Weekend Riff: East Lansing's Blake Selby Bringing Rap to Uli's Haus of Rock

Uli's Haus of Rock on the south side of Lansing is usually known for, well, rock. Not always, though! This Saturday, East Lansing-based hip-hop artist Blake Selby will bring his rap vibe to the venue as part of his Midwest Tour.

Selby will be joined by an array of killer rap talent that night, including Wes Creek, LoudMuzyk, ElmNova, DJ Eclipse, Coinz, Wavie P and Playground Myuzik. For event information, visit the show's official Facebook page.

Selby also runs Northern Hype Entertainment, and some Northern Hype merch will be available at the show, including a new design for the ladies. For more on his work, visit www.NorthernHype.net.

Selby recently released a music video for his song "Never Let Go," off his current album "Ammunition," and the clip features Twista and Sam Kay. Watch the video below.



Say Anything's Max Bemis on 'Hebrews' and the Life of an Artist - Common Ground Buzz

Say anything herbrews imageSay Anything has a new album out this week, "Hebrews," and you can bet the Max Bemis-fronted band will bring out some of those news songs when they play Lansing's Common Ground Music Festival on July 8.

"Hebrews" brings something new to the forefront for Say Anything, both lyrically and musically. This was Bemis' first album written after becoming a father, and he'll tell you that changed everything.

"Being a parent influenced the album in every way possible," Bemis told me during an interview last week. "Being an artist is a very slippery slope for anyone. It's harder than more people think. The real hard part is the standards and self-reproach and being really hard on yourself and thinking you're not as good as other people who create things. It's emotionally taxing."

"Being a dad has balanced that out in such a way that I’ve been able to shave off the stress of being an artist," he added. "When you’re able to focus on a cute, adorable baby that wants your love, it separates you from the gobbledygook that comes with part of the creative profession, and you don't have as much time to worry."

While "Hebrews" has been streaming via Spotify all week, the set officially drops via Equal Vision Records on Tuesday (June 10).


Metal Corner: Capital City Chaos V at Uli's Haus of Rock

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Metal fans will surely delight in the fact Capital City Chaos is back this year. The annual metal event, which is in its fifth year, takes place this Saturday at Uli's Haus of Rock in Lansing.

Performers at this year's festival include headliner All Ends Black along with Reigin in Bedlam, After the Minor, Speedgod, Inebrirated, From Blue to Gray, Betray the Prophets, Steryotype and Dead Hour Noise. So, yeah, lots of heavy names.

As always, the bands on the bill hail from all over Michigan, from Mount Pleasant to Bay City to Lansing. Get ready to get your metal on, Michigan style!

Capital City Chaos V details: Doors 5 p.m. and bands start 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 South Martin Luther King Jr., Lansing, 882-5900, tickets $10 at the door.


Countdown to Common Ground Music Festival – What You Need to Know


Lansing's 15th annual Common Ground Music Festival takes place this July

Did you know Common Ground is only six weeks away? Yep, summer festival season is here, which means Lansing's biggest music festival is coming up soon.

The festival, which is entering its 15th year, will take place July 8 — 13 festival at Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park.

Here's the current announced lineup:

July 8:  Brand New, Circa Survive, The Hold Steady, Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, Braid, So So Glos, You Blew It, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Seahaven.

July 9:  311, Violent Femmes, the Wailers, Flobots, OPM, The4ontheFloor, Radical Something, The Weeks, Squirrel Shaped Fish, Ben Kenney.

July 10: Justin Moore, David Nail, Gord Bamford, Jacob Powell, Julia Sheer, Hugh Bob & the Hustle, Chelsey Danfield.

July 11: Big Sean, Juicy J, Ace Hood, Machine Gun Kelly, Chevy Woods, Berner, Tay Rhodes, cyRus, L Soul, Ill Natured, Hitman with DJ Klaverflav, James Gardin.

July 12: Fitz and the Tantrums, Dr. Dog, Jukebox The Ghost, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, The Orwells, X Ambassadors, Royal Teeth, Chappo, The People’s Temple.

July 13: Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Glasper Experiment, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, AHSAN, Dee Hibbert & Company.

Tickets for all shows are currently available and may be purchased online at www.commongroundfest.com, by phone at 1-877-569-7767 or in person at 901 North Washington Ave, Lansing.  

A few things to know at this point:

1. Tickets for the Brand New show are going quickly. It's the band's only Michigan show this summer, so fans are coming from afar to Common Ground on July 8. If you have your heart set on going, I would suggest you get tickets soon.

2. Tickets prices – including single day tickets and six day passes – always go up closer to the show. Usually, that's sometime in mid-to-late June. So, enjoy the discounted tickets prices while you can.

3. New this year: Ultimate Painting. A live painting event has been added to Common Ground Music Festival’s 2014 festivities. The event, called Ultimate Painting, will take place from July 10-12 at Adado Riverfront Park. Ultimate Painting art battles will take place in The Terminal (a 3,000 sq. ft. customer lounge) on the festival grounds in between live music sets. All paintings will be auctioned off after each round, and proceeds will support the artists. Artists may sign up to participate at artbattle.ca/register/.

