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Wednesday, March 27,2013

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Whiskey Pickers at Macīs

Lansing is typically stocked with rockin’ roots shows, and this weekend is no exception. The Whiskey Pickers, a Lansing-based four-piece folk/bluegrass band, headline a bluegrass show Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Opening the show is The Harvestmen, a local acoustic-Americana group with a traditional, throwback sound. The Whiskey Pickers play a mix of traditional and original bluegrass in its own signature, rowdy style that the band calls “Michigan Grass.” Whiskey Pickers include Roger Tijerina (guitar, lead vocals, harp), Brian Bienkowski (mandolin), Brian VanAntwerp (fiddle) and Sam Winternheimer (string bass). Bienkowski and Tijerina first started gigging together about five years ago under the moniker The Dusty String Duo. A couple of years ago the band evolved into The Whiskey Pickers — so named after the band’s love of whiskey.

Sat., March 30, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18, $7, 9 p.m.


Free Noel Gallagher screening

Along with Blur and Pulp, Oasis was a pivotal band in the mid ‘90s Britpop boom. The songbook of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, which included hits like “Live Forever” and “Champagne Supernova,” helped bring that genre to mainstream radio in the United States. In 2009, Gallagher left Oasis and started work on his new band, Noel Gallagherīs High Flying Birds, which released its debut LP in 2011. (SCENE) Metrospace is screening the band’s concert film “International Magic Live at The O2.” There will be free pizza and merch. The film was released in October and features a full performance in London, recorded on Feb. 26, 2012, and some additional footage from the tour. The set list includes his solo tunes and some Oasis hits.

Wed., March 27, (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing, all ages, FREE, doors 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m show


Badfish plays Sublime

Sublime, led by the late singer/guitarist Bradley Nowell, scored some huge hits with “What I Got” and “Santeria” in the mid ‘90s. But the wave of success was cut short after the overdose and death of Nowell in May 1996. Badfish, a Sublime tribute, plays uncanny versions of Nowell’s catchy catalog Thursday at The Loft. Opening the show are Billiards Music, The Getout, and Chemical Edge. Badfish is a Providence-based band that’s won its own cult following across the map playing Sublime’s Long Beach-style ska-rock. A couple of weeks ago the band opened a show in Dallas for Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion). Badfish formed in 2001 and has since played clubs and theaters across the Northeast and Midwest — even selling out shows at prominent venues.

Thu., March 28, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $15, 6:30 p.m.


Masonīs Case at The Loft

East Lansing natives Mason’s Case return to mid-Michigan for a homecoming show Saturday at The Loft. Opening the show are The Skylit Letter, Catalina Wine Mixer and The Getout. Mason’s Case, which is now based in Chicago, is supporting its second album “The Gloom,” which is available on iTunes — it’s a follow up to the band’s debut, “What is Greatest in Life.” The band plays acoustic blues and folk, but mixes in elements of hard rock and punk. Mason’s Case includes Matthew Alfano (vocals, guitars), David E. Smith (drums, vocals), Aaron “AC” Coleman (bass) and guitarist Mike Vinopal. The guys will be touring relentlessly this year in support of these two releases and will put in work on a new EP, planned for a mid-2013 release.

Sat., March 30, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $6 advance, $8 for 21 and $10 for 18 , 8 p.m.


Ex-L.A. Guns singer at Uliīs

Blacklist Union, which features former L.A. Guns vocalist Tony West, brings its brand of modern hard rock to Uli’s April 4. Opening the show are Final Phase and When I Awake. The Los Angeles-based Blacklist Union released its debut, “After the Mourning,” in 2006 — the first of three albums on its BLU Records imprint, the latest being 2012’s “Til Death Do Us Part.” Fans of Alice in Chains or Buckcherry might want to check them out. West began a stint with L.A. Guns in 2011, which made him the 40th member of the incessantly rotating lineup and the 11th lead singer. Another interesting fact about West is his love of appearing on talk shows. Over the years he’s had guest spots on Sally Jesse, Maury, Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake.

Thu., April 4, Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, $5, 8 p.m.

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