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Wednesday, March 26,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Real Ghosts EP release - Sat. Mar 29th

Local indie punk trio Real Ghosts releases its debut disc, the four-track EP, “In the Nervous Light.” The band is Vittorio Vettraino (guitar, drums, vocals), Holly Johnson (drums, bass, vocals) and Ian Eberhart (bass, keyboard, guitar). The record was made over the winter by Jarod Emison at LR Radiostar Studios, located on Vine Street on Lansing’s east side. The band’s bio describes its sound as “outsider punk,” with nods to post-punk, shoegaze and garage rock. The EP is $5 at the show; you can sample some tunes at realghosts.bandcamp.com. Opening the free show are Eleanor Quigley (experimental indie rock) and the damaged-punk sounds of Glass Lassie. AKDJ spins some vinyl.

The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. FREE, all ages, 9 p.m., Saturday, March 29.


Bobaflex returns to Lansing - Fri. Mar 28th

West Virginia-based alt-metal band Bobaflex has been dropping progressive hard rock albums since 1998. It headlines an all-ages show at The Loft along with local openers St8 Of Mine, Adrenachrome and Faultered Step. Bobaflex is led by founding members Shaun McCoy (guitar, vocals) and Martin McCoy (guitar, vocals). Backing them are Dave Tipple (guitar), Tommy Johnson (drums) and bassist Jerod Mankin. The band has toured and recorded albums through many lineup changes. The outfit’s latest LP, “Charlatan´s Web,” is the band’s seventh album and was released in September on BFX Records. The album’s single, “Bad Man,” is available on iTune.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15/$13 adv., 7 p.m., Friday, March 28.


John McCutcheon at ´The Fiddle´ - Fri. Mar 28th

John McCutcheon, who was hailed as “one of our country’s best songwriters” by Pete Seeger, stops by Lansing for a Ten Pound Fiddle show. McCutcheon picked up the guitar in the ‘60s, and by the early ‘70s he was a fixture in the folk scene. His prolific career includes both traditional folk and acclaimed children’s albums. The Washington Post praised McCutcheon as having “an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature.” In addition to his own songwriting, he’s also collaborated with folk stars Tom Paxton and Tom Chapin. McCutcheon’s latest — his 34th album — is the 14-track LP, “Passage,” which is stocked with Appalachian sounds.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St, East Lansing. $20/$18 members/$5 students. 8 p.m., Friday, March 28.


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