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GTG Fest XI and more!

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GTG Fest 2018! 25+ independent bands and artists converge on the capital of Michigan September 7th and 8th for the 11th annual GTG Fest. GTG Fest is curated by a group of friends and musicians to foster a safe, intimate, and creative environment to experience the passion of DIY music, make new friends, and see old ones. Music, food, a raffle featuring items from rad local businesses, and a barrage of good times fill the weekend. Please be respectful and cool to all attendees and to all of the spaces. No hate. We’re all in this together.

SEPT 7 & 8 @ THE AVENUE CAFE (Lansing, MI)

The Plurals
City Mouse
The Hat Madder
Erotic Novels
Raymond Strife Who Raps
Lipstick Jodi
Scary Women
Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms
Tart
Nonbinary
No Skull
The Stick Arounds
Pissed
The Quirk
Sexy Toxins
The Hemingers

…. AND MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!

More events for the weekend will be announced shortly, check out the event page here!

But GTG Fest is over a month away, there’s plenty happening this month too. Three GTG mainstay bands are hitting the road, starting with a midwest run from The Stick Arounds – who also just released a new single ahead of their forthcoming 2nd LP.

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The Stick Arounds Tour Dates:

8/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
8/3 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
8/4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Tree Bar

THEN the greatest sing-along-road-warriors City Mouse are doing a li’l midwest run of their own with San Diego’s Squarecrow.

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City Mouse Tour Dates:

8/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
8/11 – Lansing, MI @ Avenue Cafe
8/12 – Bloomington, IL @Nightshop
8/13 – Chicago, IL @ The Burlington

AND THEN this insane party is happening in Trenton, NJ on August 18 for Honah Lee’s 10 year anniversary. The Plurals are heading out for a quick jaunt to the east coast and back to be a part of it!

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The Plurals Tour Dates:

8/16 – Dayton, OH @ Jimmie’s Ladder 11
8/17 – New Jersey
8/18 – Trenton, NJ @ Mill Hill w/ HONAH LEE
8/19 – New Hope, PA @ Bucks County Playhouse

There’s solid shows the rest of the month too…

8/2 – City Mouse @ GTG House (Lansing, MI)
8/2 – Hat Madder @ New Dodge Lounge (Hamtramck, MI)
8/3 – Disappointed Dad @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing)
8/4 – The Plurals @ Taste of Michigan City (Michigan City, IN)
8/5 – Wade Wilson @ The Avenue Cafe
8/18 – HONAH LEE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY @ MILL HILL (Trenton, NJ)
8/18 – Two Houses @ Hexagon (Minneapolis, MN)
8/27 – Drinking Mercury @ Pyramid Scheme (Grand Rapids, MI) w/ Jonah Matranga

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Let’s just bask in that last show for a second… Jonah Matranga is an indie rock legend from his work with Far and he’s also in many ways a pioneer for the modern DIY musician with his various solo activities. In the early 2000s your humble author saw Jonah play in a small cafe in Grand Rapids and his warmth and connection with the audience as well as his sliding-scale merch that he sold himself left a huge impression and has been a big influence for how GTG has come together. Jonah is touring on the 20th anniversary of Far’s “Water and Solutions” and it’s a wonderful full-circle moment for Drinking Mercury, the band that laid the foundation for GTG in the first place, to open up the show. Sounds like the best way to wrap up summer activities before the GTG Fest madness! Get yer tickets!

See you out there!

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July 2018!

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We all took a breather after the big shows and tours in June, but we’re back at it this weekend! Free shows from both Drinking Mercury and The Hunky Newcomers! Get on it Lansing!

Late April Fake GTG Fest!

A bunch of us basically accidentally booked a bunch of shows this week in Lansing, leading to a sort of springtime GTG Fest! It’s about time this spring thing happened too, we were getting some of the most wicked Cabin Fever to date.
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Thursday April 26th The Hat Madder – with their freshly released vinyl edition of Rotting On The Vine – will be rocking out at The Avenue Cafe alongside Connecticut piano ‘n art duo Pocket Vinyl, Grand Rapids punk people The Quirk, and treasured locals Scary Women and Blaine & His Keyboard. The next day, April 27th, Drinking Mercury – also with their freshly released vinyl split with The Sexy Murders – will be gracing the Avenue stage with our old friends The Jackpine Snag and new friends Dirty Deville. The Avenue gets another dose of fun when, Saturday April 28th, Miski from City Mouse hosts and performs a night of punk rock featuring Heart and Lung from Cleveland and Lansing rascals Stop Bobby Hatch, Foxhole, and an acoustic set from Dasterds. Finally, just down the block, The Stick Arounds will be playing at Green Door on April 28th with Moto and Cardboard Bullies (which includes, among others, Chris from Narc Out the Reds/ The Hat Madder). Madness! Great accidental work everyone!

April Stuff Makes May Less Rough (ugh)

Lots of GTG activities this month! There’s a dozenish bands with GTG releases tearing up all kinds of spots in the midwest, northeast, and Canada. Get in there!

