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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical Landscape

by Rich Tupica
DJ Olympics finale at Bar 30

The Michigan DJ Olympics, in its fourth year, is a statewide DJ competition held annually in Lansing. Hosted by Boxcar Management, it pits 16 DJs from all over the state against each other. The competition is a four-category battle for gold, silver and bronze medals. After quarter final rounds earlier this month, the four DJs who scored the highest advanced to the the “Grand Championship,” happening Sunday at Bar 30. Local DJs include DJ Ruckus, DJ Sizl, DJ Face, DJ Klees, DJ Defiance and DJ Carmine. There will also be a trophy ceremony for winners in the individual categories, comedy show and performances from Ricky Rucker, Captain Eman and Satin the Jazz Doll. A guest set by Wu-Tang’s Mixin Mike, a Chicago-based DJ, happens at 11:30 p.m. as the 2013 champ is determined.

Sun., June 16, Bar 30, 2324 Showtime Drive, Lansing Township, 6:30 p.m., $3, 21 and over.


Lord Vapid at Mac´s

Lord Vapid (aka, Andrew Lucas) is a Lansing-based one-man-band who draws influence from ‘50s and ‘60s R&B and doo-wop while also giving nods to classic punk and alternative rock. Vapid is a former member of local bands Red Swan, The Meatmen and Squonky Tonk, and has played shows and recorded since 2006. Vapid has been laying low for awhile, but he plays Friday at Mac’s Bar. Sharing the bill are local duo Noxon Wenzel and touring band Pleasure Blade. Noxon Wenzel is Berry Noxon (Cat Midway) and Patrick Wenzel (Ghoulie). After playing a couple shows together, they paired up and formed an eccentric singer/songwriter-esque duo, taking influences from the likes of Phillip Glass, Devo, Stan Getz and Sonic Youth.

Fri., June 14, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18, $4, 9 p.m.


Piko Piko at (SCENE)

Piko Piko (Japanese for “Bleep Bleep”) is a “community dedicated to the love of pixels and retro bleep sounds” in any genre. Friday some of the Detroit-based group will perform at (SCENE) Metrospace. According to Piko Piko’s bio, “If you like video games, computers, pixels, or any other retro treasures, then you will love us.” Performing are Snesei, SoftRESET, The One Electronic and Monotony. Snesei first became inspired by this subgenre of electronic music as a teen after reading a Nintendo Power article about making music with vintage computers and video game systems. Soon after, Snesei’s bio says, he acquired an old-school Gameboy and began composing “cute sounding melodies.” If you love electro and Super Mario Bros., you may want to check this show out.

Fri., June 14, (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles, East Lansing, $5, all ages, 8 p.m.


Genetics at the Loft

This weekend, a roster of West Michigan natives take over The Loft. Genetics, a five-piece prog-jazz-funk-rock-electronic experiment, headlines the event on Saturday. Opening are Marcutio and Uncle Jesse. Formed in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Genetics is known for its hard-driving, immense sound that splices psychedelic improv jams with intriguing melodies. The band’s bio says it “strives to give the listeners music with plenty of complexity but not at the expense of its boogie ability.” Marcutio, a Kalamazoo-based DJ, spins space rock and dreamstep. Uncle Jesse, the stage name Jesse VanDellen, is an experimental Grand Rapids-based producer. VanDellen also does work in The Stock Holders, EZ Top, Dutchman and Dream Team.

Sat., June 15, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $8, $5 advance, 8 p.m.


Outside Lions at (SCENE)

Wisconsin-based indie rockers Outside Lions headline Saturday at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing. Opening the alt-rock show are locals Drinking Mercury (GTG Records), Kim Vi and Jory Stultz. Outside Lions began as the collaboration between songwriters Joel Hermanson and Jordan Burmeister, who met in 2008 while attending college in Milwaukee. After being involved in various local music projects together, the two eventually formed Outside Lions as a guitar/drums duo in the spring of 2012. The band now plays as a trio with Jon Taglienti on bass. The melodic-rock band will perform songs from the new “More to Say” EP. Fans of Tokyo Police Club, Yuck, The Get Up Kids or Superchunk, may want to check out this show.

Sat., June 15, (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles, East Lansing, $5, all ages, 8 p.m.

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