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Robert Bradley at Charlie’s Bar & Grill
Thursday, July 20 @ Charlies Bar & Grill, 136 N. Main St., Perry.
21kknd, $20, 9 p.m.
Since the mid-’90s, raspy-voiced vocalist Robert Bradley has been known for his eclectic, heartfelt brand of soul music. Thursday, July 20, Bradley, who was born legally blind, performs an intimate show at Charlie’s Bar and Grill in Perry. His heartfelt songbook, which encompasses blues-rock, country, throwback R&B, pop and gospel, is documented on a series of acclaimed LPs. By 1996, he and his band, the Blackwater Surprise, inked a deal with RCA Records and gained an international fanbase. His follow-up on RCA, 2000’s “Time to Discover,” featured guest vocals by Kid Rock and was hailed as “the first modern blues classic of the new millennium” by All Music. Since then, Bradley – an Alabama native – has recorded discs for Vanguard Records, though his most recent, “Out of the Wilderness,” was independently released in 2009. For ticket information, call (517) 625-3323.
No Skull at Mac’s Bar
Thursday, July 13 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21kknd, $8, 9 p.m.
No Skull, a sludgy-punk trio hailing from the Lansing area featuring guitarist/vocalist Ryan Andrews of Red Teeth, BerT and Dr. Device, performs Thursday at Mac’s Bar. Sharing the stage are Skinny Sowl and the Arrangement. No Skull, which formed in October 2016, also comprises bassist Jules Purosky and drummer Abby Mogg. The heavy, riff-driven band echoes ’70s-era punk rock and early-’90s grunge, creating a soundscape of murky-pop hooks and lethargic vocals. Fans of Nirvana, Melvins, Mudhoney or the Wipers, may want to check them out. Aside from No Skull, and his other music projects over the last 15 years, Andrews also operates his own local indie label, Madlantis Records – its releases are streamed at madlantisrecords.com.
The Goddamn Gallows at the Avenue Café
Thursday, July 20 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21kknd, $8, 9 p.m.
The notoriously demented bluegrass-punk sounds of the Goddamn Gallows takes over The Avenue Café Thursday, July 20. Opening at the Avenue is Cavalcade (progressive Lansing-based metal) and Westside Rebellion, a punk-rock five-piece out of Grand Rapids. The Gallows comprises Mikey Classic (vocals/guitar), Baby Genius (drums), TV’s Avery (accordion/washboard) and Joe Perreze on banjo. Their last LP, “The Maker,” was issued in 2014 via Farmageddon Records, though the band’s website is teasing a new album for 2017. While the group has deep Lansing roots, since its genesis 10 years ago it’s drifted across the country, spending ample time – and squatting – at various sordid locations from here to Los Angeles. Since then, the amped-up-Americana group has toured the world, and released a pile of records, starting with 2004’s “Life of Sin” LP.