|By Rich Tupica|
Frontier Ruckus isn’t the only local act perking ears outside of Lansing. Through extensive touring or alignment with some prolific indie labels, a handful of other groups and solo artists have shown themselves poised to make a bigger name for themselves and our city. Here’s a look at four other acts that could put Lansing on the musical map.Cheap Girls
Who are they? Adam Aymor (guitar), Ben Graham (drums), Ian Graham (bass, vocals) What’s so great? These guys are Lansing’s answer to The Replacements, or The Lemonheads. Solid ‘90s aesthetics and catchy hooks delivered with punk rock ethos.
Next local show: To be announced
The People’s Temple
Who are they? The band is made up of two sets of brothers; Alex (guitar/ vocals) and George (drums) Szegedy and Spencer (bass/vocals) and William (guitar/vocals) Young What are they on? Metaphorically speaking, it’d be LSD all the way. The psychedelic guitar solos and Rolling Stones rhythms are totally ‘60s in an uncontrived fashion.
Next local show: Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Mac’s Bar. With Chapstick and Chrome Spiders.
Who is he? James Gardin, AKA, “P 2 da H I”
What’s his deal? Creative, slick hip hop. Think Common and Mos Def, then add Lansing to the mix. If you are getting tired of the radio jams, pick up our hometown hero’s new EP, “Love Songs for Losers & Ballads for Ballers,” available as a free download on his MySpace blog.
Where is the love? His rhymes aren’t typical. The lyrics stay positive, or focused on love.
What’s the appeal? When Gardin takes the stage, his electric swagger takes command of the entire venue. He is a star in the making.
Next local show: Saturday, Aug. 29, at The Small Planet. With Finale, One Be Lo and more.
Who are they? Matt War (bass/vocals) and Xaphan (guitars/backing vocals) (new drummer yet to be announced)
Is the end near? Yes, at least if these guys have anything to say about it. This apocalyptic, thrash metal band is all about themes, and that theme involves post-Armageddon mayhem and dressing in kick ass jean jackets.
Next local show: Friday, Aug. 28, at Mac’s Bar. With Deceased and Superchrist.