Well actually this week I was over in scenic Lansing, MI but whoever heard of Lansing Rock City? Not this guy!
I arrived in Lansing from Detroit at around 6:00pm, just in time for happy hour at Mac's Bar (macsbar.com) in which I partook in drinking 30 oz. glasses of $4.25 Bell's Winter White Ale (bellsbeer.com). After some friends arrived, we decided to see what was going down in East Lansing so we went to Pinball Pete's (arcade place) and Panchero's (two pound burritos WHAT~!?).
Anyways, after making sure our bellies had enough absorbents inside of them we went back to Mac's to drink until our hearts' exploded. Well, we did have three hours until the first band began so what else is there to do?
First up was Sah (lastminuterecords.com) from Marquette, MI in the upper peninsula. Since I went to school in the UP, I've seen Sah dozens of times and probably know how to describe them the best of all the bands that were there. They're a 3 piece band consisting of a guitarist and two drummers (both of which are playing full drum kits!). The effects that Justin gets out of the guitar are quite low toned almost to the point of sounding like a bass guitar. And of course the drummers, Evan and Jesse, aren't going lightly on the drums by any stretch of the imagination. The way they relentlessly beat the shit out of their drums makes me think of the coined term "neandathal rock". For a few songs, Jesse even played bass and guitar which I hadn't seen him do in Sah before. Sah keeps getting better and better everytime I see them and since I finally have phat loot I bought three CDs from them.
Next up we have a band from the Chicagoland area called Russian (featuring ex members of Keleton DMD). Very very good rock band here. A bit emoish, but I hate to use that word since it invokes images of shitty bands like Dashboard Confessional and whatever mall emo band is the flavor of the week. They were also a 3 piece, but with one guitarist, one bass and a female drummer. Thanks to three 22 oz. of Old Englishe or is it Olde English? 800 the details on how much they ruled are hazy but rest assured they are a can't miss live band.
Finally, to headline an awesome night of rock and or roll music was a band known as Gil Mantera's Party Dream (partydream.com). Think Har Mar Superstar but with another guy playing live keyboards instead of a CD player and with lots more crowd interaction and beer drinking. By the end of the set, both guys had stripped down to only a g-string as they continually threw PBRs to the crowd. Not only were they a novelty act, they were also quite good and catchy and the way they worked the crowd was just the icing on the cake. For some reason, after I procurred a Pabst from one of the members I got on the stage and poured it down his gullet...well I tried to at least, I think more got on him and the floor though. Hey, that makes me a rockstar! Right? Right?!?
That's about that. If any of those bands come around where you live don't hesitate to check them out and by all means get your ass over to Mac's Bar if you live near Lansing.
Next weekend is the Hamtramck Blowout which feutures hundreds of local Detroit bands playing at all the various venues in Hamtramck. I'd give a link to it but the links from google either don't work or are outdated.
Beloved Canadian legends. One final tour. An impossible ticket. For my money, the Tragically Hip are most iconic band in Canadian history. But I might be biased; timing-wise, I'm about the perfect age to be a Hip fan.