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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at The Loft - Saturday, May 10.

Detroit native Jessica Hernandez is known for her Motowninfluenced rock ‘n’ soul. She also strays into jazz and blues territories, even blending in hints of Latin, surf rock and ‘60s girl group melodies. The band, which plays the Loft with openers Chemical Edge and Everyday Junior, released its debut EP, “Live at the Magic Bag,” in 2009. A year later the group dropped “Weird Looking Women in Too Many Clothes.” The past two years have been exciting times for the band. In 2012, the Deltas played SXSW and Bonnaroo and last year it signed to the Instant Music label and recorded the “Demons” EP with veteran Mexico City producer and musician Milo Froideva in El Paso, Texas.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $10/$8 adv., 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10.



Ogrefest at Macīs Bar - Saturday, May 10.

The 8th Annual Ogrefest features a mishmash of Michigan metal, including locals Genocya, Sauron and Cavalcade. Also making some noise are Konkeror, Saprogenic, Failed, Ifing, Dead Hour Noise, Hedorah, Boreworm, Dark Winter, American Gothic, Traitor, Bullpig and Pan. The event is organized by David Peterman, vocalist/guitarist of Satyrasis, a local thrash/death metal band performing at the event. Satyrasis formed in 2003 and released its debut disc, “Creation of Failure,” in 2008. Peterman said when he’s booking Ogrefest, there’s really no set type of band. “I put any band that I dig on there, even if it’s not metal,” he said. “There isn’t one of them that sounds exactly like the other. I try to be as eclectic as circumstances allow.”

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $15 adv., 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10.



Enemy Planes at Moriartyīs - Sunday, May 11.

Minneapolis-based indie band Enemy Planes headlines a free show at Moriarty’s Pub on Sunday; opening are Back Pocket Hymnal and the MTVs. Enemy Planes is know for its poignant lyrics and magnetic alt-rock melodies. The band’s bio says it “drifts effortlessly between melancholy and menace, hypnotic and hysteric, heartache and euphoria” — what the band calls a “tripnotic” sound. The band formed in 2012 and began touring rigorously, with dates at SXSW, Summerfest and CMJ. The group also warmed up stages for the Meat Puppets and the Hold Steady. Last year the group released its debut music video, “We Want Blood.” It was shot on historic Coney Island shortly after Hurricane Sandy. The band’s tune, “No Strings,” is a free download at enemyplanes.com.

Moriarty’s, 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21 , FREE, 9 p.m., Sunday, May 11.

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