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Lansing bands on tour, playing Pouzza Fest in Montreal this weekend

Pouzza Fest, held in downtown Montreal, takes place in nine venues over three days.

Lansing bands invade punk festival Pouzza Fest in Montreal, Quebec, Canada this weekend.

Small Parks, which recently released their newest EP called Retracing, play Friday.

Little American Champ, which released a new set of songs last month, play Saturday.

Read the schedule linked above to find out more.

Both bands — currently on tours coinciding with their Pouzza Fest stops — are playing for the first time outside of the U.S.

Each band is also playing Bled Fest on Saturday May 24 in Howell, Mich., too.

Stream Fisherking’s Ghost on Spotify

Album art for Ghost, the latest LP from Fisherking.

Ghost, the 2012 LansingMusic.TV Album of the Year by Lansing’s Fisherking, is now available to stream on Spotify.

The Lansing hardcore band — which began demoing new songs and playing more shows beginning last summer, including a show with The Suicide Machines at a sold-out Mac’s Bar — released Ghost in the fall of 2012.

Joe Hertler, The People’s Temple, more added to Common Ground Music Festival

Lansing bands Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers and The People’s Temple have been added to the annual Common Ground Music Festival, held in July in downtown Lansing at Adado Riverfront Park.

Joe Hertler and the funk-bringing Rainbow Seekers perform on Sunday July 23 alongside Earth, Wind & Fire, the Robert Glasper Experiment and more. The band has many tour dates lined up this summer, including stops at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois as well as many stops around Michigan.

Garage rock band The People’s Temple — who are in the middle of completing a U.S. tour — have been added to the bill on Saturday, July 12 alongside headliners Fitz and the Tantrums, Dr. Dog, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and more.

Lansing rappers James Gardin, L Soul and CyRus have been added to the hip-hop night featuring Big Sean, Juicy J and Machine Gun Kelly.

Common Ground Music Festival 2013 photos

Here are some photos I (Sean) took at Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing this weekend.

Both nights I attended, Friday and Saturday, were awesome. Amazing lineups and amazing shows. Looking forward to next year.

Lead singer for Detroit's Flint Eastwood, Jax Anderson, during their set on the Leinie Lodge stage Friday night July 12

Banjo player David Jones (left) and singer/guitarist Matthew Milia (right) of Michigan band Frontier Ruckus perform on the Auto Value stage before Josh Ritter and The Avett Brothers on Saturday July 13

Murder by Death's Sarah Balliet (far left, cello), Dagan Thogerson (behind center, drums), Adam Turla (guitar, vocals), Matt Armstrong (bass) and Scott Brackett (far right, keyboards) perform Saturday July 13 on the General Motors Pavilion stage. The Bloomington, Indiana band's latest album "Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon" was released last year.

Concord, North Carolina's The Avett Brothers closing out Saturday night of the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, Michigan on July 13. The group are working on a followup album to their 2012 release The Carpenter, set to be released later this year.

Mike Kinsella performs solo and acoustic music under the name Owen on Saturday July 13 on the Leinie Lodge stage. Kinsella is most known for being in Chicago-area bands emo bands American Football, Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc and, more recently, collaborating with Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It. as the band Their/They're/There.

John Bee, the singer behind American Opera, performs at Common Ground Music Festival Saturday July 13. Bee, originally from Michigan, resides in New York City.

Cavalcade return from hiatus, announce album downloads and live show

Lansing’s Cavalcade have returned from hiatus after original and longtime vocalist Zack Warren left the band earlier this year.


Catch Cavalcade with Jucifer at Mac's Bar on Friday June 7. Wastelander's Sean Peters debuts on vocals. Flier by Craig Horky.

Returning to the stage at Mac’s Bar with Jucifer, Shackle the Giant and Dozic, the band return with Sean Peters (of Wastelander, Dark Psychosis and Summon) on vocals and now-permanent drummer Christian Urabazzo. Check out the Facebook event here.

Along with their live return, the band have released their long-overdue albums Dear Entrails and 15 Year Dog Plan on their Bandcamp page for pay-what-you-want for a limited time. Get their discography, including their debut album Into Bolivian, here.

Look out for reviews of Dear Entrails and 15 Year Dog Plan soon.

Bled Fest set times announced

Premier Michigan-based music festival, Bled Fest, has announced set times for the day. Remember, set times are subject to change.

Get your tickets here and get them early since it’s looking like Bled Fest could sell out for the first time in its history.

