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Wednesday, June 26,2013

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Suicide Machines at Macīs Bar

Suicide Machines make a rare small club appearance Friday at Mac’s Bar. The Suicide Machines were formed in March 1991 by Jason Navarro (vocals) and Dan Lukacinsky (guitar, vocals). The band cut its teeth in the Detroit scene and recorded its first demo in 1993. In 1996 the band dropped the fan favorite, “Destruction By Definition” LP — its first full length. The album spawned the single “No Face,” which reached #31 on Billboardīs Modern Rock charts. Opening the all-ages Mac’s Bar show are Fisherking (Lansing-based punk) and Three Cents Short, a Grand Rapids pop-punk band. Playing its final show is We Are The Union, a Detroit-based punk/ska band.

Fri., June 28, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $22, $20 advance, 9 p.m.


Delilah DeWylde at The Loft

Michigan-rockabilly fixture Delilah DeWylde (upright bass/vocals) and her band, The Lost Boys, return Friday for a show at The Loft. “We are in the middle of our super busy season, with festivals, and whatnot. We’re excited to come to Lansing. I donīt think weīve been there since Mosaic Festival,” DeWylde said. Opening the show is Chaz Brackx & the Big Bucks. Since 2005, DeWylde and her band have been mixing their own self-penned songs with twangy-country hits, rockabilly favorites and surf gems by such artists as Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, and Buck Owens with a vintage stage appearance that looks like a step back in time.

Fri., June 28, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $7 advance, 8 p.m.


Lindsay Lou at the Pump House

The acoustic band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys bring its "LouGrass" sound to East Lansing’s Bailey Neighborhood Friday to perform at The Pump House. Lindsay Lou and her band of rustic musicians have become fixtures in the progressive roots-music movement. The distinct vocals and tight harmonies are featured on the band’s new album, “Release Your Shrouds.” The new disc is stocked with Lou’s signature storytelling songs, often based on real-life experiences, with lovely hooks and choruses. The group describes itself as “an all-American family, front-porch pickin’ party, with each song shining with the polish of handmade homemade acoustic roots music.”

Fri., June 28, Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, 7 p.m.


Lemuria at Macīs

Lemuria, a Buffalo-based indie rock/pop-punk trio formed in 2004, have toured the United States extensively over the last few years and have a growing following in Europe. Taking influence from the likes of Jawbreaker, Superchunk, The Wipers and The Lemonheads, the band has released a stack of albums and singles on an assortment of DIY labels. Opening the all-ages Mac’ Bar show are local bands Small Parks, Running Shoes, The Plurals and Bike Tuff. This will be The Plurals’ last local show before the trio departs on a long tour across the United States, playing gigs as far away as Seattle and Los Angeles. The Plurals also operate the local label GTG Records.

Sun., June 30, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $10, 7 p.m.


Middle Class Rut at The Loft

Middle Class Rut, which just released its second album “Pick Up Your Head,” headlines Tuesday at The Loft. Opening are American Fangs (Houston-based alt-rock) and local rock band Decades. MCR formed in Sacramento in 2006. Since then the indie-rock duo has shared stages with major-label rockers like Muse, Social Distortion and Linkin Park. The pair has garnered rave reviews from NME, the BBC, Alternative Press and Kerrang!, which called their sound “nothing short of colossal, and one that a mere two-piece shouldnīt be able to create, combining the boisterous swagger and pomp of Janeīs Addiction and the feral fury of Rage Against the Machine."

Tue., July 2, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $15, $13 advance, 7 p.m.

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