much of the year. The group headlines the July 9 Common Ground Music Festival bill in Lansing, with support from Violent Femmes, the Wailers, Flobots, OPM, The4ontheFloor, Radical Something, The Weeks, Squirrel Shaped Fish and Ben Kenney.

And, thanks to the fine folks at Common Ground, I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the show right here! Simply enter for tickets below.

Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) in the email, and please follow me on Twitter, so I can DM you (@AnneErickson). Don’t worry—I'll follow you back!

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Deadline to enter is July 2 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To purchase tickets, visit Common Ground's official website.

Click here to send us an email. Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) for a chance to win.

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