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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Plurals go acoustic at Macīs - Friday, July 11.

Lansing alt-rock fixture the Plurals tones down its amped-up sound with an acoustic set featuring Tommy & Hattie Plural. The Plurals’ bio describes its sound as “noisy, poppy, spacey and punky.” Opening are Epoxy, Bear Creek Brothers, Jeremy Cronk and Tyler Silvestri. This show also serves as a record release gig for Bluffing the Ghosts. The Plurals, whose members also operate GTG Recordings, were absent from the Lansing scene earlier this year when they spent the first couple months touring. In April, they released a new 7-inch single, a split with Black Sparrow Press. Since it formed in 2007, the Plurals have released two albums, most recently 2011īs “The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective.”

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $7, $5 adv., 9 p.m., Friday, July 11.



Nashville Songwriters at the Pump House - Sunday, July 13

Three Nashville songwriters — Tony Arata, Craig Carothers and Jesse Terry — perform in the round Sunday at East Lansing’s Pump House venue. This is the trio’s only Michigan date. Carothers is a native of Portland, Ore. Over the last two decades, he’s released 10 albums; his songs have been recorded by big names like Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea and Peter, Paul and Mary. Carothers spends half of the year performing on stages across the country, the other half in the studio and designing album covers. When he’s not working on his projects, Carothers teaches a lyric-writing class at the University of Miami and various songwriting workshops across the U.S. and in Europe.

Pump House Concerts, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing. All ages, $15 donation, 7 p.m. , Sunday, July 13



New Politics at The Loft - Tuesday, July 15.

New Politics, a Denmark-based dance-rock band best known for its poppy hit singles “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and “Harlem,” headline Tuesday at the Loft. Openers are Mike Mains & The Branches and Shapes & Colors. New Politics signed with RCA Records in late 2009 and its members — Soren Hansen (guitar/vocals/keys), vocalist David Boyd and drummer Louis Vecchio — relocated to Brooklyn. The following summer the trio released its self-titled debut record. The band’s sophomore disc, “A Bad Girl in Harlem,” arrived last year. New Politics spent last summer opening for Fall Out Boy on the “Save Rock and Roll Spring Tour.” This year they’ve opened up the 2014 “Monumentour,” featuring headliners Paramore and Fall Out Boy.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $17, $15 adv., 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 15.

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