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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Pumstock Festival

For the last five years, East Lansing’s Bailey neighborhood residents Geraldine and Dudley “Smitty” Smith have been booking Americana acts at the Orchard Street Pump House, 368 Orchard St. In 2010 they branched out and organized the first PumpStock, an annual roots-driven festival. This year the outdoor concert happens Saturday, June 7, at Bailey Park and features the Jerry Sprague Band, Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, Don Julin & Billy Strings, Drew Nelson & Drew Howard and Harper & Midwest Kind. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. There will also be jugglers, face painters and a second stage featuring local musicians Matching Bricks, Jackalope and The Cindy McElroy Trio.

Bailey Park, 300 Bailey St., East Lansing. $10, Saturday, June 7.





The MS80 at Macīs Bar  - Friday, June 6.

Local indie-rock band The MS80 releases its first full-length album, “Not Triumphantly But Somehow,” Friday at Mac’s Bar. It’s a follow-up to “Retrogression Pending,” a four-track EP. The band formed in Okemos in 2012, and members claim influences including Manchester Orchestra and Arctic Monkeys. The MS80’s first gig was opening for Way to Fall and Lights & Caves last August. Since then, the group has played gigs across Lansing and Grand Rapids. The band is Matthew Shaw (vocals/guitar), Aaron Dunn (guitar) Henry Potter (drums) and bassist Jack McKay. They started recording their new 10-song disc over the winter at Park 58 Recording. Opening the Mac’s Bar show are local indie bands Squirrel Shaped Fish, Tidal and Matching Bricks.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $8 adv., 7 p.m., Friday, June 6.




Capital City Chaos at Uliīs Haus of Rock - Saturday, June 7

The fifth annual Capital City Chaos at Uli’s Haus of Rock features a roster of Michigan-based heavy metal bands, including All Ends Black, Speedgod, Reign in Bedlam, After The Minor, Inebriated, From Blue to Gray, Betray the Prophets, Stereotype and Dead Hour Noise. Adam Ray, vocalist of All Ends Black, started the one-day metal showcase. “I wanted to bring metal bands from all around Michigan to one big party to play and have a great time,” Ray said. “I like to bring in all different types of metal, so you just donīt hear the same kind band over and over. This year I brought in some newcomers to the local scene and mixed in some veteran metal bands, too.”

Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. 18 , $10, 5 p.m., Saturday, June 7

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