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Wednesday, October 28,2009

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Monster mash and mosh

by Rich Tupica

While many folks are busy deciding what ridiculous costume they should wear on Devil’s Night and Halloween, they shouldn’t overlook the onslaught of costume-friendly shows happening over the holiday weekend in Lansing and East Lansing. From rock and electronic, to experimental and industrial, all bases are covered. Here is a round up of the spooky shows.


Lo-fi fright


One of the must-see shows of the week is Lovvers (UK) at Mac’s Bar on Devils’s Night, Friday, Oct. 30. Aside from the costume party that is also going on that night, be sure to check out the music. Lovvers have a true postpunk aesthetic that blends nicely with lo-fi hooks. These guys have a modern “destroyed pop” sound that doesn’t make it to Lansing venues often enough. Topping off the night are performances from two great Lansing bands, Narc Out the Reds and space-rockers Calliope.


Check out Lovvers online at www.myspace.com/letscommunicate


9 p.m., 18 , $8. 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.



Electronic evil


For those not looking to rock out on Devil’s Night, head over to the Small Planet on Friday, Oct. 30, for a night of DJs spinning the best in electronic music. Headlining the night is The Glitch Mob, a crew of experimental DJs from California. Performances from locals DJ Moses and DJ McNamara round out a solid night of funky beats. For those interested, The Small Planet is often the spot to hear electronic music. Also, every Tuesday, Mac’s Bar hosts Neon Tuesdays, which also showcases the best in local DJs.


Visit The Glitch Mob online at www.myspace.com/theglitchmob


9 p.m., 18 , for MSU students, $12 for public, $8. 16800 Chandler Road, East Lansing



Undead disco


On Saturday, Oct. 31, Mac’s Bar will host a Disco Halloween Party. The night will feature a costume contest and disco music spun by DJ Pretty Boi, Beat Power, Beatloaf, Rob Perry and M.O.


For those looking to win a prize for a clever Halloween costume, this may be the spot.


2700 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing. 8 p.m., $5, 18 ,



Killer costume contest


The Small Planet is also partaking in the Halloween fun on Saturday Oct. 31.


The electronic alt-rock band Kill Hannah (Chicago) headlines this rock show/costume contest. The winner gets $1,000 — nice! Also on the bill are Dr. Sketch (Lansing electronic), Kardia (Detroit metal) and Cadillac Casket (Chicago alt-metal).


9 p.m., 18 , $8 in advance. 16800 Chandler Road, East Lansing.



People under the stairs


Basement 414 is also celebrating both nights with a huge roster of live music and spooky decorations. On Friday Oct. 30, the venue will host the eerie sounds of Hordes (Lansing industrial), Elusive Parallelograms (Milwaukee psych-pop) and Dr. Device (Lansing electro-sludge). Rounding out the night is A World On Strike (Saginaw industrial punk) and Le Chem Noir.


On Saturday, Oct. 31, the festivities continue at B414 with Year 200x (video game metal), Dan Daniels and the Southern Gents (rockabilly from Marquette), Children In Heat (Misfits cover band) and Jason Spangler (Lansing songwriter). Costumes are welcome both nights.


For more information, visit B414 online at www.basement414.com


Both shows are at 8 p.m., all ages, free admission. 414 Jay St., Lansing. (Enter through the alley behind the Nuthouse Sports Grill.)

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