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Sunday, Nov. 4 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $30, $27.50, 7 p.m.
In 1997, Against Me! started as a Billy Bragg-influenced solo project by the songwriter/author Laura Jane Grace. By 2001, it evolved into a dynamic punk-rock outfit. The band’s 2002 breakthrough, “Reinventing Axl Rose,” is a hybrid of punk and Americana that AllMusic hailed as “socially conscious and impassioned anthems.” Since then, Against Me! has released a string of albums, including the acclaimed “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” LP in 2014. On Nov. 4, Grace headlines Mac’s Bar with a new band: Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers — opener is Corey Branan. The new project releases its debut record, “Bought to Rot,” Nov. 9 via Bloodshot Records. As for the new LP, Bloodshot Records says: “Although it’s a step and a twist away from Against Me!’s sonic blueprint, there’s still a kinetic punk energy that vibrates throughout. These compositions are looser, stripped, but with a melodic pop immediacy.”
Tuesday, Oct. 30 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. All ages, $20.70, 6:30 p.m.
Dom Flemons, acclaimed songwriter and co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, returns to The Robin Theatre with a new album in tow, the “Black Cowboys” LP. The new disc, released by Smithsonian/ Folkways Records, pays tribute to the music of the golden era of the Wild West, but also its culture and complex history. In addition to singing on the album, Flemons also lays down some banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, drums and quills. Since becoming a professional musician in 2005, the Arizona native has become internationally known for his old-time folk and African-roots sound. Along with his mates in the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons has performed in front of thousands of fans at massive festivals like Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival, as well as prestigious venues like the Grand Ole Opry. Space is limited for this intimate Robin Theatre show and tickets are available at therobintheatre.com.
Friday, Oct. 26 @ Urban Beat Event Center, 1213 Turner St., Lansing. 8 p.m. $20, $15 adv., $10 students.
Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet, an Ann Arbor-based fusion group, bring its original brand of “world jazz” music to Urban Beat for two sets. Led by bassist/composer Dave Sharp, the ensemble specializes in a lively mixture of original tunes, often merging Arabic and Eastern Europeanstyle arrangements. The group comprises Sharp (electric bass, Qatar and synthesizer), Igor Houwat (oud) and Henrik Karapetyan (violin). At Urban Beat, a special addition to the lineup is a guest spot from local guitar whiz Elden Kelly (guitar and glissentar). The Worlds Quartet will showcase cuts from its new, eight-song CD, “Delta” – available now on Amazon.com. The new disc, released via Vortex World Music Recordings, was recorded at two Michigan-based studios: Troubadour Studios in Lansing and Willis Sound in Willis. VIP tickets are available for $30 at urbanbeatevents. com and include a pre-show performance, one drink ticket and a band meet and greet.