Category Archives: The Stick Arounds

May 2022!

Spring Activity! Here’s the live show updates for GTG bands in May 2022:

5/6 – Everybody Loves Ramones @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing, MI) w/ Otho Roi (The Cure) and Children In Heat (Misfits)

5/6 – Cavalcade @ Turnstiles (Grand Rapids, MI)

5/12 – Jeremy Porter & the Tucos @ The Law Office Pub (Yorkville, IL) 

5/13 – Jeremy Porter & the Tucos @ Main Street Music (Brooklyn, WI) 

5/14 – A Rueful Noise @ Parts & Labor (Dearborn, MI)

5/14 –  Jeremy Porter & the Tucos @ (Mary`s Place) Rockford, IL 

5/19 – Jeremy Porter & the Tucos @ The Brass Rail (Fort Wayne, IN)

5/20 – The Stick Arounds, The Wild Honey Collective, Harborcoat @ The Avenue [Matty’s 50th Birthday Bash]

5/20 – Jeremy Porter & the Tucos @John Brown´s on the Square (Marion, IL) 

5/21 – The Stick Arounds @ LiveWire Lounge (Chicago, IL)

5/21 – Jeremy Porter & the Tucos @ Slaughterhouse Brewing Co. (Auburn, IL)

And as always, lots of friends at The Avenue Cafe:

April 2022! Stoopfest, Capital City Film Fest and more!

Jeremy Porter and The Tucos Shows:
4/14 @ Green Lantern 
(Lexington, KY)
4/15 @ The Loud (Huntington, WV)
4/16 @ Taffy’s (Eaton, OH)
4/19 @ PJ’s Lager House (Detroit, MI)

The Wild Honey Collective Shows:
4/16 @ LowellArts (Lowell, MI)
4/21 @ Hop River Brewing (Ft Wayne, IN)
4/22 @ Hotel Music Fest (Conneaut Lake, PA)
4/23 @ Stoopfest (Lansing, MI)

The Stick Arounds Shows:
4/16 @ Universal Intentional Organization
 (Detroit, MI)

4/23 2 PM show @ The Record Lounge/Record Store Day (Lansing, MI)
4/28 Acoustic @ Beards Brewery (Petoskey, MI)
4/29 @ The Workshop Brewing Company (Traverse City, MI)
4/30 @ Short’s Brewing Company (Bellaire, MI)

PLUS…

4/9 – BOA w/ Bonehawk, Mr Denton @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing, MI)

4/16 – No Skull, Live Music Band @ The Avenue

Those two shows are part of the Capital City Film Festival 2022, which includes a series of six shows at The Avenue featuring artists like Chirp, NWRH, Ozay Moore, James Gardin, Lipstick Jodi, Mark Lavengood, Jen Sygit and more from 4/7-4/16. Read about the fest in general here and check out their whole schedule of movies and music here.

THEN…

4/22 – Harborcoat @ Dogwood Center (Fremont, MI)

4/22 & 4/23 – STOOPFEST (Lansing) feat Screaming Females, Sidney Gish, Frontier Ruckus and many, many more! (Including Cavalcade, Wild Honey and A Rueful Nosie)

4/29 – GTG House Show w/ Mistic Mountian, Two Houses, Foxgrave (Lansing)

4/30 – Narc Out The Reds, A Rueful Noise @ The Avenue

Does that cover it?? Lots of shows! Great stuff. As always, folks are in the studio and GTG Family label Phonophore Records just released a tribute to Guided By Voices featuring brand new recordings from The Stick Arounds, The Plurals, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, Harborcoat, Isaac Vander Schuur, The Wild Honey Collective, Gumsmack, A Rueful Noise, The Soods, No Skull, Cutlass Supreme and many more… 23 tracks!

The Stick Arounds Spring 2022 Dates

Our fine Phonophore friends (phriends?) The Stick Arounds have a solid winter/spring 2022 on the books! Check it out!

Jeremy Porter & The Tucos / The Stick Arounds This Weekend!

The Tucos are closing out their busy fall with a great hometown show at PJ’s Lager House on December 4. This will also be the final show for bassist Bob but the Tucos show ain’t slowin’ down – we’re already talking about 2022 releases and, of course, touring.

Bonus show – The Stick Arounds will be playing 4 sets at Horrocks Beer Garden on December 4 as well. Plenty of chances to get your powerpop in the mitten this weekend!

The Avenue Cafe – November 2021 Shows

Lots of great events at our home base of The Avenue this month. Thursday November 4th features GTG family Mistic Mountian (Nich Plural, Blaine “And His Keyboard”), and LoLo (Pudvay, Hunky, Knights, et al), November 5th is a sticky sweet Stick Arounds night, November 12 features the first-ish show by Cutlass Supreme (Frank and Earnestish), November 24 will have a cover band of Baratonos, Plurals, Aymors ‘n such, and every weekend is chock full of a wide variety of music! Whoo!