For more on Common Ground Music Festival, including specific ticket and pass information, visit www.commongroundfest.com.

Photo: California rap artist 'Kid Ink' helps close out the 14th annual Common Ground Music Festival, Sunday, July 14, 2013, on the main stage at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. Photo by MATTHEW DAE SMITH | for the Lansing State Journal


Weekend Riff: Bled Fest Turns 10

Bled Fest 2014 is here! The annual music festival takes place Saturday (May 24) at Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, Mich.

Bled Fest, now in its 10th year, is known for bringing together a wide range of genres, from alternative to hardcore to rock, and appealing to the youngest of festival-goers. The festival, now in its 10th year, was started in 2005 by Hartland resident Ben Staub as a junior in high school as an all-day basement concert and pool party to celebrate the end of the school year. 

The 2014 lineup features Title Fight, the Menzingers, Man Overboard, Bane, Fireworks, Hawthorne Heights, Citizen, Transit, Dryvel, the Flatliners, Cruel Hand, Self Defense Family, Dads and more.

For more information, visit www.FusionShows.com and www.BLEDFEST.com.

Photo credit Mike Rice


GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See the Legendary Failure at St. Andrew's Hall!

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Have you heard the new track from Failure? It's killer, featuring the trio's trademark flashes of passion, torment and distortion.

"Come Crashing," the new tune, marks the California-based band's first song in 18 years. Check it out:

Yes, Failure is back, and the trio is out on a North American tour, which includes a stop Sunday (May 25) at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit.

Want to go to the show? Simply enter for tickets to the concert below! Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) in the email. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Deadline to enter is 12:01 a.m. EST Wednesday, May. 21. Good luck!

For more on the show, visit St. Andrew’s Hall’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.

Photo: Failure via Facebook


Detroit Musician Josh Malerman to Sign Books at Schuler This Week

1175594_10152206507928705_4381366413202939058_nDetroit rock music fans know the name Josh Malerman.

Malerman's band, the High Strung, has been featured on NPR's "This American Life," profiled by "Vanity Fair" and created music for movie and TV soundtracks, including Showtime's "Shameless."

The group is also a regular playing shows across Michigan.

Malerman is doing double duty these days, both as a musician and an author. His new book, “Bird Box,” is a spine-tingling horror novel that isn’t for the tame. Malerman will do an in-store book signing Thursday at Schuler Books & Music in the Eastwood Towne Center, following by a gig at Mac’s alongside the Hat Madder, Drinking Mercury and the Savage Ohms.

How to go: The High Strung’s Josh Malerman in-store for “Bird Box,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Schuler Books & Music in Eastwood, 2820 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing, 316-7495, free. Show with the Hat Madder, Drinking Mercury and the Savage Ohms, 9 p.m. Thursday, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Tickets $7 in advance, $8 day of.


Metal Outlook: Ogrefest VIII Offers Full Day of Metal Music

Ogrefest posterReady for a dose of metal music? Good, because it's time for the most metal day of the year.

The annual mid-Michigan metal music festival known as Ogrefest returns Saturday to Mac's in Lansing, bringing together bands with a fetish for all things heavy.

One of the coolest things about Ogrefest is watching the steady stream of people flowing in and out of Mac's all day for the festival. Over a dozen bands will be playing all day and night, including Satyrasis, Genocya, Sauron, Failed, Cavalcade, Konkeror, Ifing, Hedorah, Boreworm, American Gothic, Traitor, Bullpig, Dark Winter, Pan and Dead Hour Noise.


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Metal Corner: DeverauX Music Video Release at the Loft

188231_453442708057278_627660959_nLansing-based metal group DeverauX has a new single out, “Refrain,” and the guys will premiere the music video for the song Friday at the Loft in Lansing.

The night will also feature performances from local rock and metal groups Vandalay (Lansing), C.O.R.E. (Portland and mid-Michigan) and Speedgod (Lansing).

"This is our second professional video produced by The Media Advantage, and it has been a lot of fun working with those guys again," said drummer David Floyd, who along with vocalist Phil LaMay, guitarist Chas Millican and bass player JD Younk makes up the band. "They do a great job! We shot everything right here in Lansing and we are really excited to feature our home town. We were able to include some theatrical elements in this video that helped to 'tell the story' a bit more, which we really like. Overall, this has been a great experience and we hope everyone enjoys seeing the video as much as we enjoyed creating it."

Show details: DeverauX music video premiere for “Refrain,” 8 p.m. Friday, The Loft (above Harem Urban Lounge) at 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, tickets $10 in advance via www.theloftlansing.com.

Here's a promo video for the show:


5 essential things to know about Common Ground 2014

Common Ground Music Festival
, which is entering its 15th year, will take place July 8 — 13 at Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park.

Alternative rock band Brand New, country singer-songwriter Justin Moore and '90s alternative rocker 311 are the currently announced headliners for Common Ground 2014, with more on the way.

The festival is still months away, but here are 5 things to know right now to get you ready for mid-Michigan's biggest music experience.

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