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Wednesday, March 6,2013

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
People´s Temple ´Third Man´ 7" release

Grammy winner Jack White’s Third Man Records is known for pressing records from the likes of Beck, Wanda Jackson and The White Stripes. Last week, the famed label released some Lansing-based rock n roll, the “Never More” 7” single by The People’s Temple. A release show for the single happens tonight at The Avenue Café. Warming up the stage are legit Lansing punks, The Hunky Newcomers. The single was recorded live at Third Man Records in Nashville and released on vinyl and iTunes Feb. 26. The label’s write-up for the release calls the band one of the “most intriguing and rawkus bands currently blowing up the rock-n-roll underground” and “Lansing’s finest psych band since (defunct ‘70s rock band) Earthen Vessel.”

Wed., March 6, The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $7, 8:30 p.m. thirdmanrecords.com


Coven 13 at Mac´s Bar

In 1985, Nordic doom metal legends Coven 13 formed in Detroit. By 1992, during the height of grunge, the group split. In the years following the disbandment, bootleg copies of its cult-classic 1987 debut album, “Worship New Gods,” were selling all over the web, and the band eventually discovered it had a dedicated fan base in Europe. That viral interest from Euro head-bangers encouraged the original members of Coven 13 to reunite in August 2012. A much buzzed about reunion show at Small’s in Hamtramck soon followed. The five-piece has been active ever since. Coven 13 recently inked a deal with Shadow Kingdom Records, who re-issued “Worship New Gods” in February 2012. Friday, the band comes to Mac’s Bar. 

Fri., March 8, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $8, 9 p.m.


Crane Wives at The Loft

Since August 2010, The Crane Wives have played a self-described “home grown indie-folk.” Saturday, the Grand Rapids-based group brings that rustic sound to The Loft. The Crane Wives utilize three-part vocal harmonies and eclectic instrumentation. Aside from the usual combo of instruments, The Crane Wives also mix in banjos and ukuleles. The band’s tunes range from whisper-quiet ballads to danceable grooves, which are documented on the band’s two albums, “Safe Ship, Harbored” (2011) and “The Fool in Her Wedding Gown” (2012). Fans of Fleet Foxes, Avett Brothers or Mumford and Sons might want to check out this show. Opening The Loft show is Dragon Wagon, Billy Strings and Arielle Puuri. 

Sat., March 9, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $8, $6 adv., 8 p.m.


Sista Otis at Sir Pizza

Detroit-native Sista Otis plays an intimate show Sunday at Sir Pizza in Old Town. Living in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Sista Otis (real name Shawn Marie Tinnes) tours the country playing her powerful brand of soulful, Americana rock. The grit of her sound comes from her Detroit rock roots and her love of southern sounds from Memphis’ Sun Records. She released her first disc in 1999, and since then she’s gigged non-stop while releasing a string of recordings on Wholly Roller Records. Her debut studio album appeared in 2004, earning her a record number of Detroit Music Award nominations and receiving airplay in 12 countries. In 2004, she was praised by Rolling Stone Magazine.Soon after The Advocate named her one of the country’s “Top Indie Artists.”

Sun., March 10, Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing, FREE, 6 p.m., all ages until 9 p.m. 


David McWilliams Quintet at Bar 30

For those in search of authentic, old school jazz, the David McWilliams Quintet might be worth checking out. The trumpet-led jazz group plays Sunday at the Bar30 Jazz and Blues Series, a free concert series that “brings in some of the finest players from around Michigan.” Williams said the Bar 30 gig will be a “seriously bluesy evening.” McWilliams graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, after which he attended the Michigan State University Jazz Studies Program. After graduating from MSU, he hit the road for two years playing gigs and honing his jazzy craft. He also released his debut solo album, “Night Hawk.” The disc features all original tunes and arrangements. Bar 30’s next jazz show is Arlene McDaniel Trio on March 24.

Sun., March 10, Bar30, 2324 Showtime Drive, Lansing, all ages, FREE, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

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