Lights & Caves at the Loft
Saturday, Dec. 19 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 7 p.m.
Saturday’s Fusion Shows Holiday Extravaganza show features a roster of local indie bands, including co-headliners Lights & Caves and Secret Grief. Warming up the stage are Alaska, Dyno Gee and Parkway & Columbia. Since forming in early 2013, Lansing-based Lights & Caves has performed throughout Michigan, opened for MGMT at 2013’s Common Ground Music Festival and released a full-length album, “In Satori.” The 2013 album was recorded in Chicago with producer Mike Govaere at Downbeat Studio. Fans of Manchester Orchestra, Radiohead or Coldplay might want to check out Lights & Caves. Co-headliner Secret Grief, a Muskegon-based band formerly known as Tiger! Tiger!, performs as a 10-piece band for this special show. Fans of Cursive, the Get Up Kids or Brand New might dig this emotinged indie-rock outfit.
The Plurettes' Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Mac's Bar
Friday, Dec. 18 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 8 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays with tacky attire and vintage pop and doo-wop tunes at the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Friday at Mac’s Bar. Headlining the night is the Plurettes, an oldies cover band. The group comprises Lansing-based musicians Tommy Plural and Hattie Plural (of the Plurals) and Loren Pudvay (of the Hunky Newcomers). The trio performs fuzzed-out, punky interpretations of ‘60s girl-group classics. The band’s set list features a heavy dose of Motown, Brill Building and Phil Spector songs, including cuts from the Supremes, the Ronnettes, the Shirelles and the Shangri-Las. The Plurettes formed at a Halloween show two years ago and has performed sporadically since — sometimes in full costumes. Sharing the festive bill are Laney Agogo, Nick Krzywnos, Red Wires and Bluffing the Ghosts.
Lil' Flip at Binni's Bar and Grill
Thursday, Dec. 17 @ Binni’s Bar, 820 W. Miller Rd., Lansing. $30, $15 adv., 7 p.m.
Lil' Flip, best known for his 2004 hit single, “Game Over (Flip),” performs Thursday at Binni’s Bar. Openers include BIG$P, Dem Silent Boyz & Blake Wilson, Matik, BuckWilD & Ratchet, Tha Real New Orleans, Mahk- Deane, Steve O Da Stoner, Kinfolk and more. In 1999, Lil' Flip, real name Wesley Eric Weston, Jr., signed his first record deal with Suckafree Records. The Houston-based rapper released his debut LP, “The Leprechaun,” the following year. By 2002, Columbia Records picked up Lil’ Flip and released his “Undaground Legend” album — it was certified platinum later that year. In March, Flip released his sixth studio album, “El Jefe.” The disc, distributed by SoSouth Records, featured singles “Game Over II” and “In My Pimp C Voice;” the latter is a tribute to the late rapper Pimp C. Advance tickets are available by calling (810) 447-4466.