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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom

Eyes Set to Kill at The Loft - Thursday Aug. 21

Eyes Set To Kill, an Arizona-based metal-rock band, is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Alexia Rodriguez and her sister Anissa Rodriguez (bass). The band headlines Thursday at The Loft; openers are The Relapse Symphony, Close To Home, Drifter, Valkyrie’s Point, and Ashes of Horus. Eyes Set to Kill is known for its distinct melodic sound that’s both haunting and powerful. The sisters started the band in 2003 and soon signed to Century Media Records. After the release of 2009’s “The World Outside,” Eyes Set to Kill was featured on the cover of USA Today, charted No. 9 on Billboard Heatseekers chart and No. 26 on Independent Albums chart. The band has released five records, the latest being “Masks” in 2013.

414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7 p.m. $12/$10 adv, all ages, Thursday Aug. 21




Off The Ledge CD release at Macīs Bar - Saturday Aug. 23

Since early 2013, Off The Ledge has played a hefty number of gigs across the Lansing area, playing its funky mix of blues, grunge, and indie. The Lansing-based band, which cites influences like Led Zeppelin, Dave Matthews and Jack White, releases its new, nine-song album “Wherever We Land,” Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Opening the all-ages show are Eric Robins Experience Attacks, Fried Egg Nebula, Flashing Blue Lights, and Stevie B. The new “bluesy funk rock” album was recorded in Lansing at Elm Street Recording Studios by Ryan Wert. The band consists of songwriter Matthew Shannon (guitar/vocals), Tab Wakley (lead guitar), Chip Herbert (drums/vocals) and bassist Steven Langlois.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7 p.m. $10/$8 adv, all ages, Saturday Aug. 23




Jeremy Porter & the Tucos at the Record Lounge - Saturday, Aug. 23

Jeremy Porter & the Tucos is bringing from Detroit its eclectic brand of rock‘n’roll, power-pop and Gram Parsons-influenced alt-country melodies. The band describes its sound as a “hooky blend of energy, melody, distortion and twang” and released its latest full-length album, “Partner in Crime,” in 2013 on New Fortune Records. As well as being one of the founding members of one of the few Upper Peninsula-based punk bands, The Regulars, front man Jeremy Porter has played in multiple bands and toured across the country playing music since the ‘80s. With The Tucos he’s played gigs like CMA Fan Fair Festival in Nashville and Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing. Opening at The Record Lounge is Kentucky-based band Those Crosstown Rivals.

111 Division St., East Lansing. 5 p.m., $5 suggested donation, all ages, Saturday, Aug. 23

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