Drinking Mercuy is releasing a new self-titled album at The Robin Theatre on November 23rd, with special guests When Particles Collide!
But first! The Stick Arounds are celebrating ten years as a band and they’re having a big ol’ shinding at The Avenue Cafe on Friday November 15! Joining the Sticks are GTG Family The Plurals, Jeremy Porter and the Tucos plus Detroit’s Popular Creeps!
Posted in Drinking Mercury, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, Lansing, Live, The Plurals, The Stick Arounds
Tagged Drinking Mercury, Fun, Jeremy Porter, Lansing, November, The Avenue Cafe, The Plurals, The Robin Theatre, The Stick Arounds, The Tucos, When Particles Collide
UPDATED: Now with Schedule + Fest compilation!
It’s here! The full GTG Fest lineup and the poster. Big props to Matt “Harborcoat / The Sweetest Stick Around” Carlson for the design work.
October 11, 12, 13, 2019 – Lansing, MI
FRI October 11 @ THE AVENUE CAFE / Doors 7 PM / $8 / 21+
8:00 Silktail (first show / EP release)
8:30 Blaine and His Keyboard (full band)
9:00 Singing Lungs (EP release)
10:00 Rites of Gaia
10:30 Disappointed Dad
11:00 No Skull (CD release)
12:00 Scary Women
12:30 Conspicuous Bystanders
SAT OCTOBER 12 @ RECORD LOUNGE / Doors 1 PM / No Cover / All Ages
1:30 Tedward / Neighbor Kidz Acoustic
2:00 Ouch, My Shoe! (first show)
2:30 Nicholas Weltschmerz
3:00 Erotic Novels (solo-ish / alt set)
4:15 Plurals Acousticish
5:00 worm (full band)
SAT OCTOBER 12 @ THE AVENUE CAFE / Doors 7 PM / $8 / 21+
8:00 The Ryne Experience
8:30 Ortho Roi
9:30 Lazy Genius
10:00 Erotic Novels
10:30 Narc Out The Reds (10 year anniversary set)
11:00 Matthew Milia (Frontier Ruckus / full band)
11:45 The Soods (split/CD release)
12:15 Drinking Mercury (split/CD release)
SUN OCTOBER 13 @ MAC’S BAR / Doors 5 PM / $8 / ALL AGES
5:30 Sleeping Timmy
6:15 The Stick Arounds
7:00 Mistic Mountian
7:45 Rodeo Boys (tour kickoff)
8:30 The Plurals
9:30 The Lippies
All this plus lights by Britt Paul!
AND…. it’s GTG Fest so there’ll definitely still be some surprises in store. Get ready!
Posted in Blaine and His Keyboard, Cavalcade, Disappointed Dad, Drinking Mercury, Erotic Novels, GTG Fest, Harborcoat, Lansing, Narc Out the Reds, Sleeping Timmy, The Plurals, The Stick Arounds
Tagged Awesome, Frontier Ruckus, GTG Fest, GTG Fest 2019, holy shit, Mac's Bar, Rodeo Boys, Squarecrow, The Avenue Cafe, The Lippies, The Record Lounge
Harborcoat, the latest project from Matthew Carlson (The Stick Arounds, Pantones, et al) will be releasing their debut album this fall and are having a CD release party at The Avenue Cafe on August 24! The debut album, Brutal Gravity, is a 12 song “exploration [of] the quiet desperation, darkness, and inertia that can lie underneath the veneer of the oft-romanticized life in small-town/rural America” and features contributions from, among others, Carlson’s Stick Arounds bandmates and The Hat Madder’s Isaac Vander Schuur. Isaac’s mitts are actually all over this record as he engineered and produced it and you can feel a little bit of that Hat Madder grime throughout, which is welcome to the ears while the Hat Madder are on hiatus. In addition to scratching all kinds of GTG friend itches, the record basks nicely in the tradition of REM, Big Star, Guided By Voices, et al. Basically, it’s another Midwest-weirdo-pop classic from GTG! Check out the video for lead track “Missing On The 4th of July” below:
Get your CDs early at the album release show and stay tuned to the band’s socials for info on both the wider release AND a limited edition vinyl release. GTG124!
Posted in Album, Harborcoat, The Hat Madder, The Stick Arounds
Tagged Best Album of 2019, Harborcoat, La La Delivery, Lansing, Powerpop, Release Party, Rites of Gaia, The Avenue Cafe
2019 is starting to shape up! We’ll have announcements on new releases very soon as well!
3/6 – The Plurals @ Mac’s Bar (Lansing, MI) w/ Messthetics (ex-FUGAZI), Helen Money
3/8 – The Stick Arounds @ New Way (Ferndale, MI)
3/9 – The Stick Arounds @ Maidstone (Ypsilanti, MI)
3/9 – GTG Presents: When Particles Collide @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing) w/ Dasterds, Bike Tuff, The Quirk
3/12 – Drinking Mercury, Blaine and His Keyboard @ Mac’s Bar w/ Pocket Vinyl
3/14 – Tommy Plural @ The Avenue Cafe w/ Orc, Towner, Blue Pines
3/15 – Two Houses @ Reed’s (Chicago, IL)
3/17 – The Plurals (covers n such set) @ Claddagh (Lansing, MI)
3/23 – The Stick Arounds @ Ghost Light (Hamtramck, MI)
3/26 – Mistic Mountian @ The Avenue w/ DEZ, Michael Strike
Posted in Blaine and His Keyboard, Drinking Mercury, Lansing, The Plurals, The Stick Arounds, Tommy Plural, Two Houses
Tagged Chicago, DIY, Fugazi, Helen Money, Lansing, Mac's Bar, Messthetics, Pocket Vinyl, Punk, The Avenue Cafe, When Particles Collide, Yay
Good stuff this month! See you out there!
1/10 – Blaine and His Keyboard @ The Loft w/ Marc Rebellit
1/11 – Extra Arms @ Cellarmen’s (Hazel Park, MI)
1/17 – Tommy Plural, The Stick Arounds @ The Avenue Cafe
1/18 – The Stick Arounds @ New Way Bar (Ferndale, MI)
1/18 – Erotic Novels @ APYC (Asbury Park, NJ)
1/19 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Rumba Cafe (Columbus, OH)
1/19 – The Stick Arounds @ Tree Bar (Columbus, OH)
1/20 – The Stick Arounds, Jeremy Porter @ Melody Inn (Indianapolis, IN)
1/26 – Blaine and His Keyboard @ White’s Bar (Saginaw, MI)
1/26 – Jason Paul and the Know-It-Alls @ The Knockout (San Francisco, CA)
February sees some more activity from Sleeping Timmy, Drinking Mercury, more of the above, and a west coast jaunt from City Mouse!
The 2nd LP from the Lansing masters of powerpop is now available everywhere. CD, vinyl, digital, Matt and Jeff knocking down your door and making you listen to them, you name it! An instant classic of melodic pop rock ‘n roll, Ways To Hang On is the result of a year of hard work from these Lansing gentleman and it definitely lives up to the expectations. Check it out!
Don’t let their scary demeanors intimidate you, The Stick Arounds are a nice group of Michigan powerpoppers and they’ve got a new record out 10/26. Check out their website for more info on how to get all the sweet swag and check out the video for their first single “Get U Back” below!