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Thursday, November 28,2013

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
'Still Angsty Tour' at (SCENE) Metrospace - Wed. Dec 4th

Three indie acts from across the map perform Dec. 4 at (SCENE) Metrospace. The package show, dubbed “All Grown Up, Still Angsty Tour,” includes The Saudades (from Cincinnati), Lauryn Peacock and Beards (Nashville). Peacock, a Chicago-native living in Philadelphia, has gigged with indie acts like mewithoutYou and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. She earned her masters in philosophy of the arts at the University of Pennsylvania while recording her first full-length recording, “Pauw.” “The new album I'm working on is a collection of more piano-driven, movie soundscape-y tunes, still infused with that ‘60s rock and pop sensibility,” Peacock said by email. The Saudades, meanwhile, are known for their catchy bass lines and playful melodies. Beards has styled a “sleepy time” take on indie-folk tunes.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110, Charles St., East Lansing. $5, 7 p.m.


Chemical Edge CD Release - Sun. Nov 30

Chemical Edge, a local seven-piece band, releases its new self-titled album Saturday at The Loft. The band describes its sound as “hard funk fusion,” listing influences like Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Allman Brothers and Herbie Hancock. Warming up the stage are The Erers, Stikyf't and Stevie B & The Beast- Toned. Chemical Edge formed in fall 2011 and swiftly grew into its large lineup: Lex Gauna (bass), Travis Willams (lead vocals), Eric Kloeckner (keys and harmonica), Michael Loomis (guitarist), Ken Alleman, Shawn Unrath (alto sax) and drummer/percussionist Ray Crane. The band plays originals and cover tunes, which are often rearranged and experimented with.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $12, $10 adv., 18 , 8 p.m.


500 Club Release "Pacifica" - Sun. Nov 30

Lansing native Ben Keeler’s band, The 500 Club, releases its new album “Pacifica” on Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Opening the show are The Pusherz, Stevie B & the BeastToned and Off the Ledge. 500 Club started in Chicago and released its debut LP “Water, Water” in March 2010. In 2011 Keeler moved to San Francisco but has since relocated to Detroit. Keeler — the band’s guitarist, vocalist and songwriter — sticks to his soulful indie rock style and also his signature nautical themes on the new “Pacifica” disc, which was released Nov. 5. Keeler and longtime friend and drummer, David Dionise, recorded the new songs in a series of home studios with engineer Michael Schartow.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $7, 18 , 9 p.m.


Heavy Times/ Peoples Temple - Midtown Beer Co. - Friday, Dec. 6

Heavy Times, a skuzzy Chicago-based rock ‘n’ roll unit, makes its Lansing debut Dec. 6 playing a free all ages show at Midtown Beer Co. Heavy Times, a HoZac Records outfit, is known for its series of hypnotically blistering 7-inches and LPs. The band’s knack for writing melodic hooks and cavernous grungy pop has earned them a dedicated following far beyond the Midwest. Fans of the Wipers, H'sker D' or The Spits might want to catch this show. The event will also serve as a record release show for People’s Temple; the Lansing-based boys will unveil their new “Brand New Thing” 7-inch single via Trouble in Mind Records. Warming up the stage is Real Ghost, an East Lansing-based band.

Midtown Beer Co., 402 S. Washington, Lansing. FREE, all ages, 9 p.m.


Juicy J Tickets on sale - Sat. Jan 18.

Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J performs a solo show, Jan. 18 at the MSU Auditorium. The Memphis-based rapper won an Academy Award in 2006 in the “Best Original Song” category for “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp,” a song from the “Hustle & Flow” soundtrack. Juicy J (real name Jordan Houston) and DJ Paul started in the early '90s as Triple 6 Mafia; by 1995 the group rebranded itself as Three 6 Mafia. Their commercial breakthrough was the Codeine-inspired single “Sippin’ on Some Syrup,” released in 2000. “Stay Fly” (2005) was yet another chart topper. Since 2002, Juicy J has released three solo records, including 2013’s “Stay Trippy.”

MSU Auditorium, 426 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. $30, $25 students, 7 p.m., whartoncenter.com.

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