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Thursday, April 10,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This week’s Turn it Down is dedicated to Capital City Film Festival’s live music roster. From indie rap to sludge metal, it spans a broad spectrum of modish sounds. Jake Pechtel, the festival’s entertainment director, said he works with Fusion Shows on booking musical lineups that “add quality to the overall festival experience.” So why mix film with music? “Music is a big part of the film-going experience,” Pechtel said. “Having bands each night builds upon that idea and provides a great way to give festivalgoers some options, or even a way to end each night. It’s somewhat inspired by SXSW in that way, but it’s also just part of the CCFF vibe.” $50 festival passes includes admission to all concerts.

Break Science at The Loft - Thu. Apr 10th
Break Science, a New York-based duo, produces electronic-bass music seamlessly melded with golden-era hip-hop flavors. Each member brings something special to the table: Adam Deitch is a break-beat master and Borahm Lee is known for his signature trip-hop, dub and jazz vibes. Electro fans may have caught Break Science at a number of notable festivals, including Detroit Movement and Electric Forest. They also joined Lotus on stage at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. In October the band released “Seven Bridges,” its latest full length disc. The first single, “Who Got It,” features rap legend Redman. Opening The Loft show is GeoVybe and Sheepdogs in the Night.
The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $18/$16 adv., 8 p.m.

Other CCFF show that night: Mac’s Bar: The Hard Lessons w/ The Legal Immigrants & Goat Machine


Dessa at The Loft - Fri. Apr 11
Minneapolis-native Margret Wander, who uses the stage name Dessa, is known for her vocals in Doomtree, a hip-hop collective. The 32-year-old vocalist is also a rapper, writer and spoken-word artist. Before she made music, Dessa earned a philosophy degree from the University of Minnesota and then worked as a technical writer. By 2005 she was engulfed in music and began appearing on Doomtree albums. In 2009 she released her solo debut, “A Badly Broken Code.” She followed that up with 2011’s “Castor, the Twin.” Her latest album, the “Parts of Speech” LP, was released last year. The new disc features the singles “Warsaw” and “Call Off Your Ghosts.” Opening the show is James Gardin and Quinn.
The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $17/$15 adv., 7 p.m.

Other CCFF show that night: Mac’s Bar: Skaters w/ Buddy & Bike & Dogs In Winter


UV Hippo at The Loft - Sat. Apr 12
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, a Grand Rapids-based five-piece progressive improvisational band, has been touring non-stop and developing a growing fan base across the U.S. and Europe. The group’s bio describes its sound as “funk, jazz, livetronica, space rock, reggae, bluegrass and progressive rock.” UV Hippo mixes funky jam-outs with bouncing dance beats and earnest lyrics. The road warriors are also known for their spaced-out, psychedelic light show. The band’s set includes original tunes intertwined with a batch of unconventional covers. Opening the gig is That Freak Quincy and Big Sherb.
The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $14/$12 adv., 7 p.m.

Other CCFF show that night: Mac’s Bar: Flint Eastwood w/ Decades, Squirrel Shaped Fish & The MS80


Jucifer at Mac's Bar - Sun. Apr 13
The sludge-metal duo Jucifer has a hardcore gig regimen. Their slogan is: “Always on tour.” After moving into their tour van 13 years ago, the duo has spent every day on the road touring the U.S. or performing overseas. When the band isn’t melting faces with its obnoxious wall of speakers (measuring 10 feet high and 15 feet wide), they operate Nomadic Fortress, an independent record label. The pair is guitarist/vocalist Gazelle Amber Valentine and drummer Edgar Livengood. Jucifer formed 20 years ago in Athens, Ga., and has since been hailed as a pioneer of doom-metal two pieces. Opening the Mac’s Bar show are Cavalcade, Failed and Hordes.
Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12/$10 adv., 8 p.m.

Other CCFF show that night: The Loft: Dan Croll w/ Panama Wedding & Wayne Szalinski


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