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Wednesday, August 7,2013

TURN IT DOWN

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Diana Krall at Wharton

Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall has had eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. The two time Grammy winner’s world tour stops at the Wharton Center on Sept. 28. Krall’s new album, “Glad Rag Doll,” was called “one of her freshest, most satisfying albums” by the Seattle Times. Krall, 48, has nine Gold albums, three Platinum and seven multi-Platinum LPs. Since her debut in 1990, she has released 12 studio albums, a live album, and three concert DVDs. In December 2009, Billboard Magazine named Krall one of the best-selling jazz artists of her time.

Saturday, Sept. 28 @ Wharton Center. Tickets: $37, $67, $77. 8 p.m.


Stonecutters at Mac’s Bar

Stonecutters, a Kentucky-based heavy metal band, headlines Friday at Mac’s Bar. Opening the show are Death Valley Dragline, Cavalcade and Jackpine Snag. Stonecutters is made up of Louisville metal scene veterans. The band is led by vocalist/guitarist Brian Omer, who previously spent time recording and touring the world with My Own Victim. The band describes its sound as “punishing, brutal, beautiful, soothing and primal music.” Stonecutters’ primary influences include Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and early Metallica. The band has issued three full-length albums, including a self-titled LP in 2007 and “Christhammer” in 2009. The band’s new album, “Creatio Ex Nihil,” was released earlier this year.

Friday, Aug. 9 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $5, 18 , 9 p.m.


Boldy James at The Loft

Boldy James (real name James Clay Jones III), a Detroit-based MC, got his first big break in 2009 after he was included on The Cool Kids and Don Cannon mixtape “Merry Christmas,” featured on the tracks “BBQ Wings” and  “Tires.” That was followed up by his record “Gettin Flicked” and his spot on The Cool Kids’ 2010 “Tacklebox.” Also in 2010 he was featured on the “Fat Raps” remix alongside Big Sean and Asher Roth. His “Trappers Alley Pros and Cons” album was named “One of 2011’s Most Overlooked Projects” by Pitchfork Media. Last year his “Consignment: Favor for a Favor” release received praise from The Source and Stereogum. Saturday, Boldy James performs at The Loft. Also performing are Willie the Kid, Ill Natured, L Soul, D Fraze and Rafael de la Ghetto.

Saturday, Aug. 10 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $12, $10 adv., all ages, 7:30 p.m.


Cyanide Sunrise at Uli’s Haus of Rock

Cyanide Sunrise, a high-energy hard-rock/metal band from Pennsylvania, headlines a night of metal Thursday at Uli’s Haus of Rock. Sharing the bill is Distant Decend. Cyanide Sunrise was formed in 2005 by Andy Strausser (bass/vocals), Jason Zaharick (guitar/vocals), Kev-e-Twosocks (guitar/vocals), Dave Cantwell (drums) and lead vocalist Jason Dembinsky. The band has shared the stage with over 50 national touring bands, including The Misfits, Trivium and 12 Stones. Over the last eight years, the band has toured across the Midwest and East Coast. For the last three years Cyanide Sunrise has played the main stage at Rockapalooza in Jackson. The band is completing a full-length album, due out this fall.

Thursday, Aug. 15 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 18 and over, 8 p.m.


Steppin’ In It at the Green Door

Even though the band’s members have been dedicating ample time to musical side projects, the weekly Green Door tradition continues for the American stylings of Steppin’ In It.  For years, the band performed each Monday at the blues bar, playing a rustic blend of legit Americana and roots rock. Steppin’ In It has become known for its top-notch playing skills. The band members expertly throw down on some trombone, trumpet, Cajun accordion, dobro, slide guitar, Cajun fiddle and clawhammer banjo, along with other more traditional instruments. As for the side projects, one of them was a new solo disc, “A Miracle of Birds,” from songwriter Joshua Davis (guitar/vocals). It was released in February.

Monday, Aug. 12 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21 , 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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