So, I’ve decided to post up a list of the bands I feel are currently making waves beyond Lansing and will be bands to look out for in the near future.

Cavalcade

Lansing’s self-proclaimed “weird metal” pioneers, Cavalcade, have been making a name for themselves with their psychedelic, sludgy, metal and avant garde stew they call music. The band recently completed a string of shows in Texas with Phil Anselmo’s sludge supergroup Down and plan to release their new album “Dear Entrails” on his HouseCore records. With the metal horns raised, things are looking up for this band of musical misfits (…I mean geniuses).

(Photo by Kim Nastal)

Elliot Street Lunatic

With new rock leanings and a tighter sound than ever before, Elliot Street Lunatic, are poised to bring their brand of spacey and epic rock to the masses. Having recently announced that Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter will be producing their new album, the band has stepped up their live game. They will be going on a May tour that includes stops in Flagstaff, AZ and Denver, CO. After this trek, the band will head to California to record with Crescenzo. From there, the band’s future will be a bright one. (Photo by Christian Frarey)

The Plurals

The flagship band of Lansing’s Good Time Gang records, The Plurals, are releasing a new album in May and they are currently on a west coast tour. Exposing their brand of noisy and poppy cacophony to new audiences is a goal for this veteran Lansing band. Recent live shows at Mac’s Bar in Lansing and at Mulligan’s in Grand Rapids have shown that their new material is their strongest yet. Songs like “Conifer Oberst” and “Queensy” show their ability to ply hooks to distorted, crunchy goodness. Their noisy side is just as good, with songs like “I May Not Be a Smart Man” featuring the trademark wails of Nich Richard and the let-loose guitar of Tommy McCord. Hattie Danby is on top of her game as well behind the kit. Look for this gang of good timers to hit your ears soon.

Cheap Girls

Catchy hooks, driving guitars and a killer rhythm section are just a few of the things that make Cheap Girls a band to look out for. Recently coming off a month-long tour with punk heavyweights Against Me! and a trip to South By Southwest, their new songs they’ve been playing have ignited this band to near-superstardom. Songs like “Pacer”and “Pure Hate” draw on the influence of 90s poewrpop bands like Superchunk and Buffalo Tom but Cheap Girls are definitely not a rehash of these bands. Guitarist Adam Aymor adds a flare and flourish to his playing that is full of energy. Singer/bassist Ian Graham lays down the nearly stoicly emotional vocal overtop quiet basslines and brother Ben Graham plays the drums with a punk intensity and a pop swagger. The band will be going on tour with Lemuria in July and August to Europe, further solidifying their rising stars. (Photo by Ryan Russell)

The People’s Temple

The inaugural Lansingmusic.TV interviewees, these 60s-inspired garagey kids have been making strides, if not waves, as of late. The People’s Temple and their debut album, Sons of Stones, hits Lansing with a record release show on Saturday April 9th at Mac’s Bar. Swathing with reverb and old-school rock and roll vibes, this album is one not to be missed. The band recently completed a jaunt to Texas for South By Southwest, where they played the HoZac Records showcase. (Photo by Allie Dunn)

Jason Alarm

Coming out of Grand Ledge and bursting into Lansing, these epic and heavy synth-punks mean business. Currently writing their debut album, Jason Alarm are also constantly playing shows to hone their new sounds. Amidst a lineup change in February, the band soldiers on. Songs like “Your Radio” are epic, catchy and complex. Ever since I picked up their debut EP Engage, I knew that this band would have something to offer down the line. With plans to tour in the summer, the band hopes that new listeners will be attracted to their self-proclaimed “power new wave”.

Frank and Earnest

Their EP, “Old Francis”, was named the Lansingmusic.TV Album Of The Year. You might think the band has a lot to follow up on…and you’re right. Catchy-as-hell pop punk is a specialty of these Lansing, MI self-proclaimed “stupid guys”. Their new songs, like “Paul 4″ and “GTG Fest” are super catchy, the guitars are epic and the rhythm section is tight. It’s no secret that I love Frank and Earnest and with shows coming up with Mixtapes and The Smoking Popes, I hope new listeners will fall in love with the band like I did.

P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.

Currently in the midst of his “Coolest Dude in Sunday School” release series, the emcee is redefining and leading Lansing hip hop. Along with his crew, The Blat Pack, he has helped to push Lansing hip hop to new levels. With new songs from his “Coolest Dude..” series emphasizing experimentation with samples and a can-do attitude, these songs are something to check out. He also released a collaboration with The Amature back in August called “Whatupdoe From Blat!”. Keep P in mind when you think of Lansing hip hop. (Photo by Jake McGeorge).

Narc Out The Reds

If there’s one Lansing band on this list that can blow out your eardrums, it’s these guys. Along with the heavy and crushing guitars, the vocals (by singer/guitarist Chris Baratono) are crooner-esque and the rhythm section is killer. The band recently recorded with Detroit music legend Jim Diamond and are working on new songs for future release. I recently reviewed their “…Are On the Run EP” and I hope after reading my review, you go and check out this offering.

Frontier Ruckus

Michigan’s folk troubadours, Frontier Ruckus, are making huge strides across the world. Recently, the band played a coming-home show in Lansing. They will be touring Europe in May as well as the US later this year. Their 2nd album, Deadmalls and Nightfalls, was released last year to critical acclaim. They are working on new songs for later release and we here at Lansingmusic.TV can’t wait for them. I’m sure you can’t either.