Ian Graham (of Cheap Girls) at Mac's Bar
Friday, Feb. 19 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 8 p.m.
Fans of Lansing-based power-pop band Cheap Girls can check out a stripped-down version of the group Friday when lead vocalist/guitarist Ian Graham performs a solo acoustic set at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Braided Veins, Flash Photography and Dyno Gee. Why the solo gig? “It’s a nice option for maintaining my voice and playing through songs with a little added freedom,” Graham said. “It also makes me practice my singing a bit more.” Since Cheap Girls’ 2014 album, “Famous Graves,” the band added a new bassist, moving Graham to vocals/guitar. And things are going to pick up soon. “Now is that time where we regroup, refocus and set sights on the next record and learning the (new) songs I’ve written. We’ve got a few specific release plans and tours, but I'm not in the position to announce them quite yet.”
Speedgod farewell show at the Avenue Cafe
Saturday, Feb. 20 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $5, 7 p.m.
After nearly three years together, members of Lansing-based trash-metal outfit Speedgod have announced they’re parting ways. The group released one EP, “The Summer 2013 Demos,” and comprises Geoff Jenkins (vocals), Kris “Shark” Finison (guitar), Ivy Jenkins (bass) and Matt “Mattsquatch” McDaniels on drums. Speedgod debuted in June 2013 at the now defunct Uli's Haus Of Rock. “We’ve decided to call it quits for a number of reasons,” said Ivy Jenkins, who also spent time playing bass in Canadian metal band Kittie. “Geoff and I have been running our screen printing business, UCMerch, for a few years now and it is requiring more and more of our time.” As for the other guys, McDaniels has a baby daughter on the way, and Finison recently joined another local metal band, Dagon. Opening the farewell show are Past Tense, the Jonestown Crows, From Blue to Gray and After the Minor.
Flaw at The Loft
Sunday, Feb. 21 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 7 p.m.
Alt-metal band Flaw found some mainstream success in 2001 with the release of “Through the Eyes,” a fulllength LP released on Universal/Republic Records. Singles like “Payback” and “Only the Strong” helped catapult the Tool/Korn-influenced band onto MTV and up the Billboard charts. The band’s 2004 LP, “Endangered Species,” enjoyed mild commercial success, but lineup changes and offstage drama stymied the band for the next decade. A 2009 album, “Home Grown Studio Sessions,” was released via CD Baby and failed to chart. But last year, the Kentucky-based band signed to Pavement Entertainment and announced its first proper studio album in 12 years will be released April 29. The current lineup features three of the band’s founding members. Flaw headlines Sunday at the Loft, openers are: St8 of Mine, C.O.R.E., Avenue Sky and 3 Minutes to Oblivion.