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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

Front Bottoms (indie) pop into Lansing


New
Jersey-based indie-pop band Front Bottoms headlines an all-ages show
Thursday at Mac’s Bar. Also taking the stage are Martyr Me, The
Unguarded Moment and PK Fire. While Front Bottoms is a duo made up of
long-time friends Brian Sella (vocals, guitar) and Mathew Uychich
(drums, bullhorn), for live shows the band brings along Drew
Villafuerte (bass/keys). The band is unconventional, sometimes using
acoustic guitars in punk songs and dance grooves in indie anthems. The
band’s poppy punk sound was influenced by the likes of Green Day, The
Replacements and The Modern Lovers.


Thursday, Nov. 10 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $8 advance, $10, 5:30 p.m.




Michigan folk hero Mabus plays the Fiddle


Joel
Mabus has been a fixture in Michigan folk/Americana music for years,
and is also a Ten Pound Fiddle and East Lansing favorite. On Friday,
he’ll
release his CD “American Anonymous” at the Fiddle. The album is a
collection of traditional American folk songs, collected and altered
over the years by Mabus. He sings and masterfully plays guitar and
banjo on the disc. — and, for the first time on record, he also throws
down on some autoharp. Although Mabus has toured widely, he makes his
living while flying under the radar of American pop culture.


Friday, Nov. 11 @ Ten Pound Fiddle — Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. Box office at 7 p.m.; doors at 7:30 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. $15 public, $12 Fiddle members; $5 for students www.tenpoundfiddle.org.




BerT brings sludge and bludgeon


Lansing
sludge-punk-rock fixture BerT will perform a release show Saturday at
Mac’s Bar. The band is set to release two splits: one cassette and one
CD. BerT’s current lineup is Phillip Clark (bass), Ryan Andrews
(guitar/vocals) and Rael Jordan (drums), although the band’s been
playing heavy jams in various forms since the early 2000s. The trio
will release the splits with Triangle and Rhino, a Pittsburgh-based duo
specializing in “bludgeon rock.” The first 25 guests to arrive at Mac’s
Bar receive a free copy of the new split cassette, “June Bug Bong
Compass” (Madlantis Records). You can also get a free screen-printed
poster at the show with purchase of the other release, the “June Bug
Magnetic North” CD (800wild Records). Set to make some noise is Jack
Pine Snag, a Lansing-based heavy-blues-grunge band that features a cast
of local rock veterans, including Joe Hart (guitar/vocals), Nicholas Merz (bass) and drummer Todd Karinen.


Saturday, Nov. 12 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $5, 9 p.m.


Biddle City Band plays Okemos


Coffee
and Friends Café has been hosting free weekend shows for some time now.
On Saturday, the Biddle City Band plays a set of folksy country, even
blending in some traditional blues. The Lansing-based band plays a mix
of originals and covers, and features Mike Bratton (guitars, bass,
harmonica, vocals), Stuart Campbell (guitars, harmonica, percussion,
vocals), Jeanne Donado (guitars, bass, percussion, vocals) and Lisa
Heller (guitars, banjo, keyboard, vocals).


If you enjoy espresso, WiFi and some legit folk tunes, this show might be worth checking out.


Saturday, Nov. 12 @ Coffee and Friends (Central Park Place plaza), 5100 Marsh Road., Okemos, all ages. FREE, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.




(SCENE) gets poetic Muslim visions


The
national concert tour Poetic Visions stops at (SCENE) Metropsace in
downtown East Lansing Saturday. The tour features spiritually inspired
folk music and hip-hop poetry performed by prominent Muslim musicians.
For local support, the Arabic-fusion group Wisaal, which hails from
East Lansing, will also play a live set. The Poetic Visions tour
organizers say they choose “musicians/songwriters that move beyond
simple, one-dimensional songs” and reconnect to great classical Muslim
writers such as Rumi, Attar, Imam Shafai, Imam Ali and Muhammad Iqbal,
as well as renowned Western poets such as Shakespeare, Milton, Dante
and Bob Dylan. This event is organized by the Michigan State University
Muslim Studies Program as part of Migrations of Islam, a multifaceted
project focused on Muslim Americans.


Saturday,
Nov. 12 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. Doors open
at 6 p.m. and show begins at 7p.m. A donation of $3 is suggested. More
information at poeticvisiontour.com.




Motor City DJ dubsteps into the Capital City


Freddy
Todd, a Detroit-area DJ, makes electronic music — or, more precisely,
dubstep, glitch hop and lazer crunk. Growing up, Todd became a
multi-instrumentalist, learning the drums, piano, guitar and bass.
These combined skills have made him an innovative presence in the
electronic scene. His EPs include “Ghost Dance Messiah” (2009),
“Hallowz Eve” (2009), and “Illegal Summer ‘Stache” (2010). Some are
available for free download at freddytodd.bandcamp.com. Openers at
Mac’s Bar are local DJs Ty Beat and iNoV8.


Wednesday, Nov. 16 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $7, 9 p.m.

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