Scary Women at Mac's Bar
Thursday, Feb. 11 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $8, $7 adv., 8 p.m.
A newer addition to Lansing’s punk scene, Scary Women, headline Feb. 11 at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Jonestown Crows, the Fiction Junkies and Mr. Denton On Doomsday. “Scary Women came together in the fall of last year,” said Jennifer Toms, the band’s vocalist/guitarist. “(We’re) a band that celebrates women who may appear frightening or threatening, due to their art or their politics. When our original drummer was unavailable for our first gig in September 2015, Joel (Kuiper) stepped in and has since become a permanent member — he’s the scariest woman of us all.” Sonically, the band reaches back to the early-‘90s Sub Pop Records sound. “(We’re influenced by) old sci-fi movies, the Riot grrrl movement, female artists like Patti Smith and Kathleen Hanna and old-school rockers like Zeppelin and the Stones,” Toms said.
Q106 Homegrown Throwdown
Friday, Feb. 5 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 6:30 p.m.
Q106’s month-long battle of the bands, the Homegrown Throwdown, enters week four with a local-heavy lineup. The competition, now in its 13th year, started at the now defunct Temple Club before moving to the also now defunct Small Planet and eventually to the Loft. This week’s roster features Sumarah, Entransient, Sierra Denae, TELL Yo MAMA, No Stars and the Arrangement. The grand prize winning band takes home a $1,000 cash prize, studio time, a fully produced and directed music video, a custom-built website, logo designs and more. As for Newcomers Sumarah, a Lansing-based alt-rock trio, formed over the summer and quickly honed its primitive, lo-fi sound. Think Beat Happening mixed with a touch of Wire. The band, which already has a split EP with the Rhode Island Sluts, is working on a follow-up EP that is due out this spring.
Reel Big Fish at The Loft
Wednesday, Feb. 10 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $23, $20.50 adv., 7 p.m.
Poppy ska-punk legends Reel Big Fish hit it big in 1996 during the third wave of ska with its “Turn the Radio Off” LP, a certified gold album. The disc produced “Sell Out,” an anthemic, horn-heavy hit single that cracked the top 10 on Billboard’s alternative chart. The Southern California-based band headlines an all-ages show Wednesday at the Loft; opening the show are Suburban Legends, the Maxies and Cashed Out. Reel Big Fish has gone through multiple lineup changes since its 1991 inception, and vocalist/guitarist Aaron Barrett is the only original member. Ten years ago, Reel Big Fish was released from its longtime label, Jive Records. Since then the band has operated as an independent act on Rock Ridge Records and released a string of DIY full lengths.