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Wednesday, November 11,2009

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

Hear it all here

by Rich Tupica

Whether you’re into live bands, DJs or digging through record crates, the next seven days are packed with music. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on in the area.


Metal duo Jucifer (Athens, Ga.) returns to Mac’s Bar on Wednesday, Nov. 11. These Lansing regulars have been blowing out eardrums for 15 years, thanks to an extravagant sound system. Jucifer’s massive wall of speakers blast demented metal, so if you’re into head banging and demon-like female vocals, this could be your show. You may want to bring some earplugs.


Sharing the bill are Lansing sludgemetal bands The Plague Years and Dr. Device.


2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10, 8 p.m., 18


Bomb the Music Industry (New York) will make a stop at Mac’s on Friday, Nov. 13, for an early, all ages show. Fans of Mustard Plug would likely appreciate the band’s poppy, ska punk motif. Opening the show are the ska-purist sounds of Staple Salute (Warren) and CbJ (St. Clair Shores). Also booked are Lansing’s own A Big Crash (pop punk) and Smashing Blumpkins (crusty punk).


2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $5, $10 at door. 5 p.m., All ages.


Oade’s Hidden Camel will host Lansing’s weird metal masters, Cavalcade, on Friday, Nov. 13. Rounding out an eclectic lineup is an array of Lansing alt and punk bands. The Playback, The Plurals, Edible Intention and Smashing Blumpkins (yes, another show on Friday) will all take the stage.


1210 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. $5, 9 p.m., 21


MK Ultra Culkin (Lansing) will play a set of abrasive, female-fronted rock on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Uncle Sam’s Record Emporium. The band recently released its debut CD, “Sexual Exhilaration at a Bargain Price,” on Silver Maple Kill Records. Lansing’s Dr. Device opens.


100 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 6 p.m., FREE admission. All ages.


Attention vinyl lovers:


For those interested in flipping through thousands of vinyl records, a good place to start might be The Lansing Record & CD Show on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the University Quality Inn in Frandor (next to Holiday Lanes). The huge show, which opens at 11 a.m., sets up shop every couple of months and features lots of vinyl (45s and LPs), as well as CDs, music DVDs, band posters, T-shirts, vintage magazines and all sorts of music memorabilia. From rock‘n’roll and soul, to jazz, funk and folk, all genres are repre sented. For more information e-mail Ken at kpwildwood@sbcglobal.net.


3121 E. Grand River Ave., Frandor. FREE admission. Show runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Rave till dawn


The Lansing electronic dance scene has been growing steadily these days. Neon Tuesday at Mac’s Bar has surely played a role. Every Tuesday the areas top DJs and one touring artist spin the hottest dance music, this Tuesday, Nov. 17, will be no different. I Love You (danceable art-rock from Kansas City), DJ M.O., Pretty Boi, Beatloaf and Beat Power. A cool reoccurring side note to the night is artist Rob Shellburg, who paints legit art, live on stage.


2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. FREE admission.


Country-rock royalty Outlaw country and rockabilly fans may be pleased to hear that Hank III & Assjack will play a set of primal country at the Small Planet on Wednesday, Nov. 18. While his grandfather (Hank Williams Sr.) may have laid the groundwork for rock ‘n’ roll, Hank III has been winning over country and rock fans since debuting in 1999 with “Risin’ Outlaw.”


16800 Chandler Road, East Lansing. 8 p.m., 18

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