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Wednesday, November 13,2013

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Cheap Girls at Macīs Bar - Sat. Nov 23rd

Lansing’s own Cheap Girls has spent the last four years not only touring the country in their reliable van, but also playing a non-stop flow of gigs, including jaunts across the U.K. and Australia. The road warriors return to Mac’s Bar on Nov. 23 for their first hometown show of the year. Warming up the stage are Failuresī Union, Little, American Champ and Frank and Earnest. Cheap Girls’ latest record, “Orange,” was released on Rise Records in February 2012 and was recorded by Laura Jane Grace (then known as Tom Gabel) of the punk-rock band Against Me! A few months after Grace completed “Orange,” she was a part of an international media blitz after coming out as a transgender.

Saturday, Nov. 23 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $12, $10 adv., 8 p.m.


David Francey at Ten Pound FIddle - Fri. Nov 15

Ontario-based folk singer/songwriter David Francey performs Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle. Francey, 58, has been touring steadily since June, playing a number of sold out shows. His latest album, “So Say We All,” on Red House Records showcases his undeniable knack for penning storytelling tunes. The Scottish-born folkie moved to Canada at 12; as an adult he worked a string of blue-collar jobs at rail yards and construction sites. It wasn’t until Francey hit his 40s that he took up music full time. His 1999 debut, “Torn Screen Door,” earned him a dedicated following from the jump. Over the past 14 years he’s released 10 albums of genuine folk, earning three Juno Awards along the way.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. $18, $15 members, $5 students. 8 p.m.


Kari Lynch at Whiskey Barrel - Sat. Nov 16th

The Kari Lynch Band, a high-energy Grand Rapids-based pop-county group, plays a 21-and-over show Saturday at the Whiskey Barrel Saloon. Lynch played the main stage at the 2013 Common Ground Music Festival and has also warmed up stages for country stars Little Big Town, Big & Rich and Miranda Lambert. In 2011 the band released its debut EP and traveled to play the Daytona 500/Speedweek events alongside Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. Late last year Lynch’s band released its “Kari Lynch Band EP”; the lead single, “Sapphire Blues,” received airplays on a handful of radio stations. In just over three years together, the band has also toured the country extensively, making frequent stops in Nashville.

Whiskey Barrel Saloon, 410 S. Clippert St., Lansing. 21 , $5, 7 p.m.


Icon for Hire at Macīs Bar - Sun. Nov 17th

Icon For Hire headlines a night of polished radio rock Sunday at Mac’s Bar; opening are The Most Powerful Weapon and Christy & The Professors. Icon For Hire, a pop-punk/ electronic/metal band, formed in 2007 in Decatur, Ill. and released two DIY EPs before signing with Tooth & Nail Records. The band members are Ariel Bloomer (vocals), Shawn Jump (guitar), Josh Kincheloe (bass) and drummer Adam Kronshagen. Icon for Hire has two Billboard charting LPs: “Scripted” (2011) and their new LP, “Icon for Hire,” released last month. As for its musical influences, the band cites Rage Against the Machine, Skrillex and Motley Crue. Fans of Paramore or Linkin Park may want to check out this show.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, $12 adv., 7 p.m.


Red Tail Ring at Pumphouse - Thu. Nov 21st

Red Tail Ring, a vintage-flavored Americana duo made up of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, plays the Pump House for the first time Nov. 21. The Kalamazoo-based songwriters play old-time ballads and instrumentals with fiddle, guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, jaw harp and harmonica. The pair released two progressive Americana albums in April 2011: “Middlewest Chant” and “Mountain Shout.” This year Red Tail Ring is touring to support the recent release of its third full-length album on Earthwork Music, “The Heart’s Swift Foot.” The disc features 10 original songs and two acoustic standards. Over the past two years they have toured both U.S. coasts, performed in Denmark and are booked for a three-week tour of Germany.

Pump House Concerts, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, children are free, $15 donation, 7 p.m.

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