in 2 days...

the time has come:
This Thursday, May 3rd
Mac's Bar
doors @5, bands at 6
so get there early!

ONLY CRIME is the punk rock supergroup containing ex or current members of:
-The Descendents
-Black Flag
-The Loved Ones
-Good Riddance
...and very very rarely tours. Lansing is the only Michigan date, so let's prove we can still host shows like this.

If that wasn't enough, throw in
No Trigger (Strike Anywhere/Rise Against-ish, on NITRO Records)
Flint's The Swellers
and Lansing's punk rock Cirque de So'lame the Cartridge Family

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Weekend fun...

--Sunday night, CAVALCADE will be at the Panopticon (131 N. Hayford) along with a barbeque, for which the weather is supposed to be fantastic:
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Also, Lansing events of interest for tonight, Friday & Saturday:

tCF plays tonight at Mac's at 6:45pm sharp,

Then Hamtramck where we play Smalls at 9:30pm
(first Detroit show since last Fall)

This weekend:

Brad gets to show off his metallic left brain/right brain--

--Tonight 10pm-2AM, on 88.9, the Impact (if you're in range of MSU's radio station) with his death-metal band, Genocya

--Friday night (tomorrow), Genocya goes on at Mac's in Lansing at about 11pm

--Saturday night (unrelated to Brad but you should still go), our good friends and label-mates in Hell or Highwater play Replay Entertainment Exchange in Lansing at 8pm

I'm excited about this!!!

Cavalcade is playing an early, all-ages Russian Circles show at Mac's tomorrow with our new lineup!!!

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Russian Circles are a heavy rock instrumental trio from Chicago, and Enter is their debut long-player. Comparisons to Pelican and Isis have been tiresome at best — and inaccurate at worst — as RC differ in key ways. The construction of their tunes is more intricate, not reliant as much on the heavy riff and the elegant phrase — though it's not quite as delicate as Explosions in the Sky or Growing, either. On the opener, "Carpe," it's easy to hear that there's a lot happening. Guitarist Mike Sullivan and bassist Colin DeKuiper engage in musical counterpoint, which is not knotty math rock, either — dynamic ranges are not built as much as employed in each section of the tune. Repetition between three-note vamps is present, but only as a grounding point. Drummer Dave Turncrantz has both great responsibility and great freedom. The tune crunches, folds back on itself, and then comes out on the other side with an entirely new musical statement to make, carrying just a hint of its origin. What's amazing is that this happens in each of this platter's six longish tracks. The placement and arrangement of the drama and flow within dynamic ranges make these tunes feel like songs, complete with bridges, crescendos, and intros and outros. "Micah" is another example. The cut begins to build on its fairly simple melodic fragment quite quickly, and then, as the three high strings are meandered upon by Sullivan, he tosses in a set of lines that are more intricate and winding, as DeKuiper moves him toward something else, something foreshadowed but not articulated, almost departing the rhythm section. Turncrantz's drums hint at what's coming: the cut explodes into raucous glorious heaviness and just as quickly eases back from the sonic abyss. This is not some kind of Godspeed You Black Emperor! trip. This also doesn't mean that Russian Circles are incapable of roaring into metallic frenzies (check out "Death Rides a Horse"); they most certainly are, complete with knotty stop-and-start-on-a-dime pyrotechnics. While there isn't a weak cut here, and each becomes part of some musical journey into tight, constructed yet somehow sprawling rock, there is vulnerability amid the heaviness and noise. It's like a form of instrumental poetry, woven, articulated slowly and deliberately, and all designed to take you "there," wherever your particular "there" is. The buzz on this band in Chicago has been big and it's easy to see why. Enter is a very impressive debut.

To hold you over until then, here is a pic of local artist Craig Horky at the press conference announcing the show:
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Stolen from the Zach's & Will:

1. Have you ever licked the back of a CD to try to get it to work?
Nah, I just do it for the buzz.

2. Have you ever puked at a bar or club?
Yeah. And I tipped the guy who ended up having to clean it up too.

3. What's the largest age difference between yourself and someone you have dated?
Had to be that summer I dated my way through the youth soccer team I coached. Crazy!

4. Have you ever dated someone you met online?
Usually we just hook up in the Taco Bell parking lot.

5. Have you ever smoked pot at a concert?
Can't say that I have.

6. Have you ever dated/fooled around with a coworker?
I should hope not, I work mostly with starchy middle-aged dudes.

7. If so, how did that turn out?
That would be a front-page-of-the-Free-Press level scandal, I imagine.

8. Ever been involved in a hit & run?
Are we talking cars or are we using the parlance of Paula Abdul circa: "Straight Up"?

9. Were you popular in high school?
First 2.5 years, no, then the last year and a half, I was obscenely popular. I think that might have been right around the time I brought alternative to Morenci and invented chewing gum.

10. Have you ever been on a blind date?
Kind of. I was in a chat room when I was 16 and this girl said she was from Toledo, so we met at the Cooker. I felt equally rebellious and lame.

