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Wednesday, November 7,2012

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Danger! Electric Six hits Lansing

The Detroit-based band Electric Six gained some national attention in early 2003 with the “Danger! High Voltage” single, a high-energy, disco-rock song that featured backing vocals from Jack White. It made it up to No. 2 on the British charts. The group mixes glam rock with synth-pop and disco-beats, often with some tongue-in-cheek haughtiness. That confident style may come from the list of flamboyant influences lead singer Dick Valentine has mentioned in interviews, including Queen and KISS. Last month, Electric Six released its ninth album, “Absolute Pleasure,” on Metropolis Records. On Friday, they return to Lansing to play an all-ages show at The Loft. Opening for them are Little Hurricane, Harrison Hudson and Dogs in Winter.

Friday, Nov. 9 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $12 advance, $14 at door, doors 8 p.m. 


Matisyahu sparks it up at The Loft 

In 2006, Hasidic Jewish reggae rapper Matisyahu shot to stardom after the video for his single “King Without a Crown” debuted on MTV. Saturday he performs an all-ages show at The Loft, promoting “Spark Seeker,” his latest album, which debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 charts and #1 on the reggae charts. Matisyahu, a White Plains, N.Y., native, is known for energetic live shows and his ability to blend reggae with hip hop, pop, jazz and Jewish hazzan-style singing. Fans of early dancehall reggae stars like Eek-a-Mouse, might want to check out this show. Opening for Matisyahu is The Constellations, an Atlanta-based electronica-blues rock band.

Saturday, Nov. 10 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $25 advance, $28 at door, doors 7 p.m.


Mac´s Bar goes Six Feet Under

In 1993, Six Feet Under started out as a side project for Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes and Obituary guitarist Allen West. It has since undergone a few line-up changes, but almost 20 years later the band is still cranking out LPs. In fact, after nine albums, Nielsen Soundscan lists the band as one of the top selling death metal acts in the country. On Nov. 14, the band plays Mac’s Bar with Cattle Decapitation, a San Diego-based death-grind band, opening the show. Local metal heads Genocya and All Ends Black will also warm up the stage. Six Feet Under formed in Florida and has focused on playing American death metal (complete with Cookie Monster vocals) on the Metal Blade label since the band’s debut album, “Haunted.” The group’s latest groove-metal disc, “Undead,” retains the band’s signature style, mixing intense blasts of metal with some down-tempo and mid-tempo riffing, a.k.a. “death ‘n’ roll.”

Wednesday, Nov. 14 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $20, 9 p.m.


Hat Madder drops ´Orgy Opposite´

Indie rock bands can be pretty drab, but fortunately there are still bands like Hat Madder who tip their hat to alt-rock forefathers like Devo and Mission of Burma. This Lansing-based band has no shortage of hooks and striking melodies, but also push the limits. On Nov. 15, the band releases its new album “Orgy Opposite” at Mac’s Bar. The band features songwriter Isaac Vander Schuur (vocals/guitar/keyboard), Christian Urrabazo (drums), Ben Jenson (bass) and Chris Baratono (guitar). Vander Schuur originally founded the band amidst a stint in Austin, but returned to his home turf of Michigan in 2004 and revamped the group. Opening the show is local pop-punks Little American Champ along with electro-punk duo Mindguards. 

Thursday, Nov. 15 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $5, 9 p.m.


Doc Yankee brings piano-blues to Avenue

Local blues pianist Doc Yankee has jammed with dozens of groups over the past five decades, including Fast Eddie & the Smooth Talkers, Union Street and the Galligan Blues Band. He’s also toured with Junior Valentine, Nappy Brown, James Armstrong and other blues stars from Ann Arbor to Chicago and Seattle to New Orleans. His distinctive playing style has been described as “slick Memphis piano with a heavy dose of New Orleans rhythm.”  Friday he plays a solo blues piano show at The Avenue Café.

Friday, Nov. 9 @ The Avenue, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $5, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.


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