My brother and I have done Detroit and Grand Rapids on back to back nights a few times. He hasn't come to GR in awhile though. Is the Mixtape Cafe still open?
Hmmmm, not sure . I was there when Butch played for its opening, but I don't think I've heard anything of it since.(If I google it though lots of stuff comes up, probably a good sign) Grand Rapids was a bit of a drive for me, so I tended to avoid it if I could hit a show somewhere else
As Fast As remains the best opener I've ever seen. I never really got into their independent records, but Open Letter is a favorite of mine. I remember searching for months for a recording of the ukelele cover of "Creep," but I never found it.
Locksley was pretty great as well, love them. For Spencer, if you can track down a copy of it (I think Bull Moose records website may be the only was to do so) his Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia album is fantastic, as is the solo album he put out in June (under artist name Spencer, album name Spencer, this one is on iTunes and stuff too).