September 2021 Shows!

More good stuff in September from GTG bands and friends! As always we’ve got a wide variety of stuff at The Avenue Cafe in Lansing (9/10 features The Hunky Newcomers):

Jeremy Porter has a solid solo acoustic run in the Midwest:

The Stick Arounds are also getting some Midwest action in:

And The Wild Honey Collective round things out with some Michigan dates:

See you there!

August 2021 Shows!

Local Lansing folk will probably be hip to this now, but GTG is more-or-less booking and promoting the majority of the music at The Avenue Cafe these days. Here’s what we’ve got for the whole month of August:

That’s a good run there, eh? We’ve got the first full-length show by The Wild Honey Collective, the first public Lansing shows from Cavalcade and The Plurals in at least 18 months, a record release by the Cartridge Family(?!?!??), GTG Fest familiars like The Ryne Experience, LVRS, and Marsha, Mike Reed from Small Brown Bike… great stuff all around!

Shows are getting to be a little more commonplace – on top of the above listed we’ve got The Plurals playing Taste of Michigan City (Michigan City, IN) the afternoon of August 7, The Wild Honey Collective play from 5-9 at the Beer Garden at Horrocks Farm Market in Lansing on August 21 as well as an afternoon slot at Sundried Music Fest in Mason on August 28, and then The Stick Arounds take the Horrocks stage themselves on August 28 too. All of these events are free and promise great times. We need ’em! Stay safe out there everyone, masks are still a good thing!

July 2021 Shows!

On Friday July 9 Matt Carlson (the ol’ Harborcoat and Stick Around man himself) and Johnny Aimcrier will be playing at Brickhaven in Grand Ledge, MI. Tommy and Danielle from Wild Honey Collective will be joining them for a few songs and to do a couple of ours too. 


Saturday July 10 will see Cavalcade play the first show at Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids since early 2020. Way to go, boys! Somehow, GTG-affiliated acts are weirdly ushering in the return of live music to the, er, weirdos of the Midwest. Case in point….

Saturday July 10 is also the let’s-not-overstate-it-too-much return of shows to the Avenue Cafe in Lansing, featuring The Hunky Newcomers, Foxgrave, and Jeremy Porter. Geez! That feels good to say. No cover, 21+, 9 PM, just… come and watch! Wow! There’s shows every Saturday in July at the Avenue, and they’ve all got a GTG flavor to them: Saturday July 17 RK Andrews from No Skull opens up for our friends Bloody Butterflies and Bubak, Saturday July 24 Nicholas Weltschmerz opens up for the debut show of the latest Josh David fronted band Frowntown, and on July 31 the Wild Honey Duo will open up for a night of music featuring Michigan mainstay Jen Sygit. Something for everyone, you’re welcome!

The Stick Arounds – Video Round-up

The extremely excellent new Waiting For The Click EP by The Stick Arounds features four songs, and the band has made videos for each of these songs. Check them all out below and get the EP directly from the band at bandcamp! These guys really know how to make the best out of a crummy year!

And don’t forget about their rippin’ cover of The Realists from This Must Be The Place!

The Stick Arounds – Waiting For The Click EP

Incoming Sticks…

In their 10 plus years as a band, Lansing Michigan’s The Stick Arounds have never shied away from the music that inspired them. Three full-length LPs and a dozen singles later, the influence of the songcraft of bands like Sloan, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, and other power pop luminaries is as evident as ever on their new EP Waiting For The Click.



“We’re Not Even Close” is the painfully familiar tale of failed relationships, told in the most midwest way possible: through rock bombast akin to bands like Cheap Trick and The Replacements. 

“Redtail Hawks” couples that same energy with a bit of straight vintage swagger reminiscent of T. Rex, and handclaps directly inspired by Motown records. 

The vocal harmonies that have become part of the Stick Arounds signature sound are immediately apparent on “Easy To Take”, as is the Byrdsian guitar approach that harkens back to some of the band’s favorite classic country records and early country rock. Gram Parsons would have loved this. 

Simultaneously a call for help and call to arms, “Ode To Kid Marine” is an open love letter to drowning your sorrows in a few beers and a favorite record. Named for a terrific solo Bob Pollard record, this track epitomizes the glory and inherent regret in blasting an album and drinking to make it through the night. 

Four tight and taut songs make up this ten minute trip rooted deeply in harmony, threadbare honesty, and the enduring power of rock and roll.

Pre-order the thing at The Stick Arounds bandcamp.