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Wednesday, October 30,2013

Turn it Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Turquoise Jeep at Macīs Bar - Sat. Nov 2

Oddball YouTube sensation Turquoise Jeeps return to Mac’s Bar on Saturday; opening the all-ages show are local DJs Craig Doepker and Andy D. The video for Turquoise Jeep’s peculiar “Fried or Fertilized” (a song asking the question, “How you like your eggs?”) has logged over 3 million views and the single “Lemme Smang It” has racked up over 11 million views. Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamacallit, who are prominently featured in the eccentric videos along with Yung Humma, founded the rap/R&B label Turquoise Jeep Records in 2009. The label heads shaped a new, eccentric genre of music known as EMB (Existing Musical Beings). The label has a long list of artists on its roster and churns out short films, clothing and instructional dance videos as well.

Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Mac’s bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $17, $15 adv., 8 p.m.


Talib Kweli at the Loft - Fri. Nov 1

Brooklyn-born rapper Talib Kweli — who’s collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, RZA and Busta Rhymes — headlines a night of backpack rap at The Loft. Opening the all-ages show are Lansing-based emcees James Gardin (aka Philthy) and L-Soul. Kweli, 38, has released a string of LPs, some with Mos Def under the Black Star moniker. Those acclaimed records have earned praise from the likes of Jay-Z and 50 Cent, who’ve both cited him as one of their favorite lyricists. Kweli’s 10th full-length album, “Gravitas,” hits stores in December via the EMI/Capitol imprint. The new disc was produced by Q-Tip (from A Tribe Called Quest), whom Kweli credits as one of his musical heroes.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $25, $22 adv., 8 p.m.


Ten Pund Fiddle at The Avenue - Fri. Nov 1

The Ten Pound Fiddle, the long-running local folk concert series, hosts four Americana bands Friday at The Avenue Café. The roster includes The Tia Imani Hanna Project (5 p.m.), The Springtails (6:30 p.m.), The Crane Wives (8 p.m.) and closing out the night is Who Hit John? (9:30 p.m.). The Crane Wives, a Grand Rapids-based indie-folk group, have recorded two full-length albums: “The Fool in Her Wedding Gown” and “Safe Ship, Harbored.” Known for their threepart vocal harmonies, The Crane Wives are Kate Pillsbury (vocals/guitar/ukeulele), Emilee Petersmark (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Dan Rickabus (drums/vocals), Ben Zito (bass) and Tom Gunnels (banjo). Fans of Fleet Foxes or Mumford & Sons may want to check out this show.

The Avenue Café, 2021 Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10 wristband, 5 p.m.


Breathe Owl Breathe at (SCENE) Metrospace - Sat. Nov 2

Breathe Owl Breathe plays its record release show Saturday at (SCENE) Metrospace. The band will play two back-to-back shows at the gallery/venue. Breathe Owl Breathe, a folk group from East Jordan, Mich., blends guitar, banjo, cello and vocals into an earthy, indie folk sound. The trio’s original songs are subtle, heartfelt and sometimes humorous. Their new album, “Passage of Pegasus,” is their sixth studio effort. Opening is Gifts or Creatures, a local folk group led by married duo Brandon John and Bethany Foote. The pair’s songs intertwine Midwestern folklore and Old World history into a fresh, yet historic sound. In September the group released “Yesteryear Western Darkness” via the Earthwork Music label.

(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $12 each show 7 and 9:30 p.m.


Langhorne Slim at The Loft - Sun. Nov 3

Since 2004, Langhorne Slim & the Law have been playing a divergent brand of folk-soul and rock ‘n’ roll at hip clubs and gritty back-road bars across the country. On Sunday, the band headlines at The Loft; warming up the stage are Caitlin Rose (Nashville-based songwriter) and Lights & Caves, an East Lansing-based indie band. Langhorne Slim & the Law are newly signed to the Ramseur Records label, which is also home to The Avett Brothers. Their latest record, “The Way We Move,” is a rising hit on the alternative radio charts. Conan O’Brien is a dedicated Langhorne fan, and he joined the group onstage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles earlier this month and performed a couple of tunes.

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

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