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10 posts from December 2011

12/29/2011

Rockin' Eve: Three Lansing New Year's Eve Hotspots with DJ Elemnt, DJ Donnie D and DJ Ruckus

The start of a new year always brings hope and anticipation. Whether your 2011 brought ups or downs, the start of 2012 will likely be cause for celebration! Find three Lansing New Year's Eve hotspots, below, and pick up the Lansing State Journal What's On for a full list of New Year's Eve events. Happy 2012!

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12/26/2011

10 Must-Have 2011 Lansing Albums

Westrin & MowryWe recently ran our "Best of 2011 in Music" series, featuring Lansing musicians, hip-hop artists and promoters offering up their favorite local albums of 2011. (Read the lists, here, and, here.)

Now, check out a list of 10 Must-Have Lansing Albums, before 2012 rings in.

Of course, there wasn't room for every local release, so this is only a small sampling of the great music that came out of Lansing in 2011!

What was your favorite album - local or national - of the year? Let us know in the comments section, below. Happy 2012!

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12/23/2011

Lansing Bass Player Orrick Ewing Performs 'A Christmas Love' [Video]

SantachristmasIn celebration of Christmas, we're taking this weekend off from the Weekend Riff. (Although Lansing-based alternative rock band Cheap Girls does have a Christmas night gig at Mac's in Lansing, which you can read all about, here!)

I want to personally thank everybody who has read the Local Music Beat blog in 2011. It means so much to see the blog grow over the years, and that's thanks to all of you! Please keep me posted on local music and entertainment happenings in 2012 via aerickson [at] lansing.gannett.com. Have a blessed 2012!

WKAR-TV airs its popular "Merrily Caroling" special Saturday (Dec. 24) at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Sunday (Dec. 25) at 3 p.m. on HD/23. Watch an excerpt from the show featuring Lansing bass extrordinare Orrick Ewing, below, and find more videos on WKAR's official website! (Santa graphic via Christmas Graphics Plus.)

Watch Lansing bass player Orrick Ewing Perform 'A Christmas Love' on WKAR-TV's BackStage Pass:

12/21/2011

'Pumped up Kicks' Alt-Rockers Foster the People Announce 2012 Michigan Show

Foster-The-People-Torches"Pumped up Kicks" hit-makers Foster the People have announced an extensive 2012 tour, and it includes a Michigan stop. The guys will play the Fillmore in Detroit June 16, so there's plenty of time to decide whether you want to trek out to the show. Tokyo Police Club are set to open for the Detroit date.

On various other dates, the Kooks and Mayer Hawthorne & County will tour with the band.

Foster the People certainly ruled 2011, as the band's debut full-length, "Torches," scored the Los Angeles guys scored a 3x platinum single in, "Pumped Up Kicks." Additional alternative rock hits "Helena Beat" and "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" followed towards the end of the year.

Now, Mark Foster and group are in the running for two big Grammy awards: Best Alternative Album and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance. Good luck, guys!

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12/19/2011

Lansing Band Cheap Girls Readies Debut Rise Records Album, 'Giant Orange' [with Audio]

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12/16/2011

Weekend Riff: The Claudettes Play Debut Lansing Gig at Mac's, New Jersey Rocker the Parlor Mob at the Loft, Rise Against in Michigan

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Weekend Spotlight: Chicago indie rock duo the Claudettes reach Mac's

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12/12/2011

The LSJ Local Music Beat’s ‘Best of 2011 in Music,’ Picked by You - Part 2

It’s time for part two of our series featuring the “Best of 2011in Music,” in which Lansing musicians, hip-hop artists, promoters and others offer up their favorite local albums of 2011! Miss part one of the series? Read it, here. What are your favorite local albums of 2011? Let us know in the conversation, below!

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12/09/2011

Weekend Riff: LSO Holiday Pops, Ten Pound Fiddle Holiday Sing, '80s Nostalgia with Rock of Ages

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Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out some live music this weekend

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12/05/2011

The LSJ Local Music Beat ‘Best of 2011 in Music,’ Picked by You - Part 1

Best of 2011: Local musicians pick the top Michigan albums of the year

This past year brought plenty of fantastic albums from mid-Michigan bands and artists. Per usual, we've put together a list of the “Best of 2011 in Music,” with various Lansing musicians, hip-hop artists and promoters offering up their favorite albums of 2011. The list was so long that I had to divide the picks into two weeks! Find part one of the two-part series, below. (The list is in alphabetical order.) For more, check out this week's Lansing State Journal What’s On.

What's your favorite local album of 2011? Let us know in the conversation, below!

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12/02/2011

Weekend Riff: Soundgarden's Chris Cornell Plays Two Gigs, MSU Choral Union Presents Handel's Messiah and More

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This weekend offers two shows from Chris Cornell, plus metal at Mac's, the MSU Choral Union in action and more

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