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Thursday, February 14,2013

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Stikyfut at The Loft

Detroit prog-rockers Stikyfut return to Lansing Saturday for a gig at The Loft. The “gypsy art-rock” band takes from a variety of genres, from jazz and Latin, to rock, jam and metal. Fans of Shocking Blue might want to check out this show. Stikyfut, which originally formed in Kalamazoo, features vocalist Emily Detwiler, Phillip Wrenbeck (guitar), Jared Field (drums) and bassist Jordan Landau. Since the band’s first performance in March 2011, they’ve become known across the state for powerful blues riffs and funky arrangements, blanketed with Detwiler’s soulful vocals. In January 2012, the band self-released its debut six-song EP, “Labels Are For Soup Cans,” which is streamed at stikyfut.bandcamp.com. It’s also available as a free download. Opening The Loft show is Jory Stultz, Chemical Edge and Mr. Denton On Doomsday.

Sat., Feb. 16, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $5, $8 for 18 , 8 p.m.


Starfarm at Lou & Harry's

For those who prefer the golden age of New Wave, the Starfarm gig this weekend at Lou & Harry’s Sports Bar and Grill is the place to be. The colorful, high energy cover band plays a long list of totally ‘80s pop and rock songs, dressed in Run-D.M.C-style Adidas tracksuits, topped off with headbands and British Knights shoes. The East Lansing-based band has worked seemingly nonstop since it formed over a decade ago. The group is co-led by vocalists Whitney Spotts and Dan Malnar, and cover a broad range of ‘80s tunes, including hits from Madonna, Prince and Duran Duran. The band also throws in a few rockers from the likes of The Ramones, Bon Jovi and Journey, and comes equipped with a state of the art sound and light system.

Fri., Feb. 15, Lou & Harry’s, 16800 Chandler Road, East Lansing, 21 , $3, 10 p.m.


Superchrist at Mac's

While the Chicago-based band’s debut album wasn’t released until 2002, Superchrist has been playing tried-and-true heavy metal since 1998. Fans of Motorhead, Warfare or Tank might appreciate the band’s heavy throwback sound. Saturday Superchrist returns to Mac’s Bar. Opening the gig are Dark Psychosis, Isenblast and Dozic. The band’s drummer, Ian Sugierski, is from the Lansing area and is known as a past member of Red Swan and Wastelander. The band released its eighth album, “Holy Shit,” last year – it’s available on Hells Headbangers. Fans of Midnight, Speedwolf or Abigail might want to pick up a copy. Superchrist is already writing material for its ninth album and will debut some of the new tracks at the Mac’s Bar show.

Sat., Feb. 16, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $7, 9 p.m.


Folky Valentine at Pump House

Americana duo Annie & Rod Capps host their 9th Annual “My Folky Valentine” Saturday at the Pump House in a concert described as “a celebration of love and music.” The Chelsea-based married duo writes songs with a rootsy twang and a soulful groove, and has released a stack of roots albums, some of which have earned them Detroit Music Award nominations. Also performing at the Pump House are Bill & Kate Isles (Duluth-based acoustic duo), The Ya Yas (folk-pop trio from Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), and The Marvins, a Rochester, N.Y., band that mixes indie rock and folk. The Marvins features the married songwriting couple Peter LeClair and Carmen Paradise, who spent time a few years back performing in Lansing — Paradise also played in the local space-rock band Calliope.

Sat., Feb. 16, Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, 7 p.m.


Miranda & Bentley at Breslin

Pop country super stars Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley bring their “Locked & Reloaded” Tour to the Jack Breslin Student Event Center Feb. 23. Lambert is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who’s also brought home a few CMA and ACM awards. Her newest album, “Four The Record,” made history when it debuted atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making Lambert the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at No. 1. Bentley is a multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter who combines slick modern-country songwriting with influences of bluegrass and bits of pop rock. Bentley’s sixth studio album, “Home,” was released earlier this year and also debuted at No. 1.

Sat., Feb. 23, Breslin Center, 1 Birch Road, East Lansing, $28-$53, 6:30 p.m.

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