New book on Grande Ballroom explores Detroit’s lost music venue
Oct. 12 2016
In the late ‘60s, visitors entering the second floor of Detroit’s Grande Ballroom were greeted by waves of pulsating music and an electric light show. They handed a ticket to someone in a bathtub...
Jan. 20 2016
While Moriarty’s Bar has hosted local bands for years, the venue hasn’t always been comfortable for performers. “The bands used to set up in front of the fireplace,” said local...
Saturday, Nov. 21
Nov. 18 2015
Next week, families all over Greater Lansing will gather around a turkey dinner — or whatever the popular vegan, GMO-free alternative is this year — and reflect on what they are thankful for....
Film documents legendary DC hardcore punk scene
April 16 2015
Lansing punk-rock legend Tesco Vee of the Meatmen hosts a screening of “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)” April 24 at Studio C! in Okemos. The acclaimed 2015 documentary,...
Forty years ago the Silver Dollar opened its doors. But its precursor, the Brewery, has its own wild legacy.
June 28 2015
In the early hours of July 3, 1974, an estimated 300 patrons of the Brewery, Lansing’s most notorious rock club, drunkenly flooded East Michigan Avenue in what the city of Lansing later dubbed a...
Local music production company gears up for annual DIY music fest
Oct. 15 2014
Michael Azerrad’s book “Our Band Could Be Your Life” has become essential reading for those gripped by the grimy genesis of alternative rock. It chronicles the careers of a cast of underground...
A chat with six up-and-coming local acts
July 9 2014
Lansing’s booming rock scene has thrust several local bands into the national spotlight. Just look at Dominic John Davis: Last year he was rocking the Green Door, this year he performed on the Grammy...
How one local company is making Lansing a destination for live music
May 15 2013
It's easier to complain about a lack of local entertainment options than do anything about it, but Nate Dorough isn't going to get pissed if you start ripping on the local music scene — he's too...
Brand New, The Front Bottoms, 311 part of the summer festival’s lineup
Feb. 19 2014
The first round of bands has been announced for this year’s Common Ground Music Festival. The 15th annual summer festival’s lineup includes ‘90s rap-reggae rockers 311, alt-rockers Brand...
BluesFest 2013 returns with a few twists
Sept. 18 2013
The motto for Old Town BluesFest has always seemed to be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But what’s wrong with a little tweaking? As always, when BluesFest opens on Friday,...
Mason’s ‘Song of the Summer’ is the Sun Dried Music Festival
Aug. 21 2013
Surrounded by cornfields, with a population under 9,000, Mason is not a metropolis. But the Ingham County seat’s annual homegrown “Sun Dried Music Festival” is turning this sleepy town...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
June 4 2014
Pumstock Festival For the last five years, East Lansing’s Bailey neighborhood residents Geraldine and Dudley “Smitty” Smith have been booking Americana acts at the Orchard Street...
Annual genre-fusing show doubles as CD release party for local band
Nov. 28 2012
These days, if you're talking about country music, you usually think about superstars like Kenny Chesney or the glossy pop styling of Taylor Swift – a manufactured contemporary sound that strays...
Nov. 23 2011
The Fling is an indie-rock band from Long Beach that plays shoegaze-inspired folk tunes and psych-pop ballads. The band, which plays Mac s Wednesday, has a new single, "Dogpile," on Dangerbird Records....
July 6 2011
Also set to perform is Kessenchu, an electronic one-man band fronted by Caleb Shkinwe McPherson. He plays a mixture of techno, noise and speedcore. Headlining the night is Charlatan, who plays original,...
Nov. 24 2010
The cover albums, to be released by GTG Records, feature almost all Lansing bands and were recorded over the past year and a half. “Explosions: Lansing Salutes Devo” and “No More Tomorrow...
Tribute albums kowtow to KISS and Devo
Dec. 1 2010
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 Oade’s Hidden Camel, 1210 S. Washington Ave., Lansing $5, 21 and over Reds, Calliope, Cavalcade, Gates of Steel, The Plurals, BerT, Frank and Earnest, Lord Vapid, Hat Madder,...
Paleo, Small Houses among artists on new CD
Dec. 8 2010
“In The Orchard Of Osiris,” a new compilation of mostly Michigan artists, wasn’t thrown together on a whim.The 15 tracks were seamlessly woven together by musician and graphic artist...
Madness, money and music: The legacy of Lansing’s 1960s rock scene
Jan. 4 2013
Soon after Feb. 9, 1964, Lansing area teens began filing into Marshall Music in search of guitars, organs, amplifiers and drum kits. Those school kids had just witnessed the Beatles perform on "The Ed...
Local music defined by rough-around-edges rock in 2000s
Dec. 30 2009
Colin Such, guitarist and lead vocalist of Fun Ender, said while the scene still draws a crowd, he feels it’s missing out on a huge untapped resource. “When I first started playing, there seemed...

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