03/24/2014

GIVEAWAY: See DREAM THEATER at the Fillmore!

Dream theater

Progressive rock band Dream Theater is out on its North American "Along for the Ride Tour," and the trek is taking the men through a handful of major cities, including Detroit.

The band performs April 4 at the Fillmore in Detroit, and thanks to Live Nation, I'm giving away a pair of tickets right here! Simply enter for tickets to the show 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 March 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To purchase tickets to the show, go here.

Dream Theater's self-titled album arrived earlier this year, as well as the DVD "Live At Luna Park." The band also scored their second Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for "The Enemy Inside" this year.

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 via Roadrunner Records

03/20/2014

WKAR-TV's 'BackStage Pass' to Feature New Shows Through May 15

Gasoline_(The_Hard_Lessons_album)The Hard Lessons are certainly no strangers to mid-Michigan. The Detroit-based rock band got hteir start playing around Michigan State University in the early 2000s and earned a loyal following with their high-energy live shows and soulful rock 'n' roll sound.

The group -– which features Augie Visocchi, Korin Louise Visocchi and Ryan Vandeberghe –- will perform on WKAR-TV's "BackStage Pass" Friday (March 21) at 9 p.m. The show was recorded at the Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing.

“BackStage Pass” has new shows scheduled every week now through the season-ending  "Having a Ball: Best of Season 5" show on May 15. Other upcoming  performers include Maurice Davis Quartet, Simien the Whale, Phil Denny, Big Llou, Lowdown Brass Band, Kevin Nichols, Funktion and Someday, Someway.

The show airs 9 p.m. Fridays on WKAR-HD, 1 a.m. Saturdays on WKAR-HD and 8 p.m. Saturdays on WKAR World. The show features Michigan musicains performing live, in front of a studio audience.

For more on BackStage Pass, visit www.wkar.org/programs/backstage-pass.

03/16/2014

Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails Announce Tour; Stops Include Michigan Show

Soundgarden nine inch nailsThe much-rumored Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails summer tour is on. On Saturday (March 15), the bands announced that they, indeed, will be hitting the road together this summer, and their lengthy tour includes a stop July 26 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston. The tour is only the fourth stop on their over two-dozen date itinerary, so Michigan is getting the tour early in the game.

Tickes for the run go on sale to the general public starting Friday (March 21) via Ticketmaster.com. View the full roster of tour dates below.

Soundgarden are out in support of their latest album, 2012's "King Animal," plus celebrating the 20th anniversary of their "Superunknown" release. It's also the 20th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails' famed album "The Downward Spiral." Both albums dropped on March 8, 1994.

Oh, yeah, and remember when Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor said some pretty negative things about Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell regarding the latter's solo album back in 2009? It appears that the debate has smoothed over, at least for the sake of making a summer tour work for these two camps. It's nice to see the guys getting along.

Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails 2014 Summer Tour Dates:

7/19 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Planet Hollywood
7/21 — Denver, Colo. — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/24 — Tinley Park, Ill. — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/26 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 — Toronto, ON — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/29 — Mansfield, Mass. — XFinity Center
7/30 — Camden, N.J. — Bank Center
8/1 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
8/2 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4 — Bristow, Va. — Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Farm Bureau Live at Lakewood
8/7 — Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion
8/8 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/10 — West Palm Beach, Fla. — Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/11 — Tampa, Fla. — MidFlorida Credit Union
8/14 — Austin, Texas — Austin360 Amphitheatre
8/16 — Woodlands, Texas — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/17 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/19 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Isleta Amphitheatre
8/21 — Chula Vista, Calif. — Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/22 — Irvine, Calif. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/24 — Mountain View, Calif. — Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/25 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Hollywood Bowl

03/09/2014

Now Playing: Lord Huron, 'She Lit a Fire'

Lord huronOne of the bands I get asked about on a regular basis is Lord Huron.

The Los Angeles-based group -- which features Okemos High School graduates Ben Schneider (lead vocals, guitar), Mark Barry (percussion, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals), Eaton Rapids graduate Miguel Briseño (bass, percussion) and Sacramento, Calif.-based guitarist Karl Kerfoot (guitar, vocals) -- is one of the hottest up-and-comers on the indie rock circuit.

