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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Turn it Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
ANTiSEEN at Macīs Bar - Sat. Nov 9th

ANTiSEEN, a classic self-mutilating hillbilly-punk rock unit, headlines a night of raw rock ‘n’ roll Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Opening are The Hunky Newcomers, Nun Cuffs and Banned & Burned. For three decades ANTiSEEN has churned out “destructo rock,” a style of punk that blends in elements of Southern rock and dabs of old-school metal. Founding member and lead singer Jeff Clayton is known for his gruff vocals and scarred-up forehead, which he earned by cutting himself with broken glass on stage. Perhaps Clayton picked up some of the disturbing stage behaviors from his former mate, the late and notorious GG Allin. ANTiSEEN was the backing band on Allin’s 1991 “Murder Junkies” LP.

Saturday, Nov. 9 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, $12 adv., 8 p.m.


Joe Hertler at the Loft - Thu. Nov 7

Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers’ dedicated fan base grew substantially after the Michigan-based band released its acclaimed “On Being” LP in 2011. Since then Hertler has steadily played gigs with national acts and released the 2013 “The Russell Sessions.” The group is working on a proper studio album. Chief songwriter Hertler (guitar/vocals/harmonica) and his band are known for sporting matching Hawaiian shirts and playing tranquil, yet playful, indie-folk tunes. Thursday the band headlines an all-ages show at The Loft; opening are Kim Vi & The Siblings, Squirrel Shaped Fish and Steve Layman. This show is one of 15 dates on the group’s Future Talk Tour, which includes dates in Brooklyn, Washington and Chicago.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 7 p.m.


Ten Pound Fiddle Double Header - Fri. Nov 8th

The Ten Pound Fiddle concert series hosts two veteran folk groups, both celebrating anniversaries: Lady of the Lake (30th) and Mustard’s Retreat (40th). Lady of the Lake features Wanda Degen, Karrie Potter and Pooh Stevenson. The contemporary folk trio, known for its two and three-part vocal harmonies, has a committed following across the Midwest. Instrumentation includes autoharp, mountain dulcimer and octave mandolin. David Tamulevich and Michael Hough formed Mustard’s Retreat in 1974 in Ann Arbor while both were on hiatus from University of Michigan. A year and a half later they had both quit their day jobs (restaurant cooks) and were doing music full time. Forty years later the duo has performed over 4,000 shows.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. $15, $12 members, $5 students, 8 p.m.


Amy Gore & Her Valentines at the Loft - Fri. Nov 8

Amy Gore has been a prominent Detroit rocker since she formed her all-girl garage band the Gore Gore Girls in 1997. The band has gigged in the same Motor City rock scene that birthed The White Stripes and Dirtbombs. Since the band signed to Get Hip Records In 1998, Gore and her signature Gretsch guitar haven’t stopped rocking since. Her latest group, Amy Gore & Her Valentines, shows her power pop side. The band, which plays Friday at The Loft, released its 2012 debut LP, “In Love,” via Bloodshot Records. The record features guitarist Jackson Smith, son of the late MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith and Patti Smith. Opening are Red Tin Trio and Jory Stultz.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $10, $8 adv., 9 p.m.


J Roddy Walston & the Business at Macīs - Wed. Nov 13

Drawing influence from old-time gospel and country as well as T. Rex, Leon Russell and Queen, J Roddy Walston & the Business have a fresh-yet-classic sound that’s earned the four-piece band spots at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. The group headlines Nov. 13 at Mac’s Bar. Roddy, the rhythm guitarist, lead vocalist and pianist plays a real piano, not a keyboard. He tours with his 150-lb. 1970s Yamaha CP-60 upright. Since it formed in 2002, the band has recorded six releases, some for Vagrant Records. In March 2013, the band signed to ATO Records and recorded its latest disc, “Essential Tremors.” Opening the all-ages gig are The Legal Immigrants and Blaire Alise & The Bombshells.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $9.41 adv., 7 p.m.

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