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Wednesday, July 23,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom and Andy Balaskovitz
The Whiskey Pickers say goodbye - Saturday, July 26.

This weekend, the Whiskey Pickers — a four-piece, Lansing-based outfit with strong traditional bluegrass influences — perform what will very likely be the band’s last show. Two of the members — Sam Winternheimer (bass) and Brian VanAntwerp (fiddle, vocals) — are pursuing music studies and teaching elsewhere in the coming months. Band member Roger Tijerina (guitar, vocals) told City Pulse it doesn’t leave much time for the band to find a replacement. “So we’re taking a break,” he said. The band also includes mandolin player and vocalist Brian Bienkowski.“We’d like to thank all the fans and friends that have made it to our shows over the last couple of years,” Tijerina said. “There’s a special bond between us four, and we’re not sure that it can be recreated.”

The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 9 p.m., Saturday, July 26.



Ill Nino at The Loft - Wednesday, July 30

Ill Nino pioneered Latin metal music, and after 14 years, the band is still recording and touring. On July 30, it’s at The Loft; opening are Islander, Know Lyfe, Speedgod and Faltered Step. After the release of its debut album in 2001, the Victory Records-signed band landed a spot playing Ozzfest and a Jagermeister Music Tour. Soon after Ill Nino’s song “What Comes Around” was scoring airtime on MTV. The band has recorded seven albums. Earlier this week the band dropped “Till Death, La Familia,” the follow up to 2012’s “Epidemia.” The band’s bio says it’s known for its “Latin rhythm, Spanish guitar riffs and controlled blasts of snare.”

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12/$10 adv. 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 30.



The Sidekicks at Mac´s - Thursday July 31

The Sidekicks launches its summer tour at Mac’s Bar. The Columbus-based rock band has toured with Say Anything, Murder by Death and Lansing’s Cheap Girls. The band is Steve Ciolek (vocals/guitar), Matt Climer (drums), Matt Scheuermann (guitar/vocals) and bassist Ryan Starinsky. After releasing its debut album “So Long, Soggy Dog” in 2007, the band signed with the Chicago-based label Red Scare. The Sidekicks has since released three LPs, the latest being 2012’s “Awkward Breeds.” In 2011, it released a split with Tigers Jaw and then toured with them in 2013. The band has performed all over the country and parts of Canada along with playing SXSW. Opening the show are Dowsing, Sundials and Little American Champ.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages. $12/$5 adv. 7 p.m. Thursday July 31.

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