Lord Huron recently released a new music video for the song "She Lit a Fire" off the band's current album, 2012's "Lonesome Dreams," out via IAMSOUND. The tune is my "Now Playing" feature this week, so check it out below!

“She Lit a Fire” features a cameo from former Lansing State Journal columnist and contributor John Schneider, who is Ben’s father. Read more about his involvement via www.lsj.com.

03/02/2014

Local Listen: Common Ground 2014 Headliners (Playlist)

311 ster - blogThe secret is out!

Common Ground will return to Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park this July, and the festival has just revealed that 311, Brand New (who were already heavily rumored to perform) and Justin Moore are among the first headliners set to play the annual music festival.

Side stage performers announced include Circa Survive, the Hold Steady, Say Anything, the Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, Braid, So So Glos, You Blew It, Seahaven, the Flobots, Radical Something and David Nail. Of course, this is just the beginning, and many more additional acts will be revealed in the coming months.

The annual music event, which is entering its 15th year, will take place July 8 - 13 at Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park.

For full details on the newly-announced performers, including dates when they’ll be appearing at the festival and ticket information, visit www.lsj.com and www.commongroundfest.com.

In the meantime, I put together this Spotify playlist featuring some of the headliners set to rock Common Ground. Stream it below!

02/20/2014

Local Listen: The Hat Madder Embarking on Cross-Country Tour

Hatmaddertour2014pressphoto -  Michelle Weisenberg - smallAlternating between freewheeling post-punk and melodic pop-rock, the Hat Madder's music has something for nearly every music fan who appreciates a catchy dollop of indie rock.

Now, the Lansing-based group is set to take that sound on the road with a cross-country tour, primarily of the West Coast, that will keep the guys on the road through mid-March. The tour will kick off at a private event Feb. 24 at the band's rehearsal space and loop back on March 17 for a show at the Midtown Brewing Company in Lansing. Expect to hear songs from the band's entire catalog, including a new tune.

Here's the full tour roster for the Hat Madder, which features Isaac Vander Schuur (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Nick Merz (keys, guitar, percussion, strings, vocals), Ben Jenson (bass guitar), Chris Baratono (guitars, keys, vocals) and John Miller (drums).

The Hat Madder 2014 Tour Dates:

Feb. 24 -- private show to kick off tour

Feb. 24 -- Lansing, Mich. -- Private show w/ Cavalcade, Newday Dreamers and Ian Graham of Cheap Girls

Feb. 25 -- West Chicago, Ill. -- Oasis Cafe (Cairo) w/ Amber Stereo, Mildly Intoxicated, Invisible Cartoons

Feb. 26 -- Omaha, Neb. -- Lucy's Palace w/ Congruency, Saturn Moth

Feb. 27 --  Denver, Colo. -- Lion's Lair w/ Indigenous Robot, The Vanilla Milkshakes

March 1 -- Boise, Idaho -- The Shredder w. Limbosa, Rogue Gallery, Shy Fawnzee, Fox Alive

March 2 -- Portland, Ore. -- Tonic Lounge w/ Here Come Dots, Nails Hide Metal

March 3 -- Sacramento, Calif. -- Press Club w/ Minski Blackouts, Instagon, Zen Arcadia

March 4 -- San Francisco, Calif. -- Grant & Green w/ Drivers, Irie Fuse

March 5 -- Fresno, Calif. -- Tokyo Garden w/ It'll Grow Back, The Plurals, Blind Bison

March 6 -- San Pedro, Calif. -- TBA w/ Black Sparrow Press

March 7 -- Riverside, Calif. -- Morgan's Tavern w/ Adult Toys, Teenage Exorcists, Holly, The Plurals

March 8 -- Tempe, Ariz. -- Tempe Tavern w/ Gamma Function, Black Canyon Bastards, Scorpion Vs. Tarantula

March 10 -- Fort Worth, Texas -- Embargo w/ The Welcome, Errors of Metabolism, Koo Koo Kangaroo

March 11 -- Austin, Texas -- Sam's BBQ w/ Mr. Hipster, TBA

March 12 -- Houston, Texas -- Super Happy Fun Land w/ Indigenous Robot, Zarigani$, jungles!!!, Jacob Latham, Take One Car, After Nations

March 14 -- Memphis, Tenn. -- Poplar Lounge w/ Vanishing Islands, SVU

March 15 -- Louisville, Kenn. -- Rudyard Kipling w/ Plastic Melodies

March 16 -- Cincinnati, Ohio -- Rake's End w/ Margaret Darling, Johnathan Lohr

March 17 -- Lansing, Mich. -- Midtown Brewing Company w/ The Arrangement, Pulp Culture

02/17/2014

First Common Ground Headliners to Be Announced Wednesday

CgIt may be freezing outside, but it's never too soon to start thinking about summer concerts. Common Ground Music Festival is a big one for Lansing, and the initial headliners for the 2014 festival will be announced at noon this Wednesday (Feb. 19).

