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Wednesday, May 25,2011

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

by Rich Tupica

(SCENE) Metrospace goes solo


On Thursday, (SCENE) Metrospace features
four area solo acts: Joshua Barton, Nathan K, Nick Van Huis and Liz
McDaniel. Barton is the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter of Fields of
Industry, a Lansing/Ann Arbor-based folk-rock band that often leans
toward shoegazing sounds. Since 1999 Barton has been self-releasing
lo-fi cassettes of his original songs; his 2010 Fields’ album “Trouble
House” is the best example of his current work. 


Thursday, May 26 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $5, all ages, doors at 8 p.m.; music at 9 p.m.




Dear Landlord pops into Mac’s


Dear Landlord is a punk rock band from
Carbondale, Ill. Bordering on super-group status, the band features
members of pop masterminds The Copyrights, as well as Rivethead,
Houseboat and Gateway District. Dear Landlord’s brand of pop-punk is
packed with epic choruses and snotty vocals. The band, set to play Mac’s
Friday, has a split 7-inch with the Chinese Telephones on Recess
Records, and another split (with Off With Their Heads) on No Idea
Records. They also have a full-length LP/CD titled “Dream Homes” on No
Idea Records.


Also set to perform is The Maladroits (from France), Fisherking (Lansing hardcore), Against the Grain and Seized up.


Friday, May 27 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages. $8 advance, 5 p.m.




Leroy’s hosts Red Hot jazz group


Ray Kamalay and his Red Hot Peppers, a
throwback small-band jazz group, performs Saturday at Leroy’s Classic
Bar & Grill. Dancers who enjoy the two-step and swing may want to
check this out. Kamalay, a Detroit native, is the singer, guitarist and
group leader. He’s been playing professionally since he graduated from
the University of Detroit in 1974. His work often reflects his interest
in jazz, folk and Celtic music.


Saturday, May 28 @ Leroy’s Classic Bar & Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 21 and over, $5, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.




Rock and Roll Circus at Uli’s


Uli’s Haus of Rock hosts three
hard-rockin’ bands Saturday: Mansfield Park, Circus Asylum and
Blacklist. Circus Asylum (from Battle Creek) has been gigging around
Michigan since April 2008. The band quickly befriended Pop Evil
(Michigan-turned-national band) and has since opened many shows for the
emerging band. In 2009 the band embarked on its first tour across the
country, even playing the Whiskey a Go-Go, a historic Los Angeles rock
venue. In 2010 the band began recording its debut LP “Welcome to the
Carnival” with Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Trust Company). The album is
set to be released this summer, with a new single, “Numb,” supporting
the record. 


Saturday, May 28 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. 18 and over.  9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ticket prices not announced. 




More metal at Blackened Moon


Blackened Moon is also stocked with a
huge roster of metal for Saturday. The venue will host Summu Nura,
Dagon, Flesh Eating Flesh, Inhaling the Plague, Blood of the Unborn,
Seraphim Burial, The Heads of Our Enemies and more. 


Dagon is a busy Lansing metal band with a
fondness for Cannibal Corpse. Since it formed in 2005, the band has
blended the melody of Swedish bands like Dark Tranquility with the
aggression and speed of American bands like Slayer and Suffocation, and
topped it off with the shredding bravado of such ‘80s metal masters as
Iron Maiden. An interesting aspect of the “ocean metal” band is that it
only sings about topics related to the ocean — from pirates and shark
attacks, to the mighty Kraken. 


Saturday, May 28 @ Blackened Moon
Concert Hall, 3208 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. All ages,
donations at door, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.




Pre-Memorial Day Fest at Loft


Known for its amazing light show,
Flint-based band Covert melds funk, reggae, soul and twang into a hybrid
sound that’s won the band a following across the state. On Sunday, the
band plays a mix of originals and covers at The Loft; dancing is
encouraged. Opening acts are to be announced. This Pre-Memorial Day Fest
will also feature $3.50 micro brews and Jameson, for those looking to
drink a few. For more information, visit: www.CovertBand.com


Sunday, May 29 @ The Loft, 414 E.
Michigan Ave., Lansing. $6 advance, 18 and over, $7 for 21 and over, $10
for 18 and over, doors 9 p.m.




Fuzzed-out sludge at Mac’s Bar


Fans of Melvins-style rock may want to check out Mac’s Bar June 1, when two sludge-rock bands hammer out some heavy stoner rock. 


Opening the show is Bert, a Lansing-based
band that’s been playing in various formations since 2006. Band members
Phillip Clark, Ryan Andrews and Rael Jordan, are also responsible for
Lansing bands Red Teeth and Dr. Device. The band also operates its own
indie label, Madlantis Records; for free MP3 downloads from the label,
visit www.madlantisrecords.com.


Headlining the night is Rat Babies, a
dark, bass-heavy, two-piece drum-and-bass, swamp-metal band out of
Athens. Since it formed in 2005 the band, which features Mux Blank
(vocals/bass) and Chodd (drums), has kept busy playing shows across the
country. Rock dudes who love fuzzed-out doom-metal may want to check
this out.


Wednesday, June 1 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 and over. $5, 9 p.m.

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