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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Capital City Film Fest

This week’s Turn it Down is a special edition dedicated to the live-music finale of the Capital City Film Fest. The shows are “all ages” and will be at The Loft (414 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing). The event is stocked with indie films, but it’s also paired up with live music on each of the four nights — ranging from indie rock and dance, to local punk acts. “Since we started this festival, our goal was to create something unique to Michigan. We wanted to bring some of the SXSW vibe to the capital city,” said Jake Pechtel, the festival’s entertainment director. “Music complements film so well, and we curate our music performances in the same way we do film. Both medias help create an overall culture that fosters a creative environment.”

Four nights of live music at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing


Day 1-The Mowgli´s

The Mowgli’s are a “quintessential California band.” The eight-piece outfit plays joyous pop rock, mixing in bits of indie-folk, dance and country. Thursday the band co-headlines at The Loft, kicking off the musical side of the film festival. Also headlining is fellow Los Angeles-based band Family of the Year,. Joe Hertler opens. While The Mowgli’s sound mirrors some new indie groups, the band members’ influences also date back to Neil Young, The Byrds, and The Beach Boys. Whether the band is channeling the ´60s or modern rockers, the band’s bio says the one thing holding it together is its message of “universal love, peace and the belief that the highest form of consciousness is achieved by togetherness and unity.” Far out, man!

Thu., April 11th, $12 adv., $14 doors, 6:30 p.m., all ages


Day 2-Lydia

Lydia, an Arizona-based indie rock group, got its start back in 2003. By 2005 it got its big break after winning a contest that scored them a spot on the third volume of the notable “Atticus” compilation series — sharing the track list with the likes of Blink-182, MxPx, and Fall Out Boy. On Friday, the band headlines, along with openers From Indian Lakes, Sweet Talker and Caves. In its tenure, Lydia has released a stack of discs, all stocked with a vibrant layering of sounds and vocal harmonies. The band’s debut dropped in 2005 on the Hour Zero imprint, “Illuminate” followed in 2008 on Low Altitude Records. Since then, the band has preferred doing things the DIY way, self-releasing its last three albums, including its most recent release of “Devil” in March.

Fri., April 12, $12 adv., $14 doors, 6:30 p.m., all ages


Day 3-Small Parks release show

Saturday night is for the locals. Although the film festival has a variety of national acts, Saturday is dedicated to the Lansing scene. Headlining is Small Parks, an emo-punk band including Danny Petrilli (bass/vocals), James Radick (vocals/guitar), Matthew Restorff (drums) and guitarist Josh Talo. Also appearing are Wayne Szalinski, Secret Grief (formerly known as Tiger! Tiger!), Homelife, and Good Day Good Sir. Small Parks will release a cassette of its new album, “Meet Me In Cognito” via Triple Deke Records,. Wayne Szalinski, named after the protagonist in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” mixes influences as diverse as The Smiths and This Town Needs Guns. The band includes Andy Milad (guitar, vocals), Andrew Adams (guitar), Ian Siporin (bass), and Nick Galli (drums).

Sat., April 13th, $8 adv., $10 doors, 7 p.m., all ages


Day 4-Tortured Soul play free show

Sunday night closes out the festival with a free dance party featuring international touring live house/soul band Tortured Soul. Michigan-based DJs Robert Perry and Noah DeSmit of Implied Music open the evening. Tortured Soul is made up of three sleekly dressed, New York-based musicians who mix modern electronic-music aesthetics with classic ‘70s R&B vibes. The group seamlessly arranges its set list like a DJ would spin tracks. That hybrid of sounds has won them praise from palettes as diverse as Lenny Kravitz and Barry Manilow. After a few classic dance singles in 2001 and 2002, Tortured Soul debuted in 2004 with its first LP, “Introducing.” Since then, the band has played dozens of major cities across Europe, and Asiain.

Sun., April 14, FREE, doors at 8 p.m., all ages

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