Check out the set times below, courtesy of the Bled Fest 2013 Facebook page:

Stage A
1245-110 Of Virtue
135-200 Endeavors
225-250 Diamond Youth
315-340 Hostage Calm
405-430 Make Do And Mend
455-520 Wilson
545-610 Code Orange Kids
635-700 Pianos Become The Teeth
730-800 Tigers Jaw
830-900 Into It. Over It.
930-1030 Anti-Flag

Stage B
1220-1245 Gift Giver
110-135 Turnover
200-225 Secret Grief
250-315 Masked Intruder
340-405 Hit The Lights
430-455 Daylight
520-545 Mixtapes
610-635 Koji
700-730 Cheap Girls
800-830 Andrew WK
900-930 The Swellers

Stage C
1200-1225 Maybe Next Time
1245-110 Adventures
130-155 Allison Weiss
215-240 Cadaver Dogs
300-325 Sainthood Reps
345-410 The World Is A Beautiful Place
430-455 Flint Eastwood
515-540 Dads
600-625 Joie De Vivre
645-710 Modern Baseball
730-755 Prawn
815-840 CityCop
900-925 Slingshot Dakota
945-1010 Have Mercy

Stage D
105-130 Foreign Tongues
150-215 State Champs
235-300 Xerxes
320-345 Signals
405-430 Caravels
450-515 Empire Empire
535-600 From Rise To Ruin
620-645 Jowls
705-730 Act As One
750-815 You Blew It
835-900 Cerce
920-945 Pity Sex

Stage E
110-135 Steven’s Salute
155-220 The Story Changes
240-305 Small Parks
325-350 American Opera
410-435 A Hero Falls
455-520 Wolves and Machines
540-605 Hung Up
625-650 Aeris
710-735 Giraffe Attack
755-820 Portrait
840-905 Paths
925-950 Conscripts

Stage F
1250-115 Kittyhawk
135-200 All The Presidents Men
220-245 The Red Queen
305-330 The Shack
350-415 Alaska
435-500 The Threads
520-545 Captains
605-630 Way To Fall
650-715 Hampshire
735-800 Explicit Bombers
820-845 The Reptilian
905-930 Wayne Szalinski

The Avett Brothers, Frontier Ruckus announced for Commonground; Jahshua Smith – The Final Season review

The Avett Brothers have been announced for the Commonground Music Festival held in downtown Lansing this summer and Frontier Ruckus have been announced to open for them.

Be on the lookout for more performer announcements in the future.

In other news, Lansing hip hop artist Jahshua Smith has released a new album called The Final Season.

Check out a review here, via Central Michigan Life:

Lansing emcee and BLAT! Pack member Jahshua Smith (formerly JYoung the General) released his new album “The Final Season” last week, and with almost an hour-and-a-half musical journey, the listen is a bit long but well worth it.

With cameos from a who’s-who of Michigan artists from Joe Hertler (on lead track “Seven Year Itch”) to fellow BLAT! Pack members Philthy, The Amature, Yellowkake and Red Pill, the diversity shown in the featured artists is just as diverse as the production on the tracks themselves. “Seven Year Itch” features Hertler’s soulful crooning on the chorus, while “Carry On/The Ark” features Philthy’s lisp-laden flow.

Smith’s lyrics range from the political to the personal, with a party track thrown in here and there. On “Censored,” he raps about making it to college “but still had to wait for Uncle Sam to split the bill.”

It’s a bit of a stream-of-consciousness, pointed diatribe with a bit of hope tied to it. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel here.

“The Ghosts of Medgar Evers” is another political track drawing on the mindsets of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

“They take up 130 words to sum up a black life,” Smith raps over a synthesizer and snare beat.

Smith’s flow is confident and powerful. Able to draw upon personal experiences, he channels a pent-up anger on his political tracks, while his laid-back style comes through on “Butt/Don’t Hold Back,” with its soulful guitar lead and interchangeable sample of the word “butt” with “but” cleverly implemented. It’s a party track “for the ladies,” as he says in a skit before the track.

He also takes time to dissect love and relationships with songs such as “Lylah’s Song.”

Smith’s travels down a few different avenues with this record and can cater to different groups. Including a few different bonus tracks, the album is a bit too long to listen to at once. The singles are where this album shines, but listening to the entire album helps the listener learn more about Smith: his triumphs, struggles and life. Regardless of what you listen to, you should pick this up. It’s got a bit for everyone and has Michigan roots.


Fusion Shows’ 5th Anniversary show: My thoughts

I usually don’t do this here but after Saturday’s show at the Crofoot in Pontiac celebrating Fusion Shows’ 5th anniversary with La Dispute, Cheap Girls, Into It. Over It, The Swellers, Tiger! Tiger! and more, I’m still riding the energetic, memorable and passionate wave everyone who was there was on. I thought I’d share my thoughts on it and what it meant to me and what it means to Michigan music.

Well, that was one hell of a show. Getting to see Tiger! Tiger!, Cheap Girls, The Swellers and Into It. Over It back-to-back is probably something I won’t ever get the chance to see again. It was an incredible experience. I had been dying to see IIOI with the full band ever since I saw the announcement for this show. Carpooling with a few friends was a great way to pass the time there and back.

