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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

DJ Dan spins funky house at The Loft

"My whole sound is kind of this funky house, funky disco and a bit of techno,” said DJ Dan, who is playing The Loft Friday. The event is hosted by X Theory Collaboration: “Lansing´s newest electronic music movement.” DJ Dan (a.k.a. Daniel Wherrett) has been a fixture in the techno scene since 1991, when he began to make a name for himself in Los Angeles. Since then he’s toured the world and released stacks of records. “I’ve definitely gone more underground,” Wherrett said in a phone interview. “I’ve decided to go back to my roots and play funkier house — more underground stuff. I really have no desire to go into the mainstream.”  

Wherrett said he’s happy to avoid the trends (think David Guetta) and continue making his own path. “I’ve noticed that since (electronic music) has become more commercial, in the same song there will be elements of trance, electro, and house, all in one. But to me, it’s just not appealing. I think eventually that will mature. Also, as far as the people just getting into the music, their tastes will also mature. They will pick a sound.”

While this is DJ Dan’s first trip to Lansing, Wherrett said he’s “always loved” Detroit. “For me, Detroit people have always seemed serious about the music. They go out for the music. A lot of people go out so they can be seen with their friends, I always felt people in Detroit came out because they had specific DJs they wanted to hear and they are very passionate about those DJs.” 

Opening the show is a roster of Michigan DJs, including X%u03ACos (techno-house-electro), Superdre (deep house/minimal), AKDJ (funk/dubstep), Elemnt (house), Juan & Sketch (breaks/house/scratching,) Ruckus (electro funk), Andy & Roque (house), Dubboi (ghettotech), Fireant & Fahzee (dubstep). The after party is set for the Six Lounge in downtown East Lansing, with more live music from Hugh Cleal, WilliamPaul, Nimbus, PepStep & Crackula and Breezy.

 Friday, April 20 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $15 advance, $20 at door, 18 and over, doors at 9 p.m.

Seth & May play the Fiddle

In addition to being a married couple, Samuel Seth Bernard and May Erlewine are also a respected duo in the Michigan folk community. The pair will perform songs off their latest album, “New Flower,” along with some other fan favorites, at the Ten Pound Fiddle on Friday. Prior to meeting, they both had a strong background in songwriting and performing. They also had a shared love of folk, blues, and rock, including mutual influences like Neil Young, Patti Griffin, and Woody Guthrie.

They met in 2003 at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and by early 2006 they had released their first collaborative LP through Earthwork Collective, simply called “Seth Bernard and Daisy May.” 

Friday, April 20 @ Ten Pound Fiddle – Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street East Lansing, all ages. Box office at 7 p.m., doors 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $15 public, $12 Fiddle members, $5 students.


Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome drops “Fog City”

Aside from having a thoroughly obnoxious (yet creative) band name, Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome also has a new CD, “Fog City.” The Lansing-based punk/thrash band releases the disc Friday at Oade’s Hidden Camel in REO Town. This special “4-20” album release show also serves as the band’s tour kick-off show.  Since its first release in 2004, the band has played hundreds of shows across Michigan and the Eastern half of the United States. Opening the show are local pop-punks Frank and Earnest and The Fisticuffs (Chicago-based Irish punk). 

Friday, April 20 @ Oade’s Hidden Camel, 1210 South Washington Ave, Lansing, 21 and over. $5, 9 p.m.

Great Lakes Collective hosts indie show at Gone Wired

Vince Dynamic, Mountain Nobility, One Short of Half a Dozen, Joseph & Stephanie Huson and Jory Stultz (formerly of the Sunset Club) play an all-ages show at Gone Wired Café on Saturday. The event is hosted by the Great Lakes Collective, which has been hosting shows and promoting a list of talented locals for the past couple years.

This show features the Bay City-based band Vince Dynamic, an indie-pop band that blends together diverse influences from Weezer, The Beach Boys and The Carpenters. 

Saturday, April 21 @ Gone Wired Café, 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, all ages, $5, 9 p.m. to midnight. 

Superchrist brings old-school thrash to Mac’s

Since 1998, Superchrist has been banging out some genuine old-school trash metal. The Chicago-based headbangers play Mac’s Bar on Saturday. Opening the show are Lurking Corpses (horror-punk/metal from Fort Wayne), Scaphism (Boston-based death metal) and Sauron. Since 2000, Sauron has been a force in Lansing trash metal. It includes Victor “Lore Lord” Ruiz (guitar), Mike “Skinthrasher” Hudson (drums) and Doomy G. Blackthrash (bass/vocals). Fans of Motorhead, Sodom, Kreator or Exodus may want to check out this show. 

Saturday, April 21 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $7, 18 and over, 9 p.m.

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