Bomb the Music Industry! (BtMI), a New York-based DIY musical collective led by songwriter and producer Jeff Rosenstock, returns to Mac's Bar Wednesday for an early, all-ages concert hosted by Fusion Shows.
As Ted Wilson sits in his East Michigan Avenue office wrapping up a late-evening meeting about the Michigan Rock 'N Brew Festival he’s organizing, the DIY promotional method he's implementing proves its worth, at least in some capacity.
The debut seven-track EP by a new local "post art pop" band, Language, will be released Thursday at Mac's Bar. Language, which features Chris Minarik (guitar/vocals), Bobby Sullivan (guitar/synth) and drummer Joseph Dellgowan, is influenced by Girls, Yo La Tengo, Joy Division, Wire and an assortment of other British post-punk bands and classic American pop groups.
For those who dig unique covers of classic jams, Friday at The Loft may be the spot. The "Summer Singalong Vol. 2" hosts a roster of local bands, all performing sets by other bands and artists. Cavalcade, Lansing-based weirdo metal extraordinaires, performs the "Donnie Darko" soundtrack; meanwhile, pop-punks Frank & Earnest rocks out as Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band.
The band's love of country-tinged rock shined through on cuts like "It's Witchcraft," a primitive and menacing hillbilly-rock track that could've easily been released on the Sun Records label. (A copy of the single was available earlier this week on eBay — for a cool $249.)
For those interested in flipping through thousands of vinyl records, a good place to start might be the Saturday's Lansing Record & CD Show at the University Quality Inn in Frandor (next to Spare Time Entertainment Center). The huge show, which opens at 11 a.
For those who still dig big hair and poppy synthesizers, Friday night at Lou and Harry's may be the spot to be, for a free show by Starfarm. The flashy area cover band plays a "totally awesome collection of '80s songs."