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Wednesday, May 9,2012

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by Rich Tupica

BMP drops new Homelife LP at Zeppelinīs

Bermuda Mohawk Productions, a Lansing-based indie label, is set to release “Translation,” a vinyl LP from Homelife, a Lansing-based post-hardcore punk band.

The 12-inch LP is limited to 500 copies and will be released Friday at an all-ages show at Zeppelin’s Music Hall in Lansing. Also performing are Cavalcade, Terror Terror Oh My, and Narc Out the Reds. For those wanting to hear a preview of the album, Homelife’s first single from the new disc (“Viewfinder”) is streaming exclusively on Alternative Press.

Homelife includes Jacob Weston (vocals/guitar), Chaz Villarreal (drums), Craig Rasmussen (guitar), and Mike Poshedly (bass/vocals). Since forming in 2009 Homelife has become known for its distinctive sound, while pays homage to such bands as ‘90s favorites Jawbreaker, Knapsack and The Promise Ring. Fans of Small Brown Bike, Hot Water Music, and Title Fight may dig the new 10-song record.

Friday, May 11 @ Zeppelin’s Music Hall, 2010 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, all ages. $5, show at 8 p.m.

Kind of Like Spittingīs reunion hits Lansing 

Fronted by prolific songwriter Ben Barnett, Kind of Like Spitting has been releasing albums and touring in a strictly DIY fashion since it formed in 1996 in Portland, Ore. Barnett, the only constant member of the band, has been compared to the likes of Elliott Smith, Billy Bragg and Robert Pollard. Barnett was also a part of The Thermals, a Kill Rock Stars band. While Kind of Like Spitting (which now includes ex-members of Lemuria) is just coming off an extended hiatus, the band is back and performing Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Also taking the stage are Jack and Ace (ex-Braid), Good Luck, The Fencemen, The Plurals and Little American Champ.

Saturday, May 12 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $8 advance, $10 door, 9 p.m.


Occupy Lansing hosts free concert, picnic, workshops

“Occupy the Spring,” hosted by Occupy Lansing, takes place Saturday in Reutter Park in Lansing (near Kalamazoo Street and Capitol Avenue). Starting at 12:30 p.m. the event will include live music from local rockers MindGuard, QUESTion, Rick Eby and more. This event is in correlation with the May 12 “Global Day of Action” organized by the national Occupy movement. A flier for the Lansing event reads: “Join the people around the world that are taking to the streets, to the squares and everywhere to fight corruption, censorship, environmental abuses, police brutality and other issues.” There will also be a non-perishable food and toiletries drive for the Haven House in East Lansing. Organizers invite the public to “bring a lunch and enjoy the day.” More information at occupylansing.net.

Saturday, May 12 @ Reutter Park, 400 S. Capitol Ave, Lansing, all ages. FREE, 12:30 p.m.


Perri brings her "Jar of Hearts" to Loft

Christina Perri has been steadily burning up the charts over the past two years. On Friday, the rising pop star plays an all-ages concert at The Loft. Sleeping at Last opens the show. Perri scored a hit single with “Jar of Hearts” after it was featured on the Fox television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” It was later featured in the “Prom Queen” episode of “Glee.” Perriīs “A Thousand Years” was also featured on the soundtrack of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I.” Perri’s debut album, “Lovestrong,” which is stocked with an abundance of heartbreak ballads, reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200, and she is planning a tour with Jason Mraz, who is featured on Perri’s latest single, “Distance.” 

Friday, May 11 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $16 advance, doors 7 p.m.


Shack Shaker gets dirty at Macīs

For those who enjoy acoustic-driven rockabilly, mixed with some old-time country and blues, The Dirt Daubers, a Kentucky/Nashville-based outfit, may be worth a look. The band plays Mac’s Bar May 17, along with Joshua Davis (of Steppin’ In It) and Dave Samano. Colonel JD Wilkes (songwriter and front man for the Legendary Shack Shakers), his wife, Jessica, and fellow Shack Shaker Mark Robertson make up the Dirt Daubers, who have travelled the world, singing an unconventional mix of covers and originals — everything from Appalachian, ragtime, and hot jazz standards to honky-tonk cowboy songs to Harlem jazz. 

Thursday, May 17 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $8 advance, $10 door, 9 p.m.


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