11. Are looks important?
Depends on who's looking.

12. Do you have any friends that you've known for 10 years or more??
Yeah. Due to our pathetic inability to make new friends, we all just moved to the same town and down the street from each other.

13. By what age would you like to be married?

14. Does the number of people a person's slept with affect your view of them?
No, visual obstructions affect my view of thems.

15. Have you ever sacrificed yourself so your friend can get in good with a person of the opposite sex?
Nah, most of my sacrafices are not made to God of sloppy bar hook-ups.

16. Have you ever drank milk that was past the expiration date?
I prefer to think of it as eating cottage cheese.

17.have you ever made a mistake?
This survey comes to mind.

18. Are you a good tipper?
Definitely. Service employees are nature's panhandlers.

19. What's the most you have spent for a haircut?
Ugh, I got my hair cut at the Union for like $20 when I first came to college and it looked like I had a persian cat on my head. I cut my own hair now.

20. Have you ever had a crush on a teacher?
Where have you gone Mrs. Robinson?

21. Do you know all the words to the first verse of Ice ice Baby?
Lemme think. Yeah, for the most part.

22. Have you ever had crispy bangs?
I don't care for breakfast cereal.

23. Have you ever shaved off your eyelashes?
No, but I might for Halloween. I'm going as 'Powder'

24. What was the worst hairstyle of the 80's?
I'm leaving Zach's answer: "That's like asking what the worst death at Auschwitz was, you know?"

25. Have you ever peed in public?
Between two parked cars, on a well lit street. (Any short music for short people fans out there?)

Strange Questions Survey

1. What is the middle name of the first person you ever slept with?
Patrice. Which I can now only associate with a fat, black comedian who isn't even remotely funny thanks to Patrice O'Neal.

2. What kind of underwear are you wearing and what color?
A neon orange bannana hammock w/ half of a blue plush shark sewn on the front so he looks like he is jumping forth from my groin (that would be a lot more exciting than these tartan plaid boxers)

3. What is the song you want played at your funeral?
Rock n' Roll pt. III by Gary Glitter (he's writing the sequel to Rock n' Roll pt. II for my funeral)

4. Would you tell your parents if you're gay?
Meh, just like any other person I'm dating, they'll find out when I show up with them to Thanksgiving.

5. What would your last meal be before getting executed?
It'd be a toss up between curried chicken and rice or napalm in order to avoid giving those bastards the pleasure.

6. Beatles or Stones?
Beatles for an album. Stones for singles.

7. If you had to pick one person on earth who should die, who?
I think I've actually done that accidentally a couple of times. I'm not gonna' tempt fate here.

8. Beer, wine or hard liquor?

9. Do you have any phobias?

10. What are your plans for the future?
Move back to Morenci and pass out in a puddle of corn whiskey behind the Village Inn.

12. Do you walk around the house naked?
Only when someone steals my towel.

13. How many drinks does it take to get you drunk?
Depends on what's in my sippy-cup.

14. Where is your best friend?
Probably about 10 miles down there road, wearing a tie and wasting space like me.

15. Hair color you like on someone you're dating?
My girl's hair changes color like a mood ring. I must say, that I definitely enjoy the variety.

16. Would you rather be blind or deaf?
blind, by a mile. Haha, last person I heard asked this question said, "man, that's some Anne Frank, shit." (I think he was going for Helen Keller)

17. Do you have any special talents?
I've learned how to cry in perfect silence.

20. Favorite hateful thing to do to someone?
Make love to them.

21. First movie you can remember seeing as a kid?
Hm...Labyrinth? Poltergiest? Godzilla? They were all around the same time and I can't remember what was first.

22. What do you do as soon as you walk in the house?
Insult Nala.

25. Do you like horror or comedy?
Horrrrror, gore, dark comedy. This can all go hand-in-hand.

Have you seen me on a milk carton lately?

27. WTF??? Where did 27 go? How about I add one? Name your favorite thing.
Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

28. If you weren't straight, what person of the same sex would you do?
Aron Lozo's voice. (just realizing that Aaron Lozo may read embarrassing. I love your voice dude. What can I say?)

29. Where do you want to live when you are old?
Too late.

30. Who is the person you can count on most?
Too close to call between Brad VanStaveren and Sean Elowski.

31. If you could date any celebrity past or present, who would it be?
Hm. It'd be a toss-up between early 60's Grace Slick, late 90's Katie Holmes and 'Secretary'-era Maggie Gyllenhal.

32. Where was your first kiss with your current significant other?
In my room, under the N.W.A. poster, right after getting kicked out of the Temple Club after the last Punks vs. Pokes show. That all sounds a lot more rebellious in retrospect than it probably was in actuality.

33. Favorite drinking game?
The one where I impress friends and onlookers by pounding a gallon of milk in one sitting.

34. What did you dream last night?
I vaguely remember Nas being involved somehow.

35. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Olympic curling followed closely by basketball on TV and baseball in person.
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