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Michigan hip-hop at Mac’s Bar
Friday, Aug. 11 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $10, 9:30 p.m.
A titanic variety of rappers perform Friday at Mac’s Bar at the all-Michigan hip-hop event dubbed “Michigan Muscle Artist Showcase Reloaded.” The concert is presented by Peezy Promotions and features DJ Campus Legend on the decks all evening. Headliner Corey Dollaz, a Saginawbased emcee, has made waves online with a series of new music videos, including his collaboration with Babyface Ray on “Yesterday.” His latest single, “Gotta Have Some More,” features J. Mitch and Nene Da Goddess and is on YouTube. Later this year, Dollaz is slated to release his debut mixtape, “Flossin Season.” Sharing the stage are fellow Saginaw rappers Love Notes and OT Gwalla, as well as Pyro2DaPyrex from Ypsilanti, MistaHemp from Detroit and Zeke Gundry with Hush Gang from Flint. Lansing’s own Desdro will also perform — to only name a few.
Capitalist Kids at $1 Punk Nacho Night
Thursday, Aug. 10 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, FREE, 9 p.m.
The Avenue Café’s “$1 Punk Nacho Night” serves up both affordable grub and free punk-rock at this 21-and-over event. The $1 nachos, available with either regular or vegan cheese, are served at midnight, but the music starts at 9 p.m. Headlining the event is the Capitalist Kids, an Austin, Texas-based outfit known for its poppy, Ramones-inspired punk riffing. Last month, the four-piece issued its new “Brand Damage” LP on pink and yellow-splattered vinyl. The record, the band’s third, is a follow up to 2014’s “At a Loss.” Since it formed in 2004, the Capitalist Kids has issued tunes on a number of labels, including Eccentric Pop and Brassneck. The entire catalog is streamed at capitalistkids. bandcamp.com. Also performing at the Avenue are locla pop-punk band Whoopi Goldblum, a Kalamazoo-based melodic punk group called New Architects and Damnsel, a new pop-punk band from Flint.
Luxury Flux at Mac’s Bar
Thursday, Aug. 17 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $7, 8 p.m.
Since the Luxury Flux released its debut, self-titled EP in April, the local art-rock/post-punk trio has steadily performed at rock clubs across Michigan, even after drummer and vocalist Stephen Woida, a contributing songwriter, exited the group shortly after its release. Over the summer, Woida was replaced by Matt Everett. The band, also comprised of songwriter Lindsey Taylor (guitar/ vocals) and bassist Sam Makula, recorded the debit disc with Michigan garage-rock legend Jim Diamond. Diamond is known for his production work on the White Stripes’ debut album and many other classic LPs. The record is available digitally at luxuryflux. bandcamp.com. On Aug. 17, Luxury Flux returns to Mac’s Bar for a show celebrating Taylor’s birthday. Openers include Violent Bloom, a Toledo-based art-pop band, and Blaine and His Keyboard that is a Lansing-based keyboard rock.