When my friends and I got to the Crofoot, we could hear Tiger! Tiger! starting and were anxious to get in. Once in, I ran upstairs to catch the rest of their set. Ending with (what I would later learn) was the song Hayford, it has become my favorite song of their’s. It’s some of the most emotional lyrics I’ve ever heard. It resonates with me greatly. Hearing a room full of kids scream back the lyrics to the band at the end was a chilling moment.

Cheap Girls on the main stage.

Cheap Girls played, in my opinion, their best set of songs I’ve heard by them. Playing all their hits. No BS. A Lesser Rate, No One to Blame and even the obscure Pure Hate was played. Great to see those guys again and am excited for their future.

The Swellers live on the main stage. Photo by me.

Next was The Swellers. I had caught the tail-end of their set at Bledfest and after hearing The Best I Ever Had at that show, I was hooked and needed to see them again. The crowd was stoked for every bit of their set and even though there were more than a few songs I didn’t know (still have to dig into their back catalog), I loved hearing The Best I Ever Had again. I definitely sang along to that. I also picked up their new EP “Running out of Places to Go” and a t-shirt.

Into It. Over It. on the main stage.

Into It. Over It. was the band I came to see. Evan and crew rocked the hell out of their set, putting in an energy that matched the crowd’s. It was neat for all of us to see the (potentially) last full band show with the Stay Ahead of the Weather lineup. I enjoyed the stage banter by Evan and loved the moment where a fan asked for a particular SAOTW song and almost got to sing it. Wish he had. After their set, I chatted with Evan a little bit and picked up a shirt, the 12 Towns CD and the (supposedly) 2nd-to-last copy ever of the 4-LP “52 Weeks” set. That is such a beautiful piece of art, not just music. The drawings, the lyrics, the red vinyl. That’s why I love collecting records.

Cover of Into It. Over It’s 52 Weeks 4-LP booklet. Photo by me.

Anyway, enough of my personal ramblings about my purchases and experiences.

Although I’m still on the high of an excellent show, I think Nate and crew have proven they are the best promoters in  the country. Bold statement, yes. But Michigan has always been known as a state which loves live music and Fusion Shows have tapped into that and are doing the best work of bringing the best shows possible to our state. With a Fusion Show,  I never forget that the show’s quality will be the best it can be and the group are doing their best to make that their end goal. They’ve succeeded and will continue to do so, moving off of this excellent show into new, different and exciting territory.

Fusion Shows, all of my friends in bands (and non-band friends too) makes me proud to be a Michigander. Personally, they’re a part of my experience growing up in Michigan as much as where I’m from or my family. I’m grateful I live in a state where music is so greatly appreciated and loved.

I’m looking forward to not only what Fusion Shows have in store for us but what the rest of Michigan’s great musicians, record labels and venues have in store for us too.

With that: go out and support bands. Go to shows, buy their merch, talk with bands after their sets and get to know them. They’re people too. Great people who deserve every bit of everything they’ve ever earned. This philosophy is why LMTV exists and why I do what I do. I hope you’ll have the same passion as me and countless others.




Lots of shows coming up in Mount Pleasant

Sean here.

I’m back in Mount Pleasant for school and there are a ton of shows coming up in town over the next few months I’m really excited about and you should be too.

Check it out:

Rubble’s Bar is located at: 112 W. Michigan St., Mount Pleasant, MI

Hunter’s Ale House is located at: 4855 East Blue Grass Road, Mount Pleasant, MI


Thursday Jan. 17

Thursday Jan. 24

Saturday Jan. 26

  • Detroit indie-dance band Flint Eastwood play Hunter’s Ale House with Farwell’s Delightfuls and Mount Pleasant’s Benthos opening.
  • 9:30 p.m./FREE for 21+ and $2 for anyone 18-20

Friday Feb. 8

  • Grand Rapids ska band Mustard Plug play Rubble’s Bar with Lansing’s Decades and Mount Pleasant’s Ugly Broads opening.
  • 10 p.m./21+/$7

Saturday Feb. 16

  • Grand Rapids band The Soil and the Sun play an all-ages show with Mount Pleasant’s Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, Moses and Newday Dreamers opening.
  • 8 p.m./Ticket prices TBA

Friday March 22

  • Detroit indie band Bars of Gold play Hunter’s Ale House with Grand Rapids band Empty Orchestra and a local band to be determined opening.
  • 9 p.m./FREE for 21+ and $2 for 18+

Be apart of the Lansingmusic.TV Band Database: Here’s How

Bands, singer-songwriters, rappers, instrumentalists from all genres in Michigan! I (Sean) am updating and expanding the LMTV Band Database page and want your band or act to apart of it.

Here’s how you can get your band listed on our site:

Send an email with the following information to Please include in the Subject Line the following: LMTV Database and your band’s name

1. Please attach a most recent photo of your band

2. The band’s genre (please do not say “Other” or something similar)

3. The first and last names of members of the band along with the instrument and/or vocals each member plays

4. A few of the bands your band has played with (can be both local and national acts, and preferably bands similar to your style)

5. Links to your band’s social media sites and/or band website



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