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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Lansing alt-rockers The Plurals drop 10th release


The Plurals have been bashing out ’90s-influenced rock
since 2004 — and, along the way, the band has released a pile of EPs and
albums.


This Saturday at Mac’s Bar the band unveils its 10th
release, “The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective,” a
nine-song full-length. Good Time Gang Recordings (a label operated by
the band) is co-releasing the CD along with fellow Lansing label Bermuda
Mohawk Productions.


The band members — which include Tommy McCord (guitar),
Nicholas Richard (bass), Hattie Danby (drums), — all share vocal and
songwriting duties; they also play in a number of other local bands,
including The Cartridge Family, The Break-Ups and Josh David & the
Dream Jeans, to name a few.


Opening the show is Honah Lee, a Trenton, N.J., band that
specializes in simple yet catchy punk rock. The Hat Madder, a Lansing
band led by Isaac Vander Schuur, will also take the stage. Fans of Devo
and Muse should be sure to catch their set. For more information on The
Plurals, visit www.gtgrecords.net


Saturday, May 21 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $5, 9 p.m.




Chicago hip-hop clubber Na Palm at The Loft


Lyrically influenced by the hip hop masters and musically
influenced by the Chicago club scene, Na Palm combines both genres to
create his signature sound, which he brings to The Loft Friday. His hit
single, “What’s Yo Name,” melds rap and Auto-Tune pop and tells of
forgetful drunkenness at the club. While he’s lyrically influenced by
Nas, his poppy beats are poppy and danceable.


Also performing is The Specktators, a Groesbeck and
Lansing-based rap/electronic group. The duo consists of producer Matt
Duda (known as Moe-T) and vocalist Patrick Duda (known as Packi). Since
they formed in October 2009 the guys have recorded songs for their
ongoing project, “The Never Ending Mixtape,” adding a new song to the
mix every month.


The Green Skeem (from East Lansing) will also make some
noise. The groupincludes Danny Wiseman (a.k.a. Daggler) and Courtney
Rodgers (a.k.a. QTheBars), and mixes electronic sounds with dubstep and
hip hop. Opening the show is Vinacious, a Mason-based ambient pop band
with an indie feel.


Friday, May 20 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., $8 in advance, $10 Day of Show for 21 , $12 for 18 , 9 p.m. doors




Leroy’s showcases Kingpins guitar slinger


Blues guitarist George Bedard has been an important figure
on the Michigan roots rock scene for more than 30 years, and this
Friday he’ll perform with his group The Kingpins at Leroy’s Classic Bar
and Grill.


Bedard was a member of the historic Michigan group The
Silvertones in the 1970s. He later performed with blues masters Koko
Taylor, Lightin’ Slim, Big Walter Horton and Chuck Berry’s remarkable
pianist Johnnie Johnson. If you like rhythm-and-bluesy swing, surf,
cheap garage thrill music, blues, and rock ’n roll, George Bedard and
The Kingpins might be worth checking out.


Friday, May 20 @ Leroy’s Classic Bar & Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 21 and over, $5, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.




Lansing metal mania at Uli’s


Uli’s Haus of Rock never has a shortage of hard rockin’
shows. This Saturday is no different. The large roster of bands includes
Occassus — headbangers who enjoy throwback metal like Pantera,
Sepultura and Fear Factory may dig the band’s sound. One Without Reason
(Lansing) also performs a set of progressive metal that incorporates
alternative rock and even hip hop. Another band taking the stage will be
Hillside Barrier, which formed in 2009 in Lansing and has since
aggressively played Hatebreed-style metal. Skin Casket and 419 are also
performing.


Saturday, May 21 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, cover charge unknown, 7:30 p.m.




Flood the Desert at Blackened Moon


Blackened Moon has booked a full lineup for Saturday
night. Taking the stage will be Flood the Desert (from Lowell), which
plays a hybrid of prog-metal, funk and jam. Also performing is Blood of
the Unborn, a Flint-based band with a sound comparable to Black Dahlia
Murder and Cannibal Corpse. Pearl Snap Western Brown will raise a
ruckus. The progressive hard rock band lists influences as diverse as
King Crimson, David Bowie and Mr. Bungle.


Metal bands A Sleepless Malice and Deathwind will also perform. 


Saturday, May 21 @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall, 3208
S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, 18 and over, donation for bands
at door. 




New weekly jazz night at Stober’s


Local group the Jeff Shoup Quartet hosts “Jazz Tuesdays,” a
new weekly jazz jam session at Stober’s Bar. Musicians are welcome to
bring an instrument and sit-in and play some tunes. For jazz lovers who
enjoy improvised sessions, this could become a nice weekly tradition. 


Every Tuesday @ Stober’s Bar, 812 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, FREE, 10 p.m.

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