Make sure to check LSJ.com and this blog (LSJ.com/LocalMusicBeat) for the details right at noon Wednesday!

In the meantime, the festival has been releasing a few clues about the lineup on their official Facebook page, including a photo of a champagne bottle, a photo of a finger-pointing fist and a photo of a fashion magazine. As previously reported, Brand New is already heavily rumored to play this year’s festival.

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

Local Listen: The Aimcriers to Release 'Solid State World' Vinyl at The Record Lounge

SSW3Grand Ledge-based Americana group the Aimcriers released their debut full length album, "Solid State World," digitally late last year, and now, they're ready to release the set on vinyl. The band is going to jam its stuff into The Record Lounge in East Lansing and perform the whole album, plus some other originals and covers, on Saturday (Feb. 22) at 7 p.m. for their vinyl release show.

Recorded and mixed at multiple locations in Arizona and Michigan and mastered at GBP Studios in East Lansing, “Solid State World” offers the Americana and “folkabilly” sound the band has earned a name playing.

"One reason why we wanted to release 'Solid State World' on vinyl was because vinyl is how we discovered music growing up," said guitarisat and vocalist Johnny Aimcrier. "Sure, the radio played a big part, but spending your own money on a record was a big deal in hearing songs over and over, where multi-layered instruments could really be appreciated.

 "Another reason for vinyl is that there is something tactile and organic about placing the needle on the record and watching the record spin that intensifies the musical experience, it won't make our songs better, but the participation in the listening event is stronger and heightened.

"The third reason is captured in the lyrics of Once Is An Accident."

The Aimcriers are Johnny, Andy Aimcrier (guitars, vocals), and Danny Aimcrier (drums, percussion, vocals). For more on the band, head to www.Facebook.com/TheAimcriers.

02/13/2014

Upcoming Show to Benefit Beloved Green Door Staffer Josh Wadds

UntitledThe Green Door Bar & Grill will host a special benefit for Josh Wadds, the bar's beloved doorman and cook, on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Wadds, 25, has worked at the Green Door for over 2-1/2 years. He was recently diagnosed Melanoma skin cancer, and the cancer has spread into his lymph nodes. Wadds is just starting to fight the cancer and is unable to work due to surgeries and work restrictions.

The staff of the Green Door is holding the benefit to support Wadds and help with the medical bills he's accumulating, as he has no health insurance.

The event will feature over six hours of live music, followed by a comedy show. Some of the performers include Steppin' In It, Whitney Spotts and Chris Baratono and Jen Sygit, with many more set to play. Other events planned to help raise funds for Wadds include a silent auction and raffles. Those who wish to donate items to the silent auction may send them or drop them off at the Green Door. A fund has been set up at Astera Credit Union for anyone interested in sending a monetary donation.

Show details: The Green Door Blues Bar & Grill benefit show for Josh Wadds, doors 2 p.m. and music will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2005 E Michigan Avenue, Lansing, 482-6376, a $10 admittance donation will be requested upon entry.Tax-deductible donations will also be accepted.

02/10/2014

Giving Back: Greater Lansing Food Bank Benefit Concert

Fade to black imageIt's February, which means it's time for Todd Karinen's annual benefit show for the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Each year, the local musician and booker puts together a lineup of great Michigan musicians to perform one night for the greater good. This year's show takes place Saturday, Feb. 15, and features Fade to Black, the Fiction Junkies, the Playback, the Fascinators and the Arrangement.

All proceeds raised from the show will go to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

Show details: Fourth annual Benefit for the Greater Lansing Food Bank featuring Fade to Black, the Fiction Junkies, the Playback, the Fascinators and the Arrangement, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, The Avenue Café, 2021 Michigan Ave, Lansing, tickets $7 or $5 with a non-perishable food item. All proceeds go the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

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