Modern-country star Keith Anderson headlines Thursday at the Whiskey Barrel Saloon; opening the WITL-hosted show is the Bear Creek Brothers. Anderson, a singer/songwriter, has appeared on NBC’s “Today,” “Inside Edition,” “Access Hollywood” and “Grand Ole Opry Live.” Anderson also writes songs for other artists, including No. 1 Billboard hit “Lost in this Moment,” recorded by Big & Rich. The song earned the 47-year old Oklahoma native Song of the Year award nominations from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. His 2005 debut LP, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll,” is certified gold and scored two top 10 hits: “Pickin’ Wildflowers” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name.” Anderson’s second album features his biggest single to date, “I Still Miss You,” a No. 2 Billboard hit.
Whiskey Barrel Saloon, 410 S. Clippert St, Lansing. 21 , $14, $12 adv., 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6
Dance Gavin Dance at the Loft , Sunday, Aug. 9
Sacramento-based post-hardcore band Dance Gavin Dance headlines an all-ages show Sunday at the Loft; openers are: Dayshell, Chasing Safety, Assume Nothing and the Illustrator. Since its genesis in 2005, Dance Gavin Dance has released six full-length records. In April, the band dropped its “Instant Gratification” LP. It was the follow-up to 2013’s “Acceptance Speech” — both released via Rise Records. The group comprises vocalists Tilian Pearson and Jon Mess, bassist Tim Feerick, guitarist Will Swan and drummer Matthew Mingus. Dance Gavin Dance was formed out of the disbanding of several other bands, including Farewell Unknown, Ghost Runner on Third and Atherton. By the summer of 2006, the band had self-released its debut disc, the “Whatever I Say is Royal Ocean” EP, and shortly after the band signed with Rise Records and never looked back.
The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $20, $17 adv., 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9
Young and Heartless at Mac´s Bar, Wednesday, Aug. 12
Since Young and Heartless formed in 2011, the Harrisburg, PA., based emo-punk outfit has released two EPs, 2012’s “Strange World” and 2013’s “Death in Color.” In 2014, the quartet released its first full-length album, “The Pull of Gravity.” The group comprises vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Henninger, Bryan Tricarico (guitar), Britain Weyant (bass) and drummer Jake Lepley. While the band is touring North America for the bulk of 2015, its next LP is due out in 2016 on Hopeless Records. Wednesday the band headlines an all-ages gig at Mac’s Bar; openers are Watermedown, Hot Mulligan and the Fever Haze. Watermedown is the solo project of Virginia-based songwriter Jonny Mays, who’s known for covering an assortment of tunes ranging from Brand New to Death Cab For Cutie to Jawbreaker and more — while also dishing out his own acoustic post-rock tunes.
Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12