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7 bands that will make July 12 awesome at Common Ground Music Festival

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Common Ground Music Festival recently announced the remaining headliners for the annual seven-day festival that takes place at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.

Every year is different, but over the last couple of years the addition of the alternative and indie types have created quite the buzz around town. Last year the festival saw more fans traveling from out of town and out of state than it had in past years. This year proves to be no different.

Saturday's bands are right up that alley and the day's lineup has created a great deal of excitement among the 94.1/alternative radio types!

Check them out below!

Fitz & The Tantrums
Fitz & The Tantrums © Amber Stokosa /

Fitz & The Tantrums

Brimming with imagination, energy, and genre-smashing scope, Fitz & The Tantrums defied the odds to become an indisputable phenomenon, a chart-topping, show-stopping modern pop combo unlike any other. They recently hit it big with "Out Of My League" and landed their tune "The Walker" on the Oscars promo with Ellen. 

This photo was taken from the band's sold-out show at The Fillmore in Detroit this past fall. These guys put on one of the most dancey live shows. You're made of wood if you are able to stand still throughout an entire Fitz show.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. © Amber Stokosa \

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Hailing from Detroit, these guys are great fun. Initially beginning as an exercise in collaboration undertaken with very little intention of ever being publicly consumed, the band’s trajectory has been as unexpected as it has been unlikely. In just a few short years, fans have seen the project grow from basement recording project--to media curiosity--to an international touring ensemble widely recognized for their joy-fueled live offerings.

This photo was taken at the band's sold-out show at The Loft in Lansing earlier this year. 

Dr. Dog
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Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog’s third studio album on Anti, B Room, marks the band’s greatest point of clarity in more than a decade of performing and recording. Their arrangements, while still ambitious, are much simpler, moving past the multi-tracked pastiche of earlier efforts into a unique and vibrant band voice. Indeed, it is this discovery of the band-collective as a compositional tool that makes B Room the most cohesive, soulful, loose, and plain fun record of their career.

The Orwells
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The Orwells

"I'm not that old but I'm getting pretty wise" -- a sentiment within the early seconds of The Orwells' new album, Disgraceland, that pretty much sums up the eleven tracks that follow it. Two years have passed since the band emerged from their boring Chicago suburb as five high schoolers hellbent on reminding the world that American rock & roll is still alive. A lot has happened since then for The Orwells. They've slain and sweated on audiences around the world, recorded with their favorite contemporary producers, shared the stage with childhood heroes, raked in accolades from distinguished publications and even had David Letterman begging them for more. And now, as they release their irresistibly raucous yet masterfully architected Disgraceland on Canvasback Music, The Orwells are getting pretty wise.

X Ambassadors
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X Ambassadors

For X Ambassadors, an unshakable sense of brotherhood has long shaped the sound and spirit of the band. Growing up in small-town upstate New York, frontman Sam Harris, his brother Casey, and childhood friend Noah Feldshuh bonded over an obsessive love for punk, rock & roll, soul, and hip-hop that defied the conventions of their peer group. Forming their first band in middle school, the three channeled their infatuation with artists as eclectic as The Stooges and The Staple Singers into a string of musical projects that sharply clashed with their local scene’s favoring of folk and country. After graduating high school and decamping to New York City in search of a greater music community, the Harris brothers and Noah joined up with L.A.-raised drummer Adam Levin—a move that helped X Ambassadors solidify their sound into a groove-fueled take on alt-pop, and ultimately land a deal with KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records.

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All I can say about these guys is listen to their album Moonwater. "Come Home" is one of my favorite songs. Chappo recently toured with Royal Teeth!

Royal Teeth
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Royal Teeth

If all music tells a story, then Royal Teeth's joyous, inspired songs spin an exuberant tale of possibility, each note conveying the youthful excitement of venturing out into the great wide world. The songs on the band's debut album, "Glow," were penned around the idea of exploration and spirited adventures into the unknown, and its 12 tracks lay out a kaleidoscopic narrative of discovery.

Singer Gary Larsen is one of the most animated, passionate, and fun-loving performers I've ever seen. It's always a joy to watch them perform.

This photo was taken at the band's sold-out show with The Mowgli's at The Shelter in Detroit last fall.


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