4/5 – Disappointed Dad @ Mac’s Bar (Lansing) w/ Whoopi Goldblum, Bloody Lips
4/6 – Erotic Novels @ Court Tavern (New Brunswick, NJ)
4/6 – Bong Mountain @ Shakespeare’s (Kalamazoo, MI)
4/7 – The Stick Arounds, Narc Out the Reds @ The Avenue Cafe
4/12 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Old East 65 (London, ON)
4/12 – Erotic Novels @ Mill Hill Basement (Trenton, NJ)
4/12 – Two Houses @ Gman Tavern (Chicago, IL)
4/13 – The Plurals @ The Avenue Cafe (Capital City Film Festival)
4/13 – Erotic Novels @ Volume IV (New Brunswick, NJ)
4/13 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Painted Lady (Toronto, ON)
4/13 – City Mouse @ Kuzzins (Grand Rapids, MI)
4/14 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Windsor Beer Exchange (Windsor, ON)
4/14 – The Stick Arounds @ International Pop Overthrow (Detroit, MI)
4/20 – GTG House Show/ Pre-Stoopfest Bash ( Lansing)
4/21 – Stoopfest 2018 (Lansing) w/ Speedy Ortiz, Suzy Analogue, Erica Freas, Typesetter, City Mouse, Rent Strike and many more
4/26 – The Hat Madder @ The Avenue Cafe w/ Pocket Vinyl
4/27 – Drinking Mercury @ The Avenue Cafe w/ Jackpine Snag
4/27 – The Hat Madder @ Old Dog Tavern (Kalamazoo, MI) w/ Pocket Vinyl
4/27 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Rubbles (Mt Pleasant, MI)
4/28 – The Stick Arounds @ Green Door (Lansing)

Drinking Mercury Ionia Show!

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Here’s a ponderous little number for ya – Drinking Mercury, not exactly the most regular live performing band in the first place, will be playing at Steele Street Brewing in Ionia, not exactly the most regular live performance venue, Saturday March 10th! This is release party number one for The Sexy Murders/ Drinking Mercury split LP so that’s neat. Drinking Mercury was the “first” GTG band way back in the day and the core of folks that founded GTG – and the ones that have been there the whole time, i.e. The Plurals, Pudvay, Sleeping Timmy, Tommy’s cousin Michael, etc – all met each other through Drinking Mercury playing shows in Ionia in the early 2000s, so this is a homecoming of sorts for the whole damn GTG thing. Come have some craft beer, eat some pizza, listen to a couple sets from subdued beardy indie rocker guys, pick up a vinyl, and see if Drinking Mercury can pull off their old-school shenanigans in their 30s and get the fire marshal to shut the show down. On March 24th we’ll be doing another release party at Street Kitchen in Lansing, stay tuned!

The Sexy Murders / Drinking Mercury split – out now!


Out Now! Split record featuring four new songs apiece from The Sexy Murders and Drinking Mercury. Limited run of clear vinyl will be out in March too! We’ve been tinkering with this release for a little awhile now and we’re very excited to set it out into the world. This is the first long-from release from Drinking Mercury since 2011’s Orcades and while there have been some memorable compilation appearances from this band in the interim it’s nice to have a collection of tunes from the original GTG band in 2018. This record also doubles as the debut release from The Sexy Murders, the latest project to feature Crooked Sound’s Eric Merckling, in collaboration with his old Calliope bandmate Andy Dryer and perennial GTG player Hattie Danby. Their contributions to the record do recall the first two Calliope albums , and Eric’s Crooked Sound project releases but they also have their own unique vibe, showcasing the creativity and songwriting chops of these Michigan music veterans.

At the bandcamp link you can order the vinyl version, which is a very limited edition lathe-cut clear 12-inch manufactured by Little Elephant Lathe Cuts in Toledo. The records are packaged in an origami-style fold with artwork unique to the vinyl version. Only a couple dozen of these were pressed so get on it if you want one! They’ll ship out in March and we’ll also have a couple release parties for the record then too. Stay tuned!

GTG Fest X – Wow!

GTG-THANKS-2017TOMMY PLURALS SAYS:
GTG FEST! That was one of the best weekends of my life. First and foremost my partners in the endeavor – Nicholas Miski Dee Hattie Mae Loren Isaac Michael and Timmy – are the best friends and collaborators I could hope to have. The Avenue Cafe and all of its staff have done a bang up job hosting our fest and this year was no exception. So much love! Weather conspired against The Record Lounge but the little bit of show that we did get to do there was awesome and we’ll figure out a way to make up for it. Thanks to Ryan and Andy for having the gear on call to do the outdoor show that didn’t happen, and Josh and Jeffery for lending some muscle and being down to do whatever random thing we threw out there. Rachel made a great poster and I’m going to miss seeing it all over everything I do. All of our sponsors – Pabst Blue Ribbon, Scene Witch, Schuler Books & Music, Foods For Living, Rubie’s Paradise Salon, McCord’s Farm Market, Bloom Coffee Roasters, Streetkitchen, harrison roadhouse, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Alyson Rose Studio, and MI Blue Owl Coffee – made the weekend that much more special and we’re happy to work with all of you. Mike, Eric, and Isaac are basically the trinity of GTG sound techs so thanks for hanging with all of the bands all weekend. Thanks to Crith, Paul, and Kevin for providing the backline along with Nich and Hattie; this made the ambitious time table possible. Brian was running around recording the whole weekend and I can’t wait to hear what he captured. Shoot… I think that’s everyone but the fest is still a fresh blur so sincerest apologies if I spaced anywhere. But… EVERYONE THAT ATTENDED!! YOU make this all possible and we’re all so humbled by your support. 10 MORE YEARS! 10 MORE YEARS!! #gtgfestx
GTG FEST 2017 LINEUP (by day, headliners in the caps)

CITY MOUSE
Mad Moon
Daisys
Narc Out The Reds
Drinking Mercury
Cavalcade
Bet On Rats
Man Mountain
James Radick

THE HAT MADDER
Lucy
Alpha Rabbit
No Skull
The Knights Without
The Mongrels
Calliope
The Free Life
Disappointed Dad
Drake Butterscotch

MEAT WAVE
THE PLURALS
Scary Women
Half Tongue
Rent Strike
The Hunky Newcomers
Cat Midway
Nick Merz
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ARTIST SAMPLER: https://gtgrecords.bandcamp.com/album/gtg-fest-2017
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