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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

(SCENE) hosts one-man-indie-band 


For those looking for an eclectic mix of rock and indie
sounds, (SCENE) Metrospace hosts Commodore Cosmos (a Lansing-area rock
duo), Scott Nelson and a return appearance from Jerry Fels and the
Jerry Fels, a Massachusetts-based one-man-indie-band. (SCENE)
Metrospace is an alternative art and performance space located in
downtown East Lansing. The gallery/venue was founded in 2004 and hosts
a diverse schedule of art exhibits, music performances, theatrical
productions, independent film screenings, dance, poetry and other forms
of expression. For more information on shows and gallery hours, visit
www.scenemetrospace.com. 


Wednesday, Nov. 2 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $5, all ages, doors at 8 p.m.; music at 9 p.m.




Follow the folk Rainbow to Mac’s


While Joe Hertler is originally from Lake Orion and
resides in Mt. Pleasant (where he attends Central Michigan University),
his band Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers has become an indie-folk
staple in Lansing over the past couple years. Hertler will release his
new album, “On Being” (Bigger Brush Media), Thursday at a Mac’s Bar
all-ages show. The cost of admission includes a copy of the new album.
Fans of Sufjan Stevens might want to check Hertler out. For more
information, visit www.facebook.com/joehertlermusic. Also performing is
a roster of indie bands, including Prussia, Kelly Deanne and the
Octagon Band, and The Shout Aways. 


Thursday, Nov. 3 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages. $10 advance, $12 at door, 7 p.m.




Smokin’ cover band at Green Door 


With a set list that ranges from Michael Jackson’s
“Billie Jean” to Naughty by Nature’s “OPP,” The Smoking Jackets pride
themselves on covering multiple genres. The band performs at the Green
Door Friday. Expect a large dose of ‘80s tunes and some newer pop hits
by Justin Timberlake, Franz Ferdinand, Kid Rock and Cake — as well as
some classics from Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder.


Friday, Nov. 4 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.




Starfarm loves the ’80s


For those who miss the days when Cyndi Lauper, Madonna
and Simple Minds ruled the airwaves and MTV, Starfarm might be your new
favorite cover band. Lovers of ‘80s hits can catch them Saturday at the
Green Door. The band plays a wide variety of hits from the glory days
of new wave and pop radio. Starfarm plays weekly area shows and often
rocks festivals across the state. The colorful East Lansing-based group
has been performing since November 2001 and features co-lead vocalists
Whitney Spotts and Slammin’ Danny, creating a dynamic blend of
female/male vocals. For more information, visit www.starfarmband.com. 


Saturday, Nov. 5 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., $5, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.




Roots Rockin’ at Mac’s Bar


Big John Bates has rustic, dark lyrics and rural
melodies, played hard and fast. Bates, a Vancouver-based rocker, has
been gigging across the world for the past decade. On Saturday, his
three-piece band plays Mac’s Bar. While he was originally primarily
influenced by punk and rockabilly styles he now embraces a more rustic,
dark, and southern sound. After playing over 1,000 shows in 17
countries around the world, this endorsed Gretsch guitarslinger has a
solid new band, including Brandy Bones on upright bass, and Timothy
Explosion on percussion.


Also taking the stage is Lansing’s Unionized Vaudeville
Spectacle (L.U.V.S.). The band specializes in gypsy-jazz, and also dubs
itself a speakeasy-swing act. The group got its start performing on
local street corners and recruiting an array of members from Lansing’s
pool of musicians. The group blends the songs and growling
vocalizations of frontman Dylan Rogers and harmonies by backup singers
"The Paupettes," with a gypsy-jazz band of up to 10 musicians. Fans of
Elvis, Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello — or even the vocal style of Screamin’
Jay Hawkins — might want to check out these guys. To hear the band’s
“Rust Belt Jukebox Blues” EP, visit dylanrogers.bandcamp.com. Also
performing at Mac’s is Calamity Cubes and The Devil’s Cut. 


Saturday, Nov. 5 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $10, 9 p.m.




The Bled’s Farewell Tourstops in Lansing


After a decade of making hardcore music and touring with
such high-profile bands as Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking
Back Sunday, and Rise Against, The Bled has decided this  tour
will be its last. The band plays an all-ages show at The Loft on
Saturday. Also rocking the stage are Decoder, Versus The Ocean, New
Venice, and Fuller. The Bled formed in 2011 and have since released
four albums; the most recent, “Heat Fetish,” was released in March
2010. Over the years the Tucson-based band has dabbled in a variety of
genres, including metalcore, mathcore, melodic hardcore and post
hardcore.


Saturday, Nov. 5 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $10 advance, $12 day of show, all ages, doors at 6 p.m.

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