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Wednesday, June 16,2010

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

Three ways to rock

by Rich Tupica

The Lansing music scene has a history of mixing American roots music with edgy, on-the-fringe punk.

Here are some local shows that will satisfy the blues dudes, as well as the country twangers and crusty punks.


Psychobilly sounds:


The rockin’ will start Wednesday, June 16, at Mac’s Bar with the Milwaukeebased .357 String Band. The band specializes in murder ballads, punk and oldschool gospel to create a chaotic kind of folk music the band calls “streetgrass.”


Sharing the bill is Reverend Deadeye’s No Man Gospel Band. This Colorado native mixes blues and gospel into a gritty blast of sound, all by himself in the traditional “one man band” set up.


Local dudes The Goddamn Gallows will also shake the stage with their menacing psychobilly stomps. Punk, rockabilly, country, bluegrass: The Gallows cover all bases.


9 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., 9 p.m. 18 , $12


Rockabilly/acoustic:


A new addition to the Lansing twang scene is the traditional rockabilly outfit Chaz Brackx & the Tight Teens. Led by local punk veteran Chaz Brackx, the band delivers original tunes comparable to legendary rockers like Dale Hawkins, Buddy Holly and Charlie Feathers.


8 p.m. Thursday, June 17 @ (Scene) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. All ages, $5


One-man punk band:


Lansing native Mosquito Bandito (a punk-rock one-man band) has been living out of a pick-up truck while touring around the United States for years. His raw, lo-fi rock-n-roll style is documented on a string of 7-inch singles pressed by various indie labels. Opening the show is California blues-rocker Noah Engh! The Kid Fantastic!


9 p.m. Friday, June 18 @ Mac’s Bar, $5, 18 , 9 p.m.

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