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Wednesday, June 25,2014

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Hot Mess at the Unicorn - June 27-28.

The Hot Mess, a local rock ’n’ roll cover band, plays two nights in a row this weekend at the Unicorn Tavern in Old Town. The group is vocalist Sara Cruz, Steve Langlois (guitar), Kevin “Chip” Herbert (drummer) and bassist Jesse Puente. The band formed last summer and quickly worked up a rendition of “Crazy Train.” Since then the group has a long roster of songs, spanning Led Zeppelin, Heart, Nirvana, Joan Jett, Guns N’ Roses and Tom Petty. “We have a lot of rock variety,” Cruz said. “It’s rock, but its danceable. I came into this world singing. (The cartoon) ‘Jem and the Holograms’ is probably responsible for that.” Aside from traditional gigs, the band also hosts an open mic night every Thursday at Gus’s Bar.

Unicorn Tavern, 327, E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 21 , FREE, 9:30 p.m., June 27-28.




Speedgod at Conviction Fest  - Saturday, June 28.

Lansing-based metal heads Speedgod headline Conviction Fest at Mac’s Bar; opening are Fossil Eyes, Midwest Skies, Fides In Us and Chasing the Riots. Speedgod, a local heavy-metal band, is vocalist Geoff Jenkins, guitarist Sean Von Tersch, bassist Ivy Vujic Jenkins (formerly of Kittie) and drummer Matt McDaniels (formerly of Dozic). The band’s bio describes its sound as “a new breed of modern heavy metal via breakneck guitar work, guttural bass lines, unforgiving percussion and aggressively passionate vocal styles.” Speedgod’s first show was in June 2013 at Uli’s Haus Of Rock. Prior to its inaugural gig, the band self-pressed and released a three-song EP, “The Summer 2013 Demos.”

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $7, $6 adv., 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28.




Shadows Fall at The Loft - Tuesday, July 1.

Shadows Fall, a Boston-based metal band, headlines an all-ages show at the Loft. Opening are Dead By Wednesday, Past Tense, Adrenachrome, Know Lyfe, The Worst Of and From Blue to Gray. Shadows Fall, a Razor & Tie Records-signed band, released its sixth album, “Fire from the Sky,” in 2012. As for the tour, vocalist Brian Fair posted this on the band’s website: “This is a chance for us to check out the local music scene in each city and play some small club shows where we can jam out an extended set filled with songs we rarely play or have never played live.”

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $20, $15 adv., 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 1.

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