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Wednesday, July 30,2014

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom
City Mouse at Macīs Bar - Friday, Aug. 1.

City Mouse, a California-based outfit, headlines a night of poppy punk at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, Decades and Real Ghosts. City Mouse formed in 2001 and has been touring and recording for over five years with a rotating lineup; the current roster includes local musician Nicholas Richard. They have done 10 U.S. tours in the past six years. Mainstay front-woman Miski Dee Rodriguez writes the melodic riffs and belts out the vocals. She describes it as “soulful punk rock — catchy pop songs with heavy guitars.” Their influences include Green Day, Husker Du and Screeching Weasel. They have released three 7-inch singles and plan to hit the studio after the tour wraps up.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 9 p.m. $8., Friday, Aug. 1.



Alex Mendenall at the Avenue Cafe - Saturday, Aug. 2.

Headlining a trifecta of singer songwriter performances at the Avenue Cafe, Alex Mendenall is releasing his new EP “Somewhere Else to Be.” Also performing are Walter Hooper and Ryan M. Brewer; the latter is touring for his newly released album “Trails.” Mendenall has gigged at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, the Crofoot in Pontiac, Elbo Room in Chicago and locally at the Loft. He released his debut EP "Here to Stay" in September 2013. He draws his musical inspirations from alternative rock, folk, pop and jazz. As well as being a solo musician, he is the other half to the duo Rachel & Alex, and is a multiinstrumentalist for the band Coolidge.

The Avenue Cafe, 2021 E Michigan Ave., Lansing, 9 p.m., $5, 18 , Saturday, Aug. 2.



Everyone Dies in Utah at The Loft - Thursday Aug. 7.

Everyone Dies in Utah, a Texas-based band, brings its hybrid of hardcore/post hardcore and electronica to an all-ages show at the Loft. Warming up the stage are The Paramedic, Sirena, and Illuminate. According to its bio, the band employs an “impressive balance of dreadful somber lows and blazing, kick you in the face highs.” Everyone Dies in Utah began building a dedicated fan base in 2009 with the release of its debut, self-released album “I Hope You Realize This Means War.” Overall, the band has released three full-length LPs on Tragic Hero Records, the latest being 2013’s “Neutral Ground.” Over the years the band has toured with Affiance, Sirens and Sailors and Bleach Blonde.

The Loft, 414 E Michigan Ave., Lansing. 6 p.m., $7/$5 adv., all ages, Thursday Aug. 7.

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