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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

Vintage rockin´ the Loft 

The Dolphins are an East Lansing-based rock ´n´ roll band with a love for ‘60s tunes and vintage psychedelic sounds. The four-piece features Chris Smith (guitar, vocals), Alex Ovenhouse (bass), Josh Guysky (drums) and guitarist Ryan Guysky. The band, which formed in 2010, plays The Loft on Thursday. Opening the show is another local outfit, The Unguarded Moment. The “progressive pop-punk” band has been gigging since 2006 and includes Isaac Sprague (guitar/vocals), Stefan Wiseman (bass/vocals), and drummer Samuel Sprague.

Thursday, March 8 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $5 for 21 and over, $7 for 18 and over, Doors 8 p.m.


Smoking Jackets at Green Door

With a set list that ranges from Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” to Naughty by Nature’s “OPP,” The Smoking Jackets, a Lansing-based cover band, emphasize diversity. The band, which performs Friday at the Green Door, plays some ‘80s tunes along with newer pop hits by Justin Timberlake, Franz Ferdinand, Weezer, Kid Rock and Cake. Mixed into the set are classics from Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. 

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


Mic Club showcases local female artists

For over three years the Mic Club, hosted by local rapper SINcere, has been showcasing hip-hop events in Mid-Michigan.

On Friday the event returns with an all-female roster, including Kiah, Lady V (aka Jane Jett), Satin Doll and Trinell Harris. DJ Enyce will also be spinning throughout the evening. The show is fittingly titled “Ladies First Pt. 2.” 

Friday, March 9 @ Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, 6810 South Cedar, Lansing, Lansing, 21 and over. $7 at door, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Pop-punk wunderkinds go overboard at Mac´s

Man Overboard, a pop-punk band from New Jersey, plays an all-ages show Friday at Mac’s Bar. Warming up the stage are Handguns, Seahaven, Daytrader and Way to Fall. Man Overboard specializes in melodic emo-pop, with energetic, hardcore-influences from other Garden State bands like Midtown. The group formed in 2008 after childhood friends Nik Bruzzese (vocals/bass) and Wayne Wildrick (guitar) began writing songs together. Since then, the band has released a pile of recordings and signed to Rise Records. Last fall, the band performed on the “Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour” alongside New Found Glory; last September, the band’s self-titled album landed on the Billboard 200, Top Hard Rock Albums, and Top Independent Albums charts. 

Friday, March 9 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages. $10 advance, $12 day of, 5 p.m.


Lansing vinyl record & CD show hits frandor

For those interested in digging through thousands of vinyl records and CDs, a good place to start might be Saturday at the Lansing Record & CD Show at the University Quality Inn in Frandor. The huge show, which opens at 11 a.m., sets up shop every couple of months and features 60 tables of vinyl 45s and LPs. Aside from records, collectors can also browse through rare music DVDs, band posters, CDs, T-shirts, vintage magazines and all sorts of music memorabilia. From rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and jazz, to country, funk and folk — all genres are represented. For more information visit www.facebook.com/lansingrecordshow.

Saturday, March 10 @ University Quality Inn, 3121 E. Grand River Ave., Frandor. FREE admission. Show runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Uli´s Haus of Rock

From Blue to Gray, a progressive-metal band from Mt. Pleasant, headlines Saturday at Uli’s Haus of Rock. Opening the show is Cell Block Earth, a Detroit-based thrash-metal band. Rounding out the lineup (and making for a diverse night of live music) is Seinhart, a Grand Rapids-based four-piece with a sound reminiscent of Blink-182 and other early 2000s pop-punk acts.

Saturday, March 10 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. $5, 18 and over, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  


Black Mass hosts John Holland

Since it formed in April 2011, Black Mass Sunday, a weekly showcase and collective, has become a staple in the local experimental/industrial/electro scene. Each week it hosts local and touring acts. This Sunday will feature a DJ set by John Holland, who is best known for his work with Salem, a buzz-worthy industrial-goth band. Holland will spin some rave, trance and footwork music. Also making some noise is a cast of locals, including Ein Sof Goyle (electro-industrial, aggrotech, witch house), Jaysen Craves (aggrotech, industrial, harsh EBM), Andy Lynch (juke, footwork, house, techno) and Crackula (witch house, chopped and screwed).

While this particular night showcases “darker dance music,” event organizer Jay Fellows said Black Mass Sunday changes from week to week. “We are exposing people to genres they may not be as familiar with in Lansing — such as witch house, minimal synth, cold wave, post-punk and grave wave,” Fellows said. For those looking for an avant-garde dance party or just exploring the darker side of music, this event may be worth checking out.

Sunday, March 11 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $10 cover, 9 p.m.

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