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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Dance  duo  Flashclash  raves  at  Mac´s

Flashclash, a poppy dance music group, brings its signature mixture of ‘80s-influenced pop tunes and modern indie-rock to Mac’s Bar Thursday. The Michigan-based electro duo is known for exciting and colorful live shows that include an “array of lighting spectacles and theater concepts leaving witnesses with wonder and amazement.” Opening the Mac’s show is the one-man electro-band Ghoulie, which performs an experimental set of grimy soul, noise, funk and rap. Ghoulie is one of the many projects of Lansing musician/producer Patrick Wenzel, who is also known for his analog/electro groups Public Pubes and Sex Ghost!

Thursday, Jan. 26 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $7, 9 p.m.


Free  Salsa  Verde  show on  campus  of  MSU

Salsa Verde has been Michigan State University’s premiere salsa band since 2008. On Thursday, it performs a free show at the College of Music in Hart Recital Hall. All are invited — and dancing is encouraged. Led by Jon Weber, the band performs original tunes and some recognizable covers. The group features members of area groups like Orquesta Ritmo, Aye, Sobroso, Mariachi Kora, Groupo Varidad Folkrorico, Thom Jayne and the Nomads and H2.

Thursday, Jan. 26 @ Hart Recital Hall – MSU Music Building, West Circle Drive, East Lansing, all ages, FREE, 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.


Elliot Street  Lunatic  drop new CD

Laingsburg space-rock veterans Elliot Street Lunatic recorded its sophomore album, “Ghost Town Lullabies,” over the summer in California with producer Casey Crescenzo, who’s best known as the frontman of The Dear Hunter, a national indie band. Friday at The Loft the band unveils the new CD. The band includes Jason Marr (vocals, guitar), Eric Robins (guitars), Jordan Hahn (bass), CJ Kjolhede (drums), and Liza Robins (tambourine). Warming up the stage are Alco, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, Good Weather For Airstrikes, Tiger! Tiger! and The Rival.

Friday, Jan. 27 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $8 advance, $10 at door, all ages, doors 6 p.m. 


Ann  Reed  and  Sistrum at the Fiddle

Ann Reed is known for her 12-string guitar and deep, resonating voice. Her material is sometimes romantic, sometimes political. She’s been playing for over 30 years and has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s "A Prairie Home Companion," ABC’s "Good Morning America" and NPR’s "Morning Edition," not to mention spins on radio stations across the country.

On Friday, she plays the Ten Pound Fiddle. The Minnesota native began teaching herself guitar at age 12 while finding influence in many now-legendary folk and rock performers. It was Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) who first inspired her to sing in a lower key. At the Fiddle show Reed will be joined on stage for a few songs by the Sistrum, Lansing’s women´s choir.

Friday, Jan. 27 @ Ten Pound Fiddle — Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing, all-ages show. Tickets: $15 public; $12 Fiddle members; $5 students. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. www.tenpoundfiddle.org.


L.E.A.K.  celebrates   two   years  

The Lansing Electronic Artist Kollective celebrates its second anniversary Saturday at The Loft. The LEAK DJs have been hosting dance shows and parties across the city, and have also helped bring national DJs to Lansing. The show features two rooms full of great music presented by solely local talent. Set to spin are LEAK residents BeatLoaf, Andy Lynch, Robert Perry and Roque Ybarra. Also making some noise are special guests Dean Cue, INOV8, 81 Disasters, AKDJ and Jake Pechtel. Show up early (before 10 p.m.) and get in for a discounted rate of $5.

Saturday, Jan. 28 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $10 for 18 and over, $7 for 21 and over after 10 p.m., 18 and over welcome, doors 9 p.m.


East  Grand  Record  Co. hosts in-store

Three loud Lansing-based bands will crank it up Saturday at East Grand Record Co. in downtown East Lansing. The newly opened vinyl-record shop has a wide selection of LPs and 45s spanning all genres. Playing the free, all-ages show are American Gothic, BerT and The Plague Years. American Gothic is a fast-paced local hardcore band that features Mike Bebee (vocals), Dan Finks (drums), Ryan Horky (bass) and Ben Jenson (guitar). The guys are currently working on a debut LP, planned for a summer release.

Saturday, Jan. 28 @ East Grand Record Co., 213 1/2 East Grand River, East Lansing, all ages. FREE, 9 p.m. to midnight.


Great  Lakes  Collective hosts  showcase

The Great Lakes Collective is an area artist collective that brings together folk and indie musicians and helps them prosper in the arts. On Saturday the group hosts a showcase at (SCENE) Metrospace, with performances from Sunny Side Up, Maria Rosa & the Swiss Kicks and Vanity, Oh, Vanity.

Saturday, Jan. 28 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $5, all ages, doors at 7 p.m.; music at 8 p.m.

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