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Wednesday, October 3,2012

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

Taproot returns to Loft
Taproot, a four-piece hard-rock band that formed in 1997 in Ann Arbor, performs Wednesday at The Loft along with co-headliners Nonpoint. Taproot started to gain national attention as the nü-metal phase was sputtering out, even scoring a national hit with “Poem” in 2002. After bouncing around a few labels, Taproot signed with Victory Records in 2010. In April the band released “The Episodes,” a concept album that delves a little further into progressive rock territory. Meanwhile, Nonpoint is a Florida-based on the Razor & Tie Records roster and has a new LP hitting the shelves in the fall. Opening show at The Loft is Lansing-metal vets Know Lyfe and Black Oxygen.
Wednesday, Oct. 3 @ The Loft, 414
E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $15 advance, $17 at door, 7 p.m.


Tim and Eric Awesome Show star at Mac´s
David Liebe Hart is known for his bizarre humor, which he introduced to the world via Los Angeles public access television and earned him a regular slot on the cult Adult Swim hit show “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” His “Long Ass Tour” stops at Mac’s Bar on Monday, which is also the official Henry Rollins after party, hosted by Fusion Shows. Hart performs puppetry and sings songs severely off-key. His positive, stream-of-consciousness songs focus on the topics most important to him: beautiful women, famous actors and his sincere belief in UFOs. Opening the show is Teenage Slumber Party, a Grand Ledge-based primitive-punk duo. The first 100 people with Rollins wristbands get in free.
Monday, Oct. 8 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 East Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, 10 p.m., $7 advance, $8 day of show. 



Hippie, Hippie Shake
If your favorite scent is patchouli and your Jerry Garcia shrine remains intact, Mac’s Mitten Jam may be your new favorite local festival. The two-day concert launched last year and is meant to showcase the Midwest’s best jam, funk, rock and electro outfits. There are also some hippie-ish objectives like promoting “freedom, comfort and individuality.” The long roster is stacked with bands from across the region. Friday’s bill includes Billiards Music (Lansing), Wumble (Kalamazoo) and Indigo Sun (Chicago). Saturday’s line-up includes Stikyfut (Detroit), Glostik Willy (Muncie) and That Freak Quincy (Kalamazoo). There will also be food vendors, live art and hooping. The MC for the weekend is Ben Keeler of Lansing’s own Ben Keeler and the 500 Club. For ticket information visit macsmittenjam.com.
Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 East Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. Day passes: $6 advance, $10 at the door. Two-day passes $10 in advance, $15 at door. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Pump House hosts double bill
Paste Magazine named the Crane Wives, known for their three-part harmonies and organic sound, a Top 5 Michigan Band. The group plays the Pump House stage Sunday at 7 p.m. Opening the show is Claude Bourbon, a French born finger-picking guitarist who fuses classical and jazz with Eastern, Spanish and Latin elements. At 6:30 p.m., there is a Pump House potluck for an additional $10.
Sunday, Oct. 7 @ Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., $15 for both performances, $25 for performances and potluck. 


Dagwood´s Open Mic Night
This long-running weekly event is hosted by local singer/songwriter Jen Sygit and open to seasoned musicians as well as rookies. Depending on the night, you could hear folk, blues, bluegrass, swing, jazz or folk rock. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., with artists signing up for three songs, or about 15 minutes. People are required to bring their own instruments, but a four-channel sound system, two microphones and one acoustic guitar are supplied.
Tuesday, Oct. 9 @ Dagwood’s Tavern & Grill, 2803 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, 21 and over, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. 


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