Beach Slang at Mac's Bar
Sunday, Nov. 22 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
All ages, $14, $12 adv., 7 p.m.
Beach Slang has picked up some critical buzz since the October release of its debut LP, “The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us.” NPR described the disc as “exhilarating pop-punk anthems,” and Pitchfork said it’s “the most passionate batch of love songs you’re liable to hear in 2015.” The Philadelphia-based indie rock band formed in 2013 and, without the help of a professional marketing team, earned a staunch underground fan base on the strength of two 7-inch singles, “Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street” and “Who Would Ever Want Something So Broken?” Sunday the band headlines an Impact 89FM-hosted show at Mac’s Bar; openers are Lithuania, Worriers and Worn Spirit.
Red Teeth at Mac's Bar
Friday, Nov. 20 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $7, 8 p.m.
Red Teeth has been unloading colossally heavy progressive-sludge rock since the Bath-based duo formed in 2002. The two-member band, which recently reformed after an extended hiatus, is made up of two brothers: drummer/vocalist Rael Andrews and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Andrews. Over the years, the pair has issued over 15 DIY releases on its Madlantis Records label. They also have a new 7-inch coming soon from GTG Records. Aside from Red Teeth, the brothers were also the masterminds behind other local fixtures BerT and Dr.Device. Friday, the band opens for Cavalcade and the Revenant at Mac’s Bar. Brown Company is also on the bill. To sample Red Teeth’s lengthy and diverse discography, visit redteeth.bandcamp.com.
Joe Buck Yourself at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, Nov. 20 @ The Avenue Café, 2012 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $9, 8 p.m.
Jim Finkley, who goes by Joe Buck and performs as Joe Buck Yourself, is a hard-stomping one-man band. With a kick drum at his feet and a worn-out acoustic guitar in his hands, Buck savagely mixes classic hillbilly music with snarling gutter-punk vocals and distortion. Friday he headlines at the Avenue Café; openers are the Piss Poor Players, Nait Mainerd and Rent Strike. A native of Kentucky, Buck got his start in punk back in the ´90s with his band, Gringo. Later he became the guitarist for the Legendary Shack Shakers, a Nashvillebased blues-punk group. In 2003, Buck left the Shakers and joined up with Hank Williams III, playing even more amped-up, alternative country music. If you dig old Merle Haggard records but have soft spots for the Cramps or the Misfits, you might want to check out this show.