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Wednesday, August 25,2010

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

Negative Red attitude

by Rich Tupica

From industrial angst and electro, to mellowed-out hippie jams, Lansing has a vast assortment of live music this week.


If you still have a soft spot for KMFD, or early Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, you may want to check out Negative Red this Saturday at Mac’s Bar. The band was formed in 2005 by Carson Duke, a Lansing electronic music veteran, and has been playing the industrial circuit. Duke (vocals/keys) relocated to Fort Wayne, Ind., where he kept the band going and also helped launch Razorblade Society, an online industrial magazine and blog. Also set to take the stage are local metal heads Dozic, Summunura and Knowlyfe. Since it formed in 2001, Knowlyfe has toured endlessly across the country and have played Warped Tour multiple times. A future show to keep an eye out for is the band’s 10-year anniversary show, booked for Sept. 18 at The Loft in Lansing.


9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28,@ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. $7, 18 and over. www.myspace.com/  negativeredmusic


Steppin’ In It will rock the Green Door each Monday from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The four-piece band combines blues, folk and Cajun into one melodic blend of traditional, old time music.


@ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing 21 and over. www.steppininit.com


For those who prefer glow-sticks and turntables over guitars, Lansing is also set on weekly, live electronic music. Mac’s Bar hosts Neon Tuesday every week, featuring the area’s best DJs. Admission is free for 21 and over.


@ Mac’s Bar, FREE, 18 and over, 9 p.m. www.macsbar.com


Looking to mellow out? Try Tree Hugger Thursday, held at The Loft. Every week the venue hosts a night of hippiefriendly music. This week’s eclectic lineup includes Burton’s Garden, Mighty Medicine and Frannie and Friends.


@ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing (above Harem Urban Lounge) $5 for 21 and over, $8 for 18 , 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.theloftlansing.com


For those looking for more of a minimal approach, All Tiny Creatures may be more your style. The band is set to play Mac’s Bar on Sept. 3. Influenced by Philip Glass, XTC and the experimental band Cluster, the band has a huge, untried pop sound.


Also set to perform is the ’90s alt-rockinspired The Plurals.


The Playback and Johnny Unicorn open the show.


9 p.m. Sept. 3. @ Mac’s Bar, $7, 18 and over; $5, 21 www.alltinycreatures.com


Does your band have an upcoming show? Post it at www.facebook.com/turnitdown

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