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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Plurals at The Avenue

The Plurals, one of Lansing’s busiest indie bands, plays Wednesday at The Avenue Café. Opening the show are fellow local punks To Fear the Wolf and Honah Lee, a New Jersey-based power-pop-punk band. The Plurals —Tommy McCord (guitar), Nicholas Richard (bass) and Hattie Danby (drums) — formed in 2004, but really started to hit the local scene in 2007. Since then the band has toured the country a few times and released a stack of discs, including its latest, 2011’s “The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective.” Honah Lee was formed in 2008 and quickly became known for its Lookout Records-style punk and Replacements-influenced rock. The band has toured nationally, sharing a stage with The Queers, Jello Biafra and Local H, to name a few.

Wed., March 20, The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $5, 8 p.m.

´Metal Night´ at The Loft

The inaugural “Metal Night” series Friday at The Loft. According to promoter Adam Ray (of All Ends Black, a local metal band), this is the “first of many” showcases that will feature local metal/punk and heavy-rock bands. “The idea is to bring together local bands from all over the state, and even from other states, to throw down and have a good metal time and experience,” Ray said. Hitting the stage are All Ends Black, Six Seconds to Oblivion from Flint, Antilogical from Grand Rapids, Grim State from Dayton, Ohio and Condition: Critical from Nashville, Mich. All Ends Black is a five-piece outfit that formed in 2007. It includes Ray on vocals, drummer Chris Doerr, bassist Andy Taylor and guitarists Doug Horstman and Nate Palmer. 

Fri., March 15, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $6, 8 p.m.

Kitty Donohoe at ´The Fiddle´

Kitty Donohoe, a traveling songwriter with a folky/Irishy/bluesy sound, performs at the Ten Pound Fiddle along with a few of her friends on Friday. Donohoe, a Royal Oak native, is known for her striking voice and ability to write melodic Irish-inspired tunes that sometimes lean toward haunting. Donohoe released the sublime “Farmer in Florida” on her own Roheen Records label in 1986, an album produced by area folk legend Joel Mabus. A string of well-received albums followed and in 2001 she moved to Ann Arbor and released “There are No Words,” a delicate tribute to the victims of September 11. Donohoe has that rare songwriting quality that allows her to mix memorable pop hooks with traditional Celtic material.

Fri., March 15, Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing, all ages, $15, $12 members, $5 students, 8 p.m.

BoomBox returns to Lansing

BoomBox, formed in 2004, is an Alabama-based duo that mixes funky psychedelic guitars with space rock, disco and electronic beats. During the 1990s, Zion Rock Godchaux (guitar/vocals) was a well-received touring DJ from the San Francisco area. Being the son of Keith and Donna Godchaux, who performed with The Grateful Dead from 1971 to 1979, the songwriter was born with music in his blood. DJ/keyboardist Russ Randolph grew up in musically rich Muscle Shoals, Ala. He has worked on numerous albums for independent artists and major labels. Together, the duo developed an electronic mix of vintage rock and blues blending in psychedelic and funky house sounds. Opening the show is Work Drugs, a Philadelphia-based indie band.

Sat., March 16, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $15, 8 p.m.

Boogie Bob at The Avenue

Lansing rock ‘n’ roll legend “Boogie” Bob Baldori plays a St. Patty’s Day celebration at The Avenue Café Sunday. Backbeat roots rock ‘n’ roll will be the order of the evening, along with some blues, boogie, jazz, and R&B. Baldori is widely known for his old rock band The Woolies, a ‘60s “Nuggets” band that saw national success and worked with icons such as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Stevie Wonder and Chuck Berry. While most local bands were digging the British Invasion, Baldori said the Woolies, which also included the younger Baldori brother, Jeff, were into roots rock. “We were locked into early blues,” Baldori said. “We did a lot of Robert Johnson and Chicago, urban rhythm and blues. Basic rock is what we called it.”

Sun., March 17, The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $5, 18 , 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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