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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Fuel at The Loft - Friday, May 23.

Post-grunge band Fuel hit the Billboard charts in 1998 with its major label debut, “Sunburn.” The album spawned hit songs “Shimmer” and “Bittersweet.” By 2000 “Sunburn” sold 1 million copies and was certified platinum. The band, which headlines May 23 at The Loft, released its sophomore disc, “Something Like Human,” in 2000, featuring the melodic rock hit “Hemorrhage (In My Hands).” The band’s original lead singer Brett Scallions still mans the mic; founding member/songwriter Carl Bell left the band in 2010. The band’s 2014 LP, “Puppet Strings,” features an all-new rhythm section. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard rock chart. Opening at The Loft are The Cavalry, Halfway to New York, The Skylit Letter and Gigantaur.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $18/$13 adv., all ages, 7 p.m., Friday, May 23.



Capital City Invasion featuring Jimi Kanklez at Mac´s Bar - Friday, May 16.

The Capital City Invasion showcase includes a roster of local musicians, including DJ Enyce, J-Money, Lavish, Bobby Knuckle, Myke Aikens and Mike G and host Ichiban Cy. Also sharing the stage is local rapper Jimi Kankelz, a Roach Records artist. Kanklez is a Final Five contestant for Best Solo Artist in the 2014 City Pulse Top of the Town contest. He started rapping in high school and debuted on a Smokehouse Junkiez track in 2007. A year later he released his debut recording, “Eat Phresh”; since then, Kanklez has released four CDs, the latest being “The Mutt” LP. Next up: The “Alien Muzik” mix tape and shooting a music video for his track, “Fast Food Junkie.” All of his videos are streamed at: youtube.com/jimikanklez420.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $10/$7 adv., 9 p.m., Friday, May 16.




O´Death at The Avenue, Friday - May 16.

O’Death is a Brooklyn-based alt-country band that combines folk, bluegrass and indie into a distinctive style of Americana music. The band headlines the Avenue Café, along with the Bard Owls, a Lansing-based folk group known for its blend of bluegrass, Celtic, classical, jazz and pop. O´Death, which includes a banjo, fiddle, and ukulele player, took its name from an ancient Appalachian dirge. With a wealth of musical influences, O’Death channels the likes of Bill Monroe, Neil Young, the Misfits and even Prince. Pitchfork Media said the band ranges from “menacing and frantic” to “odd and quiet”; Pitchfork also rated the band’s latest album, “Outside,” with a favorable 7.9 (out of 10) rating.

The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 . $10, 9 p.m., Friday, May 16.


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