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Wednesday, September 4,2013

TURN IT DOWN

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Continental at Mac's

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $8, all ages, 7:30 p.m.

Continental, a Quincy, Mass.-based band headlining Monday at Mac’s Bar, plays a blend of rock that draws influences from punk, country, folk and blues. Opening are The Devil's Cut, The Proud Flesh, The Whiskey Pickers and The Tosspints.

Continental includes Rick Barton (vocals/guitar), Stephen Barton (bass/vocals), Dave DePrest (guitar/vocals), and Derek “The Kid” Louis (drums). They’ve been paying some serious dues playing everything from venues to musty basements for the past three years. The band is the latest project from Barton, whose resume also includes notable Boston acts The Outlets, Everybody Out!, and Dropkick Murphys. To date, Continental has released a six-track EP and a full-length album, “All a Man Can Do.”


Genocya at Uli's

Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. $5, 18 , 8 p.m.

Lansing-based old-school metal warriors Genocya have been on a hiatus over the past four months. Thursday the thrash/death/blackmetal band plays a comeback show at Uli’s Haus of Rock. Openers for this heavy show include All Ends Black, Inebriated and Vanquish. Genocya took a break from gigging after its longtime drummer, Tim Sever, left the band. However the band, which formed in 2002, re-grouped quickly and has spent the last few months rehearsing and writing with its new drummer, Erik Stroude. The band’s bassist, Jim “Big Brown Bear” Albrecht, said the band hopes to return to the studio this winter to record a follow up to “Ever Descent” – the band’s 2011 debut disc.


Coffee Barrel Open Mic

Coffee Barrel, 2237 Aurelius Road, Holt. FREE, all ages.

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Coffee Barrel in Holt has been hosting a series of open mic nights. Friday it hosts its first free outdoor concert showcasing open-mic regulars Kendall Cassella, Taylor Taylor and Steve Halsell. Opening the show is Kendall Cassella, a 16-year-old local singer/songwriter who grew up on U.S. Army posts across the country. She was influenced early on by her parent’s eclectic music collection and grandparents’ vinyl collection. Since she moved to Michigan in 2007, Cassella learned the ukulele and was soon composing songs inspired by Fleet Foxes, Ingrid Michaelson and Peter Bjorn & John. Her recent gigs include Pumpstock 2013 and the Old Town General Store. Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair.


Know Lyfe at Mac's

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10, all ages, 5 p.m.

Know Lyfe may have started in a dark Lansing basement 13 years ago, but since then the band has gigged consistently and earned a national following along the way. Friday, the progressive-metal band headlines a gig at Mac’s Bar. Opening are Gray, Speedgod, Endo, Sound Arsenal, and A Sleepless Malice. Know Lyfe, which is working on a new record, released its debut, “Autumn is the Glorification of Death” in 2004 and its next release, 2005’s EP “Veins and Vines,” sold 4,000 copies independently. Their newest release, “Empire of Wolves,” was released in 2011. Know Lyfe also has a new single coming soon featuring the lead singer of 36 Crazyfists, Brock Lindow.


Granger Smith at The Loft

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $15, $12 adv., all ages, 7:30 p.m.

Independent pop-country singer/songwriter Granger Smith brings his Texas-style of twang to The Loft on Tuesday. Last June Billboard Magazine praised his genuine style of country: “Though Smith is one of the biggest stars in the Texas format, his music has more of a laid back feel, similar to Don Williams.” His poppy tunes “Sleeping on the Interstate” and “Colorblind” have become regional hits, especially in his home state of Texas. Also playing a few numbers is Smith’s fictional comedic character “Earl Dibbles Jr.” Dibbles is a gun-totin’, tobacco-chewin’ country singer, playing original backwoods-inspired ditties like “The Country Boy Song.” Also performing at The Loft show is The Aimcriers, a Grand Ledge-based Americana group.

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