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mewithoutyou plays ‘[A->B] Life’ LP at The Loft
Friday, Oct. 6 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $20, $18 adv., 7 p.m.
Fifteen years ago, Tooth & Nail Records released “[A->B] Life,” the debut LP from mewithoutyou. The experimental indie/post-hardcore band celebrates this anniversary with its “15 Year Tour,” with a Friday stop at The Loft, where the Philadelphia-based band will play the album in its entirety. Openers are Pianos Become the Teeth and Strawberry Girls. Aaron Weiss, lead vocalist of mewithoutyou, formed the band in 2001 while playing in his previous group, the Operation. Weiss promptly became known for his spoken-word-style lyricism, sometimes drawing upon his Judeo-Christian beliefs. In 2004, the band’s acclaimed sophomore record, “Catch for Us the Foxes,” was issued, followed by two more full-lengths released by Tooth & Nail, including 2006’s “Brother, Sister,” and 2009’s “It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream!” The group’s latest effort, 2015’s “Pale Horses,” was issued by Run For Cover Records and showcased the band’s return to its early, post-hardcore roots.
Emma’s Revolution at Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Oct. 6 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road., East Lansing. All ages,
$20, $18 members, $5 students. 7:30 p.m.
Emma’s Revolution, a folk duo comprising San Diegobased songwriters Pat Humphries and Sandy O., perform Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The show, held at the MSU Community Music School, will feature songs from the activist duo’s praised catalog, including its newly released fourth record, “Revolution Now.” The disc, released in July, features the harmonious track “Sing People Sing,” a tribute to their late friend and mentor, Pete Seeger. The record also tackles reproductive justice and support for refugees and the Black Lives Matter movement. The politicallycharged pair have both released solo records, but issued its first Emma’s Revolution LP, “One,” in 2004. Over the years, the pair’s songs have been performed for the Dalai Lama and have been covered by Holly Near. Fans of Joni Mitchell or the Indigo Girls might want to check out this intimate Ten Pound Fiddle concert.
10th Annual GTG Fest
Friday, Oct. 13-Saturday, Oct. 14 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21kknd, $5, 7 p.m.
GTG Records, the Lansing-based indie-rock label responsible for more than 100 releases over the past decade, returns with its annual music festival, GTG Fest. Now in its tenth year, the three-day, 21-and-over festival runs Oct. 13-14 at The Avenue Café. The festivities close out with a free, allages event Sunday, Oct. 15 at The Record Lounge’s new location in REO Town (1132 S. Washington Ave., Lansing). Twenty-five diverse local bands will take the stage, including City Mouse and the Hat Madder, which are both releasing new albums at the show. Other acts include The Plurals, Calliope, No Skull, Lucy, Drinking Mercury, Narc Out the Reds, Cat Midway, Half Tongue, the Hunky Newcomers, Meat Wave, Alpha Rabbit, Mad Moon, Rent Strike and the Free Life – to only name a few. Aside from music, the shindig also offers up food, drinks and prizes. The full lineup is listed at facebook.com/gtgrecords.