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Wednesday, April 25,2012

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by Rich Tupica

Rocking for rolling 

The Mitten Mavens, a Lansing-based all-female roller derby team, hosts a rock show fundraiser Friday at Mac’s Bar. Taking the stage is a bill full of local rockers, including Narc Out the Reds, The Playback (local indie rock), Charlie Slick (electro-glam from Ann Arbor), Inflatable Best Friend (Kalamazoo-based rock), and The Dolphins (local garage/rock-n-roll). Narc Out the Reds, who play “noise-pop-noir,” have been gigging since 2008 and are on the Good Time Gang Records roster. The band includes Chris Baratono (vocals, guitar, keys), Ben Southwell (guitar), John Miller (drums), and Joshua Siwek (bass).  Attendees who arrive at Mac’s in Mitten Mavens gear, or bring a past, or future Mitten Mavens ticket stub pay a $5 admission at the door ($2 cheaper than regular price). For more information about the Mitten Mavens, visit mittenmavens.net.

Friday, April 27 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $7, 7 p.m.

Werks brings funky-psychedelic jam to Macīs bar

Thanks to its high-energy live show, The Werks has become a fixture at an assortment of festivals, including the Electric Forest and Hookah in the Hills. The band, which tours rigorously, plays dance music infused with psychedelic/classic rock guitars, funky slap bass, and electro — topped off with a jam-band feel. The band plays Mac’s Bar Saturday, along with openers Me3Mind, a South Haven-based progressive jam rock band). The Werks has been establishing a growing national fan base, which the band credits largely to the hard work of their street team and devoted fans. The band has released three albums, including “Dig It” (2007), “Synapse” (2009), and “The Werks Live at The Werk Out Music Festival” (2010). Each September, the band hosts its annual fest, The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival, in Thornville, Ohio.

Saturday, April 28 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $12 doors, $10 advance, 9 p.m.

Americana and Indie-folk at (Scene)

Red Tail Ring, a vintage-flavored Americana duo made up of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, plays an all-ages show Saturday at (SCENE) Metrospace. Red Tail Ring, based in Kalamazoo, prefers to keep busy: The pair released two albums in April 2011, “Middlewest Chant” and “Mountain Shout.” The duo plays old-time ballads and instrumentals with fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, jaw harp and harmonica.

Doug Mains & the City Folk, a local indie-folk band, will also play a set. Back in February, the band released its first full-length album, “The Mountainīs King.” The group features songwriter Mains (guitar/ vocals), Kelly Pond (vocals/violin), Kim Wren (upright bass), Rob Germeroth (percussion) and Josh Michaels (cello/accordion). Visit dougmainsmusic.com.

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

Foxy Shazam plays the Loft

After a “a serious case of pneumonia” hit a few of the band members earlier this month, Foxy Shazam canceled its April 5 show, but the major-label rockers are already back in action; the band is playing its rescheduled all-ages show at The Loft Monday. Tickets sold for the April 5 show will be honored. Foxy Shazam, a Cincinnati-based glam-rock band ,is on a roll with its Queen-style hit, “I Like It,” which is the single from its latest album “The Church of Rock and Roll” (IRS Records/EMI Group). Opening the show are Maniac, Cadaver Dogs and Wilson. Tickets are available at fusionshows.com and local outlets Music Manor and Flat, Black and Circular.

Monday, April 30 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages,  $13 advance, $15 door, doors 6:30 p.m.

Schoolīs out for Frontier Ruckus

While there’s still plenty of time to grab tickets, Frontier Ruckus fans may want to mark Friday, May 4 on the calendar. The band is playing an all-ages show at The Loft to celebrate the end of another school year, along with openers Gun Lake and Gifts or Creatures, a local Americana group featuring songwriters Brandon John Foote and Bethany Foote.

It’s been six months since Frontier Ruckus played The Loft. The band has been busy working on a new album in Ann Arbor. The band’s sound is mainly centered on the lyricism and songwriting of front man Matthew Milia (vocals/guitar); the music is described in the band bio as “hyper-experiential minutia-obsessed memorialism, dealership of dense intense worlds, ‘90s nostalgia, and tender pathos within a universal particularity.” Frontier Ruckus also includes David W. Jones (banjo, vocals, dobro), Zachary Nichols (horns, singing-saw, melodica, keyboards), Ryan Etzcorn (drums, percussion) and John Krohn on bass. 

Friday, May 4 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages,  $10 advance, $12 door, doors 7 p.m.


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