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Wednesday, December 26,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Kid Brother Collective at Macīs

Thu., Dec. 27, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $8 advance, 7 p.m.

Although the influential, Flint-based band Kid Brother Collective only lasted from 1993 to 2004, the band still has a dedicated following . The post-hardcore band is back with a new vinyl reissue of the band’s classic “Highway Miles” album. The x2 LP on Lower Peninsula Records, a label operated by Lansing-music vet John Krohn, even includes some bonus tracks. Krohn’s label never skimps on packaging and this is no exception — the vinyl comes in a fancy gatefold sleeve. Thursday, the band plays the release show at Mac’s Bar along with The Fencemen, Little American Champ and Decades. Kid Brother Collective spent their formative years gigging every weekend at the Flint Local 432 and touring in a “smelly van and usually playing to small crowds for very little pay,” recalls the bandīs front man Brandon Trammel.


Peoples Temple LP release party

Fri., Dec. 28, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $7 advance, 9 p.m.

Fresh off a live recording session at Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville for an upcoming 7-inch single, Lansing’s own The Peoples Temple drops its second full-length album at Mac’s Bar on Friday. In between gigging across the country and playing big-ticket festivals, the four-piece band (made up of two sets of brothers) recorded the new disc, “More for the Masses.” The new album, released by the Chicago-based HoZac Records, is available on vinyl and CD and has received favorable reviews from Pitchfork and other indie sites. Fans of Spacemen 3 or The 13th Floor Elevators might want to check it out. Opening the Mac’s show is Racket Ghost, a local primitive rock ’n’ roll trio featuring Benjamin Assaff, formerly of Dead Stream Corners. Also performing is Mindguards, a local electro-punk band.


Jet Rodriguez at The Loft

Fri., Dec. 28, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $5 for 21 , $7 for 18 , 6 p.m.

Playing a mishmash of spacy ‘70s psychedelic rock and delicate Americana, The Jet Rodriguez seem to be on top of the “psychedelicate” genre. Friday, the Detroit-based band plays an all-ages gig at The Loft. Opening up the show are Fair Enough (Lansing-based indie rock trio) and Hit Society (Detroit-based rock ’n’ roll). The Jet Rodriguez, which has been gigging since 2009, may draw some influence from retro-rockers like The Grateful Dead and Neil Young, but the band has become known for its own distinct, modern folk-rock sound, even drawing comparisons to My Morning Jacket. In 2011, the band released the “Faceless Entities” EP and is expecting to drop a full length in spring 2013. In the meantime, their EP is streamed for free at thejetrodriguezmusic.com.


Drinking Mercury and Jory Stultz

Sat., Dec. 29, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $5, 9 p.m.

Despite the band’s revolving door of members and some lulls in productivity since its genesis in the summer of 2000, Drinking Mercury, which plays Saturday at Mac’s Bar, has managed to keep playing dreary alternative rock. The band has also described its sound as “shoegaze-folk rock-something.” Local music supporters may recognize a couple of the members: Tommy McCord also plays in The Plurals and runs GTG Records, and Michael Boyes moonlights in The Hunky Newcomers, an area punk band. Drinking Mercury finally released its debut, “Orcades,” in 2011. Warming up the stage at Mac’s is local indie songwriter Jory Stultz, who dropped the four-song “Out a Window” EP in October. The Pistol Brides, a Grand Rapids-based psych-rock outfit, rounds out the roster.


Ready To Rock īnī Rumble

Sat., Dec. 29, Camp Tisdale Community Center, 1200 Marquette St., Lansing, all ages, $10 13 , $5 12 & under, children 5 & under are free, 7 p.m.

I.R.O.G. and the A.D.D.A.M. Entourage host a night of body slams and musical performances Saturday at the “Capital City Chaos” event. The I.R.O.G. (International Ring of Grapplers) was founded last year and has since hosted a string of high-energy professional wrestling events often featuring rock and rap acts. Performing Saturday are Eddie J Don’t Play, The Street Drifters, and Narc Out the Reds. Eddie J Don’t play (a.k.a., E.J. Horn) is a 26-year old Lansing rapper on the SMG Global Network label. Fans of Kanye West, T.I. or Lupe Fiasco might want to check him out. On the wresting side, Jun Hado will defend his championship against AJ Snow and Roderick Street in a “Triple Chaos Match.” Other grapplers include Chase Matthews, FIA and “The Prodigy” Darrell Jackson.

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