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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Peopleīs Temple LP Release at Macīs - Sat. Mar 8.

Since 2007, The People’s Temple has released LPs and 7-inches for a number of indie labels. Last year, the Lansing-based band travelled to Nashville to record a single for Jack White’s Third Man Records. Saturday, the band releases its new “Musical Garden” vinyl LP/CD at Mac’s Bar. Pitchfork Media gave the album a glowing review, saying: “Those Lansing boys in the People’s Temple have become a reliable staple in the garage-pop landscape. On their third album, they’re still ripping and stomping as well they were on ‘Sons of Stone’ and ‘More for the Masses’ … Thus far, they’re three for three and show no signs of letting up.” Opening the show are Bad Dates and Dizzy Dearest.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $8, 18 , 9 p.m., Mar. 8.


Fuckface Unstoppable at The Loft - Wed. Mar 5.

Bam Margera earned a cult following after starring in MTV’s “Jackass” series from 2000 to 2002. The prank/ stunt show spawned four movies and a several TV spinoffs, including the Margera-centric “Viva La Bam.” These days, Margera, 34, is concentrating on his band Fuckface Unstoppable, which performs tonight at The Loft. The metal/punk/comedy grop features members of CKY and will release a debut album this year. The band’s tune “Bend My Dick” has received over 500,000 listens on YouTube, and showcases Margera’s vulgar, yet deceptively sharp sense of humor. When he was 13, Margera became a professional skateboarder. He later created the “CKY” video series, a pre-cursor to the “Jackass” franchise.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $25, $20 adv., $40 VIP. 18 , 8 p.m., Mar. 5.


Bubba Sparxxx at The Loft - Sat. Mar 8.

Warren Anderson Mathis, aka Bubba Sparxxx, is known for chart-topping southern-rap hits like “Deliverance,” “Ugly” and “Ms. New Booty.” The Georgia native’s latest album, “Pain Management,” is his first disc in seven years and features the single “Splinter.” As a teen, Sparxxx was introduced to hip hop through the music of N.W.A., Too Short and OutKast. In 2001 he achieved international fame with the “Dark Days, Bright Nights” LP, which featured ample production work from Timbaland. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200. Opening the show are DJ Ruckus, Wavie P, Team Sway, D Boy, Wayn’o, Arentul Amuze and Smokehouse Junkiez.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $15, $12 adv., 18 , 8 p.m., Mar. 8.

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